At the end of this month is the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Yin Wood Sheep. Chinese astrology has many overlaps with the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, in understanding the way that different energies are at play, both in our bodies and the natural world.
We are currently at the end of the Year of the Yang Wood Horse - a year of activity and transformation, dominant outward energy and possible tumult. At the end of this month, we enter the Year of the Yin Wood Sheep - a very different year, indeed. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese astrology, Yang represents all active, outward, hot, fiery forces in the body and the world. Yin represents more passive, inward, cool, calm forces. Entering into a Yin year means that the tumult around us slows down, and we are afforded more time to focus, and look inward, and get reacquainted with ourselves.
The Year of the Yin Wood Sheep is a time for deepening your relationships - both with others and with your own self. It is a time for healing old wounds, forgiving yourself, and trusting in your own intuition and wisdom.
The Sheep is a social animal, and this year can be a good time to reconnect with old friends, establish stronger social circles, and give yourself permission to rely on those you care about. It is also a time for forgiving grievances and looking past others' flaws.
To tap into the Sheep's energy of calm, it is suggested that you use your wisdom and intuition to make decisions, and take the time to listen to others and yourself, rather that pushing forward blindly or at a frenetic pace. This year, according to Chinese astrology, you will be afforded the time and space to do this - to breath, to slow down, to be wise, to know yourself.
Happy Chinese New Year!