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!
Are you an adult who sleeps with a blankie or stuffed bear? Well rejoice—you are not alone. No one knows why we establish deep human relationships with objects, but what the heck … if your beloved object isn’t interfering in your relationship with your mate, go ahead and hug your blankie, teddy bear, or iPhone a little closer tonight because your well-being matters more than anything else in the world.
You are a feeler—you love unconditionally and provide emotional support for others, but your empathy can be painful because you tend to absorb their feelings. It can be difficult for you to recognize the difference between your own stresses from the stresses that come from others, so get some relief by more spending time alone without having to interact with others. You need space in order to think things through.
Even though you always do your best to avoid it, conflict with others can really ratchet up your emotions. While conflict is normal in human relationships, you may both need to agree to disagree, and then drop the subject and focus on what really matters to the two of you. If the issue is too important to drop, and you can’t agree to disagree, then maybe you two are really not compatible and it’s time to face it. Ouch!
When you are feeling great, you are brave and not cautious about moving forward. You are naturally dependable and so is Earth, so between these two positive energies you are on a roll! Figure out how much money you will need to get through the holidays then figure out how you’re going to do it. Use this month’s blast of Earth energy to get you started, then mobilize your powerful Water energy to get it done.
If you don’t feel great when you are progress on projects, it may be possible that there is something deeper going on inside your soul. Many animals become less active in the winter and it is only makes sense that it is natural for us humans to feel like slowing as well. Do what you can do to lighten the load now in order to make certain you will have the energy you need for tackling projects in the months ahead.
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