Now that the Covid19 travel restrictions are finally easing here in Singapore, many of us are excited about the prospects to spend Christmas with our family. At long last we can be reunited with our loved ones in our home country!
It will be a busy time and good planning is always useful. I don’t need to remind you to check the latest regulations and travel requirements. No. This blog is about how Feng Shui can help you have a smooth journey.
1. Choose Auspicious Dates for your Travel
I would always recommend that you check the almanac for auspicious travel dates if at all possible. This will allow positive energies to set the right tone for your trip.
For this Year’s Christmas Period, the BEST and WORST Travel Dates are as follows
All in all, there are plenty of safe options for travelling and reaching your destination in time for the Christmas festivities. All dates not listed are neutral and can serve as back-up options.
This is of course the “ideal world” scenario. Often you cannot avoid travelling on an inauspicious day and the travel industry, train operators or airline companies certainly cannot afford to offer their services on auspicious days only or they would soon be bankrupt. What to do? Please read on.
2. A short Travelling Ritual BEFORE Setting off
If you are just not able to select an auspicious date for your travel (or you cannot get a seat on the plane or train on the lucky day you want) you can use the following travel cures. These are based on Chinese and Tibetan Feng Shui and use the element of the directions. For example, if you are travelling from Singapore to Europe, you are heading towards NW, so NW is your travel direction. Simply use the destructive element of the direction’s intrinsic (own) element to destroy the bad luck for the day coming from that direction.
|Direction of Travel||Intrinsic Element||Destructive Element||Healing Ritual|
|North||Water||Earth||Throw 1 or 3 mounds of earth/soil towards North.|
|South||Fire||Water||Drink a glass of water before leaving or throw a glass of water towards South before leaving your house.|
|East, SE||Wood||Metal||Take a curved knife and swipe it in the air towards East or SE three times.
You can also hang a metal windchime in the East or SE while you are away – but remove it upon your return.
|West, NW||Metal||Fire||Burn some incense sticks towards West or NW or burn a red candle and point it towards the West or NW before you leave.|
|SW, NE||Earth||Wood||Swipe the air three times with a bamboo stick tied with red thread towards the SW or NE. The bamboo represents wood energy and is a very powerful protective symbol against misfortune from injuries.|
These easy actions are also highly recommended if you feel you have received warning signs that you should not travel.
3. Carry Protective Amulets
It is always a good idea to carry a protective amulet on all your journeys or wear a protective scarf. It is worth it, for your own peace of mind, especially if you have to travel on “bad” days. On such bad days there is an increased risk of injuries or accidents.
Of course, you also want to continue to be very cautious in busy public spaces. Wearing facemasks and sanitizing/washing hands frequently should be second nature by now, as well as carrying a health amulet for protection. (Feel free to check the website shop and see what’s currently available.)
In December 2021, those of you born in the Years of the Dragon, Snake, Rat and Rabbit need to be particularly careful, as you are afflicted by dangerous yearly and monthly stars, putting you at greater risk.
4. Protecting your Home while you are away
You don’t want to worry about your home while you are away so here are a few more ordinary and traditional suggestions:
- Place symbols of protection inside your home, facing your main entrance door and any other door to protect your home from break-ins. Such symbols of protection can be images of your own faith, eg Kwan Kung, Kwan Yin, miscellaneous warrior gods, Buddha, or Virgin Mary. An Anti-Burglary Lumi Tile would also be a good option.
- Hang a protective door plaque above both your main door and back door or create your own plaque with a protective mantra or proverb.
- Keep yang energy alive in your home during your absence by installing timers on radios and light switches. Having a lamp with a light sensor so it automatically switches on as it gets dark is also very useful!
- Arrange for a neighbour or friend to collect your mail and newspapers or have them re-directed to avoid an overflowing mailbox – an obvious sign that nobody is there to receive it!
We haven’t travelled for so long; it might even be a bit daunting for some of us to take to the skies again. However, hopefully you are now well prepared, and these tips will help you have a smooth journey and an enjoyable time with your friends and family.
Happy holidays and safe travels!
26 November 2021