2021: Year of the Yin Metal Ox

2021 is the year of the Yin Metal Ox. The new solar year begins on February 4, 2021 and ends February 3, 2022. The lunar new year is February 12. The solar new year is the traditional date to adjust the feng shui of your house. The lunar new year is day for celebrations, parades, and parties. Solar New Year is a fixed date and Lunar New Year is the second new moon after the winter solstice.

In traditional feng shui, we have two factors to take into consideration: the animal year and the annual Lo Shu number. The animal year refers to things that influence you on a personal level. The annual Lo Shu number refers to energetic influences located in specific areas (compass directions) of your home, office, and garden. Working from a position of strength, you can positively influence the type of year you have, by neutralizing negative energies and negative stars, while activating the positive stars.


The Ox, Snake and Rooster are Compatible

The Ox is the second animal in the Chinese zodiac, and it’s compatible with the Snake and the Rooster. The Rat is a friend as well. The Ox clashes with the Sheep/Goat. 2021 can be a challenging year for people born in Sheep years. People born in Horse, Sheep/Goat or Dragon years may need to actively balance their energy throughout the year. They may find it excessive or deficient at times.

Each year has specific energies where some months and days are more favorable than others. Your birth year determines your personal animal and provides insights into your own chart. The animal year represents an overall influence. An astrology analysis can provide you a much deeper view into yourself, your cycles, and beneficial aspects.


Look Back 60 Years for Insight into 2021

The Chinese calendar pairs the twelve animals of the zodiac with the Five Elements, to create 60-year cycles (12 x 5 = 60). Thus, every 60 years we have the same animal and elemental match. We last experienced similar energies 60 years ago in 1961, a year of many contrasts.

In 1961, JFK was inaugurated as President of the USA, the Peace Corps was formed, the first human (Russian) went into space and Alan Shepard made the first US space flight, construction of the Berlin Wall began, the Freedom Riders tested the desegregation decision of the US Supreme Court, the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba took place, the UN General Assembly condemned apartheid, Pampers and the IBM “golf ball” typewriter were introduced.

2021 is a yin Metal Ox year. 1961 was the previous Metal Ox year. Since we’re at a higher level of consciousness, watch for global events to unfold in a more evolved or more spiritual manner. Metal brings qualities of clarity, focus and precision. It can also be abrasive, critical, and chaotic. A positive focus will help contribute to a better world.


The Year of the Ox

The ox is an animal that is driven by hard work in service to others. It favors a strong and steady approach to situations, is loyal and family oriented. The ox plows ahead, head down. Qualities associated with Ox energy include hard work, perseverance, service to others, compassion humility, and kindness.

As we’re experiencing, 2021 is having a chaotic start. Expect it to be a transformational year. Also watch for shifts in the financial markets. We also had these in 2009, the last Ox year, after the crash at the end of 2008. We’re halfway through a 40-year economic reshaping and several significant and rare astrological patterns occurred with the 2020 winter solstice. Although it feels unsettling, it’s all for the best. Unsustainable patterns are continuing to break down to pave the way for changes that will help humanity and our planet.


The Flying Stars

The Flying Star approach to feng shui changes annually, whereas the Western bagua system is a fixed approach. The Flying Stars system uses the compass direction of the building and maps the energy in your house and environment accordingly. When activating the Flying Stars, the year begins February 4, 2020 and ends February 3, 2021.

Two Flying Stars systems are in practice today: Flying Star System I (primary system in use) and Flying Star System II, (not well documented in print but some say is even more powerful). In the Flying Star I system we are in Period 8 (which influences houses built or renovated from February 4, 2004 through February 3, 2023). In the Flying Star II system, Period 9 was ushered in during 2016 and will continue for the next 20 years. Peg practices Flying Star II (taught by Gill Hale).

The Annual Lo Shu number is the annual number that “flies in” every February. The number for 2021 is 6. Thus “6” is in the middle of the Lo Shu or Magic Square for the year. This number and positioning are used for both Flying Star systems as well as Nine Star Ki astrology.


Favorable and Unfavorable Stars

In Flying Star feng shui, there are favorable and unfavorable stars. Each year you activate or enhance the favorable stars, while you tamp down and neutralize the energy of the less favorable stars. The troublesome stars are 2, 3, 5 and 7. The favorable stars are 1, 4, 6 and 8. Star 9 can go either way.


Pay extra attention to the SE, NE, East, SW and North sectors. 

For 2021 the challenging stars are located in the SE, NE, SW and North sectors of your home. These are actual compass sectors. When you use the feng shui bagua you work with symbolic directions, placing the North sector on the axis with the main entrance.

If you’re familiar with the Flying Star system, the troublesome stars for 2021 are:

  1. The Annual 5 Star is in the SE (112.5-157.5).
  2. The Grand Duke (Tai Su) is in the NE Ox sector (22.5º - 37.5º).
  3. The Three Killings (52.5-127.5) is in the East and the first sector of the SE.
  4. Sui Po is in the SW, Sheep sector, opposite the Ox.
  5. The # 2 star is in the North (337.5 – 22.5).

If you’d like to apply the Flying Star approach to your home or workspace, contact Peg for a consultation.