So how was your Year of the Dragon? As the Chinese New Year approaches, we have prepared some simple feng shui tips for a good year. By applying these settings to the right directions you will create a more favourable environment for the coming Year of Snake. New Year’s day is February 10, so it’s important to note that these settings are applicable starting February 4, which is the first day of spring according to the Chinese Almanac Calendar. Good luck.

East – Gossip and Conflict
The east is prone to arguments and lawsuits. Avoid any green or blue coloured decorations in this area, including aquatic plants. Where possible, avoid construction or renovation. If the main entrance is at the east try your best to keep calm and manage your emotions. A good way to balance out the negative energy is to place a red floor mat or decoration at the entrance.

Southeast – Academics and Literacy
The southeast is ideal for office work and academic studies and relocating desks to the southeast is a good way to welcome this positive energy. You can also add more wood elements to maximise positivity. For example, you can place four Chinese calligraphy pens or water plants (like Lucky Bamboo). However, this direction is also associated with Tai Shui this year.

South –Romance and Celebrations
South is a lucky direction this year for romance, marriage, births and relationships in particular. If you are single and available, place nine red coloured flowers in the south to increase your romantic luck. For couples, a photo of you and your loved one in the same spot can strengthen the relationship. To capture as much of this luck as possible, adding some wood elements would be a wise choice. An easy and decorative approach is to place broad leafed plants or flowers in this part of your living space.

Southwest – Sickness
The southwest is where negativity gathers this year. Try to keep bright coloured items from this area, including any decorations in the range of red, orange and purple. If your main entrance is at the southwest, place some gold coloured items in this area can keep out negativity. A good example is a copper gourd at the doorway.

West – Losses in Finance and Relationships
The West end will be also a source for negative energy for finance, relationships conflicts and losses in particular. The key here is to keep this negative energy from entering your living space. Placing water elements in this direction is a good practice. A practical approach would be keeping a small aquarium with six black molly fish in it. This combination of moving water and mollies in particular, can fend off negativity and minimise losses.

Northwest – Power and Achievements
As the northwest represents power, it helps increase your income and chances for promotion. It is a great benefit to government officials, managers and those who engage in technical work. To best capture this positive energy, place a ceramic figure associated with promotion and a jade seal for government officials and executives respectively here. An important note: try your best to avoid construction or renovation in this direction.

North – Relationships and Networking
With a relationship star at the north, the outlook is very positive for relationship-based industries, such as public relations, sales, marketing, performing arts and insurance — industries where communications are essential. This positivity for networking and movement also brings good luck in retail, trade and tourism. To monetise this positive energy, keep a peach blossom pot here, as it can benefit romance and relationships that may ultimately bring you more business and opportunities.

Northeast – Wealth and Promotion
The outlook for the northwest is one of the most positive. If an entrance or window is in this direction, congratulations! You are all set up to take in good luck. Try to keep your window open and clear of clutter. Where possible, keep this direction moving and lively to maximise its influence. A simple trick is to keep a pendulum clock to stimulate movement. If you are lucky enough to have the entrance at the northeast, placing a red carpet here can assist in leveraging the monetary power of this positivity energy.

Core Area/Centre – Negativity and Devastation
The core area is prone to gathering negativity in the Year of Snake. In those situations it is best to keep the area peaceful and low key. Avoid any kind of construction or renovation: if you are keen on decorations, stay away from red or items associated with the fire element. Instead, try introducing metal elements in the décor, which can minimise its negativity. A general approach is to place a copper wind chime as a decorative setting to achieve balance.

Result-Oriented Feng Shui Settings:

Career Improvements
Place red-coloured items in the northeast and eight pebbles in the northwest.
Improving Luck for Business Growth 
Place eight pebbles in the northeast, and a gold-coloured rotary clock in the north.

Romance and Relationships for Singles 
Keep colourful flowers (with water) in the north end of the bedroom, and nine red silk flowers in the south.

Romance and Relationships for Couples
Place red items in the east. Minimise the possibility of affairs; keep a ceramic rooster in the north. The placement of rooster will calm down the chance for new relationships and opportunities.

Additional Luck for property sales
Place an electrical fan in the north, and keep it on at all times. Keep a yellow bucket of clean water it in the northeast.

Minimise sickness and negativity
Place copper wind chimes in the centre, along with a copper Chinese bottle gourd in the southwest.