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.
The rush of the holiday season is finally over so counteract Earth’s oppositional energy by cultivating your Jing—a word that describes your essence, the source of your life-root. We are born with a limited supply of Jing that is depleted by stress and unhealthful lifestyle choices but can be rejuvenated with rest, nourishing food, and happiness.
When your energy is good your thought processes are clear and you are not distracted by feelings. If your energy is weak, your emotions are likely to get in the way and cloud your judgment. It is usually best for Water people to stand back and assess a situation before stepping into the fray … it is in your nature to think before you act; and why not?
You don’t like messy relationships in your life or your work. You avoid drama and that is perfectly fine. You may not talk much but your advice is spot on. Even though your point of view may be a bit too frank for some people, there’s no need to worry about what you say because people are attracted to you and your energy so let ‘er rip!
It is normal for Water people to be conservative, avoid risk, and require a lot of time to take the first step. Do your own research—that’s how Warren Buffet, one of the most successful investors of all time, made his fortune. He rarely took risks, created his own systems, and only made financial investments that he believed in.
People with strong Water energy are very sociable and are willing to try all sorts of things. Just like water, you don’t like being contained and that is why you are so good at coming up with interesting, unexpected new ideas. You are quick to visualize a problem, analyze it from different angles, and then come up with a fabulous solution. Hooray!
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