WEEK OF JULY 2-8
Theme: integrate family/interior lives, and career/external responsibilities
We’ve passed mid-Summer and the midway point of 2012 to enter the heart of summer vacation, the heart of cardinal-water sign Cancer’s influence. Time to immerse in and fortify our home-base, the inner circle of family & friends who support us, the house that shelters us. This includes our interior life, where our heart, mind and soul take refuge and find comfort. We hunker down, we rebuild our strengths and replenish our energies in an intimate cocoon of nest, family & friends.
Yet as the moon waxes and culminates in Capricorn (Tue, Jul 3), we are reminded not to detach completely, to remember our broader connections and responsibilities to community & society. We are pulled towards our goals, our desire to achieve and do something great, we feel the fire of our dreams.
Moving beyond balance to integration
Balance is the first thought that came to mind. And immediately I feel bored, tired, uninspired. I’m tired of trying to find balance. I’m tired of the struggle to draw the line between two conflicting worlds.
I want integration. I want to imbue my work and career with meaning, with inspiration, with all the things that matter to my interior life; I want to do work that will nourish and improve my personal life. And I want my personal life with my family & friends to flourish and grow, to not become stagnant, to not be stuck in a repetitive rut—I want my family life to be rich and fulfilling and enlightening for us all.
My themes to help me find integration:
Full Moon on Tuesday, July 3. Named the Full Buck Moon by Northeastern Algonquian Native American peoples because this is the season when male deers (bucks) grow new antlers. Also known as Thunder Moon (thunderstorms are frequent) and Hay Moon (time that farmers harvest, bale and stow hay for the winter).
Time to encourage plants to bud and flower as the moon culminates and shines, rising up the night sky as the sun sets.
夏至 Summer Solstice (June 21-July 7), Chinese Almanac
Good growing period for red-colored fruits and vegetables.
Eat more cooling and leafy vegetables (spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, salads) and seafood.
Drink cooling liquids such as green and mint tea, watermelon juice, and barley water—especially when eating “heaty” grilled, barbecued and deep-fried foods.
Sun in Cardinal Water-sign Cancer. We are self-protective and insular, turning our attention inwards on our nest, family, and anything that makes us feel “at home” and “at peace.” Emotions run deep. We want to nurture the things we care about, protect them, provide a safe haven for them to grow and blossom.
Apricots • Arugula • Asian pears • Asian vegetables • Avocados • Beans, green • Beans, shelling • Beets • Blackberries • Blueberries • Broccoli • Burdock • Cabbage • Cactus Pads • Cactus Pears • Carrots • Cauliflower • Celeriac • Celery • Chard • Cherries • Chicory • Collards • Corn • Cress • Cucumbers • Eggplant • Endive • Fennel • Figs • Garlic • Grapefruit • Grapes • Herbs • Horseradish • Jicama • Kale • Kumquats • Lambsquarters • Leeks • Lemons • Lettuce • Loquats • Mandarins • Melons • Mulberries • Mushrooms • Mustard greens • Nectarines • Nettles • Okra • Onions • Orach • Oranges • Peaches • Peas • Peppers, sweet • Plums • Pluots • Potatoes • Purslane • Radishes • Raspberries • Rhubarb • Scallions • Shallots • Spinach • Sprouts • Squash, summer • Strawberries • Tayberries • Tomatillos • Tomatoes
Old nursery rhyme for inspiration this week
The cock’s on the housetop blowing his horn;
The bull’s in the barn, a-threshing of corn;
The maid’s in the meadow, a-making of hay;
The ducks in the river are swimming away.