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 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.
Chinese New Year will take place February 1 and far-flung family members will soon begin to travel home to celebrate the most important holiday of the lunar year. Chinese New Year eve festivities begin on January 31 and come to a close 15 days later with the Lantern Festival.
Preparations for the festivities include a thorough housecleaning that represents a farewell to the past and a welcome to a brand new year. We in the west are incubating inspiration provided by January’s soft yin Earth energy and we welcome you to sneak a peek at what’s in store for your element in this, the final month of the Chinese lunar year.
It’s no fun to get sick and if you deal with the public you are especially vulnerable. Metal Element energy is all about protection, so if you are feeling a little rundown make certain to keep yourself safe. Avoid large events, continue to mask, wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing, get your vaccinations, and booster … whatever it takes!
You will be happier if you avoid becoming overwrought when life deals you a challenge. Calm and center yourself and apply perspective to the situation. Allow your natural hopefulness and determination to lead you through rocky situations. Take it one step at a time and persist until a solution becomes clear … and then make your move.
Change happens; you may have been lucky and found the perfect friends and mate or you may have to say bye-bye to someone you once loved. Change is especially difficult for Metal Element people, so keep lines of communication open with loved ones—and formerly loved ones—until it feels okay to either let them go or accept them as they are.
You may need to make a change in your investment portfolio or make a change in your life’s work in order to improve your financial outlook. Take your time and research the options so when you are actually ready to make a change, you will be working within your emotional comfort level and within the framework of your knowledge.
Even though you may wish you could do something perfectly rather than simply getting a job done, there are times when getting it done trumps perfection. You are already aware that no one else is perfect, and it is counterproductive to think you have to place the undue burden of perfection upon everything you do … just get it done!
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