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The Rat in the Year of the Earth Dog 2018

February 13, 2018

 

Rat 2018
Who is a Rat?
Years:  1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.
Month*:  December
Hour: 11:00 pm – 01:00 am
Day: ask us
* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. I can let you know this too.

What is a Rat?
The Rat is yang water but with a hidden stem of yin Water, the major Water animal of Chinese metaphysics. All Water on this planet, unless interfered with by outside forces, is connected with and on the same level as all other Water. Sea level at Zeebrugge is the same as sea level at Miami. If I spill my cup of tea here in Surrey and you spill yours in Taiwan, sooner or later they’ll mix. It may take aeons but they’ll mix. This powerful idea may clarify the connection between Water and communication.
Someone said that we have two ears and one mouth for a good reason: that we should listen twice as much as we speak. The issues relating to Water are listening and speaking while keeping the ratios right. The Rat can easily miss this. Some of us are elected primarily to talk and the yang Water of the Rat says it’s you. The Rat is the talker of the Chinese Zodiac. As you know, an unbalanced or distressed Rat tends to clam up or run off at the mouth. Which will it be this year?
The Rat is supreme in the realm of ideas. It is said that when you can tell water from fire, you are a master. The blue of the sky at mid-summer, for instance is not water but fire. Who can identify this consistently? The Rat who is a planner and a plotter and a deep thinker, is the most likely candidate. He thinks ahead, sometimes to the detriment of his awareness of the present. This makes him a good chess player but not so great at poker. He is apt to be too controlling for games that require openness to good fortune. That sort of uncertainty can be painful. Your average Rat wants the credit and to get that he has to be in control.
In conversation you may find that the Rat second guesses in a very distinctive way: typically he gets his correspondent to commit to a position before he states his; a very useful quality in a teacher but not everyone’s cup of tea in a collaborator. The Dragon and the Monkey, even the Ox, may find this reassuring but it drives the Horse and the Tiger wild and to some extent even the Dog.
Being big talkers and travellers, Rats are traditionally suited to work involving communication: sales, oratory and persuasion. In the collaboration with the Rabbit, Rooster and Horse that Derek Walters (himself a Rat) calls the Flowers of Love, the Rat is the talker, the chatter-up if you will, where the Rooster provides the glamour, the Horse the passion and the Rabbit the stamina. A Rat with these additional animals present is effortlessly successful and charismatic. The missing animals indicate his weaknesses. None of them others however is at ease alone in the company of the Rat.
An unbalanced Rat talks too much and listens selectively. A balanced one gets it exactly right; he is fascinating talker and a skilled listener. But this wilful deafness can be a point of pride. Blessed with an orderly mind and excellent retention, a Rat can consider his ignorance of a subject a reflection upon the subject rather than upon himself. This sort of Rat needs to learn to value the convictions of others, especially if they are derived from premises he does not accept.
The Rat is a guardian, a watcher. Sometimes he is self-appointed and the unbalanced Rat has a particular blindness that leads him to believe that his opinion is an absolute. This is more accentuated and less well-informed in his partner the Ox in what some call the House of Creativity (or Cleverness). The relationship between the Ox and the Rat is less that of partners than of pupil and tutor but the Ox can be a particularly obdurate and dominating learner, sometimes drawing conclusions to which he is not entitled and sticking like a limpet to any conclusion he can justify. In these circumstances the Ox is not so much partner or indeed student of the Rat as tormentor. When Ox and Rat are together it is the Ox who calls the tunes.
A very conscious Rat can make good use of his blindness to the value of other people’s positions. She is likely to be able to explain things that baffle others and to derive laws from this gift. To have no explanation however is to open himself up to chaos. If he knows this about himself he can master even the most abstract discipline.
The Rat is versatile and multi-talented though not as notably so as the Pig of whom he is often jealous or the Dragon who can baffle him despite their mutual affinity. Yang water can speak of profligacy with money. The Rat is a brilliant small businessman but often a poor tycoon. In the power triad with the Dragon and Monkey, the Rat may appear to overvalue the hands-on deftness of the Monkey because he finds the Monkey easier to control and may envy the Dragon his magic.
And it is this potential for envy that is the other big weakness of the Rat and lays him open once more to the Rooster of the year who of course shares it. The full-on spontaneity of Fire has always drawn resentment from certain Rats. He can’t admire what he can’t himself master. This can lead to him not getting credit for originality of mind. Consider Water Rat Alan Turing of Enigma fame. And finally the Rat can be a fickle partner but an attentive parent, albeit one who may have favourites. The awakened Rat is absolutely even-handed; that in itself is quite a gift.

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

Sheep Diary, what to expect from July 7th 2015

July 8, 2015

Sheep Diary: the month of the Water Sheep (6th) 2015.
(July 7th 18:30 to August 7th 18:30pm inclusive)

Dun
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Retreat
Hexagram 33

Sheep Month, Animal by Animal.

During this Water Sheep month:
The Rat may speak on another’s behalf.
The Ox may be directly opposed.
The Tiger may see opportunity.
The Rabbit may find an ally.
The Dragon may find purpose.
The Snake may have things to let go.
The Horse may expand his retinue.
The Sheep may join in protest.
The Monkey’s timing is poor.
The Rooster is out of place.
The Dog is in the thick of it.
and
The Pig offers help.

I used to be in an origami group but it folded.

The Sheep is a team-player. However Confucius’ gloss on the month Hexagram (Dun above) in his Commentaries on the Book of Changes is that the “the superior person keeps inferior persons at a distance, with dignity but without ill will.” By “superior person” is meant the sincere and humble seeker after the middle way, the so called jun tze.

The typical Sheep however will join any group that asks nicely. Sometimes this is not appropriate. As a general rule we need to choose associations that support us and/or our objectives. As they say (actually as I say) if you armwrestle with pygmies you’re going to end up on your knees. In short this month is about discernment rather than being up ourselves.

Which may make it timely to point out that feng shui comes to us down two main lines of descent: one from the proto-Taoists who gave the years, months and hours names countless years ago; the other from the diviners of the Zhou Dynasty and their antecedents who named the yin and the yang and developed these two simple ideas into the Yi (that is the Book of Changes or I Ching).

It’s not actually going too far to state that feng shui procedures, cures, corrections or formulae not derived from one or other of these traditions are not really feng shui at all. This is not to say that Chinese Masters do not use other types of intervention – they do – or that three-toed toads and qi lins don’t work, but that strictly calculations not based either in the relationships between the Celestial Animals (Rat, Ox, Horse etc) or the Trigrams (three line figures) of the Yi are essentially folk lore.

Now you know.

Where to do what, when and why.

The South East receives the blessing of the 8 this month. All year that sector has held the 2 Star of increase and expansion. The 2 is a double-edged portent because increase means not only acquisition and hence growth but also growths of various kinds including weight gain. However combined with the benevolent 8, most diviners would expect the expansions to be the sort most of us are looking for; of acquaintance and family, hopes, dreams and facilities. So for this kind of augmentation this month, perhaps place a Water fountain at the Dragon (that is SE1 or ESE) which throughout 2015 also holds the helpful Fortune Virtue Star (which speaks for itself) – or load that area up with plants. Colourful blooms look so great this time of year.
You’ll tend to gain some of this advantage by simply making regular commotion in this part of your building, by occupying it or by facing South East. This last applies particularly to those with an Eastern kua. If you don’t know what that is, do ask. Oh and if you have a South Eastern door, use it.

The Sheep in the Sheep Month in the Sheep Year.

The Sheep is both a team player and an idealist. Which generally means (s)he is all about cooperation. Perversely however, a surfeit of Sheep like this month actually brings something like the reverse.

So Greece has by a 61% majority dug in its heels against the financial powers that be. You might expect the key note of a double Sheep time like now to be obedience. It is. But expressed as its opposite. This is yin and yang; the next stage after the total yang of fruit on the tree is the shedding of autumn leaves.

Central to cooperation is mutual attentiveness. Again these are Sheep qualities. It appears that the half of Europe considers the Greeks ouzo-drinking, tax-dodging wastrels and the rest think of the Germans as humourless work addicts. These are careless stereotypes. What is true though is that austerity has been debunked by major economists such as Paul Krugman, Jeffrey Sachs, Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz. Christine Lagarde of the IMF has criticised its application in the UK while enforcing it elsewhere. All of this will come home er….to roost by 2017.

The Greeks know there’s something wrong with the logic they’ve been presented with. And they have voted for an ideal: a return to prosperity that doesn’t involve further loss. Perhaps the rest of Europe needs to consider the referendum in this light.

And the Sheep is also a joiner. (S)he lives for clubs, peer groups and communities like the EU. Germany is the anchor of this last community and by insisting on a solution that all member nations endorse, is also reflecting the Sheep.

So a rock and a hard place? Or a chance for compromise and mutual understanding? The Sheep stands for both. The Monkey month that follows however is a more mischievous creature altogether. As is the Monkey year of 2016.

Sheep Pillars; know your Sheep rating.

Birth in the Sheep hour (13:00am-15:00pm): biddable children.
Birth in the Sheep month (July*): educated in large classes.
Birth on the Sheep day#: guardian of family.
Birth in the Sheep year: tolerant to a fault.
* Caution, the Chinese month generally starts and finishes a few days after ours.
# Just ask.

Traditional Chinese Feng Shui: a journey through time and space..
Evening Talk and Day Workshop.
In September at the College of Psychic Studies I’ll be teaching the place of intuition in classical feng shui; how we can know what’s right and what’s wrong about a person or place and what to do about it. This last is harder btw.
The evening talk (Tues 8th September) will be followed by a one-day crash course (Sat 19th September). You may find these events especially useful if you know little about the subject and would like a rapid introduction in depth.
Learn feng shui with me in 2015/6
We’re telegraphing these events now because the opening module of my next Feng Shui Starter Course The Wind that Stops at the Water, falls on the weekend in-between (12th/13th September) and you might use these events as an introduction. It’s open to experts, sceptics and civilians alike. Do join us.
Tuesday 8th September (evening) & Saturday 19th September (all day) at the College of Psychic Studies:(www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk)
Richard Ashworth, on the first day of the month of the Sheep, 2015 ©.

www.imperialfengshui.info

Animal Forecasts 2015: 1. The Rodent Less Travelled, outlook for Rats in 2015

January 14, 2015

Who is a Rat?

Years:  1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.
Month*:  November
Hour: 11:00 pm – 01:00 am
Day: ask us

* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. I can let you know this too.

What is a Rat?
The Rat is yang water but with a hidden stem of yin water, the major water animal of Chinese metaphysics. All water on this planet, unless interfered with by outside forces, is connected with and on the same level as all other water. This powerful idea may clarify the connection between water and communication.

Someone said that we have two ears and one mouth for a good reason: that we should listen twice as much as we speak. The issues relating to water are listening and speaking while keeping the ratios right. Often observation of this balance is not the calling of the Rat. Some of us are elected primarily to talk and the yang water of the Rat signifies a high level of communication. The Rat is the talker of the Chinese Zodiac. As you know, an unbalanced or distressed Rat tends to clam up or run off at the mouth.

The Rat is supreme in the realm of ideas. It is said that when you can tell water from fire, you are a master. The blue of the sky at mid-summer, for instance is not water but fire. Who can identify this consistently? The Rat who is a planner and a plotter and a deep thinker, is the most likely candidate. He thinks ahead, sometimes to the detriment of his awareness of the present. This makes him a good chess player but not so great at poker. He is apt to be too controlling for games that require being open to good fortune. That sort of uncertainty is painful to your average Rat. He wants the credit and to get that he has to be in control.

In conversation you may find that the Rat second guesses in a very distinctive way: typically he gets his correspondent to commit to a position before he states his; a very useful quality in a teacher but not everyone’s cup of tea in a collaborator. The Dragon and the Monkey, even the Ox, may find this reassuring but it drives the Horse and the Tiger wild and to some extent the Dog.

Being big talkers and travellers, Rats are traditionally suited to work involving communication: sales, oratory and persuasion. In the collaboration with the Rabbit, Rooster and Horse that Derek Walters (himself a Rat) calls the Flowers of Love, the Rat is the talker, the chatter-up  if you will, where the Rooster provides the glamour, the Horse the passion and the Rabbit the stamina. A Rat with these additional animals present is effortlessly successful and charismatic. The missing animals indicate his weaknesses. None of them of course is at ease alone in the company of the Rat.

An unbalanced Rat talks too much and listens selectively. A balanced one gets this exactly right; he is fascinating talker and a skilled listener. But the very deafness of the less gifted Rat can be a point of pride. Blessed nonetheless with an orderly mind and excellent retention, this Rat often considers his ignorance of a subject a reflection upon the subject rather than upon himself. This sort of Rat needs to learn to value the convictions of others, especially if they are derived from premises he does not accept.

The Rat is a guardian, a watcher. Sometimes he is self-appointed and the unbalanced Rat has a particular blindness that leads him to believe that his opinion is an absolute. This is more accentuated and less well-informed in his partner the Ox in what some call the House of Creativity and Cleverness. The relationship between the Ox and the Rat is less that of partners than of pupil and tutor but the Ox can be a particularly obdurate learner, sometimes drawing conclusions to which he is not entitled and sticking like a limpet to any conclusion he can justify. In these circumstances the Ox is not so much partner or indeed student of the Rat as tormentor.

A very conscious Rat can make good use of this blindness to the value of other people’s positions. He is likely to be able to explain things that baffle others and to derive laws from this gift. To have no explanation however is to open himself up to chaos. If he knows this about himself he can master even the most abstract discipline.

The Rat is versatile and multi-talented though not as notably so as the Pig of whom he is often jealous or the Dragon who can baffle him despite their mutual affinity. Yang water can speak of profligacy with money. The Rat is a brilliant small businessman but often a poor tycoon. In the power triad with the Dragon and Monkey, the Rat may appear to overvalue the hands-on deftness of the Monkey because he finds the Monkey easier to control and may envy the Dragon his magic.

And it is this potential for envy that is the other big weakness of the Rat and laid him open once more to the Horse last year. The full-on spontaneity of Fire draws resentment from many a Rat. He can’t admire what he can’t himself master. This can lead to him not getting credit for originality of mind. Consider Water Rat Alan Turing of Enigma fame. And finally  the Rat can be a fickle partner but an attentive parent albeit one who may have favourites. The awakened Rat is absolutely even-handed; which is quite a gift.

Rat in Wood Sheep Year.

Stars include: toe far,  tin yute gwai yan.

In a Horse year, the Rat is challenged directly. There will have been no ambiguity about this. The bar was set higher and the opposition more determined than ever before. The only redeeming factor will have been that ultimately, strong Water conquers strong Fire. Extroversion makes the Horse in the last analysis vulnerable where the Rat can play safe. This can be a tad stultifying; you may have rejected rivals, suitors and original ideas in equal measure  in the year passed. Think back perhaps; did you forestall disappointment by not entering the competition? This can have been a professional decision , one about relationship or something else. Did you turn your back on big opportunity out of fear? That is the likely pattern of the common-or-garden Rat in a Horse year.

The Sheep year however is a bit different.  You are the duty  tin yute gwai yan or “noble helper” This year you are liable to baulk on others’ behalf. If you are a manager or a parent you may be tempted to keep your charges out of danger and thereby out of the challenge of learning. As a parent this is a bridge too far. Read Kalil Ghibran on this subject. We don’t own our children. We have a simple brief: to bring them to maturity self-sufficient and in one piece . Something very similar applies to people management; the job of the manager is also to make themselves redundant and then move on. You suffer – for the best possible reasons – from being over-protective.  Probably; the Rat is smart though and there exists a species of Rat who follows Gurdjeff in believing that that which does not kill us makes us stronger. This is a harsh credo. Some call it tough love. But there is no meaning to this oxymoron. Love is not tough. Such an approach derives from fear. Fear of engagement, fear of becoming irrevocably emotionally committed.  This year you can’t run from it.

Sounds like quite a year.

Our gifts lie under our curses and the thing is that the Rat has a gift for dealing with this stuff. You are able to communicate deep vulnerable emotion better than almost anyone. It’s just that it’s frightening. That’s why we over-protect. Because if we lay ourselves open, owning our mistakes, rather than trying to be cardboard cut-out perfect parents, who knows what weakness we might own up to? As a people manager, if we admitted our incompetence, what advantage might be taken of us? And what might we learn in the process?

This year the Wood of the Wood Sheep draws us inexorably out. If we will not speak them, our lapses will turn up in writing. If we will not share our failings, our various charges can only learn the hard way. You have been taken on for a reason. Your hard-won experience is not only of value to you but to everyone who follows or attempts to follow your example. You are called to help, to get involved.

Youthful political pundit Owen Jones is a good example; he was born in 1984, making him a Wood Rat, the originator of ideas.  If he becomes an actual practising politician this year, rather than an outspoken voice on the margins, he may make a huge positive difference. And his apparent quandary has a very parental tone to it; there is no one else to do it. There is not a queue down the hall of people prepared to take risks on behalf of  what you care about. So you, Mr or Ms Rat, are, so to speak, elected. Speak your truth.

The Rat by the way has pretty good relationship luck this year. As a keeper of the toe far or Plum Blossom Star, the Rat is both match and matchmaker. Wealth probably not so much. So get on with it; there’s not much to lose. You are a focal point in 2015.

Like last year , the Rat can himself ask for help although the sources are different this year. Seek Monkeys (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) who can’t help but involve themselves with you. Keep them house-trained though. And the Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) who is at the heart of everything this year, is sworn to contain you also. This team is double effective because the Monkey is also duty  tin yute gwai yan this year.

Expect to be defending others a lot. Plan for it. You are likely to be involved in vicarious dispute on and off the whole time. You can be the champion – with all the approbation and empowerment likely to follow in the Monkey Year of 2016. Or you can play safe, That’ll hurt. Step up; you know it makes sense..

Health: food-poisoning, some blocking of the pipes possible. Don’t over-do starch.

Money: undramatic for now.

Relationship: Better for Ratte than Rat. This is a year of largely deferred gratification.

Feng Shui: occupy SE1, the Dragon (East Group) and/or SW3, the Monkey (West Group)

Readers’ Digest Version: a challenge to be risen to for the benefit of all.

Richard Ashworth © 2015

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