On the second new moon after the winter solstice
we celebrate the Lunar New Year.
This year the new cycle also falls on the same date as
Losar, the Tibetan New Year.
Known as the Sheep, Goat or Ram, it is considered the most feminine sign of the zodiac and corresponds in may ways to the sign of Cancer in western astrology.
This astrology system interprets how the five elements -- or the alchemical forces of nature
affect our human experience. This year, Yin Wood mingles with the Yin Earth of Sheep.
In honor of the Lunar New Year, I'm having a Lunar New Year tea.
It's a great excuse to share another of my YiXing tea pots.
This one is very special.
It is carved to look like a flowering tree ... complete with knobs and flowers!
I'm brewing superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea by Teavivre.
This is a delicious, slightly sweet tasting tea.
I love the reflection in the cup!
The cup is one I found at the Glassell Art School student sale.
I love the feel in my hands ... the interesting shape.
The more kind and compassionate heart of the Sheep offers an opening for us to recognize how interconnected we really are, and cheers humanity on to choose peace over separation.
Now is the time to clean out whatever needs clearing, whether it's letting go of negative mental and emotional patterns, doing a physical cleanse, jettisoning clutter, or a major space clearing of your environment.
In the Tibetan tradition, the next to the last day of the old year is a most powerful time to purify any negative energies in our homes and bodies from the previous year.
I've shared bits about the Year of the Sheep from an Elephant Journal article.
You can find more there.
I'm joining several tea parties:
Wishing YOU well, much joy and a delightful cup of tea!