2020: Year of the White Rat Forecast & Predictions

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour

On January 25th, 2020, the lunar new year began, and with it the year of the white metal rat. This is a significant year, marking not only the beginning of a new 12-year cycle, but also a brand new 60-year cycle. Combine that with the start of a new decade and we are presented with ample opportunity for re-boots, fresh starts, and new beginnings.

Winter is the season for deep inner work and reflection – a time to put to rest ideologies that we have outgrown and connect with our deepest and most intimate purpose. All of this change in the air provides us a significant opportunity for profound awakening, guiding us singularly toward a more correct path and collectively toward great upheaval and change. Because history has a way of repeating itself, we can look toward the 1960’s as a guide for the type of great social change we might expect in the year(s) to come.

Rats are characteristically sociable, clever, and intuitive bringing a fresh energy to this new cycle. They are passionate, ingenious problem-solvers who value their freedom and adore recognition. Their position in the animal succession, and their focus on their young, bring a playfulness to the coming year with an increase in flirtation, sex, pregnancy and birth. There will also be an abundance of peach blossom luck/flower-of-romance energy, bringing forth joviality, lightheartedness, and the hope of a new day.

The elements of this year are yang metal (heavenly/above) on top of yang water (earthly/below). In the 5-element cycle, metal supports water, so the harmonious relationship between the two elements indicates the possibility for a more peaceful year. However the dominant yang energy of both can be difficult – particularly if metal’s tendency toward rigidity or water’s capability for destruction go unchecked or become extreme.

The metal element is a representation of honor, integrity, resiliency and strength. The more it can be distilled down to its purist form, the more valuable it becomes. Civility, ethics, order and beauty are results of the discipline and refinement inherent in metal’s nature. In a year dominated by this element, those who can speak and act from a place of clarity and personal truth will have a wide audience for their message and be rewarded for efforts and hardships of the past that translate into the strong character they have built today.

The water element represents fluidity and flexibility and has the unique ability to change its physical form, adapting to any circumstance it is presented with and possessing an unstoppable energy or momentum as its force begins to gather and grow. New ideas and major social change is possible as people gather and movements swell. Water, like metal, seeks clarity so as hidden truths are upended profound personal revelation can result in powerful healing and transformation.

Big shifts are on the horizon. Can you go with the flow like water while staying true to your self like metal? I believe you can!

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A Stirring Transition 

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.”   – William S. Burroughs

The Spring season comes with much anticipation. After what can feel like a long period of stark cold darkness and slumber, when the energy of the earth starts to shift, we might feel ourselves anxious for something new. This precipice of change is not often as distinct or defined as we’d like. It can feel stalled, with lots of fits and starts. We’re teased with mild and temperate days, followed erratically by storms and cold. The flowers begin tentatively to bloom just to be blown away by sharp winds and frigid rain. The buds, that just barely start to form on the trees seem to be held so tightly, you can almost sense the magnitude with which they will explode into color and form once finally ready to escape their tight internal embrace and become the expression of beauty that is their destiny.

What we observe around us exists strongly within us. We are the products of and participants in our surroundings, reacting and responding without will to the forces that guide and drive us. We feel on the inside what is felt on the outside and our emotional and physical response is sometimes just a byproduct of the natural cycles that occur in nature. As much of Chinese Medicine theory is guided by the season, the reactions in our bodies are guided by the elements that are most dominant in that season.

In Chinese medicine theory, Spring is the season of wind, described in many ancient texts as a ‘pernicious’ force that can carry with it many ‘evils’ which we become susceptible to when our immunity is weak. Wood is the dominant element, responsible for a wide emotional spectrum from depression when suppressed, to blind rage when unchecked, and everything in between. While it might seem irrational to feel sad or irritable during a time where we are being drawn out of the solitude our winter retreat, this turbulence is natural as we vacillate between the softness of our yin selves and the fiery strength of our yang selves. The key, as always, is in the balance.

If you are feeling burdened by the chaos of the transition, take heart – this period of shake-up is temporary. Like the earth we occupy, we too are on the cusp of a long and exciting period of action, transformation and creativity. Do not get stuck in the feeling of being stalled. Use these last precious days to ruminate on your winter meditations and make sure that your vision is clear so that when that metamorphosis finally occurs, you are ready to pursue your ambitions with fearlessness and vigor. 

This is the time of year for creation. Commit to your passion without limitation and enter the season of self-expression with the gusto of the strongest of winds. Great change is possible so harness the energy of new life and let your dreams blossom like wildflowers. 

Year of the Pig

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot

On February 5th we usher in the Chinese new year and with it the year of the brown earth pig. Nurturing and agreeable, pigs are one of the most likable signs of the zodiac, possessing charisma, grace and the ability to compromise. They represent friendship and family values and are more comfortable close to home, enjoying good food, joyful gatherings, and creature comforts. There is an optimism and enthusiasm inherent in pigs that enhances their social energy and fosters relationships with less conflict and more warmth. They are robust, energetic animals, able to work hard and accomplish great things while still taking time to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Under the pig’s energy, this will be a year for incremental gains, and rewards will come from well-considered, thoughtful action rather than bold impulse. We are advised against financial risk, but rather to work at a steady pace while keeping a low profile. Success can be gained through perseverance, open dialogue, hard work and positivity. The spirit of harmony, tolerance, and understanding will help us in overcoming old wounds, strengthening family ties, and fostering peace and humanitarianism.

There will be fewer, less angry confrontations in the year to come and more affection, patience and healing. Communication will be harmonious and compromise and reconciliation more attainable. The pig is the last sign in the animal zodiac system, bringing an end to the twelve-year cycle, and with it an opportunity to finish long-term projects and address outstanding goals. The energy of this year lends itself to tying up loose ends, working through unresolved issues and letting things come to their natural conclusions. In this period of closure, we are given the space to analyze the effects of past choices and take the necessary time to absorb the lessons learned. I wish for all of us in the lunar new year to take pause, look back on our past with compassion and pride, and clear the decks for the good to come!


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Return to the Source: A Fall Reflection

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just as the earth cycles through the seasons, our energy ebbs and flows, prompting us to synchronize with nature’s rhythm and coordinate our actions with the cadence of the world we occupy. The fall season is a transition from abundance and outward exertion to inward consolidation and contemplation. In preparation for our winter slumber, we are asked to evaluate what to retain and what to cast aside before the next creative cycle begins. It is no coincidence that so many of the holidays this time of year focus on self-reflection, inward inventory, acknowledging ends, and embracing new beginnings. With each shedding of our old skin, the opportunity for growth increases.

We can feel the winds of change outside, briskly stirring up what is stale and rootless and clearing the space for a crisp new start. While on the surface things appear to be in a state of decline, this stark new landscape is actually a clean slate, full of untapped potential and endless possibility. As leaves start to whither and return to the earth, we too must turn from superficial distractions and reconnect with our core values and beliefs. This period of introspection marks a return home, asking us to begin the slow process of redefining our goals, reevaluating our choices, and connecting with our inherent talents and pressing ambitions.

Fall is the season of the lung, recipient and envoy of the vital force that keeps us alive and inspired. Each breathe is a new opportunity to receive, discern, and release, creating the tempo with which we live our lives and allowing us to be present, fully participating in every moment and experience. The element associated with fall is metal, illuminator of truth. It retains it’s integrity regardless of the conditions to which it is exposed and unassumingly reveals the elegance and power of simplicity. As we take cue and tune in to our most basic needs, we are given the opportunity for a complete re-set, shedding old beliefs in search of a more resonant truth.

While letting go of the past can be disquieting, it carries the promise of wisdom and insight as we cut the chains of old ideals and begin anew with clear resolve and a fresh sense of purpose. Let us use this precious time to gather our potential, separate out the extraneous and have the courage to become our most magnificent selves.

Navigating Transition in the Season of Change

“…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…” – John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

Spring is a season of such promise and hope, representing rebirth, revision, renewal and action. The channels associated with spring – the Liver and Gallbladder – are responsible for the smooth flow of energy, furnishing us with the decisiveness to choose our path and the stamina to move forward with confidence, clarity and strength. The element of Wood is symbolic of transformation and expansion, coaxing us to stretch beyond our limits and bring form to the notions pondered in the quiet space of winter. The spirit of the season, the Hun, gives us the internal guidance and intuition to convert our visions into creation.

With all this pent up potential just begging to be unleashed, the transition from winter to spring can be one of the most challenging, and we only need to peek out the window for some insight into why.

Just as the buds sit tightly on the trees, eager to bloom at the sun’s command, we’ve been waiting patiently for the weather to turn and the energy of our environment to shift and propel us forward. The cruel tease of warmer days, full of false starts and dramatic swings, creates a palpable tension all around us. The more we are stalled, the more stagnant we feel, and this stagnation slows the system down, causing irritability, anger, depression and inaction. To better handle the upheaval and enter your personal spring with grace, try these seasonal tips:

Keep the energy flowing: Inertia is a hard thing to overcome. Finding the initial motivation to transition from winter contemplation into spring action can feel monumental when the weather is not yet cooperating. The channels associated with spring are both responsible for and in need of smooth movement. When we feel stuck, it mucks up the system and the repercussions affect our whole being, causing a range of emotions from debilitating depression to inexplicable rage and everything in between. The sooner we start moving – be it forward with a project or physically with our bodies – the healthier and more fulfilled we will feel.

Protect yourself from pernicious winds: It always makes me chuckle to read ancient Chinese medicine texts and their description of wind as a nefarious entity, carrying disease into the body. But we are all familiar with that feeling of a quick chill or stiffness to the back of the neck, right before we catch a cold. Or the way the spine seems to stiffen up, right before we throw out our back. Or an uncontrollable body spasm that seems to come out of nowhere. We also know that heavy winds are a hallmark of the start of spring. The easiest way to protect ourselves from whatever the wind may carry, or even just from the instinct to pull up and tighten our shoulders is simple: cover your neck.

Adjust your diet to the season: Eating seasonally and locally is a great way to help our bodies stay synchronized with our environment. In spring, with everything in bloom, our bodies can be reactive – itchy eyes, runny nose, brain fog. While nature is the culprit, it also provides the solution. The flavor associated with spring is sour. Things like citrus, berries, vinegar, tamarind, and greens (all types) can provide us some temporary relief by moving irritants out of our bodies and allowing the liver channel to perform its function. In fact, these foods share the properties of many of the herbal medicines used to help treat spring allergies. Speaking of…

Get ahead of your allergies: Do spring allergies take you out? Don’t wait until you are suffering to try and manage the symptoms. Come in early for your treatments and formulas to reduce the severity of your body’s reaction when the season peaks. As with everything, early intervention will give you the best results.

Exercise: The wood element governs the sinews and tendons. The more we nourish ourselves, the less vulnerable we are to injury. Keep your body warm and flexible by staying active and working up a sweat. Feed your body with water, healthy food, and interesting ideas. Get up every hour and stretch your limbs. Check your posture. Do lateral movements and twists that keep the sides of the body open. This is not the time of year for complacency so stretch yourself physically and see if it translates mentally.

Be flexible: A dry branch will snap under pressure while a healthy one bends with the wind. Attempting to exert too much control of anything will often create more obstacles than taking a step back and rolling with the inevitable ups and downs. In this season in particular, we are asked to be open emotionally, welcoming of new ideas, and willing to go with the flow.

Change is a shake-up, and the transition period can be unnerving. This season let’s sit with the discomfort, knowing that a shift is coming. Let’s take the first step, allowing that initial action to inspire us to continue forward. Creating the life we want requires bravery, but we choose the limits to our own potential. Why not make like a tree and reach for the sky?

Spring is coming. Are you ready?


Year of the Yang Earth Dog

 “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

On February 16th we usher in the Chinese New Year and with it the year of the Yang Earth Dog. The vibe of this coming cycle will be more peaceful, calm and stable than the past two years, which for many felt contentious or downright chaotic. This is a good time to take a breath and regroup as tensions begin to soften and an easier, more relaxed energy dominates.

Dogs are practical, honorable and even-tempered. They value logic and truth, and tend to weigh their decisions and make careful choices. While sometimes perceived as stubborn, their diligence, patience, and adherence to rules, helps them to achieve their goals with diplomacy, honesty, and fairness. Dogs are pack animals, putting a spotlight on friendships, relationships, and community. Their reputation for loyalty and faithfulness bodes well for couples and marriage during this time.

This year signals a return to higher principles and seasoned ideals. Reason and justice will dominate, making it a good year for negotiation, arbitration, and compromise. Collaborations and partnerships will flourish and careers have the potential to advance, particularly for those who exhibit altruism and benevolence toward others. Is a good time to pursue new endeavors and plan for the future. Success, however, will be gradual and take resolve due to the more idle energy of this cycle.

Kindness, generosity, and empathy rule in a dog year. People will soften to and be more embracing of others and more willing to open up their social networks. Close friends and family members will spend more time gathering in intimate, comfortable settings. Cooperative movements will rally behind humane pursuits, charities will enjoy more attention, and the “underdog” will have his/her day. A global, cultural or societal shake-up is possible, with a focus on better living standards and more social or economic equality.

The earth dog’s protective, affable energy will give us the space to advance gently in our pursuits with integrity, commitment, and kindness. I wish for all of us to have a prosperous, loving, and peaceful year under the careful watch of our faithful, furry friends!


Information for this post was gathered from the predictions of my insightful teacher, Lillian Pearl Bridges. To read her complete forecast, click HERE

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Spirit of the Season: Autumn, Grief and The Po

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

In Chinese Medicine theory, every season has a corresponding spirit. The spirit of the fall is the Po – our corporeal soul. It is about movement, sensation, and the connection of our bodies to both our minds and to the world at large. It is what gives us animation, reaction, and human emotion. It governs our visceral responses and our capacity for sentiment and empathy.

The emotion associated with fall is grief. In Chinese medicine theory, grief is said to disrupt the flow of our qi, causing us to withdraw and disconnect with the world around us. As I often discuss in face reading sessions, grief is not only about death or the loss of a person. Our face reveals lines my teacher calls “lost love” that show up when we let a talent or creative passion lie dormant for too long. The body expresses this loss physically to illuminate the emotional blow felt by the spirit. There is also a collective sorrow that can be felt universally in response to world events that pull at our heartstrings. Regardless of the situation, in periods of emotional mourning we often go inward, retreating into our sadness as we ruminate in solitude waiting for the feelings to pass.

The Po allows us to receive and process our grief, even as our grief transforms us. It is the ability to both be and feel. By connecting us with our human urges, it lets us bring an experience into our being, receive the essential message, and ultimately move forward. It supports personal evolution within a world or space that might appear to have a very disparate agenda. Though we might experience tremendous change as a result of our own journey, the Po allows us to stay grounded in the world in which we reside and navigate the familiar from an internal place that might feel unchartered and uncomfortable.

While on any given day we are capable of all emotions, the seasonal cycle highlights and brings to the forefront those feelings or urges that can be addressed while we are in the strongest position to handle them. I urge you this fall to look at the things that might be causing you grief and harness the power of the season to catalyze your own personal revolution.

The Body Clock: Channel Theory and our Daily Energetic Cycle

“Everything turns in circles and spirals with the cosmic heart until infinity. ” – Suzy Kassem

Do you always wake at the same time of night or notice energy peaks and dips at certain times of day? In Chinese Medicine theory our body has a daily cycle, dominated in time blocks by each organ system. By observing our energy at these times, we can identify aspects of ourselves that are out of balance and calling for our attention. In the same respect, by aligning our activities with our body’s natural energy cycle, we can optimize our strengths and perform at our peak. The body clock is broken down as follows:

3-5am – Lung – recipient of vital force; master of order and reduction; controls the rhythm of our existence through the breath. The lung is our connection between the self and outside world and between the body and mind. It helps us discriminate, purify, clear internal clutter, and create space for inspiration. Pathology: grief.

5-7am – Large Intestine – eliminator of waste and turbidity. The large intestine helps us to discern what to keep and what we can discard. By letting go of the unnecessary, it aids the lung by making space for what we truly want and need.

7-9am – Stomach – converter of food to fuel; source of sustenance and care. The stomach receives and ripens our food and fluids and aids the spleen in transforming raw material into nourishment.

9-11am – Spleen – processor, transformer, transporter; digestion of food and information; houses intellect, thought, and concentration. The spleen converts and distributes vital energy to our body, provides our mental focus, and allows us to interpret, evaluate and retain information. Pathology: worry, over-thinking.

11am-1pm – Heart – house of our spirit; seat of our consciousness; origin of our capacity for understanding one another. The heart does not force connections or will what it feels – it acknowledges what is and shines a light on personal truth. All mental distress is mediated through the heart. Pathology: over-excitability, mania.

1pm-3pm – Small Intestine – separator of pure from impure; provider of transparency and lucidity. The small intestine aids the heart by clearing agitation so we may differentiate right from wrong, distinguish relevant from irrelevant, and act with unclouded judgment.

3pm-5pm – Urinary Bladder – filtration and elimination of waste. The urinary bladder aids the kidney in our spiritual evolution by helping us to release harassing thoughts, let go of past traumas, and go with the flow.

5pm-7pm – Kidney – wellspring of life; source of reproduction and growth; foundation of all the body’s energy from birth to old age. The kidney houses our ability to perceive our personal destiny and our willpower to see it through. It is about what came before us and what we’ll leave behind. Pathology: fear.

7pm-9pm – Pericardium – protector of the heart; regulator of all the other forces of the body; first line of defense against external aggression. The pericardium receives and buffers disruption to our system, shielding us from emotional turbulence and spiritual unrest.

9pm-11pm – San Jiao – metabolic regulator; responsible for homeostasis, equilibrium and system integration. The san jiao connects all the organ systems of the body, making sure our energy is evenly distributed and we remain oriented and balanced.

11pm-1am – Gall Bladder – promotes good judgment and foresight; responsible for our grit, decisiveness and initiative. The gall bladder allows us to make confident, measured decisions so that we may act with poise, conviction and courage.

1am-3pm – Liver – reservoir of stamina; commander of action, movement, and steady disposition; The liver provides us with a clear vision for the future and the motivation, energy and even temperament to see it through. Pathology: depression, anger.

Vision, Action and the Element of Wood

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

In Chinese Medicine theory, every season has a corresponding element, spirit, sound, flavor, network of channels, and set of energetic properties. In Spring, the element is Wood, the spirit is Hun (soul), and the energy is action, renewal, metamorphosis, and growth. Spring is the beginning of the new cycle of life, representing hope, creation, and the manifestation of dreams and potential. Just as the world around us is blooming and flowering, we too are called to express the notions of our souls and actualize the inspirations of our hearts.

The element of Wood, deriving from trees, is the symbol of expansion. With deep roots in the earth, it stretches is limbs far and wide, reaching for the sun, bending to the wind, and winding its way around any obstacles that cross its path. It does not strive for perfection. It simply holds steady through the storms and advances, undeterred, toward its highest potential. The self-assured aspect of ourselves, determined to stretch farther and aim higher, is supported by how much of this element we posses. The strength of our own personal Wood element is what gives us the stamina and resilience to create, self-actualize, achieve, and persist.

The Wood element is directly connected to vision – both literally and metaphorically. When properly nurtured through action, activity and unobstructed expression, our Wood energy provides us with creativity, foresight and clarity. It drives our ambition and provides us with the courage and stamina to implement our wildest ideas and execute our boldest creations. As Henry David Thoreau aptly states, “In the long run men only hit what they aim for.” Where will you set your sights this Spring, and how will you harness the energy of the season to bring your visions to life?

Year of the Yin Fire Rooster

rooster“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.” – Muhammad Ali

On January 28th – the Lunar New Year – we said goodbye to the capricious unpredictable Yang Fire Monkey and welcomed the more placid and practical Yin Fire Rooster. For many this calmer energy will be a welcome change. Roosters are characterized as organized, practical, decisive, territorial and particular. They posses strong ideals, are honest and critical, and value fidelity, punctuality, and proper behavior. They are leaders, who’s proud crow at dawn is a daily call to action, tirelessly commanding us to wake up and rise!

Because this is a yin-fire year there is an undercurrent of volatility, though it will not feel as chaotic as last year. Emotions will rise and reactivity will be heightened, but due to the changeability of fire, these bursts will be short-lived. Because there is a yin or feminine aspect to this fire, the change it provokes has the potential to be warm and healing. This symbolic light will help to illuminate unresolved conflict and hidden truths, allowing us to confront the darker aspects of ourselves and grow as a result. If we can fine-tune and articulate our own principles and ideologies while remaining open to others, there is great potential for personal elevation and social transformation.

Personally, this will be year of enhanced intuition, heightened communication, and emotional sentimentality. The flash of the fire element can bring on quick change of emotions, short-lived anger, fear and anxiety. We need to be wise about where we spend our energy and choose our fights with care. On the whole, people will be more warm-hearted, charismatic, and charming and it will be easier to find happiness in simple pleasures. There is an optimistic aspect to the fire element that encourages playfulness and joy. In this coming year, individual prosperity will come in the form of self-realization, group-oriented action, and small, quiet acts of kindness.

Socially, this will be an important year for community. As clashes in values and beliefs come the forefront we will start to see a restructuring of institutions and a shift in thoughts, actions and influence. Chickens are social animals, so during this time people will feel more connected to one other and find comfort in the gathering of like-minded individuals. There will be power in masses and change will come through collaboration and assembling together. Charismatic leaders will emerge and with them a revival of hope and renewal of strength.


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