Nativity scene or Nativity tradition started by Saint Francis of Assisi who, at Christmas 1223 with the Pope's permission, put a straw nativity scene in a cave in Greccio, in northern Italy and organized a living nativity scene with some local peasants. to recreate the scene described in the Gospels, and in that setting, celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve.
Making a custom within the Franciscan Order and that of Santa Clara; However, little by little people were replaced by figures made with various materials such as wood, ceramic or stone. Later, this custom spread throughout the Christian world and became rooted in Catholicism, thus spreading throughout Latin America during the conquest through the missions.
In Venezuela the manger was introduced by the religious orders during colonial times, which saw in the mangers an effective means of evangelization of the natives. The religious of all the convents armed nativity scenes, involving members of the neighboring communities in this task. In the same way did the priests of the churches. Becoming a Christmas tradition that identified for some time this colonial era, where many people overflowed their creativity in the realization of their nativity scenes or nativity scenes that occupied the entire front of their houses. This motivated the Venezuelan family to take walks to contemplate these works of art and it was a propitious moment to make requests and throw offerings to the manger. At present in Venezuela and in many parts of the world the tradition of placing the manger is continued. Involving all members of the family, especially the children who are always eager to collaborate. There is no pattern for its elaboration. They take out the boxes where the figures of the manger, the houses, sheep, shepherds, animals and everything necessary to build the city of Bethlehem have been kept. It is important to place all these objects in the Sun, to transform and renew the stagnant energy. Spread Palo Santo incense over all the images. The main figures of the manger that cannot be missing are the Virgin Mary, the Child, Saint Joseph, the mule and the ox, the three Wise Men, the star and the Child's house.
If you are one of those who collect mangers, take these Feng Shui tips so that according to the element or material made, you can locate it in the appropriate coordinate: LET'S ACTIVATE THE GOOD ENERGY OF CHRISTMAS.
• Nativity scenes WOOD locate them to the East and Southeast.
• Those of CLAY o CERAMICS place them in the Center, Southwest or Northwest.
• Nativity scenes METAL, WIRE y BRASS they go west and northwest,
• Those of CRYSTAL to the north.
In this way you will have in addition to a beautiful decoration, harmony and balance with each element and its coordinate. Keep the order in mind when placing the main pieces. Saint Joseph goes to the right of the child and the Virgin Mary goes to his left. The ox behind the virgin and the mule behind Saint Joseph. The star represents faith.
I invite you to return to your roots, to take the traditions that connect us with our origins. These dates are also conducive to creating your own family traditions. Take the energy of love, sharing and renewal that Christmas brings. THE FENG SHUI IS MORE THAN DECORATION, the energy of your spaces is activated by you. Until the next meeting. Ros Feng Shui
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