In the Chinese horoscope, August is the seventh lunar month in a phase called Shén 申. The character usually refers to spirit, but it also represents spirituality, god, deity, consciousness, and awareness. Shen resides in our heart; it is the channel for all spiritual transformation, and it connects us to magic, inspiration, intuition, joy, love, and compassion.
August is a strong transformational Metal Element month during which the heat of summer is transforming, beginning to cool, and contract in preparation for the fall. Metal energy prompts us human beings to begin contracting as well; to start letting go of things, ideas, attitudes, and feelings that are no longer useful or beneficial for us to retain.
August is also the perfect time to reflect on that which we have sown, and to consider our goals for the future. Meditation, journaling, hiking or camping, attending a retreat―even going on a cruise―can provide an opportunity for thinking about our past and figuring out how we can transform ourselves to better fit our current lives.
The Chinese image of August is “full ripeness.” In the west we think of August as still being summer, but in a traditional agrarian culture, farmers are well aware that the solstice is behind us, that days are becoming imperceptibly shorter; we have begun to turn the corner toward autumn.
In the west we define the beginning of a season by the solstices. In the Chinese lunar calendar, the seasons arrive much earlier since in the lunar calendar, the next season begins when the first faint whisperings of change appear: spring begins in early February, summer arrives in the first part of May, autumn begins on August 6, and winter arrives in early November.
August’s Metal energy pushes us to look back and reflect, and at the same time it drives us toward spiritual pursuits, and personal transformation. You must be curious to know what the I Ching reveals about your own personal Element this month … so check it out!
Fire Element energy is tied to the heart and circulation so when your energy network is under stress, your circulatory system becomes constricted. In order to promote abundant Fire energy, you need to get out there and have some fun! Did you know that a good belly laugh produces nitric oxide that dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to your heart muscle? Hmm.
There is no higher human endeavor than service to others. You have a natural inclination to give of yourself, which increases the production of happy neurochemicals that can lessen tension and lower blood pressure, so lend a hand to someone―lift them up and bring joy to their life. This in turn will bring happiness to you, since what goes around, comes around!
Healthy Fire personalities have high principles and beliefs that inspire others, helps them make better choices, and make them feel special, connected, and loved. Practice loving kindness and continue looking for opportunities to support those around you. Give your support but at the same time, give others the opportunity to learn so ultimately they can stand on the own two feet.
In the Fire Element architype, passion, sensitivity, and other-oriented thought can quickly color your interpretation of financial reality. Make financial decisions with your brain, rather than basing your decisions on what you feel. Your energy is rising, so as you move toward making financial decisions based on objectivity, it is only natural that your material resources will soar.
You are excited and passionate at the beginning of an endeavor but as a Fire person, you may find that you have lost interest and want to move onto something new before the project is completed. To avoid flaming out, release the negativity that is prompting you to quit, then break the job up into smaller achievable steps and finally, recommit yourself to your original intent.
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