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 Metal Ox, an animal in the Chinese zodiac that is known for its diligence, dependability, strength, and determination. Although 2021 has the potential for new beginnings and growth, people born in the Ox years 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021 are advised to begin enjoying some of the fruit of their labor.
The Chinese Double Ninth Festival will take place on October 14, the ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar. Double Ninth is also called the Chong Yang Festival and in some parts of Asia, it has evolved into a celebration of senior citizens. Not only is it a day that honors elders, but it is also an opportunity to hike, fly kites, eat special Chong Yang cakes, drink chrysanthemum wine, and celebrate beautiful fall-blooming chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China in the 15th century BCE, and their beauty is celebrated in many cultures today. Chrysanthemums flourish in cold seasons that are so tough on blossoming plants that in China they have become a beloved symbol of courage and tenacity. Teas and wine made from dried chrysanthemum flowers have many beneficial properties and that is why chrysanthemums are linked 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!
To have healthy Earth Element stomach qi, you need to eat healthy, nourishing food. Not only is it important to enjoy what you eat, but you also need to dine in a pleasant, calm environment. Eat until you feel satisfied but not overly full. Buy trick-or-treat candy for the kids if you must, but don’t open the bag until Halloween then donate any leftovers to Treats for the Troops, or some other worthy cause.
Earth people can become overly involved with their thoughts and lose focus, especially in the double-Earth energy month of October. If you find that you are becoming distracted or absentminded, remember that holistic mind/body practices and meditation can help you regain inner stability and calm so that you are able to accurately attend to what is happening at the moment rather than getting off track.
October’s Double Earth energy will inspire you to turn inward. Hearth-loving people like you may prefer staying home and baking cookies rather than getting out and maintaining friendships. Use friendship as an excuse to give away treats so that you don’t overindulge on them yourself. Cultivate friendships with an open heart while remaining open to the idea that it is perfectly normal to expect something in return.
A person who possesses robust Earth energy is mature and thoughtful and knows how to make financial decisions that will help them realize their goals. You enjoy giving to others so the best way to guarantee your ability to give in the future is to make certain that you are standing on firm financial footing. In other words, careful planning now will make it possible for you to be even more generous in the future.
From the Chinese point of view, we enter midlife at about 50, and at that time we experience a rush of new energy that will move us toward finding new meaningful activities. If you are nearing 50, or are already 50-something, use October’s bountiful Earth energy to begin a new project, find a new direction, or begin looking for suitable life’s work especially if your current work is not bringing you satisfaction and joy.