July - water sheep
The water sheep finds water sitting over the sheep which is earth, BUT it has wood buried in it. When we look at the full picture we can see that the yin wood of the year stem is fed by the yin water of the month stem. Then we have both branches comprised of duplicate elements.
The earth is strongest, fire is strong as it is reinforced by the seasonal energy and the wood is the weakest as it is a long way from its source.
The overall flow is from water, to wood, to fire and to earth. When we have such STRONG earth we can get stubbornness - the fire hardening the earth.
The Greek Crisis
It will be interesting to see how the Greek / European debt crisis plays out this month. Looking at the chart of Alexis Tsipras (Greek prime-minister) there is good news for him personally in July with much of the configuration of the year and the month benefiting him.
He particularly likes the yin wood sheep and the water sheep month will just bring more fire and earth for his benefit. The key question is - will it benefit Greece?
Because the modern Greek nation state is hard to 'pinpoint'. If we just look at democratic states then we could look to the post military junta that is 1973 OR do we take the official date of 1828 when it was officially recognised as an independent nation coming out from under the influence of the Ottoman Empire. Perhaps that is the subject for another article in the future? I would have to do some more research - but am open to suggestions.
Addendum - after the original article was posted Greece voted NO overwhelmingly for the continued austerity package (which btw had the Greek deft at 200% of GDP - impossible for anyone to pay back - ever).
We have already said that the flow is fire and earth from weak wood.
If you need to deplete water, wood and fire and can use a strong earth flow then this is your month. Use it wisely and DON'T get into arguments with obstinate people. It is a brilliant month for fasting.
yang earth days
Can you use the yang earth, yin water affinity - it depends on the quality of your chart.
The following days might be useful for you to note.
- 11th of July
- 21st of July
- 31st of July *
If you have a rat or an ox well placed in your chart then this is a month for caution, for coasting, relaxing and taking it easy. No work pressure and no life pressure - take that vacation!
* Well month of July we have two full moons - this is known as a blue moon
Full moons on the 2nd of July and 31st of July, and new moon 16th of July.
These are actually very good times for fasting and most particularly in an earth month.
A blue moon, by this definition, happens roughly every three years. The next one is set to occur in July 2015, when there will be a full moon on July 2 and another July 31.
focus on moving your body
The earth months are also very good times for moving your body with awareness.
Our next Tai Chi class starts on the 6th of July. TaiChiHobart ... more here ...