Welcome to your September 2023 Chinese Horoscope!
Ancient civilizations like China observed repeatable patterns in nature such as weather and corresponded those cycles of changes with the planetary configuration that were also recognized to change repetitively in the sky, and therefore devised a method of tracking, over millenniums, what these changes brought, and then used that data to predict future patterns of occurrences. This was essential for agrarian societies to evolve as it provided advice for the best time during each season to begin planting and end harvest for maximum crop yield.
Other applications arose to use this system to predict the onset of disease epidemics on a societal level, the outcome of business deals, economic cycles, consequences of war and peace with an adversary, and so on. On the individual level, astrology was used to determine one’s personality and unique traits as well as vulnerabilities, personal life cycle of success, fengshui or favorable placement of living and workspace, and not the least, marriage suitability with a prospective candidate. In fact, within the Chinese culture, astrological matchmaking is still popularly practiced.
Life is unpredictable, so a forecasting system like Chinese astrology that studies patterns is useful to help guide you in making an informed decision that may impact the five areas of life, which we call Five Healths as it includes the health of your body, mind/spirit, relationships, career, and finance. This system utilizes the Five Elements, so if you don’t know your personality element, take the quiz and then read on for your personal horoscope for this month.
The knowledge of your Personality Element is the first step to understanding who you are. The next step is to know how your Element will fare in a changing world we call life that is not static and is constantly evolving. However, life is not entirely unpredictable as astrology gives us the knowledge of patterns of change—rooted in the ancient oracle of Taoism called I Ching, or the Book of Changes, where patterns of cosmic changes have been observed, recorded, and a method of forecast can be learned. If you are interested in this ancient wisdom for your life in our modern world, I invite you to explore the highly regarded translation of this ancient classic by my father here and check out online classes here.
Taken together, this month is good for starting up projects, endeavors, and missions related to the Metal element—industries like high-tech chips and battery manufacturing, financials, engineering, and organizing and restructuring. This can be applied personally to reorganizing your life in all aspects to better focus on actualizing your purpose and goals.
Your Fire element is not adversely affected by the Metal of September, so you are free to pursue your passion and dreams this month. There is, however, Water element from the yearly energetic influence that may dampen your enthusiasm.
Elementally, September 2023 is a favorable month for the following people: Water, Metal, and to a lesser extent, Fire. While it is neutral for Earth but may be a challenging month for Wood people. If you don’t yet know your element, take a short quiz to find out. Read on for your personalized horoscope here.
Your health vulnerability is your heart and circulation, so avoid being static—sitting too long and eating too much salt as water retention is your nemesis which can contribute to increased pressure and stress on your cardiovascular system.
Tip: Incorporate more garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and rosemary into your diet, as these foods help circulation and benefit your heart. Correspondingly, herbs that are beneficial for heart health include hawthorn berry, salvia (dan shen) root, and red rice yeast which have all been studied for their properties to promote healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, and circulation. Find these and other beneficial herbs in the Fire Core herbal formula. Try lowering your salt intake by substituting it with Red Yeast Salt—a blend of umami-flavored red yeast with Himalayan salt.
You may find your enthusiasm waning, not realizing that the yearly influence of the Water element is exerting a dampening effect on your psyche.
Tip: The knowledge of the Five Elements gives you insights into the dynamic interaction between environmental energetic influences and your mind. While Water inhibits Fire, it is contained by Earth. So focus on cultivating Earth through practicing Earth chi gong and Earth meditation—both of which will prevent Water from putting out your Fire.
You may find it more challenging to express your passion or experience deep compassion for others even though you want to.
Tip: This month, focus on and avail yourself to nurture and support others which is an expression of the Earth element that can keep the tides from overflowing and affecting your Fire element. Slowly, this will help stoke your inner passion and compassion.
You may regret overextending yourself financially because of your innate passion and impulse for all things beautiful.
Tip: When it comes to money matters, some restraint in the form of discipline is important to prevent extreme outcomes. Cultivate attributes of Wood element in the form of financial goal setting and then stick to it.
Your feelings may get hurt for not being recognized or acknowledged for your enthusiastic contribution.
Tip: Since there’s no conflict in this month’s elemental dynamics, you can articulate and promote your vision at work without fear of opposition as long as you remain confident within yourself and you do not depend on external accolades for acknowledgment.
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