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!
Earth energy nourishes you in October, and the weather is beginning to cool, so recommit yourself to exercising, especially in the out-of-doors. Air, breath, and respiration are important for Metal people like you, which is why aerobic exercise is perfectly tailored for you. Lace-up those sneakers, step outside and stride with purpose. We’ve been stuck inside for way too long, so make that commitment, and just do it!
Your spirit animal in Chinese mythology is the White Tiger of the West. The tiger is the mythological king of beasts and the color white represents the west. it was said that the White Tiger will only appear when leaders rule with absolute virtue and there is peace in the world, so do your best to practice virtue, maintain your emotional health, and promote peace … and that maybe the White Tiger will appear!
Mood-lifting activities like dance and singing could be an interesting way for you to make new friends and bring new people into your life. Adopting a shelter animal could be another way to lift your spirits at a time of year that brings sadness to many Metal people. Whether a bird on your shoulder, a cat on your lap, Goldie in her bowl, or a beagle at your side … all perfect little containers of unconditional love.
Earth energy will help you reap the rewards of financial planning that you did earlier in the year. Make certain to invest a portion of your profit and gains toward future growth, rather than indulging in the beautiful things that you love to acquire. Metal Element people are usually well dressed and well-groomed, so mix and match whatever you already have, rather than buying something new.
Metal people are rarely touchy-feely, and to avoid your feelings you are likely to be a workaholic or keep yourself extremely busy. Rather than scatter your energy among many projects, it would be better or you to invest deeply in one endeavor and allow it to bring you satisfaction and meaning. Remember the importance of finding joy; are you see the theme, that is important for your element?
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