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 year in a soft, yin Water energy phase called Hài 亥. Even though the phase appears calm and quiet from the outside, a lot is going on beneath the surface. Dormancy is more than a period of suspended animation; it is a survival mechanism that helps prepare the natural world for the year ahead.
The Five Generating Interactions in the Chinese Five Elements Theory are fueling, forming, containing, carrying, and feeding. Water feeds or nourishes Wood in a generating interaction of the elements; this pair is deeply attached. Together, they support success and good fortune in the final two months of the calendar year.
When Daylight Saving ends on November 6, 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 literally and metaphorically returns to the earth. Just like a plant, we also need to slow down and conserve to have enough energy to begin anew in 2023.
November’s tranquil Water influence is constructive—like a seed quietly absorbing nutrients so it can germinate and burst forth in the spring. This is also the perfect time for us to start gathering our creativity and moving toward positive changes that will lead to success in the upcoming year. Be careful, though, since soft yin Water energy can be so calming that we may forget that the time has come to start taking action.
We can imagine that you like to know what the I Ching reveals about your element in the season of Water, so check it out—it’s all right here! In the interim, we hope that you and your loved ones will be able to gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, and as always, we wish you and yours the very best at the beginning of the holiday season.
Woodies must be careful about their diet; simple, clean foods are best. Treats for Troops and Operation Gratitude will be happy to take your leftover Halloween candy and ship it off to first responders and deployed troops. Your liver energy network will thank you, and so will your waistline. Longing for something healthy but sweet? Try a cup of herbal tea, naturally sweetened with Chinese Asteraceae.
One of the goals of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to help find ways to increase the joy in our lives and, at the same time, help us find peace and repose. It can be challenging for hard-charging Wood Element people to settle down, but meditation can harmonize your energy. You have a formidable power of focus but if you are learning how to meditate and your mind starts to wander, gently bring your attention back to meditation.
We need to give to receive, so give listening a chance. You have fantastic ideas and are excited about sharing them with others, but you are neither listening nor learning when you are talking. Honor your partner by opening your heart and listening to what they have to say without interruption. Just like meditation, listening is an art that is certainly doable, but it does require time and practice to get it right.
Gather your energy and protect your financial resources. November is the beginning of the holiday season when gift-giving, travel, and meals can get out of control. Things aren’t going great in the financial world right now, so if you have managed to plan, you have a cushion in your wallet to meet the demands placed upon it by the Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas seasons.
Entrepreneurial Woodies never stop moving—you love collecting ideas to stay ahead of your competition. You are great at connecting with others, and thus you are a great networker. Most Wood people are product- or service-oriented, so look for life’s work in a way that combines excellent products and services for your customers because providing them with high value brings you great joy.
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