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.
Wood’s primary organ is the liver, but your secondary organs are your muscles, tendons, and eyes which is why Wood weekend warriors are encouraged to stretch before exercise, to warm-up slowly, and to gently stretch afterward. Always wear high-quality sunglasses with UV protection and polarization, to protect your eyes in this—the sunniest month of the year. Now go take on the day!
The liver is in charge of filtering environmental toxins from the body, but did you realize that our thoughts can be toxic as well? The liver can’t filter out sad/bad/mad self-talk so learn to pay attention to what you say to yourself. July’s Earth energy is warm and nurturing, so grab some of that warmth for yourself, and use it to encourage your self-loving, forgiving, patient side to shine.
Earth’s stable energy conflicts with your go get ‘em personality; it has the potential to frustrate you and fuel your impatience with people who aren’t the same as you. The dilemma is that you like feeling loved, and so do other people, so pay attention to what is happening in your relationships with others, bite your tongue, take a deep breath, and then bask in the glow of their love.
The good thing about transformative Earth energy is that you can use its stability as a base for unleashing your creativity and forward-moving drive to solve financial challenges that you may be facing. When you think about it, Wood and Earth could be an unstoppable dynamic duo in times of financial insecurity, so figure out your moves, then stand back and watch what happens!
Take advantage of your ability to provide strong leadership on projects and tasks, both at home and at work. A strong leadership style can receive pushback from people who don’t share your vision, so communication is key. Think of ways to encourage your team to participate in group-generated discussions, and work toward making your style group-generated, not you-generated.
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