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 begin 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 can move forward into a new, brighter future. For the ten days following the beginning of their New Year on September 6, observant Jews reflect upon the past, ending in a day spent in prayer for their mistakes, and begin the New Year afresh. No matter what our faith, all of us can use this example to inspire us to reflect and look back, then assume new healthier habits or ways of thinking so that we can all move forward in a new happier tomorrow.
Fall is the perfect time for us to weed out our closets and to donate outgrown, unloved, or unworn summer clothing. When we shed belongings that are no longer useful, we can use the quiet of wintertime to rest, relax, and regroup; attend to making better lifestyle choices; focus on our health; and recommit ourselves to setting aside time for natural healing practices like meditation, tai chi, or chi gong.
As summer draws to a close, we imagine that you can barely wait to hear what the I Ching has in store for your personal element in this soft Metal phase of Yǒu… so keep on reading!
It’s still hot outside, and autumn’s cool-down probably won’t appear for a little while, so it is still necessary for you to remember to drink lots of refreshing liquids. If you are feeling tired or sleepy, your skin or mouth feel dry, or you are getting headaches, feel dizzy, or lightheaded… you very well may be dehydrated. Keep a refillable water bottle at your side, and take a few sips every time you think of it. If all else fails, set a timer to remind you to drink up!
Balanced Water emotions are fluid, just like water. When you are well-nourished and well-rested, you are resilient and can handle problems easily. This month’s Metal energy can be stressful for Water people, so if you wake up feeling as tired as you did when you went to bed, you will lose your resilience and ability to deal with difficult situations. Step back a bit and take a breather. Relax. Dream a little. Nourish your inner life in order to fight back with your own powerful energy.
When you are feeling rested and nourished, you are able to resist your natural tendency toward introversion. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being reserved or shy, in fact, most of your friends and family probably love you for it… but if you find yourself wanting to withdraw when a relationship becomes challenging, you will know that it is time to get back to the basics and pay attention to getting proper rest and eating delicious, nutritious, healthful foods.
You already know from experience that worrying about finances won’t get your anywhere. Your best bet is to educate yourself or bring in an advisor who can help you manage your finances. The more you know, the better you will be able to unleash your creativity and engage your natural smarts to make wise decisions for the future. Knowledge is power, and the more you know the safer you will feel. It’s time to get off the proverbial dime… the time to start learning is now!
Your energetically powerful months are quickly approaching, so it’s time to seek out mentors to help you develop any potential opportunities that come your way. Water energy begins in November, and peaks in December, so start looking for opportunities now, and use this month’s push from Metal to help you begin making potential changes to your life’s work. 2022 could be a very exciting year for you, so be on the lookout for subtle signs that change is about to happen.
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