pink year of ox

Luck Enhancing Ritual

by Skye MacLachlan  ~

On February 11, 2021 we welcome the Metal Ox and the Chinese lunar New Year begins.  Here are a few steps that you can take to release the old and stagnant energy of 2020 and open space to attract better luck in the year of the Ox.

Take some time to reflect on what you want to change in your life.  Then look through your home and identify items that represent the “old” energy that you’re ready to kick out the door.  Gather these items and release them.  It’s important to remove them from your home before the evening of February 10, 2021 (you have until midnight of February 10).  If you have a lot of clutter (if this has been a lifelong issue), simply do the best you can to release as many items as possible.  Celebrate whatever progress you’re able to make with releasing and don’t judge yourself for what you didn’t accomplish – this will only bring negative energy into the New Year.

Now think about the new energy that you want to bring into your life in 2021.  Know that by releasing the old clutter, you’re creating space for your new goals to manifest.

Now you’re ready to do the following 10 steps to set the highest vibration for attracting auspicious energy in 2021.

Give your home a thorough cleaning.  Pay particular attention to mirrors, windows, doors, the stove, corners and your bedroom.  Play some uplifting music as you clean and stay positive.  Know that as you honor your home, your home will support you to manifest your wishes.  The goal is to have your home sparkling with positive energy.  You must complete this cleaning by the evening of February 10.  It’s also okay to hire someone to clean for you.  When the New Year arrives on February 11 (which is also a new moon), you want to refrain from doing any major cleaning until the full moon on February 27.  From new moon to full moon is when you’re attracting positive energy for the year ahead, cleaning during this time represents sweeping your good luck out the door – a bad idea!

Now focus on each room in your home.  Write out (in positive wording) what you’d like to manifest in each room during the Year of the Ox.  In traditional Feng Shui the kitchen symbolizes abundance, the bedroom represents marriage/attracting a partner/health, the front entrance symbolizes your whole life, the office represents your career, the living room is all about your friendships and bigger community, children’s bedrooms represent their goals and your relationship with them as a parent.  The bathroom symbolizes the ability to release all that isn’t for your highest good.  Always end your goal for each room with the words “may this or something better manifest for the highest good of all in this home.”

Purchase a red envelope for each room in your home.  The traditional lucky red envelopes can be purchased in China Town or you can create your own with red paper.  Write the name of the room in small letters on the back of the envelope and place your goal for that room in the envelope.  Seal each envelope.  When you’re done there should be an envelope for each room in your home.  The exception for this is if children/family members don’t want their personal room included.  Never force this process on anyone.  Place the filled envelopes away in a safe place until February 10, New Year’s Eve. 

On New Year’s Eve, during the day, purchase nine organic oranges (actually you can purchase them ahead of time but do this cure on February 10).  If you’re unable to find organic oranges then purchase essential oil of orange or blood orange.  Peel the oranges and place the skins in a bowl filled with room temperature water (spring or well water).  Let the skins sit in the water for 108 minutes, then remove the skins from the water and transfer the water into a spray bottle (preferably glass).  If you’re using essential oil, place 27 drops of the oil in about eight ounces of water and let it sit for 108 minutes; once this is transferred into a spray bottle, shake the water vigorously to disperse the oil.  Beginning at the front door and moving counter-clockwise through your home, spray a fine mist of the water throughout your home.  Pay special attention to doorways and corners.  This cleanses your home of negative chi and bad luck from the previous year.

Purchase a bee’s wax tea light candle for each room.  These are available at Optimum Health but phone first to make sure.  You can also use soy wax tea lights.  If you have pets or small children, place each candle in a bowl of sand beyond their reach.  Also take care to never place a candle near a flammable item.  The candles symbolize a “clear light” to lead your wishes home into manifestation.  Place one candle in each room on the evening of New Year’s Eve.  The candle burns for about 4-6 hours, so light them early enough so that they will have burned completely before you go to bed.

Once the candles are lit on New Year’s Eve, position each red envelope in the room indicated on the back of the envelope.  Choose a placement where the envelopes can stay for a year, preferably in your line of vision.  They should never be placed below eye level or so high that they can’t be reached.  Call on all of your helpers and/or Kwan Yin, Ganesh, or the Beloved Divine to assist you in bringing all that is written in the red envelopes into manifestation if it’s for the highest good of all in the home (if you live alone, say “for my highest good.”)

At midnight, as the two years join (February 10 and February 11), blow your breath towards each red envelope (the breath of life) and visualize the wishes/goals awakening and coming to life.  If you need to go to bed earlier, do this before going to bed on the evening of February 10.

On February 11, celebrate the New Year.  During the time between February 11 and February 27 (full moon), try to live a life of ease, whatever that might look like to you.  This symbolizes a year that is easy and fun.

Within 30 days of the New Year, but after February 27, make a donation or offer your volunteer service to a charitable organization (or someone in need).  Do this without telling anyone and best of all, do it anonymously.  Consider this as an act of gratitude for the good fortune that is heading your way.

When the next New Year draws near (February 1, 2022), burn the contents of the previous year’s red envelopes on New Year’s Eve.  Take time to offer your gratitude to all of your helpers, both seen and unseen.  Repeat all of the above steps for the next New Year.

My annual Chinese New Year’s zoom celebration is on Monday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. this year.  If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please email

May the Year of the Metal Ox shower each one of you and your families with auspicious blessings!

skye maclachlan

AUTHORSkye has specialized in Feng Shui (for the home and business) and Tarot for over 30 years. She teaches Feng Shui, Tarot, Crystalline Gemstone Therapy and Dreamwork at the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton, AB., 780-447-3667 or email her at

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