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...
Use this month’s energy to help you take better care of yourself. Have you’ve been putting off your annual physical? Do you need to make an appointment with your dentist? If you run true to form, you have a difficulty maintaining a healthy work/life balance, so quit procrastinating and get all those self-care appointments made… then schedule some time for fun as your reward. After all, to be healthy you’ve got to be happy!
Fall is the perfect time for reviewing our inner voice, and as a Metal person, your self-talk can be very harsh. Metal people like to look good, but their self-talk is inclined to exaggerate their flaws. If you were bullied as a kid or reared by critical parents, the way you see yourself is probably way off base. You are imperfect, but so is everybody else. You are an adult now, and it’s time to figure out how to love yourself just the way you are.
Metal colors are pale and they give your bedroom a light, airy look. Metal people are usually very neat and tidy, but if your bedroom looks a bit too stark you could always add some interesting textures to soften its appearance. How about some fringe, pompoms, or pleats? Shag pillows have lots of texture that add a modern vibe, and a fake fur throw for cuddling with your true love might be just what the doctor ordered!
Protecting your immune system is a special challenge for Metal people. Stress plays havoc with our immunity, and financial woes are usually the main source of stress in adults. As we said above, you love looking good, but that doesn’t mean you need to run up your credit cards with trips to the mall. You’ve already got a closet filled with nice things; so assemble what you’ve already got in interesting new ways, and enjoy your new look!
You can be very critical of yourself, but on the flip side, it is only natural you are also pretty darned critical of others. You probably don’t say what you are thinking since that isn’t nice, but you are likely to have strong opinions about your colleagues in matters like appearance, performance, and goodness knows what else. Once you become more positive about yourself, you will become less opinionated about others… and that’s good!
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