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!
It’s time to make the cut—the big Metal cut in this, the last Metal phase of this year. It’s time to cut out unhealthy food, poor sleep habits, dangerous practices, and hanging out on the couch. Metal people rate appearance and physical fitness more highly than any other Element, so if the pandemic has allowed you to let your standards slide, it’s time to get back on track. You’ll look better and feel better, as you utilize your double Metal energy to help you do what you know needs to be done.
Metal’s ego is probably the strongest of all the elements, and that is why you work so hard to avoid losing face. When you do something stupid, you can’t help but feel exposed and anxious, and your self-esteem takes a nosedive. Metal people like having the best and being the best, but really dear Metal person, you are the best so from now on deal from a position of strength. Allow yourself to make mistakes—even ridiculous ones—and we’ll love you all the more for being human.
Relationships can be a bit tricky for Metal people in a double Metal month. Your tendency is to cut and harvest rather than sow and nurture, and that can make it hard for people to feel close, or get close, to you. Appearances matter to you, perhaps more than they should, so let down your standards just a bit, get a little scruffy and leave the dishes in the sink. Get outside and play with your kids or play silly truth-revealing games with your partner. Get close. Lighten up. Have fun!
You are good at thinking outside the box and can find unique shortcuts to problems that surprise everyone—sometimes even yourself! Utilize this unique ability to help you create opportunities in times of financial insecurity. Some people have done well during the Corona crisis, and it should come as no surprise that quite a few of them are Metal. You have more strength than you realize, so continue on your path toward success in the future because it will bring you great joy.
It is hard for you to work in a messy environment and it is hard for you to function when things aren’t organized. You get distracted when there is too much going on, so keep your workspace neat and tidy. If external sound is a distraction, try wireless noise-canceling headphones. Establish a plan, stick to a regular routine, and remember the golden rule—be respectful of other people as they try to improve focus, and they will be more likely to do the same for you. Shhh.
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