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.
Earth energy nourishes you in July, so you are probably going to feel pretty darned terrific. Be mindful however of your natural vulnerabilities that including your skin, lungs, and immune system. If your sunscreen is more than a year old, toss it and buy a new one. Sprays are more popular than lotions, but any sunscreen that you are willing to wear is the one that is best for you.
Light is very important to Metal people, it lifts your mood and boosts your immunity by awakening the natural killer cells that patrol your body’s borders. Spark your energy by opening your drapes in the morning to allow the sunshine in. Treat yourself to good lighting for evenings at home. Sun, sparkle, and bright lights elevate your mood and are good for you… so shine it on!
No matter how many good habits you cultivate, or how much structure you create, there are always going to be some things that are beyond your control. If a relationship becomes a little rocky in this Earth Element month, step back and think things through. Allowing yourself to get completely stressed out over a friend or partner isn’t good for you, and it isn’t good for them either.
Earth’s nourishing energy can help you bring your finances into focus. You are able to juggle a plethora of possibilities, so dream up some opportunities that you may not have considered in the past. Investing in socially conscious or ecologically-minded businesses that have a clear vision for a better future could be just the ticket for a naturally idealistic person like you.
Your strengths are creating structure and you are happiest when you are in complete control of every process. Peel back a few layers to uncover the transformational aspects of the Earth Element energy and use it to help you figure out areas where you might be able to loosen your grip, let go, and see where the process leads you… rather than the other way around. Hmm.
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