One of most common fengshui topics is the set of Chinese rituals/customs for the move-in ceremony that officially marks the start of living in your new home.
Find a suitable auspicious day and time according to Tong Shu/Sheng (The Chinese Almanac); the selection of auspicious date should take into consideration the birth data of the family members, but priority is given to the house-owner. Contact SH Astrology if you need help on Date Selection.
For a quick and easy guide, I have shared some fengshui to-dos so you know just what to do when THE day finally comes.
1. Put your bowling skills to the test. Upon entering your home, roll one pineapple in the house while saying auspicious phrases. Continue to roll the pineapple around the home while saying these auspicious phrases.
2. When entering the home, all family members should carry something auspicious(and no one should enter empty handed) .
Bring the 5 kitchen necessities (cooking oil, salt, sauce, vinegar, rice) – and according to some Chinese customs, bring a brush and broom, bucket filled with water, pairs of chopsticks or fork and spoon. (Some Chinese even bring a charcoal cooker with burned charcoal from the elders/parents’ house to symbolize the “passing on” of a generation, to represent a “burning success”.
Fresh fruits such as oranges (which symbolise prosperity), pomegranates (which symbolise opportunities), peaches (which symbolise good health) and apples (which symbolise safety) are good choices which mark a sweet start to your new life.
3. Open all the doors and windows of your home. Besides welcoming fresh air and sunlight into the home, this practice signifies that the Qi energies in your house are being renewed and cleansed.
4. Proclaim the functionality of your home by turning on all the water and gas pipes and electrical appliances (leaving them on for about 3 minutes will do). We think that this is also a great way to check that everything is working well within your home!
5. Channel that inner campfire spirit. Light up your stove and set a kettle on it to boil. This symbolises that your home will be filled with warmth and that you will have a bright career.
6. To ‘bless’ every inch of your home, mix some green beans with uncooked rice, sea salt and Tie Guan Yin tea leaves and scatter these all around the home. This is believed to chase away all evils while planting the seed of wealth within the home.
7. Usher in the good fortune by putting sweets on all tables and desks within the home and by placing red packets filled with new notes at places where you intend to keep your money (e.g. inside the safe, desk drawers).
8. What better way to conclude these moving-in rituals than by bonding with family over a delicious home-cooked meal. The water that has been boiled earlier can also be used for brewing a pot of Chinese tea. Besides enjoying the food, such a practice symbolises the sharing of wealth among all members of the family.
With all these done, you can now go forth and beckon in harmony and prosperity within your home.