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!
This month, Fire energy is neither here nor there; none of the other elements influence you and you don’t influence them, so use this perfect in-between, neutral time to nurture your own wellbeing. The holidays are coming, and you tend to get caught up in excitement and drama, so now is the time to start planning ahead, making lists, fine-tuning your exercise regime, eating nourishing foods, and getting to bed on time.
October should be a nice calm month for Fire people, so it is not likely that something is going to fan your flame or get you feeling overwrought. Use this time to explore your passions; there are lots of interesting things you’ve always wanted to try, so pick one and see where it leads you. Soft, nourishing Water energy will support you, so push off the wall and try something new that could float your boat.
Things should go smoothly between you, your family, your friends, and your colleagues this month, so use it as an opportunity to promote and strengthen relationships with others. It’s easier than you might think; write a note of appreciation, bring someone a treat, slow down and smile … a lot. Encourage juniors at work and children at home … be a loving presence in people’s lives and they will adore you in return.
Cultivating financial health is an important part of being an adult; an actualized human being, so plan ahead for travel and gifts because believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. If you haven’t established a budget or a gift list, now’s the time to do it. If you are traveling, make reservations before holiday prices soar. Get organized now before the madness sets in, then lean back and enjoy the season.
Take a break in the quiet of this lovely in-between month and go apple picking or take a drive to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. Getting outside will help clear your head and calm your spirit so you can apply yourself more easily to all of the responsibilities that your life’s work entails. It can be difficult for Fire people to relax and take time to have a little fun … so yes, your work is important but then again, so are you.
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