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 warms us and 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 emerging possibilities are beginning to come our way.
Mother’s Day is observed in nearly every country in the world and in the U.S. it will be celebrated on Sunday, May 10. On Chinese Mother’s Day, some families commemorate Meng Mu, the mother of Meng Zi, the most important Confucian scholar after Confucius himself. Meng Fu emphasized the importance of her son’s education, and appreciation for the sacrifices made for their education earns the devotion of sons and daughters to their mothers even today.
Mother’s Day was inaugurated by Anna Maria Jarvis in 1908, three years after her mother’s death. She held a memorial ceremony for her mother and all mothers, using it as a platform to remind her audience to write and thank mothers for all they do for us. Ultimately Jarvis boycotted the greeting card industry because she was so upset that they commercialized her idea and sentiment for their own financial gain.
Memorial Day has been observed since the civil war, this year it occurs on the 25th and is celebrated in remembrance of the 1.8 million American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Flags will be flown at half-staff until noon in their honor, and then it is raised to the top of the flagpole to remind us of the importance of continuing the fight for justice to all.
The Fire Element is spunky—it is both creative and destructive—it can nurture us with its warmth or burn us with its heat. The I Ching has many comments about what we can expect in this phase of rising Fire, so here they are for you to consider.
Even if you are stuck at home, you can still get in a good workout; if you’ve got a treadmill or a stationary bike, then for goodness sake, use it! No equipment at all? There are lots of apps and exercise programs that you can follow, and if your emotions are getting the best of you, look for downloadable tai chi, chi gong, yoga, or meditation classes to calm you down; just keep moving!
Socializing is good for you, so reach out to others. You are a talker … so talk! Cooking is natural for you, so get creative and see what you can come up with. Throw open the curtains to let the sunlight in. Wear bright colors, it will make you feel better. Sing, even if you can’t carry a tune or dance to some zippy music. Your element needs to have fun, so make it happen!
Fire people like you are usually good with relationships and intimacy. Your element is very sexual, so take care to express it with warmth and love. Fire energy is masculine and aggressive, so you might have to rein in your enthusiasm a bit to avoid frightening or overwhelming your partner. FYI, your time of the day is in the morning, so you know what THAT means!
May and June are your time of the year, so look for opportunities to appear upward, expanding, strong, and creative. Kanye West is a famous Fire person who has figured out how to take advantage of opportunities that existed and then went on to create even more opportunities for himself and his family. You’ve got the basics within you, now go figure out how to make it happen.
There are so many careers that are appropriate for your energy, and it’s no surprise that they include public speaking, entertainment, the beauty industry, advertising, and marketing. Do you see a theme here? You like to engage others, so here’s one more surprise … religion could also be an outlet for you; the Dalai Lama is a famous Fire who is both a spiritual and a political leader.
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