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.
Physical appearance and image are very important to Metal people; you like feeling healthy and looking physically fit. You are competitive, love challenge, love to win and hate to lose. You like having and wearing cool clothes and gear, so don your stuff and take yourself to the gym, on a hike, or out for a jog. Physical fitness is second nature for you, which keeps you one step ahead of the pack.
Your default emotions are calm, cool, and collected. Yes, you are tactful and reasonable, but Fire can cause emotions that blind you and make you lose your focus. When Fire gets too hot, Metal begins to melt―you will lose your concentration and be out of the game. Stay cool when going into action and keep your strategy at the forefront in order to keep heated situations from developing.
One of the characteristics of Metal people is their loyalty. You are always there for your friends, especially the ones you befriended in childhood. Even though you do not usually reveal your emotions, you are always ready to jump into action to help or defend a friend or partner. As a Metal person, you need to know in advance that you will feel betrayed if and when they don’t reciprocate.
It would be best for you to establish financial goals early in life that are defined by education or experience. As you age, you may find that you are naturally losing your focus, and it becomes more difficult to change the status quo. Getting a plan in place early on lets you more easily reap the rewards when you are older.
Metal is the most industrious personality, not in terms of how much you produce but in the amount of time you spend working, doing, and being active. You can do well in any job, but you excel when you are under pressure. Without pressure, it would be harder for you to have the impetus to develop a business or career so in your case, a bit of stress may be your friend.
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