For thousands of years, the I Ching has guided 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 the earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of clues and possibilities, so let us begin …
In the western calendar it is 2019, but in the Chinese lunar calendar, February is the first month of the year 4717. Even though the western calendar is used for business purposes in Asia, the lunar calendar is still used for determining traditional holidays and for choosing the most opportune dates for significant events like weddings, moving, or starting a new business.
China’s most important event in February is the lunar New Year which begins on the 5th. Families gather from all over the globe to rejoice and celebrate a new beginning in the largest annual transmigration of human beings on earth. Homes are cleaned from top to bottom, banners are hung, feasts are planned, firecrackers crackle, and dragons dance in week-long revelry.
2019 is an Earth Pig year in the Chinese horoscope. Children born this year are happy, easygoing, and sensible. Earth Pigs are orderly; ambitious but not competitive; and make wise decisions about money. Earth Pigs are also party people―they appreciate good food, drink, and an active social life, that leads some of them to excess.
We in the west are also going to be busy. In February we will observe Black History Month and President’s Day and celebrate National Wear Red Day in support of women’s heart health. We will watch the Super Bowl, the Grammys and Academy Awards, enjoy Chinese New Year festivities, chow down on National Pizza Day and last, but not least … happy Valentine’s Day!
February’s robust Wood Element energy will provide us with an abundance of forward-moving momentum that can help kick off endless possibilities. In this brand-new lunar year we can look forward to exciting developments and opportunities that we can explore, so happy New Year everyone!
Hungry? Bored? Stock your pantry with whole-grain pretzels, unsweetened fruit leather, and small packs of trail mix or nuts. Fill a bowl on your counter with tangerines and apples, and your refrigerator with plain yogurt, berries, cheese sticks, and hard-boiled eggs. Hankering for a sweet treat? How about melting one square of dark chocolate on your tongue … yum!
It is obvious that you care deeply about your family, close friends and colleagues. Earth people are emotional and feel deeply, but your wish to help others can cause you to overlook your own needs and feelings. Traditional Chinese medicine encourages us to maintain balance, and Infinichi’s potent herbal Earth supplement can help nudge you toward better self-care.
Love is important for your health, so remove yourself from damaging relationships and limit situations that you recognize are probably going to cause you grief. Surround yourself with “radiators” who emit enthusiasm and positivity and avoid “drains” whose neediness and negativity rob you of energy. Who do you support, and who supports you … think about it!
Your business style is friendly, and most Earth people find it difficult to refuse to help someone. You like to give out money or opportunities. There are times when a small act of friendship and kindness is fine, but if you go too far it could ultimately cost you a great deal of time, money, energy, and patience. Keep this old adage in mind; “Charity begins at home.”
Community-oriented, supportive, service careers are natural for you, and so are construction, farming, or working with your hands. If you are not in an industry that honors Earth energy, find a hobby that nurtures you; perhaps sports, something in the arts, building or gardening. Outdoor activities like hiking and bicycling are deeply instinctive for Earth people, so go for it!