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.
Be on the alert for assaults to your immunity brought on the Fire, and douse them with cooling cucumbers, jicama, and kiwis. Add some sliced cucumbers or kiwis to chilled sparkling water and let it sit for a few minutes or prepare a jicama combo with cubed jicama a sliced cucumber and orange sections, sprinkle with chili powder and salt, and drizzle with a squeeze of lemon.
Your analytical nature usually serves you well but June’s strong Fire energy can lead you to obsessing and living too much in your head. Cut yourself some slack and try to let go of some of your need for structure and planning. Letting go might seem a little scary in the beginning but in the end, you will probably discover that you are having more fun and experiencing greater joy.
You’re human; everyone else is human—we’re all human and nobody’s perfect, including you. Summertime is a nice time for you to loosen your grip, to get rid of some of your rules, and live a little! What’s the worst that could happen if you were to give new friendship a chance…it’s hard to think that something bad might happen, so look around for something to do with a few new people.
It is natural for Metal people like you, to allow their possessions to help define them, and that’s why you like having the nicest, best, most beautiful stuff. On the flip side, spending lots of money on vanity items can get you into a whole world of trouble, so stick to your budget, because as a Metal person, you are more than likely to have one, and a carefully thought out one at that!
Favorable circumstances play a role in finding a perfect job, but so does our mindset. Sometimes new opportunities are presented in very unexpected ways, so if you keep your mindset tuned into possibilities and that will influence what you say and do. When you have an open mind, you may find inspiration or direction in what would seem at first glance to be a random place.
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