In the Chinese horoscope, July is the sixth lunar month in a phase called wèi 未. We have left June’s strong Fire influence behind and are entering a period of sweet, soft, yin Earth energy. The season is calm and stable; it is a mellow phase, and our opportunities are maturing just like crops that are quietly ripening in the summer sun.
In Chinese medicine, Earth Element energy is firm, but it is not rigid. It is reliable, dependable, and unmoving, but it is not stagnant. Earth—the soil that feeds us and the ground that locates us in time and space—imparts stability; it cradles and nurtures life, which depends upon it.
July 7th marks Xiao Shu, or lesser heat, when summer traditionally begins in China. A few weeks later, Xiao Shu slides into Da Shu, which means greater heat. Da Shu is the time when the sun shines the longest, the average temperature is highest, rainfall is the greatest, and thunderstorms are most frequent, particularly in northern China.
This Fourth of July will be the 303rd anniversary of the publication of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Even though the declaration was not signed until August, we continue to celebrate Independence Day in July with parades and picnics, sparklers and fireworks.
Along with the fun of eating your share of barbecued delights, you probably want to know what sort of luck and happiness is headed your way. We hope you will enjoy these hints about what your Element can expect to encounter in July.
Your energy is magnified in a double-Earth month like July; because Earth is stable and non-moving, it is likely that you are going to be tempted to hang out on your couch. You need to get up, get out, and move. Stagnation isn’t good for anyone, but it is especially not good for you since your Element is involved with digestion, and you need to keep things moving along nicely.
Figure out how to take care of yourself in a healthy way. Earth types like to stall and make no move at all, but this month, make a move and book yourself into a spa, get an acupuncture treatment, or treat yourself to a massage. Focus on self-care, and see how it makes you feel. It is important to take care of the most essential person in your life, and that person is you.
You have a lovely, caring personality which makes you well-liked and serves you in good stead. Just make certain to let others know when you need them to reciprocate and take care of you. If you are a strong Earth person, you probably are not aware of what you might need, but observe the needs of people who come to you, and use their example to try and figure it out for yourself.
It is quite possible there will be some financial opportunities or challenges you will need to address this month. It is natural for Earth people to stew over problems and never come to any firm decisions. Fight your natural inclinations by establishing priorities, defining objectives, setting deadlines, and making definitive decisions. Maintain that mindset and keep moving forward.
If you haven’t given your career any recent thought, now is the time to do it. Your Element has a tendency to procrastinate, and that’s fine as long as your career is fulfilling, you are happy, and your energy is soaring. If you’re not happy at work, this is the time to do something about it. Dust off your résumé, take advantage of your many friendships, and network, network, network!