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.
You make exciting things happen when your elemental energy is in balance, but keep in mind that stress, a close cousin of change, can block and weaken the flow of your energy. A careless diet, endless stress, recreational drugs, and excessive alcohol weaken the Wood/liver energy and make your nervous system brittle. For optimal function, always pay attention to taking care of yourself.
Just like bamboo, healthy Wood Element people are strong and flexible. As a capable, determined person you know how to push ahead, but you may have forgotten about the importance of cultivating adaptability. Being flexible isn’t the same as being wimpy; it will simply make it easier for you to adjust to whatever life, and June’s yang energy, throw your way.
Fire’s energy is yang and so is the Wood Element. That is why too much stress can make you so cranky or cross that you create pushback from others. If you become overextended it will also be difficult to bring yourself back into equilibrium, so your challenge will be to learn how to calm and redirect yourself when you run into stressful situations, and to lead by calm example.
The post-Covid financial world is likely to be tricky to navigate, so don’t make any rash decisions. In addition to evaluating your job stability, recent history, and prospects, you need to have a look at your savings. If you have had to dip into emergency funds, it’s time for you to start getting your savings back on track. Slow and steady saving, is the name of this game.
In addition to data literacy, the post-Covid workforce will need people with soft people skills who are adaptable, can think clearly, and collaborate well. You are an energetic, charismatic rainmaker who gathers people to make exciting things happen. Just remember that “adaptability part of the equation; learn from others, listen as much as you talk, lead the team but be part of it as well.
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