SIBO, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine
February 12th rings in the Year of The Yin Metal Ox in the Chinese Lunar calendar. I think everyone can agree we are all ready to move on from the scattered, chaotic energy from this past Rat year. Whether you place much stock in Chinese astrology, if there was ever a time to look outside forces for hope or explanations, that time is right now. And, there are a few key things about the Ox year that I think can be relevant to everyone.
First of all, think about what an ox is, a large animal that was traditionally used to plow fields. The ox is strong, dependable and not prone to excitement or distraction. When I think about that energy as it applies to this year, I visualize putting my head down and plowing through in a steady, focused and forceful way. This is a year to humbly build back and build on what you have.
The second thing I’ve been thinking about has to do with the Metal element attached to this Ox year. In Chinese Medicine, Metal is associated with the lungs and its corresponding emotion is grief. As we emerge from the collective PTSD of the pandemic an important part of healing will be allowing ourselves to grieve. I feel like most people are caught in between grief and needing to hold themselves together with the continued onslaught of trauma. With more people getting vaccinated and as infections decrease it will be important to grieve all that has been lost in this past year.
The third thing to keep in mind is that this is a Yin year, meaning we will feel the full weight of our responsibilities and will need to work extra hard to accomplish our goals. It is a time to focus inward on the things that are most important in your life.
Looking forward, keep in mind is that next year will be the Year of the Yang Water Tiger that is certain to arrive with a powerful roar.
Photo: Water Buffalo 18th century China. Metropolitan Museum of Art