Li Chun or the beginning of the spring season for the Year of the Ren Yin Water Tiger (壬寅) falls on February 4th. However welcoming Cai Shen or the God of Wealth at the Lunar New Year is another particularly important event in the Chinese New Year Festival.
The Chinese believe that welcoming the God of Wealth into your home on the first day of the first lunar month ushers in good wealth luck for the year. The time and direction varies each year and people whose Zodiac sign conflicts with the day should not participate in the ceremony; which applies this year to those who are born in the Rabbit (卯) or Rooster (酉).
In 2022 the first day of the first Lunar Month commences on February 1st, but Cai Shen arrives from the South East (135°) on the evening of January 31st between 11.00 pm and 1.00 am (LST). The most auspicious time to receive Cai Shen is actually 11.40 pm LST or 12.40 am if you live in Australia and observe DST.
If you would like to invite Cai Shen into your home then follow these steps and may you enjoy much happiness, health, success and prosperity in the Year of the Ren Yin Water Tiger!
The first thing you must do is to clean your home, paying particular attention to all the main ch’i openings (windows and doors) that are located in the South East, as this is the direction that Cai Shen arrives from. Start at the main entrance and work your way around in a clockwise direction. Ideally either kaffir lime essential oil, juice or leaves should be added to your bucket of water for extra cleansing properties, but this is up to you.
Just before 11.40 pm LST (or 12.40 am DST) you should shower and change into fresh clothes in order to demonstrate your sincerity. Then open all South East facing windows or doors in order to receive the auspicious ch’i into your home.
Following this light 3 tea-light candles and place them in the South East sector of your home. Please do so safely and do not leave them unattended.
At 11.40 pm LST or 12.40 am DST stand (or sit) next to the open window or in the door way and face towards the South East. Inhale the prosperous influences, welcome them into your home and visualize the positive goals you wish to achieve this year in both your professional and personal life.
Alternately you can burn 3 sticks of incense in the South East sector of your home, bow three times and sincerely pray for well wishes, whilst inviting Cai Shen to come into your home.
So Gong Xi Fa Cai and here’s to new beginnings in 2022!