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 for creating 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.
A new Chinese Metal Year of the Rat will begin on the 25th. Rats are the first of twelve animals that cycle through the Chinese horoscope, and while they are despised in the west, rats are respected in the east for their intelligence, resourcefulness, and courage. People who are born in a Year of the Rat are said to be good leaders who handle responsibility well. Prince Harry is one famous example, and Rosa Parks is another.
People born in Metal Rat Years like 1948, 1960, or 2020, are said to be especially intense, with lively minds and fertile imaginations. Because rats are the first animal in the Chinese horoscope, it is said that being first instills rats with a pioneering spirit, but it also fuels their need to win. Rats are romantic, fall in love easily, and enjoy intimacy―they have a gift for seizing opportunities―as a famous Chinese proverb notes, “There are very few poor Rats!”
In the cycle of passing months, soft yin Earth energy characterizes January, while February ushers in the powerful, thrusting yang Wood Element. Yin is soft and gentle, while yang is active and formidable, but now it’s time to catch a peek at what’s in store for your element in this, the final month of the lunar year.
Fire is the most yang and most heated, of all the elements. Fire energy can be visualized as sunlight, or as the sun itself. Fire people rarely lack energy, and if they do, it’s usually because they are too heated or too yang, which can sometimes cause insomnia. Meditation is calming and can help prepare you for sleep, so give that a try.
The Fire personality is direct and upfront and Fire types are successful because of their warm hearts and generosity. Experiences of love, compassion, joy, and pleasure are healing for Fire Element people so share your joy and laughter without thought of reward. The emotion of a healthy Fire person is happiness, and all of us could use more of that!
Masculine yang Fire energy can burn like fire but in its feminine yin form, Fire energy is small and contained, and a helpful point of light. An unbalanced Fire person frightens people with their assertive passion, but a balanced Fire person is thoughtful, knows how to give as well as receive warmth, and delights in the company of others. Which Fire are you?
Fire people tend to be risk-averse, although there are many who believe that successful investing is based as much on luck as it is on knowledge. Teaching young Fire children how to take a few risks will help them to be less fearful as adults about taking measured chances that are often necessary in order to be financially secure.
Routine works well for Fire people like you, because it gives you a sense of security, and hey … why not? You are independent and just like the sun, you need your own space. You find it annoying to have anybody looking over your shoulder because once you figure out the rules and establish a routine you simply get on with whatever needs to get done.
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