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 2020 but in the Chinese lunar calendar, it is 4718. 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. Chinese New Year celebrations that began in January will end with the Lantern Festival on February 8, when strollers go out to view the full moon and release lighted lanterns up into the night sky.
In the Chinese horoscope, 4718 is a Yang Metal Rat year. In the west, rats are reviled but in the east, rats are admired for their diligence, intelligence, courage, and adaptability. People born in Rat years 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, or 2020 are all expected to be charming and sociable, at ease in company, and good in groups. Rats born in 1960 and 2020 are Metal Rats which is an indication that they are stubborn yet sensitive, are good leaders, and prefer being a person in charge.
In the west, February will be a leap year which keeps the western calendar in sync with the cycles of the sun and the moon. In the US, we are also going to be busy with Black History Month celebrations, 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, chow down on a thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything-in-between on National Pizza Day, and send valentines to the people we love.
February’s Wood Element energy is robust; it will provide us with an abundance of forward-moving momentum that will kick off endless possibilities. This month we can look forward to interesting developments and opportunities to explore, so check out your personal element to see what the Chinese horoscope has in store for you!
Cold food and cold air are unpleasant for Water people so bundle up in the winter and tuck warmers in your socks or pocket if your hands or feet are cold. Warming spices and high-protein foods are perfect for cold winter days, and so are warm cups of soup or tea. Steaming hot is as problematic for your element as too much cold, so aim for food and clothing that is comfortably warm.
Water is the most, and conversely the least, aggressive of all the elements. You energy is incredibly powerful, but confrontation makes you uncomfortable so you prefer to ignore problems. You avoid trouble with diplomacy, but problem people eventually make you want to explode at their idiocy, so back off until you can come up with a reaction that is somewhere in the middle.
You would never dream of wearing your heart on your sleeve―your outer reserve protects a tender, loving interior. You don’t like feeling vulnerable but if you aren’t willing to take emotional risks, relationships can become strained and then you will feel even less safe about revealing your truth and will miss out on the heartfelt conversations that bring people together.
Water people do their best work at night, and enjoy delving into cyberspace more than any of the other elements, which is why you may find it helpful to utilize the internet for researching financial strategies. You enjoy learning, and even though you prefer keeping your finances close to the chest, hopefully there is someone you are comfortable enough with to discuss some of your ideas with.
Water people are not given to pushing themselves forward and grabbing the spotlight; nor are they comfortable with leading the charge. You have no need to be the most popular person on the block but prefer keeping a low-profile and that’s just fine. You are happy to be one in a crowd of like-minded people; and are wise with a terrific shoulder to cry on—it’s your gift to others.
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