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!
The lungs and the colon are tied to the Metal Element; one takes in the pure and the other eliminates waste. If you haven’t let go of physical or emotional garbage for a long time, it starts to feel almost natural to collect more and more. When you restore balance by letting go of bad feelings and excess possessions, the pure can flow in and you will feel great!
It can be difficult for Metal people to let go of pain and hurt, so do an emotional inventory and examine your attitudes, prejudices, envy, hatreds, jealousies, and resentments. When negativity comes in faster than it can be eliminated, we become tainted by the poison that we are holding inside. Work on settling old troubles, and letting them go.
For long-standing issues that you haven’t let go of or resolved directly with others, write them down on a piece of paper. Be as specific as possible, then burn the paper and symbolically release the content. Feel the old negativity and pain leave your body and soul, then ask yourself who you are without the impurity and how it will impact your relationships.
Metal people are usually careful with money which can be a good thing, but sometimes you might miss an opportunity because you rely too much on facts and figures. You are cautious and avoid taking chances because you don’t like to lose face but you’re only human, and sometimes you might decide to take a chance in order to gain experience and knowledge.
Allowing your subordinates to see your human side means you will need to loosen your grip on your perfectionist façade since the truth is, no one is perfect. Yes, you are sensitive and don’t admit that you made a mistake, but just think how nice it could be to let go and relax a little. Your colleagues will love you for it, and you might enjoy it too!
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