For thousands of years the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, finances, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on multiple, overlapping cycles that govern the heavens and earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of portents, probabilities, and possibilities, so let us begin…
In the Chinese horoscope, August is the seventh lunar month in a phase called Shén 申 whose character usually refers to “spirit” but can also represent spirituality, God, deity, consciousness, or awareness. Shen resides in our hearts—it is a channel for spiritual transformation that connects us to magic, inspiration, intuition, joy, love, and compassion.
August is a powerful Metal Element month in which the intensity of high summer begins to subside in our slow march toward the fall. In August, our energy begins to decrease and contract as well, which is our cue that it is time to let go of ideas, attitudes, feelings, and objects that are no longer useful to us. It is also time for us to reflect upon that which we have sown in the past and how they might influence our goals for the future.
In the Chinese lunar calendar, the seasons of the year revolve earlier than they do in the west. In the lunar calendar, for example, a new season begins when the first faint whisperings of change appear in the natural world, hence spring begins in early February, summer arrives in May, autumn begins in August, and winter arrives in November.
The Chinese image for August is of “full ripeness.” In the west, we think of August as a summer month but in traditional agrarian cultures, farmers are acutely aware that the solstice is long past and that daylight hours are becoming noticeably shorter. August is also a reminder that Labor Day will be here before we know it!
August’s Metal energy compels us to look back and reflect but it also drives us forward toward spiritual pursuits and personal transformation. You must be curious to know what else the I Ching reveals about your own personal element this month… so check it out!
August’s robust Metal energy opposes your Fire Element/Heart Energy Network and puts it under undue stress. Did you know that a good belly laugh produces nitric oxide that dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to your heart? For a heart-energy person like you, it is important for you to get out there, laugh, and have some fun. There’s nothing better for alleviating stress than being a child at heart.
Even though you are an adult, it is a great thing to be young at heart. To be childlike as an adult is to have an interest in learning new things and allowing yourself to be excited by little things, knowing all the while when it is important to act your age. Relax and be grateful for the small joys in life, because the opposite of being “young at heart” is to be bored, world-weary, and jaded… and who would want to be that?
You have a fun, quirky, spontaneous personality. If you want to be loved for who you are, be authentic to yourself at all times. Make others feel appreciated, noticed, heard, and admired because it is a psychological fact that people are likely to love those who love them. Appreciate small gestures that people make toward you; it’s a small thing but if you want people to love you, every little detail matters.
Your heart rules your head in some of the financial decisions you make. If you are like most people, sometimes you use a rational, well-thought-out process to make decisions, but other times you throw caution to the winds and go with what feels right. Although your emotions influence your decisions, the key is to step back and identify your emotions then apply logic to any important decisions that need to be made.
The Heart Energy Network rules your element and people who feel deeply can use this gift to help others. In order to be successful in whatever endeavor you choose, you will need to set up solid boundaries, make certain you are clear about what you want and what you need because, above all else, it takes a lot of energy to manage emotions. If you cross that line… you will feel it in your soul and your energy will be depleted.
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