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.