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.
We know that we should exercise more, eat better, or even (gulp) moderate our use of alcohol or recreational drugs. Alcohol sales have increased 20% since the arrival of Covid-19, one more reason that toxin-sensitive Woodies like you would be wise to participate in the Dry January movement. Try embracing sobriety for one month and see if you don’t feel a whole lot better!
This is not the time to squabble with your partner; rather, it is time to start talking. Ask yourself which of your needs are not being met then after the children are in bed, turn off your digital devices, and talk with your partner. Really… talk! Communicating with a loved one in a calm, quiet manner is not a skill most Woodies are born with, but certainly, it is one that can be attained.
With the arrival of Covid many families have been stuck together in close quarters and will probably continue to be, into the unforeseeable future. For some people, family closeness has been one of the best things about lockdown, but for Woodies who are accustomed to using their time at work to maintain distance from their family, can be finding lockdown extremely stressful.
Your finances should begin to turn around in the spring when your own Wood Element energy begins to soar. Believe it or not, it is likely that there is travel in your future, so make certain to stash away enough money so that when you can travel again, you will have the financial wherewithal to sightsee and enjoy your destination even more. Save now in order to have fun later!
2021 will be a Metal Ox year and don’t be at all surprised if opportunities begin to appear from many unexpected directions. Be on the alert because these prospects will announce themselves subtly so you might not be aware of them right away. There will be more than one opportunity, so take your time and consider all your options before you decide which way to move.
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