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.
June’s prolific Fire energy can set your immune system on its ear. Be on alert for allergies to flare because Metal’s energetic pathways include the skin and respiratory system. You enjoy a challenge, and aerobic exercise would be of particular benefit for keeping your lung function in shape. Of course, you should never, ever smoke … you wouldn’t, would you?
Thank goodness you are cool, calm, and collected because June’s excessive Fire can create emotions in you that will make it difficult for you to keep your focus. When fire is too hot, metal starts to melt so remember to stay cool when things get messy; keep your overall strategy in mind when you encounter difficult situations, and then everything will turn out fine.
One of your finest characteristics is loyalty. You are always there for your friends and family, especially those you have known since childhood. Even though you don’t like exposing your own emotions you are always ready to help or defend a friend or partner. Don’t bother to get upset if they don’t reciprocate; loyalty is the name of your game; not theirs.
Most Metal Element people are very capable of cultivating and managing wealth, because they are organized, careful and conservative, very good at math, and planning for the future. Planning in advance is an important life skill, but if things happen to go sideways—and they do—be on guard against self-criticism because you proud and you hate to lose.
Change is not easy for you, but it is possible that fallout from the pandemic will present you with an unexpected need to make new choices. June’s energy is not only hot; it is also a time of expansion and ripening so don’t say, “no” to considering a new path before you have had the opportunity to think things through. Keep an open mind, analyze the situation, and then make your move.
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