Happy Lunar New Year!  We bid farewell to the year of the Yang Metal Rat and usher in the new Yin Metal Ox year.  The Ox in the Chinese Astrological System is is a symbol of perseverance, constancy,  and patience.  Oxen are known to be hard workers, plowing the field in straight lines with no guidance.  They create abundance and prosperity through consistent work.

2020 was the beginning of a new decade both in the Lunar and Gregorian Calendar system, Wow, what a year!  Things start off precariously in the beginning.  We had to expose what was unfavorable, break down walls, and clear space for progress and new things to sprout.  In the Yin Metal Ox year you will not see dramatic changes but rather a refinement of goals, beliefs, and convictions.  It is a time for renewal and repurpose.  The Yin Metal Ox year represents clearing away old brambles and fallen logs on the field, so that new seeds can be sown and thrive on fertile soil. 

Though tumultuous, the Metal Rat year was very dynamic. Did you take the opportunity to create the change you want in your life?  Did you let go of old paradigms and beliefs? Did you break through stagnant energy?  Last year was an important year for initiating new beginnings and new possibilities.  Many of us shared ideas, plans, and creative juju with others in new ways and outlets.  Some of us reinvented ourselves, started over, moved to a new place, established a new home.  Did we allow ourselves to release fully and let go of the past to provide space for clarity and openness? 

Oxen are no fragile animals, they tend to be a little stubborn and do not stray away from defined courses.  Years influenced by the Ox energy are often described as hardworking, consistent building, and revisiting the pool of knowledge from past leaders.  Renew and redefine what’s truly important, it is key to this year’s Qi.  Progress does not happen overnight but through steady work.  Let’s not forget the wisdom of our ancestors and those before us, rooted in our heritage, culture and identity.  The Yin Metal energy is about refinement, what inspires us again to build for the future.  Time is truly a cyclical dance.  We are all remarkably resilient.

The overall outlook for the year will be a more subdued version of the last.  Preventative medicine and strengthening immunity, especially lungs and skin (both associated with the metal element) will be important.  Self-care is a necessity.  Digestion may not be as strong this year. Eat and chew well.  Consider practicing yang sheng, the art of self-care that promotes longevity and vitality through nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

Breaking everything into bite size pieces was the theme of the Metal Rat year.  Unfortunately, the job is not finished yet.  Tumble and down you go.  Take a deep breath and restart.  There are opportunities to rebuild with more integrity and foresight this year.  Work together with an inclusive, mindful process step-by-step.  This is the time to remove vampires in our lives; cut them off (think of the metal energy, refined blade).  Have patience in the process, better times are definitely coming.  

Be a reliable and dependable friend, partner, teacher, this will be rewarded in the coming years.  Nourish others and all those around you, the reciprocity of community and friendship will be felt deeply during the autumn time of the year.  Education is an important value of the metal element.  Consider a new course of study or explore a new skill.  Be sure to nurture life through more harmonious lifestyle habits.  The key to activate the Ox Qi of the year is steady incremental growth.  It may seem slow at times, your patience will be tested, impulsiveness may arise.  Relax, don’t be discouraged.  Come back to your center core, stay in harmony with balance.                       

The Chinese Astrology System for an individual involves looking at the 4 pillars (4 animals).  Not only does the Year you were born have influence, but also the Month, Day, and Hour.  Your environment and lifestyle practices also impact your fate profile.  Information below should be used as general guidance. 

RAT (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032)
Opportunities will be more abundant this year.  Your network has the ability to expand. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Step by step is key.  Do your best within your own abilities.  Take the time to regroup and enjoy a slower pace.

OX (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

Well we don’t have to teach you what is the definition of work.  But remember, REST is the most important action (or inaction) to take.  Focus on long term goals and results.  Your endeavors and hard work this year will see fruition in the coming years.  Stay away from negative influences in your life, learn to grow during this time.  Keep a steady pace. 

TIGER (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
Sleep and moderate exercise is important to help support your immunity and wellness.  Great year to meet new people and socialize. Career advancement and recognition are likely to appear.  But do not forget to clarify your goals, learn from your mistakes, be patient and accepting. 

RABBIT (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
Stick to what has proven to work, slow down, and do things thoroughly.  This will not be the year to try new diets or high-risk sports. Take the time to work on yourself this year.  It’s all about cultivating your inner beauty.  Always remember as one door closes another will open.  Direct your qi inward, communicate more clearly and concisely.  Get together with friends and family.

DRAGON (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
Make sure you maintain good dietary habits, slow down, chew more.  A good year to be social.  Reach out to friends you haven’t spoken to in a while.  Develop a new skill or attend a class, refrain from being over confident.  The power of the dragon truly shines when generosity is felt by all. 

SNAKE (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
Keep your immunity in top shape.  Activate your yin energy.  Embrace the inner you, retreat instead of pushing forward during times of difficulty.  Focus on the value you can contribute to a project.  You are sowing seeds for the future.  Movement and change are good, keep going.  Our greatest lessons in life come from falling.   

HORSE (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
New ideas are great.  Renew your commitments.  Don’t be afraid of hard work, be consistent.  Impatience will be a detriment.  You will see more progress towards the later part of the year.  Communicate effectively to all your colleagues, friends and family.  Be honest with yourself.

GOAT (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
Good time to make sure your eating habits are in check.  Better to avoid dangerous activities. Big changes are on the horizon.  Remember to listen, use your inner voice, lean on your family and friends.  Remind yourself to rest, don’t allow work to drain your energy.  Direct your attention to your inner peace. 

MONKEY (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
Superpower, problem solver!  Don’t forget with power comes lots of responsibilities.  Work hard but also enjoy your life, keep the work life balance in check.  See through to the plan you’ve worked on the past year.  Don’t forget to reassess, clarify and write down the roadmap you envision.

ROOSTER (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
Your voice has an impact this year.  Worked hard the past few years? You will see some fruition this year. Opportunities will be present. It’s a good time for self-promotion.  Remember to not over-inflate.  Articulate yourself with modesty.  Explore and do some safe traveling. 

DOG (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
Progress may seem blocked. Yet, change is definite.  Be patient.  Work on planning, rethinking, redefining your goals this year.  Connect more with your family and friends, meet new people. Collaborate with others. Arguments injure all parties involved. 

PIG (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
You may be pulled in all directions this year.  Focus on the tasks that nurture you and people that bring you joy.  Don’t forget about having fun!  Continuity is key and be open.  Reach out to old and new friends, attend weddings.

DISCLAIMER: All information written is intended for entertainment purposes only. All information provided in this article is based on the principles of Chinese Five Element Theory, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and animal symbolism in Chinese Astrology.  There are no expressed or implied guarantees of results from using this information.  Individual users and readers are solely responsible for their own interpretation or application to their own circumstances. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for medical, psychological, professional advice, evaluation and/or treatment.  Information in this article has been written through the guidance and materials by the late Liu Ming of Da Yuan Circle, by Lillian Bridges of Lotus Institute, and by the wisdom of our ancestors.

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