Resources - Truth and Strategy
is the theme for the month of August. The combination of the Earth
Mountain, double Metal and Water provides rich resources found within
the earth cradled by the movement of water. Together, these elements
provide the foundation for plenty of resources this month. It is
important however to approach these resources with integrity and a
strategy that is productive and effective.
In today's newsletter, I'll review the qualities of the energy combinations and the best way to navigate through them.
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Resources - Truth - Strategy:
This month the 8 earth (Gen) or mountain takes front and center of the
Lo Shu. Earth greets metal, earth and water in the Monkey branch.
The Monkey archetype is like the seasoned traveler of the Labyrinth. It
is the wizard of the impossible. The monkey is the sign of the inventor,
the improvisor and the motivator. This is a month where you can easily
problem solve situations, be clever and innovative. Being factual and
truthful is the best approach in utilizing the rich resources (Gen -
Mountain) has to offer, especially when dealing directly with the monkey
The monkey is a born strategist. Therefore, do not make a move this
month without a plan, probably several plans in place. Do not turn your
back on an opportunity, as the energy combinations this month support
positive outcomes as long as you take the time to properly prepare. This
shouldn't be a problem however, as the quality of metal naturally moves
towards precision in thought, word and action. Furthermore, the vatta
quality that is rising aligns to the element of metal, and provides all
the necessary movement to digest information and make things happen.
The 8 earth mountain trigram (Gen), is yang but supported by two yin
lines making this an introspective yet steady energy. It is associated
with both the pingala and ida channels. Therefore, it is best utilized
by building a strong and grounded foundation so you can rely on your
intuition and wisdom. This can be attained through a meditation
practice. You must however, take that wisdom and get out and use it. Be
in front of people so you can move your plan into action. As long as
you rely on the inner mountain or higher self, the resources will freely
flow like water that flows upon the earth. This really becomes a
balancing act between yin and yang. You must take enough action (Yang)
to realize the rich resources that are available but this can only come
through quietude and introspection (Yin). With just the right amount of
each aspect, lightness in consciousness (Sattva), will arise and these
resources or opportunities will unfold with grace.
Putting the Three Together:
Earth is grounding, supportive, stable, safe and reassuring. You need
these qualities to feel confident and fully connected to your thoughts,
ideas and others. These qualities are doubled this month through the Gen
(8 trigram) and the Monkey hidden stem. Earth builds metal, as ore is
found within the earth. The metal is strong this month (August), by way
of the Monkey and the heavenly stem. Metal is the child of earth;
therefore, it will test your balance through proper planning, strategy,
thought process and integrity when taking action. The element of water
lies beneath the Monkey branch, or is hidden. In nature, water also lies
beneath to fill the water tables for plants to set root. This means
there is a natural ebb and flow with your thoughts and actions.
Communication and flexibility is a must for plans to shake out properly.
With the dog days of August before us, a little water beneath these
combinations is beneficial, as it will cool down the heat and keep us
agile in the process.
The 8 earth star represents the northeast portent of your environment. Here are a few pointers for this direction:
a strong earth or fire feature such crystals, stones, candles or oil
diffuser. This will naturally assist and build the earth quality of this
portent which represents higher wisdom and knowledge.
Incorporate square or rectangular shapes to further activate the support of earth.
image of a majestic mountain bodes well to remind you of the stillness
that lies within. You can also place an image of a saint or angel as a
guide with your intuition.
Foods: 8 Gen Earth prefers
fire foods such as chicory, endive, asparagus, sweet potatoes or earthy
foods such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, avocado and
Other Areas of Concern:
eight-earth is the highlight trigram for the month, the remaining
trigrams move to different positions. On a very basic level, we are able
to see how other aspects of our life take on this moving energy. Here
are some things to consider:
it comes to family this month travel is a must. Where is your ideal
destination vacation? Figure it out and seek the journey. It will be
Be mindful of credit card or bank issues this month. You can be easily hacked if you don't take precautions.
Leisure reading and some research is beneficial to build on goals and direction you are thinking about taking.
Windfalls are the result of following through on your goals. See your vision and go for it!
Partnerships can be chaotic this month - two steps forward and three back.
Find ways to be more creative on the job. This will change the dynamic of joy with your work.
Reach out to share your vision with others who share your interest. This can turn into a fabulous opportunity.
Any literature that deals with self-exploration is an excellent choice for this month.
Helpful poses for the Earth trigram this month are as follows:
Sukasana - Easy Pose
Malasana - Prayer Squat
Uttansana - Forward Fold
These will all help to arouse the root or earth base. Remember, the mountain has a strong base that rises upwards to the peak!
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