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!
Earth energy influences Water during October in a very good way. It nourishes and keeps you healthy in preparation for the next two months when your powerful Water energy will reach its peak. Your time is winter and your season is right around the corner. Water energy is the coolest of all the elements which has its own particular beauty … think of a warm scarf and mittens on a crisp, sparkling winter day.
You are very good at seeing the big picture but sometimes what you are seeing gets sidetracked by what you are feeling. Water people abhor feeling or being controlled, and need the freedom to do their own thing. Although it is your nature to run free, you may need to set up some boundaries on giving in to your feelings since your emotions can scatter your thoughts and sway the accuracy of what you think you see.
Highly-developed Water people are diplomatic; they prefer to flow around obstacles to get what they want. As a Water person you probably don’t talk much, but when you do, you can be depended upon to be honest and true. You are inclined to look for diplomatic ways to avoid drama and manage troubled relationships … but why not? In some instances, diplomacy is indeed the best option.
Taking risks and investing money is not something that most Water people enjoy and that is why it may be difficult for you to take steps toward building a healthy financial future. You like doing your own research and making up your own mind, but make certain that pride and your wish for self-determination is not keeping you from asking for professional advice if it becomes apparent that you need it.
Water people are natural entrepreneurs and have an outstanding ability to dream up ideas for new businesses. You are one of the so-called reflectors; you look at what is already out there and then come up with brand new concepts. Intelligence is one of your most helpful characteristics…you have an outstanding ability to learn and absorb information in an easy natural way so go ahead and make things happen.
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