Joanna Bristow Watkins

ChineseYearOfTheRat

  • Friday 12th February, Chinese New Year of the Ox

    Chinese New Year w goldFriday 12th February is Chinese, and Japanese, New Year of the Metal Ox which will last until Sunday 30th January 2022. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 is more of a lucky year for men and women born in the Year of the Ox, the Year of the Snake, the Year of the Rooster, and the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year image by Antonia Skelton.

    The Chinese calendar rotates through 60-year cycles based on 12 earthly branches, each represented by an animal year, as well as five element years which are wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  2020 was the Year of the Metal Rat and 2021 is the Year of the Metal Ox. Each earthly branch is characterised, on a deeper level, by a yin or yang force and its own element.

    In the Year of the Rat, the force was the active, fast and hard, masculine yang energy whilst its element was water, known for being in constant flux. The ox’s earthly branch, in contrast, carries yin energy, which is feminine energy that is passive, soft and slow. Its element is earth, represents stability and nurturing. It is believed these characteristics of the ox and its associated energies have positive and favourable synergy.

    The sign of the Ox is the second animal of the Chinese zodiac and represents hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us in the coming 12 months, according to astrologers. In order, the 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

    The Chinese Astrological year is governed by the lunar cycles. Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the New moon (good for starting new projects) and Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. 

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle later this month on Friday 26th February, at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

    If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

    Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

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  • Saturday 25th January, Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat

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    Saturday 25th January is Chinese New Year, which is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, so starts this year after the New Moon on Friday 24th January @ 21:44.

    This marks the start of the Year of the Metal Rat, which runs until the evening of Lunar New Years Eve on Thursday 11th February 2021. Image by cienpies purchased from Istock.

    The Rat is the first of the twelve zodiac animals in the Chinese zodiac. According to myth, as detailed in chinesenewyear.com the Jade Emperor said that the order in which they arrived to his party, would decide the order in the zodiac. The Rat coaxed the Ox into giving him a ride. As they approached the finish line, the Rat arrived first by jumping down and landing ahead of Ox.

    As explained in chinahighlights.com, there is also a rotation of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal. water. Each element lasts 12 years as it continues through a full rotation of all zodiac animals, making a 60 year cycle.  Meaning that we last experienced the year of the Metal Rat 60 years ago, between 28th January 1960 and 14th February 1961.

    This means that in the year of your 60th birthday, you will retun to your original birth zodiac sign in terms of animal and element.  As I was born in the year of the Metal Rat in 1960, this will apply to me this year!

    Rats are traditionally seen as a sign of wealth and surplus in Chinese culture and married couples pray to them for children, because of their reproduction rate.

    In China, generally the New Year celebration is a major event with seven days' absence from work, from New Year’s Eve (Friday 24th January) until the 6th day of the first lunar month (Thursday 30th January). Sadly this year, the outbreak of Coronavirus has limited the festivities in some large cities.

    Some Chinese families take their Zodiac very seriously and use the horoscopes to bring balance and wellbeing into their lives. There is advice on lucky and unlucky colours to wear, numbers to seek out and ones to avoid, plus recommended directions of auspiciousness, wealth and love. There are also guidelines on which zodiac animals are most and least compatible as life partners.

    For Joanna's events and courses aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life, including Walton-on-Thames Healing Shares, mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this 2020 Harmony Healing Event Update.

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