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...
Water people like to take their time. The word “hurry” is not in your vocabulary and that plays out in the way you speak, walk, act, react, and live. In order to be healthy, you need to practice self-care and protect yourself, as best you can, from pressure, anxiety, tension, and worry. Nobody likes feeling anxious, but your Element responds poorly to stress, which slows down your body’s immune response… and that’s not good either.
Live your life doing what seems best. It’s fine to listen to the advice of others, but in the end, you need to make decisions that feel right for you. You are responsible for your own happiness and every time you act in sync with your authentic self, you earn self-respect. Observe your thoughts; if a particular thought isn’t kind or doesn’t serve you well, redirect and focus on what you want to create, or what would make you happy.
Your Element is all about shimmer, mirrors, satin, and silk. You prefer minimal clutter and are delighted to be surrounded with reflective surfaces. If you think your bedroom might be a bit too silky or slick for your partner, add fluffy throws or area rugs to make your bedroom feel cozier. Decorate with deep colors or accents in order to anchor your energy, and use blinds, shutters, or curtains to control sunlight… and now it’s comfy for two!
There is no need to compare yourself to others because you are not supposed to be like anyone else. You are a unique expression of the divine, and your values are yours alone. Do not measure yourself by comparing yourself with other people and their possessions… think about what is important to you. Having a splashy lifestyle or accumulating lots of “stuff” isn’t particularly important to Water people, and thank goodness for that!
September’s energy prompts us to step back and consider alternatives. You are a person who can come up with unique, interesting ideas, but translating them into action can be difficult for you. Water people can become lost and overwhelmed by details, and you probably wish someone else would manage it … so why not? Pass your ideas along to someone who enjoys details, and then get right back to that which you do best!
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