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.
This month’s Earth energy supports you, but even so you need to be mindful of your vulnerabilities, including your skin, lungs, and immunity. It’s sunny outside and your skin needs protection from burning. 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 you are willing to wear is the best one 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 daylight in. Treat yourself to good lighting for evenings at home. Sunny days, sparkles, and bright lights elevate your mood and are good for you, so shine it on!
No matter how much many good habits you cultivate, or how much structure you create, there are always going to be some things that are out of your control. If a relationship becomes a little rocky, it’s time to 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.
July’s soft Earth energy can help bring your finances into focus, and then to fruition. You are able to juggle lots of possibilities, so dream up some opportunities that you may not have thought about before. Investing in socially-conscious or ecology-minded companies that have a clear vision for a better future, could be just the ticket for a naturally idealistic person like you.
Your strengths are structure and process; and you are most happiest when you have complete control. Peel back a few layers to uncover the transformational aspect of your Element, then use this month’s guiding Earth influence to help you figure out ways to relax your grip. Sometimes it’s nice to let go, and see where the process leads you, rather than the other way around.
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