For thousands of years the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, finances, 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 Gregorian calendar, it is 2020 but in the Chinese lunar calendar, it is 4718. Asian countries utilize the western calendar for most purposes, but the lunar calendar is still consulted for determining the dates of traditional holidays and important occasions like weddings, moving, or starting new businesses. Chinese New Year celebrations that began in January will end with the Lantern Festival on February 8, when strollers go out to view the full moon and release lighted lanterns up into the night sky.
In the Chinese horoscope, 4718 is a Yang Metal Rat year. In the west, rats are reviled but in the east, rats are admired for their diligence, intelligence, courage, and adaptability. People born in Rat years 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, or 2020 are all expected to be charming and sociable, at ease in company, and good in groups. Rats born in 1960 and 2020 are Metal Rats which is an indication that they are stubborn yet sensitive, are good leaders, and prefer being a person in charge.
In the west, February will be a leap year which keeps the western calendar in sync with the cycles of the sun and the moon. In the US, we are also going to be busy with Black History Month celebrations, President’s Day, and National Wear Red Day in support of women’s heart health. We will watch the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards, chow down on a thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything-in-between on National Pizza Day, and send valentines to the people we love.
February’s Wood Element energy is robust; it will provide us with an abundance of forward-moving momentum that will kick off endless possibilities. This month we can look forward to interesting developments and opportunities to explore, so check out your personal element to see what the Chinese horoscope has in store for you!
The Earth Element is drawn to a love of root vegetables. It is said that the U.S. culture has very strong Earth energy so it is no surprise that Americans eat so many potato chips and French fries. Many Earth people prefer bland, sweet foods like rice, bread, and potatoes but for better health, work on expanding your palate and embracing a wider variety of flavors, textures, and colors.
As an Earth person in a Rat Year, you may seem unconventional in an interesting, good way. You are outgoing, spontaneous, and tolerant of human foibles. Not only are you selfless and prepared to work for the well-being of others, you are charming and genial and happiest when you having your fingers in a lot of pies … just make certain it’s not too many fingers in too many pies!
You have a big circle of friends and acquaintances, and your bulging contacts list proves it. No other element finds it as easy to communicate across all classes, races, or types of people as yours but if you become over-involved, your sensitivity will make you inclined to fret and worry about everyone else and their problems, which of course can help you avoid having to address your own!
Earth is at the center so likewise your money can flow in either direction; it’s easy come, easy go. Earth people have an innate ability to accumulate wealth, but your concern for others can be a drain on your resources. It’s fine to be kind and helpful to people in trouble, but if you take care of your own financial needs first, you will have adequate resources for helping others in the future.
Disorganization is the name of your game but clutter forces your brain to work too hard, and negatively impacts your mood and focus. Most clutter is a physical representation of an emotional attachment to someone, or a fear of loss, or not having enough so see if you can figure out why you hold onto your stuff, and then commit a few minutes of every day to get it under control.