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.
Water Nourishes Wood
December’s yang Water force is powerful ―it will help you meet the demands of the busy holiday season. Infinichi’s equally powerful Wood Element herbal formula provides the nourishment your body needs to help your liver eliminate environmental and ingested toxins, and keep your nervous system balanced and running smoothly. Try it; you’ll be glad you did!
Your forceful energy gets things done –your drive and determination are what make you a Wood Element person. Most people love you for it, but there are people whose attitude is so similar to yours that they are going to push back. Don’t be caught by surprise; prepare yourself for their reaction ahead of time, which will make it will be easier to not take the push back personally.
The holidays are family time, and many of us have a few relatives that we find troublesome. The problem is that Woodies like to jump into the fray and speak what you believe to be the truth. Hold back a little, and listen. Engage your brain and see if you can figure out a tactful way to deal with Uncle Fred. Things will be back to normal in a few more days, so try to be patient.
Water energy brings you wisdom, so apply Water wisdom to your holiday spending. When we examine our motivation for giving, we will see probably that we want others to know we care about them, but if we over-give because we feel guilty about something, then we’re doing our pocketbook and our relationships a disservice. Like all things; it’s all about balance.
Lean back and think about your career –are you doing something you love or are you simply putting in time? If you’re bored or unhappy, direct your energy toward figuring out what you would rather be doing, then resolve to start taking steps toward that goal on January 1. The hardest part is figuring out exactly what would make you happy, but you’ve got to start somewhere!
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