The second New Moon after the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This is year 4717th in the Chinese calendar, the year of the Yang Metal Rat. On January 25 Chinese New Year celebrations begin.
The Rat is the first animal in the twelve Chinese zodiac signs and is a symbol of strong vitality, intelligence and adaptability. It is one of the most respected signs of the Chinese horoscope. Rats are known to be strategic, persistent and resourceful while also being sly and secretive. They are survivors and industrious creatures, learning quickly to adapt to new conditions.
The metal element of the year suggests cold inflexibility. However, metal is a strong material that can cut through insincerity with decisiveness and strength. The color associated with metal is white or silver; a symbol of purity, wisdom and perfection.
This year we may easily become overly industrious and inflexible. As qigong practitioners it is always important to pay attention to the flow of qi. Your daily qigong practice this year will help you remain centered, nourished and supported. Keep strong your connection with the earth below and the blue sky above.
Wishing you all abundant qi and a Happy Chinese New Year,