In a few weeks, we leave behind the Yin Water Snake and jump boldly onto the saddle of the Yang Wood Horse. 2014 promises big potential *IF* you’ve embraced the 2013 snake appropriately. Did you shed your skin and slither through the dirt last year? The snake always brings up deeper core questions of morality and wisdom. For many, 2013 was about their core. Did you face it with suspicion or curiosity? Were you triggered and shut down or did you dig deep and study your patterns?
The Chinese base a lot of things on cycles. The passage of time is no different. Each year is assigned an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. There are 12 zodiac animals (Rabbit, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, etc.) and each of these animals have their own personality. But just like there are many different types of tigers and snakes, there are different flavors of each zodiac.
The Chinese saw this and added more layers to their classification. Odd years are Yin. Even years are Yang. Yin and Yang are opposing forces. Both are necessary for the other to maintain balance. 2013 was a year of Yin. If we found ourselves introspective and internal, embracing the core of our innate wisdom, naturally then, its time to burst forth with our new found understanding and reach for action. This is the qi of Yang — Drive, Purpose, Energetic!
Theres more to consider than just Zodiacs and Yin and Yang. Every two years (one cycle of Yin and Yang) we move from one of the five elements into the next element. 2014 is a particularly palpable element shift. From the conserving, stillness, soft quality of water (Think Winter. Think Hibernation), we are moving towards the growing, expanding, assertive quality of wood (Think Springtime. Think Growth.). 2012 was the Yang Water Dragon. 2013 was the Yin Water Snake. 2014 is the Yang Wood Horse … 2015 will be the Yin Wood Ram. It will take 60 years for us to make the full cycle back to Yang Wood Horse again.
The Chinese call a person with determination ‘QianLi Ma’ — A horse that covers a thousand Li a day. The Yang Wood Horse is intelligent and able, warm-hearted, and task-oriented. It knows that actions speak louder than words and it is in doing that it improves itself. The horse is kind and though sometimes can talk too much, is cheerful and perceptive. It doesn’t associate with success or failure, it aligns itself with activity and movement. Unlike the snake who curls up and hides in it’s den, the horse will have none of that. It prefers to be free of constraints in the wide open field.
Whether you are ready to say goodbye or not, The Yin Water Snake has had it’s year. No more resting in your den, and shedding your armor, layer after layer. It’s time to be let out to pasture. It’s time kick and buck and push our limits. Gallop into your possibilities in 2014. New horizons are ahead.