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!
Water people are governed by the kidney energy system, so you need to plenty lots of water in order to be well hydrated. Keep a bottle of filtered water at your side and take a sip before you feel thirsty. Adequate hydration helps regulate body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, and prevents infections. It also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood … so keep on sipping!
When the world’s messiness gets you down and makes you feel unsettled, soothe your mind with a nice walk in the warm sunshine. Remind yourself to notice natural beauty, shadows, clouds, colors, and evidence of spring growth which will help stress drip down and melt off your shoulders. In nature, we observe growth and development in living things which is good for our soul.
When you are feeling out of sorts, you need some time alone. Whether it’s taking a walk or soaking in a tub, Water people need adequate downtime. A Wood person would be a good partner for you because Wood is strong and protective while you are the person who comes up with great ideas. Wood is good at implanting ideas which is why Water and Wood are such a great match.
One of the good things about having a Water personality is that you are so cautious that it is unlikely for you to get into financial difficulty. Water’s emotion is fear so you are probably afraid of what could go wrong and tend to overreact to little things. It’s going to be hard for you to loosen up and make small mistakes on the path toward financial freedom, but no pain means no gain!
Your element is characterized by wisdom so take a break from work and allow yourself a pleasurable learning experience—perhaps reading a magazine, watching an instructional program, working on an artistic endeavor, or researching a subject that interests you. Your natural love of learning will serve to enhance your wisdom and take your career to new heights.
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