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May Fire Element Horoscope

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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.

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Physical Health

Yours is the hottest of all the elements so do your best to maintain your equilibrium in this, a double-Fire energy month. Control heavy demands and pressure, and channel your building fire into healthy activities. Avoid overuse injuries by starting slowly and gradually building up your stamina. Start with low-impact activities such as walking, hiking, or swimming. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were you! 

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May could be double the fun, but it could turn out to be twice as challenging. Resolve problems between you and your family, especially with your mom. You may think she needs to change, but you can’t change her … you can only change yourself. Honor her on Mother’s Day. Spend some time with your mom, send her some flowers, and at the very least give her a call because it’s her turn, not yours.

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        Relationship Health

There’s no need for us to get defensive in our relationships with our mothers. We don’t have to give up our choices in order to please her, but she shouldn’t have to change her opinions either. Forgiving our parents is not the same as condoning, pardoning, or minimizing the impact of poor parenting; forgiveness is important for our well-being and it helps us become an understanding partner or parent.

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        Financial Health

It’s easy for trends and new approaches to distract us from our objectives, especially in a rising, double-Fire month. You are a little different from all the other elements; rather than encourage you to move forward and begin making important financial decisions it would be better for you to wait a bit, deliberate, and take time to consider whether your new plans still feel appropriate and wise. 

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        Career Health

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or working from home, double Fire is going to make you itch for some action. If you are entertaining the idea of exploring new careers, listen to some podcasts, take some online classes, or look for some weekend courses. Do your research; check out the training that will be required for the fields you are contemplating, and adjust your goals as you move along.

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