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 Chinese medicine, Fire is represented by the heart. Known as the Emperor, the heart is linked to the Fire Element. Your heart is responsible for the circulation of blood throughout your body; it brings nourishment to all of your other organs. Cardio exercise is a natural for Fire people, and it help can take the edge off the anxiety that many Fire people experience.
The heart in Chinese medicine is closely related to the shen, or spirit of a person, and Fire types like you are usually wonderfully animated, expressive people. If you are a yang or strong Fire-type, you flip and flop between extremes. It’s just part of your nature, and there’s no need to worry about it, but do try to keep yourself somewhere in the middle.
Your shen gives you a sense of compassion, which explains why Fire people are so able to connect empathetically with others. Fire types like you are warm, so it’s easy to understand why people like to draw close and feel connected to you, but watch out! Your elemental energy has the potential to burn when someone else spirals out of control.
You live through your heart, which fuels your passion and makes you want to make quick decisions that affect your financial future. Blowing the budget is easy to do, but you are likely to quickly tire of something you bought, or regret a decision that you made. Fire types like to live in the moment, but remember that tomorrow is just around the corner.
Fire people have a very sharp intellect, an incredible memory, and are willing to work tirelessly until they achieve their goals. You often prefer to work for a cause that you feel deeply about, even if it takes years to achieve. You are so emotionally committed it can difficult for you to take time out to relax but do it anyway, because it is important for your health.
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