January Wood Element Horoscope

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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 January, Earth energy exerts oppositional force over the Wood Element, which means that grounded, centered, non-moving Earth energy may very well attempt to slow down and inactivate Wood’s forward-moving, go-getting force. There may be some unexpected glitches, but keep moving forward.

In the calendar, January is the twelfth and final month of the Chinese lunar year. It is in a phase called Chui (δΈ‘), 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.

Children born in 2023 are arriving in the Chinese year of the Rabbit. Sensitivity is one of the characteristics associated with this sign, which is why Rabbit babies are prone to crying. Perhaps more than babies born under any other sign, children born in a Rabbit year need routine and a stable environment to thrive; at school, they will develop a flare for artistic subjects, and many of them will excel in music.

This year, the Chinese New Year will begin on January 22, on the new moon following the winter solstice. Many people have already begun to travel home to celebrate this important holiday with their families. New Year festivities will come to a close on Sunday, February 5, along with the celebration of Yuao Xiao, the Chinese Lantern Festival.

In China, preparations for the new lunar year include a thorough housecleaning, representing a farewell to the past and a hearty welcome to a year of the Rabbit. We too, can look forward to the inspiration provided by January’s soft yin Earth energy, and we encourage you to sneak a peek at what’s in store for your element in this final month of the lunar year.

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Physical Health

Step back and take care of vulnerable Wood Element liver energy. If you plan to give up alcohol or unhealthy foods this month, you may find that it jumpstarts better habits for the rest of the year. If the very idea of a month of deprivation sounds too scary, try for as long as you can, because any attempt to improve your health is preferable to making no attempt at all.

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Wood is known for having a rooted treelike personality—you need your space, room to spread out, and prefer to stand alone. Regardless of your nature, make an effort to reach out and nourish friendships with others—with people who are independent and able to stand on their own two feet, yet understand your needs and love you just the way you are. 

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Woodies can be so consumed by their lives that they miss the pleasure of close relationships with their friends and families. When you are away, call or text whenever you have a free moment, and do your best to share your affection and concern for the people you love. Maintaining emotional closeness is as good for you as it is for them. 

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Some say that money is the root of all evil, that it corrupts one’s character, breaks families apart, and breeds war. However, if we view finances objectively, we can view money as neither good nor bad, moral or immoral. Managing resources well is simply a part of living a responsible, adult life. Move forward with caution, but keep moving ahead. 

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Cultivate an interest in others. You don’t have to get involved in people’s drama or personal lives, but it might help to inquire about their challenges. Healthy Wood energy is a creative force that will help you figure out how to initiate closeness with the people you come into contact with every day…both in life and in business, relationships matter.

   

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