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 Earth Element to dominate you this month, so gather your forceful Water energy, and push back! Earth likes you to sit still, and ripen, but you know better … that in order to maintain physical health as a Water person, you need to keep moving—to flow. Take long walks early in the morning, before it gets too hot. Slap on some sunscreen and carry water … and just keep on moving!
Just as your body needs to flow, so does your mind. Water, at the level of the mind, refers to its fluidity, and a smooth flow of ideas, thoughts, attitudes, and conceptions. You have an internal reservoir of mental strength and endurance and you have an unusual capacity to enter a meditative state—to be empty and able to witness internal movement from a position of quiet non-attachment.
Your energy is represented by a mountain; you are steady and reliable, and people can always count on you. People like telling their secrets to you, the mountain but you really don’t like sharing secrets of your own. When you’re secretive, you seem sort of mystical to others, but once you get to know people, you usually open up and become chatty and fun—so here’s to fun!
It’s not unusual for Water people to flip-flop and keep changing their minds. You tend to make financial decisions based on your mood, and you don’t like taking advice from anyone else. Once you have a plan you charge ahead, whether it was a good idea or not. You might make fewer mistakes if you were a willingness to test your ideas with someone you trust, and then make your move.
At work you expect other people to bring work to you, but not the other way around. This attitude can cause friction but once you are given a task, you always produce results. You don’t waste time when there is a lot of work to do; you just go to your corner and quietly get on with it. It can be difficult to get you to talk in meetings but try taking more initiative and see what happens.
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