This year we descend into the Yin elements of the Chinese Zodiac wheel. This system of Astrology look at the wider universal influences beyond the mere solar system in which the Western Astrological gaze is set. Elementally the Goat animal is earth, so combined with wood, we see a dynamic present that brings us to look more closely at environmental issues. Wood element concerns our "trees", while the earth element concerns just that, "our earth". So to state the obvious, this year we have no choice but to look at our impact on the planet.
In reverse, the planetary impact on us as "earthlings" as such cannot be ignored. Just as the moon governs our tides as it has a gravitational pull over the earth's waters, so too do the other planets influence our own. It can be seen as a form of relationship, just as our "community has an impact on us as human beings.
To keep things simple for this year, the earth under wood combination asks that we recognise where our emotions come from. The wood stemming from the earth elementally is "emotions - governed by wood element / the liver)...signifies emotions born of the physical realm. This gives the image of emotion arising from the way we treat ourselves physically. So much recognition is given to how emotion gives birth to ailments, illness and disease,,,but now we come to the time in which we need to realise how we treat our bodies will ultimately influence how we "feel", energetically and spiritually.
So this year demonstrates a time in which we can learn and discover how much our "environment" and the earth around us actually impacts "back" on us. The physical environment, in Feng Shui is very much a big part of who we are...as we are reflected in it and by it. Looking at where and how one lives can say so much about us. So now it is time to become masters of our destiny simply by harnessing the physical environment that surrounds us, aligning it so that we may utilise it to it's full potential.
This year we need to realise how important the food we eat really is in affecting our internal organs and therefore the connected and associated emotions. As in traditional chinese medicine, our spiritual and emotional self is seen very clearly in our physical make up and condition. They are not separate from one another. In fact, your elemental make up and balance (Astrologically - in Chinese Astrology) can depict and reveal so much about the tenancies of the body-mind & spirit in terms of it's dynamic.
So now is a wonderful time to get present to the truth that the physical balance of the world around us and within us, is a direct mirror of our emotional self - and the spiritual fulfillment that we seek.