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 year in a soft, yin Water energy phase called Hài 亥. Even though the phase appears calm and quiet from the outside, a lot is going on beneath the surface. Dormancy is more than a period of suspended animation; it is a survival mechanism that helps prepare the natural world for the year ahead.
Overcoming is one of the five interactions between element pairs in Five Elements Theory. In the Water/Earth pairing, Water overcomes or opposes Earth. In November and December, Water energy is in charge, an indication to be on the alert for potential areas of difficulty in these final two months of the year.
When Daylight Saving ends on November 6, 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 literally and metaphorically returns to the earth. Just like a plant, we also need to slow down and conserve to have enough energy to begin anew in 2023.
November’s tranquil Water influence is constructive—like a seed quietly absorbing nutrients so it can germinate and burst forth in the spring. This is also the perfect time for us to start gathering our creativity and moving toward positive changes that will lead to success in the upcoming year. Be careful, though, since soft yin Water energy can be so calming that we may forget that the time has come to start taking action.
We can imagine that you like to know what the I Ching reveals about your element in the season of Water, so check it out—it’s all right here! In the interim, we hope that you and your loved ones will be able to gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, and as always, we wish you and yours the very best at the beginning of the holiday season.
Spices hanging around your kitchen for years will not likely make you sick, but they don’t add flavor to our food. Flavor is key when preparing healthy meals that don’t go overboard with fats and calories. Fresh spices can mean the difference between bland meals that make us want to give up on our goal to eat better and flavorful foods that are nourishing, satisfying, and good for us to eat.
Today, focus on solving one small-but-noticeable issue in your home with love and care. Whether it’s an overstuffed drawer in the kitchen, a burned-out light bulb, or a tool that has been left out … decide and then fix it. Little corrective changes can kick off a wave of small actions that will inspire and promote new positive actions and then keep it going—it will help you open the door to motivation and unleash your amazing power.
Most Earth people have a great memory and can easily remember details from the past. This is helpful in many respects, but when it comes to people, a robust power of memory can keep us from seeing things clearly. Memories of problems with people in the past can make us focus too heavily on potential issues in the future, so make a fist and let old memories go. Open your heart and try, try again.
Earth people are instinctual and highly developed but do not always bother calculating the bottom line regarding their finances. They rely on their instincts to decide whether something is good or not, regardless of the amount of money that is involved. We can make serious financial blunders if we rely only on instinct and personal opinions without considering our actions' consequences.
November is the perfect time to work on improving the balance between our life and our life’s work. Of course, your work is important, but there will be many celebrations and requests for your delightful presence in the upcoming holiday season, so be sure to devote as much time to enjoying life as you commit to getting your work done. Your element is centered in the middle, so do your best to remain there!