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.
You are the jackrabbit of the elements, the opposite of the Earth Element which is slow and steady, and never in a rush. Woodies are determined people, but Earth’s heat will take its toll if you exercise hard outdoors. There’s no need to prove anything to yourself or anyone else; yours is the only body you will ever have, so slow down, avoid the midday heat, seek out shade, and have fun!
Earth’s influence is strongly transformative. This means you will have lots of opportunities in July to apply your natural insight and arrive at a balanced point of view. In other words, after listening and learning from others, you will be able to push forward and unleash your formidable creativity. Remember though, that you need to slow down, listen, and learn before you charge ahead.
In most ways, Woodies are unlike the Earth Element, but just like Earth people you like to be at the center of things but when you slow down and take time to listen to others, you will be able to match the rhythm of other people’s lives and values. People with good listening skills are great problem solvers, better partners, and colleagues, and have the healthiest interpersonal relationships.
Your energy opposes the Earth Element, but Earth does not oppose you. As you analyze your finances it is important to keep moving forward at the same time taking into consideration that you want it all and that you want it at this very minute! Your energy is nurtured by the Water Element, so allow Water’s wisdom and caution to guide you before diving into the deep end.
July’s strong Earth energy is quiet and slow while your energy is robust and quick. If it feels like something is holding you back and keeping you from practicing your natural leadership abilities, take a look at the problems and see if you can think of alternative ways to accomplish important tasks and projects. Minimizing and simplifying is not natural for you, but it will always be your best bet.
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