“Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want.”
– Albert F. Geoffrey –
On Friday, January 31, we will start to feel an energetic shift as we welcome the uplifting, optimistic, and inspiring year of the Wood Horse!
The Chinese New Year starts on the second new moon after the winter solstice and lasts until the following full moon. This 15 day period is a time where families and friends gather, share special traditional meals, and give gifts to symbolize their wishes for a prosperous year ahead. This time also marks the start of spring.
Writing a detailed description of the year ahead in this article, Karen Abler Carrasco states:
“There might not be a bigger shift of energies in the entire 60 year wheel of Chinese astrology than this one coming up–the shift from two Water years of deep introspection to the fast-paced spurt of extroverted forward propulsion that the Wood Horse brings. Hold on to your hats, folks, and realize that you won’t be able to, nor will you want to, slow your horses in the New Year ahead!”
Wood is the phase that is likened to bamboo as it represents strength and flexibility. It is associated with qualities of leadership, potential, creativity, idealism, generosity, benevolence, growth, renewal, and enthusiasm. Wood can be associated with negative feelings of anger and positive feelings of patience and altruism. Being mindful of a healthy threshold of your anger and patience (both are healthy, naturally occurring traits that require mindfulness in order to not be repressed or overexerted), will help drive the leader within us that will take charge and determine a plan of action in this upcoming year.
The Horse is the representative animal of the Heart in Chinese Medicine. The Horse symbolizes love, refinement, nobility, beauty, respect, connection, power, and grace. Horses have a carefree nature and need ample room for self expression. As observed in nature, a proud horse will rebel when constrained by rules, refusing to be corralled or tamed. Keeping this in mind, this can be a very good time for concerns and issues to be out in the open to prevent unhealthy rebellion, especially with those close to you.
I invite you to take time to recognize these qualities within you. Make the best of this energetic shift by exploring and implementing them more into your life. As you can see, the combination of Wood and Horse will be powerful. The increased energy of the upcoming year has a great potential for highly rewarded production. If our January 1st New Year was not effective enough, anti-climactic, or your resolutions have fallen by the wayside, let this be another opportunity to be out with the old and in with the new. Shed that skin from the previous year of the snake and gallop forward with determination, strength, and heart!
I wish you a prosperous, graceful, and productive Wood Horse year ahead.
Peace & Blessings
Gung Hei Fat Choy!