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 …
The Metal Element is associated with organization and stability; its attributes are persistence, firmness, strength, determination, and rigidity. In the regenerative cycle, Earth stimulates Metal energy, and Metal’s generative powers bring about change and transformation for those people who are fortunate enough to come in contact with it.
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.
You enjoy looking good, and why shouldn’t you? Your appearance has a lot to do with what you eat, the amount of exercise you are getting, the stress you are under, and the environment in which you live and work. A healthy lifestyle that combines proper nutrition and exercise increases your attractiveness, ability to think clearly, and perform well.
Studies show that the evaluation of attractiveness is strongly influenced by the intensity of a smile expressed on a face and that it is even possible for a happy face to compensate for relative unattractiveness. Researchers also say that happier people have higher self-esteem and tend to look after their grooming and appearance, so smile and be happy.
You are loyal to your friends, especially friendships you formed as a child. It is not natural for you to display emotion, but you are always ready to jump into action to defend or help your friends. Friends increase your sense of belonging and purpose, reduce stress, and increase happiness, which is why friendships are so good for your health.
Money can bring us pleasure and allow us to enjoy life, but it is an unhealthy habit if we shop when we are sad or depressed. In that case, not only do we make money based on our emotions, but we are also reinforcing the behavior by attributing our sense of happiness when we shop, especially if we are using shopping to feel better when we are feeling down.
Metal people are tough and can handle an enormous amount of pressure. Through example, pressure, and your own hard work, you have become an extremely useful human being. You know how to see things the way they are, imagine things the way you would like them to be, and know how to make them happen. Life has given you a gift; take it!
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