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 a time of transformation; of letting go, cutting back, and simplifying in preparation for the winter and subsequent rebirth and renewal of the spring. As temperatures gradually fall, farmers harvest their crops, and deciduous trees drop their leaves, we too can use this phase as an opportunity for letting go, cutting back, and simplifying.
Now’s the perfect time to weed through our closets and donate outgrown, unloved, or unworn summer clothing and to shed belongings that are no longer useful. We can examine our behavior and discard unhealthy habits and attitudes so that when winter comes, we can rest and regroup, attend to our lifestyle choices, focus on our health, and take advantage of natural healing practices like meditation, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and chi gong.
September ushers in the full Harvest Moon and the autumnal equinox. 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. According to Chinese tradition, the sun is male, and the same was true in ancient Greece; where Apollo ruled the sun, and his sister Artemis was the goddess of the moon.
In the United States, the Apollo space mission was named after the Greek god. It ran from 1961 to 1972 and during that time 12 men walked on the moon. In the new upcoming program that that is slated to begin in 2024, there will be an interesting twist… NASA has chosen to name this program Artemis, in honor of the Greek goddess and this program, both male and female astronauts will be walking on the surface of the moon. Hooray!
With autumn upon us, we’ll bet you would love to know the I Ching’s predictions for your Element in the soft Metal phase of yǒu; Read on...
Get physical. Get into your body and out of your head. Make love, exercise, dance, run, play, and get your circulation moving. Your flavor is bitter. Coffee is a bitter drink, but it can aggravate the smooth flow of energy; so if you are thirsty stick to mate or herbal teas with dried orange or lemon peel. Other options include grapefruit juice or tonic water, and then there’s always a glass red wine along with a square of bittersweet chocolate!
Sometimes the enormous amount of mental and emotional input we absorb makes it difficult to separate what is useful, from that which is not. Work at having fun on a regular basis, and make it a priority. Schedule your fun if that’s what it takes in the beginning. Don’t compromise; consider fun as important to your well-being as anything else you do; it will allow you to give freely to others, as well as receive their warmth in return.
Add some hot, sexy reds to spice up your bedroom and maximize your bold, expressive, energy. Red walls might be a bit too much, but you could consider warm neutrals with just a hint of pink. Add drama with pops of red accents, then dip into your heart to find out what you have to give. Avoid peach—it’s good for hotel rooms and quick weekend flings, but not-so-good for promoting permanent relationships. Above all, have fun!
Your passion is a valuable asset, and your special ability to connect with others can become your base for accumulating wealth. However we choose to define wealth, we are all given the opportunity to accumulate it in whatever ways are available to us. Whatever form our wealth might take, it is our job to treasure, cultivate, and preserve our gifts so they can help sustain us, and in turn, we can use our gifts to help sustain others.
The ancient ones held that Fire Element holds the power of maturity and that only in the fullness of maturity do we have the inner resources and self-sufficiency to share with others. If you see that a colleague is in distress, you know they are suffering, so respond with love. By giving and sharing your own Fire, your own strong feelings, you are bringing compassion and sunlight into the lives of others. And isn’t that what life is all about?
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