For thousands of years, the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, financial matters, 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 …
In the Chinese horoscope, December is the eleventh lunar month, in a heavenly stem phase called Tze. It is a time of very strong yang Water Element energy. In Chinese tradition, yang Water epitomizes spirituality, transformation, and self-awakening. Water energy is a large, moving force like the ocean or a mighty river; it is deep and powerful, and cannot be ignored.
December’s Water energy will bring us a flood of activities and festivities that can either stimulate and elevate our mood or completely overwhelm our senses. Water also represents nature and nurture, so if we do our best to go with the flow, and remain alert to possibilities, we will see that Water also channels its powerful energy into seeds, new ideas, and new opportunities.
In the west, Advent begins on the 1st, and Hanukkah begins on the 22nd. In the northern hemisphere winter officially begins on the 21st, and Christmas and Kwanzaa follow soon after. New Year’s Eve closes out the month and the year in the western calendar, but the seven-day Chinese New festival will begin on January 25th and the beginning of a year of the rat!
December’s energy is all about Jing―our essence―our very being. In Chinese medicine theory, we are born with a fixed quantity of Jing that is consumed by the simple act of living. Stress, illness, substance abuse, or bad relationships rapidly deplete our supply of Jing; but we can replenish it with nourishing food, meditation, exercise, recreation, giving, and serving others
The holidays are the perfect time to consider that our energy is precious and that our lifetime allotment of it is limited. Be mindful of your Jing when you are tempted by overladen buffet tables and be careful with intoxicants. Modulate stress and manage inflammation because even a small hangnail can drain Jing, but by becoming a source of light and joy, your reward will be a long happy life.
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There will be many demands on your energy in December, so here’s a simple exercise for replenishing your Jing. Sit up straight! Good posture opens your chest which allows your lungs to expand fully. When you are able to breathe deeply you get more oxygen circulating throughout your body. The Metal Element is all about respiration so postural awareness is a good place to start.
Metal people enjoy a routine, and the busy holiday season can get you a bit out of sorts. Do your best to stick to your normal schedule because it provides you with structure, comfort, a logical sequence that allows you to experience flow in your day. A routine reduces stress and is calming for you because you always know exactly what needs to get done next. Next!
You want to be well-liked but you can also be a bit narrow-minded and judgmental. You can improve relationships and expand your circle of friends if you work on trying to understand where others are coming from. Ask questions. Withhold judgment. Try to understand their wants and needs and let people talk about themselves; it’s like handing out candy and they’ll love you for it.
The average American family spends nearly $1,000 on holiday gifts, and since Metal person appreciate nice things, you are probably no exception. Just think, if you were to set aside $90 a month from January through November 2020, by this time next year you would have a nice chunk of money to see you through the holidays. You are an excellent planner, so give this idea some thought!
When we carefully design a routine and stick to it, it prioritizes the important tasks we need to get done first and get them out of the way. When a set of tasks and activities become routine, it reduced the chance that we will waste time or procrastinate. Following a routine actually frees up extra time and provides a framework for using our time efficiently. Sound good to you?
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