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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Napping replenishes Jing and comes naturally you, but did you know that napping has a sweet spot? Aim for somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes in the early afternoon, and you’ll wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day. Anything longer than that can make you wake up groggy, so keep your restorative naps short and sweet, and your powerful yang Water energy will soar!
It is natural for Water people to have two sides; one side is vulnerable and the other is fearless. When you are overtired and your energy is out of whack, you will be extra-cautious and unwilling to take risks, even though you are very capable. When you are rested and your energy is in balance, you can unleash a torrent of creativity that is full of confidence and grace. Lucky you!
Even though Water energy is cool and hidden, it is also fluid and soft. Your capacity for giving and receiving is intense and your passion is fueled by your instinctual life-giving power of creation. You appreciate privacy and darkness in order to express your pleasure so lock the door, draw the drapes, dim the lights, and enjoy the peace and quiet of long winter nights.
Water is good for you and it is one of the best energy boosters around, but buying bottled water isn’t good for the environment or your budget. Get out your reusable bottle, we know you’ve got one, and refill it with filtered water throughout the day. According to Chinese medicine theory, it is best for Water people to drink fluids at room temp, and not icy-cold. Who knew?
Double-Water energy is indomitable, but that doesn’t mean you should overdo. You can become worried and hypersensitive when you are overtired, and that’s no fun. Protect your Jing, by backing off a little and allowing your colleagues to do their fair share. Channel your formidable energy into moving forward, but at the same time control your inclination to do too much.
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