In the Chinese horoscope, August is the seventh lunar month in a phase called Shén 申. The character usually refers to spirit, but it also represents spirituality, god, deity, consciousness, and awareness. Shen resides in our heart; it is the channel for all spiritual transformation, and it connects us to magic, inspiration, intuition, joy, love, and compassion.
August is a strong transformational Metal Element month during which the heat of summer is transforming, beginning to cool, and contract in preparation for the fall. Metal energy prompts us human beings to begin contracting as well; to start letting go of things, ideas, attitudes, and feelings that are no longer useful or beneficial for us to retain.
August is also the perfect time to reflect on that which we have sown, and to consider our goals for the future. Meditation, journaling, hiking or camping, attending a retreat―even going on a cruise―can provide an opportunity for thinking about our past and figuring out how we can transform ourselves to better fit our current lives.
The Chinese image of August is “full ripeness.” In the west we think of August as still being summer, but in a traditional agrarian culture, farmers are well aware that the solstice is behind us, that days are becoming imperceptibly shorter; we have begun to turn the corner toward autumn.
In the west we define the beginning of a season by the solstices. In the Chinese lunar calendar, the seasons arrive much earlier since in the lunar calendar, the next season begins when the first faint whisperings of change appear: spring begins in early February, summer arrives in the first part of May, autumn begins on August 6, and winter arrives in early November.
August’s Metal energy pushes us to look back and reflect, and at the same time it drives us toward spiritual pursuits, and personal transformation. You must be curious to know what the I Ching reveals about your own personal Element this month … so check it out!
Keeping yourself healthy will maximize your life span so that you have the opportunity to increase your depth of understanding and live up to your hallmark, which is wisdom. To cultivate longevity and robust life-force energy, eat simply, avoid intoxicants, surround yourself with positive people, allow time for daydreaming, exercise routinely, and get plenty of sleep.
Metal energy moves us to discard perceptions, ideas, and even things that are no longer useful to us. August’s nourishing Metal energy can help motivate you to examine your worries or fears, and let go of ones that aren’t working for you. Water energy tends to either be fearful or fearless, but it would be best for you to find a nice safe balance, somewhere in the middle.
If you were brought up by anxious parents, or were burned by someone in the past, you may be even more guarded about forming new relationships. Explain yourself to new friends, and ask them to be patient with you. Allow yourself time to get to know them, and after you are certain of their intentions, and they have fully earned your trust … jump right in and love them to bits!
Many Water people think of planning for wealth as being too risky or scary to even want to think about. August’s strong Metal energy is going to push you toward considering your future so remember that it is nearly impossible to avoid all risk. After thinking it over, you may find that now is an opportune time for dipping your toe into the shallow end of the financial pool. Hmm?
You are a visionary, and you have original ideas about what the future could be like. Among your strengths are adaptability and resourcefulness, so you are very good at figuring out several ways to arrive at a destination. Unleash your imagination and let it run wild. You are very likely to receive support for many of your creative ideas at work this month, so keep on dreaming!
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