February is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years. The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar. In Finnish, the month is called helmikuu, meaning “month of the pearl”; when snow melts on tree branches, it forms droplets, and as these freeze again, they are like pearls of ice. Send this month of “love” off by melting your own latent desires and prepare your world for the spring that awaits you!
Don’t be fooled by the seasons temperature changes. Just when you think it’s going to be cold, and you wear double layers, its a furnace and you’re melting like a snowcone in June! Or you strap on your favorite pair of shorts only to be met with a touch that, you’re just sure, is the icy hand of winter. Come rain or shine, the one thing you can count on is how you feel inside. The outside world may spin around you. You can pack an extra sweater in your car, an emergency pair of flip flops, but the important thing is the wellspring of ‘self’ that exists within. So stay warm hearted, and keep a cool head. The weather may be wild outside, but don’t let that throw off the beauty that is you. From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry, we wanted to tell you to shine like the diamond you are!
Valentines day doesn’t have to be just one day a year! All of us at Belair Jewelry encourage you to share the gift of love and affection all year long. This can encompass simple gestures or overt displays like a beautiful white gold heart shaped diamond ring! Remember, whatever the season or holiday, it’s always good to share your heart’s passion with the ones you love. Don’t let winter melt into spring without relinquishing that hardened demeanor and softening to those that make this life worth while!
From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry we just wanted to say Happy Valentines Day! Whether you’re in a relationship or not, today is about loving yourself and sharing that love with the world around you. If you’re single, this isn’t a day to mope around (we’ve all been there), grab your favorite outfit, and go out there and spoil yourself! Treat yourself with all the love you can muster, and if you have people in your life that mean a lot to you, toady’s a good day to share those feelings. If you’re in a relationship, treat that specials someone with all of the grandiose desire you have burning in your heart, and not because it’s Vday, because you WANT to show them that they fly you to moon. You WANT to show them they they’re your sun, your stars, and without them the entire universe would be dark and cold. They bring your world to light! Let your passions explode this day, and as many days as your heart can muster; because love, really is the most powerful force in life.
Some fun things to check out:
Our heart line jewelry!
Google! You know google, they actually have cute videos attached to candy hearts today, so click and listen!
Things you can do if you’re abroad in London
And Lastly Huffington Post’s cute last minute Vday ideas you can do anywhere.
To bring you luck this new year, Bel Air Jewelry has listed four more things (check out our previous post!) you possibly didn’t know about the year ahead, for a total of eight (a lucky number in Chinese numerology).
5) This year, 2014, is the first year of the wooden horse in 60 years. According to superstition, in your zodiac year you will offend Tai Sui, the god of age, and will experience bad luck for the whole year. To avoid this you should wear something red, which has been given to you by someone else. In general, the lucky colours of team horse are green, red and purple; the lucky numbers are three, four and nine, and the lucky flowers are giant taro and jasmine.
6) Raymond Lo, a feng shui and destiny consultant, says the year of the horse is a year in which people are likely to stand firm on their principles, making negotiation difficult. For example, 2002 (the last year of the horse) was the year of Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy’s legendary World Cup bustup, and 1990 was the year of the poll tax riots.
7) If you were born in the year of the horse, you’re in good company. Fellow members of the horse club include Genghis Khan, Mongol ruler; Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the US; Louis Pasteur, a 19th-century scientist; Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; the American singer Aretha Franklin; and the model Cindy Crawford.
8) Years of the wooden horse are associated with warfare. The battle of Dien Bien Phu, which ended with the defeat of France by the Vietnamese, happened in 1954 and 1894 saw the start of the first Sino-Japanese war. “With such serious conflicts on historical record in the previous two yang wood horse years, I cannot rule out the possibility of war and fierce battle in 2014,” predicts Lo.
The 15-day celebration of Chinese new year started last Friday, with the first new moon of the calendar year. The day marks the end of the year of the snake and welcomes the start of the year of the wooden horse. To bring you luck this new year, Bel Air Jewelry has listed four things you possibly didn’t know about the year ahead.
1) The Chinese zodiac – or Shēngxiào – is a calendar system originating in the Han dynasty (206-220BC), which names each of the years in its 12-year cycle after an animal: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, in that order. According to the system, the universe is made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, wood and metal – which interact with the 12 animals, resulting in the specific character of the year ahead.
2) People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty. Those born in the year of the horse enjoy being in a crowd.
3) If you were born in the year of the horse, you should be looking for potential partners who were born in the years of the tiger, goat or dog. Avoid those born in the year of the rat, ox, rabbit or horse. You won’t like them.
4) If none of this rings true, don’t worry. The animal signs of each year merely indicate how others see you or how you choose to present yourself. There are also animal signs for each month, known as inner animals, signs for each day, called true animals, and animals for each hour, or secret animals.
Our next blog will have four more insights into the new year, keep reading so you can ride this pony all the way to the bank!
From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry we wanted to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year! Yesterday officially ended the fire snake, and year of the wood horse has begun. So what’s in store for us this year? We’ve reviewed some popular websites and compiled the best predictions here, enjoy!
Shake rattle and roll:
It will be a fast year full of combustion according to some astrologers, who see wood as providing fuel for the energetic horse sign. The later part of the year is “yin fire”, increasing the potential for heated entanglements. Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a ‘yang wood’ year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.”
Money, money, money:
If you have a business involving wood or fire you will do well, according to Canadian Feng Shui expert Paul Ng. This includes lumber companies, agriculture and media companies. Property companies won’t do as well and as the horse is a galloper, the potential is for the prices to gallop downwards over the first six months. However, supported by the fire element in the latter half of the year they may gallop back up, according to Lynn Yap, Singapore’s Feng Shui Queen.
The mirror is looking back:
When horse meets horse, the natural Ying-Yang opposition is no longer balanced and thus over the next year horses are due some tense situations and pressure in their personal life. However Foon Chik, of the Feng Shui Society says it is not that simple and meeting your own sign can be a time for self-reflection.
Not a horse:
Well, what animal you are depends on what year you were born in and how the characteristics of this creature interact with the horse. Foon Chik, of the Feng Shui society has compiled her predictions, reproduced here with her permission. You can read them in full here.