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...
Your flavor is sour and just like your symbol, a tree, you are sensitive to heat and fluid loss. Pucker up and keep yourself hydrated during summer’s last hurrah with refreshing lemonade, limeade, citrus-infused water, hibiscus or rosehip tea, kabocha―even beer because all of these sour flavors are right up your alley! Here’s one more: muddle basil leaves in the bottom of a glass, then add lemonade and sparkling water … now drink up!
Many cultures value clear vision, wise judgment, and good decisions. When your mind is clear, there is no need to make choices, because you will clearly see the path ahead. When you do not allow yourself to become distracted by internal and external chatter, you will be oriented toward positivity, love, happiness, peace, wisdom, hope, and strength; and you will find that you are becoming eager to help others find their way.
There are steps you can take to expand and enhance Wood energy in the bedroom for you and your partner: utilize a few strong shapes that mimic the columnar shapes of trees like a four-poster bed or a fiddle-leaf fig in a pot. Green is your color, but beige could also work. You are attracted to natural materials like wood, cotton, linen, and sisal, but a heavy, all-wood bedroom suite would weigh both of you down, so keep it light!
Cultivate flexibility and patience when you are dealing with finances. Harken back to the concept of purity and clear vision in order to make wise decisions. Attend to all the spheres of your being so you can avoid mistakes of perception that could lead you to make rash or unwise choices. You are creative and mentally agile and have the ability to draw realistic conclusions and set out a clear path for the accumulation of wealth, so go for it!
Ancient wisdom tells us that each of us has a higher purpose that will lead us to enlightenment and clarity. When we are living in accordance to our higher purpose, we know that the choices we make will support us and help us make healthy decisions about what we eat, how we spend our time, what we do for a living, who we choose as friends and a partner, As yourself, is your career choice in alignment with your higher purpose?
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