For thousands of years the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, finances, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on multiple, overlapping cycles that govern the heavens and earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of portents, probabilities, and possibilities, so let us begin…
April follows the spring equinox; the hours of daylight are getting longer, and the temperature is growing warmer. Earth energy supports and takes loving care of us in this season of birth and growth; April is represented by the Chinese character Chén 辰 which means “awakening.” The Qing Ming Pure Brightness Festival on April 4 is the traditional day for Chinese to honor their ancestors, for farmers to begin plowing, and for couples to begin courting.
The Qing Ming festival has special significance in Chinese tea culture because it is the date that divides the harvest of green tea. Tea leaves picked before the holiday are given the prestigious “pre-Qing Ming” designation; they are said to be lighter and have a lovely subtle aroma, so they command a much higher price tag than tea picked after the festival.
In April, many of us will observe Easter and the end of Passover, the beginning of Ramadan, Earth Day, and Arbor Day. On April 22 over 1 billion people representing nearly every country on earth will participate in some sort of activity on Earth Day ranging from picking up litter to pledging to support green businesses, shopping local, or planting a spring vegetable garden. It may be a coincidence, but it also happens that Earth Day occurs during the month with the strongest Earth Element energy of the year.
You must be curious to know what the I Ching reveals about your element this month—so check out interesting tips and forecasts about your emotions, relationships, health, career, and finances for April. Be on the lookout for new ideas and new possibilities that are likely to pop up in this high growth Chén energy phase in the Chinese year 4719.
Here’s to spring and here’s to April!
It’s so hard for Earth people to control their appetite in a double Earth energy month. You are a homebody and couch potato by nature but see if you can manage to commit to walking a minimum of 5,000 steps every day during April. You don’t have to do your steps all at once; you can spread them out during the day, and you will find it becomes easier as your fitness improves.
Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Stop rationalizing and making excuses. You will feel accomplished and avoid having to feel overwhelmed if this month you act so stop procrastinating and start stepping. Walking is a great stress burner, and the earth is your stomping ground, so enjoy stomping, stepping, and schlepping … and you will feel great!
You may think that it is important for you to take care of everybody else, but believe it or not, over-caring others can actually make them resentful and that’s not good for them or for you. Take yourself on a nice date instead and use April’s super-strong double Earth energy to do something nice for yourself … finding time to focus on yourself can bring you great joy!
You may not think that learning tai chi or qi gong could have anything to do with your financial health, but indeed it does. When you allow yourself the gift of learning a new healthy practice, you will gain the physical and emotional strength and balance that is needed to see the difference between taking care of your own financial needs and your need to give to others.
It is useful to apply a bit of feng shui theory to make certain that your workspace is conducive to doing your best work. Earth people are happiest when their environment is comfortable but make certain you aren’t working on your bed or couch while slumped over a laptop. Invest in a proper work chair and sit up straight. Your back will thank you and the quality of your work will improve.