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.
November’s yin Water energy was calm as a lake, but a tsunami characterizes December's powerful yang energy. Our bodies are primarily composed primarily of water, and your Element is all about water balance, hormones, and kidney function. Holiday libations often contain alcohol; they are dehydrating and can make you feel awful, so drink up - with water!
Water people are often retiring and quiet -- you are the dreamers of the world who think deeply and are often very spiritual. Pay attention to your dreams because they can be very helpful. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, consider Infinichi’s masterful Sleep formula and then track the nightly wanderings of your spirit in a dream diary. Happy travels!
You have a wild side that is difficult for you to access because Water people are reluctant to reveal too much of themselves. An ideal mate would understand your quiet nature and need for privacy. In a loving, secure relationship you will be able to uncover the real you, but with everyone else, you may need to maintain a little distance and that’s fine; that’s just how you are!
Oh boy, double yang Water energy is akin to an adolescent who has gone haywire. Be careful of reckless spending beyond your means, and make yourself think long and hard about any financial decisions you make. Fortunately, the Water Element is known for its wisdom, so rein in that crazy adolescent and engage your brain before making extravagant holiday purchases.
It’s lovely that Water’s moral correspondence is wisdom although one of wisdom’s opposite Water attributes is recklessness. You will always make good career choices if you remember that your natural caution is the driver of caution, which can be very useful for making choices based on wisdom. Balance them with your natural prudence, and you will come out just fine!
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