Happy Lunar New Year 2021
The Year of the Metal OX!!
It’s time once again to celebrate the transition between Chinese zodiac signs. That’s right, the Lunar New Year is here! Many of us in North America often associate Lunar New Year with Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. It’s the most important celebration in China. The festival signals the beginning of spring, and the start of a new year. It’s called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the luni-solar calendars. This year, China’s New Year will fall on Friday February 12th, 2021.
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, we’ll be entering the year of the Metal Ox! See ya later 2020’s Metal Rat (actually, I’d rather not). If there was ever a year we needed the hard work and reliability of the Metal Ox, it’s 2021! There’s much work being done throughout the world to help us through the current pandemic. I’ll be quite happy if there are a few oxen in the labs working out those vaccine formulas.
“The Metal Ox year started on February 4th at 11pm, in what’s know as “The Little Year”. It’s filled with preparations for the new year and runs until Chinese New Year on the 12th. 2021 is symbolized by two Chinese characters: Yin Metal and the Ox. The Ox is also an Earth Element. In the Five Elements cycle, Earth births Metal. Because the Earthly Branch (Earth) supports the Heavenly Stem (Metal), you can say that this combination represents a more harmonious relationship. Therefore, you might expect 2021 to be a more peaceful year.” I’m fairly certain all of you would agree that a coming year that is more peaceful would be greatly appreciated.
Recovery and Renewal are the watch words for 2021, but don’t take my word for it. Once again, here’s my favorite guide and prospergraph for 2021 by Way Fengshui. These fun overviews of the Chinese zodiac are a great way to quickly see where you might be headed in 2021.
No matter your sign, it’s a safe bet that mindfulness, kindness and your own authenticity will steer you to good fortune. Take care of yourselves and each other. Gōngxǐ fācái !