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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In Chinese medicine, Wind is the enemy of your element because the lungs are your vulnerable organ. Protect yourself when you are outside with proper cold-weather clothing—winter’s coldest days are still ahead, so wrap a scarf around your nose and mouth to warm and moisten the air that you breathe. These days you are probably wearing a mouth and nose mask anyhow, but an extra layer of protection won’t hurt!
Metal people enjoy their routine and that is why you may have found it difficult to navigate the holiday season in years past. Fortunately for you, activities this year are limited and restricted, so this one time may be an opportunity for you to enjoy the comfort of your usual structure with very few interruptions. Oddly enough, this year’s simple celebrations may make this one of the least stressful holiday seasons of your life.
You enjoy planning and preparing, but you also like to be acknowledged for your careful attention to detail. If you are not getting the recognition that you deserve, it’s perfectly okay to be upfront and ask for it. All of us need recognition for a job well done, although sometimes the easiest way to encourage others to express gratitude is to teach by example and voice our acknowledgment of the effort of others.
Metal people often define themselves by their possessions or financial worth but remember that money is simply a tool that simply determines the worth of your productivity but does not reflect your worth as a human being. Rather than accumulating beautiful clothing, art, and belongings that you so enjoy having around you, you may want to consider branching out and collecting human experiences as well.
If money is tight and you can’t afford to buy what you want but your work is fulfilling and you are earning enough, accept it and get on with your life. If you are struggling financially and hate what you are doing—take a look around to see what alternatives you can find. Listen to your intuition since you appreciate structure, so that working somewhere that is too loosie-goosey would not be a happy match.
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