Tomorrow, according to my Runic Calendar, we will enter the 60.8-day “Fire” phase of the Creative third of the year. I think this may account for an unconscious expectation in the collective mind of this being in a time of significant stress and change.

Runic CompassThis method of delineating the cycle of the year is derived from the Chinese concept of the “Five Elements,” “Five Phases,” or Wu Xing (五行): Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The Five Elements nest within three phases that appear in ancient Germanic conceptions of cycles, which progress from the Creative, to the Degenerative, to the Regenerative. The yearly cycle is further bifurcated between two poles of full Yin (November 28) and full Yang (May 29), with continuums in between.

(In fact, that the calendar is a presented as a circle signals that all days and divisions should be viewed as being arrayed along continuums in which transformation occurs in a gradual manner.)

In ancient China, Taoist scholars and mystics developed an understanding of life based on minute observations of nature. They understood that everything in the Universe comes out of the Tao, which manifests as dual principles that ebb and flow between Yin and Yang (i.e., heaven and earth, day and night, masculine and feminine, etc.), as well as the Five Elements.

These elements were understood to be the prime energetic building blocks from which all material substance in the phenomenal world is composed. The Five Elements are representations of the transformation which occurs in the world around us; they are metaphors for describing how things interact and relate with each other.

In the outer ring of the calendar, you will note that some of the days are marked in red. These are so-called “Egyptian Days,” which are traditionally believed to be ‘unlucky’ or inauspicious for beginning a journey or embarking on a new venture. I am not one to put too much faith in the idea of luck, but I theorize that there may be something to the tradition. I speculate that these are the more naturally stressful days in the year, and may derive their status from the slight wobble in the revolution of the Earth on its axis. If you count the number of Egyptian Days in each third of the year, you will note that the Creative phase of the year is slightly more stressful than all other phases: Creative (9 days), Regenerative (8 days), and Degenerative (7 days).

As I mentioned earlier, we are entering the period of the year that is designated as fire, and this subject will comprise the the balance of this essay.

In Chinese thought, fire energy is strongest in summer, early June, and at noon time. At this time, flowers show their bright beauty at a maximum level. Fire is associated with the qualities of swelling, brimming with fire and energy, dynamism, strength, and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. Fire is yang/masculine in character, its direction is upward, and its energy is expansive. The fire element provides warmth and enthusiasm. Fire is also an indicator of creativity. This element manifests itself in unique ways, and those in its glow are wonderfully courageous and lively spirits. Those influenced by fire are self-sufficient, spontaneous and possess a tremendous zest for life. Fire is that element responsible for the passionate resonance when you are following your life’s calling. It is the joy and laughter associated with playfulness. Fire-type people are charming, fun, mischievous, easily excitable, and they change emotional states rapidly. In fact, they love change, bright colors, and environments that stimulate.

Fire is the only element which should be used with discretion. It can be overdone easily and then draws in a nervous unstable aspect. In other words, while fire provides heat and warmth, an excess can also immolate and consume. The negative aspects of Fire are the emotions associated with hate, chaos, fear, and destruction. An excess of fire can bring aggression, impatience, and impulsive behavior.

Those born with the Fire Element love adventure and excitement; they have dynamic personalities and can become excellent leaders. They are competitive, though, and may become restless. Fire Elements tend to have a rather magnetic attraction. They don’t like to be secluded away from others. They prefer to form strong bonds with their loved ones. Fire is confident and sure. Fire people like to explore anything new. They are brilliant and warm. They are decisive and dramatic. They may be aggressive about achieving the things they want in life. They are gifted speakers. They are clever and want others to know it.

People influenced by the fire element may become selfish and inconsiderate. They become impatient when they are thwarted in their ambitions. When they try to force their way, they hit more obstacles. They can be hypersensitive. It is best if they can learn patience and compassion.

Fire’s obvious color is red. It is associated with the circulatory system and the heart. Fire people should stay away from too much heat and too much emotion.



Groove of the Day

Listen to the Kings of Leon performing “Sex on Fire”


Weather Report

82° Windy and Rain, then Clearing to Partly Cloudy


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