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.
The Earth Element nourishes Metal in January, and with all the assaults to your immunity, you need all the help you can get. The simplest way to boost your own immunity is to take care of yourself, and that means getting exercise, nourishing food, and restorative sleep. Start small and simple, then expand outward until you are in the best possible emotional and physical condition possible.
Metal people are tough, and that is why you have managed to survive the challenge of Covid-19 so well. Remember though, that you are a soft marshmallow underneath your tough exterior. Nobody likes feeling exposed but if you would be willing to share your fears and concerns with someone who loves you, you will find some very unexpected and previously unexplored joy.
You are a bit guarded because you are a Metal Element person, and you don’t like feeling vulnerable for the very same reason. Well… so what? Revealing your concerns and fears in unsettling times will make you seem more human to the people who love you, and since you’ve got Earth energy nourishing and backing you up right now, what could possibly go wrong?
You are fortunate to have Earth energy on your side. Almost everyone is financially challenged right now, but you are cautious and conservative, so in the end, you are going to end up at the top of the financial heap. Continue to take advantage of your financial options, because there are still lots of them there. Play it safe but play it well; if anyone can make money right now, it’s you!
You are a perfectionist and in normal times that would work well for you … but right now, you’ve got to be able to explore options and may even need to take a leap of faith. Faith, what’s that? Metal people are usually not the most optimistic people on earth, but you are among the most capable, so dig in, work hard, look around, explore your options, and then get things done.
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