August Water 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

It is far easier for Water people to conserve their energy than try and recover their vitality after it is lost. Improve your life force with moderate exercise that doesn’t completely deplete your Qi and wipe you out. You will probably find it more natural to exercise solo in the evening and not in the morning. Still, one thing is certain: you must ensure you are always well hydrated, especially if it’s hot outside.

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Emotional Health

Sleep quality is essential for an emotionally healthy Water person, so give your bedroom a critical eye. Is it an inviting, quiet, cozy retreat? Is your mattress comfortable? Are your pillows soft and fluffy and your sheets smooth and silky? If your bedroom is not everything it could be, give it some attention so you can sleep well and wake up refreshed and ready to take on a beautiful new day. 

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Relationship Health

If apprehensive parents reared you, you might be slightly anxious when you are in a new relationship. Fortunately, Water people are quick learners, so with experience, you will become more comfortable extending your hand and heart to others. It is perfectly okay to ask a new partner to be patient and allow time to get to know and trust them because your love is well worth the wait.

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Financial Health

Accessing spiritual guidance is natural for Water people like you, so give yourself the space you need to figure out how you can use your dynamic energy to create abundance. With your drive, determination, and the boost from August’s double Metal energy, you can think of ways to fulfill your dream of benefitting yourself, your community, and your world in ways that do not necessarily have to do with money.

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Career Health

Hang out with upbeat and positive people, and avoid pessimistic nay-sayers who discourage your vision. Simplify and create routines that are easy to follow, so you have enough oomph to try some of your ideas that are new or different. Maybe chat up someone you don’t know very well or do something from your heart, such as helping a colleague or friend who is facing a daunting task. You will be glad that you did.

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