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!
Your time is coming, in fact, it is right around the corner. November and December are the months when your Water Element energy will soar. The beautiful season of winter is all yours, along with long nights and plenty of time to dream. Your element is all about wisdom that you gain by diving deep. Even though wintertime is quiet, just like you, there is a lot going on unseen under the surface.
Your Chinese spirit animal is the Black Tortoise or Black Turtle of the North. In Eastern mythology, the tortoise along with the snake, were symbols of longevity while black is the color of the north, water, and winter. The snake, or “little dragon,” is the second most powerful of the animals in the Chinese zodiac, and you need to protect your powers by knowing when you need time alone to regain your equilibrium.
You appreciate quiet and privacy, especially in the bedroom, which helps make you feel safe and free to display your creative passion. You may prefer a locked door, drawn curtains, soft pillows, and being covered with a fleecy blanket, and why not? Some say that Water people are the best lovers of them all; that you are filled with deeply addictive, seductive pleasures that are just waiting to be expressed. Hmm.
When you are well-rested and well-nourished, you are much more likely to have the power of creativity that can help you achieve your financial goals. Allow yourself plenty of time for rest and reflection to be able to tap into guidance from your inner spirit. Rather than fear making financial decisions, unleash your natural wisdom as well as your determination and drive to be a financial success.
Water people can be inclined to retreat and take no action when they aren’t certain what to do, so capture a bit of October’s balanced, centered Earth energy to help ensure that your work or career is fruitful and rewarding. It’s fine to avoid taking action until you have had time to consider alternatives and options, but if it makes sense for you to think about making a change, then do it … one baby step at a time.
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