Illumination - Clarity and Vision
is the theme for the month of July. The combination of earth, double
fire and wood provides a rich yet stable quality of energy that bodes
well for creating a strong vision for your mission in life. The elements
work together in a building process that requires a strong and stable
base. Wrangling in your thoughts and working in a cohesive nature with
others bodes well.
In today's newsletter, I'll review the qualities of the energy
combinations and the best way to navigate through them while having some
fun in the process!
Also enjoy links to helpful blog soundbites to tuck away for future reference.
Elevate Your Consciousness!
Illumination - Clarity - Vision:
This month the 9 fire illumination element takes front and center. Fire
greets fire in the month of July through the summer cycle and the hidden
stem of the Sheep archetype. The assistance to fire brightens the light
or portal to the crown chakra - the point of illumination or
enlightenment. Nothing can be hidden from the light, so whatever it is
you are working on, it is time to share it with others.
The Sheep archetype supports partnering energy. You can accomplish more
with the assistance of others, rather than taking it on yourself. It is
important to work with the energy of fire in a way that fuels stability
-a sense of feeling grounded, otherwise you will burnout and it will
take double the effort to move forward.
The 9 fire trigram (Li), is yin or receptive in nature. It is closely
associated with the ida channel and therefore is best utilized by
slowing the pace, getting quiet to create a lightness of consciousness,
or what is known as the guna - Sattva. Think of it as the center of the
Tai Chi where yin and yang meet for perfect balance. Now, easier said
than done, as 9 Li or fire chi has a "get up and go" type of quality. To
add fuel to the flame, there is the hidden stem of wood found within
the Sheep branch this month that will really catapult overactivity.
Balancing the action with inaction is the key to working with fire to
leave behind the ash so the earth or stability can propagate.
Putting the Three Together:
Wood is the element of creating. It is like the quality of Rajas - the
Guna of movement and action or creation. Since this element shows up as a
hidden stem in the Sheep branch, it is shielded or hidden behind the
veil. Therefore, it may require a little work to get things in motion
when it comes to developing a project, idea or new work venture. The
fire trigram (9-Li) combined with the hidden stem of fire in the Sheep
branch will shed light on things you may have been pondering. This
includes new direction of your goals and soul's mission. Clarity or
illumination is the benefit we can all draw from with such rich light.
To further enhance your vision, include inversions in your yoga practice
to activate the petals of the crown. Follow through with grounding or
standing poses to stabilize and capture the earth or main quality
element in the Sheep. We can't always be up in the clouds, we have to
ground down through our feet and absorb the earth frequencies. If yoga
isn't part of your routine, simply spend more time outdoors to absorb
the earth chi through your feet and heavenly chi through the top of your
head. Doing all this while sitting under a tree will activate the
refined wood chi. The trees are the place of knowledge or study, as we
sit beneath their canopy that rises towards the light of the sun.
The 9 Fire star represents the south portent of your environment. Here are a few pointers for this direction:
Add a strong wood feature such as a healthy flowing plant to represent growing knowledge for your soul's path.
Incorporate columnar or pointed-triangular shapes. Keep the quality of 3's or the triad here.
Add bright lighting, candles or oil diffuser.
Images of fire such as the sun, people, animals or a representation of your soul's path - what makes your heart sing.
Foods: 9 - Fire element prefers wood and fire foods such as green vegetables, citrus, nuts, seeds, potatoes, buckwheat and rice.
Other Areas of Concern:
nine-fire is the highlight trigram for the month, the remaining
trigrams move to different positions. On a very basic level, we are able
to see how other aspects of our life take on this moving energy. Here
are some things to consider:
it comes to family this month fun and creativity is the name of the
game. Think about venturing out to a lake as the trigram that moves to
this portent represents the lake that surrounds the mountain. Serenity
is the result.
and finances are a natural resource. There is plenty to gather and
enjoy. Real estate is also a big quality to this trigram, so if you own
it, enhance it!
Leisure reading and some research is beneficial to build on goals and direction you are thinking about taking.
Travel with partner this month. Even if it is a short trip, it is fabulous for relationship.
opportunity arises but requires a long-term strategy. Take time to get
introspective to seek answers to question that you may have.
take on anything new when it comes to career this month as the energy
is a bit chaotic - Murphy's Law principle. Best to go slow and steady
and be methodical!
Helpful poses for the Fire trigram this month are as follows:
will all help to arouse the crown portal and the manipura - the seat of
opening powerful intention and open heavens gate.