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.
The Five Overacting Interactions between elements in Chinese Five Element Theory indicates that some pairs of elements, while deeply attached, do not mix. This means that Water energy will dominate and restrain Fire in November and December, which foretells possible challenges in the remainder of 2022.
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.
November’s Yin Water energy can help calm and cool overwrought Fire. The Water element is present, although milder in this phase but much stronger in December, which may be helpful to you as stress builds during the holidays. Even though razzle-dazzle fuels your fire, too much activity fizzles your sizzle. Try practicing a little restraint until the end of the year; avoid the spotlight, and remain in the wings.
Use cooling Water energy to help keep relationships calm during the holidays. Even though you are outgoing, you are sensitive and have a big, easily broken heart. With holidays quickly approaching and lots of excitement that tires you out, you might take something personally but remember that what you perceive is not necessarily reality. Focus on having fun and concentrate on reeling in love and good feelings.
Families and feelings run hand in hand, so the holidays are likely to be challenging if you've got a family. Put your feet up, retreat, breathe deeply, and go with the flow. This month’s water energy is all about flowing around obstacles, a skill that would be useful for you to master. Rather than focusing on problems, work on ways to flow around them. Follow your own path, and make light of the rocks in the road.
It is no surprise that there will be demands on your resources during the holidays; if you haven’t stockpiled a little extra cash for the holidays, it might be a good idea to explore seasonal part-time jobs like driving for Uber or Lyft, pet-sitting, helping in a retail venue, or working at special events—and why not? This would be an excellent way to pad your pocketbook and, at the same time, meet some new people!
You may be doing your best to be the ideal person for your current life’s work, but have you asked whether this work is worthy of your passion? Is there space for you to unleash your fabulous warmth and creativity? Does the environment feel right for you? If not, create a personal vision statement. There’s no harm in researching other opportunities, networking with friends, or speaking with a recruiter or two.
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