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!
The Metal Element will deliver a boost of energy this month that might make you overextend or overtax yourself. To be physically healthy, Water people need to find balance in all that they do. You need to combine activity with periods of inactivity and rest which will maximize your longevity and give you time to gain the wisdom that is the hallmark of your element. Finding balance is an integral part of gaining wisdom, so aim for it!
Your dreams are powerful and they have the potential to change the world. More than any of the other elements, you need to allow yourself time and permission to think and dream about your life’s purpose. Your assignment, dear Water Element person, is to bring your dreams and passion along with the understanding of your purpose into perfect alignment so that you can surge ahead with clarity and joy.
You are naturally a little cautious, but your natural caution is likely to be amplified under the influence of August’s cooling energy. If you were reared by anxious parents or encountered difficulty in previous relationships, you may be unnecessarily vigilant or wary. Give yourself time and the space to discover the intentions of others, ask for their patience, and then when you finally feel ready to trust… go for it!
Your opportunity to increase your net worth will be intensified by this month’s Metal Element influence. Metal is a careful planner and planning can help you achieve your dream of benefiting yourself, your family and friends, your community, and the world you live in. Now is the perfect time to think and dream about your lifetime goals, and when the opportunity arises, go forth and take the necessary steps to bring them to life.
In August, you are very likely to receive support and consideration for your vision concerning your life’s work. You are naturally inclined to go with the flow but don’t allow the current of life to lead you off course so that you end up somewhere other than where you intended. Water Element people are capable, adaptable, and very good at formulating alternative ways to reach their destination, so happy travels!
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