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.
It’s perfectly natural that your energy restrains Earth; you are a jackrabbit while Earth is slow, steady, and never in a rush. You are determined and committed to keeping up with exercise even though when it’s really hot. Summer heat is hard on Woodies, and bright sun is hard on your eyes, so don a hat with a brim, cool down in the shade, and wear high-quality sunglasses.
You have to stop dominating the conversation so that others can speak. Then you need to listen and learn from what they have to say. Earth energy is transformational. You are going to have plenty of opportunity to transform what you learned and apply your fabulous natural insight in order to come up with a balanced point of view that makes you and everybody else happy.
Wood’s love is sweet―it springs from your early relationship with your parents. We all want to feel valued, cherished and loved, but it is especially important for you to slow down and get in sync with the people who are important to you. Sit close and snuggle with your partner. Match your rhythm to theirs. Lock eyes, caress, kiss. Prolong the fun; now’s not the time to rush!
Woodies have an astonishing capacity for abundance, and July’s Earth energy can push it up a notch. Come up with ideas for improving your financial status, and then develop the ones that seem most promising. Sound decisions requires attention to detail so be creative but careful. Rather than fight Earth energy, absorb its’ ability to remain centered… and then make your move.
You have an innate ability to provide strong leadership. If July’s Earth procrastination slings a problems your way, beat a retreat and come up with an alternative way to solve the problem. You are creative, so you can figure it out. You are predisposed to taking charge, so you may as well do it. Woodies are doers; not procrastinators, so figure it out and get it done!
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