Welcome to our new monthly Community Room newsletter! In this month’s edition:
Welcome to the Year of the Yin Water Rabbit!
Did you feel that? A shift in the ambient energy, culminating in a sense of more ease and space? A few days ago, the wild year of the Yang Water Tiger ended, and- heralded by the appearance of that beautiful sliver of new moon in the western sky- we entered the new year of the Yin Water Rabbit.
I often see rabbits near my home. If I'm driving at night, my headlights will catch them darting rapidly this way and that, doing their best to distract me from the dens they have raced away from. If I'm walking along in the daytime, I'll often spot them motionless, watching me closely, having heard me coming- or rather, felt the vibrations of my footsteps through the earth- long before I got close enough to see them.
After an intense few years (wouldn’t you say?), it’s a great relief to announce that the energy is calming down for a spell. This year, which lasts through February 9th, 2024, will allow us a chance to rest, to reconnect with our intuition and creativity, and to adjust to the new reality of the ever-changing word that we inhabit.
Rabbits, in the Chinese astrological tradition, are considered to be wise, peaceful, adaptable, and strategic. If you were born in 1939, ’51, ’63, ’75, ’87, or ’99, you are a rabbit, and for those of you born in 1963 (Chinese astrology moves in sixty-year cycles), this is the first time the element of Yin Water has returned for you.
This year is giving us a chance at collective rest before another few years of intensity and change, as 2024 is a powerful Year of the Wood Dragon. To prepare, it’s highly encouraged to take every available opportunity to restore your energy, build practices that support grounding and intuition, and honor your need for security and community.
This year is a Water year, and we can observe and learn from the Water element in the natural world: as a river flowing easily around obstacles, and as the ability to shift as needed from fog to cloud to rain to ocean. As the ancient Roman poet Ovid taught, a drop of water, falling again and again over time, has the power to shape something as hard as stone through its persistence: we use this metaphor often in our medicine to illustrate the profoundly transformational power of a gentle practice like acupuncture given repeatedly over time.
Feng Shui practitioner Gaela Morrison, writing for The Power Path, reminds us: “Kidneys need extra rest with all the forward growth movement. Lying down is medicine for the kidneys so cultivate napping!…Inner work, meditation, particularly breathing exercises, spiritual practices, acupuncture, Chi Gong and other healing modalities will all contribute to health and staying in balance.”
We couldn’t agree more! Now more than ever, we can benefit from the power of healing in community, of resting together. We hope to see you often in this year. Take advantage of the chance to catch up and fill your cup before the fire of the dragon flares up in 2024!
Thank you for reading! As always, we gladly welcome your feedback; tell us what is working for you, and please let us know what we can do better!
Take good care,
Demetra Markis, L.Ac., Community Room Director
Cotati Community Acupuncture
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Kieran Jones MTCM L.Ac.
I'm Kieran, clinician and owner of Cotati Community Acupuncture. I'm an acupuncturist, herbalist, and functional medicine practitioner for the past 14 years. I have a deep curiosity in health, biology, culture, medicine, history, and a healthy obsession with the pursuit of the perfect state of health.