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 2021 but in the Chinese lunar calendar, it is 4719. 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. The 2021 lunar new year will begin on February 12.
In the Chinese horoscope, 4719 will be a Metal Ox year. Ox years include 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021. Oxen are strong, reliable, fair, and conscientious, and they inspire confidence in others. They are also calm, patient, methodical, and trustworthy. Oxen can also be very opinionated; have a strong belief in themselves, and are also known to be stubborn, detest failure, and dislike being challenged. Barack Obama is a famous Metal Ox; he was born on August 4, 1961.
Ox years recur every 12 years, but Metal Oxen only come along every 60 years. Metal Oxen are aligned with gold, which means they are busy, highly respected, and enjoy good relationships with others. They gather wealth and honor in their youth, hold steady in middle age, and enjoy a comfortable life when they are old.
In the west, we are also going to be busy in February as we celebrate Black History Month, 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, while chomping down on pizza, since February 9 is National Pizza Day. On the 14th, we will send valentines to the people we love.
February’s Wood Element energy is very Yang, strong and robust; it provides us with an abundance of forward-moving momentum that can kick off endless possibilities so this month we can look forward to interesting developments and opportunities to explore. Now let’s check out your own personal element and see what the Chinese horoscope has in store for you!
In traditional Chinese medicine theory, Fire energy manifests itself in the cardiovascular system, with the heart as its central organ. When your energy is strong, you feel great and have the ability to transform negativity into love and compassion—the ultimate expression of your nature. Control or eliminate heavy demands and pressure to keep your elemental Fire burning brightly, then swizzle your sizzle for your valentine.
Fire people have a very short vocabulary: it is either yes or no, like or hate, go or don’t go. It does sound a bit simplistic, but the reason for this is that Fire energy has an abundance of passion. Your element is the most yang, or aggressive of the elements, so Fire people are rarely wishy-washy about anything! A healthy heart organ system nourishes your passionate spirit and keeps you feeling bright, happy, and joyful.
A healthy Fire person is intuitive and filled with enthusiasm for life that guides you and makes it possible for you to be in the right place at the right time. You are bright, patient, loving, and giving, and you are adored for that. You must however protect your energy, and never allow yourself to feel overwhelmed because that would make it hard for you to treat others with the kindness and patience they deserve.
Finances are an important part of being a healthy person, but there is some misinterpretation about what “wealth” actually means. For example, our human bodies are a part of our wealth, so when we treasure and take care of our bodies, we are also taking care of our wealth. With attention to self-care financial fog will lift, which will make it easier for you to make sound decisions because after all, money is an important part of our wealth.
Your ancient Chinese Taoist mythical beast is the Phoenix, a long-lived bird that can cyclically regenerate itself. It is a bird that is associated with the sun and is reborn from the ashes of fire; hence it symbolizes the ability to journey through fire and shrug off adversity, one reason that many Fire people are drawn to careers in the performing arts, or who choose to become educators, healers, or spiritual leaders.
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