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!
The Water Element is essential to life, it contains our genetic background and is responsible for longevity. In traditional Chinese medicine, Water energy is centered around the kidneys; it affects our bones, marrow, brain, and our urinary and reproductive systems. Healthy Water people express their sensuality, avoid becoming overtired, and allow themselves to retreat when necessary in order to nap, think, or dream.
When Water Qi and kidney energy are abundant new ideas come easily to us and we trust our instincts. We feel very strong and powerful, and with this sense of power comes calm and gentleness. When Water Qi is sparse we can’t help but feel afraid, and once frightened we can easily find reasons to become even more afraid—that is when we need to seek support from a loved one, or from a healthcare professional.
The power of Water is very strong, but it is also very gentle. It has the power of sinking or following the path of least resistance, and then springing back effortlessly. Water energy gives us our genetic background, including our cultural heritage. Becoming involved in our heritage, however, we define it, will give us an outlet for spreading our positivity and inner smile as well as creating a wider touchpoint for our spirit.
Water people are calm and composed, instinctual and creative, which is why you rarely make a poor decision in important financial matters or real estate. Banking, accounting, and investing all come naturally to you; your only enemy is fear. If you become overtired or overwrought you may feel afraid of making a mistake, but you already know what to do … that’s when you reach out to others for advice and support.
Since we have a pair of kidneys, your ancient Taoist power animals come in pairs, like the turtle and the deer. The turtle represents longevity, and endurance while the deer represents sexual vigor and vitality. The usual careers for Water people are in the arts which bring the essence of life to figures, and to occupations that are related to finance, retail, real estate, and travel. Does this description apply to you?
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