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
Metal alchemy is the process of transforming metal through application of intense heat. The element of metal is pared down, simple, and shiny. To best harmonize in the Year of the Ox, reducing clutter and polishing your environment has been recommended by Taoists, and as such, keeping things clean and shiny can help your mind be calm and at ease. Plants are thought to be auspicious in the Year of the Ox, perhaps because the Ox grazes on them all day. Carrying a plant infused Essence from Shanti Kai™ in your purse or handbag and/or having one of our essences in your office can bring the plant magic in a power packed way!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Master Blends for Finding Flexibility so you can “Reach for the Stars” in the [Stubborn] Year of the Metal Ox
Especially important for Dog Signs
Release It™ – For knowing when it’s time to let go, when to surrender and “move on”. For releasing all those stubborn energy blocks that may hold you back in life and/or manifest as emotional baggage, aches and pains. For all these things (and more) we recommend Shanti Kai™ Release It™. The Ox is very good at persevering…but it doesn’t always know when to “let go”, and you don’t have to be an Ox to be in the Year of one! When you’re in the Year of the Ox, the energy of the Ox prevails. That may mean you need a little help releasing. Read more on Release It™.
Dendrobium Orchid Master Essence – This blend contains over 20 high vibrational Dendrobium Orchids for maximum flexibility and mental agility in the Year of the [stubborn and sometimes resistant] Ox. The Ox Year brings plenty of strength and can help you tap into your own… but needed along with strength is flexibility for you to best manage that which comes your way.
Cycnoches Orchid Master Blend – Like Dendrobium, Cycnoches Orchid Essence can help you to release samskaras, or pranic blockages, that run along the energies of your spine, congesting your chakras and holding you back on all levels of being. When you’re physically congested, you’re more likely to be mentally and emotionally congested. Our Cycnoches Orchid Essence can help you work with these underlying blocks and “free you up” so that you have more energy available to be who you are meant to be…and to access your true potential.
Shanti Kai™ Chakra Essences – Of extreme importance in this year of the Ox, is that you must be physically present (and in your body) in order to create the change you wish to see in your life. Thus, keeping your chakras clear and balanced is key! Our Shanti Kai™ Chakra Essences are designed to harmonize the connection (or junction) points between your physical body and your energy and spirit bodies.
This starts with your Root Chakra, which is what connects you to the earth – your legs, feet, and spine – your foundation… If your foundation is off, the rest of you will necessarily also be out of alignment. For this reason, above all, we recommend the Root Chakra or Muladhara™ Essence during this year!
The Ox, however, is a solo creature who is used to working alone, and as such our sacral chakra or Svadhisthana™ Chakra Essence is an excellent tool for finding balance in your partnerships with others. Our Manipura™ Chakra Essence is also key as you are going to want to have harmony and balance as you find your place in this world. What you do on this earth, what you contribute to society, who you are professionally… this is all found in your Manipura Chakra (or Solar Plexus Chakra). It is therefore of utmost importance that this chakra be balanced.
Moving along, as we mentioned above (under the discussion on gold), your heart chakra is your master chakra, for without it there is no breath, there is no blood and there is no circulation… there is no life, there is no “You”. Having your Master Chakra working optimally in a year when you can expect to be physically active is therefore key, and for that we recommend our Anahata™ or Heart Chakra Essence.
Our Vishuddha™: Throat Chakra, Ajna™: Third Eye, and Sahasrara™: Crown Chakra Essences are also especially important this year, as keeping yourself spiritually and mentally aligned – and expressing yourself properly – are all essential and go hand-in-hand with your hard work and perseverance. Moreover, the need to stay spiritually aligned and mentally focused, so that your physical energies can accomplish what they need to, can also be greatly aided by our Vishuddha™, Ajna™ and Sahasrara™ Chakra Essences.
(Be sure to check out our blog on Chakra Release Kit!)
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Master Blends for Physical Vitality in the Year of the Metal Ox
Important for All Signs
Master Ginger – Strength and vitality are a must in this Year of the Ox, as is keeping your reserves up so that you stay strong and balanced. Remember that this is not merely the Ox Year, but it’s also the second year of Covid and the accompanying Covid health crisis. Master Ginger Essence is filled with an array of gingers designed to bring you strength and vitality to help energetically build your immune system and give you a fighting edge.
ImmunEase™ – This Essence is formulated to energetically build your strength and immunity. ImmunEase™ Master Essence is all about developing your “immune system intelligence”. This blend is filled with flower essences that have their own brand of infinite wisdom; they know how to ward off the parasites and other energies that would try to harm them (or feed off them) in nature. ImmunEase™ helps to energetically confer this same intelligence to your system, and in so doing, strengthen you where you’ve been wounded or weakened. Especially as we are still in the Covid challenge, we recommend working with this essence up to three weeks before travel or being around other people (and of course always wear your masks!) and talk to a doctor if you have any concerns about your health*.
Vishuddha™ Chakra – As mentioned in the introduction, the Metal element rules the lungs, and prominent Taoists are predicting lung issues to continue into 2021. Therefore, the need to protect the breath and respiratory tract will remain paramount in the Metal Ox Year. The Throat Chakra or Vishuddha governs the throat, which is where you draw in the breath, and thus it is extremely important to strengthen your throat chakra, keeping it healthy, balanced and open. Our Vishuddha™ Chakra Essence is carefully formulated to do just this and is recommended for anyone and everyone concerned with staying physically strong and healthy.
Anahata™ Heart Chakra -The Heart Chakra governs the lungs, which as discussed under Vishuddha™ Chakra Essence, is the organ of concern in years governed by “Metal”. Anahata™ Chakra Essence can help you clear your heart chakra. Have you ever noticed when you’re relaxed, you feel more open – you breathe easier, your heart is calm and peaceful? Our Anahata™ Chakra Essence can help you release the tension around your heart and help lift the energetic pressure you carry “on your chest”.
Any of our immune energy essences are also recommended. Here are a few suggestions:
Any of our Heart and Throat Chakra Essences are also recommended. Here are a few suggestions:
Shanti Kai™ Master Essences for Transformation
Especially important for Tiger and Sheep Signs
Transformation™ – The year of the Metal Ox is all about Alchemical Transformation. Put in the sweat, blood and toil and you get a new creation. Our Transformation™ blend helps you work with energies of loss, struggle, and challenge and create something new and different from them. One of the first laws of physics teaches that “energy is neither created nor destroyed, it is merely transformed”… and that is what this essence is all about.
Topaz Master – This essence is all about transmuting incoming energies into something higher (before they reach you)… so that outside energies do not take you out of your focus or lower your creative potential. Topaz Master Essence can help you to stay on track so that you manifest according to your highest good in this Year of the Metal Ox!
Master Blends for Motivation and Getting Things Moving in the Year of the (Sometimes Stubborn) Metal Ox
Especially important for Dog and Sheep Signs
Garnet Glow™ – Garnet Glow™ Essence makes our Year of the Metal Ox Time Capsule because it’s all about circulation, passion for life, and getting things moving! The ox is a hard worker, and once put in motion, he persists and perseveres, relying on his deep reservoirs of strength to get the job done. All he needs is a little kick in the butt to get started and this Essence can do the trick! If you’re struggling to get started on a new project, job, or if your passion for life (and what you do) is dwindling… this may be just the Essence for you!
Mars™ – Similar to Garnet Glow™, Mars™ can help you with kick starting the momentum needed to put you on your path. From there, the hard-working energies of the Metal Ox can take over… and get the job done! Just think of Mars, God of War, riding on his chariot…. once on his destination, nothing can stop him! Shanti Kai™ Mars™ provides the initial thrust and energies of action needed to get your chariot moving. If you’re feeling tired and having trouble conjuring up the motivation needed, this Essence may just do the trick!
Essences for Managing or Attracting Prosperity in the Year of the Ox
Especially important for Ox, Rabbit, Snake and Dog Signs
Prosperity™ – This Essence helps with 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. Prosperity™ is loaded with a synergy of essences to help you align with energies of fortune and luck – but most importantly to keep you in an expansive mindset. Depending on the industry you’re in, what you do, and how that interfaces with the global market and the Covid environment we’re starting the year off in, you may feel you have limited control over how high you sore. (Then again, you may feel like the sky is the limit and you can even break that.) Regardless of where you’re at and/or however things are going, one thing is for sure…how you react to where you’re at (and how things are going) is what will determine your destiny. Prosperity™ helps you to re-align with positive energies needed for growth. In this way, even if it is a hard year, you’ll use your time wisely to align with something greater down the line!
Attract™ – Attract™ Essence helps you to open up your energy field – no matter what you are going through – so that you stay in a space where you can welcome in abundance. So often when things get hard, when you are tired and rundown, you want to contract inward and close up. This might get you sympathy, but it won’t bring you what you’re truly looking for – to attract and draw in your heart’s desire… no matter what that may be! Working with this essence can help you stay aligned with a frequency of attraction, so that even when things are hard you remain open to receive.
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Master Blends for Clarity & Direction in the Year of the Metal Ox
Especially important for Tiger and Dog Signs
Clarity™ – The Ox is a master of hard work and labor- he knows how to persevere and keep going even when times are tough. His internal reserves are enormous, however, in all that hard work and toil within the earth, his water energy may at times grow weak. It is water energy that keeps you in touch and balanced with your emotions and your deep sense of inner clarity. Our Clarity™ Essence is designed to help bring emotional clarity so that your heart and mind are in alignment and you know which direction to go. Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in the daily routine that you forget to step back and reassess and make sure you are on the right path. This essence can help you with just that.
Hope™ – Hope is extremely important during the Year of the Metal Ox. For those of you that are feeling discouraged… perhaps because this is not your “animal year” and things just are not going the way you thought they would be, do not despair for it’s just a year and then things will get better! This essence helps you stay focused and aligned with your higher inspiration, and it teaches you to focus on other aspects of your life during times when you do not feel like you are flourishing outwardly in the way you would like to be. Hope™ Essence is formulated to keep you focused on the bigger picture and uplift your soul and spirit regardless of what’s happening in your life.
Any of our Single Ingredient Essences for Emotional Clarity are also Recommended. We Suggest…
Master Blends for Balance and Harmony in the Year of the Metal Ox
Especially important for Dragon, Snake, Sheep, Dog and Pig Signs
Harmony™ – Harmony™ Essence helps you to get all three wheels moving in the same direction – mind, body, and spirit. The ox is the master of strength; his physical body and his connection to spirit is quite good as he derives it through his connection to mother earth. But sometimes he can be quite stubborn; his mind gets set in certain ways and may not always be in alignment with what his highest self or spirit have divined. Harmony™ can help you realign and balance so that you are in sync with the universe both within yourself and beyond.
Goddess Power™ – The Year of the Metal Ox is quite masculine, and so what better way to bring much needed balance than working with our Goddess Power™ Master Essence. Goddess Power™ is all about harnessing the strength of the divine feminine, which includes tapping into your emotional side and accessing the divine wisdom that lies within. It also helps balance your feminine energies and strengthen all your chakras, especially your reproductive ones that are needed for creation (both in the physical and spiritual sense).
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Master Blends for Grounding and Working with Earth Energies in this Year of the Metal Ox
Especially important for Tiger, Rat, Sheep, Rabbit, and Dragon Signs
Earth Chakra™ – Earth Chakra™ is a must have for this year of the metal ox. The earth is the source of all abundance on this planet – and what better way to tap into the current energy and transformation on this earth than through our Earth Chakra™ Blend. This Essence is formulated with over 29 evolutionary gemstones (i.e., gemstones that were newly discovered – within the last 60 years – and that are showing up at this point in time on the planet to help you evolve and change along with the shifts that are happening on earth). Find your own “inner ox” by working with our Earth Chakra™ Essence, and see how you can work deep within the Earth’s energy to build your strength, reserves and connection to the earth.
Hibiscus Master Essence – Hibiscus Master can help align your root chakra and feet chakras with your spine and the rest of your energy centers, thereby creating the foundation you need to be physically sound. Hibiscus Essence can also help you to sync and align with the natural timing of things and have acceptance when it’s time to let go and move on. In this way, it is a wonderful tool for working with the sometimes-stubborn energy the Ox year can bring.
- Violet Agate – Violet Agate Essence blends the qualities of earth and fire – both found deep within the earth’s crust. As the Ox is so in tune with the Earth Energy, our Violet Agate Essence can help you to tap into this depth, or reserve, and to use the alchemy of Earth energy and fire within yourself, to transform your life into that which you want it to be. It can also help you to purge the parts of yourself that would hold you back or fall apart during difficult times, and to find the deep inner strength that you need to persevere always.
- Axinite – Axinite helps you connect with the earth and earth alchemy, so that as you toil, your hard work is in-putting the energy needed to manifest or create your new reality.
- Additionally, any of our Hibiscus Individual Essences are also recommended. Read more on Hibiscus
Any of our Earth Essences are recommended:
Master Blends for Forward Progress in the Year of the Metal Ox
Especially important for Rat, Horse, Monkey and Rooster Signs
Evolve™ – The ultimate goal of any hard work or labor is to bring about improvement, progress, and change… That is, to Evolve both yourself and the world around you into a better and more idealistic place. We recommend our Evolve™ Master Essence to help you adjust and shift to the changing times, and to give you a much-needed edge in doing so.
Oncidium Orchid – Oncidium Orchid can help you keep a clear mind and align you with the forward-thinking energies necessary for progress. It brings a sort-of mental peace so that you feel at ease with where you’re at and with the world around you. From this space, it allows you to tap into something greater and gets your inventive and creative “mental wheels” moving. This type of forward thinking can serve you well in the Year of the Metal Ox, which may otherwise find you feeling more in a routine (and spending less time stepping back and reassessing).
Any of our evolutionary gemstones are also recommended. Here are a few suggestions:
Essences for Managing your Frustration in the Year of the Ox
Especially important for Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake and Dog Signs
Pele™ – Shanti Kai™ Pele™ Essence brings the element of fire and helps balance that element within yourself. The Year of the Ox is all about tapping into your physical reserves, working with the earth energy, and creating change through your efforts. However, the energy of fire, which in Chinese medicine represents your spirit and the strength of your spirit, is also important if you are not to “burn out”. Managing your passion and giving release to your anger and frustration are quite important if you are to labor without resentment. Pele™ can also help you find a deep force within you that sparks the initial flame of creation. Like its namesake, this is a powerful essence that echoes the goddess of wind, fire, and volcanoes… helping you to use energies that were meant for destruction to birth and create something new.
A few of our volcano grown flower essences are also recommended
Master Blends for Finding and Maintaining a Healthy Relationship in the Year of the Metal Ox
Especially important for Ox, Snake and Horse Signs
- Harmony™ helps you harmonize body, mind, and spirit- with the energies of your heart. Perfect for bringing more harmony in all your relationships.
- Attract™ is our ultimate manifestation tool, designed to help you “open up” to new opportunity. When used with Shanti Kai ™ Venus™, it can help you create, manifest, and draw in Love.
- Venus™, named after the Goddess of Romance, is for all things “love”, including self-love and promoting unconditional love. It can also be used to help align you with “Cupid’s arrow” and draw in that special someone. It energetically supports confidence and female balance.
- Jasmine™ Love helps soften and open your heart. It is loaded with the synergy of jasmine flowers and found in combination with minerals that activate the heart, this Essence encourages a greater experience of agape, unconditional love, and forgiveness. What’s more? It promotes a feeling of serendipity and enchantment… totally magical.
- Vishuddha™ Chakra Essence – A healthy relationship means one thing – that there’s healthy communication – and our Vishuddha Chakra Essence is meant to bring just that!
- Svadhisthana™ Chakra Essence – A healthy balanced ego is important in any relationship in order to be in harmony with one another. Our Sacral Chakra Essence can help harmonize the important reproductive energy centers found in sacral chakra that can influence the health and harmony in any relationship. Working with this Essence can help you learn to balance the need to control, tendencies toward jealousy, and other unhealthy tendencies so your relationships can flourish no matter what the circumstance.