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!
Life is formed and develops in what Chinese medicine calls jing. The kidneys store jing, the metabolic energy that we inherit from our ancestors. You need to manage stress in order to assure the health of your adrenal glands that sit above your kidneys. The negative impact of harmful stress hormones can be mitigated with proper rest, nutrition, and exercise.
Water types are deep thinkers who strive for enlightenment, which can be misinterpreted as being removed, or aloof. In fact, Water types are very loyal, helpful people, who know how to untangle unbelievably complicated human situations. You are wise and have a great perspective on life, so keep up the great work… you are on the right path.
Of all the elemental types, Water people are the most philosophic, which is why they often enjoy spending time alone to think. You probably don’t worry about conforming to social norms and like doing your own thing in your own way, but it might be a good idea to seek out an enthusiastic people who can help keep you involved and socially engaged.
Kidney energy gives Water-types like you the drive and willpower that is necessary or order to fulfill your financial goals and dreams. You are perfectly capable of figuring out what you want since you are a seeker of sense and not sensation. You don’t welcome input from others, but it’s a good idea to consult your partner so you can make decisions together.
With your drive and willpower, you are a born entrepreneur. You know how to absorb information, take notice of what already exists, then figure out how to repackage old ideas in stunning new ways. It is your nature to run free, so let your creativity loose, and see what happens! Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is also a Water person … you are in good company!
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