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!
Autumn is the season of the Metal element, and with the additional nourishment of robust Earth energy, you should be feeling absolutely great. Your healthiest food choices are hot, strong, powerful flavors like cayenne, onions, parsley, radishes, ginger, cilantro, cinnamon, mustard, and wine. Spicy Asian foods, Italian dishes featuring basil or rosemary, and roasted root veggies are right up your alley, so enjoy!
Autumn is the time when leaves fall from trees so it is perfectly appropriate that sometimes during the month you may feel a little sadness or regret. If you feel a bit sad, consider that letting go creates space for happiness to enter in the future. Shedding leaves and shedding that which no longer serves us well does mean letting go, but it also allows for rest and renewal and a fresh new beginning in the spring.
With abundant Earth energy offering its support, October could be the perfect time to try shaking things up. For an unknown reason, time is an obsession with some metal people so take off your watch, cover up your clocks, turn off your phone, and snuggle up with your partner. It may make you a little uncomfortable when you don’t know what time it is, but it could turn out to be a fun and interesting experiment.
It should be fairly easy for you to make money in a double-Earth energy month, although you certainly go about it in a way that is different from others. With the right attitude, healthy finances should be a pushover for an organized planner like you, but as you age it may become a little harder which is why it could be a good idea for you to assure financial success while you are young … or at least young-ish!
Metal people excel at any kind of job but often do their best work in a high-pressure atmosphere. You enjoy getting things done but sometimes rub your colleagues the wrong way in the process. You are competitive and like to create your own management style, and you like to win the war so try not to react to problems too quickly or harshly, and always take time to look before you leap or shoot.
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