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.
Water’s energy is here to help you keep your energy focused and under control. The holidays can be hard on you, and in your effort to entertain and perform, you can very well completely burn yourself out. You, dear flamboyant Fire, need to withdraw and protect your energy when you sense that things are getting out of control… because, by that point, they probably are!
For a variety of reasons, the holidays are going to be challenging this year. It would be wise for you to tap into November and December’s Water Element energy to help keep you calm, cool, and collected. When you feel your anxiety ramping up, conjure up the image of water, because after all, water has the power to put out a fire, and nobody enjoys feeling hot and bothered.
Meditation, tai chi, or yoga aren’t exactly your thing since your energy flows upward. Consider though, that rooting yourself and returning some of your qi, or lifeforce, inward can help bring troublesome relationships into balance. The elderly tells us that friendship and relationships are one of the underpinnings for longevity, and all of us want to live as long and as strong as possible!
This year finances are going to be yet another challenge for all of us to manage but consider that perhaps the most important gifts we can give are not things… the best ones may very well be the gifts of our time, attention, and love. When we give love, we receive love, which is a better return on our creativity and energy than all the gifts that money could buy.
Does your current situation allow yourself to express your energy, creativity, and passion? If you love what you do there is no need to change anything at all, but if you aren’t feeling good about your work, what could you do to amp it up? Maybe it’s something as simple as throwing around some red accents, or as complicated as trying to figure out your life purpose. Yikes!
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