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, springtime relates to Wood. Its related organs are the liver and gallbladder that bestow you with ample courage. Wood types in general, push themselves very hard and female Woodies in particular need to remind themselves to consciously slow down during their menstrual cycle to protect and conserve their energy.
When they are in balance, Woodies are like knights in shining armor: brave, strong, and on a mission. When out of balance they can become controlling, angry, and combative. A certain amount of anger can drive positive change, but excessive anger is damaging, and that is why it is important to commit yourself to calming practices like yoga, tai chi, or qi gong.
Woodies need their space and can become upset or defensive if someone violates their boundaries or attacks them verbally or physically. Alcohol is one of the main forms of relaxation that stressed Wood people turn to, but it also intensifies feelings of anxiety and anger. Practicing moderation in all things can help, although that can be easier said than done.
Discipline and self-control are important for managing robust Liver energy. The good thing about these attributes is that they will help smooth the way toward your solid financial future. Woodies can be impulsive when it comes to purchases, especially in a double-Wood month, so give yourself enough time and space to make wise decisions.
Healthy Wood people have the courage to be pioneers; you are inventive and are willing to explore ideas and things that are new. The gallbladder link to your element is what allows changes to occur, and it is also the organ that gives you the ability to make decisions. You are a self-confident leader who trusts your ability and power. Lucky you!
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