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 is solid, stable, and non-moving while Water energy is the opposite—your energy flows and goes. Even though double Earth energy may fight you every inch of the way, it’s not natural for you to sit still and do nothing. Since water people like you are susceptible to lower back pain, so give tai chi, chi gong, or yoga a try to keep your core muscles balanced and strong.
You probably have a lot going on this month, so it’s going to be important for you to take the opportunity to relax. Water people are natural dreamer-philosophers who can venture on incredible journeys of the mind. Your creativity is inspired by your reflections and dreams, and your emotional health depends on it so allow yourself some free time to allow your mind to wander.
July’s non-moving Earth energy will attempt to dominate you this month, so it will be very important to get out there and socialize to avoid becoming isolated from others. Use your own powerful energy to help you cultivate opportunities for making new friends because when Earth’s oppositional energy is aimed straight at you, you need to fight back and do just the opposite.
If Earth’s stand-still influence brings out your tendency to overthink decisions, you may have difficulty bringing your financial plans to fruition. There are no perfect answers; it’s okay to think, but not too much. You may make mistakes, but there is no need to hold yourself to impossible standards. There is always a risk when dealing with money, and you’ve got to be okay with that.
You are a deep diver who loves nothing more than delving into subjects that interest you. You are naturally curious and enjoy expanding your viewpoint. Water energy is all about gestation, germination, creation, and inherited intelligence that helps you develop satisfying, fulfilling life’s work. After all, the more you learn, the more you have to offer… so keep up the good work!
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