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Feng Shui in a Pandemic


Many people have asked me over the last few months if by using Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, the Pandemic could have been "predicted." In other words, should we have seen it coming? It is a fair question, as every year we see Astrologers both Western and Chinese talk about events that could occur in the year to come.


It is true that certain things that have been foreseen have indeed come to pass but not necessarily in the form that was written about.


I guess some might say it is easy to look back over the events of a year and explain that a certain prediction can take many forms and all is not necessarily crystal clear to any astrologer. So could we say that all the elements were there to predict that 2020 would have been the year of a Pandemic?


Certainly 2020 was seen to be going to be a year of upheaval with fires, floods and possible financial or economic changes. But, this could be any year, right? All of these things happen in one form or another in any year to a greater or lesser extent.


However, if we look back in Chinese Astrology terms over 2020 maybe the signs of the Pandemic were really there we just didn't see the form the challenges were going to manifest themselves in.

2020 was the Chinese Year of the Metal Rat, it was a Yang Metal year, the energy for the year was active, quick, high intensity, indicating a year of big changes with events that could re-shape the future.


The Rat is seen as an animal that moves quickly, is very active and which likes to exist in dirty, wet conditions. Historically, rats are known to carry disease as in the Great Plague of 1665.


2020 was the year of the Metal Rat and in Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui, Metal is associated with the lungs, so all the pieces of the jigsaw were there in plain sight.


It was also set to be a very unbalanced year as only two of the five elements of Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology were present in the year, namely Metal and Water. The strength of the Water element was such that the Metal began to collapse as the year progressed giving more instability to the year overall. Usually Yang Metal collapsing could indicate a financial crisis and this certainly seemed a possibility as 2020 began.

In 2021 we have entered the Year of the Yin Metal Ox. As we have the Metal element still with us we know now that Covid will still be around for a while, but, the energy of the year is much slower and more stable than 2020, particularly as the Ox is a much more stable, slow moving animal. It is also an unbalanced year elementally so expect more changes and upheaval!


In any year, particularly one of upheaval and change, we use Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology to determine how we can make the year more of a success on a personal level. We cannot change world events but we can change our response to them. By looking at the energy patterns in our homes and the elements in our personal charts we can find out how best to navigate these tricky years.



We need to learn how to improve our lives within our own environment. For any given year we need to look at our personal astrology charts and the annual Feng Shui charts of our homes to make any adjustments and changes to have a healthy and prosperous year.


I personally feel that the Pandemic has changed the energy of our homes because the place that once nurtured us and in which we felt secure and happy has been changed in may cases to a semi-prison, a place of work or a classroom.


In homes all over the world, rooms where once we laughed and played have been turned into places where sometimes the main emotions are stress, anxiety and in some instances conflict. In some homes, where visitors were once a daily occurrence the lack of people has made them full of Yin energy which is sad and silent!


In some homes the kitchen, which traditionally is the heart of the home, and in Feng Shui is seen as being important for the health and well being of the family, nowadays can sometimes resemble a war zone, with adults and children simultaneously trying to work and learn in an area that should only be for nurturing. We cannot change how things are but we can change how we deal with them.


Some tips for balancing the energy in the home would be:


1: Make time in the day for everyone to do something enjoyable together, something as small as a 10 minute break together in the garden can make the world of difference. Make a gratitude jar and spend a few minutes discussing what you should be grateful for each day. Put the best suggestion in the jar to be looked at when the year is over.


2: Our kitchens tend to be Yang areas generally, but the extra activity and heightened emotions can make them too Yang, so we need to balance this out by adding some nice green plants (no spikey leaves) or earth objects such as crystals.


3: Re-energise your home by opening windows as often as possible to release stagnant energy.


4: Clear that clutter especially from the table before eating meals


Finally, as the saying goes "never let a good crisis go to waste" so do everything possible to try and turn the negativity of the past year into a positive by trying to look at the year from a "glass half full ' perspective! If you feel the energy of your space is changing and you are unsure what to do, please send me a message and I will be happy to chat about it with you!




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