For thousands of years, the I Ching has provided guidance for people's health decisions, relationships, financial matters, work and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on the cycles of the heavens and the earth. Further influences include Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water; the effect of yin and yang and the forces exerted by a variety of stems, branches, directions and phases.
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 and forming a sprout that will emerge in the spring. We too are incubating concepts, inspiration and perceptions that will become evident to us later, when the time is ripe.
January is fairly quiet in comparison with last month’s festivities. Native American tribes called January the Full Wolf Moon, in recognition of wolves howling hungrily outside their villages. There are no significant holidays in China this month, but in the United States, we will honor Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the 90th anniversary of his birth.
In the Chinese horoscope, February ushers in the beginning of powerful Wood Element energy, but in the meantime, wouldn’t you like to know what January’s soft Earth influence has in store for you?
Give your body a breather now that the holidays are over. Cut back or eliminate habits that damage your Wood Element energy, including alcohol, excessive sugar, and overly-processed foods. If you are having a hard time avoiding foods that aren’t good for you, consider our best-selling B-Slim supplement to help you with your cravings.
Your bucket list contains two kinds of things―things you want 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 realize you don’t actually want to do something, you can let yourself off your guilt trip, and begin working towards a goal that you really do want.
Because of your Element’s rooted tree/wood nature, you need your space, room to spread out, and stand alone. However, remind yourself every so often, to reach out to your loved ones. Wood people do best with a partner who is independent and able to stand on their own two feet or someone who understands and loves you just the way you are.
Most Wood people like to be financially successful because they like pretty acquisitions and they enjoy being viewed by others as prosperous. The difficulty many Woodies have is that they love making bold financial decisions without considering the potential downside, so if that’s you - you had better get yourself an advisor!
You are very good at seeing the big picture and developing strategies to push success forward, but not so keen on producing new concepts because this usually involves too many details to hold your attention span. Enlist someone to come up with the new ideas, and cultivate delegating the daily tasks to others. Then you can work efficiently while respecting your Wood Element style.
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