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 午, a time of robust, hot, male yang Fire Element energy. It is no surprise that the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, occurs in a Fire Element 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 .
If you happen to 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 June 3rd. Dragon boat racing is a 2,000-year-old tradition; in Chinese culture, a dragon represents good fortune—it is the strongest, the luckiest, and the most yang of all the animals in the Chinese horoscope.
Before the festival begins, parents prepare fragrant herb-filled silk pouches strung on silken threads. During the festival, the pouches are hung around children’s necks or tied to their garments as a charm to protect them against evil. Steamed rice dumplings, or zongzi, are a traditional Dragon Festival food; they are filled with meat or red beans and wrapped in bamboo leaves.
In the west, both Father’s Day and Juneteenth be celebrated on the 19th. Juneteenth is believed to be the oldest African-American festival; it is a blend of two words: “June” and “nineteenth,” and honors the emancipation of enslaved peoples and dates back to 1866 in many parts of the US.
This year summer officially begins with the solstice on June 21st. 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 because who knows what exciting things could happen!
Polish up your dragon boat, hug dad on his day and check out Juneteenth street fairs, parades, and concerts. Read this month’s horoscope to find out what Fire energy is bringing your way in this, the very beginning of summer.
Your time of day is the morning, and the sunlight inspires you to go to bed early and get up early to go outside and take a walk in the morning sunlight. Avoid being out in the hot midday sun because in June you are vulnerable to sunburn pain and inflammation. Have fun in the great outdoors, but play safely. Keep inflammation at bay with tasty ginger, garlic, turmeric, and black pepper.
Pay close attention to self-talk and counteract any negativity with positive thoughts. June is a strong yang Fire month which means you may be subject to angry outbursts and temper flares if others thwart your powerful energy. Calming meditation or relaxing qi gong can help you find peace of mind if you have to deal with people whose ambition is not aligned with your own.
In a yang Fire month, your energy is potent, making you push too hard and inadvertently wound others, particularly if they do not recognize your good intentions. Try to understand their point of view before you speak your mind. You are quick, authoritative, and creative, and that is why it can be frustrating for you to be a member of a team rather than the leader of the team.
You are more than capable of achieving financial wellbeing, but in a strong yang Fire month like June, your assertive, powerful energy could easily get out of control. Back off a little, take your time and do careful research before jumping on an offering that sounds too good to be true. Avoid making impulsive financial decisions that could lead to regret and unpleasant consequences.
If you are bottled up with suppressed frustration, it will affect your performance and ability to relate effectively with your colleagues. Communicate your vision clearly and calmly, but open yourself to the idea of sharing your feelings rather than suppressing them. In revealing yourself, you will engender stronger connections with others and help rally them to help achieve mutual goals.
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