The Year of the Ox: An Introduction

The Mind in the Year of the Metal Ox

The Ox is fierce & hard working but has slower wit than that of the rat, who governed most of 2020. So while 2020 had you on your toes and adjusting at every turn to the rapid changes (due to Covid, social distancing, and quarantine), 2021 is governed by earthy, yin energy, which is mentally slower in nature, if not altogether passive. In fact, there is a famous Zen Buddhist parable that is depicted through a series of pictures which portrays the process of “subduing the ox”; it is said that this represents a process of mental and spiritual transformation. This is of course, is because of the ox’s great strength that one must come into great powers of patience and understanding to persevere enough to “tame the ox”.

Your Place or Space in the Year of the Metal Ox

The Ox is fierce & hard working but has slower wit than that of the rat, who governed most of 2020. So while 2020 had you on your toes and adjusting at every turn to the rapid changes (due to Covid, social distancing, and quarantine), 2021 is governed by earthy, yin energy, which is mentally slower in nature, if not altogether passive. In fact, there is a famous Zen Buddhist parable that is depicted through a series of pictures which portrays the process of “subduing the ox”; it is said that this represents a process of mental and spiritual transformation. This is of course, is because of the ox’s great strength that one must come into great powers of patience and understanding to persevere enough to “tame the ox”.

Your Finances & Luck in the Year of the Metal Ox

The Ox is believed to represent harvest, and thus good fortune. However, the slow-moving energy of the ox also represents patience and generally speaking, it is believed to be a year to hold off on making decisions, whenever possible. According to eastern philosophy, 2021 in general is a year to be prudent. The planets are casting a murky net, and it is very difficult to tell what the year will bring. Similarly, the Vedic Science of Astronomy and Astrology foretells a similar prediction. It is a year to be cautious and invest in only the most solid things. What’s more, not out of character for a “Metal Year”, sticking to precious metals such as gold and silver is believed best. Fortunately, the Ox is considered lucky, but is no doubt more fortunate for some than others… read on in our Essences for Prosperity section to find out where you stand!

Physicality & Healing in the Year of the Metal Ox

The ox is cherished in eastern culture for its nurturing, stabilizing energies. It grazes slowly and is peaceful (if not passive) during its free time, but hard-working and willing to labor intensely when called upon. The ox possesses great reserves of strength and intense powers of perseverance. The Metal element rules the lungs, and as you saw in 2020 with the metal rat, the Covid virus affected the lungs of citizens across the globe. Thus, prominent Taoists are predicting this trend to continue, and the need to protect the breath and respiratory tract will persist into the Ox Year.

Those that struggle with respiratory afflictions or are prone to any of the following: allergies or sinus issues, breathing conditions (e.g. asthma, sleep apnea), viruses or chronic colds, sore throats, immunodeficiency, heart conditions, skin ailments, nervous system conditions, and/or those who are (or were) considered “at risk” during Covid may want to apply extra care this year.

The Ox has a strong loyalty and tremendous will power. It is nurturing and hardworking, willing to toil for you unconditionally. The Ox is believed to have special healing powers, and as with the alchemy of Metal, under certain conditions its energies can be transformational. Throughout Asia, people are known to rub statues of the Ox wherever they have ailments. They then apply the part of their hand that rubbed the Ox over the part of them that is wounded or sick. The belief is that this will help them heal.

Your Feelings & Emotions in the Year of the Metal Ox

The Ox is further represented by hard work, duty, and discipline. How YOU specifically will feel in the year of the Ox depends on how you feel about these things. If you are prone to laziness and/or procrastination, especially if you’ve been able to get away with it in the past… you may find yourself becoming frustrated this year. The Year of the Metal Ox is all about routine and if routine is something you struggle with, you may find yourself down and out. Quick minded Horses and Monkeys are likely to struggle with this year, as are Tigers who like their independence and need new things to keep them interested. Sheep on the other hand, are likely to do just fine – for like the Ox, they are happy to graze away, patiently doing the same each day.

Shanti Kai™ Precious Metal Essences – it is the Year of the Metal Ox after all!

Any of our precious metal Essences are ideal for working with the alchemy inherent in the Year of the Metal Ox.

Metal Essences… Really?

Though the concept of metals for human consumption might sound toxic, Shanti Kai™ Essences are vibrational and thus do not contain toxic matter. Jayme also has a background in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and researches the raw ingredients carefully before creating the essence. Final dilutions are brought to potency using carefully established methods to ensure you are taking these vibrational infusions at the right dosage for highest vibrational efficacy. As with homeopathic dosages, the concept “less is more” applies. Truly high energy vibrational products can take years to make and refine, the blending of which is an art unto itself.

Read our blog on What is a Vibrational Essence.

  • Gold – It is said that without Gold Essence, the Heart Chakra never functions at its maximum capacity. For the hard-working year that the Metal Ox foretells, you’ll be glad to be working with Gold Essence, for your heart chakra is truly the master Chakra.  Without the heart, there is no circulation, no breath. Gold Essence also brings energies of Strength and Protection.

  • Silver – Silver is a yin essence that can help stimulate your kundalini, strengthen your mind, and bring much needed spiritual clarity. In a year in which your energy may need to be more physically invested to manifest your desired outcome, Silver just might be the secret ingredient to your alchemical transformation.

  • Ayurveda Metal Blend – Our Ayurvedic 3 Metal Blend Essence is excellent for detoxification and cleansing. It helps to strengthen your aura and brighten your energy field. This is the perfect essence for releasing all the residue of 2020, and getting your foundational chakras in alignment so that the rest of you is ready to launch into the new year.

  • Platinum – This Essence is for cutting through mental funk, raising your vibration, and getting the clarity you need. Platinum Essence also helps your mind to work with lightning speed it quickens your energies and can help bring speed to the sometimes slow moving mental energies of the Ox Year….and even though the Ox may not be your sign, you are in an Ox year and that means it’s influence is still at play.

  • Copper Essence can help shield and protect your energy from lower frequencies and vibrations. It acts as a conduit for energy, enabling metaphysical (i.e. energetic) alchemy to more readily take place within you. This is an important concept for the Year of the Metal Ox – facilitating outer change by way of combining hard work and/or physical labor with spiritual grace. Or in this case, combining your physical effort with “energetic tools” derived from metals (e.g. copper) as a vehicle for both inner and outer transformation. Copper Essence alights the lower chakras and opens the heart chakra, allowing you to transform lower emotions into higher vibrations. It is thus an excellent Essence for 2021!

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Golden Aura™ – Although not a precious metal, this master blend was formulated around gold, which is central to the year of the metal ox. The hard-working metal ox must have prime circulation for his strength to be at an all-time high.  It contains a rare Dendrobium Orchid Essence which can help you to be present on multiple dimensions at once. It also has Yellow Sapphire Essence for aligning with the positive Jupiter Energies needed to manifest prosperity, opportunity, and expansion. In this year of 2021, Jupiter has been masked by Saturn, making it more difficult to feel the expansive energies you need to spread your wings.  In synergy with other essences in Golden Aura™ blend, this can help you to tap into the energy of expansion within yourself.

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Shanti Kai™ Master Essences for Harnessing the Positive Metal Ox Energy

Especially Important for Tiger, Rat, Rabbit and Sheep Signs

Empower™ Essence – The three tenets of our Empower™ Master Essence are Cleanse, Protect and Strengthen…. exactly what you may be needing in this Year of the Metal Ox. Empower™ is formulated with a synergy of flowers and minerals designed to help you face whatever it is you need in order to move forward on your part. It helps you conjure the strength within yourself that is needed in order for you to face your fear head on and create something anew. If you’re prone to stress and worry and would like a tool to help you press forward so that you can become the strong person on the outside that you truly are on the inside, this may be just the Essence for you! It may also help you address karmic situations where you feel helpless or disempowered, helping you heal and move forward.

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Quartz Master – This essence is all about strength. It works to amplify all other essences and serves to increase and harmonize your energy on all four levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It has a tremendous healing quality and brings elements of protection and shielding to your energy field. In addition, it helps you to see clearly and find your focus… to more easily tap your inner source and find inspiration from within. It moreover builds confidence and self-worth while promoting mental balance and passion for life. For all these reasons and more we recommend Quartz Master Essence in this Year of the Metal Ox.

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