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.
Fire’s energy is rising, so put health and vitality at the forefront of your goal list. Your Wood personality is more engaged by planning outdoor fitness activities. You are a liver organ system guided individual. That means you want to get the heart pumping and release toxins. Try hiking, swimming, jogging, cycling or even rock climbing. The choice is all yours!
This month is significant because it invites us to seek out emotional healing. Some deep and intense feelings will bubble up for all elements. A lot of unexpected things may arise too. Be patient. Seek mindfulness over emotions. If you can get to the root of what you are feeling then some real healing can take place.
Give up idealistic expectations. Real life offers so much more! You have a window in the first half of this month to truly create real, authentic intimacy. What you pour into your relationships is what you will receive back. Social engagements will also be plentiful so enjoying expanding your friendships.
Is your piggy bank empty? Wish you could take a vacation but you have other obligations that need to be taken care of too? Wood element is known for being constantly on the go - as in money outgoing - it's time to buckle down and build a cash reserve. Review your financial strategies and don't get speculative. All large ticket purchases and financial projects should be put on hold...except for a vacation. You actually need that healthwise and rarely carve out time for self-care. You would be amazed how just relaxing for a short period can switch the vibration of abundance.
Are you thinking it might be time to reinvent your career? The first step is to identify your goals; then figure out how to declare them to yourself and to others. Remember that you’re not going to be able to reinvent your career alone, so you need to be clear in your own mind and in your ability to explain your goals and intention to others, whose support you are probably going to need along the way.
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