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 lunar calendar, May is positioned right between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is the time of soft yin as the Fire Element begins to warm us and exert its energy on our lives. May is further represented by the Chinese character Sze 巳 which translates to “preparation for ripeness,” an indication that emerging possibilities are beginning to come our way.
For thousands of years prognostication from the I Ching have provided guidance for our health, relationships, finances, work, and play. I Ching predictions follow the lunar year, the seasons, and are based on the cycles of heaven and earth. The Five Elements, Yin and Yang, and a variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, all creating a trail of portents, possibilities, and probabilities.
Mother’s Day is celebrated this month in nearly every country on earth. In China, cities often present a series of Mother’s Day activities that feature the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water; group dances; tree planting; a delicate feast and ceremony called Thanksgiving Mother that lays out a child’s responsibility to be a good student as well as kind and able to live in peace and harmony with others.
In the US, we’ve got Cinco de Mayo on the 5th, Mother’s Day on the 8th, Armed Forces Day on the 21st; then Memorial Day will bring the month to a close on the 30th. May also features some silly celebrations like Say No Day and National Hugging day, along with recognition of some serious medical conditions like Melanoma Monday on May 2. Skin cancer is yet another reminder that even though the Fire Element and the sun can be warming and nurturing, they can also be dangerous and destructive.
May is named after the Greek goddess Maia, the daughter of Atlas, the lover of Zeus, and the mother of Hermes. Maia was a nurturer; her name is an honorific term for older women, mothers, and midwives. As Fire energy begins to warm the earth, it is also the time to refresh our stash of sunscreen and dig out our sunglasses and summer hats.
The Fire Element is spunky—it is both creative and destructive—it can nurture us with its warmth and burn our forests and our skin with its heat. The wisdom of the I Ching can help us know what to expect in this phase of rising Fire, so have a look at what’s in store for you in the merry month of May.
May was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of fertility. The Fire Element is soft, gentle, warm, and nourishing in May, so borrow a tent, gather up your friends or family, and head for the great outdoors. There are national monuments and national parks all over the country, and campgrounds are a bargain compared to staying in hotels. Soak in the energy of springtime … the earth’s time to shine.
Do your best to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom. If she’s very different from you, or if you have a hard time communicating with her, try to understand where she’s coming from. Our mothers are women with their own issues, wounds, and hurts. She was raised by parents who had issues, wounds, and hurts of their own, in a time and a society that had different values from what we have today.
Never drag your dad or your siblings into a conflict with your mom; talk directly with her to resolve any issues between the two of you. Remember that your mother can’t read your mind and that you don’t know exactly what she is thinking either. Speak clearly and calmly, and state how you are feeling. Say, “I feel …,” or “This is how that makes me feel.” Avoid accusations such as, “You never …” or “You always …"
A double-Fire month is apt to present you with too many options in nearly every part of your life, and that can become overwhelming. As an Earth person, you need to work toward creating a strong, stable, financial foundation rather than opting for iffy deals, abrupt changes, or quick fixes. It is absolutely appropriate for you to stick to your original financial plan. You do have a plan … right?
Earth people are naturals at volunteering, and you can make it work for you. Enhance your personal development and cultivate new skills; you might want to get involved in a political campaign in order to make valuable contacts and deepen your understanding of issues or get your foot in the door of a particular industry. Know what your goals are and then just go for it; you may even make some nice new friends.