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Stop & Search: the Month of the Wood Dog 2019

October 8, 2019

Stop & Search: the Month of the Wood Dog 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for October 2019
(17:36 October 8th to 02:42 November 8th 2019 inclusive)

Bo
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Stripping
Hexagram 23

Special attention this Month: on Dec 7th & 8th I will be talking online via Zoom about the prospects for the Metal Rat Year 2020, the Year of Watershed. Please email Sheila for further information on sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

The Wood Dog Month Animal by Animal
The Dog is a tad frustrated,
The Pig is still on their mettle.
The Rat may see obstacles immediately ahead,
The Ox prepares for power,
The Tiger returns once more,
The Rabbit is in charge,
The Dragon is in opposition,
Rescue for the Snake may be seem distant,
The Horse gets the breaks,
The Sheep experiences breakup of some sort,
The wise Monkey hangs out
while
The Rooster may be looking over her shoulder,

The best way to wring value from your ba zi (that is Chinese Horoscope) is to identify your birth Month, Day & Hour Animal as well as your Year. Your ba zi is a unique cocktail of these & it’s as unlikely that all four are compromised at once as it is that they are all blessed. If in doubt seek an expert.

A 3 month                                     favours assertion & aspiration.
The Dog month                           is primarily concerned with strength.
Where to be this month:         East.
Where not to be this month: West
Favoured Animals:                   Tiger, Horse, Dog & Rabbit.
Especially challenged:             Dragon, Rooster, Monkey, Rat.
The Hexagram (above):            Po Stripping. Mountain on Earth.
Autumnal.

S
      7       9
1             5
6       8       4
Wood Dog

This month’s lo shu: unhelpful wu huang 5 West and san sha North.

Stop & Search: the Wood Dog Month, 2019.
If external differences in rank correspond with differences in inner worth, and if inner worth forms the criterion of external rank, people acquiesce and order reigns in society.”
The Book of Changes, Hexagram 10. Lu Treading.

Pig and Dog are mutually antagonistic. Technically this antipathy is called Gip Sat. Forgetting the plus side for a moment, the Dog can be er…dogged and the Pig can be a swine; together they may make for troubled times.

What’s most admirable about the Dog is probably loyalty but consistency can degenerate to obstinacy; the proverbial Dog in the Manger. World’s most famous Dog currently: Donald Trump. Those qualities, restlessness and immovability are not just Trump’s but also the qualities of the month; some might say of the Era perhaps because they are attributes of those born in 1946 (like Trump, Bill Clinton & George W. Bush) 1958, 1970, 1982 and 1994 as well during the month of October, hours between 7 and 9pm and certain days you’d need a Chinese Calendar or an expert to identify. Look around you: umbrellas, climate protest, shameless despots, this Dog/Pig conflict is impossible to miss.

Among the Pig’s virtues on the other hand are a multitude of talents and sensitivity as to what to say and when; the flip side can be a lack of awareness of the needs of others and a reluctance to share emotionally. Sometimes the Pig has to be prised open like an oyster. Which can of course release a pearl.

And there you have the key notes of the whole of this year: our worst characteristics reflected back to us in our leaders, giving us an opportunity to learn and re-choose. “Won’t get fooled again,” as Pete Townshend wrote, not I imagine intending it to be Boris Johnson’s theme music any more than Mick Jagger intended “You can’t always get what you want” as Trump’s. On the other hand Jagger who as a Sheep has some power over the Dog, might usefully wield it. The Dog can fawn – ask Vladimir Putin.

Put Dog & Pig together and you have a roller coaster. This is not the month for the risk averse to strike out. But for the fearless – typically Horses, Tigers and indeed Dogs – it’s home from home. “A bloody war & quick promotion,” as my Father used to say. Interestingly Rabbits may find success if they keep their heads down and continue to burrow. Not so easy for Dragons and Roosters who are best advised to consolidate, or for Monkeys and Rats who may wander beyond the flow. Wood Rooster Townshend may just want a quiet life: Can’t Explain.

You’ll likely find some of these Animals somewhere in your ba zi – if in doubt, ask – and you’re almost certain to find advantage to be taken. If you were born in a Rabbit month, for instance, however parlous your social life, your career will be advancing. An afflicted Rooster born on a Tiger day may be especially happy at home right now. There’s lots more of course.

I’ve written at length elsewhere about the crash that’s coming. It has indeed started. The Watchtower was last month’s Hexagram of course but this remains a time to watch and wait rather than to leap. And er…don’t go West, young man.

Where to be in October.
Summary: take stock in order to move forward.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 1.
A winning combination: 6 and 1 just need an 8 (ie yin Earth) to form a wealthy 168 combination in the East. Best to keep it quiet. Meditation and deep thought will tend to be served here. Also writing and study. The odd dalliance is possible. Favours women over men.
Assist: Earth: one large crystal, female presence.

Where not to be in October.
Summary: stagnant, hazardous
West, Intervention: Year Star: 1 Year, Annual san sha Month Star: 5.
Not here. Facing or locating West is hazardous for the middle-aged man and the Second Son at this time, especially a Rooster (born 1945, 57, 69, 81, 93). Best given a miss or indeed a Miss. Be very careful with Water here; anything stagnant should be drained right away.
Mitigate: Metal eg Metal implements & ornaments.

Richard Ashworth ©2019.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info 

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.

Every month we send (at a modest fee) retainer clients a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.
Subscriptions (and further info)sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

 

Think I’d better think it out again: the Month of the Wood Rat 2018.

December 7, 2018
Think I’d better think it out again: the Month of the Wood Rat 2018.
Feng Shui Bulletin for December 2018
(13:30pm 7th December 2018 to 00:09 6th January 2019 inclusive)

 Fu
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The Return
Hexagram 24

Animal by Animal
During this Wood Rat Month,
The Rat hatches a new scheme,
The Ox assumes power,
The Tiger risks excessive ambition,
The Rabbit questions their workload,
The Dragon carries on from before,
The Snake is between stools,
The Horse is somewhat opposed,
The Sheep sees further down the road ahead,
 Monkeys can probably get away with it.
The Rooster quietly entertains,
The Dog holds on then lets go,
while
The Pig feels just a bit less crowded.

 

Remember: Each Pillar of your ba zi is an aspect of your life:

Year Animalphysicality, forebears, the obvious & immediate;
Month Animalthe work place, education, peers, siblings, exes;
Day Animalyou and your beloved;
Hour Animalintimate thoughts, children, dreams, the future.

 

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3             1
2       4       6
7       9       5
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A 4 month is about ingenuity, thoroughness and sometimes intrigue.
A Rat month supports communication, confidentiality and strategy.
Most helpful locations: South East & South West.
Least helpful location: North West.
Favoured Animals: Monkey, Rat, Dragon & Ox.
Challenged: Horse, Sheep, Dog, Tiger
The Hexagram (above): Fu The Return, Earth over Thunder, revival.

Think Id better think it out again: the Wood Rat Month, 2018.

The Rat Month is a weird one. Human beings are essentially programmed to eat themselves to a standstill over the Winter Solstice and then sleep till early February. Lightbulbs, central heating, year-round vegetables and home entertainment however have changed all that. We work, we play, close to 365 days. But the Rat Month, December, yuletide, the time of misrule, remains a punctuation mark between the years.

In terms of the Chinese Gan Zi cycle of Animals that applies obviously enough to years, months, days and hours equally, this Rat begins the annual cross-over period that will complete by mid-February. As I outlined last month, years of course do not begin and end like the slamming of a door; nature does not work for the most part in straight lines or precise moments. And so the energy of the Earth Dog Year is gently subsiding now as the Earth Pig of 2019 rises.

The Rat is yang Water, that is to say to do with communication, which covers actual communication, rumours, scandal, gossip, fake news and downright lies. Traditionally the Dog suffers a certain loss under the Rat, so you Dogs (Donald Trump, this means you!) would be well-advised to identify what (and who) matters to you and care for them during December.

A similar piece of advice would serve Tigers. The Tiger is turbo-charged currently and will be for the next fourteen months or so. But the Tiger’s weakness is cockiness; your natural aggression (which literally means only “stepping forward”) is so easily misunderstood.

The Rabbit continues to prosper and redress the chaos of 2017’s Rooster Year but this month could be overwhelmed with tasks. You didn’t need Chinese Astrology for that. Best get important jobs complete right away.

The Dragon has been busy this year – with mixed results – and the Dog & Pig Months of October and November may have been painful. The Rat is on your side though, bringing your deepest emotions up to the surface to be spoken about and healed if you’ll allow it. Perhaps for the first time in years.

Equally you Roosters will have noticed that you are generally no favourite of the Dog. Burmese ray of hope Aung San Suu Kyi, now sadly dimmed, can for one, attest to this. Almost every slip has begun a slide. Cycles such as the Gan Zi are er… cyclical of course; so expect no special favours before the Ox opens early in January but know that you remain the same discerning bird you were in May.

Sheep and Ox have both had a mixed year too. Almost over; the Ox (who rules the Rat) is pretty much in charge now until the year changes. And the Sheep can finally expect the kind of justice that may have seemed elusive earlier on. 2019 is the year btw you return to the fold – whatever your particular flock might look like.

Rats recover briefly their articulacy, the lack of which may have er…dogged them this year. The yin Water of the Pig means that you may not be through this tongue-tied time yet but 2020 is going to be your year.

Snakes may have found the year to date mostly frustrating with a peak sometime in November. You may find it best now to simply enjoy December quietly. January’s Ox favours you but not excessive mobility. 2019 brings tests of character which could be the making of you.

Horses would do well to look before they leap. You’re powered up for now but that may mean you veer between blinkered and over-confident. The Rat month challenges your beliefs – in a good way if you’ll let it.

Monkeys tend to the irreverent. And for “irreverent” you might read “offensive”. Not everyone gets your humour. But the Rat does. Let your hair down, free up your tongue and go for laughs, I should.

Finally Pigs: co-operation doesn’t always come easily to you. For now, choose your team. Know you may not always get your way but you’ll always be respected for expressing it frankly & compassionately. That’s quite a gift.

Final note: the above are very brief assessments. No astrological analysis especially such a brisk one will ever do you full justice. You always have choice, you are as a wise man once said to me, the camera not the crisis.

The best way to wring value from these prognostications, having said that, is to identify not only your Year Animal but those of month, day and hour. Astrologically you are a cocktail of these and it’s as unlikely that they’re all compromised as it is that they’re all blessed at any given time. Either way this too shall pass. See you next year.
Richard Ashworth ©2018.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info.

Where to be in December.
Summary: dynamic action brings breakthrough.
South East, Determination: Year Star: 8 Dragon Virtue, Month Star: 3.
The 3 is aggressive but the 8 can contain that. This combination is good for all sorts of success other than marital and it’s turbulent. Expect arguments as well as breakthroughs if this area is activated or you occupy it or enter your house from this direction. Obviously enough not great for kids then.
To boost: Wood, eg three strong fleshy plants.

Where not to be in December.
Summary: contentious as hell.
North, Distant Future: Year Star:5 annual san sha, Month Star:9
The tricky 5 is here all year as well as the san sha or “Three Killings” and the visiting 9 just makes it worse: many authorities expect illness relating to the fiery parts of the body (eyes, heart and blood) but the North may just be the place where people get themselves into a stew. Anger, fire and theft are implied. Either way uncomfortable and unhelpful. Stay out! Again. For now.
Mitigate: t’ang lung and/or perhaps a Six-pipe Metal windchime.
Richard Ashworth ©2018.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info.

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.
Every month we send (at a modest fee) retainer clients a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.
Subscriptions (and further info): Sheila@imperialfengshui.info

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

Bringing Home the Bacon:Month of the Water Pig 2018

November 9, 2018
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Feng Shui Bulletin for November 2018
(20:54pm 7th November to 13:30 7th December 2018 inclusive)

 Kun
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Earth
Hexagram 2
 
Animal by Animal
During this Water Pig Month,
The Rat is blocked,
The Ox may be fixated,
Tiger feels safe to pounce,
The Rabbit leaps if she dares,
The Dragon may take a little time out,
The smart Snake preempts opposition,
The Horse frets,
The Sheep sees the road ahead,
 Monkeys say just a little too much,
The Rooster stalls,
The Dog looks back,
while
The Pig feels crowded.

 

Remember:      Each Pillar of  a ba zi represents an aspect of your life:
Year Animal:    physicality, forebears, heritage, obvious & immediate;
Month Animal: work environment, education, peers, siblings, exes;
Day Animal    you and your beloved;
Hour Animal:   intimate thoughts, children, dreams, the future.

A 5 month is about power that can be dangerous and hard to master.
A Pig month often emphasises the need for space and versatility.
Most helpful locations: North East & South.
Least helpful locations: tai chi & North.
Favoured Animals: Rabbit, Sheep & Tiger.
Especially challenged: Snake, Monkey, Rooster, Ox.
The Hexagram (above): Kun Earth, Earth over Earth, empowering.

S
4       9       2
3       5       7
8             6
 Water Pig

We still have some slots for Tune-Ups for 2019, getting your space up to date for the changed energy of the Earth Pig Year.
So much is different.
Also there are some places left for my Pig Year Forecast Day.

Contact: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Bringing home the Bacon: the Water Pig Month
There are at least five different ways to calculate when the Chinese New Year starts. One is the day the energy of the daily Star reverses from yin to yang on its journey back to the Fire of the Summer. Very simply that falls on the 28th November this year. So in a sense the Year of the Earth Pig is beginning. If you’re sensitive to these things you may feel it, a delicate prickling in the rind perhaps. This month is different from the rest of the year. It’s anticipatory, as if hanging back for its turn. That is a likely theme of the month: when is the moment to make your move? Clearest answers may fall to Rabbit, Sheep and Tiger but there are helpful days for most of us. You’ll find these set out in my Monthly & Weekly Retainer Bulletins which for a modest fee you can subscribe to.

Those born during a Pig year may feel crowded rather than clear right now. Pigs are often not in clover during Pig months like this or Pig years like 2019. The Pig’s versatility means they are often not easy to pin down. Technically they have Earth, Wood and Water aspects; grounded, aspirational, distracted and emotional all at once. You may know people born in 1947, 59, 71, 83 or 1995 who are like this. For them these are likely to be ancestral traits, passed down the generations. Nature, nurture or dna? Who knows? Hillary Clinton (Fire Pig 1947) must have mixed feelings about the female surge in the Congressional mid-terms.

You may equally be familiar with individuals born in the Pig Month – that is November (although the Chinese month actually runs from around the 7th Nov to 7th Dec). They will often show the same wide-ranging interests, skills and need for space as Year-Pigs. And right now a feeling that the time has not yet come. But for the Month-Pigs this will tend to be restricted to the realm of work. Maybe mull these ideas over as they relate to the duties of  monarch-in-waiting Prince Charles (born November 1948).

Those born in the Pig Hour (between 9&11pm) may know these same things about themselves and their children but be in no great hurry to share the information. Be sure though that you have the precise time of their birth; it’s an unusual midwife who thinks “Let’s get the time right for the astrologers” before ensuring the baby is alive and well. Such ba zis can as you might guess, be a nightmare to draft; the Hour-Pig is an elusive porker.

And finally people born on a Pig day may open themselves only to those who know them well. Flexibility, versatility and inclusion are close to their heart. This month could be a busy one. About which they may have mixed feelings. Take 1965 Wood Snake JK Rowling; with record-breaking play, new movie and tv series, she probably has her hands full. Many ba zi practitioners would say she might actually be most helpfully considered a Pig rather than a Snake.

For the rest of us the Pig is now in the very air we breathe. As I said above, Rabbit, Sheep and Tiger are likely to find this empowering; Rooster, Ox, Snake and Monkey not so much. Dragon and Rat may find it hard to turn words into deeds, Horse and Rooster may be frustrated by lack of attention.

Again whether these Animals rule their Hour, Day, Month or Year of birth is critical; if that question intrigues, ask someone who can read a Chinese calendar to identify all four of your ruling Animals. Who knows what you may discover about yourself?

Richard Ashworth ©2018.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info

Where to be in November.
Summary: prosperous.
North East, Wealth Star: Year Star: 3 Moon, Month Star: 8.
The 8 is the Star of Prosperity. When it arrives in the North East it supports the meditation, spiritual connection and fertility natural there but activated it may make the area unusually aspirational, especially for West Group people (kuas 2 6 7 & 8), Rats & Pigs. Prayers may bear unusual fruit. Bright light will once again activate. Not for kids though or pregnant women.
To boost: Fire, that is bright light, as close to 24/7 as possible.

Where not to be in November.
Summary: morbid.
North, Distant Future: Year Star:5 annual san sha, Month Star:1
The North remains contentious as hell. The visiting 1 Water Star is little help: most authorities predict illness relating to the watery parts of the body such as kidney, bladder and ears. Also heartbreak in love. Do not face this direction or enter your house this way if you can possibly avoid it. Stay out! Again.
Mitigate: Anchort’ang lung (what’s that?) only.
Richard Ashworth ©2018.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info.Anchor 

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.

Every month we send (at a modest fee) retainer clients a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.

Subscriptions (and further info): Sheila@imperialfengshui.info
Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

 

Earth Pig Forecast Day 2019 UK: A World of Truffles

October 26, 2018
A World of Truffles
Richard’s Forecast Day for the Earth Pig Year 2019
Godalming, Saturday 1st December 2018.
 

2019 The Year of the Earth Pig.

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglit.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
AA Milne.

The Pig is an optimist. She’s a sticker because she know things work out. Even when they look like they won’t. This is that kind of year, I think.

As it happens some of the most important events in Chinese history have fallen into Pig years – notably 1911 when the first shots of revolution were fired and 1935 the year of the legendary Long March. These both formed the beginnings of long series of events; there was blood, sweat and toil to follow before the tasks were complete. The Metal Pig Year (often called the Golden Pig) is proverbially prosperous but that prosperity is the culmination of concentrated effort.

As I said, it’s going to be that kind of year. My task as diviner and thinker-ahead is to suggest ways to work this to our advantage. And not just for the Rabbits, Sheep and Tigers whose free ticket may come at the price of awareness.

Above all the Pig is versatile. From the earliest times rural Chinese kept Pigs in the lower floors of their houses – perhaps the earliest form of central heating. This speaks both of the ingenuity and realism of the Chinese and the usefulness of pigs. Or Pigs.

So those born in the Pig year (1947, 59, 71, 83 & 95) are likely to be multi-talented multi-taskers and have many interests. Career wise they may be spoiled for choice. Which is mostly a good thing of course. But as financier, inventor, entrepreneur and mega-sulk Elon Musk demonstrates, not always. And it’s this ability to improvise that will be most valuable this year.

For the rest of us the Earth Pig may mean the sort of upheavals that require us to adapt rapidly. This may apply to your home, your business, your social or your love life. Or all of the above. At home alterations may become necessary, at work, space may be needed for new personnel; socially we may be called upon to suspend judgement and mix with strangers. Outside in the wider world, Brexit, the mid-term elections of the Trump administration and mayhem in the Middle East promise chaos.

Things affect different people differently of course. Rabbits will tend to take this all in their stride while Snakes like Bashar-al-Assad may have big learning thrust upon them. Not a great year for him by the way. Or Monkeys such as Theresa May and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

There’s much more: gravitating to the centre of things will help most of us. Those in houses facing Northwest or Southwest should probably use a different entrance. We will all generally tend to be more dependent upon authority and less trusting of it.

Of all the Animals the Pig is the least able to ask for help. This may be why the formation of cliques and exclusive groups of males are not a Pig kind of thing. Stevie Smith’s poem “Not waving but drowning” is about a Pig. The lessons of a Pig year tend to be about cooperating in order to get by or get ahead. And Pigs themselves are not so great at it; Derren Brown has an interesting year ahead of him while the positivity of Tigers like affable NHS leach Richard Branson may be more distant whistle than anthem and the populist roar of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras more shrill than chilling.

What about your own Animal and your home? The only constant, as the proverb goes, is change and if you know how there are always ways to roll with new challenges and wrestle them to our advantage.


On Dec 1st in Godalming I will be outlining what’s likely to be happening to whom and in which part of the world and which part of your house in 2019 and what to do about it. Join us.                                                                                                 

And on Dec 2nd via Zoom. Timing will depend on your time zone, spaces very strictly limited.                                                                                                                                                 

The cost is £125.00. If paying by Paypal please add a £5.00 supplement to cover their charges.                                                                                                                                                   For more details contact: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth © 2018
www.imperialfengshui.info

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.

Every month we send paying subscribers a comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.

Subscriptions (and further info)sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info