For thousands of years, the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, financial matters, 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…
The symbol of Earth Element energy is a mountain, but in a double Earth year the symbol is double—a mountain over a mountain. Double mountains are an indication that land, real estate, and territorial conflicts over minerals and agriculture are especially active. Earth energy is also connected to religion, so don’t be surprised to find that you are becoming increasingly attracted to spiritual pursuits.
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 Earth Pig Year. Although this year has the potential for expansion and growth, Pig people born in the years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 must remember to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, rather than waiting, gathering ideas, and then getting confused.
In China, the Double Ninth Festival will take place on the 7th. It is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, and is also called the Chongyang Festival, or the Senior Citizens’ Festival. Not only is it a day to honor elders, it is also an opportunity to eat special Chongyang cakes, drink chrysanthemum wine, and celebrate 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!
Your Element is represented by the organs that receive food and nourish us. Did you know that digestion begins in the mouth even before the food reaches our stomach? Chew thoroughly to mix your food with important enzyme-containing saliva and never skip meals. As an Earth person, your best hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. which explains why breakfast is your most important meal of the day. Yum!
Earth people sometimes feel guilty when other people ask them for help. If guilt is your thing, then you have probably noticed that the more you agree to do, the more is asked of you. If you haven’t figured out how to say “no,” you won’t have the confidence to say it when you really need to. Earth people are accustomed to saying “yes,” but maybe it’s time to figure out some short, sweet ways to politely decline.
You want to know everything about everyone but being so other-oriented can get in the way of creating a happy life for yourself. Try taking care of yourself rather than absorbing the feelings of others. Get a massage or make yourself a beautiful meal; set aside time every day to do something you enjoy. De-stress by doing something that makes you feel good and taps into your senses—like sex. Hey!
Earth is the Element of middle age and maturity. When Earth energy is robust, as it is in October, you will be able to make mature, thoughtful, financial decisions that will help you realize your goals. Now’s the perfect time to start setting up spending goals for the upcoming holiday season and to make realistic gift lists that will help prevent you from going overboard and overspending in November and December.
A work environment that is appropriate for the Earth Element can help you love what you do. Earth people function best in a warm environment surrounded by natural materials and earthy colors. You are not a green plant person, nor do you feel good if you are surrounded by too many hard, shiny objects although it is true that an Earth Element “look” can be hard to achieve in a corporate environment. Nevertheless—give it a try!