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, October is the ninth lunar month in a phase called Shu or Xū. It is a powerful Earth Element month in a robust Year of the Rat, the first animal in the Chinese zodiac which symbolizes wealth and the beginning of a new day. Although this year has the potential for new beginnings and growth, Rat people born in the years 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 must remember that a desire for money is natural to a Rat, and they never give up until they make it. Rats seldom suffer financial trouble, but they can get cheated and when young, they do not have a clear concept of money management.
October 1 ushers in the full Harvest Moon. In Asia, this month’s full moon marks the beginning of the mid-autumn Moon Festival, when friends and families gather in the evening to view the moon, a symbol of femininity, unity, and harmony. The Chinese Double Ninth Festival will take place on the 25th; it is also called the Chongyang Festival, or the Senior Citizens’ Festival. Not only is it a day to honor elders, but it is also an opportunity to eat special Chongyang cakes, drink chrysanthemum wine, and celebrate beautiful fall-blooming chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China beginning in the 15th century BCE, and their beauty continues to be celebrated by many cultures. Chrysanthemums flourish in a cold, tough season and they also have become a beloved Chinese symbol of courage and tenacity. Tea and wine made from chrysanthemum flowers have many beneficial properties, hence their link to health and longevity.
There is much more to learn and enjoy, from what the I Ching has to say about your Element in this lovely chrysanthemum-filled season, so read on!
As you know, your energy is tied to the stomach and in a double Earth Element month, you are going to be sorely tempted to reach into that bag of Halloween candy. As an Earth person, treats and sweets are comforting, so reach for some fresh fruit, or make up a batch of honey or low-sugar granola bars. Eventually, you will find that your preferences will have changed and that most sweet treats taste way too sweet.
Your Chinese spirit animal is the Yellow Dragon of the Center. This powerful mythological deity is at the center of the cosmos, and it is yellow because yellow is the color of the earth. Earth people like you love being in the center, or in the middle of things, but you may find that you are becoming muddled when you are pulled in too many directions, so step back from others until you regain your inner calm and stability.
In a double Earth Element month, your energy is very strong, and you may find yourself becoming overly involved in other people’s problems. October is a fine time to retreat and turn inward, so stay home, put your feet up, pop some popcorn, and relax rather than running yourself ragged by trying to maintain difficult friendships. Focus on taking care of yourself for a change than trying to help everyone else.
Earth represents the center and maturity, or the middle. As a person with robust Earth energy in a double Earth month, you can make mature decisions that will help you realize your financial goals. You love having the ability to share your blessings with others and taking careful steps in the present will allow you to have even more resources that will allow you to be more giving in the future.
Have you examined your career goals lately? Are you happy with the path you have chosen? If your current work situation brings you joy, then you are very fortunate. If you are questioning and not so sure, harness your double dose of energy and explore what other options are available to you; maybe go back to school, get more training, or cobble together a handful of “little” jobs that are rewarding and fun for you to do.