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 lunar year 4719 is an opportunity for you to recommit to simple, fresh, nutritious foods. February’s Metal energy is very yang and hot, although in Chinese tradition it is important to try and maintain a “neutral” body temperature. To get back in balance, indulge in energetically cooling foods like clams, crab, barley, and millet; grab an apple, an orange, or a pear and place strict limits on Valentine’s Day sweets.
Robust yang Wood energy helps us grow, develop, and multiply; it endows us with our sexual drive and gives us the ability to reach out to others. Healthy Wood Qi helps us think clearly and cultivate ourselves—to be considerate, kind, and generous. It is impossible to talk and to listen at the same time, so stop talking, take a deep breath and start listening in order to gain access to the hearts and feelings of others.
When we are quiet, we allow others to feel as if they are being heard. In good relationships, we are able to relax and let ourselves go because we know, trust, and have confidence in our partners, friends, and colleagues. We feel safe and supported by them and they feel the same and supported by us. One of the life lessons that Woodies need is knowing when to stop talking, step back, and simply listen.
In the old Chinese Taoist tradition, the mythical dragon holds your power. The Asian dragon is a happy creature; it brings luck and prosperity and often leads the parade in Chinese New Year celebrations. February is your time of year; you have luck and prosperity on your side so seek out opportunities that the new year brings while avoiding rash or impulsive decisions that you come to regret later on.
The traditional Chinese dragon has the sensuous body of a fish, the head of an intelligent horse, the whiskers of the large-hearted lion, the fierce claws of an eagle, and the tail of the luscious snake all of which point to careers in the arts, martial arts, sports, management, politics, critiquing, the military, law enforcement, and the judicial system. This may be a symbolic flight of fancy, but it could very well apply to you!
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