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!
Many pale, pungent root vegetables grown in the earth are particularly healthy for you and are perfect for strengthening Metal Element energy. Root veggies are easy to prepare and become deliciously caramelized when you roast them in the oven. Throw some chicken on sheet pan, along with cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, fennel, turnips, mushrooms, or potatoes. Yum!
You are a proud perfectionist, and it is natural for you to devote time, effort, and money to cultivating a nicely-dressed, well-toned body. Remember though, that your possessions do not define you and that as a Metal person you need to be on the alert for obsessive collecting or hoarding. Choose one thing today that you can give away or donate, then do it again … and again
Saving face is important to Metal people, which can make you exceedingly cautious and careful about making new friends or entering into relationships. It also means that pride plays an important role in your life―you love to win and hate to lose. In your effort to appear cool, you can come off a bit stiff and reserved, but that’s okay … all your friends know better and love you anyhow.
We need to go into finances in the right frame of mind. If you can’t control Metal energy it could damage you and your financial circumstances. The good news is that with proper support from Infinichi’s powerful Metal Element herbal supplement, you should be able to achieve an even, well-balanced point of view that will increase your ability to make wise, well-considered decisions.
Your best career choices take advantage of Metal Element interests: accounting, jewelry, music, tailoring, fitness, and science. If you are in an industry that does not honor your natural energy, what avocations might you pursue? Hint: step-by-step sports like fencing, tai chi, diving, rowing, and ballet are usually far more comfortable for Metal people than free-for-all athletics.
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