Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the fresh new energy of the Year of the Green Wooden Horse.
With the last couple of years being quite difficult for so many, I believe we are all more than happy to shut the door behind the 2013 Year of the Black Water Snake. I know I can definitely feel a refreshing change in the air already. In fact I have felt the Year of the Horse pacing in the metaphorical paddock next door to the Year of the Snake for the past month – impatiently waiting its turn to jump the gate and take over!
I feel we can all expect a very fast-paced year with the horse in charge: giving you the choice to either consciously use the speed to your advantage or struggle to keep up. The best way you can utilise the strong-willed and dominant energy of the horse is to use its strength, speed and stamina as allies to bring your goals to fruition quickly or to get yourself out of undesirable situations now. Being aware and conscious of the new energy means you will be fully prepared to ride the horse in the direction you choose, instead of letting the horse’s energy dictate, bolt and take you on a mystery ride to who-knows-where!
Each year, one of the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 signs takes a turn influencing the energy of our world. Additionally, every cycle of 12 years each animal also takes on a new element: either metal, water, wood, fire or earth. So the same animal and element in combination will only appear together every 60 years (and most people only get the chance to encounter the year of their own animal and element one time in their adult lives – unless they reach the ripe old age of 120!). I have personally found it important to pay keen attention to the year’s element to learn what influence it will have on the animal and therefore the year ahead.
This year is the element of wood (which is linked to the colour green) and I feel it shows that the energy of the horse will be of most benefit to you if you remain – or become – flexible in mind and body. This is also important to ensure you keep up with the horse’s swift pace and avoid personal and/or physical exhaustion. In addition, the qualities of wood tend to be passive and inhibited, and this matches the numerology of this year (2+0+1+4) which has the world in a year 7 cycle: a year of going within, discovering your own strength, listening to your own truths and becoming less dependent on others. The colour green associated with wood is also the colour attributed to the Heart Chakra, so everything appears to be pointing to a year in which you will gain most benefit from taking regular time out to listen to your heart (meditation, yoga and tai chi are great), following your own intuition and then allowing the energy of the horse to do the rest!
Being the year of the Wooden Horse I feel there is an element of the Trojan Horse to this year, hence the image at the top of this post (if you are not familiar with the tale of the Trojan Horse, have a quick read here). It is a year where consciousness and awareness will be the key: to be unaware is to leave yourself unguarded to potential ‘traps’ around you – and on the positive side, if you don’t look deeply enough at what is in front of you, you may miss hidden opportunities. A good motto to keep in mind this year is ‘not everything is as it seems’! Look deeper, be aware and listen to your own intuition.
As I did last year, I have again intuitively drawn and interpreted insight cards from the Australian Bush Flower Essences card deck to give you some advice for the year ahead – and remember, this is a Bush Flower Reading with a twist: depending on your personal Chinese Zodiac Sign, you will find a customised message and a Bush Flower selected* especially for you! You can either use the images below visually, or if you would like to take the Essence itself, that is an excellent option too.
(If you’re not sure what your Chinese Zodiac Sign is, you can look up the year you were born and find out on this table).
So scroll down now to find your animal and your insight!
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rat
Australian Bush Flower: Red Lily
If you are a Rat, then Red Lily’s message for you is: “Life is about balance and this is something you need to focus on this year – balancing your physical self (the body) with your Higher, energetic self (Spirit). By being firmly planted within your body and allowing yourself to draw on the deeper parts of yourself, you will find it easier to seek happy thoughts and create a happier existence. This balance will make you stronger, healthier and will help you move more quickly in the direction of what you want.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Oxen
Australian Bush Flower: Silver Princess
If you are an Oxen, then Silver Princess’s message for you is: “You have been working hard for others all your life: waiting for the day when it is alright to work on and for yourself. This is the year when you will finally see this opportunity coming your way and fast! Seize it and focus on your passion (if you don’t know what that is, sit with your hand on your heart for 5 minutes every morning and ask yourself ‘What is my passion?’) and you will find yourself being swept by the horse in the direction of your joy-filled and Abundant life purpose.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Tiger
Australian Bush Flower: Billy Goat Plum
If you are a Tiger, then Billy Goat Plum’s message for you is: “You’ve been working for many years on feeling better about yourself (perhaps even obsessing about your physical appearance thinking that will help) and this is the year to let that emphasis on the physical body go. Loving yourself in every way and at every life stage is something that has challenged you for most of your life, and in the past you have relied too much upon others to love and revere you. Finish this important work on learning to love yourself unconditionally and you will find your reliance on others will disappear – quickly.”
If you are a Rabbit, then Bottlebrush’s message for you is: “Your pets are the key to helping you let go of the things in your life that you no longer want and they will help you cope with change that is forced upon you. Sit with them and watch how they behave – notice how quickly they move on from disappointments and altercations with other animals. Your pets will help you to learn this critical life skill – if you don’t already have a pet, this might be a great year to consider bringing one into your life! Alternatively, find yourself a paddock with a horse or two in it and observe how they act.”
If you are a Dragon, then Sydney Rose’s message for you is: “There is a tendency for you to be judgemental by nature: the standards you set for yourself are very high, and therefore so are the standards you set for others. Inevitably these standards just lead to disappointment, since you’d have to admit they are too high for anyone to reach! Consider instead sending love and compassion to those you fear or those who bully you, show anger or disgust you in any way, and see the difference that this can make to the world around you – and with the energy of the horse, this will impact your world – fast.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Snake
Australian Bush Flower: Bottlebrush
If you are a Snake, then Bottlebrush’s message for you is: “Your life does tend to follow a rigid routine and the horse prefers freedom and impetuous choices! This can put you a little at odds with the energy of this year, but there is an easy fix: let go of your old ways, your old patterns and traditions and thoughts that may no longer serve you. This is a brilliant year for you to try new things – in fact, you’ll only know that you can do something if you try it, so go for it!”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Australian Bush Flower: Red Suva Frangipani
If you are a Horse, then Red Suva Frangipani’s message for you is: “Being a horse, you are the most strongly influenced of all the signs this year. This means you will experience constant movement – some changes may be perceived as good, while others may be perceived as bad. Regardless, there could be sudden changes in your life this year and by ensuring you surround yourself with lots of opportunities to laugh (watch comedy shows, read funny books, play like a child, laugh at your mistakes, tell funny jokes), you will find any upheaval will be short-lived and instead life’s changes will bring you long-lasting joy and satisfaction.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Sheep/Goat
Australian Bush Flower: Five Corners
If you are a Sheep/Goat, then Five Corner’s message for you is: “Your family has long been the cause of your struggle to love and accept yourself. That is, your allowance of your family’s judgements, thoughts, experiences, etc, to affect you! This year it’s time to see your family through eyes of love: if this is too hard to do, see a little version of them within you, and love that ‘doll’ instead. When you work hard at seeing your family in a different light, you will discover a greater freedom to love yourself more fully, and your confidence will soar.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Australian Bush Flower: Five Corners
If you are a Monkey, then Five Corner’s message for you is: “One of the keys to loving oneself is to know that you contribute positively to your world and the people around you. By nature, you are a highly sociable person but do have the clever and crafty ability to deceive others for your own fun and personal gain. This self-serving instinct fosters distrust in those around you and sometimes leaves you feeling a little unloved. This year you can quickly learn to share your gains, inventiveness and gifts of communication with others in order to win their trust – and a bonus gain for you will be developing a deeper sense of self-trust and self-love. Your strategic mind does not always have to be used to outmaneuvere others – it can help everyone win!”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Australian Bush Flower: Wedding Bush
If you are a Rooster, then Wedding Bush’s message for you is: “The year of the horse will have you questioning which commitments in your life are lacking love and dedication. With the influence of wood pushing you to look within this year, the best place to start is with your commitment to yourself – do you love yourself and spend time alone nurturing only you? Or do you instead put all your time into fostering your commitments to the ones you love? Your commitments to others have the chance to grow in leaps and bounds this year if you simply seek deeper love and commitment with yourself – spend some time meditating alone on this each day and you will discover the key to more enriching relationships.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dog
Australian Bush Flower: Spinifex
If you are a Dog, then Spinifex’s message for you is: “You often struggle to find the reasons for the ‘bumps’ and burdens you are currently experiencing in your life, and this year calls upon you to start using your imagination more. What would it look like if your deepest wish came true? Imagine what you would see, think, feel, do and hear if you were living that wish. By doing this, you will move past the struggles you have been experiencing and the solutions to what you need to change in your life will come to you swiftly and powerfully.”
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Pig
Australian Bush Flower: Silver Princess
If you are a Pig, then Silver Princess’s message for you is: “You may be experiencing some confusion around what it is you’d like to create in your life – what is your deepest life purpose and how can you move towards it? Even if you think you’ve found it, perhaps there is a lingering doubt somewhere within that there may be something else you should instead be doing. The answers you seek will come to you when you connect with your higher self and your own Spirit guides – even those who have gone before you, such as grandparents who you loved. Sit quietly and briefly and ask for that advice regularly and your support guidance will flow to you quickly.”
So there you have it, your Bush Flower insights for 2014. Be sure to bookmark this post and look at the flower for your zodiac sign 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). Or alternatively you might like to take the flower essence itself and see how it can help your year.
Please leave a comment below about what your message means to you this year!
Gong Xi Fa Cai & Flowery Blessings,
© 2014 Clare Chapman T/As Baliena Flower Therapies, All Rights Reserved
* Note on selection: I selected the Bush Flower cards randomly from the deck, while focusing on the zodiac sign that I was drawing the card for. I then interpreted the card’s meaning, based on my own intuition and knowledge of Bush Flowers and Chinese Zodiac signs from my clinical and teaching practice. (For the keen statisticians, you may notice I actually drew the same flower twice for 3 of the signs – anyone want to comment below with those odds from a choice of 69 flowers?!).
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