In the lunar calendar, May is positioned right between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is the time of soft yin warmth as the Fire Element begins to 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 all sorts of interesting, emerging possibilities are coming our way.
May 1 is May Day, a spring festival in some countries and International Worker’s Day in others. Cinco de Mayo marks the date of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla and is celebrated with food, dance and Mexican culture. Mother’s Day is observed in nearly every country in the world and in our case, will be celebrated on Sunday, the 12th.
Some Chinese families commemorate Meng Mu on Mother’s Day. She was the mother of Meng Zi, the most important Confucian scholar after Confucius himself. Meng Fu placed a strong emphasis on her son’s education, and the importance of education and the filial devotion continues in China today.
The 27th is Memorial Day in recognition of the 1.8 million American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The flag is flown at half-staff until noon in their honor and then is raised to the top of the flagpole pole to remind us of the importance of continuing to fight for justice to all.
The arrival of the three-day Memorial Day weekend is also an indication to children that school is about to end and summer vacation is right around the corner. The I Ching also has reminders for what we can expect in a phase of rising Fire, so here are some tasty tidbits for you to enjoy!
May was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of fertility. The Fire Element brings soft, gentle warmth and nourishment this month, so borrow a tent, gather up the kids, and head for the great outdoors. There are national parks all over our country, and campgrounds are a bargain compared to staying in hotels. Soak in the energy of springtime … it’s your time to shine!
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom. If she’s very different from you, and you have a problem with communicating with her, try to understand where she’s coming from. Our mothers are women with their own issues, wounds, and hurts. She was also raised by parents who had issues of their own, in a time and society that had different values from what we know today.
Don’t drag your dad or your siblings into a conflict with your mom; talk directly with her to resolve any issues between you. Remember that your mother can’t read your mind, and 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,” rather than “You never …” or You always…”
You may be presented with way too many options in a Fire Element month, and that can become overwhelming. The Earth Element needs to work toward building a strong, stable foundation rather than opting for abrupt changes or quick fixes. It’s absolutely fine for you to continue to stick to your original plan. You did say you have a plan … didn’t you?
Earth people are natural at volunteering, but at the same time, you can make it work for you. Enhance your personal development and cultivate new skills; you could become involved in a political campaign in order to make valuable personal contacts and deepen your understanding of issues or to get your foot in the door of a particular industry. Know what your goals are, and then go for it!