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 fields.
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 our bodies just as the earth nurtures all 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: the phase when there is the most sunshine, the average temperature is highest, rainfall is the greatest, and thunderstorms are the most frequent, particularly in northern China.
This Fourth of July will be the 245th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Along with the fun of eating your share of barbecued delights, you probably want to know what sorts of luck and happiness are headed your way. We hope you will enjoy these hints about what you can expect to encounter in July.
Brain and heart health are the names of the Fire Element’s game. Work out your brain the same way you work out your body; memorize names, shopping lists, or recipes. Learn the words to a poem or a song and repeat them from memory. Set aside your calculator and do math manually. Challenging your brain with new tasks can help develop new neural pathways.
Minimize frustration by getting organized and designate special areas for all your belongings. After you take something out of a drawer, put it back where it belongs. Choose a place to keep your keys and always return them to that spot. Organization nips frustration in the bud and frees up precious space in your brain for you to fill with more interesting, important, exciting things.
You are sensitive, so when you are overly tired or strung out you may misinterpret the intentions of others. Earth’s balanced, centering energy will help calm you out this month, but you can help yourself as well by getting to bed at a decent time so that when you wake up, your outlook is refreshed and you will be able to look at yesterday’s events in a whole new light.
Save money and create a snack recipe that is rich in essential fatty acids, carotenoids, and antioxidants that support a healthy brain. Here’s one of our favorites: 1 cup walnuts, ½ cup each of pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, and dried blueberries along with 1/3 cup of dried goji berries and ¼ cup sesame seeds. Multiply for larger quantities… no calculators allowed.
Your creativity makes you an ideal business owner or employee. You are curious and adaptable and can do more with less. Fire energy is your asset and your exuberance drives your success. Yours is an infectious state of being that attracts people to your way of thinking and acting. Your enthusiasm about your direction makes people notice and make room for your success.
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