Greetings and happy June!
As the new month quickly barrels onward, let’s pause for a moment to ask the I Ching what we should most focus on for June 2018. This is a powerful question as it forces us to recognise that not everything is important – indeed the principle of essentialism – and that we can channel our energies into being more effective in what we can achieve and improving our happiness in doing so.
I posed this question to the I Ching by casting the coins and interpreting the hexagrams and changing lines that arose. For this month, we have the current hexagram of 37 The Family, with three changing lines in position one, two and five, and the outcome hexagram of 18 Work on What Has Been Spoiled. So let’s unpack what the I Ching is actually asking us to focus on this month.
Hexagram 37 or The Family, is all about understanding the hierarchy of relationships that we form part of and the responsibilities we carry to the family unit, be that our own family or any form of family we find ourselves in. We are being told that a key part of this month is staying focused and rooted in the intimate group or supportive framework we are part of.
Changing lines are particular lines in a casting (six or nine), which hold so much change that they want to switch to their opposite – a yin becomes a yang, a yang becomes a yin. These provide special and specific pieces of advice, and in this case relate to deeper insight on this focus on family.
In the first changing line, position one, we are symbolically being called to stay within the family ‘house’. This means to stay in the womb or stay close to your core foundation, taking reprieve from within the safety of the home or your internal world. For the first one and a half weeks of June, retreat to your centre and spend time with yourself, your family or in your safe space. The time is simply not right to be on wild adventures in places far outside your comfort zone. Yes, the I Ching is saying it’s okay to stay in your pyjamas and binge watch Netflix! The time to leave the dwelling will come.
The second changing line, in the second position, takes us through the second third of the month. In this line, the symbol is the ‘fire in the hearth’. Here we are being asked not to seek glory or achievement for ourselves yet to stay focused in the centre of the family and to symbolically feed those around us. The hearth has always been a powerful symbol of the burning furnace core of the home, and we are tasked to focus on keeping the light burning for others. This may be frustrating if we want to pursue our own individualistic goals, yet now is not the time. Our task is to support those around us to do so. Bear in mind this may apply equally to your private life as it does to your work or business life – look after those around you and provide what is necessary. You are at the centre of this work or group and are pivotal to its success.
In the last third of the month, we focus on the last changing line in the fifth position. This is a powerful line and takes the symbol of the home from the dimension of the personal family to the much bigger spiritual family. Here we are told that we can create an anchor point for a much bigger family or a community that is far beyond ourselves. This is a call to care for others in a deep and meaningful way and brings a powerful flood of energy in return. Think of your life as a temple through which many will find inspiration and healing. How can you activate this more deeply in June?
The outcome hexagram is 18 Work on What has Been Spoiled. This indicates that our ability to stay focused on the symbolic home and nourishing others over the month of June will help us to put our world to right and create order where before it was chaos. Hexagram 18 refers to the weedy garden that has grown to its dishevelled state through neglect. Some aspect of our life in June will come under scrutiny and we will see the weeds for what they are. Service to others and anchoring ourselves in the home or the centre, are tools to help us clear out our garden and restore order and harmony.
Best wishes to you for the month ahead and may family and order be yours in June 2018. The I Ching is direct and evidential – work with these focus areas for June and you might be amazed at how accurately the I Ching has directed your attention and the results that accrue. Look to both your personal and professional selves as you apply this.
If you have any experience that resonates with these hexagrams and changing lines over the month, please do share your insights by posting a comment below.