Although the Western world has already welcomed the New Year and ushered out 2021, the Lunar New Year has not yet arrived. Lunar New Year begins on the second new Moon after the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the date is February 1st.
In many parts of Asia, the Lunar New Year is marked by two weeks of colourful celebrations filled with fireworks, lots of red clothes (don’t forget red underwear!) and red decorations. It symbolises the closing of the old year and welcomes luck and prosperity for the new one.
This is the Year of the Tiger.
If you were born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 or 2022 – you are a Tiger! The Tiger zodiac sign is known for its boldness, courage and leadership. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are courageous leaders brimming with self-confidence and enthusiasm. Tigers do not stop until their goals are realised, although sometimes this leads them to be impulsive or rebellious.
In the Chinese Zodiac, the five elements also come into play: Wood, Water, Metal, Earth, and Fire. Water is the element for 2022, so it is the year of the Water Tiger, which implies caution, growth, development, challenge, creation, and planning. Water is the element most connected with emotions and is one of the most significant forces of nature, which is unpredictable.
Cleansing and flow of energy
In the weeks before the New Year, people prepare by cleaning and decluttering their housesand getting their life in order. Now might be a good time to do some cleansing, both of our external physical environment, as well as looking at our internal health. Decluttering our lives on all levels allows energy to flow more freely.
How can Ondol Clinic help?
At Ondol Clinic, our treatments are based on Taoism’s ancient philosophy, which dates back more than 2,000 years. Its basic concept is that a vital force of life, called Qi, surges through the body, and any imbalance to Qi can cause disease and illness. We offer many different practices such as acupuncture, moxibustion (herbal external heat treatment), herbal medicine, and massage (Tui Na). Please also check out our movement therapy with Yoga and now Qi Gong classes in our healing garden.
Whether you are new to East Asian medicine and want to explore new options for maximising your health this year or have already experienced the benefits of this therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us. Bookings can be made here.
We look forward to walking beside you on your healthy living journey during this bold year of the Tiger.