2021 The Year of the Ox

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy New Year!

New year is when yang energy starts to rise. When you align to nature and the subtle shifts that this creates, you become sensitive to it. And that’s wholly beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

In China, new year shifts between 21 January and 20 February, because the date depends on the movements of the moon.

Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival because it celebrates the rising in earnest of yang Qi – of vitality and life force. Historically this was the start of the new agricultural cycle of sowing, nurturing and harvesting crops. The ‘evil’ in this season is wind, which is said to bring agitation and anger, the negative emotions linked with the liver. This makes it a good time to detox, eat well and have a clear out. Ensure projects are finished and old baggage or attachments are cleared, to allow new energy in.

There’s also an age-old tradition of deep-cleaning your home before Chinese New Year, to invite in new qi. That might be a big ask, but this is a good time to at least clear your wardrobe or that bathroom cupboard hoarding old products you’ve not used in ages.

You will probably notice you start to have more energy – not only to be active, to get outdoors and do stuff, but also to start new projects. This is a good time of the year to make plans and to reflect on whether you’re happy with the direction you’re heading in.

So, what is this particular year all about and how can that help you? In the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the metal Ox. The Ox is a widely popular Chinese zodiac sign because this symbol is associated with qualities such as intelligence, honesty, patience, persistence and diligence. Oxen are dependable, but they don’t like deviating from their course, so make sure you plan well for the year (we know how that went last year!)

If you were born in the following years, you are an Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009. Famous Oxen include George Clooney, Barack Obama and Meryl Streep.

How your year goes depends on your Zodiac sign.

For the Oxen, it promises to be a better year than the last, with endless possibilities. It will be a time for new jobs, bountiful harvests, and lots of celebrations.

Dragons and monkeys share the same elemental quality with Metal Ox – if this is you, you are likely to have a smooth year!

Rat, Snake and Rooster are all zodiac signs that work well with Ox. There should be lots of opportunity to turn issues into blessings in 2021.

Goat, Dog and Horse are zodiac signs that conflict with Ox. If this is you, pay attention to any changes both at work and within the family.

If you were born in the year of the Tiger, you many experience a few surprises during this year.

For the Rabbits, it’s a year to consider their relationship with people and the outside world.

And finally , if you were born in the year of Pig, gear yourself up for challenges (again)!

No matter your sign, new year is a great time to start your qigong journey! Click here to see our range of courses and flows.