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!
The Fire Element is neutral in October; it is not particularly influenced in any direction by any of the other elements. Thank goodness, because your element is intense, and even though you are exuberant and joyful, you can completely wear yourself out and then have a hard time calming down and falling asleep. Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, so rest while you can, because you know what’s ahead.
Ooh, your Chinese spirit animal is the Vermillion Bird of the South. Vermillion is the color of cinnabar, a brilliant scarlet red and this bird is a mythological spirit that resembles a pheasant with elegant flaming red plumage, that happens to be very particular about what it eats and where it perches. The red feathers and flames are a perfect metaphor for explaining why your personality is so … well … fiery!
You are an absolute joy to hang out with, but your friends know they have to be a little careful about remarks they make in your presence because you are sensitive and sometimes perceive that what they said was intended as a criticism of you. On the other hand, the wonderful thing about your sensitivity is that you are empathetic; you care about your friends and their problems, and you are a good friend indeed!
Highly sensitive people like you are hyper-alert to details and subtleties which can make it difficult for you to make decisions about the best path to take to move you forward toward financial stability. Even though it is hard for you to come to a conclusion about the path to take, once you have figured it out, it will be easy for you to make that same “right” decision again when it appears in the future.
Sensitive people are valuable members of any team; you are great at analyzing the pros and cons of an issue, but most Fire people are happier if someone else on the team makes the final decision. Why? Because if you make the wrong choice, you don’t want to put yourself in a position in which you might be criticized. Remember that there are usually no right or wrong decisions … it’s usually somewhere in between.
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