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 cool and quiet from the outside, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. Dormancy is much more than a period of suspended animation; it is a survival mechanism that is meant to help prepare the natural world for the year ahead.
When Daylight Saving ends on November 1 the sun will rise and set an hour earlier, reinforcing our awareness that winter is just around the corner. As temperatures drop, days shorten and metabolism slows, energy is both literally and metaphorically returning to the earth. Just like a plant, we also need to slow down and conserve, so we have enough energy left over for starting anew in 2021.
November’s tranquil Water influence is constructive—like a seed gathering energy to germinate and burst forth in the spring. This is the perfect time to gather our creativity and begin making moves toward positive changes that will lead to success in the upcoming year. Be careful though, because soft yin Water energy can be so calming that we may forget all about the need for taking action now.
We also can imagine that you like to know what the I Ching reveals about your element this season so check it out—it’s all right here! In the interim, we recognize that Thanksgiving will be different from your celebrations in the past, nevertheless, we wish you and yours the very best in this, the beginning of the holiday season.
The season of temptation is upon us. By now you are well aware that your Element is governed by the stomach energy network, and that you have a fondness for sugar, and things that taste sweet. When the pumpkin pie is trotted out, cut yourself a very small slice; the first bite tastes exactly the same as the last one, so why eat the whole (darned) thing?
The holidays are upon us. The Earth Element is in the center, or the middle of the other elements, and that is why you are so interested in being in the middle of things. It is true that people love you for your kindness and concern, but it is also true that if all you do is give, and are reluctant to receive, you are going to deplete your qi—your lifeforce, your energy.
You do not have to do it all. Repeat, you do NOT have to do it all! If your family is able to gather for the holidays, let the kids set the table or plan the decorations. Allow others to bring part of the feast. Enlist a teenager to set up a Zoom celebration. When you allow others to help you, you are actually allowing them to feel good about themselves, and who wouldn’t want that?
Money is going to be tight this year, at least for most of us, but there are inexpensive gifts that are natural for Earth people to give. Earthlings are homebodies who are good at growing things, cooking, making, and creating. When you make your own gifts, rather than buying some things, you satisfy both your wish to give of yourself and your need to nurture others.
Devote as much time and energy to enjoying your life as you do to accomplishing your work. Remember that your element is right in the center, so do your best to keep the balance between your life and your work centered as well. Earth people need time for rest and relaxation, so keep this old adage in mind, “All work and no play, makes Jack (and Jill) a dull boy (or girl)."