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.
In the Chinese calendar, January is the twelfth and final month of the lunar year. It is in a phase called Chui (丑); a time of soft Earth energy that nourishes unseen growth. Think of a seed waiting quietly in the soil, absorbing nourishment to create the sprout that will emerge in the spring. This month, we too are incubating concepts, inspiration, and perceptions that will become evident to us later, when the time is ripe.
Chinese New Year will take place February 1 and far-flung family members will soon begin to travel home to celebrate the most important holiday of the lunar year. Chinese New Year eve festivities begin on January 31 and come to a close 15 days later with the Lantern Festival.
Preparations for the festivities include a thorough housecleaning that represents a farewell to the past and a welcome to a brand new year. We in the west are incubating inspiration provided by January’s soft yin Earth energy and we welcome you to sneak a peek at what’s in store for your element in this, the final month of the Chinese lunar year.
Poor you … it can be frustrating that your allied organ is the stomach and that your elemental flavor is sweet. Weight – usually too much – is a common problem for Earth Element people, but at least now you know why. Set aside some quiet time for yourself, and take the focus off food. There’s more to life than eating … although not much!
Ooh fun, a double Earth month! Get outside and take a walk, ride your bike, roller skate, or ski … anything to get yourself off the couch and get outdoors into your energy’s natural habitat. Earth people are often homebodies, so expand your mindset and make an effort to engage with Mother Earth, look around and revel in her natural beauty.
You are a people person. January is the perfect time for you to expand your friend group and make a few new acquaintances who share your interests. Right now your contacts may need to be remote, but do a little online research and see what you find. Winter is not a time to stagnate … winter is a time to prepare for rebirth and renewal.
Earth Element energy is in charge 4 times a year in the transition between seasons, while all the other elements are only represented twice a year. Earth energy is soft, receptive, and yin this month and in July so begin looking for opportunities now and then pay attention to their manifestation in the upcoming yang Earth months of April and October.
You are the foundation of your team and a great support to the group. There is no need for you to be a trail-blazing innovator who inspires others to reach for the heavens … rather, you are the creator of team spirit, the builder of momentum, the leader who keeps everyone focused, happy, and enthusiastic about continuing to move forward.