Memorial Day is officially a day of recognizing the men and women who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. But because this national holiday falls at the end of May, it is also the unofficial start of summer for many people.
I still equate summer with having three months off from school even though those days are long gone. Still, summer is about taking advantage of the warmer weather and longer days; to participate in outdoor activities; to relish in the garden’s unselfish bounty; to rejuvenate our life force and rejoice in the sun’s powerful energy.
In Feng Shui speak, summer is the fullest expression of yang (active) energy. It is represented by the Fire element and is a time of transformation, motivation, and inspiration. Consider the constant buzz of activity as butterflies, bees, and other insects sprint from flower to flower pollinating as they go. Fire is also about expansion and opportunity. All around us nature is dressed to the nines in full bloom, stretching out and staking its place in the landscape of our lives.
Not surprisingly, the Fire element is represented by the red spectrum of the color wheel. It demands our attention. Think of the symbiotic attraction that hummingbirds have to flowers in bright reds, oranges, and purples. Red is ever present on stop signs and stop lights in our everyday travels. How about the fact that hospitals and emergency rooms use the color red in their vehicles and signage. Even in business, the power suit for men traditionally includes a red tie; for women, it is typically a red suit or red dress. And finally, who can take their eyes off a fiery, orange-red sunset. If you want to be seen, wear red!
The Fire element brings joy and laughter and connection. Likewise, summer is a time to celebrate these gifts in a community of family and friends. Fire is passion and emotions and love energy. Is it any wonder why so many weddings occur in June? Mine included!
We should certainly take advantage of the Fire energy during summer but know that you can invite Fire energy into your home anytime. As it pertains to the interior of our homes, Fire can be represented by
Bringing in Fire energy will add warmth and flare to your décor. It can activate the energy of love and romance. It can energize your business and intellectual pursuits. Just keep in mind that too much Fire energy in our homes may result in a feeling of over stimulation, anxiety, and lack of focus. As always, balance is our goal.
So, this summer, spend some time outdoors with friends and enjoy those bright sunny days. Just remember to bring sunscreen!