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.
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 the crops are quietly ripening in the summer sun.
In Chinese medicine, Earth Element energy is firm, but 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. In TCM theory, Earth Element energy is transformational—it transforms energy from our food to nourish the body just as the earth nurtures living things.
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 most, 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 304th anniversary of the publication of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. 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 personal element can expect to encounter in July.
The Earth Element is represented by the stomach which receives food at the onset of nourishing our body. Digestion begins in the mouth, so chew your food carefully and avoid icy-cold food and drink. As an Earth person, the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. are optimal for taking in the nourishment you will need for the hours ahead, so always start with a good supply of fuel in the tank.
The Chinese not only viewed organs as physical entities, but they also viewed them as Officials whose job it is to take in and digest emotional “food.” If you are a worrier and a ruminator, as Earth people are inclined to be, consider it as a sign that your energy is depleted and needs to be replenished. We need to take care of others of course, but we must also allow ourselves to receive care in return.
Highly developed Earth people are concerned with doing things that have an impact on their community, and they seek partners with whom they can share activities. The only caveat is that Earth people can become uncomfortable when the people they love are engaged in activities that are outside their own interests. It’s okay for partners to have a few separate circles of friends … really!
Because Earth people are instinctual, they do not bother to calculate the bottom line, they prefer using their instinct to decide if something is good or not, regardless of the money involved. They would never sacrifice their integrity for gaining profit, and when they strategize for financial gain, their personal opinions are deeply involved; it’s a tricky road to navigate, but you’ll figure out a way.
We can only see what is on the surface of the earth, and everything underneath is hidden. Earth people do not feel the need to reveal what’s underneath either, so go ahead and conceal your talents until they will do you the most good. Good soil can produce great results and so do you. You like feeling useful and productive, and once you choose your passion … there’s no stopping you!