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.
Heat and humidity can affect your “triple heater,” and upset your fluid and electrolyte balance. Avoid temperature extremes, drink plenty of liquid, and replenish electrolytes with broth or a sports drink. Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and avoid extreme exercise. Wear light clothing. As an intense, peppery Fire Element person, you are already hot enough!
Work on achieving a balance between getting too involved in drama vs being too distant and disconnected with others. Extremes are not healthy for anyone, but they’re especially not good for an emotional person like you. July’s energy is balanced; it can help you maintain your center while allowing your heart to remain open to others. Finding the sweet spot will keep you safe.
You are happy, joyous, openhearted and generous and that is why you need to shield yourself from toxic people. Build relationships that you know are healthy because they will offer you acknowledgement so you can feel good about yourself. It is true that Fire people can be thin-skinned and vulnerable, but that’s okay too as long as you are aware of it and don’t overreact.
You are a motivator so shine your light and connect with others. Be a mentor to someone, a speaker for an event, or a bridge between people. Apply what you have learned about financial health and apply your passion, knowledge, and expertise to help others achieve financial stability. You are a kind, big-hearted, and inspirational, so honor your energy by sharing it with others.
How long has it been since you took a few days off? It is summertime, the weather is nice, so now might be a good time to work on recharging your spirit. If you can’t take time off work, how else could you renew your passion for you career? Look for something quiet and inspirational that soothes your soul and occupies your mind—something far removed from work—then do it!
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