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.
You may seem cool and calm on the outside, but you’ve got a lot going on in the inside. Spend your energy and time wisely to build up reserves to fuel your powerful Water energy. Cozy up indoors, but don’t become a hermit because social contact (either real or digital) is important for preserving your energy. Prepare nourishing food, relax, take naps, and get plenty of sleep.
Healthy Water people are pretty darned determined, so if you notice that you are feeling anxious, or worried then it’s time to do something about nourishing your shen—your spirit. Take a leisurely bath, lose yourself in a book, play with your cat, clean out some drawers … download a meditation, tai chi, or qi gong class and then vow to use it! Smile! Replenish your shen with positivity.
You probably prefer that the important people in your life reach out to you but try reaching out to them instead. Make it a point to contact your mom, your dad, or any other person you care about to say, “Hi.” Human beings are social animals, and we need contact with others. If you wait for other people to reach out, you may be missing out on an important part of personhood.
When you think about it, your body is one of your assets so when you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of your wealth. When you’ve achieved a healthy balance between work and play, and are rested and well-nourished, the life force—or chi—that resides within you will make it much more likely that you will be able to achieve your financial goals.
Oh boy, are you the lucky one… your power comes from your vision and your ability to create and conceive. When you’ve got plenty of reserve energy tucked away, you are a good stream of fabulous ideas. Protect this precious gift by willing yourself to let go of unnecessary emotional baggage because when you are tired and stressed out, your well could stop flowing.
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