This year was a shock for the world, for families, for businesses and it’s taken a huge toll on human life, on jobs, relationships, our happiness and our sense of security, and a feeling of being in control of our lives.
The energies of this year played out like a song...With words such as investments, the economic outlook, energies for love and health, and even where health maladies struck, like the lungs. ...Like COVID.
In 2020 , we have learned the discomfort and anxiety-producing feelings of not knowing what’s next.
Did you know that each and every year has its own set of energies and challenges?
In Feng Shui , these are often characterized by the element and the animal sign of the year.
The sign teaches us about what will help us be more successful in the year ahead, and by adapting the qualities of the animal, we can make the year go more smoothly.
2020 was the Year of the Rat
The sign of the rat was adaptable and industrious, and if there’s anything we had to be in the year of a global pandemic with the coronavirus, it was adaptable and industrious, that is for certain .
And in another day , we could kiss 💋 2020 farewell and look forward to embracing the Metal Ox for 2021 and what lessons we can learn from him for this coming year and replace uncertainty with knowledge and confidence.
FENG SHUI for METAL OX YEAR and Your Home
Ox personality traits are steady, patient, and hard working. Therefore, do your feng shui adjustments slowly and patiently this year.
Ox is a builder, making this Ox year an ideal time to finish projects, especially home improvements.
Focus on staying organized and very tidy to keep open your path for new opportunities.
Accept that things will take time. Stay with structure, routine, and pace yourself. Be consistent in an Ox year.
Want a big life change? Start making plans now, and maintain steady focus towards your goals throughout the year.
Save sweeping change for next year Water Tiger 2022, the time to follow your instincts and pounce on new opportunities.
THE ELEMENT METAL
2021 is a Metal year. In feng shui, the element Metal is represented by the clean, pristine environment that shines like real metal.
If there ever was a time to reduce and remove clutter, it’s now during a Metal year, especially if you are indoors during Covid.
If reducing clutter, start with one drawer. Then the next one. Keep on working in an Ox year.
The element Metal correlates to the bedroom. Metal is a yin element, and the bedroom is a yin room for rest and sleep.
2021 is time to make your bedroom a healing (and tidy) sanctuary. It is also fortunate to wear metal jewelry in a Metal year.
Spaces Design Studio can help you create a sanctuary for your bedroom
COLORS of the FIVE ELEMENTS
Boost energy and start a new cycle by painting your home this spring.
What color for exterior paint? Walk around the block and look at the colors of the neighboring buildings.
Paint the color that looks the best with the others. That improves everyone’s property.
The energy of any room can be transformed by adding a coat of fresh paint. If all rooms of your home have white or ivory walls, all white walls can be holding too much of the element Metal which can can lead to arguing.
So paint one room with color, or trim a room with color. Don’t know which room to paint? Paint the room most in need of being refreshed.
Each room of your home correlates to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:
FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element Fire is represented by the heart.
The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best with accents of the bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, orange, and all shades of red. Bright accents stimulate conversation and activity. Strong Fire brings passion, energy, and creativity. Fire is hot and expanding energy.
EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red walls (Fire) in a dining area are too stimulating and people eat too fast. Strong Earth brings stability, balance, and patience. Earth energy is grounding.
METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in children’s bedrooms. Colorful prints are too yang and not restful. Strong Metal brings logic, clarity, and intelligence. Note that Metal energy can be unyielding.
WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys. In the bathroom, paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine. Strong Water brings wisdom, peace, and serenity. Water is cold and free flowing energy.
WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room. Strong Wood brings enthusiasm and spirituality. Wood energy brings growth.
How Luck can enter your home
Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business.
Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby — whatever the entry is where you live.
Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and paint touch-ups on scuff marks.
Add an welcome mat if needed. Or replace an old one if it’s worn out its welcome.
If you own a business, make sure that your entry is clean and inviting, and that there is good signage with clear address numbers.
A business must be easy to find, and attractive to enter. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance.
In this Metal year, stop clutter before it builds by maintaining the habit of tidying up before you leave your home or office. Then a peaceful environment awaits you when you return. Especially at your place of work, it’s not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. If working from home during Covid, clean up your work space at the end of each work day.
First thing seen
What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? And when you enter each room? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone to make the room inviting to enter.
Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of clutter. Stay tidy, especially during this element Metal year, the time for a clean, pristine environment.
Remember...the ox is a thinker.
The ox considers all possibilities and errs on the side of safety and security, something we must all work on in this topsy-turvy pandemic world we still live in.
Manage your temper and be devoted to your family and your love relationship, partnership or marriage.
It was in the past year when there was a major re-alignment of the importance of family, home and those tender ties that keep us close.
Do watch your investments and don’t invest in anything you are uncomfortable with or that feels like a gamble to you, as the ox is not a shrewd card shark, lol!
Watch overconsumption of sweets. Treat your stomach gingerly and work at creating a diet that supports your health. Watch grazing because this is “mindless eating” that can pack on the pounds.
In relationships, work on communicating and doing things that strengthen your relationship mentally.
This could be through working a puzzle, playing board games or cards together, or working with your hands by doing household or gardening projects with your sweetheart. This will keep the two of you close and with your most important sex organ — your brain — stimulated.
Here is wishing you and your family a year of health , prosperity , love and peace ❤️😘