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!
The foods that nourish your energy are pungent. What’s that, you ask? Well, pungent flavors are biting, and they include onions, chilies, ginger, garlic, peppers, scallions, horseradish, spices, radishes, cilantro, and many dark leafy greens. Sourdough bread, vinegar, and sauerkraut are pungent, and so are lemons, limes…and wine! Sounds like some spicy Chinese dishes would be perfect for you…fun!
The Metal Element is related to the skin, and having “good” skin is a signal of fertility, youth, and health. Metal people can be a bit vain, so when something goes awry with their skin, they are the people who suffer the most. In a better world, beauty would be irrelevant, but for Metal people like you, appearance is everything. Protect your skin with sunscreen … every single day.
Water energy doesn’t affect you much this month or next, so coast along and enjoy the holidays. Metal is not the most social of all the elements, but your sensitivity to trends and appreciation of beauty make your gifts the best of the bunch. Counteract your natural reserve with thoughtful, carefully-chosen gestures of kindness, then sit back and bask in the compliments.
It took time, discipline, and hard work to get you where you are in your career and the same is true of investing—it’s a long-term, disciplined process. If a potential investment promises the moon, you know that it’s probably a scam and should be avoided at all costs. Of all the elements, you make the wisest, most carefully-considered decisions … so my, aren’t you the lucky one!
Are you getting better at cultivating flexibility? Yes, you like being as perfect as possible, but if you aren’t willing to stick your neck out and stray a little from the path, you really aren’t learning anything new. Just as we expect children to learn from their mistakes, the same is true of us. A few noticeable mistakes along the way make you seem more human—and more approachable by the rest of us.
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