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!
You are a purposeful, expansive pioneer. Woodies like you enjoy a challenge, so challenge this month’s static, non-moving Earth energy by pushing outward and forward in these cooling days of fall. Be a little off kilter, do something exciting, make something happen, and get moving! Go apple picking, plant spring bulbs, or jump in a pile of leaves that you raked yourself. Action is the name of your game, so get physical!
Give yourself a break from your usual routine and go outdoors for one-to-one commune with nature. Plan activities that force you to unplug whether that means taking a walk around the neighborhood, going on a hike, playing flag football, or stacking firewood. Research shows that outdoor activities are inherently soothing to Woodies like you, because they tire you out and allow you to relax.
You like being in charge of everyone and everything, but all that responsibility is can wear you down. Being in charge also has the potential to alienate the people who adore you the most, so maybe it’s time to loosen your grip and release control. Relax, go outside, allow yourself time to be all by yourself, with no one to boss around except for Mother Nature … and you already know who’s going to win on that score!
It’s already October and believe it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner. Start thinking about your finances now so you don’t have to face big credit card bills in the beginning of the year. If you plan well and manage not to overspend during the remainder of the year, you will be ready pounce on opportunities and reap the reward when your own robust Wood energy bursts forth again in February.
Observation can be very informative so the next time you are with a group of colleagues, pull back for a moment and listen to their conversation. Do they cut one another off, or allow everyone to complete their thoughts? Listening involves not only your ears; it also involves what you see with your eyes. If you notice some of them sneaking peeks at their phones, you will know that they are not quite present.
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