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 Chinese horoscope, December is the eleventh lunar month, in a heavenly phase called Tze. It is a time of very strong yang Water Element energy and in Chinese tradition, yang Water beckons us toward spirituality, transformation, and self-awakening. Water is a huge moving force—it is deep and powerful and cannot be ignored.
December’s Water energy will bring a flood of emotions that can either stimulate and elevate our mood or completely overwhelm us. The Water Element also represents nature and nurture—it channels its powerful energy into nourishing seeds, ideas, and providing new opportunities for us. As the year-end unfolds, we must do our best to go with the flow while remaining alert to possibilities that Water energy sends our way.
In the west, Advent began on November 29 and Hanukkah will begin on December 10th. In the northern hemisphere winter officially starts on the 21st with Christmas and Kwanzaa following soon behind. New Year’s Eve closes out the last day in the western Gregorian calendar while Chinese lunar New Year Eve festivities take place in February.
December’s energy is all about Jing―our essence―our very being. In Chinese medicine theory, we are born with a fixed amount of Jing that is consumed over our lifetime. Stress, illness, substance abuse, or bad relationships deplete the supply but happily, we can replenish Jing with nourishing food, meditation, exercise, recreation, loving, and serving others.
The holidays are the perfect time to consider that our store of energy is finite and that our lifetime allotment of it is limited. Be mindful of your Jing during the holidays and be careful if you indulge in intoxicants. Modulate stress and manage inflammation because something as small as an annoying hangnail can deplete our store of Jing, but it is replenished when we are a source of light and joy to others.
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Earth people are the sweeties of the world; in stressful times many Earthlings comfort themselves by baking and preparing yummy treats. Keep in mind that “a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips—even short-term changes in our behavior can have prolonged effects on our health. The other bit of news is that it doesn’t take long for Earth Element people to acquire a taste for treats, so quit while you can!
Your energy will start exerting itself in January and then you will have the opportunity to reclaim your time, space, and sanity. Give yourself a break over the holidays to help you bridge the gap between December’s powerful Water and the arrival of your own soft Earth energy. Take care of yourself over the holidays and pay attention to your needs because the most important person for you to take care of … is you!
As an Earth Element person, you are probably not very neat or tidy but that’s okay; your sense of humor and ability to laugh at yourself makes you a truly lovely friend. As human beings, Earth people are said to enjoy a perfect balance between Yin and Yang, feminine and masculine. As long as you stay away from intimate relationships with people who are compulsive neatniks, your loving nature will always win the day.
January and April are double Earth Element months so you may want to hold off on major financial decisions until then. The symbol of the Earth element is a square or cube which is a stable shape that is always in balance. December’s energy gathers, so build a strong financial foundation based on as much information as you can gather right now and make a plan for the moves you want to make in 2021.
Could you entertain the idea of doing something new? In trying times many people have had to seek different sorts of employment or follow their passion in ways they had never considered. As you gather information for creating a strong financial foundation, you may also find that this may be a good time to think about creating a new path that follows your passion, is aligned with your interests, and can fill you with joy.