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 Fire Element rules the heart, which is also known as the Emperor. Your heart is responsible for pumping oxygen to your muscles and organs, and you are responsible for its care. Whatever is good for your heart is good for you. Get moving; your heart is a muscle and, as with any muscle, exercise is what strengthens it. Don’t smoke, lose weight, eat well … and don’t forget the chocolate!
Fire is the most spontaneous and exciting of all the elements. Your magnetism is what makes people want to get involved in your exhilarating and dramatic world. Fire is hot, and that is why your feelings are so extreme. One moment you are filled with joy and the next you are in deep despair, so don’t be surprised, just be aware … then work toward integrating your highs and lows.
Your heart holds your spirit, which in Chinese is called the Shen. It is the Shen that gives you a sense of humanity and allows you to experience warmth, empathy, and compassion toward others. it is your Shen that also allows you to appreciate your own worth, which in turn makes it easy for you to connect with others. It’s a circle—you are drawn to people and they are drawn to you.
Fire people are intellectually gifted with an incredible memory and willingness to work tirelessly toward a goal. On the flip side, it is also true that Fire people can be impatient and restless and want to simply get on with it. If you are going to be a financial success, you are going to need to have to balance your impatience with reason and think through decisions before you charge ahead.
These are challenging times for a Fire person like you, especially if you view your worth through the lens of your work. Your Shen would benefit from some recharging—do something you love, if only for a few minutes every day. Combat despair with gratitude. Still your mind. Open your mind to new possibilities and ideas that will make your purpose in life match the work that you do.
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