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!
It’s time to complete or let go of old projects that you began earlier in the year, so you can take on new self-cultivation projects in the fall. Your Element is allied with the health of your lungs, so get out-of-doors in the beautiful fall weather and flood yourself with fresh, healthy Chi. When we breathe deeply, we saturate our cells and brains with oxygen, which improves our memory, increases energy, and boosts our immunity. Yay!
You are a bit of a control freak but it’s hard to control everything. Figure out a way to use these same skills in a way that will allow you to de-stress yourself—perhaps arrange your sock drawer, tidy your workbench, or organize the pantry. The wonderful thing about this form of unwinding is that it also allows you to get rid of stress-creating clutter, and you are actually getting two bangs for the buck. Less stuff—less stress!
October is going to bring you lots of nourishing Earth energy, so use it to bring joy and happiness to yourself and to everyone around you. Maybe you could adopt a pet, or bring new people into your life by joining a club. How about raking fall leaves into a big pile and then inviting everyone to jump in! The practical power of joyful relationships is clearly important for human health, so rustle up some joy for yourself!
DIY Halloween costumes are easy to make, so here are some suggestions that will be easy on your wallet, allow you to let down your hair, and have some fun: Pigs in a blanket – don a pink plastic pig nose and ears, a pink shirt, and cuddle with a blankie. Facebook: write “B” and “O” on one cheek and conclude with an “O” and a “K” on the other one. Gold digger – wear gold and hang plastic sand shovels from your belt. Groan!
Are you are feeling a little bit “stuck” in your chosen field? Utilize your excellent planning skills to map out small, achievable steps that will help you plot a new course. Considering a career change makes all of us nervous, but change is especially difficult for Metal people like you. Having a plan can be a very helpful way for you to move ahead, and it will significantly decrease your stress—so have at it, and get a move on!
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