Mid Winter : The Year of the Earth Rat
Chinese New Year heralds the beginning of spring in the Northern
hemisphere. In the southern states the flowers begin to bloom, the rains come, often violently as the yin and yang cold and
hot fight for dominance. In the Northern states often fog will settle in for long periods as the rain and snow take turns
on which form of water rules.
The Year of the Earth Rat is a good time to build new foundations.
Slow and steady, one grain at a time, the rat can move mountains
Mid winter is a good time for pruning and clearing.
As the sap starts to flow upward, what shape do you want your life to take in the coming months. This is not a time for glamour
and glitz. You won’t be getting by on a good idea or a pretty smile. What is the substance behind the dazzle? Expect
to be called on for what you stand for.
It is a great time to look at your core values. What is important
to you? Have you been putting your energy where your heart really is? Rats are pack animals, so look at your pack, your friend,
family co-workers. How can you be more harmonious in your relationships? Have you reached out to those who are important to
you in support and encouragement? Right now a small word and small gestures can
make a lot of difference..
If you did not clean out your closets at the January New
Year, do it now. Try clothing on, if you don’t love it, pass it along. I sometimes do swap parties with my friends and
it’s a great way to perk up a dreary February afternoon. Pass along what your friends don’t want to the nearest
women’s shelter or Salvation Army drop box. Somebody needs the clothing you don’t, and you will be spreading abundance
and allowing for more to come your way. Also go through the cupboards and restock for emergencies and give food with approaching
expiration dates to your local food pantry. Old grain should be put out as well or you might be visited by those pesky grain
When was the
last time you fertilized your plant?. The growing season is coming on quickly and the new moon, new year is a great time to
fertilize. If you have been composting, you might spread that around now, although if the Earth is still frozen, wait until
the next new moon.
Since it is an Earth year, it will be a time of gradual progress.
It is one of those times that we get to learn patience like the farmer who must wait for harvest for his crops to be ready.
This year short cuts won’t work but hard work and perseverance will further. In a society that values short term results,
this is a challenging aspect. However, earth signs, like Taurus, Capricorn and
Virgo will be in their element as well as those born in the last year of the Earth Rat, February 1948 – January 1949.
Focus your changes on the center of your home, this section
represents the Earth element as well as your health. Get that check up you have been postponing, you might find you can stop
a problem before it gets big. It is also a good time to get better nutrition. This is an especially good year to eat as organic
as you can. If your stove is not working well, its time to fix it, especially if you are having cash flow problems.
Take small steps in your life to begin to bring about big
growth later on. Those of you who have been afraid of change, it is your time to shine. It is a time of setting foundations,
of planting who you want to become. To everything there is a season.
Healing by Design