Bending Metal in times of great stress

Melissa Leib

Melissa Leib

Many Classical Feng Shui practitioners predicted a year of worldwide turmoil and widespread illness of the lungs for this Metal Rat year; if we’d only known! This Metal Rat year is Yang energy, whereas next year, 2021, the year of Metal Ox, will be Yin Metal energy. Yang Metal is associated with loudness, combativeness, fighting for rights, rebellion, escalation. 

This is all part of the cycle. That is not to say that anyone knew any of these specific events would occur, and simultaneously, but it was known that it would be a year of drastic change.

The Yang metal of the first half of 2020 will eventually give way to yin metal, more introspection and absorption of the events occurring currently. The hope is that this will allow for constructive analysis and definitive action to heal and advance our higher goals.

If you have too much metal in your life=aggression, anger, fight, inflexibility, you can add some fire element to decrease the feelings. Animals represent fire, so they are helpful to calm too much metal. If you lack metal, you may lack focus, be undisciplined, or suffer from substance abuse. Adding earth, or, of course, metal, will help strengthen metal element in your life.

Metal’s properties are pretty spectacular; it can change form, bending and flexing far more than one can imagine. That is what I imagine when I visualize the world during this time, bending metal. We are being tested to the breaking point, but the metal will keep bending and will not break, nor will our resilience or spirit.