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.
Your Element needs fluids, and happily, in these financially challenging times, water is free! You probably aren’t drinking enough liquid to feel great, but if you could aim for about two liters of water a day you will be supporting the health of your element. If you don’t happen to like drinking water, try herbal teas. Brew yourself a nice warm cup of hot tea, put your feet up, and enjoy!
Water people are the most interesting of all the elements … you are the softest most yin, but at the same time you are aggressive, and the most yang. In your yin form, you are like a pond or a lake, and in your Yang form, you are like a tidal wave or a tsunami. You may think of yourself as being compliant, but in actuality, you are not—which is part of your mystery and part of your charm.
They say that Water people are receptive and reflective, but most people have no idea how strong and powerful you are. In truth, you are so considerate and kind that don’t go out of your way to embarrass your opponents but in the end, your honesty and truth prevail, and you ultimately get your way. No surprise there… all the more power to powerful Water people like you!
Some think that money the root of all evil, but is it? For you, healthy finances allow you to go on spiritual quests that give you time to dream and do what you do best—to dive deep and untangle challenges that no one else could even begin to manage. Even though the pursuit of financial security may not appeal to you personally, it does allow you the freedom to pursue your own best self.
One of the wonderful things about having a strong yang component to your own energy is that you are willing to try all sorts of things. Just like a rushing river, you don’t like being channeled or tied down and because you enjoy being a little bit wild and unpredictable, you are very good at coming up with innovative, unexpected ideas… all the more reason to enjoy and be true to yourself.
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