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 liver is your element’s primary organ, so give it a chance to breathe now that the holidays are over. Cut back or eliminate habits that damage your energy including alcohol, sweets, and overly processed foods. Avoid inflammation by maintaining a healthy weight because the best thing you can do to keep your liver healthy is to treat it well.
Your bucket list contains two kinds of things—things you actually want to do and things you think you should want, but really don’t. Should you do yoga, or do you want to do yoga? The sooner you admit that you don’t really want to do something, you sooner you can let go of your guilt trip and begin working toward a goal that you actually do want!
Just like a tree, your element is rooted in nature. You need space and room to expand and spread out, and just like a tree, you don’t mind standing alone. Woodies do best with a partner who is independent and able to stand on their own two feet, or with someone who is forbearing, tolerant, and understanding and loves you just the way you are.
Most Woodies have the drive to achieve financial independence which affords you a lifestyle that you can look good, dress well, and attract a mate. The hard part for stand-alone Woodies is to allow shared decision-making with a partner, especially one who will point out the potential risks of the decisions you intend to make.
Opportunities will come from several sources this year so if you have any extra time in your busy schedule, think about increasing your skills to enhance your ability to participate in whatever comes your way. You are great at spotting ideas and developing them further, so leave the little details to others and continue to work on the big picture.
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