Your 2015 Astrological Forecast for the Year of the Ram

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Year of the Ram


Thursday is the first day of the Lunar New Year—or Chinese New Year. And just like January 1 is a great time to take a deep breath and start anew, so is February 19.  Year of the Ram?

So what’s in store this year? Judith Wendell, an expert in Feng shui and Chinese astrology, says you can expect philanthropic vibes and loads of creativity during the Year of the Ram (which is also known as the Year of the Sheep or Goat). But in order to really reap the benefits, you should reflect on 2014 first.

“Whether it’s house cleaning, paying off debts, or clearing up misunderstandings, you want to try to get things done before the new year,” says Wendell. (Though if you can’t quite get to your vacuuming for another few days, that’s okay.)

The Chinese Zodiac gives every birth year an animal sign, which determines their astrological outlook. You’re a Ram if you were born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, or 2003. And you might be also be incredibly chic or cool—Catherine Deneuve and Mick Jagger are rams.

But no matter what sign you are, there are certain things everyone needs to know about how the Year of the Ram will affect you. Here’s what Wendell forecasts:

1. First things first. Is it the Year of the Ram? Sheep?! Goat? It’s all three. Several Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year, and they each refer to 2015 differently, explains Wendell. No one animal is right or wrong, the same things can be expected of all of them. “The goat, ram, and sheep are treated as similar animals,” she explains.

2. The creative juices will flow. If you’ve been dreaming about writing a novel, taking an art class, or if you work in a creative industry, 2015 is going to be stellar. “The ram is known as a very creative and intelligent sign,” Wendell says. “Creative types could thrive in the environment this year, as well as those pursuing creative endeavors.”

3. You may be feeling charitable. “[The ram] is considered to be the good Samaritan of the zodiac. Potentially, there will be more attention to the environment, and people will be more inclined to give back,” Wendell says. “Rams are good-natured and sensitive to beauty and balance.” So if you’ve had that charity organization on your to-do list for months, you may finally get yourself in gear to put in the hours.

4. Give a talisman for good luck. As a new year gesture, it’s good luck to gift a talisman of thebest friend affiliated with the lunar year animal, Wendell says.  The Ram’s best friend is thehorse. “When the ram sees its best friend, it’s elated and looks well upon the person carrying the horse,” she says. Think of it as impressing the ram by having friends in common. (But if you’re gifting to a friend who was born in the Year of the Rat or the Ox, a horse won’t do the trick. “They need a rabbit and a pig because a rabbit, pig, and ram create a harmony,” Wendell says.) —Molly Gallagher

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Your 2015 Zodiac Forecast for the Year of the Wood Horse

woman and horseGOOD ADVICE by SARAH SARWAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014

January 31, 2015 marks the Chinese New Year, and so begins the Year of the Wood Horse.

2015: Year of the Wood Horse. Every year, according to the Chinese Zodiac, one of 12 animals and 5 elements are paired up, setting the outlook for the coming months. Your birth year dictates your animal, with the Horse belonging to those born in 1961, 1978, 1990, 2002, for example, and 2014, of course.

The horse is known for it’s energetic and social personality, love of success, and iffy relationship with Taisui, the god of fortune. In combo with Wood, the energy-providing element, this year is slated to be one full of many fun social gatherings, as well as ever-changing finances. What does that mean for you?

Each Zodiac sign has an array of mainstay qualities that are influenced by the animal of the year. Rams, for example, should bump up their fitness regimen, while the Ox should double-check their finances.

Judith Wendell, Sacred Currents founder and Feng shui guru, has rounded up a Zodiac forecast with a full rundown on what’s in store for your year, from new sources of positive energy and reasons to spend more time with friends. She also advises on many “protection rituals” and good deeds to balance out your fate if your year shows anything inauspicious. —Sarah Sarway

3 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Snake

candle festivalGOOD ADVICE by ALEXIA BRUE FEBRUARY 5, 2013

This Sunday, February 10, 2013, marks Chinese New Year and with that, we enter into the Year of the Snake. Don’t worry, it’s a “small dragon” of a year, making it less intense than 2012, explains Judith Wendell,  a feng shui expert and founder of Sacred Currents, an integrative design firm.

“This year will be marked by conflict, flexibility, and has the potential for co-operation and countries and people working together,” she says.

Wendell takes Chinese astrology into account when designing and clearing spaces for her clients, which range from restaurants like Candle 79 and high-end spa hotels to celebrity (and civilian) homes. So we asked her what we can do at our homes and in our lives to insure good fortune this year and stay on the snake’s good side.

Here are three ways to welcome the Year of the Snake:

1. Celebrate While fireworks have their time to shine in July, it’s not too soon to light them. “Firecrackers are traditionally used to scare off evil spirits and they also symbolize renewed hope for the future,” explains Wendell.

2. Eat What’s a celebration without food? But pass on the cupcakes, and reach for a kumquat. They’re believed to bring good luck. So eat and gift kumquats to start the New Year off right. (And hey, they’re loaded with vitamin C!)

3. Clear “It is a good idea for all of us to ‘clear house’ both physically and metaphorically,” says Wendell. This means pay down that credit card bill, resolve any rifts with a loved one, and tie up any other loose ends before the New Year begins. —Amy Eley

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How to Feng Shui Your Love Life

Are you considering oysters for two or rose petals on the bed for Valentine’s Day? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the principles of feng shui, these tactic won’t improve your chances of getting, um, lucky.

Two NYC wellness experts are joining forces to explain why. Feng shui authority Judith Wendell and acupuncturist Jill Blakeway, the cofounder of the Yinova Center, are teaming up to host a free, special event:

How to Create Romance and Have Hotter Sex

on Monday, February 7, 2011

Blakeway, the author of Making Babies, is writing a second book about sex drive, an idea inspired by her patients. “Time and time again I hear that people are dissatisfied with their sex life,” she says. “They think they need more passion and, in an attempt to kindle a spark, they turn to porn or romantic gimmicks, often with disappointing results.”

So, what’s the key to sexual fulfillment? In Chinese Medicine, it comes from a deep physical, emotional and spiritual connection, says Blakeway. Not from chocolate body paint. And the ancient Taoist texts contain plenty of tips about deepening the bond with your partner, which Blakeway will be sharing at the event.Wendell, who’s the founder of Sacred Currents and a leader of integrative interior design, is concerned about the layout of your bedroom as a means to fostering what goes on in it. She’s not talking about crystals and fountains. Rather, Wendell wants you to be aware of the bagua(the feng shui blueprint) of your home and bedroom, and consider how this can affect your relationships and sex life.

bagua-2“Many New Yorkers have no idea what the elements of fire and water have to do with opening your heart, how an open communication corner can make you a more sensual partner, or where in your bedroom the kissing sector is located,” Wendell says. “Feng shui’s not a magic bullet, but it has created lovers, marriages, and babies in New York!”

Even the most unlucky in love might find their chances improving. It’s the Year of the Rabbit, and rabbits are one of the most sexual signs in the Chinese zodiac, says Wendell. “This should be a much better year for us all!” —Melisse Gelula

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Does your apartment need therapy?

Feng Shui Therapy for Space

Judith Wendell is an integrative interior designer and feng shui expert, who gives cluttered Manhattan apartments, co-ops that won’t sell, and generally funky-feeling spaces the equivalent of a juice cleanse and therapy.

apartment therapyStarting this week, the Space Whisperer, who’s helped improve the flow of energy at spas like the Mandarin Oriental and the Candle Cafe is offering a three-part class at the Open Center on how to do it yourself.

“In this class, we will learn how to perform specific techniques, rituals, blessings and chants from a variety of traditions to cleanse, consecrate and empower our environments so that they can better support us in fulfilling our intentions. The material covered will include: clearing a space with smoke, dowsing and sound; the importance of intention; and the use and construction of altars and flower offerings.”

The takeaway: You could be the energy work version of “Holmes on Homes.”


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Does Your Apartment Need a Major Cleanse?

Cleanse with Feng Shui

apartmentDoes your apartment need a Master Cleanse?

Some go to the Container Store to de-clutter. Other s book a professional space clearing, a slate-wiping session that deals with the energy of your a partment, a factor which may hold more sway over your life than you realize, explains Judith Wendell, founder of Sacred Currents, who’s been doing integrative interior design for 13 years.

While the concept might sound completely out there,  the anecdotal evidence for space clearing is tantalizing: Wendell’s credited with turning failed  spaces into fortunate ones: Candle Cafe is approaching its 6th anniversary despite the unlucky  run of restaurants located there before it. And her work has lead buyers to apartments lingering on  the market, reoriented offices for productivity and profit, and helped city spas secure that sanctuary vibe. Just call her the Space Whisperer.

Wendell is a top NYC practitioner of integrative interior design It’s not as simple as waving a magic wand: Wendell  assesses spaces with a dowsing rod and a bagua (a feng shui map), and performs the clearing ceremonies with a number of rarefied tools, using a resin derived from an English cathedral and  bells made for temples in Bali. Wendell, who holds several design degrees, is simply trying to adapt feng shui to modern times. “The same way you wouldn’t eat from new dishes unless you washed them, you want to do the same for your space and avoid inheriting something that isn’t you rs,” she says.

You may be expected to make offerings with bowls of  water, flowers, and candles, and provide an emotional intention. “I always have clients work with me,” Wendell says. “And it’s partly because of their involvement that I’ve never had a complaint of a space clearing not working.”


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