Entering a new decade, 2020, also begins the Year of the Rat, the number one position in the Chinese Zodiac cycle. In order to take full advantage of the upcoming year, there are several things to be done prior, during, and after the New Year clock strikes midnight. 

For example, you can follow feng shui secrets, Chinese horoscopes, or any number of observances to bring luck, abundance, and good health. Afterall, why linger with old things that didn’t work out so well in the past and bring them forward into the future?

My friend and professional mentor, the late Ellen Whitehurst, wrote extensively about the subject of feng shui and how to adapt the art to homes and public places to attract and harness energies all around in support of positive intentions and goals. Here are a few thoughts about preparing for New Year I’ve gleaned from her teaching:


  • Clean the house top to bottom to purge old dirt, stale objects, and tired energy to welcome a new year full of promise. If you don’t have time to clean the whole house, concentrate on the front entry to allow new power and passion to enter, or the kitchen which is the room that represents health, happiness, and prosperity.
  • Pay a little money down on an outstanding debt, or pay it off if you can. This will set up  the intention that debt will vanish in the coming months and abundance will follow.  
  • Fill your wallet to the brim with money. Feng shui standard is $27 in bills and 49 coins to generate prosperity for the coming year.


  • Start the day off by shifting 27 items in your house on New Year’s Eve to shake up the physical, mental, and spiritual dynamics. Not necessarily large pieces of furniture, but small tchotchkes from room to room, or to a new setting.
  • Open all doors and windows just before midnight for the exchange of negative to positive chi. Burn some incense or your favorite candle to help the process of moving out the old and bringing in the new.
  • Stand outside your front entrance at midnight and throw coins inside along with orange peels, the Chinese symbol of gold, allowing financial wealth to begin immediately.
  • Remember this most of all; the first words spoken to you will set the tone for the following year. Be sure you hear Health, Happiness and Prosperity or something that speaks a positive thought for your personal objectives.


  • Fill your sugar bowl to the top with sugar for a sweeter year ahead. 
  • Do not linger on thoughts of the past or talk about previous experiences. Shy away from complaining about negative events from last year. Don’t allow them to enter the new year.
  • No working or cleaning on New Year’s Day, it could “sweep your luck away.”
  • Do at least one thing during the day that makes you sing and dance with happiness.

Other ancient Chinese New Year practices include noise making and fireworks to shake up and get rid of evil spirits and bring good luck. Twelve lucky fruits symbolize the months of the coming year and attract wealth and good fortune. A “reunion dinner” is served when all family members gather together for traditional dishes including dumplings to symbolize upcoming wealth. The New Year is a festive time with celebratory decorations and customized themes.

New Year rituals are found in all cultures as a way of letting go, cleansing, and arriving in the new year with a clean slate. It’s customary in most rituals to expect good luck, more money, and better health. Symbolic items are used as well as traditional foods according to regional heritage.

No matter what your background or ethnicity, ringing in the New Year is a time of transition, leaving the past behind and creating a brighter future. The point is to see one year close, and envision the next year filled with joy and happiness.

So, what is your custom for ringing in the New Year? Leave it in the comment section!

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Jillian is a highly credentialed professional who has used her skills to help individuals, educational institutions, and businesses to reach their goals by using intuition training through individual sessions and leadership development programs.

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