Happy New Year of the Water-Tiger!
Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China for good reason. Each new year brings new energies and opportunities. The celebration begins the day after the first new moon between January 21 and February 20 each year and lasts until the following full moon. These 2 weeks are a time of welcoming and aligning with the new energies. This year, the Chinese New Year falls on February 1st and festivities continue through February 15th, 2022. Each year has a corresponding element and animal of the Chinese zodiac.
This is the year of the water-tiger year that holds a lot of promise for an exciting, productive year. This indicates a new beginning, a fresh start, and it’s a year made for bold action. The tiger is known for its power, daring, and ability to do everything on a grand scale.
This water-tiger year is in gear to be a faster-paced, more passionate year after a slower year of the Ox (2021) and a very challenging year of the Rat (2020). The tiger has been sleeping, awaiting his time for action. This year of 2022 has great potential to be a year of change because of the energy of the tiger: brave, self-assured and ready to pounce. Individually we might be inspired to embark on new adventures, such as travel or moving, or starting a new business. Collectively, there may be an energetic shaking off of stagnation brought on by the past couple years of the pandemic. If energy continues to be obstructed, there can be some restlessness or unpredictable behaviors as cats don’t like to be confined. Also, it is very important to balance the aggressive energy of the tiger with times of rest and restoration as even tigers need to take cat naps. However, this is a water year and the yin energy of the water automatically helps to calm the fiery nature of the tiger so enjoy the steamy energy that water-tiger brings. It will be a year of exploring new ideas, and not shying away from challenges.
In terms of health for this year, keep balance in mind—get moving, embrace life, take on challenges AND take time for relaxation, meditation, and proper sleep. The tiger is associated with the liver and gallbladder organs as well as the lung channel. We can give some extra support to these systems this year by:
- daily stretching (supporting the sinews governed by Liver & Gallbladder)
- eating cooked dark leafy greens (nourishing to the liver)
- eating more white-colored foods (feeding the lung energy)
- and deep breathing exercises (energizing the lung)
For extra luck this year, wear red! The color red is said to help tigers ward off any bad luck or villainous spirits. Also for extra luck, stir the motivational forces of this tiger year and add tiger symbolism to your decor with a tiger figurine or tiger art.
One more thing, allow acupuncture care to fortify your own inner-tiger vitality and get the most out of 2022!