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 is in a phase called wǔ 午, a time of maximum powerful male yang Fire energy. It is no surprise that the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, occurs in a hot, powerful month like June. Dragons, the Fire Element and the solstice are all related―they embody activity, brightness, sunshine, daylight, and heat―all apt descriptions of wǔ.
When we look at the calendar, we see that it’s Flag Day on the 14th, the solstice will occur on the 20th, Father’s Day is on the 21st, and Dragon Boat festivities are the 25th through the 27th. Chinese call June the season of Wheat Ripening, or mang zhong, and in the United States, this is dairy month, fruit and vegetable month, and rose month, and all of them are found in abundance in the summertime.
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 do our best to channel this powerful energy wisely. In the meantime, be on the lookout for interesting new possibilities because who knows what exciting things might happen!
Most of us will still be in some form of pandemic quarantine this month, but still you can fly your flag proudly on Flag Day, and give your dad a real or symbolic hug on Father’s Day. These are strange times, but it’s not entirely a surprise because true-to-form, the Fire Element reminds us that it is a very powerful force.
There is however, plenty of positive, constructive energy headed your way. So check out our advice straight from the I Ching to follow as a guide toward a healthy body, emotions, relationships, career, and finances.
Woo hoo, June’s Fire energy is hot, Hot, HOT. Cooldown your overheated Fire with some cardio, or sneak in some calming, soothing tai chi or yoga to get relaxed, feel great, and allow your natural exuberance to shine. When the smooth flow of Fire energy is interrupted, you are no fun to be around, so remember the old ditty, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
You may feel a little more sensitive or emotional than usual in June’s double Fire. These aren’t the best of times anyhow, so almost everyone is a little more irritable than usual. Some people find meditation helpful but if sitting meditation isn’t your thing, try a walking meditation… lace up your sneaks and surround yourself with the sounds, smells, colors, and sensations of the great out-of-doors.
Be on the lookout for misunderstandings and hurt feelings, especially in a double Fire Element month. Yes, you need to be able to communicate your honest feelings and expectations but remember to cultivate tolerance and forgiveness as well. If you are feeling testy, do your best to forgive and forget. Practice the art of kindness to stimulate the flow of love between you and others.
Your spirit animal is a snake, and June’s yang sign is the horse. In Chinese astrology the horse likes to keep moving while the snake represents wisdom gained by sitting back and quietly observing. Utilize your horse energy and apply snake’s wisdom to keep your checkbook in check, especially now at a time when nearly everyone’s finances are on a wild rollercoaster ride.
With your boundless energy and ability to easily pick up new skills, you are suited to nearly any career you choose as long as routine and taking orders are not involved. It is the world of communication to which you are perhaps best suited because you have an inherent talent for communicating, a gift for language, and a genius for getting through to other people. Lucky you!
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