Happy Chinese New Year – Metal Ox year

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Having just listened to a fascinating webinar all about the Metal Ox year and what we can expect, I would like to share a few nuggets with you that I gleaned from Lilian Pearl Bridges – lotusinstitute.com

The Ox is a revered animal, valued for its qualities of constancy and cooperation. They are considered even tempered unless provoked (best not to provoke oxen this year!).

This is the year of patience and rest – we are all tired in many ways – tired of this situation, of the restrictions, of working hard or not being able to work. We need to embrace the Yin qualities of quiet, stillness and calm – in preparation for the very different energy of the intense yang Tiger year that will follow.

Health tips include:
Eating lighter, cleaner food, more regularly.
Metal is the element of dryness so staying hydrated and drinking enough will be important.

It is predicted that this year will be a lot calmer and more harmonious and less contentious.
There will be more socialising as the year progresses, but due to the influence of the Metal element, this will still be restricted to smaller groups.

Embodiment of Metal good behaviour includes politeness, gracious behaviour and etiquette. It is a year for reconciliation, healing rifts and strengthening relationships and family ties.
We will all benefit from embodying Yin type behaviour – being kind to each other.  There will be more of a desire to help others with small acts of kindness.

The ox moves slowly so all the qualities of this year will take time to unfold (the tail of the rat from the previous year continues to be active, we were told).

Oxen can achieve their goals by consistent effort. Before taking any action, they will have a definite plan with detailed steps, to which they apply their strong faith and physical strength.

Key things that I will be taking away from this – take time, take things slowly, rest up and let’s be kind to ourselves and each other.

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