- June 5: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse
- June 18: Mercury Retrograde through July 12
- June 20: Summer Solstice
- June 21: Father’s Day
- June 21: New Moon and Solar Eclipse
May Recap: Focus on the Knowledge Gua
The May 22nd new moon correlated with the Knowledge gua. This is the front-left corner of your house, every room in your house, your land and your business, office or workspace. The Knowledge gua is about knowing yourself at a deep level. It’s about being comfortable with yourself and really loving who you are. It partners with the Relationship gua in the opposite corner, the back-right.
As a result of the Venus Retrograde we’re also moving through (May 13 – June 25), relationships are being reconsidered and revalued on many levels. The underlying issue is about truly valuing yourself and the gifts you bring to the world. If you haven’t done so, look over the front-left corners of your home and the rooms in your home prior to the June 5th full moon. Remove clutter and refresh the areas. For specific tips, review the May suggestions for your Knowledge gua here.
June 21 New Moon Focus: Family Gua
The focus for June is your Family gua. This is the left-center of your home, every room in your home, your land, and your workspace. The Family gua is about the roots that run deep throughout your life. It relates to blood ties to your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and cousins.
The proverb “blood runs thicker than water” is an appropriate reminder about this gua. According to Wikipedia, the earliest record of this saying comes from 12th century German. It means that family bonds are stronger than those of friendship and love, and they always will be. Good or bad, family ties tug at you throughout your entire life. So, how about honoring this in your space and in your life?
The Family Gua and the Thunder Trigram
Thunder is the I Ching trigram associated with the Family gua, your family of origin. This is depicted as a solid line on the bottom and two dashed lines on top. As a result, this gua also relates to the energy of the Eldest son, East, Spring, the Wood element, the color green, the liver and gall bladder network, and your feet. Your feet root you to the Earth and to your ancestors. You draw energy into your body through your feet. In your home, the Family gua represents new beginnings and ideas. It’s the foundation from which you operate. It’s your roots.
The I Ching teaches us that the Eldest Son is the one who breaks new ground and paves the way for others that come after him. Although his path is not always easy, the Eldest Son leads the way among the children. As parents learn with the first child, the rules are often relaxed for those who come along later.
Family Gua Representations
From a health perspective the liver is the organ network associated with the Family gua. The liver and gall bladder are the organs activated during the spring. The liver stores and distributes nourishment for your entire body. It provides essential support to your entire body and it has an amazing ability to regenerate itself after an illness or injury. A spring liver cleanse is a healthy practice to move ahead, after the slower and denser energy of the colder months.
The color associated with the Family gua is green. Think spring green … the color of many leaves as they puff out in the spring. Green is also a color of health and vitality. It’s uplifting and energizing. The Wood energy of trees represent the Family gua. Tall, healthy trees with roots that run deep into the earth are wonderful symbols for Family energy.
Wood energy is strengthened by Water and weakened by Fire, Earth, and Metal energies.
Wood energy is about growth and expansion. Wood is represented by:
- Fresh flowers, plants, and trees
- Pictures or art depicting flowers and trees
- Floral fabrics and patterns
- Vertical stripes and tall columns
- Green and blue
Water energy helps to create flow. It also brings reflective and philosophical qualities. Water is represented by:
- Water features and water itself
- Mirrors, windows, glass, reflective and shiny surfaces
- Black and very dark colors
- Free form, wavy and symmetrical shapes
- Pictures of lakes, rivers, harbors, ocean views
Every area should have representations of all Five Elements. Although Wood energy is the dominant energy for the Family gua, introduce Fire, Earth and Metal energy to balance and harmonize the area. A space is balanced when it feels good to you, when it’s comfortable without being too active, and it’s uplifting while also feeling peaceful. It’s a place where you feel happy and you can also relax.
Fire brings dazzling, sparkling energy to a space. It is represented by:
- Fire, flames, lights, sunlight, candles
- Triangles, pyramids, diamond and cone shapes
- People and animals
- Electronics and electrical items
- Red, burgundy and the red palette
Earth energy grounds and anchors your space. Earth items include:
- pottery, earthenware, bricks and clay
- seashells and natural items
- square shapes
- oversized or heavy furniture that hugs the floor
- yellow, brown and earth tones
Metal energy helps bring clarity to a space. Metal items include:
- all metal: gold, silver, brass, aluminum and more (pots & pans, lamps, picture frames…)
- marble, granite, flagstone
- natural crystals and rocks dug from deep in the earth
- circles, oval and arch shapes
- white, gray and pastel shades.
Complement Wood and Water energies in the Family gua with items that represent Fire, Earth and Metal energy. For example, people represent Fire energy. Family photos are one way to bring in fire energy. Play with the elemental aspects of the picture frames via the material, color and shape of the frame. A photo in a black, metal frame brings in water and metal energy. A vertical frame adds Wood energy and a square frame symbolizes Earth energy.
Tips to Enhance Your Family Gua
- Add a tree picture, sculpture, or image. One with deep roots works well.
- Include some green (or blue). A fresh spring green is vibrant.
- Strategically place happy family photos.
- Incorporate some vertical stripes or tall columns.
- Add a water feature.
- Hang a beautiful mirror that reflects something pleasing.
- Free flowing and wavy shapes are helpful. They support flow and movement.
- Outside, create a gathering space for family and friends.
For optimal results, clean and energize your Family gua prior to the June 21 new moon. Then, set your intention and strengthen it by doing a meditation on the day of the new moon.
Write Your Intention
Write down your wishes related to family bonds, relationships, or other matters. Use present tense, positive words, just as if it is happening now. For example: “I am so grateful that my family is reconnecting during this challenging time and that our relationships are growing stronger than ever.” Place your intention in a red envelope, reinforce it with a prayer or blessing and place it in your Family gua. The more specific you are, the easier it is to get results.
Reinforce Your Intention with a New Moon Meditation
Do a mediation on June 21, the day of the new moon, to help your intentions take shape. Think of this as planting a seed. When you specify your intentions and then bring attention to them via a meditation, you’re planting the seeds of change, helping them to further develop or strengthen the situation at hand. Believe in your intentions, get excited about them, and visualize the results unfolding in your life. After this, go about your daily activities and check back in two weeks with the July 4th full moon and Lunar eclipse.
June Eclipses: The Shifts Continue
We’re in eclipse season again, with three eclipses between June 5 and July 4th. Eclipses come in pairs and occur six months apart. We’ll experience a lunar eclipse with the full moons on June 5th as well as July 4th. There’s also a new moon solar eclipse on June 21.
Eclipses represent times of significant change. The shifts can begin about 30 days before and after each eclipse. The issues they bring up can last three to six months for a lunar eclipse and up to a year for a solar eclipse. Some eclipses are beneficial, and others are challenging. The June/July eclipses are challenging ones. They’re associated with separations, restrictions, and misconceptions. Given the times we’re in, this is no surprise. It’s best to lay low during the eclipse cycles and take action after at least 30 days have passed.
Although we won’t see the eclipses in the USA, you can be affected by the eclipse energy if it interacts with important points in your astrology chart. The June 5th lunar eclipse can be seen in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East South America, Antarctica, and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. It’s a big path!
The June 21 Solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa, south of Pakistan, India and China.
Learn more about the eclipse paths here.
Mercury Retrograde June 18 – July 12
If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while, you’re likely to be familiar with Mercury Retrograde cycles. If you’re new, Mercury is the planet that rules communications. Approximately three to four times a year, Mercury appears to back up for about three weeks.
Mercury retrograde periods are wonderful cycles to clean things out and to catch up. They are not favorable periods to begin important new initiatives, sign contracts (including marriage), purchase electronics (including cars). Communications easily go awry during these times, tensions can run high, more arguments ensue, accidents and mishaps happen. See the separate blog post for more details.
June 20: The Summer Solstice
Do you believe we’re already at mid-year? The Summer Solstice is Saturday, June 20th. This is the longest day of the year. After this, each day will grow shorter by a minute or more. I find this day bittersweet. I love the longer, warmer days! I would love for time to expand so that we can enjoy it for a longer period. Learn more about the Summer Solstice from the Farmer’s Almanac.
Father’s Day and the Helpful People Gua
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. The area of your home, property or workspace that correlates with Dad is the Helpful People and Travel gua, the area with the strongest male energy. This is the front-right corner of your home, your yard, your office or your business, when the space is divided into a grid of nine, like a tic tac toe board.
This is the gua that is affiliated with heavenly help. Helpful People are those in this world, as well as those on the other side. This is the area to energize if you’d like to honor your relationship with your father or strengthen a relationship with “the man” in your house (or life). Also energize the front-right corners of rooms and spaces if you’d like to attract more help and assistance for yourself or your business. This area is a Metal gua. Metal energy sharpens a situation and brings clarity.
There’s a lot going on in June this year! Buckle down and enjoy the month.