The annual feng shui updates: what’s new in 2017?
Are the 2017 feng shui updates important? Should you rush into applying them in your home as soon as we enter 2017? Will the annual 2017 feng shui updates make a big difference in your home or office? Let’s explore. The annual 2017 feng shui updates are used mostly with the classical feng shui bagua, meaning you can look into applying them in your home or office this year if the way you defined the bagua of your space is by using the classical bagua style.
Note: If this is the first feng shui article you are reading and you are not sure what I mean by “2017 feng shui” or the “classical feng shui bagua”, these two short videos will help you:
Watch Video 1: Feng Shui Bagua: Clear and Simple
Watch Video 2: How To Define the Classical Bagua of Your Home or Office
If you based your home feng shui on the BTB, or Western feng shui bagua, it is best not to apply the 2017 feng shui as mixing the two feng shui bagua schools can create a lot of confusion. However, if you are really determined to apply the 2017 feng shui updates with the Western bagua, I have all the info ready for you:
So, the annual 2017 feng shui updates come in place as an additional layer of energy, as a way to define the yearly movement of good and bad feng shui energies called stars in the flying stars school of feng shui. In the bagua areas that have beneficial 2017 feng shui stars you can apply specific feng shui cures to benefit from good energy; and in the bagua areas with challenging feng shui stars in 2017, one will usually apply specific cures to negate the possible unwelcome effects.
Are the 2017 feng shui updates superstition? Do they really work? Well, it all depends on how you look at it and how healthy and intelligent is your approach. The best way to look at the annual feng shui updates – including these 2017 feng shui updates – is to read the info and see if it makes sense and if it can work in your home or office decor.
Always start with your space first, listen to it and experiment with feng shui, do not take it as the ultimate and absolutely powerful knowledge. Feng shui is not a religion, nor is it a superstitious set of beliefs; in its best application feng shui is a powerful tool to improve the energy of any space. This, in turn, improves the energy of people who live or work in the space. It’s that simple! If you feel confused about combining the annual updates with the traditional feng shui bagua requirements, these tips for applying the yearly feng shui updates will help.
Now let’s go straight to the 2017 feng shui updates and see how you (and your home or office) can benefit from them.
The 2017 Chinese New Year – the year of the Fire Rooster – starts on January 28, 2017.
The 2017 feng shui cures are applied on February 4th. Why? Because feng shui cures are usually applied on the Solar New Year (February 4th, 2017), not the Lunar New Year (January 28, 2017). Of course, you can also apply them at any time in 2017! The principle of “better late than never” sure applies when it comes to creating good feng shui in your space. Start with a clean and orderly home first; do not apply the yearly feng shui cures – in fact, do not apply any feng shui cures – if your house has chaotic energy created by clutter and lack of order/cleanliness.
If you plan to reuse last year’s feng shui cures, be sure to cleanse them thoroughly. However, the best way to go is to purchase new feng shui cures to use as your annual 2017 feng shui cures. You can do that in any Chinatown, as well as many online stores (we certainly recommend our online feng shui store powered by amazon.com). Instead of dividing the info by good and bad 2017 feng shui areas, I will guide you step by step through all bagua areas to give you a good idea as to what is happening there in 2017. Let’s start in the East feng shui bagua area and move clockwise from there.
East Area in 2017
The East feng shui bagua area has beautiful energy in 2017, an auspicious energy connected to wealth and abundance, as well as some challenging energies, too. Let’s start with the good news first. The so-called Wealth Star #8, that is of the Earth element, is here in 2017. Because we have an Earth element star in a Wood element bagua area, we are restricted mostly to the use of Earth element feng shui cures in order to strengthen its energy.
So, bring an abundance of Earth element decor colors, shapes and items, with the emphasis being on expressing wealth in all its forms. Another beneficial influence of this star is its romantic aspect, so along with wealth, you can also emphasize with your feng shui decor the energy of love and romance.
Feng shui crystals, being of the Earth element, are wonderful here in 2017; and so are various expressions of the Earth element – from pottery to images of landscapes. From the classical Chinese feng shui cures, you can choose the three-legged toad facing your lucky direction for wealth.
Along with this very auspicious energy of wealth, the East bagua area also hosts a negative quality of energy in 2017 (called 3 killings in traditional feng shui circles). This means that the usual cautions for an area with challenging feng shui energy apply – do your best to keep the area quiet, no renovations, no digging, no loud music, etc. The salt water cure is recommended here to neutralize the challenging energy. You can also choose to place one or both of the following cures: 6 metal coins tied with a red ribbon (in a row), as well as a 6 hollow rods metal wind chime (if you like the look of windchimes in your home).
Southeast Area in 2017
The Southeast bagua area has beautiful energy in 2017, an auspicious energy connected to future wealth and abundance. This is quite unique as the Southeast area in itself carries the energy of abundance (this is your money area), so the energy of wealth and abundance is sure multiplied here in 2017!
The visiting star is the so-called Future Wealth Star #9 that is of the Fire element. The presence of this auspicious star usually means you can welcome it and strengthen its energy with a variety of fiery decor items, such as red pillows, purple candles, fiery art, etc.
However, because we are in a Wood element bagua area, the wisest way to multiply the positive energy of this feng shui star is to focus on decorating with lush Wood element decor. This will both strengthen the fiery energy of the visiting star, as well as keep the native element of the Southeast area strong.
Even though the Water element decor items and cures such a fountains, images of water, colors blue and black, etc are usually welcomed in the Southeast, it is best to avoid a strong presence of Water element decor here in 2017. Why? Because in the destructive cycle of the 5 feng shui elements the Water element weakens the fiery energy of the visiting Wealth Star.
To sum it up, focus on strong Wood element decorating with a touch of Fire element decor. Be sure to clearly express your intent for abundance with any feng shui wealth decor cures that you bring to this area. From classical feng shui cures, you can choose to work with Chinese coins, the Laughing Buddha or golden ingots. The lucky bamboo with 9 stems is excellent here in 2017, and so are fresh flowers.
South Area in 2017
The South feng shui bagua area has the most challenging energy in 2017. Definitely do your best to keep this area quiet, as well as avoid Fire element decor completely. Yes, this can be a bit difficult as usually the Fire element is much welcomed here because it is the native element of the South bagua area. It is wise to minimize the Earth element decor, too.
The reason for these precautions is the feng shui Earth element of the visiting negative star here (feng shui star #5). As Fire nourishes/creates Earth in the productive cycle of the 5 elements, it is best to minimize or completely avoid Fire element decor in the South area in 2017 because this will only strengthen the energy of the negative energy star.
The salt water cure is very helpful here, as well as very strong Metal element decor, be it in traditional feng shui cures such as wind chimes, six Chinese coins or more modern and subtle feng shui approach such as good feng shui Metal element decorating.
To sum it up, do your best to leave this bagua area undisturbed in 2017, and focus on Metal element decorating. From the classical feng shui cures, a six hollow rods wind chime is recommended here, and so are the six Chinese coins tied with a red ribbon or a metal Wo Lou. Do not forget about the salt water cure here.