For thousands of years, the I Ching has provided guidance for 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 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.
China celebrates New Year’s Eve along with the rest of the world on January 1. Activities vary from city-to-city and province-to-province; but they are parallel to celebrations in the west and culminate like everyone else, with festivities at midnight. The main Chinese New Year celebrations, however, ringing in year 4718 of the Metal Ox, will begin on February 12th.
In the Asian lunar calendar, January is the last month of the year. It is in a phase called Chui; a time of soft Earth energy that brings nourishment for unseen future growth. Think of a seed waiting quietly in the earth, absorbing nourishment that will create an upward thrusting sprout that will burst forth in the spring.
In January we too are incubating concepts, inspiration, and perceptions that will become evident to us when the time is ripe. In the cycle of passing months soft, gentle yin Earth energy characterizes January, while February ushers in powerful yang Wood, so in the interim, we invite you to have a peek at what’s in store for you in this, the final month of the lunar calendar.
You gained a bit of weight during lockdown so now it is time to nurture yourself in a new way. Most Earth people prefer sweet drinks rather than water, but if you can train yourself to indulge in healthier herbal teas or fruit-flavored sparkling waters, you may find that you have managed to retrain your taste buds so that your old unhealthy choices will become to taste way too sweet!
Earth is the most nurturing of all the elements, and in a double-Earth month, you’ve got enough nurturing energy to take care of yourself in addition to everyone else. Since guilt is your thing, you might feel a little bit guilty if you do something nice to take care of yourself … but if you don’t fill your own needs, you won’t have enough emotional strength to help anyone else either!
You probably already know that you are a “fixer” and that you love to feel important by inserting yourself in the middle of conflicts and goodness knows that conflict arises easily in locked-down family pods, but have you also noticed that if you can manage to stay out of conflict between people, the combatants are usually able to resolve their differences all by themselves?
Nearly everyone suffered financially last year, and although you are someone who loves taking care of others, you need to stop and set aside enough resources to take care of yourself and your own family as well. Remember the old adage, “God helps those who help themselves;” if you can’t take care of yourself and your own family, how can you possibly take care of others?
For all the obvious reasons, many careers are stagnant or on hold right now. While it’s dark and cold outside, use this time to look inward, to explore your own interests and to take note of your strengths. Earth people don’t mind a little messiness in their environment but being internally clear on your Earth Element goals and aspirations will serve you well in the future.