3rd February 2021 at 11.00PM marks the start of the Year of the Metal Ox. The Lunar New Year shall take place on 12th February.


First stop. The day before any 24 divisions of the solar calendar is classified as a 'Day of Extinction'. 3rd February being the Arrival of Spring, forms one of these 24 divisions. Transitional energies take place and the day before it, 2nd February 2021, falls to its lowest when it comes to Yang energies. Simply put, this puts 2nd February, which also marks the end of winter, an inauspicious day to carry out major activities, all throughout the good part of the day of 3rd February. Avoid important activities such as renovations, commitments, official openings and start of any milestones in life.


Next, what do people do when it comes to the beginning of the new year ?


Hopes, wishes and prayers. There are good reasons to celebrate and it is an appropriate time, as in any culture and practice, to renew our motivation to create a better life for everyone. It is therefore a day to head to your respective places of worship asking for pardons and prayers. It's a great day to reflect, meditate and forgive.


In light of what we are currently going through, there is also a need to know what the next twelve months will bring us. This will sharpen our vision and create better decision making processes for us to improve our lives.


Because it is a year of the Metal Ox, the buzzword is Repetition. It means that what has taken place in year 2020 may happen again in 2021, perhaps in different modes, styles and impact. Repetition also leads to Discovery and by this, vacicnes could dramatically improve on their efficacies.


Be ready to take on the Year of the Metal Ox with confidence and optimism. If you can, do all it takes to achieve as much as possible in the first half year. There is a chance that restrictions can be repeated by June or July if numbers of control are not achieved. Personally, all must be prepared with contingencies of up to six times equivalent of our monthly expenditures and requirements. Stay safe, do not be complacent, practise hygiene, follow the rules and hopefully, we will be travelling again by Christmas.



REMOVE DAY (除日).


There are days when we wish for some things to just go away, situations to end, be rid of or simply disappear. The act of removing things out of our lives involves more than careful planning, our best efforts, a good strategy and perfect execution. The final nail could be just the time to do it. An appropriate day such that the stars are synchronised so that stale energies make way for new life.


The image of a REMOVE DAY is one that makes way for renewal. Cleansing and getting rid of unwanted things in life are common usage for this day.


More technically, REMOVE DAY comes with the Sun Star(太陽), the primary source of all Yang energies which overcomes all that are Yin which represents darkness, the passive and the shadows. Coupled with the Relief God(解神)who provides solutions to problems and recurring issues in life, this day forms the basis as the prime choice when it comes to our prupose of a new start and a beginning towards a better life altogether.


What could it be that renders us to banish its exixtence ?


As in most things in life, these are the main issues.

  1. It's Personal. It could be a personal relationship with another. Perhaps you have been finding an opportunity to free yourself from an abusive partner. It could also be a case of a business partner gone wrong. Maybe you have been waiting for an appropriate time to let go of your underperforming and unrepentant team member.

  2. Things we do and our bad habits. You know you need to get off that couch and start exercising. It's common to be in our comfort zone and there are times when conscience gets the better of us. If it is the case of a strong mind with a weak flesh, using a Remove Day to stay away from snacks and sugar may prove effective.

  3. Where's the Money ? Not everyone is financially savvy. But it is a personal responsibility to manage our own finances and savings. 2021 is unique. It's a year of recovery for what was lost time, lost opportunities, lost profits and lost savings. How do you start and perhaps find some motivations to stay in positive territories and healthy bank balances ? Clear your debts, or at least draw them down, before the Chinese New Year. In cash or in kind to return a favour done for you.

  4. I don't have a choice. Yes, You do. People who feel controlled, contrived and manipulated have the freedom to move forward. The problem is your own fear within you. It's the fear of failure that is stopping you from achieving the things you deserve in life. Have you been under the pressure and unreasonable bahaviour of your boss, superior or supervisor ? Choose a Remove Day to tell them to stop. Sure, you may not be able reason out some people but let this offer you enough inspiration and courage to seek alternatives and get lucky with another job, an additional income or new channels of opportunities.

  5. There is no support. Support means capital. Financial, Human and Emotional capital. Many of these capitals are derived from your perosnal intelligence, capacity and attitude towards life. Resources are best optimised when they are self created and self preserving. Get rid of the idea that you need help from others (although it is not a bad thing) to succeed in life. A Remove Day is a day of resolution (has your New Year Resolution fizzled out of steam ?) to remind yourself that 2021 is a year of discovery waiting for you to dig up that jewel buried underground.

How and where do you find such days ? They are found in the simple reference in the Chinese Almanac (eBook) which can be purchased on this website.


Starting the Year of the Metal Ox (2021) right begins with this very important date. To some, more significant compared to the Lunar New Year itself.


Historically, this date is intimately connected to people's economic livelihood upon the monitoring of the progressive season. As such, in many cultures, the Winter Solstice was once observed as the start of the new year.


In 2020, Winter Solstice begins 6.04pm (local time) on 21 December.


As early as 2,500 years ago, about the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), Winter Solstice was determined by observing movements of the sun with a sundial. Being the earliest of the 24 seasonal division points, it falls on December 21 or 22 according to the Gregorian calendar. The Northern hemisphere on this day experiences the shortest daytime and longest nighttime. After the Winter Solstice, days will become longer. As Chinese wisdom goes, the yang, positive things takes precedence after this day, so it should be celebrated and accelerated. Today, the Winter Solstice is celebrated by consuming 'Tang Yuan', a sweet delicacy of rice dumplings to symbolize a year of harmony and abundance (or fullness) to come. The significance is to observe this day as a good start to clean up one's act and plan ahead. Gather the family for warmth and a hearty meal. It's a time to reflect, forgive and plan ahead. Take it easy on this day, start on a happy note, make a resolution way ahead of others and yes, make a wish.


Preparation for a positive and better year has started for you.

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