This year, the Chinese New Year starts early. The Year of the Earth Ox is ushered in on January 26, 2009.

The Chinese calendar operates on a 60 year cycle.The last time the Earth Ox was seen as the ruling influence was January 29, 1949 - February 15, 1950.

The world suffered a recession in late 1948 and early 1949. The world economy recovered during the year of the Ox due to rational decisions and careful planning. By 1951, the recession was over.

Many will be searching for a quick solution to the current economic crisis, but the Ox favors a well planned, consistent path that will take more time, but will yield long lasting results. The strong Earth influence of this year favors a strengthening of the housing market, but risk takers will not find this year favorable. Those who look for long term benefits, have a well thought out plan and are willing to work to see results will find great success.

Whenever there is a New Year in Feng Shui, energies shift & change within your home & office space. This is a wonderful time to start anew & get a professional Feng Shui consultation. Consultations are especially powerful during the beginning of the New Year. Call Me: 914-907-5670 or email me at:

Wishing you and your family a year of health and prosperity!

Ellie Marshall
Empowerment Through Placement

Author's Bio: 

Ellie Marshall has studied with the most respected masters in the art of Feng Shui. She blends her Feng Shui training along with her corporate background at Seventeen Magazine, American Express and DDB Advertising, which make her a truly unique and intuitive Feng Shui Practitioner.

Ellie does residential and commercial (i.e. PepsiCo, Crain's Investment News & Houlihan Lawerence) consultations all over the world. She lives in Westchester County, NY and has a strong client base in New York City, Westchester and Fairfield County.

She is a member of the International Feng Shui Guild.