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!
October’s Earth energy opposes your natural Elemental energy, so you may find that your go-go drive has a little less oomph than usual. Earth energy is motionless, and you are all about movement and drive. Earth loves sweets, but they’re not good for your Element. Wood’s flavor is sour, so if you must … look for something reasonably healthy with an edge of sour; maybe some sour raisin or sour fruit snacks.
The Wood Element is called “The Pioneer,” which explains why you are expansive, and like pushing ahead rather than laying back and relaxing, a natural feature of Earth energy. We’re a little worried that you might get frustrated because of Earth’s non-moving influence this month, but you like challenges so be prepared for energetic push back, and then go ahead and … push right on back!
Your powerful energy comes from your heavenly Chinese creature—the azure dragon. Azure is the brilliant blue of the sky, and the dragon is the most powerful animal in the Chinese horoscope. You are best off with a partner who is as tough as you or one that is extremely easygoing and allows you to take the lead. Admit it … you are a softie inside who wants to be cherished and loved, so give and “ye shall receive."
The cultivation of financial health is an important part of becoming actualized as an adult, so take advantage of Earth energy’s stability and use it to plant and cultivate your goals and plans now and in the winter you can harvest it when your Elemental energy is at its peak. As you can imagine, planning and moving ahead cautiously is not your thing, but why not give it a try?
Bring a little joy and balance into your workspace with Wood’s color, which is green. Wear something green, put a green plant on your desk, or hang a beautiful green painting on a wall near where you work. Green is a beautiful color; shamrock, sage, olive, seafoam, mint, emerald, pine, lime, moss, and chartreuse … just to name a few. Yes, wood is tan or brown, but Wood is green!
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