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!
The Water Element governs kidney function and the adrenals, and with proper nutrition, rest, and exercise Water people can manage the effect that stress has in depleting the function of these essential glands. The dichotomy is that while a Water person knows how to relax and do a deep dive into TV or a device, it is still very important for Water people to engage in vigorous exercise to keep their energy moving. Emulate a free-running river rather than a stagnant pond. Got it?
Water is the most feminine of the Five Elements, and therefore it is very yin. In Taoist cosmology, femininity is not considered to be weak--on the contrary, water is the most powerful Element of them all. Water can move around any obstacle in its path without losing its essential nature, and given enough time, water can dissolve mountains. You, dear Water person, will achieve whatever you want because your energy naturally runs free, and strong, and clear. Lucky you!
Water people value family and friends. Water is a receptive element, and it possesses the ability to attract rather than pursue friendships or a partner. You are diplomatic, so you don’t use force—you just figure out some another way to get what you want. Because you prefer running free, you may not particularly like feeling tied down in a relationship, but a strong partner will know how to set boundaries and help you find a direction that works for both of you.
You are adaptable and very capable of outside-the-box thinking, but your changeable ideas and unpredictability may make it hard for you to establish a financial pathway. As long as you are aware that it is the nature of a Water person to want to run free and explore, and you avoid making a move until you have considered the ramifications of the decisions you make, you will be fine. There are some Water people who run into financial problems—but that’s them, and not you.
No one should expect a Water person to be devoted to one career, because you are very aware that there are many paths to choose from. This point of view enables you to see things from many different angles, but it can make it hard for you to focus, finish up, and bring your ideas to fruition. Either you will learn how to develop and achieve goals, or you will be a jack of all trades and master of none … and that’s not a bad thing, it just is what having strong Water energy is all about.
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