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 …
Fire and Earth are in harmony in January. Fire nourishes and is nourished by the Earth Element; just as a parent nourishes a child, a child nourishes their parent. The passion and joy of Fire, in combination with the empathy and caring of Earth, work together to create an opportunity for giving and receiving positive energy.
In the calendar, January is the twelfth and final month of the Chinese 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.
Children born in 2023 are arriving in the Chinese year of the Rabbit. Sensitivity is one of the characteristics associated with this sign, which is why Rabbit babies are prone to crying. Perhaps more than babies born under any other sign, children born in a Rabbit year need routine and a stable environment to thrive; at school, they will develop a flare for artistic subjects, and many of them will excel in music.
This year, the Chinese New Year will begin on January 22, on the new moon following the winter solstice. Many people have already begun to travel home to celebrate this important holiday with their families. New Year festivities will come to a close on Sunday, February 5, along with the celebration of Yuao Xiao, the Chinese Lantern Festival.
In China, preparations for the new lunar year include a thorough housecleaning, representing a farewell to the past and a hearty welcome to a year of the Rabbit. We too, can look forward to the inspiration provided by January’s soft yin Earth energy, and we encourage you to sneak a peek at what’s in store for your element in this final month of the lunar year.
Did you overexert and overspend your radiant Fire energy during the busy holiday season? Are you feeling a little depleted, apathetic, or let down? It is natural and healthy to take time to slow down, retreat, and replenish your energy. With the help of Earth’s influence, you will be able to relax and rest this month so your light can shine when it is needed.
Even though you may not realize it, love is all around you. You are widely recognized for your good sense of humor, geniality, and quick wit, so rather than ignore recognition, revel in it. When you can acknowledge the affection that surrounds you, you will be able to give yourself a pat on the back for being the fabulous person that you are.
Deal with relationships calmly and steadily, even though disagreements may be upsetting and disturb your mood. When drama rattles you, things will go more smoothly when you adopt Earth’s easygoing ways. Back off, release intensity, and allow your sense of humor to bring perspective to the situation and allow your geniality to shine.
No budget? It’s time to create one. You need to track our spending to see where trends emerge. When you know where you were spending more than you thought, you can take appropriate action to correct the problem. When financial energy goes awry, we use money in a way that can harm ourselves and those who depend on us.
It is not unusual for Fire people to make quick decisions, and then just as quickly reverse their minds…that’s just you. Your willingness to change direction can lead to great things, but it can be a little scary for people who are not as flexible as you. Your unpredictability impacts others, but careful communication can soften the blow.
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