For thousands of years, the I Ching has provided guidance for people's health decisions, relationships, financial matters, work and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on the cycles of the heavens and the earth. Further influences include Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water; the effect of yin and yang and the forces exerted by a variety of stems, branches, directions and phases.
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 and forming a sprout that will emerge in the spring. We too are incubating concepts, inspiration and perceptions that will become evident to us later, when the time is ripe.
January is fairly quiet in comparison with last month’s festivities. Native American tribes called January the Full Wolf Moon, in recognition of wolves howling hungrily outside their villages. There are no significant holidays in China this month, but in the United States, we will honor Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the 90th anniversary of his birth.
In the Chinese horoscope, February ushers in the beginning of powerful Wood Element energy, but in the meantime, wouldn’t you like to know what January’s soft Earth influence has in store for you?
If stress caused you to overeat over the holidays, remember that your Element is susceptible to anxiety, high blood pressure, and circulation issues. If you need a little help getting back to a healthier weight, consider our all-natural B-Slim herbal formula. It helps with cravings and has always been one of our best sellers for good reason!
After all the holiday excitement, set aside some time for self-care. By turning inward, the fog will lift; and you’ll feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. Delight in small pleasures to avoid a complete overhaul, and you will probably discover that nothing will seem quite as difficult as it might have before.
Strong Fire people like to be at the center of things, and when you aren’t, it can hurt your ego. If you can’t shine at your full capacity, you are likely to feel even more hurt when others hog the limelight. Yes, you are sensitive, but you also need to come to terms with the fact that everyone needs to have their turn in the spotlight. Share and share alike.
Most Fire people do not care about money. You are the only Element that genuinely wants to change the world, and you are the only one who usually can! One caution―you might want to consider that your Element is naturally optimistic, which could lead you to ignore the potential downsides of financial decisions you make.
Fire people like to keep their eye on the competition. You are good at taking existing products and make them look and work better, just like Steve Jobs. However, if you want to start from scratch and create your own start-up, you may need to bring some skillful analyzers onboard, because starting from nothing is just not your thing.
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