For thousands of years, the I Ching guided decisions about our health, relationships, financial matters, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year 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 clues, probabilities and possibilities, so let us begin.
December’s energy is all about our jing ―our essence ―our very being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we are born with a fixed quantity of jing which is consumed by everyday stress, illness, substance abuse, or lack of restraint in personal indulgence. Conversely, our jing can be replenished with nourishing food and various forms of exercise, study, and meditation.
The holiday season is a time to consider that our jing is precious and that our lifetime allotment has its limits. Be mindful of your jing when you are tempted by an overladen buffet or an open bar. Be careful with intoxicants and be mindful of the presence of friends and family. Spread light and joy as you prepare to kick off a brand new year.
Now, let’s learn more about what the I Ching reveals about you this month.
Oh boy, sparkle and lights. this is your season! Polish the silver, decorate the house and light the candles, all with your usual exquisite taste and elegant style. In Chinese medicine theory, the wind is your enemy, and the lungs are your most vulnerable organ, so bundle up if the weather is frightful or light a fire, put your feet up, and enjoy a warm cup of Ancient Treasures tea.
Even though you enjoy preparing and planning, and even though parties and celebrations are supposed to be fun, you love a routine and may find holiday festivities a little stressful or unsettling. You may need a little more quiet time at home, so indulge yourself when you feel a need to withdraw and meditate, get in some screen time, or take a nap. And, why not?
Metal people are natural quantifiers; they count money, friends, and even like counting “likes.” You could take a lesson in accumulating many friends from Earth people; they are non-judgmental and put the needs of others before themselves. Acceptance of human imperfection is the name of Earth’s game; a game that could serve you well.
Some people tie their finances to their feeling of self-worth, and our culture further reinforces this value. Speculating about the difference between money and happiness is interesting. The accumulation of beautiful things make Metal people feel happy, but could you be just as satisfied if you spent your disposable income on something non-tangible like travel?
If you enjoy your work and aren’t earning much, but it is enough to meet your needs, then you are probably fine. However, if you aren’t earning much, and your work is not fulfilling, it’s time to plan your move. You may not find time to give it much thought in the busy holiday season, but implant that possibility in your mind, and you may be surprised at what pops up.
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