One of the convenient things about observing both the calendar New Year and the Chinese (Lunar) New Year is that you get a second chance to start over: consider the year that typically begins on January 1st to be a practice run and gear up for a fresh start NOW!
The Chinese New Year just started on 10th February and already we’ve seen some big occurrences in our world: the current Pope abdicated his throne within the first week (the first Pope to do so in over 600 years); Asteroid 2012 DA14 skimmed by our planet closer than any other known asteroid; a meteor exploded over Russia; wrestling was dropped from the Olympics (ok, so many will argue that didn’t really concern them all that much!). But if that’s just the first week of the lunar year, what’s the rest of 2013 going to unveil?
The energy of the Year of the Dragon (which 2012 was) usually ‘rocks the boat’ to force everything out of hiding, both around us and within us. The Year of the Snake (which has just started) then follows in hot pursuit of the Dragon, helping us to integrate what has risen from beneath the surface and come to light: in order that we may gain wisdom and act to bring about positive change. There is no doubt that the energy of the element of Water in this Snake year will make it a year of insight, truth, clarity and understanding: all of which could feel at times uncomfortable, but nonetheless will be enlightening and necessary for our growth.
To prepare for the big changes ahead, I intuitively drew and interpreted Insight Cards from the Australian Bush Flower Essences card deck to give you some advice for the year ahead – but with a twist: I have customised each message to your personal character by selecting a flower for each Chinese Zodiac Sign.
(If you’re not sure what your Chinese Zodiac Sign is, simply look up the year you were born on this table).
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rat
Australian Bush Flower: Tall Yellow Top
If you’re a ‘Rat’, then Tall Yellow Top’s message for you is: “Many a time, your relationship with others has to do with, ‘What’s in it for me”, when really this just leaves you feeling lonely. This year, give of yourself to others, without expecting something in return, and you just may feel less isolated and more connected to people around you than ever before.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Oxen
Australian Bush Flower: Wedding Bush
If you’re an ‘Oxen’, then Wedding Bush’s message for you is: “Your priority will rarely be to serve yourself, but this year asks for exactly that: a commitment to yourself and the relationship you have with you. Take time out (yes, schedule it on your long to-do list!) to go within, build on your knowledge of self and discover your own inner desires and passions. Then allow yourself to commit to going after them!”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Tiger
Australian Bush Flower: Christmas Bell
If you’re a ‘Tiger’, then Christmas Bell’s message for you is: “Perhaps you feel personal dreams are a little hard to manifest in your life, since your focus is usually on the needs of your whole family – rather than your individual pursuits. And you wouldn’t change that for anything, right? But what if you and your family could all focus on your collection of individual dreams together, as a team – that would be a ‘win-win’ situation for all of you, right?”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rabbit
Australian Bush Flower: Red Helmet Orchid
If you’re a ‘Rabbit’, then Red Helmet Orchid’s message for you is: “As the peacemaker of the Chinese Zodiac, standing up for what you believe in is not always your natural tendency: you may believe that peace only comes about by way of compromise. But this is not the year for that! Stand up, make sure you have your say, and realise your true authority. It’s time to learn that speaking up does not have to mean war – in fact, it can actually create a better world.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dragon
Australian Bush Flower: Tall Yellow Top
If you’re a ‘Dragon’, then Tall Yellow Top’s message for you is: “As the natural-born leader of the zodiac, life can often seem lonely: often others don’t agree with your stance or find you overbearing – causing you to stomp back to your lair and hide-out in safety. This year follows the 2012 Year of the Dragon and calls for your newly-affirmed strength and influence, so stop hiding away sulking! Instead, look with eyes of compassion at what you see as the frailties in others, and see those aspects also within yourself (look deeper if you can’t find them, they’re there!) and then embrace them fully. By doing this, you will again feel fully connected to everyone in your world.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Snake
Australian Bush Flower: Turkey Bush
If you’re a ‘Snake’, then Turkey Bush’s message for you is: “This is the year bearing your personal energy and your zodiac sign: and to a great extent, it gives you the most responsibility to ‘grab’ the expectations of the year, and move into them fully. Weave your way through the year, creating personally rewarding experiences and expressing your true power and inspiration – and you will see some amazing results!”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Australian Bush Flower: Autumn Leaves
If you’re a ‘Horse’, then Autumn Leave’s message for you is: “Such a grand creature as you are, surely you can just keep running like the wind whenever a season no longer suits you? You could, of course, but in doing so you never truly get a chance to face what you no longer want and physically release it from your life. Buck your pattern of past ‘running’ behaviours this year and face-up to what you want to let go. Now!”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Sheep (Goat)
Australian Bush Flower: Red Suva Frangipani
If you’re a ‘Sheep’, then Red Suva Frangipani’s message for you is: “Being the placid, peaceable creature you are, often you put aside your inner feelings as it doesn’t seem right to express them outwardly or share them with others. This is a year to reach out to loved ones, let them know that you need them to help you internalise those deeper emotions of sadness you may feel rising up within you – don’t be afraid to show the world what’s truly inside you.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Australian Bush Flower: Paw Paw
If you’re a ‘Monkey’, then Paw Paw’s message for you is: “Being a monkey, you are so drawn to the tantalising lure of new sights and sounds, but so often, you don’t truly absorb all the wisdom you could from your experiences – you are just too busy looking for your next ‘fix’. Take time this year to truly allow all your experiences to completely wash over you and affirm that you will be present with whatever you are doing – then you will find that sweet reward you have been searching over and over for.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Australian Bush Flower: Sydney Rose
If you’re a ‘Rooster’, then Sydney Rose’s message for you is: “There are tendencies in you at times to believe you are perhaps just a little, ahem, better than others around you: since you are quite comfortable ‘crowing’ about your amazing array of talents (and rightly so)! But if you can keep a focus on the fact that others in your life also have their own special talents, and support them wholly in their quests, there will be rewards for all, not just you alone.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dog
Australian Bush Flower: Dog Rose of the Wild Forces
(Note: I know, I know, this flower choice is incredibly amusing! I drew these cards randomly from the Insight Cards deck, and chuckled when this card came up for all you ‘Dogs’!).
If you’re a ‘Dog’, then Dog Rose of the Wild Force’s message for you is: “You have the potential to be the stability in many of your loved ones lives this year. If you put your focus on maintaining your own inner calm, and staying centred amidst any emotional turmoil, you will feel almost like a ‘bridge over troubled water’ for your loved ones, and nothing around will actually affect your inner sense of calm.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Pig
Australian Bush Flower: Crowea
If you’re a ‘Pig’, then Crowea’s message for you is: “Your life this year may not seem so balanced or even like it is centred around you – it’s star! But by calming your thoughts, you will calm your body and worry will not take you over. Why worry? It will all balance out in the end and you will come out of this year an even greater shining star in your life than you’ve ever been.”
So there you have it, your bush flower insights for 2013. Be sure to bookmark this post and look at your zodiac’s flower regularly: so you can absorb the wisdom and energy of that flower, and energise your year (I’ll be blogging about more ways you can use the flower images visually in future posts – subscribe so you don’t miss any tips).
Please leave a comment below about your Chinese zodiac’s message above and what you feel it might mean for you this year. I’d LOVE to hear from you, and what YOU’D like me to write about (and if you found a post particularly useful) – so don’t be shy, speak up below!
Gong Xi Fa Cai & Flowery Blessings,
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