Before you get ready to go out to a New Year’s Eve party, or settle for a quiet night in to end the year, cleanse your home physically and psychically. This will drive out any negative spirits or stale energy from the dying year. It will also beckon in vibrant spiritual presence for the coming twelve months.
Firstly, clean your home with duster and vacuum cleaner. You don’t have to move furniture or do anything too time-consuming. Just make sure that the place is neat and that you’ve sorted out messy corners. This means that the energy in your home – called chi by the Chinese – can flow freely. Stagnant chi can prevent you attracting good fortune.
Your second and most important cleansing task takes place on a spiritual level. Go for a walk and be aware that you are experiencing the last throes of the dying year. Look for a stone that is as close to a heart-shape as you can find. Bring this home.
Now equip a tray with a lighted joss stick (any fragrance you like will do) a glass bowl containing spring water, a lit candle and your heart-shaped stone. Starting at the top of your house, and/or at the point furthest from your front door, go into each room, briefly opening each window and mentally chasing out negativity, which you can imagine as grey clouds going out of the window.
In turn, take round each of the Elements, saying ‘Be blessed by Air’ as you hold the joss stick, ‘Be blessed by Fire’ with the candle, ‘Be blessed by Water’ as you sprinkle tiny drops from the bowl and ‘Be blessed by Earth’ with the stone.
Finally, arrange all four on your hearth, sit in front of them and say ‘Air bring inspiration and clear thought into this home, Fire bring energy and passion, Water bring love and healing, Earth bring protection and strength’. Hold your Earth stone and imagine what you want for the coming year.
Leave the joss stick and candle to burn out, empty the water out onto the earth and keep the stone on your hearth, all year round, for good luck.