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.
As we enter the celebratory holidays of winter, establish healthy eating habits that feature simple clean foods to support your Wood Element liver energy system. Dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, colorful fruits, and healthy fats are your friends; while alcohol, cigarettes, recreational drugs, most pain relievers, and artificial ingredients will sap your life-force energy; your qi.
Woodies are on a mission to get something done, and never even think of wandering from their path. Your energy is strong this month which is why you are so focused on the straight and narrow, but if you allow yourself to go a bit off-kilter, you may be surprised at how much creativity bubbles out of your brain. Lighten up. Laugh. You’ll be happier and so will everyone around you.
It can be hard to be a Woodie, but your drive and ambition can also be a source of joy. You represent springtime, bursting forth…the bud and the bloom. You can be pushy, as long as you take time to consider what your attitude means to others. Your push can be helpful, and others will love you for it, or your pushiness can overwhelm and push others away. The choice is yours.
Water energy is exerting its “gathering in” powers on your element this month, which means that finances should go swimmingly for you in November. Gather in your resources as you proceed ahead, if you are in a financial position to participate in gift-giving this season, look for sales and bargains. Consider that the most valuable gift of all may be the gift of your time, love, and attention.
Take a moment and be quiet and pay attention to your intuition, which is not the same thing as paying attention to your ego. Most Woodies measure career success by their title or position, but success can mean something softer and not as easily measured as a title, like fulfilling one’s life purpose, helping others, finding joy, appreciating the small things, letting go, and having fun!
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