January 25, 2020 marked the beginning of the Lunar New Year of the White Rat extending through February 11, 2021. The year of the Rat is exciting in the 12-year cycle as it is the first of the 12 animal zodiac signs, and therefore considered a time for new beginnings and circumstances.
The long, often sunny, days of Seattle are upon us! The Summer Solstice is Friday, June 21, a day that features 17 hours of sunlight, with the sun rising at 5:11 am and setting at 9:11 pm, leaving only seven hours (less than 30% of the day) of nighttime. As a long stretch of summertime is similar, with lots of light and less darkness, it's important to remember that getting a good night's sleep in the summer months in Seattle often takes some planning, good window shades, and possibly an eye pillow.
February 5 marked the start of the Lunar New Year of the Pig. Traditionally the Lunar New Year is celebrated for the first two weeks of the Chinese calendar new year, which initiates with a new moon. As the moon builds over the first two weeks of the new year, we can take the time to set the stage in preparation for what we intend to manifest over the coming year.
Simple techniques of self-care during the fall transition can enable good health and prevent illness. Especially as many of us in the Northwest were exposed to extended fire-smoke during the end of the summer, taking care of ourselves, especially our Lungs, can support us during the seasonal transition to prevent health challenges.