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!
The Wood Element represents birth, childhood, development, and new beginnings which is why you need ample space to manifest your forward-moving energy. Meditative exercises like tai chi, chi gong, and meditation can smooth and improve the flow of your energy and create both mental calm and the internal space you need to become your best, healthiest self.
In a world where technology is causing some of us to forget how to behave humanely, work on becoming the politest person you know. In a double-Wood month, you are apt to aggressively push ahead and overwhelm people who are not as determined as you, but if you approach them sweetly and kindly, you will reap the double bonus of earning their respect and high regard.
You are energetic and determined, and possess a uniquely inventive mind. Woodies like you often like to gain the upper hand and like nothing better than being in a position at the top. You feel strongly about your own aims and ambitions but if you are sensitive to the needs of others and if you use your talents and vitality wisely, you will be highly successful and beloved by all.
Woodies are the exuberant movers and shakers of the financial world who often make it big, but can also crash and burn on a scale next to none. Slow down and cultivate deliberation to avoid financial disaster. Be honest when you ask yourself whether your ideas are rash and impulsive, or carefully well-thought and remember that slow, steady growth may be the best strategy of all.
You are a natural leader, so own your career trajectory and create your own opportunities for success. You can’t afford to wait for someone else to recognize your ambition or take you under their wing if you are committed to advancing your career. Do you want to be in the driver’s seat or do you want to be a passenger? Either way, the choice is yours. Vroom!
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