Autumn’s energy can be too slow for new projects

This can be a frustrating time of year especially if you have an important project starting, a task to complete or a major life change like a house to sell. The energy this close to the winter solstice (on 22nd December this year) is so low that it can literally feel as if you are running on empty. Obviously it doesn’t help that most of us are running about (or clicking online) desperately trying to find the perfect presents for our loved ones.

It’s easy to disregard the solstice as just a quirk in terms of daylight timing but in Imperial Feng Shui we use this as the change of energy for our major calculations, rather than the more usual 1st January or the Chinese New Year. This is based on thousands of years of studying the energy of the environment which have shown that this is when the real change happens.

It’s no coincidence that the timing of the shortest day is closely linked to many religious festivals whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule or any other (I’ve only just learnt that St Thomas’ day is 21st December). It is worth taking the time to acknowledge the shift. I confess to being a bit “bah humbug” about Christmas as I’m usually exhausted by the manic preparations and not able to get excited by the man in red – a classic case of the pressure of expectation I suppose. I know so many people who end up ill of Christmas because they’ve literally run out of energy. For me it helps to recognise this time as being about the transition of energy – the ending of one year and the start of another.

Once the solstice is past and the new energy starts to build it is a good time to start new projects. It’s no wonder so many people start the year with resolutions. It will be easier to keep them if you haven’t been worn down by pushing too hard trying to force things when the energy has been low in December. The New Year energy takes a while to grow and its good if your new projects grow with it.

The message at this time of year should be to plan for the New Year and conserve your energy as much as possible until after the transition. January can still be a tough time when winter tends to hit for real but if you haven’t run yourself ragged trying to force a project to completion and worrying why things aren’t moving as fast as you want them to then you are in a stronger position to move forward.

If you haven’t had an easy time during the year you might also feel that things seem even worse at this time of year. Take heart – this should be the last effects of the year before the new, hopefully more supportive energy starts. Hang in there – it’s not long now!