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.
Go to bed early and get up early because your best time of the day is morning. Your element is all about sunlight, so roll out of bed, lace up your sneaks, and take a nice long walk before it gets too hot. Wood is a growing, living thing, an organism that is attracted to sunlight, so go outside nice and early before the sun gets too intense, and have yourself a nice walk or an invigorating run.
Woodies have lots of emotional oomph…and that’s the way it is! June’s abundant Fire Element energy may try to push you over the top, so dial down your output so you don’t overwhelm the people you love or tire yourself out either. Your yin animal is the sociable rabbit who enjoys the company of others, so cultivate a bit more rabbit energy rather than your strong, yang tiger roar.
Yang's tiger attributes are fairly self-evident: colorful, fearless, and strong. If you are in close proximity with family members at home, or you are in charge of colleagues at work, try to channel the softer rabbit part of your personality, and try to get comfortable with being one of the crowd without a need to stand out or show off. Be a kind, friendly bunny and everyone will love you.
Oh boy, these are scary times … especially so for tigers who are animals that like to spend freely. Adjust your priorities and your expectations and be very careful about racking up credit card debt. Buy only the essentials during these lean times, because who knows how long it might last? Use these challenging times as an opportunity to learn how to manage with less.
Think of yourself as a flexible, yet incredibly strong, bamboo plant. June’s rampant Fire energy may try to push you this way and that, but strength lies in your flexibility. If Fire pushes you one way, bend and flex the other way. Bamboo is a lightweight, yet strong plant, so if push comes to shove, lighten up rather than dig in and see look for some humor in difficult situations.
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