For thousands of years, the I Ching has guided decisions about our health, relationships, financial matters, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on multiple, overlapping cycles that govern the heavens and the earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of clues and possibilities, so let us begin …
In the Chinese horoscope, June is the fifth lunar month in a phase called wǔ 午. This phase is a time of maximum Fire energy, so it is no surprise that the longest day of sunlight occurs on June 21st. Dragons, the Fire Element and the solstice, are all related―they embody activity, brightness, sunshine, daylight, and heat―all apt descriptions of wǔ.
The name June dates back to Roman times when Juno the goddess of love married Jupiter, the god of light and the sky. June is the traditional month for weddings in this country, and any date works nicely for western brides, but Chinese brides prefer to plan their weddings on auspicious days that end in the lucky numbers 8 or 9 or add up to an 8 or a 9, like June 17 or June 27.
June’s luxuriant Fire influence is a constructive, creative, and positive force that creates many possibilities for development and success. Remember too that Fire can also burn and consume, so we must channel this energy wisely. In the meantime, be on the lookout for interesting new possibilities during this entire month―who knows what exciting things might happen!
Fly your flag proudly on Flag Day and give your dad a big hug on Father’s Day on the 16th! Find out what sort of luck and excitement are headed your way by checking out tips from The I Ching that will guide you toward a healthy body, emotions, relationships, career, and finances.
Lucky you, June’s exuberant Fire energy will make your natural Earth energy soar, so if you keep up exercising you are going to feel great! Earth people can be procrastinators, so take advantage of the long days and abundant sunshine and get out there and move! You don’t have to run - gardening or walking every day is fine, but as the Nike slogan famously states, “Just do it!”
You are very good at taking care of others, but not-so-good about taking care of yourself. Be selfish and do one thing every day that makes you happy. Spend an hour doing something that nourishes you like picking flowers, stroking a pet, or taking yourself on a date. Curl up with some magazines, take a nap, or go out for a nice lunch. You know what would make you happy, don’t you?
Most Earth people are concerned about others and want to do all they can to help. Everyone likes to tell you their woes, but you aren’t too fond of sharing your own. Helping others makes you popular, but it can lead you to neglect your own feelings and needs. To achieve a happy love relationship, you may need to share a little more of yourself than makes you comfortable.
Earth people tend to pay more attention to feelings than reality when they make decisions about finances. One option might be to start investing in socially responsible, “green,” or ethical businesses that promote financial reward and social or environmental good in order to bring about positive change … yes there is such a category, and it might be a good fit for your personality.
Once you choose your passion, no force that can stop you. You spend lots of time building foundations before the actual work begins, but since Earth people can be procrastinators, your preparations can go over the top. Just like you, the wealthiest people in the world build their businesses from the bottom to the top, so establish your foundation early to enjoy career success.