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, water everywhere in a water/water month. Winter is your time, and November and December are your months of the year. Protect your powerful energy with a simple, clean diet with an emphasis on dark fruits like raisins, blueberries, and plums; and root vegetables that come from the earth. Gather in your energy, stay warm, put your feet up, and relax by the fire.
You need peace and quiet to nurture your energy. You are self-contained and self-sufficient. You may not have realized that your Element is the most powerful one of all, but you can get an idea of your strength when you conjure up the power of a tsunami or a tidal wave. Offset your detachment with tenderness and risk exposure for closeness with others.
Yes, you are introspective and self-contained, but that can also make you feel isolated and lonely. You may not care how others feel, but if you are emotionally inaccessible others will have a hard time feeling close to you. Even though you may not think that you need other people, relationships are a key to health and longevity so open up a little … and see what happens!
Actually, it’s nice that you are a little cautious—it protects you from overspending, but it also makes it hard to come to final conclusions or to decide exactly how you want to invest the money that you do have. You are far too wise to hide your money under a mattress but make certain that you’ve placed it in a vehicle that is interest-bearing and has an opportunity for growth.
Your Element is called the philosopher because you are introspective and seek understanding and information. You are not pushy or domineering; your power and strength are in the profundity of your wisdom and the depth of your knowledge. You are not as likely to be a leader as you are to be a trusted confident or wise counselor, but who wouldn’t want to be that? Enjoy!
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