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!
Hopefully, you’ve gotten all that left-over Halloween candy out of the house so now you can focus on cleaning up your dietary act before the holidays arrive. You already know that your element is governed by the liver and that your liver is responsible for filtering out toxins, so do your best to reach for real food and plain water rather than opting for the overly-sweet, overly-processed stuff.
Expansive and impulsive; that’s you! Depending upon how you manage it, impulse-driven behavior can bring you great joy that benefits not only you but also those around you. On the flip side, impulsivity can also lead you to do or say things that you regret, so slow down a bit, think things through, and come to a logical conclusion to save yourself from embarrassment later. Hmm?
You are the leader of the pack. How lucky for your friends that you are willing to organize people and adventures. Take your pals outside their comfort zone. Indulge in your passion for the out-of-doors by taking them on an expedition—perhaps an urban trek, a mountain hike, or a walk in the park. Shared experiences cement relationships and close friendships make everyone happy; including you!
Last month we reminded you to plan ahead and manage your expenses so that you can breeze through the holidays without breaking the proverbial bank. So, how are you doing? Have you budgeted for gift giving? Are your lists ready? Have you been looking for sales and bargains? Impulse shopping is more your style, but gather up some of November’s rising Water energy to help you gather in, restrain, and refrain.
Are your listening skills improving? Are you starting to pay more attention to what you are observing? Now take it one step further, and make certain you are fully present when you are in a conversation with someone else. Look them in the eye, allow them to speak without interrupting, and consider what they said before you jump in with your opinion. They’ll love you for it!
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