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!
The Fire element nourishes April’s Earth, so stay Fire Strong by going outside on some nice long walks in the spring sunshine. When you get yourself a little tired during the day and then settle down and get yourself to bed at a decent hour, all the wonderful nourishing attributes of Earth Element energy will be yours to enjoy. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Go Fire!
Managing anxiety is essential for allowing you to experience joy. Your element is naturally joyful, but you are also naturally sensitive and prone to worrying about what you think other people think about you. Shine your light and spread joy; try not to worry too much about what others think about you because after all, you are a beacon of joy, and who would think unkindly of that?
Make peace in your relationships; go ahead and open up and allow yourself to be vulnerable. When we reveal ourselves and speak our truth, we are connecting with others on the level of our heart. Your Element, after all, is governed by heart energy, and when your heart is open others will be drawn to you. You don’t have to impress anyone; you are already impressive enough!
Be aware of temptations that scatter your focus and pull financial juju away from you. You will be most successful if you act conservatively and deploy financial resources that are close to your home or to your heart. Reuse or repurpose, think green, shop local, support small businesses, and … enjoy the fruits of your careful spending.
The Wood Element is opposed by Earth’s strong yang energy in April, so you may find yourself more agitated or likely to fly off the handle than usual. Calm yourself with slow deep breathing and meditation. If meditation is too slow and quiet for you to handle, give yoga, tai chi, or qi gong a try. If all else fails, go on a long walk and take time to stop and smell the roses.
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