August Fire Element Horoscope

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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 during which the intensity of high summer starts to subside as we begin the slow march toward fall. In August, our energy begins to decrease and contract, which signals 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 and how it might influence our goals for the future.

In the Chinese lunar calendar, the year’s seasons 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 starts 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 summer solstice is long past and that daylight hours are becoming noticeably shorter. August also reminds us that Labor Day will be here almost before we know it!

August’s Metal energy compels us to look back and reflect but also drives us toward spiritual pursuits and personal transformation. You must be curious to know what else the I Ching reveals about your own unique element this month … so check it out!

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Physical Health

Do you ever take a little time out for yourself? Fire people burn so brightly that they need time to rest and relax to recover from the excessive energy they spend. Give yourself a “sick” day. Turn off your digital devices and do something that nourishes your heart and soul. Go for a walk-in nature or treat yourself to flowers or an ice cream cone; take time to unwind, recharge, and have fun.

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It can be hard work to be a Fire person, but if you were to relax and stop trying to vie for attention, you would probably have a lot more fun and worry less about what other people think. Self-love is essential to becoming a self-actualized adult, a person who knows their worth, is honest, communicates their feelings respectfully, is spontaneous and natural, and has an appreciation for oneself and others.

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Relationships Health

People who harbor negative thoughts about themselves have a harder time making friends and establishing loving relationships. Positive thinkers are open to finding love and happiness; when we feel good about ourselves, we send out a positive vibe to others that attract loving people. You don't need to try to attract attention, and you don’t have to do anything special to be loved.

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Financial Health

If you are frustrated by financial challenges that seem impossible to solve, get out and blow off some of your steam. Of all the elements, you have the easiest access to your intuition, and when you are in a calm and relaxed state of mind, your inner voice can help you make sound financial decisions that could bring you great personal joy. Remember too that money isn’t everything.

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Career Health

The Metal Element may very well light a fire in your belly, but the trick for you will be sticking to your plan. Fire people are easily sidetracked, spread out in too many directions, and then flame out. Do your best to commit yourself to your original purpose and intention and use your natural ability to connect with and motivate others. Connect and commit to your life goals, and then hang on to your hat. 

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