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!
Hey double-Water person … now’s your time to shine! You’ve got lots of positive energy streaming in from the universe, but it’s up to you to take care of your lifestyle choices and your health. This is a busy time of year, but you know how important nutrition, taking time away from pressure, and a sufficient amount of rest is for Water people … so just do it. Time for a chill pill!
If you’re flying somewhere for Thanksgiving, you are probably already dreading the flight because that’s a situation where you are not in control. Keep in mind that this kind of anxiety is normal for Water people like you, especially as Water energy is starting to kick in. Bring along some distraction to help you get through the experience, or host the activities at your house instead.
Because you are a Water person, you are aware that human relationships have a natural ebb and flow. They swell with intimacy, passion, and energy and then naturally wane through periodic episodes of separateness, quiet, and a need for space. The cycle has to do with vulnerability, trust, and intimacy and this is the human way of balancing fear and desire. You are—after all—human!
Use your element’s “gathering-in” energy to help you gather in your financial resources. With the holidays lurking right around the corner, there are going to be lots of challenges to your wallet. You are naturally cautious, so hopefully, you’ve managed to squirrel away enough money to indulge in travel, gift-giving, or whatever is important to you, including a few treats (gasp) for yourself!
Hurry is not part of your vocabulary, so make certain that your work allows time for contemplation and reflection. You like to take in information, think things over, and then come up with a wise decision. Wisdom is what your element is famous for—and rightly so! You are not a detail person, so hire somebody else to manage the little stuff which will allow you to take care of the big picture.
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