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.
November is the first of the Water Element months in the lunar year of the Tiger, 2022. Yin is the most feminine, soft, and quiet side of the elements, and November’s yin Water is double-yin. Water energy is never lost; it simply changes form. It can be a vapor, a liquid, or a solid like ice. Yin Water does not resist, it is flexible, and it adapts.
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.
Keeping our bodies well-hydrated plays an essential role in memory and focus, boosting energy and mood, and maintaining proper blood pressure. It also reduces aging effects, helps keep constipation and illnesses at bay, and improves physical performance. As with all things in life, moderation is key. Too much, and conversely, too little water, can tremendously impact our health.
When we understand that we are best served by flowing with what comes, it will be easier to let go of what was and accept what is. We will find that life offers us amazing opportunities when we do that. In a quiet double-yin month, Water energy is at its most still and docile state. A tendency toward calm and peace is an attribute of good personal character, but this gentleness is not without power.
If someone disturbs our calm and does something that bothers us, it may be worth asking what is troubling us. Could we recognize something in them that we see in ourselves? Perhaps it is best to ask ourselves why that person bothers us; introspection allows us to reflect on the situation and purify our way of thinking. Perhaps that is why we took notice in the first place and allowed ourselves to become irritated.
Change is one of the few things we can count on in life, but for many of us, changes in our financial situation can stir up a great deal of anxiety. If our minds remain fixed on how we think things should be, we are likely to falter in the face of adversity, but when we allow ourselves to be as fluid as water, flow around problems, keep an open mind and remain flexible, we will be able to adjust, adapt, and influence our circumstances.
Water has power; it can dissolve more substances than any other liquid. When we are calm, we can clearly and accurately reflect upon our life’s goals. Self-reflection is always important. When things don’t go as we would like, we need to calm ourselves, take a moment to reflect, and see what we can learn from the situation. A calm person can reason their way through to the truth of their choicesu.
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