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, a lot is going on beneath the surface. Dormancy is much more than a period of suspended animation; it is a survival mechanism that helps prepare the natural world for the year ahead.
When Daylight Saving ends on November 7 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 for starting anew in 2022.
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 that the time to take action is now.
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All of the acupuncture points in Wood’s Liver/Gall Bladder energy network assist in the restoration of physical, mental, and spiritual functioning. GB24, for example, is called the Sun and Moon point; a reminder that opposites exist and that together they complete a cycle. A balanced Woodie might compete in a challenging athletic event, followed by a massage and a nap to complete the cycle.
A balanced Wood energy network helps a person makes wise choices and decisions. When a Woodie is feeling out of sorts, all sorts of internal chatter—memories from the past and fears about the future—can keep you from seeing reality as it actually is and make you act bossy, inflexible, or overbearing. This month it is in your best interest to pay careful attention to get adequate rest to achieve your highest purpose.
Wood’s energy network contains an Upright Living acupuncture point which corresponds to living in accord with nature, within one’s spiritual principles, and existing on earth as if you were in contact with Heaven. In other words, Upright Living helps you make good choices to interact smoothly within your world, to remove yourself from narcissism, and to gravitate toward being of service to others.
How well are you organized—your desk, your financial records, and all your other important papers? To keep your financial goals moving smoothly, it is important for everything to be in the right place so that you can make the best decisions at the right time. Making good decisions is not a matter of choosing between equal alternatives; no movement is possible without a vision and a plan … there is only frustration.
Your life’s work is very important to you; it is your source of self-worth and self-confidence. It is not unusual for Woodies to think big and develop large plans, then have trouble getting down to the details. You may need help from others to bring a plan to fruition, although you are probably not very happy about allowing anyone to suggest changes. Just like a tree, you put down roots, and can’t be moved.
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