Do you know we just began the Year of the Horse with Chinese New Year? Each year has a unique way that you can benefit if you know the challenges and gifts it brings. Would you like to know what this may mean for you? If you're curious, read on below.
And what has happened with my personal retreat? The retreat is officially completed. As soon as I know my next work location I'll announce it.
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Be well, Tanuja
P.S. Chinese New Year means that spring has begun. If you are somewhere that doesn't have spring yet, don't despair. There are at least two good things for you to know. One is that you can think of it in terms of spring-feeling before spring actually arrives. You might choose to wear brighter colors at this part of winter and enjoy the longer hours of natural daylight. The other is that I've included a picture below of the first crocuses in Portland taken on February 16th.
Year of the Horse and You
Are you someone born in the horse year? Do you know your Chinese zodiac year sign, maybe from a Chinese restaurant placemat? (If not, see the chart below.) There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each associated more with yin or yang aspects, and with five element aspects (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) that rotate through the 12 signs and five elements in a 60 year cycle.
Horse is yang, fire, enduring and prevailing. So, in 2014 the horse will lend strong, spontaneous, cheery, free energy. Information will be out in the open rather than hidden.
The year 2014 is of the wood element which flows upward and outward like a bursting seedling or bud.
As you know, wood feeds fire. This year will have a lot of potential energy for everyone, but the right amount of balance, attention and fuel is needed for a fire. Have you ever made a fire and it fizzled out quickly? Or, have you ever made a fire and when burned super hot you saw amazing red-hot coals? Have you ever had a fire going when you wanted to attend something else instead, or even take a nap and conserve your energy, money and attention? If you feel like conserving, do that! But if you have a lot of fuel and you want to burn it for a project you really care about, do that too!
Depending on your own sign, you will be more or less compatible with 2014's enthusiastic wood horse. If you're a horse, tiger, dog or sheep, you'll be more harmonious with the year. If you're a rat, the opposite sign, you'll be less interested in the blooming blossoms of fire horse. No matter your sign, listen to yourself and choose what to put your energy into, and you'll make sure to stay healthy and you might even get a little wealthy and wise along the way.
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