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 are many ways to nourish your Jing or your life-force energy... Since your element is all about the liver, if you plan to consume alcohol during the holidays, it should be in moderation—up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. If you do indulge, consuming green leafy vegetables will support your liver’s detoxification function so eat your spinach, Popeye!
School kids have recess when they can run around and blow off steam. Adult Woodies have lots of energy too, so if you allow yourself a recess too, it will help you get through whatever tasks you are facing. Go outside, ride your bike, watch a funny video and give your brain a break. Use it as a time to relax, mellow your intensity, and help you maintain emotional equilibrium.
The holidays mean gatherings, and close contact with conflicting energies can get to be too much. December’s Water energy is powerful and so is yours, so if things are getting tense, extricate yourself from the situation and go do something else until you feel calm. You will be tempted to jump into the fray, but it would really be better for your relationships with others if you don’t.
Embrace December’s Water energy and use it to help keep you from overspending. More is not necessarily more, and too much can be confusing—especially for children. Remember that hugs and kisses are free and that a careful, well-thought-out gift list can be very helpful. Money isn’t inherently good or bad; we just need to use it to buy the things that actually matter. Hmm?
Think about the steps you could take to make it easier for you to work. Weed out files, sort through stacks of paper, clean out drawers, wipe down your desktop. Treat yourself to a plant or a fresh, new mousepad. The goal for organizing your work area is to make it a healthy and productive place for you to be; it will also be very nice to know exactly what you have and where to find it.
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