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.
Fire people are high-strung and active, which makes your element the most susceptible to the anxiety and stress that the holidays can engender. The heart, circulation, and blood pressure are all part of your physical energetic system, so you can see why being healthy means finding a way to keep yourself calm when things go awry.
Set aside some time for retreat and self-care. With a little attention to yourself, the fog will lift and you will feel better connected to your emotions, in a healthy way. Avoid the need for a complete overhaul by looking for delight in small pleasures and remember that almost nothing is as bad as you fear it will be. Settle down, relax, and breathe.
Your ego makes you enjoy being the center of things, so if you are unable to shine at your full capacity, you are likely to feel hurt—especially if someone else hogs the limelight. You are sensitive, but that’s okay as long as you come to terms with the fact that everyone deserves to have their turn in the sun. Share and share-alike.
You are the only element that genuinely wants to change the world, and you are one of the few people that usually can! Although you really don’t care about money, here is one word of caution … even though making money is not your “thing,” do not ignore the fact that any financial decision you have to make is worthy of careful consideration.
You like to keep your eye on what the competition is doing, and just like Steve Jobs you are great at taking existing products and making them look great and function better. However, if you decide to create your own start-up from scratch, bring some skillful analyzers onboard because starting something from nothing is usually not in your wheelhouse.
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