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 celebrated in nearly every country on earth. In China, many cities 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 children’s responsibility to be good students who are 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 9th, Armed Forces Day on the 15th, and Memorial Day brings the month to a close on the 31st. May also features some silly celebrations like Lost Sock Day followed by Lost Sock Memorial Day and health-related events like Melanoma Monday on May 3. Skin cancer is a reminder that even though Fire and the sun can be warming and nurturing, it 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, we need 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 or 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 and have a look at what’s in store for you in the merry month of May.
Woo hoo; May and June are double Fire months which could mean double excitement as well as double trouble for you. Cool your heat with plenty of fresh filtered water; cooling cranberry, apple, or watermelon juice; and above all… avoid getting overheated. Wear pale colors outside, seek out shade, apply sunscreen, and exercise in the early morning or late afternoon when things cool down.
With two double-Fire months in a row, your naturally stimulated emotions can get a bit out of sorts. If you find that you are feeling tense or anxious, limit caffeine, sugar, and alcohol and use natural calming remedies like tai chi, qi gong, yoga, or meditation. If all else fails, go on a nice long walk to soothe your soul, calm your emotions, and renew your spirit and then treat yourself to a refreshing nap.
If you think you are excitable this month, just wait until Fire energy peaks in June. Use this foreknowledge to prepare and help you over any hurdles that you encounter. Be prepared for your audience to push back from your passion and enthusiasm, so rather than putting yourself in a position to get your feelings hurt, you can tone down your enthusiasm a bit which can help keep things smoother and calmer.
Lots of Fire swirling around will make it easier for you to spot new approaches and trends in financial matters. Rather than allowing all the options to distract you, simplify and work toward achieving your savings goals, reaching your investment objectives, and paying off debt. It would be more fun to jump into a new opportunity, but moving forward steadily on your existing goals will probably serve you better in the long run.
Double Fire energy means that your creativity is going to soar. Hang on to your hat; use your energy to solve problems and unleash your artistic expression. Your passion and enthusiasm are on fire, so use it to motivate those around you while keeping in mind that your fabulous ideas could be intimidating to colleagues who are less imaginative and forceful than you.
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