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.
China celebrates New Year’s Eve along with the rest of the world on January 1. Activities vary from city-to-city and province-to-province; but they are parallel to celebrations in the west and culminate like everyone else, with festivities at midnight. The main Chinese New Year celebrations, however, ringing in year 4718 of the Metal Ox, will begin on February 12th.
In the Asian lunar calendar, January is the last month of the year. It is in a phase called Chui; a time of soft Earth energy that brings nourishment for unseen future growth. Think of a seed waiting quietly in the earth, absorbing nourishment that will create an upward thrusting sprout that will burst forth in the spring.
In January we too are incubating concepts, inspiration, and perceptions that will become evident to us when the time is ripe. In the cycle of passing months soft, gentle yin Earth energy characterizes January, while February ushers in powerful yang Wood, so in the interim, we invite you to have a peek at what’s in store for you in this, the final month of the lunar calendar.
Most of us were very glad to see 2020 come to a close, and you probably are too. Fire people are the most joyful of all the elements, so if last year wore you down and left you feeling blue, turn up the heat and turn that cool blue to vibrant red—take a walk every day for better health and a happier outlook. You have the energy to make things happen… so go ahead and make things happen!
You deserve a little self-care after all the trials and tribulations of 2020. Self-care can be as simple as setting aside time for your daily walk (see above). If you are spending the majority of your time in lockdown and surrounded by others, you may find the time you spend alone during your walk the greatest gift of all! Walking is, after all, a well-known form of meditation. Try it!
Of all the elemental types, Fire people have the hardest time managing their sensitivity when they are in close company with others. You, the most fun of all the elements but you are also the most sensitive to what you perceive to be criticism. Try to remember that you criticize yourself more than anyone else ever could, so the real problem may be that you are way too hard on yourself.
Everyone’s finances are in disarray, but you are industrious and try harder to succeed than most people. Just make certain that you set aside enough time and energy to take care of your emotional and physical health because all work and no play is no fun for anyone, including you! You can make better choices when you feel healthy and strong, so prioritize taking care of yourself.
You are unpredictable, that some of your workmates find charming and others find unsettling. You are a flexible, creative thinker and you are not at all afraid to change direction when you uncover alternatives that seem more attractive. Stop and consider your audience before you reveal a 180-degree change of direction that would send some of your colleagues spinning!
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