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.
September is the eighth lunar month in a soft yin Metal phase called Yǒu. It is characterized by transformation; letting go, cutting back, and simplifying in preparation for dormancy and subsequent rebirth and renewal of the spring. As temperatures gradually fall, harvest begins and deciduous trees begin dropping their leaves—we too can utilize this phase as an opportunity for letting go, cutting back, and simplifying.
When we are willing to let go of the past, we can move forward into a new, brighter future. For the ten days following the beginning of their New Year on September 6, observant Jews reflect upon the past, ending in a day spent in prayer for their mistakes, and begin the New Year afresh. No matter what our faith, all of us can use this example to inspire us to reflect and look back, then assume new healthier habits or ways of thinking so that we can all move forward in a new happier tomorrow.
Fall is the perfect time for us to weed out our closets and to donate outgrown, unloved, or unworn summer clothing. When we shed belongings that are no longer useful, we can use the quiet of wintertime to rest, relax, and regroup; attend to making better lifestyle choices; focus on our health; and recommit ourselves to setting aside time for natural healing practices like meditation, tai chi, or chi gong.
As summer draws to a close, we imagine that you can barely wait to hear what the I Ching has in store for your personal element in this soft Metal phase of Yǒu… so keep on reading!
Maintaining cardiovascular fitness is very important for the health of Fire people, and surely you are aware that smoking is the number one cause of heart disease. Extra fat around your middle is also not good for your cardiovascular system, so eat smaller portions and walk more. The good news is that laughter and plenty of sexual activity are associated with improving cardiovascular health, so those are preventive measures that could turn out to be a whole lot of fun!
Pets provide much more than companionship and unconditional love—interacting with a dog, cat, bird, or fish increases our level of oxytocin that in turn makes us feel happy and trusting. Happy feelings and open-heartedness are a good thing for anyone, but especially for Fire people like you. Dogs, cats, birds, fish, chickens, horses… whatever animal you like counts, so head out to an animal shelter or sanctuary, find yourself an animal, and show it some love.
Opening our hearts means more than allowing others to love us; it also means giving it back. Fire people can be a bit shy in the “I love you” department, so you can begin with texting and then slowly work your way up to holding your loved one’s hands, looking into their eyes, and telling them how much they mean to you. Blurt it out if you must—the first time you say “I love you” will be the hardest but with practice, you will find it amazingly easy to say again… and again.
Most Fire people feel great when they acquire elegant clothing and beautiful things; being surrounded by luxury fuels your fire and fans your flame. The difficulty comes when the credit card statement arrives and the beautiful things have to be paid for. It may seem early but it actually isn’t, to begin planning for the upcoming holiday season, because when you can control overspending on yourself and others, you’ll be all set to enjoy 2022 free of debt and financial worry.
It is easy to contribute valuable ideas and insight when you feel healthy, well-rested, and stable. Conversely, it is hard to rise to the top if you’re too stress or exhausted to support your wellbeing as you move up the ladder of success. Fire people are renowned for their enthusiasm and their energy, so if you’re feeling worn out or blah, you’re probably staying up too late, and burning your candle at both ends. Take care of your body in order to advance your career.
Discover More from Infinichi to Support Your Element