February 12th is the Chinese New Year. It’s the start of the lunar year, and is the second new moon of the Western calendar year. 2021 is the year of the Metal Ox. Through my study of classical Feng Shui, I’ve developed a real interest in learning more about the different animal signs and the rituals around the Chinese New Year. As part of the Feng Shui training I am embarking on, we are learning all about the animal signs, and how they can influence someone’s life. I am learning the Four Pillars Astrology, which takes into account the year, month, day, and hour someone was born. With that information, I have learned how to calculate someone’s chart to know which supportive elements (water, wood, fire, earth, or metal) into someone’s home. In the future, I’ll do another blog post about how the Four Pillars can be helpful in terms of home organization. As a Professional Organizer, I’ve always had an affinity for January 1st, as the New Year brings in all kinds of optimistic and fresh energy. The Chinese New Year brings a similar sort of enthusiasm, with an added sparkle of Chinese metaphysics, which makes it even more exciting!
Marlyna Los is a Vancouver based Four Pillars Astrologer who is highly regarded in the Feng Shui community. I watched her video on the Metal Ox, and wanted to share a few of the things I learned so that I could put the Chinese New Year into the context of home organization, plus I added some tips of my own. The Ox represents stability and a steady and consistent energy. The Ox is well organized, disciplined, diligent, hard-working, and motivated. If you embody those qualities, this will most likely be a great year for you. If you are lazy, unfocused, procrastinate, and don’t take work seriously, you may have some trouble this year. This is the year to really get serious about what you want and to take responsible for exerting the effort to achieve your goals. Don’t allow yourself to get drained. Fix any leaky faucets. Surround yourself with supportive people. Take care of yourself so that you don’t get burned out. This is the time to really get grounded within yourself so that you can be in energetic alignment with your goals. How can you be more of yourself, rather than people pleasing, or acting how you think people want you to act? The best way to get grounded is to get out into nature. The metal element represents organization and discipline, so if you’ve been wanting to get organized, this is your year to finally get it done! Here are some tips to help inspire you to have a successful Metal Ox year:
To learn more about the Chinese New Year, the rituals surrounding the New Year, and to learn more about how your animal sign will interact with the year of the Ox, watch this video by Marlyna Los.
What would you like to bring into reality during the year of the Ox? Send me a message , I’d love to cheer you on!
By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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