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 start 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 are able to move forward into a new, brighter future. Selichot is a day in mid-September when observant Jews reflect upon their actions in the past to avoid making the same mistakes in their new year which begins on the 18th. No matter what our faith, all of us can use the inspiration of thinking back, then assuming new healthier habits or ways of thinking so that we can move forward in a new happier tomorrow.
Fall is also a good time to weed out our closets and donate outgrown, unloved or unworn summer clothing, and to shed belongings that are no longer useful so that when winter finally arrives, we can use it as a time to rest and regroup, attend to our lifestyle choices, focus on our health, and engage in natural healing practices like meditation, tai chi, and chi gong.
As summer draws to a close, you can’t wait to know what the I Ching predicts for your Element in this, the soft Metal phase of Yǒu … so keep on reading!
Your element is Fire which regulates the heart. If you are feeling anxious, develop heart palpitations or high blood pressure, it would be helpful for you to cut way back on stimulants including caffeine, nicotine, or recreational drugs. Stimulants speed up messages between the brain and the body, and although you feel awake, alert, and energetic, Fire people by their very nature are emotional and stimulated, and too much of a good thing is, well … too much!
The Water Element is your opposite; you live through your heart and allow your feelings to guide your decisions, but you are balanced by Water, wisdom that flows from fine-tuned intuition. Interesting, isn’t it, that water not only puts out fire, but that Water also balances Fire? When you think about it, it is this balance that will help you when your emotions are running rampant and you are feeling either low or high. Sometimes we need to seek stillness and the gift of time.
Fire is the most yang, the most active and masculine of all the elements while your opposite, Water, is the most yin, the most feminine. Your personality is direct, and upfront while Water personalities are hidden, and need to feel safe to reveal themselves. Both Fire and Water are deeply passionate and in that regard, your energies are similar, although there may be times when you need to apply a bit of Water’s reserve in order to protect yourself from being hurt.
Many Fire people are fact-oriented and like spending time with people who think the same way, which means that sometimes you may lack important information you need. Like Wood, you like to come to quick conclusions so that some of the decisions you may make could be problematic. Your tendency is to keep moving and not think much about the past, but if you allow Water’s wisdom to temper your actions, you may be able to sidestep some of the pitfalls of being rash.
Fire people can destroy and then rebuild quickly from scratch. Your energy can be incredibly useful—you can solve problems with speed and clear the way for new beginnings. You are brave and can be a bit reckless as you move ahead in hot pursuit of a goal. Your best career choices involve flexibility, creativity, and communication and you can fill nearly any role, from leader to problem solver--you are great at evolving processes and services to improve customer satisfaction.
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