12 February 2021 marks the New Chinese Year of yin metal ox. New year, new hopes, new dreams and goals. Optimise feng shui of your home and workplace to position, align yourself with and harvest the best energies of the new year.
Key feng shui tips for 2021
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual
Feng shui can be described as a holistic interior design where you employ your home or workplace to help you manifest your dreams and goals through priming yourself with positive environmental anchors, primers and cues and representational rituals.
Feng shui is about reducing any environment stressors and maximising positive environmental aspects.
• Reduce electro-smog, dirty electricity, and switch off your wifi for the night. Remember the old adage: “Tomorrow starts with a good night’s sleep.”.
• Check for geopathic stress.
• Check the air quality of your home and add more air cleansing plants (the ‘feng’ wind part of feng shui).
• Shui in feng shui means ‘water’ – make sure you have a good water filter and ideally the whole house filter.
• Clear space for new things to come to your life. Space clearing and decluttering work magic. Especially, when you feel stuck – do something, spend an hour and do space clearing – you’ll feel better. Research suggests that people with messy, cluttered homes had an increasingly depressed mood over the course of the day, compared with people with tidier and cleaner homes. Tidying up will give you a quick dose of the dopamine (the pleasure chemical that boosts your mood, focus and success).
Optimise the bagua of your home. Focus on the areas that are important to you and energise them accordingly.
The bagua model is similar to the life coaching wheel of life and maps the most important areas of life, such as career/vocation, relationships/marriage, family/legacy, wealth/luck, health/balance, helpful friends/travel, projects/creativity, knowledge/wisdom and success/enlightenment.
9-star ki or feng shui astrology is a simple way of charting what might be in stock for you in 2021. It’s like a story or narrative which might help you think metaphorically about your life and what’s important for you. It’s just a metaphoric map, not the territory – and it might help you navigate this year better.
Check your nine-star ki astrology star/number on the chart below and identify which house of bagua your feng shui star is in 2021. 9-star ki or feng shui astrology new year starts every year on 4/5 February so if you were born in January or February check when the new year starts for you check your Chinese astrology.
Or just list important things and key values for 2021 and represent them in any meaningful way in your home and office. You can use the bagua model below to chart what you want to happen in 2021 and adjust to your values and needs.
Colours of 2021
According to Pantone, two colours will dominate 2021 and these are yellow and grey: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.
From feng shui perspective, the metal ox is represented with metal colours such as grey, silver and gold as well as any variation of metallic colours. Metal element is supported by earth element (in the theory of five elements) and yellow is representative of earth element, so Pantone suggestion for the colours of 2021 are in synch with feng shui perspective.
Classical feng shui tips
If you believe in classic feng shui astrological prediction (note: there is no evidence for this – at best it’s a just a metaphoric representational story), hang a metal wind-chime (or anything metallic) in the south-east part of the property since the ‘negative’ energy of ‘five’ is coming from that direction.
The energies and symbols representative of metal ox year are hardworking, active and busy and stem from oxen used in agricultural society. In Chinese culture, people born in the year of the ox are considered faithful friends, industrious and cautious. The story of twelve zodiac animals goes like this: the ox ranks the second among the Chinese zodiac animals because it could have arrived the first in the race but it gave a ride to rat and on arriving, rat just jumped at the finishing line ahead of ox and therefore ox lost the first place. 2020 was the year of the rat, marking a new 12 year cycle. 2022 will be the year of the yang water tiger. Feng shui astrology studies and analysis 12 and 60-year cycles assuming that history might repeat itself – although as Mark Twain allegedly said, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Watch this short overview of 1961 – the year of yin metal ox – to see if the past might offer us some insights for trends and things that might happen in 2021 (trigger warning: it’s not all good). In short, the key events of 1961 are: Berlin Wall is built, dividing physically and metaphorically East and West Germany as well as families, friends and society and the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space during a single-orbit flight (and 1961 was the height of the craze of the twist dance).
Since, we’re probably going to work from home during 2021, it makes sense to make extra effort to make your home more conducive to work/life balance. The separation (physical or mental) of your workspace and living space is important so work doesn’t dominate your life in 2021. Check my top feng shui tips for working from home.
You create your environment and it has as much power over you as you give it. The feng shui formula ‘feng shui = intention + energy + ritual’ informs us about the key mechanism behind it ie placebo effect. Numerous studies have shown that placebos can often outperform alophatic medicine – all because of expectation/intention. Read more about placebo effect – the principle behind feng shui
Your next step with feng shui
If you need further feng shui advice – contact me for an onsite or online feng shui consultation for your home or workplace/business.