Special Newsletter Edition
Chinese New Year - The Year of the Metal Ox
We love this time of year.
Not only is it Chinese New Year - but we also get to feature so many talented authors, consultants, and members writers of the IFSG. Observed worldwide, Chinese New Year is historically a 15-day festival celebrating the beginning of a new year on the Chinese calendar. Traditions include special meals and family reunions, beautiful decorations, a thorough cleaning, to sweep out the old of the past year and invite the new energy of the coming year - abundance, health, relationships, family - and of course red envelopes and lanterns. Feng Shui comes into play while considering the Chinese zodiac, the five elements and especially the energy of the coming year.

Read on for the best-of-the-best...tips, resources, and what you can do to prepare, embrace, and maximize the Year of the Ox!
"2021 is a metal or golden ox year. The strongest elements are earth-metal-water, which relate to the colours yellow/brown-white/gold silver-black/navy blue. The missing elements are Wood (Green) and Fire (red pink and purple). To bring all five elements into your life in 2021, make sure you include some wood/green and fire/red pink and purple in your clothes, shoes, and accessories. The metal or gold ox is about moving steadily forwards;and is a creature which is capable of sharp thinking. Think carefully and plot and plan before you make a maneuvre."

Back to the Future: Metal Oxen Past and Present
From Richard Ashworth, When Zhou En Lai, perhaps Mao’s closest aide, was asked the repercussions of the French Revolution, he replied: “Far too soon to tell.” This is a hint perhaps; over the years I have concluded that to get a bead on the coming year, we may need to delve as deeply into history as into the ramifications of the 5 Yellow and Three Calamities. So much history and clarity in this brilliant article from Richard.
Metal Ox Year Zodiac Horoscope
From Beth Grace, each year as the energy of the New Year arrives, we evaluate its impact on our spaces using Feng Shui, and on our lives with Chinese Astrology. 4 Pillars, also called BaZi, is the most widely used system of Chinese Astrology. We look at the interactions between the 5 elements and the 12 zodiac animal signs to understand our life’s blueprint and to anticipate how timing will impact us and what energetic conditions we will encounter to harness this power to shape our lives. Something for everyone - Beth's outlook is clear, intelligent and incredibly helpful.
13 Feng Shui Tips for a Lucky Year of the Ox 2021
From Laurent Langlais, as the Chinese New Year of the Metal Ox is fast approaching, here are my methods to help you generate a better luck in 2021. Let’s face it, we can all use a bit more luck right now! The point of this article is to give you different methods to welcome the new Chi, get rid of the old one and create a better life in 2021, year of the Yin Metal Ox. A regular contributor and expert on Chinese New Year, Laurent's tips are spot on and easy to do.
Career Outlook for All Signs for 2021
From Donna Stellhorn, coming out of the Metal Rat year in 2020, we learned to adapt to new circumstances and to hustle for what we wanted. Now, in 2021, the Year of the Metal Ox, energy becomes more deliberate, measured, and steady. Ox energy is about rebuilding and planting new seeds for an abundant harvest in the future. Donna’s annual Chinese Astrology series is the best-selling Chinese Astrology series in the world - this is a do not miss article.
Red symbolizes luck and good fortune in Chinese culture. During Chinese New Year, money is put inside red envelopes which are then handed out to younger generations by their parents, grandparents, relatives, and even close neighbors and friends.
Find more ideas and tips for Chinese New Year on our Pinterest board. No red envelopes on hand? You can DIY!
Video: 2021 Chinese Astrology Outlook + 12 Animals Forecast | Joey Yap
Final Thoughts - Your Chinese Astrology Lucky Charm
From Jillian Rothschild-Scholar, owner of Feng Shui in Motion and BaZi expert
One of the biggest challenges with getting anything accomplished is not only having the right luck but knowing how to optimize opportunities in a way that leads you to the desired outcome. This can be a real struggle for many people.  

The Ox is a Nobleman for those born on a Day or Year of Yang Wood (ex. 1974), Yang Earth (ex. 1968), or Yang Metal (ex. 1960). That means any of the years ending in 4, 8, or 0 are included, too. Lucky you!

Want to know more about the Annual Nobleman Star?  

Click here to read a detailed analysis of the gifts of this year
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