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 is a strong, double energy month which means you may notice a few problems with your lungs or skin, the organ networks that are associated with your element. Be on the lookout for summer rashes, sunburn, and allergies. Exercise early in the morning or in a cool indoor gym and run your air conditioner with high-quality filters. Swimming would be good because it involves breath control along with nice, cool water.
August is a transitional month in which the earth’s energy begins to cool. Your elemental energy is on the cool side as well, and that is why you may feel a little reserved or sad. To lift your spirits, try mood-elevating activities like music, dance, singing, or chanting. You are a planner but if something went wrong and you are still feeling upset by it, remember that sometimes the best experiences come from where we least expected.
As a Metal person, you can’t help but be a little controlling, but in a double energy month like August, you may find yourself struggling harder than usual to try and control other people. The truth is that it is nearly impossible to control anyone other than yourself, so if you are willing to loosen the reins of control just a bit, you will create an opportunity for more happiness… happiness for you and happiness for the ones you love!
Oh, how you love beautiful things but keep in mind that your possessions do not define you, they only define what you like to have around you. As a Metal Element person, especially in a double Metal month like August, try not to collect more things but spend your effort on taking care of your finances and your own human body. The health of your finances and the health of your body truly define your wealth.
August will be interesting because you will receive a jolt of positive energy that can help you manifest your dreams. Write out an elaborate list of all the opportunities and experiences you would like to attract throughout your lifetime and if you find that you have gotten distracted, figure out how to get back on track. It is your life that we are talking about here so be specific because the universe is listening!
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