Happy Year of the Wood Sheep

February 19, 2015 - The beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep.

What does this mean? What is a Wood Sheep?

Sheep are flock animals who work together. This is a year to acknowledge and celebrate our interconnectedness, that we are stronger as a whole then as individuals. The interdependence and team nature of the year of the sheep is enhanced by the Wood element.

There are five elements in Chinese medicine and culture: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. The archetype of Wood is that of the visionary. Thea Elijah, my mentor, speaks of the elements from a numerological perspective. She refers to Wood as the essence of the three-space. The number one resonates with Water, the seed. From the seed, comes the two-space of Fire, "me" has become a "we." Then, in the three-space, is the relationship between the two. There is you and me as individuals (one), us (two), and our relationship (three).

You can see how the Wood element enhances the group nature of the year of the Sheep. The Wood element is also the element of the hero. It is the element that sees injustice and does something about it. It transforms anger into the virtue of benevolence. The Wood element sees what is wrong, gets mad, and does something about it! What the Wood does, doesn't just benefit the individual but the whole community. This is Wood in health.

It is this time in the Year of the Wood Sheep where we reach out to others with compassion and inherent strength. We realize our success is dependent on the success of the WHOLE.

So...What do you think? Any questions? Comments? Please email me and let me know! I'd love to be a resource for you.