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.
In the Chinese horoscope, November is the tenth month of the lunar calendar in a soft, yin, Water energy phase called Hài 亥. Even though the phase appears quiet from the outside, a lot is going on beneath the surface. As temperatures drop, days shorten, and metabolism slows, energy is both literally and metaphorically returning to us and to the earth—to our “root.”
When Daylight Saving ends on November 3 the sun will begin setting earlier, reinforcing our awareness that winter is just around the corner. In the Chinese calendar, winter officially begins on November 7, and in our country, winter’s chill is foretold by the arrival of the Full Frost Moon on the 12th, when it was time for early colonists and Native Americans to set traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
It is traditional for American families to gather and celebrate Thanksgiving in November, and in China, the holiday is catching on … a little! Chinese call their Thanksgiving celebration Găn ēn jié, or “Thanks for Grace.” Turkeys are original to the Americas and are difficult to find in Asia, so Chinese families usually serve roast duck or goose, and use the occasion as an opportunity to express their thanks to friends, family, workmates, bosses, and teachers.
November’s tranquil Water influence is constructive—picture it as a seed gathering energy so it can germinate and burst forth in the spring. This is the perfect time for us to be creative and make positive efforts that will lead to development and success in the future. Be careful though―soft yin Water energy can be so calming that we may forget all about taking action.
Would you like to know what the I Ching reveals about your element this season? Check it out, it’s all right here. And here’s wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Operation Shoebox supports our troops so make someone else happy by shipping leftover Halloween candy off to them. The average American consumes 17 teaspoons of sugar a day; men should limit themselves to 9 teaspoons, women and kids to 6. Sugar is a health risk, especially for a little sweetie pie like you, but if you don’t have any goodies in the house, you won’t be tempted.
It is much more common for us to spend more time thinking about what makes other people tick than it is to spend time thinking about our own feelings… and why? Because it’s easier! Earth people are a bit reluctant to wrestle with their emotions, and that’s probably one of the reasons you get so involved in everybody else’s drama. It might be a good idea to turn over a new leaf in the upcoming new year.
Human relationships are complicated for everyone, but they can be especially difficult for you to try to make sense of. You know how to give although you tend to give too much, yet you are reluctant to make your own needs known. Honesty is the best policy here, so if you long for a hug, or wish someone would whisper sweet nothings in your ear, just say so! Figure out what you want/need, and then say it. Out loud!
Holiday gift-giving can be expensive, but fortunately, many Earth people like to cook, garden, paint, and create so you might want to consider making inexpensive but heartfelt gifts for your friends and family. Keep in mind that although your gifts are an expression of your love, that part of the reason you are so generous with your gifts, is your hope that they will love you in return … and why not?
Everybody loves you and there will be many requests for your delightful presence during the holiday season. If you are reluctant to party because you have fallen behind in your work, call in the troops and get some help! Your element is right in the middle; it is the fulcrum or the pivot for all the others. Your central position is a good reminder to keep your work and life centered and in balance.