After everything that’s happened in 2020, a lot of people just cant wait to say goodbye to the year of what has been a truly pesky rat. 

Was the year of the Rat truly cursed?

Historical coincidence or not the Metal Rat has brought widespread death and destruction of biblical proportions whenever it came every 60 years especially for China—such as the first opium war in 1840,  the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, the Great Chinese Famine in 1960 where as many as 45 million people died. The COVID-19 Pandemic this year– which was first detected in China’s Wuhan City in the province of Hubei—also made us feel like rats—hiding inside our homes because of the lockdown and scurrying for supply runs to avoid getting sick with the virus.

The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese Astrology, and for this reason, 2020 was considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. 

Unfortunately it wasn’t the beginning we were looking for. But as terrible as the Year of the Rat and the pandemic may have been for a lot of people,  there were also those who were able to make most of the year even in lockdown. It might have disrupted the economy but it also led to the digitalization of more business and the rise of homepreneurs. For those who always wanted to spend time with the family, the extended lockdown also gave parents more than enough time to catchup and be closer with their children.

Embracing the New Norm

Feng Shui Queen Marites Allen has always been as an agent of change and someone who could change lives. At a recent chat with the founder of Frigga Charmed Life, Ms Marites told us that we should always look for opportunities amidst the challenges, and its one of the reason, why despite the closure of malls and the rules about physical distancing, she became even busier during the lockdown months.

Ms Allen even came up with these facemasks to help her staff earn during the lockdown

Ms. Allen notes that the online sales of Frigga Charmed Life, has gone on full swing since clients who would rather not venture out to shop, now actively shop online. It came to a point where Frigga has to hire a call center team to assist with 24/7 inquiry and sales operations. By mid-December this year, Frigga will install exclusive international numbers for London, USA, Dubai, and the Philippine market to ensure faster response to clients.

“With people spending more time at home, my online consultations have doubled; so yes, I have been much busier than ever,” the feng shui expert says. “This only shows that even during difficult times, there could be good things to look forward to, and so I see the coming year as a period for welcoming and adapting to change and of having renewed vigor and confidence that things will be better,” she adds.

She calls 2021 as the year of the Vaccine–apt for the metal element of the OX, but what other changes will this year bring and how will it affect your animal sign?


As such the theme for this year’s annual Feng Shui Forecast “Thrive, Not Just Strive,” in the Year of the Metal Ox.” Ms. Allen explains that especially during challenging times, many of us just wish to get over the hump and survive. While it is perfectly normal to continue striving despite hardships, the intention to thrive is even more important, because then it is an expression of the will to grow and prosper, to direct our own fortune, and flourish even in times when nothing is certain.

Her annual forecast will be happening on December 19, 2020 and for the first time the entire world will be able to watch Ms Allen’s sought after forecast for the incoming Chinese New Year via  livestream.

What used to be a traditional physical gathering of feng shui enthusiasts in the Philippines and nearby Asian cities will now be conducted virtually from London where Ms. Allen is currently based, in compliance with the health protocol mandated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As is the norm in her previous annual events, Ms. Allen will present different feng shui indications for the year that impact businesses and personal lives, suggestions on how to harness energies to attract prosperity, and many more tips on how to make the most of the Year of the Metal Ox, which starts on February 12, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022.

In light of the challenges posed by the pandemic year that was 2021, Ms. Allen sees the Year of the Metal Ox as a period that requires new strategies to not just survive, but more importantly, to thrive. Somehow, the old formula of striving or working hard to succeed may not be enough for most people. “Life, post-COVID, requires making peace with uncertainties but being ready with ingenious preparations and plans of actions,” she says. This is what she hopes to share with her audience in her December 19 event.

She notes that the past year allowed us time and space to be alone and contemplate on what really matters in life. Thus, aside from necessary feng shui interventions, Ms. Allen will introduce wellness and spirituality practices, including pointers on how to do a “letting go” ritual, which must be done on the winter solstice, December 21. “In order for new opportunities and auspiciousness to manifest, it is important that we make room for them by letting go or cleansing our mind, body, and surroundings of stale energies,” she explains.

Her 2021 Feng Shui Updates will seek to provide hope that despite the dire situation we are in today, there are ways to redeem ourselves from whatever losses we have encountered and from there seek avenues for growth and abundance. 

This year’s forecast will discuss:

  • promising prospects that can be harnessed for your personal and business success
  • negative indications that should be feng shui-managed to ease your path to prosperity
  • lucky and unlucky locations for the year; how to enhance or control them to your advantage
  • mindfulness practices to help you live a vibrant and happier life
  • many more tips and insights on how to make the most of the new year

As always the Philippines King of Talk Dr. Boy Abunda will be Ms. Allen’s co-host. There will also be special numbers from Asia’s Got Talent finalist Ms. Gerphil Flores and other surprise celebrity appearances.

Marites Allen has been advocating feng shui for close to two decades in the Philippines and internationally. She is the first Filipina to be awarded the prestigious title of “Master in Feng Shui” by the International Feng Shui Association in 2013.

Aside from consulting for top companies, she is also the President and CEO of Frigga Charmed Life, a unique fashion brand that incorporates feng shui principles into home, office, and personal use. Frigga is designed by a renowned London fashion team, with items sold in its own boutiques in Manila and Cebu and online through www.frigga.co.uk. Frigga ships to 16 countries today.

She has cultivated her wide following by generously sharing her feng shui expertise via different platforms: as host of her former TV show, annual conventions, mall talks, self-authored books, radio and TV guestings, and other social media activities. Her annual feng shui convention to usher in the new lunar year is a much-awaited event in Manila and other Asian cities.

For more details about Ms. Allen’s webinar entitled “Thrive, Not Just Strive, in the Year of the Metal Ox,” visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-marites-allen-feng-shui-forecast-year-of-the-metal-ox-tickets-129807346267.

Follow Marites Allen at www.maritesallen.com and frigga.co.uk.

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