• Monica Fauble

Technically, It’s Spring. 🌱

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

January 25th marked the start of a new cycle of the year (the first new moon after the winter solstice). This is the year of the Metal Rat.  

The Rat is the first animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. According to legend, when the emperor announced that the first animal to arrive at the palace would receive the honor of initiating the 12-year zodiac cycle, the rat tricked the ox into giving him a ride. Then, at the last minute, the rat jumped off the ox’s back and crossed the finish line first. Rats are not the most popular creatures in Western mythology, but in Eastern philosophy they represent wealth and abundance. They like to accumulate resources but can be prone to stinginess or hoarding. They reproduce quickly so they also symbolize fertility. Known to be clever and resourceful, rats are said to be energetic and successful. Lunar New Year is a great time of year for new beginnings. As winter fades out, the upward and outward energy of spring will encourage us to start making plans, taking action, and sowing the seeds that we would like to reap this year. Technically, the lunar new year marks the end of winter and the first day of spring. But energetically, we’re still in the transition period between these two seasons. If maybe you played a little too hard this winter or just generally feel depleted, please rest up now! Right now, the energy in nature is still partially in the wintertime quality of “storage,” of energy conservation. Any rest that you can offer yourself now will seal into your cells even more deeply as rest is one of the key actions of wintertime. While resting might seem like a luxury, it’s actually essential. The more rest and restoration you can cultivate now, the more you will be ready for the rapid growth of spring. If you want to learn more about the energetic reality of each season and how you can be in sync with that energy, consider attending my “Spring, Rise” workshop at Studio 34 Yoga. We will talk and move and really embody the excitement and the tenacity of spring. More info here: No yoga experience is necessary to register.