2021’s Yin Metal Ox

2021! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

The Chinese new year for 2021 is nearly upon us and it feels like many people around the world are  hoping for a big change in universal energy. It’s not news to anyone that 2020 was challenging for the best of us. The world was increasingly rocked by social injustices, health crises, economic struggles, and a sweeping disruption to life as we knew it. The Yang Metal Rat of 2020 kept us all on our toes. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted.

Thank goodness that’s over and life can calm down with the arrival of 2021’s Yin Metal Ox.

But First, Let’s Talk About the Chinese Zodiac  

I want to make sure we all have a better understanding of what it means to talk about the Chinese New Year Animal. 

We’ve all been in a Chinese restaurant and seen the placement with the Zodiac animals, we’ve all looked up the year we were born and discovered “our animal”. Well, your Chinese astrology chart is built on four pillars, each with a potential for a unique animal and element composition. Those placemats are potentially* showing you only one of those pillars, the Year pillar, which represents our soul/life path energy. But, it is only one of potentially four animals within your chart and the energy from your Year pillar only shows you your outward personality and social self. (more about that below)

Each new Chinese New Year has the same kind of birth chart; mixes of animals and elements unique to themselves. However, there is a cycle of energetic life, a 60 year cycle**. So it was 60 years ago that the earth had a Yin Metal Ox as it’s universal energy force. What was happening 60 years ago?

Side note: Your 60th birthday should be a big big deal of a celebration. When we turn 60 we will have lived through a full cycle of the Chinese zodiac. 

*I use the word potentially because it matters what your full birthdate is, not just the year you were born. My birthday is early January 19XX, so as a child when I read those placemats I assumed my animal was the one of the year I was actually born. However, since the Chinese new  year comes any time late-January to early-February, my true year animal is the one listed for the year prior on that placemat. 

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** Chinese Astrology geomancy consists of the yin and yang of 5 elements and the 12 Zodiac animals….5×12=60

You can spend just a few minutes thinking about the civil unrest and socially heated life of 1960 that then led  to a quieter, healing and slower 1961. You can also fall down deep rabbit holes as you discover the complex and obvious connections to the energy of 1960 and 1961 that mirrors the present change of 2020 to 2021. As most of the practitioners I know say, “you just can’t make this sh!t up”. 

This is the chart for 2021’s Yin Metal Ox. Right away you can see the universal change in energy is bigger than just the Year pillar (far left, bold). For this post though, I’m going to stay focused on just the Year pillar.

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What should we expect?

The 2021 Yin Metal Ox is in many ways a fantastic shift from the hectic chaos and fear focus of 2020’s Yang Metal Rat. This Ox will bring forth an expectation of calm and subtle behaviors. Slow and steady wins this year and the Ox is prepared for, and has the strength to work through, the journey. 

What do we know about the Ox? They are practical and hard-working animals. They are determined enough to come off as stubborn, yet reliable enough that their loyalty is unmistakable. They are strong and capable, both herd focused and fiercely independent. They believe in the greater good and collective big-picture focused progress at a slow and steady pace. 

This Ox is going to continually remind us to slow down, to take strategic and intentional steps forward in everything we do. You can’t just pull an Ox around on a leash, they are mighty creatures who have the strength and will to hold their ground against the strongest among us. Oxen want to see a community working together to accomplish a bigger goal, but they do want everyone to stay in their own lanes as they get their work done. Stay focused on your own life and being the best version of you, the healthiest version of you, the kindest version of you. Don’t fret about the neighbors, the Simpsons’  or the Jones’. Stay in your lane, doing your work.

Something important to note, this constant reminder to slow life down will be a tough change for any of us who have animals in our year pillar that aren’t comfortable with slower-paced energy. If a slow-paced life isn’t for you, be mindful when you’re feeling controlled and contained, which will be ever so present with the year’s 40% metal energy that arrives with 2021’s Ox. This will be felt more strongly by those born in the year of the Sheep/Goat. Find a healthy outlet you can lean on and maybe also give some contemplative silence time a try!

This Yin Metal Ox is also going to be pushing us to gather up our resources and build the foundations for our goals. I’m not talking about over shopping and stocking up your pantry with things you will forget you have. But, I am talking about getting your plans in place for life goals you truly plan to accomplish. If you are wanting to retire in another country in 10yrs, this is a great year to start mapping out the entire process that will make that happen. And the first month of the new year, during the Mercury retrograde, is a wonderful time to focus on the plans you need to have in place to achieve your goals. But just making plans isn’t going to be good enough for the Ox.

Once you have your task list to achieve your goals completed, now the Ox is going to want to get to work! The Ox isn’t going to be happy sitting around just making plans, they are here to work, and they prefer to work hard on big and challenging tasks that others fear starting. So make your plans, and then let the Ox propel you into action and begin working on those goals. Don’t rush in, remember the Ox moves slowly but purposefully. Start your work mindfully and be committed and diligent to each task. Keep reviewing your goals and steps to achieve them, and keep working your way through checking things off your list. 

One last interesting energy for the year to keep in mind; Each of the Zodiac animals have one highest greatest good that their energy brings with them. For the Ox that energy is “Braving the deepest of human experiences and emotions”. The Ox is a very present and grounded being, they are the animal in the Zodiac that is holding space* for the universe. And with all the universe is transitioning through after 2020’s Rat, we need the Ox to carry the burden of broken energy for the universe. No other animal is strong enough or more focused on the collective good. 

The Ox people in our lives are the ones that everyone goes to for help and support. So, for anyone that has an Ox anywhere in your chart, be extra mindful this year about how often you say yes to other people asking for your time and energy. This is a year that you need to be more focused on caring for your own needs. Remember, for 2021 we all want to be working hard, but staying in our own lane and doing our own work. 

*Holding Space is the art of being present with someone or something, without judgment. This means you give your heart, your ears, your strength, without expectation of anything in return.  

Personally, I’m very much looking forward to the shift of energy the Universe is bringing in for 2021. Slow and steady goal planning followed by strong actionable steps to achieve those goals. The world should be focused on being mindful and compassionate towards a collective greatest good. If nothing else, 2020 made it very clear that the world is connected. This new 2021 Yin Metal Ox is here to help the world work together towards a collective change. I’m excited to see what we accomplish! 

Namaste.

Moving Forward into 2021

Moving Forward Into 2021

I feel safe in saying that 2020 had some unexpected and challenging experiences for us all. Many are still out of work (my husband included). Many are struggling to pay bills and provide food. Most importantly, many have lost their lives much too quickly. 

None of us will soon forget the crushing energy of 2020 that forced so much restructure on every corner of the world. No one has been untouched by 2020. 2020 may have been the year where we all felt overwhelmed with so many things happening at once, we lost connection to time and routine. The yang metal of 2020 was the kind of energy that has the world feeling raw as 2020 hammered away at that raw yang metal the little rat drug in.

But here arrives in 2021 soon enough with the Yin Metal Ox (I’ll have more to say about him soon).

The yin metal Ox walks in with strength, determination, and a desire to get the work of the day done. No matter how difficult, the Ox wants to make some plans and get busy bringing those plans to life. But do not be fooled by 2021, this yin metal comes in force, as 2021 brings 40% metal to the universe for the year. In that high quantity, we will all likely still feel some crushing need for change and development. To make things a bit more challenging to navigate, the energy for the year will also have us feeling like our efforts aren’t producing large enough results for the effort we feel like we have invested. It’s also highly likely that we will feel as though there is no luck on the horizon, and have little motivation to build our own luck. 

Hang in there! While 2021 will continue to feel like a year of hard work, great loss, and unprecedented challenges, it will also feel like we have much to look forward to. We will see little wins out of all our hard work making plans and goals, and fine-tuning new routines. Celebrate the small wins, feel comfortable to adjust plans and goals, and enjoy a nice fireside evening whenever you can. Let the heat of the fire soften up some of the 40% metal so it can be forged into something new.

Every new year is an excellent time for inviting some new energy into your life, and this year it feels ever more so important to shift the energy around us. Here I offer a few of my favorite new year practices to try. 

Decluttering!

This is my favorite task by far to complete when I’m trying to invite new energy around me. I love to declutter anything, even the perfectly organized junk drawer needs a decluttering every few years.

Decluttering any visible areas is the number one thing you can do immediately to change the energy of your home. So put away that mail, clean up that pile of shoes, clean and put away those dishes…then take a deep breath and enjoy the calm you have invited in.

You don’t have to spend all day, start with 30 minutes or 1 hour, or just one task. Pick one room or one closet that has been haunting you. Tackle the guest bathroom or just your car! Dedicate a weekend, if you’re feeling adventurous! 

The things that clutter our lives have meaning, and none of them are too good. Be mindful of the things that collect dust in your life and examine what the hidden meanings likely are. You can’t change a habit until you clearly identify the habit. 

  • Old clothes that don’t fit = not feeling like your best self
  • Anything covered in dust or broken = those things don’t have a place in your life
  • Unfinished projects = I have other priorities, this doesn’t matter to me
  • Piles of magazines or books unread = that story or information isn’t important to me

Clear those things out, don’t think twice, just let them go. You can’t create a new future when the dust of the past is all around you. Instill the help of a good friend, or call on a professional (I’m available). Create some space in your life and home so that the path to move forward is open and visible.

Your Front Door

Wash your front door! Your neighbors might think you are crazy, but who cares. Cleansing the past off our front doors seems vital this year. Your front door is the mouth of your home. All the good chi from the universe, all the opportunities in life, and health and abundance from the red phoenix will be coming through your front door. Use some lemon or frankincense essential oil in the soap and water mix. After cleaning and drying the door (both inside and out), use white sage to smudge the door and bless your home entrance. Add a new doormat outside for an added boost, welcome new energy into your home and life!

A New Plant

Buy a new, healthy green plant or succulent to place inside your home by the front door. If you have one from 2020 there, find it a new spot in an active room of your home. Write some words of affirmations to yourself, and plant them into the soil of this new plant. Intentionally care for this plant, and all plants in your home, and watch life grow before your eyes. 

Deep Cleaning

Get on those elbow-length rubber gloves and dig into the grime (or hire a team you trust)! A new year is a great time to really clean every nook and cranny of your home (declutter first for best results). This is the time of year to clean behind the refrigerator and washing machine. Arrange to have the ducts cleaned, or carpets shampooed! Clean out the dryer vent to the outdoors and have the washing machine serviced. Change air filters on the heating/AC system and or any air purifiers you have. Don’t forget the ceiling fans, light fixtures, and baseboards – oh my! Enlist all members of the household. Give yourself the much needed time to really get the job done. Crank up the music and have some fun! 

Red Envelopes

Don’t forget to cycle out your red envelopes over your front door! Take a moment to reflect on the messages you wrote to yourself last year. Take out any money or coins you had in the envelope and place them in your wealthy bowl. Discard of your messages and old red envelope in a loving fashion (I have a fire ceremony to send mine out into the universe). 

Find a crisp, new red envelope for this crisp new year! Add money or coins, in increments of two (2 coins, 2 $1 new bills). Write yourself some affirmations or desires for the coming new year, with the phrase “with harm to no one” and place them in your red envelope. Hang this envelope over your front door until the new year for 2022. 

I’m here if you need me. 2020 may have kicked all our backsides, but we can just take our time and move slowly through 2021 with intention and determination. The 2021 Ox is here to show us how important structure and process is, and how every little step forward makes a difference – no matter how small, keep moving forward with intention. 

Namaste.

2020’s Yang Metal Rat

2020 kicks off a new 60yr cycle of energy. The intellectual very active Rat is entwined with the force of Yang Metal. This is a big year of change, crushing change and restructure.  With all that is happening with Covid-19, I don’t think there is any argument about how shockingly ‘in your face’ the year 2020 has been so far.

We know that the Rat will be keeping us on our toes with many projects and activities, so many opportunities for things to be different and reorganized. It can also very much feel like we can’t catch a break, that we are overwhelmed with a million things happening at once. We’ve lost all connection to time and routine, yet we can feel the need for some control to get through all the circumstances before us.

I have many friends who were forced to shift their routines of going to an office every day to suddenly working from home every day. Some of those friends also have small children they are now trying to entertain and educate while also trying to work their jobs from home. Some of those friends have lost their jobs. Some further have experienced illness, death or other unexpected large expenses.  So many things happening at once, forcing major changes in our lives, flying in from all directions and in every corner of the world.

That is a lot of chaos happening at once.

Yang metal is represented often as raw metal that must be forged or processed to become something useful.  Yang metal has the potential to be honed into something powerful and meaningful, like Excalibur. Yang metal has purpose and though it may take some work, it needs the pounding of a blacksmith hammer to shape it and bring it to it’s full potential.

Right now the world is feeling pretty raw, we (the human race) need to be forged into something useful. We need to accept all these changes knowing that we will come out the other side of these experiences honed into something powerful and meaningful. We will have been molded and sculpted to accept the diversity of our structure, building structures that support all people in all places of the world.

The Rat of the Chinese zodiac is known for being resourceful, skillful, open-minded and a great survivor during times of danger and scarcity. Rats are known to gnaw their way through to new paths. There is very little that can get in their way and prevent them from opening up to a new adventure. They are determined to create the change they want, and they are hardworking enough to get it done.

60 years ago the world watched as 1960 ushered in new conversations and behaviors around sex with the sexual revolution and the birth control pill. The 1950’s were pushed out and the new ideals of the 60’s appeared to fly in from all directions. This new path that 2020 is bestowing on the world will be amplified many times over from the 60’s revolution as the world has developed many times over from life on the plant back then. So what’s before us this year, likely many things. Many changes, large scale life changing changes. Buckle up and hunker down, it’s going to take some time to work through all the changes ahead. Don’t try to rush through them, this is a year to be more mindful and intentional in all your choices.

New Year, New Envelopes

The Chinese red envelope exchange is centuries old. It’s an ancient symbol of energy, good luck, and happiness. Giving a red envelope to someone is a way to send good wishes and luck to them.

Typically, when gifting a red envelope, you would put money inside. The amount doesn’t matter, but always in increments of two. Two coins of the same value, two dollars of the same value. And then increase in twos as well. If using paper money, you want the paper to be crisp new bills. When using coins, you want them to be clean and shiny.

And though the money is nice, the red paper is the sacred element. Red and gold in the Chinese culture represent abundance and blessings bestowed onto the receivers. The red envelope is used for happy occasions and keeps away inauspicious chi. It is not favorable to open a red envelope you have received in front of the giver. Those blessings contained within are for the receiver only. When receiving a red envelope, always accept it with both hands for the balance of your yin yang energy (left hand is feminine, the right hand is masculine).

Traditionally these envelopes are given out to family and friends at Chinese New Year. Feng Shui practitioners also use them for payments towards services. But they are also a strong tool for manifesting affirmations when placed above your front door or used to hold sacred wishes.

 To manifest affirmations, write your affirmation on a piece of paper adding the words “with harm to no one” at the end, and put it in a red envelope. Hang that red envelope over your front door inside your home.

In a child’s room perhaps write your wishes as a parent for how the child will learn and develop into their own person (with harm to no one) and put the envelope above the child’s bedroom door inside the room.

If using a red envelope to manifest energy or affirmations into one of the nine landform directions, write your wish or affirmation (with harm to no one) and then place the paper in the red envelope. Find an inconspicuous spot within that sector of the home to hang the red envelope. Example: Maybe your North sector is your garage. North is about your life path and career. You could write an affirmation that your career remains strong and develop, place that in a red envelope and then hang the red envelope someplace within your garage. 

Many blessings.

Welcoming 2020 & the Yang Metal Rat

Our homes are a reflection of our life at this moment. As 2020 approaches, there are a few simple things we can do to create a reflection to the universe of what we want this new 60yr cycle to bring forth in our lives starting January 25, 2020.

  • I talk about decluttering a lot, I know. That’s because it’s the number one thing you can do to change the energy of your environment. We want less belongings in our environment so that there is room for better things to enter our lives. Having an empty drawer, shelf or space in closets is a good thing, So, before doing anything else to prepare for the new energy of 2020, clear out everything from your home that no longer serves you. Clutter creates blocks in our life. Hanging on to those old clothes that you hope to one day be able to wear again, tells your soul that you are not living up to your potential. Hanging onto things that represent the kind of family you wish you had, focuses your soul on something you deem to be lacking in the family you do have. Anything broken or covered in dust is a clear statement to the universe that those things really don’t have any meaning to you. Unfinished projects are stating that your choices have proven that those projects aren’t important to you, let them go. Clear it all out. Get help (I’m available and love opening up the energy of a home). Most homes are overwhelmed with clutter in closets and corners and basements, it can feel daunting and impossible to tackle. Ask for help. Do one closet at a time. Dedicate 30mins a day. This is the time to truly let go and create a new future for yourself. 2020 is going to be a powerful year for everyone, create some space in your environment for that powerful energy to come in and live with you.
  • Wash your front door. Your front door is the mouth of your home, this is where all the vital energy, opportunities and health enters your home and property. So, get out the soap and water and clean your front door. Scrub it down. Rinse it off. Dry it. Do this with deep intentions of wanting to create an amazing impression for all the blessings that may be brought by the Red Phoenix this year. Use a mixture of hot water, a drop of dish soap, a handful of course sea salt, 18 drops of orange, lemon, pine or frankincense essential oil.
  • Clean your house as if Queen Elizabeth was coming to visit. We want to start 2020 off with a clean blank slate. We are looking at a new 60yr cycle of energy and we want all the old energy (and dust) out of the picture and out of our lives. As you clean hold the intention of starting fresh, new beginnings. Hit every corner and nook, empty your bookshelves and dust every item in your house, behind the refrigerator and washing machine. Leave no area untouched. Have your air ducts and dryer vent cleaned! Create vision and clarity for the future by cleaning your mirrors and windows, WD-40 all your door hinges so that the doors to opportunity open easily. And make sure every light bulb is working well so that your path to the future is well lit.
  • After cleaning your house, clear the energy of your environment (start at the perimeter of your property and work your way into your home) with White Sage or Palo Santo, then follow up with Sweet Grass. The White Sage or Palo Santo helps move out old energy, the Sweet Grass welcomes in new abundant energy.
  • Buy a new healthy green plant or a succulent and place it near the front door. This is a symbol of the Wood element of growth, new beginning and vitality and advancement of life energy. Write some words of your intentions for this new year, this new 60yr cycle, and plant that piece of paper into the soil of this new plant. Nurture and care for this plant and watch life grow before your eyes. *Be sure the include the phrase “with harm to no one”, as we don’t want to manifest something wonderful into our lives at the expense of someone else.
  • Finally, buy a new welcome mat for the front door. Adding a windchime to the front door area is an added bonus! Welcome prosperity, new opportunities and connections into your life!