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.
March is a month of transition, as winter slides into spring. Hooray! In China, Jīng Zhé or The End of Hibernation and Waking of Insects will be observed on the 5th. March 9th ushers in the joyful Purim festival in the Jewish calendar, Daylight Saving Time begins for many on March 8th, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on the 17th, followed by the spring equinox a few days later.
The equinox marks new beginnings in many cultures. On this day, when night and day are equal, Chinese tradition calls for balancing eggs on their ends to ensure luck and prosperity. Iran, India, and Turkey observe their new year, Japanese families visit their home towns to spend time to remember their ancestors, and Stonehenge is open to visitors and local Druids alike.
In the Chinese horoscope, March receives a strong push from the Wood Element. All this vigorous energy propels opportunities our way, but it is up to us to seize and take advantage of them. The Wood Element will soon reach the end of its yearly cycle, so in order to maximize the possibilities that Wood energy reveals, we will need to keep the momentum moving forward.
Here are some tips for your personal Element in this vigorous Mǎo phase in the Chinese Year of the Rat, 4718… hang on to your hat!
In nature, your energy is represented by the soil and your main purpose as an Earth person is to nurture and help things grow. The next time you eat some nourishing fruits and vegetables, contemplate the fact that produce contains the seeds of the next harvest and that the harvest season is the Earth Element’s time of the year. It’s all one big circle.
You draw self-confidence from relationships. A good love relationship will create a safe haven for you; and a place for you to feel filled and fulfilled regardless of your current status or finances. A good relationship with your children will also give you a boost of self-confidence, because family is very important to you, and you are very important to them.
You are great at creating community and building social relationships, but you are so considerate and kind that some people will try to take advantage of you. They may ask for some money or a small act of friendliness, but you need to practice setting limits before things escalate and cost you time, money, and patience … not good for you and not good for them.
You can be emotional, and sometimes make financial decisions based on your mood. You make a decision, and then think up a different idea that could be even better. When you start mixing up feelings with logic, you can get you so confused that you don’t know which way to turn and you end up getting nowhere. It’s okay to consult a pro; that’s what they’re for!
It is essential to choose a profession that aligns with your beliefs or you will feel upset and won’t be able to perform at your best. You are a problem-solver, which makes you welcome on any team. Most people love working with Earth people because you take care of others, and enjoy seeing them grow. Give clear instructions, and watch them bloom!