For thousands of years, the I Ching has guided decisions about our health, relationships, financial matters, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on multiple, overlapping cycles that govern the heavens and the earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of clues and possibilities, so let us begin …
In the western calendar it is 2019, but in the Chinese lunar calendar, February is the first month of the year 4717. Even though the western calendar is used for business purposes in Asia, the lunar calendar is still used for determining traditional holidays and for choosing the most opportune dates for significant events like weddings, moving, or starting a new business.
China’s most important event in February is the lunar New Year which begins on the 5th. Families gather from all over the globe to rejoice and celebrate a new beginning in the largest annual transmigration of human beings on earth. Homes are cleaned from top to bottom, banners are hung, feasts are planned, firecrackers crackle, and dragons dance in week-long revelry.
2019 is an Earth Pig year in the Chinese horoscope. Children born this year are happy, easygoing, and sensible. Earth Pigs are orderly; ambitious but not competitive; and make wise decisions about money. Earth Pigs are also party people―they appreciate good food, drink, and an active social life, that leads some of them to excess.
We in the west are also going to be busy. In February we will observe Black History Month and President’s Day and celebrate National Wear Red Day in support of women’s heart health. We will watch the Super Bowl, the Grammys and Academy Awards, enjoy Chinese New Year festivities, chow down on National Pizza Day and last, but not least … happy Valentine’s Day!
February’s robust Wood Element energy will provide us with an abundance of forward-moving momentum that can help kick off endless possibilities. In this brand-new lunar year we can look forward to exciting developments and opportunities that we can explore, so happy New Year everyone!
You already know that toxins are especially harmful to Wood, but what sorts of foods are good for you? Woodies can cool overheated liver energy brought on by too much coffee, booze, or recreational substances with energetically cooling foods like eggs, clams, crab, and tofu―so bring on crab dip, deviled eggs, clam chowder, and Asian-inspired crispy tofu dishes. Yum!
Woodies are known for being firmly rooted and practically unmovable which can make you a little difficult for others to deal with or manage. Most Wood people are single-minded, determined, and goal-oriented—all very positive qualities. Keep in mind though that sometimes you may come off as pushy or overly aggressive to people who lack your self-confidence.
Your strengths are many: generous, independent, protective, determined, forthright, kind and loyal. Your drawbacks include: selfish, stubborn, old-fashioned, and critical. Woodies all want to give and receive sweet love. Enhance your strengths and minimize your weaknesses with Infinichi’s fabulous, balancing, Wood herbal supplement … then allow love to have its way with you.
Most Woodies like to dress well, have nice things, and earn enough money to be able to impress others―it makes you feel good about yourself. The way you spend your money is your own business, but there are other ways for you to feel good about yourself. How about contributing to a scholarship, or to a group that works to benefit your community. Think about it!
Aggress Wood people prefer to go with quick, familiar business solutions and have little patience for slow growth or building relationships. Mellow Woodies are morale-builders who connect well, take time to get to know the people on their team, and understand their colleague’s issues. These behaviors are two sides of the same coin―which one are you?
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