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 Metal Element is related to the lungs, skin, and immunity energy systems; all barriers that protect us from bad air and bad “bugs.” Keep your immunity strong and pump up your Metal energy with plenty of aerobic exercises. There’s no need to invest in expensive equipment; fast walking, aerobic dancing, jumping jacks, burpees, duck walking, or yoga can help keep you healthy all winter long.
By their very nature, Metal people tend to lock up and conceal a part of themselves which is protective. It is not your intention to be evasive or withholding, it is just that you are sensitive and don’t enjoy putting yourself in a position to be criticized. You may even enjoy being a bit of a mystery, which makes people even want to get to know you more… and why not?
The fact that you can build a wall between yourself and the world means that you are self-sufficient, which makes you attractive to those who are not. The truth though, is that your self-sufficiency is a cover for your sensitivity and concern about what others think of you. Human beings are all complicated, it’s just that some of us are more complicated than others.
You are careful with money and rarely make impulsive moves. If you are in a relationship with a partner that is just the opposite, it is going to be hard on both of you. Stick to what you do best—creating spreadsheets and budgets to keep track of numbers, while occasionally loosening the reins and allowing your partner to do something rogue. Who knows; they might score a win!
Metal people are calm. You make decisions without getting into a flap and give solid advice. Your ideas and opinions are not ordinary, and you help others see different points of view. Although personal flexibility is not the name of your game, you are valued for your restraint, your wisdom, and your ability to analyze and project probable outcomes. Hooray for you!
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