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.
As we’ve said before, your element is associated with the liver, which explains why you are very vulnerable to toxins. Food and drinks are one of the easiest ways to balance our element, so load up on green leafy greens, lemons, and limes. Make or buy natural cleaning products, wear natural fibers if you can, filter your drinking water, and wash both your produce and your hands.
Wood is a strong, masculine energy and just like bamboo, its attributes are strength and flexibility. If your Wood energy is out of balance, you can become literally an irritable, inflexible stick in the mud who is unable to adapt to change. Doctors in the Victorian era described the condition as “liverish,” so you can see that the health of your liver is tied to the health of your attitude.
Work on sensitivity and social consciousness because you tend to be driven and assertive, which serves you well in business, but can be a little off-putting to the people you live with. You certainly have the ability to cultivate benevolence and you have a kind heart as well as a positive outlook, so remember to express yourself with both kindness and compassion.
Goodness knows you have the drive to be successful, but did you know that Woodies benefit from taking time for relaxation, reading, writing, and even doing some work around the house? One balances the other, the time-out gives you time to think rather than act or overreact, and most successful people know that you can have too much one or the other, both time in and time out.
There are lots of very successful Woodies out there, Steve Jobs, for example, Michael Jordan and Sir Richard Branson. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age, and as a billionaire, he donated 250 million dollars to help his Branson Group employees weather the coronavirus storm which is an example of how your drive can make it possible for you to benefit humanity.
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