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.
September’s dual Metal month corresponds to your native personality element. Strong alignment of elements is both a strength—as the traits of the element are multiplied, but also a vulnerability, as it risks dominating and upsetting the balance with the other elements.
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.
The Metal element is associated with the respiratory and immune systems and the skin. Strong Metal means good immune function but excess Metal energy may be expressed as autoimmune and inflammation leading to symptoms of hives, allergies asthma, colitis, and muscle and joint pain.
Tip: Balance your excess Metal energy by enhancing the traits associated with the Fire element, a neutralizing element, by eating more circulation-promoting foods such as fish, seaweed, nuts, and seeds that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as oregano, rosemary and sage. Activate the Water element to redistribute overflowing Metal energy by taking herbs such as Chinese yam, Schisandra berry, and Rehmannia root, which, besides all, possess properties that reduce inflammation and are found in the Water Element Core formula.
Metal is associated with order and structure but preoccupation with perfection can stifle creativity and lead to a rigid mindset.
Tip: Transform and channel the abundant Metal energy in order to express traits of the Water element— of which Metal is the generative element. Water is reflective, contemplative, and insightful. The use of the I Ching or the Book of Changes will help reduce perfectionistic tendencies, and increase intuition and the realization that change is a normal process and you can stop controlling it. Check out my father’s highly regarded translation of this timeless oracle here
Your insistence on rules of engagement risks the loss of spontaneity and may lead to unnecessary conflicts.
Tip: Practice surrendering control in appropriate circumstances and let go of expectations so that others feel like they can be themselves and not always need to be what is expected of them.
Getting bogged down in details and data may lead to decision paralysis and missed opportunities.
Tip: Develop your intuition and trust your own instincts. First, practice making decisions with minor decisions and develop the confidence in yourself to make more critical decisions in a timely fashion without being overly analytical.
In this month, you cannot help but display your perfectionism and the “my way of the highway” tendency, which will surely ruffle feathers.
Tip: Instead of always focusing on process, this month, try to work on connecting on a heart level, bring joy and laughter into the workplace, and let others see a more relaxed and less serious, aloof side of you.
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