For thousands of years the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, finances, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on multiple, overlapping cycles that govern the heavens and earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of portents, probabilities, and possibilities, so let us begin…
In the Chinese horoscope, June occurs in a phase called wǔ 午, a time of maximum powerful, hot, male yang Fire Element energy. It is no surprise that the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, occurs in a heated Fire Element month like June. Dragons, the Fire Element, and the solstice are all related―they embody activity, brightness, sunshine, daylight, and heat―all of which are apt descriptions of wǔ.
If you live near a lake or the ocean, be on the lookout for dragon boat races; they are fun and exciting to watch! In China, the Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu, is an important three-day holiday that begins on the 12th. Dragon boat racing is a 2,000 year old tradition; in Chinese culture the dragon represents good fortune—it is the strongest, the most yang, of all the animals in the Chinese horoscope.
Before the festival begins, parents prepare colorful silk pouches strung on silk threads that are filled with herbs. During the festival, the pouches are hung around kids’ necks or tied to their garments as a charm to protect them from evil. Steamed rice dumplings, or zongzi, are a traditional Dragon Festival food that is filled with meat, or red beans, and wrapped in bamboo leaves.
In the west, Father’s Day and the summer solstice both arrive on the 20th. June’s luxuriant Fire influence is a constructive, creative, and positive force that creates many possibilities for development and success. Remember however that excessive Fire can also burn and consume, so we must do our best to channel this powerful energy wisely. In the meantime, be on the lookout for interesting new possibilities—who knows what exciting things could happen!
We hope that because of all the constructive energy that is heading our way, the world is beginning its recovery from Covid. Give your dad a big hug on Father’s Day and check out what this month’s horoscope has to say about your upcoming health, emotions, relationships, career, and finances.
Excessive indulgence can be troublesome for someone whose elemental qi is represented by the earth. You can become obsessive or compulsive because your energy is governed by the stomach, which is why eating too many sweets or indulging in addictive substances are examples of the kinds of potentially harmful self-indulgence that you need to avoid.
Energetically you are a child of nature, so you may as well make yourself as comfortable as possible at work in your home. Warm colors, relaxed seating, interesting textures, and natural fabrics are appropriate for the Earth Element. Have a look around to see if your environment reflects warm colors and materials. Gold is your lucky color, so go for the gold!
The Earth Element is a pivot; it allows for transition and transformation. You are compassionate and are naturally spiritual; your ability to generously love yourself and others is abundant. The Earth Element contains the ability to embrace and accept; something that does not come so easily to people who are represented by any of the other elements.
Earth people can be messy. Even though it is contrary to your nature, organizing your workspace at home will make things seem less confusing, so you will be much more relaxed when you need to make important financial decisions. You are a masterful procrastinator, so set up a regular schedule for important tasks like invoicing clients or paying bills, and then stick to it!
Earth people can become anxious when something is not going right at home or at work. When that happens, you lose your rhythm—the rhythm you created with regular meal times and an adequate amount of sleep. When that happens, it will be helpful for you to return to your root…to the earth. Taking care of an animal or some plants can help get you back on track.