Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.
This year 2019 is year of the pig, however there is something extra special this year a cycle that we only see once every 60 years! For some of us, me included it might be the only time in our life we experience this extra special cycle.
The Chinese use 12 main animals that rotate through the years but they also have 5 elemental engeries that accompany those years and this year is an Earth year, combine that with the pig and we have a special Earth Pig year.
This in of itself doesn’t make it good or bad but it does mean if we want to get the most out of 2019 we need to understand the flow of energy and the direction it can take us.
If you want to make 2019 the best year then let’s delve into the secrets of understanding the energy of this year.
Pigs in many cultures signify wealth, think of piggy banks.
The pig is diligent and hardworking, think of the pig when uncovering a truffle, snout down focussed on uncovering and earthing it’s reward.
Pigs are not afraid to get mucky, they understand that digging down in the dirt is sometimes necessary to reap the rewards!
in January after watching the lovely Marie Kondo on Netflix I was inspired to clear out my wardrobe. Half way through things we’re looking worse than when I started and at one point I was considering shoving it all back in and closing the door! However I persevered and now have cleared the space for lots of lovely new items to come in 2019.
This year the pig energy will allow you to reap the rewards wherever you focus your energy. This can go one of two ways pigs can be greedy, and greed can easily become gluttony.
Consider where you would like your focus to be this year, is it increased wealth in terms of :
business or career success
Improve relationship with your partner, friends or family.
Whatever you choose to put your energy into this year be prepared to be hardworking, diligent and to get a little messy before your rewarded!
Lets consider Earth engery and how this plays a role in this year.
Earth has a certain rhythm to it think of the cycles of the seasons , it’s also stable and nurturing.
Earth brings everything together combing the water and sunlight to bring everything to fruition.
If you were born into the Earth element you will have a strong desire to understand the world around you and how it works and you will also feel the need to be understood.
Earth energy is also about sharing the rewards, think how the Earth shares its reward at harvest time. Some of our greatest teachers have a huge amount of Earth energy in their nature.
once we have decided on our focus for the year then using the knowledge of Earth, remember ritual and rhythm is a huge part of earth energy.
Why not decide on a new ritual be it spiritual with a meditation practice or physical with excerise or emotional you could try jounaling. If we look at people and civilisation that enjoy longevity then you will see healthy rituals are a big part of their lives. Choose the best time of day that works for you , morning, afternoon or evening it doesn’t matter.
Whatever you decide on this year as you go along the way there will be great value in sharing even if things aren’t perfect. Sharing knowledge of what you have learnt or unearthed and what greater understanding that has brought you will be important this year, whether that be privately with friends or on larger platform of social media.
What lessons can we learn from 2018, it was a tough year for society the year of Earth dog energy brought us a combination of the best and the worst of the dogs nature. Dogs can be faithful and loyal and can bring people together but they can also bark and be aggressive and we certainly had challenges with that last year. Pigs are gentler, they do have higherachy but they don’t have the same pack mentality as dogs.
This year will feel easier like we’re having a rest and rewards will come more easily. The essence is not to become complacent. We can’t ignore the lessons we have learnt from 2018 but rather use hardwork, focus and the nurturing flow of the Earth Pig energy to bring us together as a society we must strive for compromise and understandanding.
The key stratergies for makeing the most of this year. Be clear and focussed on what you want to improve on, put in the hard work and focus, stick with it as it might become messy in parts. Share your experiences along the way and you will be richly rewarded.
Have a wonderful 2019, for those of you that decide on improving health and well being I look forward to meeting you in clinic soon!