Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Water over Earth and the Full Moon in Cancer

Water over Earth - The Yin Water Ox Month

We open the year 2018 with a full moon in the sign of Cancer, the Yin Water Stem above the Ox Earth Branch, and Heavenly metal qi.

Full Moon in Cancer:

Interestingly enough, January will have two full moons. On January first and second we experience the "wolf moon." At the end of the month, we will experience the "super blue blood moon." With two full moons this month, it is best to follow your heart and intuition. This blends exceptionally well with the water qi represented by the winter season. Water is an element that not only invokes emotion, but it awakens prenatal qi handed down to us from our parents.

Since January is a time we tend to find our footing, it is also a time we want to set goals for the remaining eleven months. The full moon sheds some light so we can manifest new things to take root  in our life. What is it you want to manifest? Take time to journal your thoughts and meditate so you can clear the mind chatter and listen to your heart; the voice within that knows the way for your soul.

The full moon in Cancer reminds us of our home within. Our inner mother awaits us to be nurtured. It is a place out of which all of creation emerges. Knowing that we can always return home to our center, to be cradled within, is a powerful notion to take hold of on our path this month and beyond.

Yin Water Stem Above the Ox Earth Branch:

From a five elemental perspective, water and earth oppose one another. Earth dams the water, and in doing so, muddy's it up. Albeit the image that comes to mind may not be a pretty one, the power of these elements together activates the energy deep within the earth and deep within the subconscious mind. It is a perfect opportunity to thin out the kleshas (self imposed suffering), so transformation can occur.

The water element is active this time of year. The weather is cold, the energy is yin, the body hones in on the sense of sight, the kidney meridian, and its partner - the bladder. The kidney stores pre-natal qi inherited from our parents. In combination with the full moon in cancer, emotions may easily arise from childhood, and especially tied to your mother. The intuitive energy of the moon implores us to use our inner vision, and in the process awaken the inner child.

Since kidney qi is activated this time of year, and is associated with the ears and bones, there is a greater tendency for maladies to occur with these body systems. Ear conditions such as infections or ringing sound in the ears (tinnitus), or bone ailments such as osteoporosis, periodontal disease with bone loss can occur. Here are a few suggestions to keep kidney qi balanced:

  • Drink more clear fluids
  • Add more balancing poses in your yoga practice
  • Include more seafood, beans or sea salt to your diet
  • Get at lease 8 hours of sleep per night
  • Keep the north sector of your home in good order with metal and water elemental accents
The yin water stem this month further activates the water qualities of communication and advancing ideas by influencing others. Other people's minds become the vessel for your creative ideas to move into action. Paying attention to detail this month is also beneficial for future potentials. Maintaining a flexible approach while being assertive is a good combination to effectively work with this element.

The yin water stem rises over the oxen earthly branch. This branch symbolizes the attainment of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The ox is dependable and methodical, tireless worker that sticks to routine. The oxen is fair -minded and a good listener but difficult to persuade. The mind of the ox is resolute and logical with the ability to restore order in any situation. The key to working effectively with the oxen energy is to have an uncluttered mind. Achievement is a definite with the ox energy and it comes by sheer tenacity and dedication. There are no shortcuts this month with the ox energy. Dignity and integrity is how to achieve your goals successfully.

The water ox in particular is realistic, practical and unrelentingly ambitious. Organizing your schedule and activities this month is paramount. Working with others is also a plus this month. It will actually give you the ability to concentrate on more than one goal at a time. This is mostly due to the methodical calmness, patience and unshakable determination of the ox. 

The ox branch stores the hidden elements of water and metal. This alleviates the tension between the earth and water forming a bridge. In addition, with the metal heavenly qi that arrives on the 7th of this month, this bridge is fortified.  

Heavenly Metal Qi:

On the 7th of this month the star 6-Qian metal graces its' heavenly energy for all to benefit. This is the quality of patriarch, the ruler and emperor. Seeking mentors or being a mentor this month is a perfect way to capitalize on this heavenly energy. 

Envision this qi as the pristine white clouds in all their glory, the sun at high noon, and the bright stars shinning in the night sky. Rise among the clouds, the sun, and stars as you gaze across the expanse of this world and beyond. Rely on heavenly messages, guidance and support from the other side of the veil. 

Areas to Note This Month:

  • Bring in lots of activity to the west portent this month to activate the wealth star. Add strong earth and fire elements along with income producing documents.
  • Add water and fire to the southwest to plant the seeds of new business partnerships.
  • Add strong wood (healthy plant) to the south and fuel your vision to reach your goals.
  • Open your mind to knew information that will take you to the next step on your soul's path. Add a healthy plant to the northeast to balance this enlightening energy.
  • Place strong bronze metal element to the southeast this month and try to keep the area quiet to avoid financial instability.
  • Find time to network with like minds even if it requires travel to do so. By moving inward this month, especially with two full moons, you have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the divine light. Take this light, turn it up higher, and illuminate your soul's path.

Mary Jane Kasliner - feng shui yoga girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Honor the Beginning!

Manasquan Beach, New Jersey

Beginnings can be delicate or explosive. Either way, they hold the promise of new lessons to be learned, old lessons to be recalled and appreciated. Beginnings can be ambiguous and even fearful, but don't let that deterred your enthusiasm for something new. Instead, open your heart and mind to all that the universe has to say. 

Think of this new year as an exploration, a journey to a new place. What will you pack for your journey? Perhaps bring along some lessons from the past that can propel your excitement and curiosity into the future. Whatever you choose, try not to plan out the course, but simply let it organically unfold. Don't worry about the specifics or who you need to meet, the right circumstances and teachers will arrive just when you least expect it. All parts of the journey are sacred, so do not place the emphasis in any one particular area. 

Map Your Own Journey:

One of the best approaches to starting something new is go on your own authentic path. Don't let others influence your direction or judge your choices. We all have the freedom to explore where our soul needs to take us. Get out your map and delve in. Let your heart be the navigator, it knows the way. Listen to the voice within, the quiet voice and see where it takes you.  Trust your heart instead of your head. Unfortunately, the head creates too much noise limiting our ability, vision and opportunities. There is a tendency for the head to see with the eyes of fear. It is the heart that sees clearly and takes into account all things that need to be done. Follow the map drawn from your heart and connect to the Universal oneness of all things.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com