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!
The Earth Element craves sweets and leisure while Woodies are devoted to action, so don’t allow Earth energy to destabilize and tempt you to buy big bags of Halloween candy for the kids and then eat most of it yourself. Who knows how many trick-or-treaters we will have this year, so limit treats to the healthiest ones you can find then donate any leftovers to Treats for the Troops, or some other worthy cause.
You love a challenge, so challenge October’s neutral, centered, non-moving Earth energy and do something exciting. Make something happen, take action, and get moving. Use the cool brisk days of autumn as the inspiration for changing the paradigm. Go ahead and wear yourself out on long walks; it will settle your mind, uplift your spirits, and if nothing else … set you up for a good night of sleep.
Give in order to receive love. You may not appear as if you care but just like everyone else you want to be cherished, honored, and respected for your opinions and the way you feel. Remember too that to receive, you must be willing to love, honor, and respect the feelings and opinions of others in return. Stop talking, slow down, express interest, and listen. Pay attention and engage fully in the moment.
Deliberate before making decisions that could adversely affect your financial future. Earth’s centeredness and November’s soft Water energy can help stabilize you and help you think before you act. It is true that 2021 is a year of opportunity with the potential for gains in wealth and career, but trying to figure out exactly how to make that happen in 2021 has been a challenge. Look before you leap.
You love starting projects but sometimes lose your mojo before the job is completed. Feed off Earth’s stability to complete a nagging job that you have begun but never finished. Yes, you can be a world-class procrastinator, but you’ll feel accomplished and your friends and colleagues will be impressed when you get things done. Pick one thing that needs doing, and then see it through to completion.
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