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.
Woodies love sunshine, mornings, and being out-of-doors; that’s what keeps your energy flowing smoothly. Wood nurtures this month’s strong Fire energy, so you may have to work a little harder to honor your commitment to regular exercise. Push yourself out the door; it will ramp up your metabolism and mood, and you can blow off some of your extra steam. You’ll be glad you did.
You may need to dial back your emotions this month because June’s abundant Fire energy may try and push you over the edge. If your emotions are getting the best of you or are so intense that they are scaring the people around you, take time out to calm yourself down. Burn off extreme emotions in a healthy way like taking long walks, practicing meditation, yoga, or chi gong.
Ah dear Woodie … you are a sweetheart with good intentions, but sometimes your big personality can push people away. In order to build strong relationships, you need to allow others an opportunity to state their points of view, and you need to listen to what they say without interrupting. Still, water runs deep, so you may be surprised when you find out what quieter types have to say.
You are a joyful, generous spender, and that is fine as long as you can afford it. If you have spent yourself into credit card misery, it’s time to make a strategy to dig yourself out of the hole. Many agencies that provide free or low-cost credit counseling, so with a plan in hand and determination in your heart, it’s time to begin freeing yourself from worrying about money.
Be flexible like bamboo and be willing to bend in your quest to achieve maximum career potential. Remember that every effort requires teamwork and that you need to be willing to listen, share, and learn from others. Drop some of your intensity and act a little silly. Have fun. Laugh. When you are able to relate effectively with your colleagues, the world will be your oyster … and theirs too!
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