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The Mute Cry: the Month of the Wood Pig 2019.

November 8, 2019

 

The Mute Cry: the Month of the Wood Pig 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for November 2019
(02:42 November 8th to 19:20pm 7th December 2019 inclusive)

Kun
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Earth the Receptive
Hexagram 2

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The Wood Pig Month Animal by Animal
The Pig has some awkward moments,
The Rat is best not jumping the gun,
The Ox is ahead of the game; caution,
The Tiger is firing on all six,
The Rabbit remains in charge,
The Dragon settles,
The Snake contends,
The Horse loses the 50/50 ball,
The Sheep: the best part of breaking up,
The Monkey rebels
The Rooster chooses between profit & ego
and
The Dog may be opposed.

 

A 2 month                                     signifies increase of all sorts.
The Pig month                             can be about the mute cry for help.
Where to be this month:          East.
Where not to be this month:  North East
Favoured Animals:                    Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger.
Especially challenged:              Snake, Monkey, Rooster, Ox, Pig.
The Hexagram (above):             Kun The Receptive. Earth over Earth.

S
1            8
9       2       4
5       7       3

Wood Pig

This month’s lo shu afflictions: wu huang 5 North East; san sha West

The Mute Cry for Help: the Wood Pig Month, 2019.

There are only two communications: love and the cry for help.”
Dr. Chuck Spezzano.

Pig Month, Pig Year, double Pig. We approach peak porker. Whatever your year has been like to date it’s about to be more so. If you’re a Rabbit, Sheep or Tiger that might sound pretty good; whether that’s the Animal that rules your Year, Month, Day or Hour, you have to a greater or lesser extent been in pole position all year. Fill your boots.

To the average Snake or Monkey however the prospect is of further frustration; to the Dog more gip sat; that is to say opposition and robbery. And to the Pig him or herself, who may have seen every two steps forward followed by one backwards in 2019, pretty daunting. Traditionally Pigs don’t rub along too well with other Pigs. That’s called the “Self Clash” and it’s uncomfortable. The Chinese character for “home” is a Pig under a roof; just the one. In short the Pig Year is unlikely to be a Pig’s best year, Pig Month just piles it on.

What’s to be done about this? Not only for the above unfortunates but also those Oxen & Roosters whose plans may have not entirely fallen into place either? Again if your Year, Month, Day or Hour fall to these or the Pig, you may resonate.

The Pig is yin Water. And Water is communication; not represents, symbolises or stands for; Water is communication. Brooks babble and oceans roar and we are all 80%+ Water; the human being is a communicating creature. We are if you like, all pools in the same sea. And all Water is in downward pursuit of all other Water at any given time; Water above our heads – loft tanks and aqueducts as much as pregnant storm clouds – are inherently awkward. We suspect them because we know what the Water wants to do: to travel downwards as long as there is a down to travel to.

So it’s about communication this double Pig month; it brings an opportunity to disclose. Self-disclosure of course is the route to intimacy; when we share our profoundest fears we are to an extent relieved of them. Which is a healing process but often not an easy one. Many of us are programmed to mistrust vulnerability. Pigs more than most.

As I say, the Pig is yin Water and where yang is great, yin is small; where yang is rapid, yin is more stately; where yang is effusive, yin is more reserved. So where the inherently Yang Water Rat is often an effortless communicator, the Pig may have to learn to speak out. Unsurprisingly Pigs are sometimes not so good at asking for help.

Which means this month offers a big opportunity to listen. The solution to the Dragon’s characteristic angst has always been to heal and teach, to put the attention outwards. But in this lies the month’s prescription for us all. Within this missive you have some sort of guide but I’m suggesting something further: this month is the one to be aware of the cries for help. Some may be mute and some insistent, some near and some far. But let’s listen. It’s quite possibly not about you.
Richard Ashworth 2019

Where to be in November.
Summary: get your attention out. It may not be about you.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 9.
Stars 6 and 9 jockey for supremacy. Could mean good clean competition (and maybe not clean). Best to keep the East strong with Wood. Turbulent but assertive. Young men (who belong to the East of course) may like this just as it is. Not for boozing or schmoozing but perversely creative.
Assist: Wood: three solid plants.

Where not to be in November.
Summary: unhealthy, hazardous
North East, Wealth: Year Star: 2 Month Star: 5. Wu huang.
2 and 5 Stars connote minor ailments, loss and crisis. When they coincide at the so-called Ghost Gate of the North East, they’re also full of unhelpful surprises. Steer clear. If this is your roost, clear out; just for now, the following months look pretty good.
Mitigate: Add t’ang lung charm. Other than the saltwater cure which is in my experience both hit-and-miss and messy, t’ang lung is the only counter that works

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, Naomie Harris 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 subscription 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.

These days Richard’s teaching is almost exclusively one-to-one online. If you’d like to study classical feng shui or ba zi with him or crave other enlightenment including details of subscriptions, contact: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com
Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

Look & Listen: the Month of the Water Rooster 2019

September 9, 2019
Look & Listen: the Month of the Water Rooster 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for September 2019
(07:24am 8th September to 17:36 October 8th 2019 inclusive)

Kuan
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The Watchtower
Hexagram 20

Animal by Animal
During this Water Rooster Month,
The Rooster is challenged to rise to the occasion,
The Dog takes up others’ challenges valuable,
The Pig remains delicate.
The Rat may only be at half-power,
The Ox receives as she gives,
The Tiger returns,
The Rabbit searches his heart,
The Dragon is back in the hot seat,
Support for the Snake may remain double-edged,
The Horse can see the breaks,
The Sheep holds back,
while
 Monkey finds it all a bit anti-climactic.

A 4 month                        brings intelligence, curiosity & invention.
The Rooster month      is primarily concerned with the visible.
Most helpful location:  North, South.
Least helpful location: North West
Favoured Animals:       Snake, Rooster, Ox, Dragon.
Especially challenged: Rabbit, Dog, Sheep, Pig.
The Hexagram (above): Guan Wind over Earth. Watch & wait.

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3          8          1
2          4          6
7          9          5
Water Rooster

For action this MonthThere are literally one or two places left on my on-line live Book of Changes Workshops 19th & 20th October. Contact us on if you’d like to join. sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com.
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Look & Listen: the Water Rooster Month, 2019.
A superior personality will have a view of the real sentiments of the great mass of humanity and thus cannot be deceived.” The Book of Changes Hexagram 20.

Message to Rooster: when the superficial seems enough, dig deeper.

A Rooster Month in a Pig Year is likely to bring some sort of relief following the antics of the Monkey Month. Wilful foolishness was the keynote then but this month is likely to bring both doubling down and apology. Awareness of error is a good place to start rebuilding and the Rooster brings some consciousness as to what sort of figure we have been cutting.

Such a revelation can be mortifying and offer a choice between repeating ourselves shamelessly or waking up. These kinds of trends have been clear in public life but possibly more subtle at home or at work. Opportunities to heal may present themselves in a similar way. This may prove easiest for Dragons and hard for Rabbits – perhaps you have been pampered or blinkered. The rest of us are somewhere in between.

Follow the suggestions about where you locate particularly carefully this month (pp5&6) and pay special attention to the days when you have a special edge (p4); if any of the Animals of the Four pillars of your ba zi are here you have an opening. Use it – these dates take hours of calculation and I’m not making this stuff up.

Interestingly one aspect of this and the 4 at the heart of September’s magic square may see female candidates for US President falter; it’ll be the end of the road for several. But not all. Western woman, as the Dalai Lama suggested, will save the world yet.

Note: this is all very simplistic. No astrological analysis can do you full justice and always having choice, you are as a wise man once said to me, the camera not the crisis. Nothing I nor anyone else can advise frees you from the need to make decisions.

The best way to wring value from these brief prognostications, remains to identify Month, Day & Hour Animal as well as that for your Year. Your ba zi is a unique cocktail of these and it’s as unlikely that all four are compromised at any given time as it is that they are all blessed. If in doubt seek an expert.

Where to be in September.
Summary: growth and gain.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 3 Dragon Virtue Month Star: 8.
3 & 8 make Wood enabling a late resurgence of Summer Fire. So if you locate here or face South, expect attention. Such attention may have to be earned but be ready for it; consider perhaps how you’ve ducked it before. Even if you think that’s the last thing you’ve been doing; attachment gets in the way for most of us. East Group kuas 4, 3, 1, 9 such as 1988 Earth Dragons & 1952 Water Dragons (I’ve written about these elsewhere) get breaks against the odds but anyone can earn approval here.
Encourage: Wood (ie plants) also open space.

Where not to be in September.
Summary: all sorts of unhelpful
North West, Authority: Year Star: 9 tai sui Month Star: 5.
The 5 Star in the North West implies the abuse of power; the complaisance of the patriarchy. And the shiny red 9 just makes it worse. Humour is required; a patriarch in this location or entering by such a door needs to take himself less seriously; if he doesn’t others may do it for him. That actually would be the role of a woman seated NW this month; if that’s you, go for it, you will make a worthwhile difference. The 9 is androgynous so gender issues are likely to arise.
Mitigate: Water: external Water butt – just for now. Avoid Wood
Richard Ashworth ©2019.
www.imperialfengshui.infoAnchor

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

Super Sidekick: the Month of the Metal Sheep 2019.

July 5, 2019
Super Sidekick: the Month of the Metal Sheep 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for July 2019
(17:57 7th July to 04:03 8th August inclusive)

Tun
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Retreat
Hexagram 33

Animal by Animal
During this Metal Sheep month,
The unwise Rat‘s tongue may draw fire,
The Ox works best alone
The Tiger can run amok
The gambolling Rabbit gets further than the burrower,
The Dragon trusts,
The Snake seeks representation,
The Horse may receive unearned approval,
The Sheep’s consistent service may be appreciated,
The smart Monkey takes an early holiday,
The Rooster could learn team play,
The Dog risks break-up,
while
The Pig enjoys a better month in a trying year.

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5       1       3
4             8
9       2       7
Metal Sheep

6 month                         yang Metal, Father, Heaven & Authority.
The Sheep month           is a time of joining and belonging.
Most helpful location:   North East – especially for the yin.
Least helpful location:  South East, West disappointing too.
Favoured Animals:         Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Horse.
Especially challenged:   Rat, Ox, Snake, Rooster.
The Hexagram (above):  Tun Heaven on  Mountain. Retreat.Qi descends.

For action this Month:      
Daily He Tu Journeys, now may be the time to tap into the more controllable energy following the peak of the year. The He Tu Journeys may be the way. All you do essentially is walk from one location in the building to another, carrying a crystal tumblestone. If youre adept at breathing you can do it without the crystal; you’re simply moving qi from one location to another so that helpful pockets join and unhelpful ones largly dissolve
This year the journeys are along 5 paths:
Tai chi (centre) to South,
Tai chi to North East,
North to North West,
North West to West and
South to South East.
You’ll need 150 rose quartz tumblestones. And possibly further instructions – just ask.

Super Sidekick: the Metal Sheep Month, 2019.
The Sheep, In the Marvel Comic Universe, Captain America’s sidekick/mate/punchbag/plot device Bucky Barnes is still in an existential limbo. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? But it can; especially if your year or day are ruled by the Sheep. June is an overpowered and often overpowering time. In a Sheep month like this (ie July) however, it is often the Sheep who gains power. That power derives from appropriate belonging. But you have to get it right; it’s so easy to fill in the wrong application form.You Sheep are essentially idealists, some might call you sentimental; be sure your affiliations serve your values at such a time when role models, gurus and the charismatic call out to you.

Message to Sheep: choose company carefully. Comfort is less important than integrity. A good example of a very poor choice born of the need to belong, may be Fire Sheep Nick Clegg’s new job as Facebook’s prevaricator for hire. Charisma, schmarisma.

Indeed there may be no quality more overrated. For all of us the Summer Fire months (Snake, Horse, Sheep) bring a degree of illumination. For some that is attention, for some insight. Some of us embrace this Fire and some of us ward it off, just as some of us are born to perform and some are born to run. One word for the charisma of Fire is toe far, sometimes translated as “the irresistible.” You’ll find toe far in your own ba zi where Hour, Day, Month, Year or Life House is ruled by Horse, Rat, Rabbit or Rooster. You may need assistance of course.

Everyone of us has these qualities in our ba zis – the trick is to pull them out and make use of them when they may be hidden. They’re always there however hard to find.

I sometimes compare feng shui to poker: the trick is to win on the good hands and not lose your shirt on the weak ones. That is to say make use of the best times and places and mitigate the worst.

In feng shui theory, charisma is some combination of toe far and kun (or discipline). Kun is the gale force that sinks a leaky ship but can blow the racing yacht in a zig zag onto the finishing line. Be sure to choose your time and place wisely.

Phases of the Moon during the Metal Sheep month:
New Moon(s):                 Tuesday            July  2nd                 19:16pm
Attention to blooms: cleanse and moon bathe crystals for attraction.
Metal Rat: Total Solar Eclipse. Not much help, so not much more to do.
Full Moon:                     Tuesday              July  16th            21:38pm.
Attention to roots; cleanse & moon-bathe crystals etc that dispel.
Wood Monkey: partial Lunar Eclipse; very helpful, long-lasting effects.
New Moon:                    Thursday             Aug   1st            04:12am
Cleanse and moon-bathe crystals for attraction.
Metal Horse: Promises more than it delivers. Water Sat; don’t place Water.

Where to be in July.
Summary: growth and gain.
North East, Wealth Star: Year Star: 2 Moon (Tiger), Month Star:9
The Earth of the 2 Star together with the Fire of 9 can make for growth of all sorts including the increase of assets. But at risk of minor ailments. This applies to locating facing or entering via the North East this month. Go on; you know you want to. Best for Pigs (1947/59/71/83/95) & Rats (1948/60/72/84/96). Relates to Youngest Son and facilitators; risk the bright lights.
Mitigate: red 6 – six Chinese coins bound together with red thread.
Assist: Fire; bright light.

Where not to be in July.
Summary: all sorts of unhelpful
South EastDetermination: Year Star: 7 sui po, Month Star: 
Unsettled. Confrontational especially for Pigs and Dogs. Poor health, careless words, sharp tongues. Especially uncomfortable for Dragons. Robbery and money loss possible as well as the arguments that follow excessive introspection. Relates to Eldest Daughter and the ambitious woman; get your attention out. Stay out, avoid SE doors.
Mitigate: Water: a bowl of fresh Water changed daily.

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.

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Richard Ashworth©
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Here comes the cavalry: the Month of the Metal Horse 2019

June 7, 2019
Here comes the cavalry: the Month of the Metal Horse 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for June 2019
(07:33 6th June to 17:57 7th July inclusive)

 

Kou
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Encountering
Hexagram 44

Animal by Animal
During this Metal Horse Month,
The Rat may be articulate but unheard,
The wise Ox defends only those who need defence,
The Tiger can please herself but probably shouldn’t,
The Rabbit feels the healthy pain of growth,
The Dragon is unruly,
The Snake is best tacking to the prevailing wind,
The Horse may make unforced errors,
The Sheep is appreciated,
The prouder Monkey is uncomfortable,
The Rooster may be baffled,
The Dog avoids self-indulgence,
while
The Pig can trust in a growing reputation.

S
6       2       4
5       7       9
1       3       8
Metal Horse

 

A 7 Month                     is both Fire & Metal and therefore quite volatile.
The Horse month         is a time of immediacy.
Most helpful location: North West – where foundations may be built.
Least helpful location: East.
Favoured Animals:       Tiger, Dog, Sheep.
Especially challenged: Rat, Ox, Dragon, Monkey
The Hexagram (above): Kou Heaven over Wind. Encountering. Qi turns.

For action this Month:
Daily He Tu Journeys, now may be the
time to gain deeper agency over change.
The He Tu journeys are often the way.
Black stone in a glass jar of Water at
SE, tai chi & NW is a traditional way to
boost business. Change Water daily.
All four Pillars of your ba zi – Hour, Day &
Month as well as Year – Animals respond to
changing month qi in their different ways.
Solstice (just after midnight on the
morning of the 22nd) crowns a frantic
period as the Fire Qi peaks, burns out
and turns to yin Earth. Breathe; pace
yourself. Calmer yin Fire follows.

Here comes the cavalry: the Metal Horse Month, 2019.
The Horse, is by nature, spontaneous, even hasty. There is no fuss with the Horse, no standing on ceremony. This month’s Horse however is tempered with Metal. This is Joan of Arc, the righter of wrongs. Events at this stage, the height of the year qi, define it; righting wrongs is the banner headline. Just as Snakes Basher al-Assad & Xi Jinping met with unexpected opposition last month, so – for different reasons – expect Horses like David Cameron to get in their own way now. And indeed Dogs like Donald Trump.
Message to Horses: don’t. Also Dogs & Tigers who don’t use the empowerment of yang Fire responsibly. For “responsibly” read intelligently.

During this Metal Horse Month
Horse: clumsy. The Horse suffers the so-called self-punishment, meaning Horses don’t much like Horses. Including Horse months. You may feel, encroached, blocked and delayed. Patience; avoid the unforced error.
Sheep: serves, this time a leader or organisation who may appreciate you and definitely will make good use of your talents. Horse is the best friend who’s just out of your league.
Monkey: Horse is a bit much for Monkey. Disclosure may be inevitable, probably won’t be comfortable. Keep your ego under control.
Rooster: head down. Baffling for you, Horse is competitive in a way that makes no sense. Withdraw from competition. The Fire/Metal opposition can make for cashflow.
Dog: full steam ahead. Horse Fire brings the recognition and vision you need. But play within your limits, no self-indulgence.
Pig: still not comfortable in your own skin. But easier. Relaxing into the flow gets you there quicker. Trust that your reputation is growing.
Rat: Month Breaker, diametrically opposed. What you say may be hard to articulate but it’s pretty valuable. Technically you’re clashed. But persist!
Ox: Technically a Harm. Stay alert and aloof or you’ll be involved in second-hand squabbles. Only defend those who need defence.
Tiger: Horse & Tiger (with Dog) make Fire. Pole position. You can pretty much do what you like. Not that.
Rabbit: draining. In a good way. Your yin Wood is creative but the Horse’s yang Fire takes it out of you. Be bigger than exhaustion.
Dragon: a law unto yourself. Summer Fire pushes you. Attitudes may harden and attention may stultify but all the big doors are open
Snake: Year Breaker – all year. Draw upon your innate respect for truth. What is true? You do know. Look within. Tack to the prevailing wind.

Note: this is simplistic. No astrological analysis can do you full justice and always having choice, you are as a wise man once said to me, the camera not the crisis. Nothing I nor anyone else can advise frees you from the need to make decisions.

The best way to wring value from these brief prognostications, remains to identify Month, Day & Hour as well as your Year Animal. Your ba zi is a unique cocktail of these and it’s as unlikely that all four are compromised at any given time as it is that they are all blessed. If in doubt seek an expert.

Where to be in June.
Summary: safe and celebratory.
North West, Authority: Year Star: 9 tai sui Month Star: 8.
There is a fundamental difference between locating in a particular place and orienting towards a particular direction. This year to be oriented NW is not so great but to locate there is extremely helpful. Because of the 8 Star, this month the North West location is the place to prosper and celebrate. There’s a slight risk of infection for older men and those with excessive Metal in their ba zis: such as Snakes, Roosters, Monkeys, Oxen.
Encourage: Fire, bright light 24/7. Additional moon-charged crystals.

Where not to be in June.
Summary: avoid, especially if you’re planning a revolution..
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 5.
Hardship for the Eldest Son, also Fathers and figures of authority. Time out. Build up the Wood here for protection and encouragement – plants, plants, plants. Think long term. If rebellion’s your thing, take a break.
Mitigate: t’ang lung. But mostly plenty of plants, flowers, vegetation..

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.

Richard has one place just available for an online student, please contact quickly if you might want to study with him.

Subscriptions (and further info): sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

Sticky Wicket: the Month of the Earth Snake 2019

May 3, 2019
Sticky Wicket: the Month of the Earth Snake 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for May 2019
(03:28 6th May 2019 to 07:33 6th June inclusive)

 Qian
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Heaven
Hexagram 1

Animal by Animal
During this Earth Snake Month,
The Rat insist on free speech,
The Ox gets a boost,
The Tiger may find things a little meh for now,
The Rabbit flops,
The Dragon expands their following,
The Snake is dutiful,
The Horse is impatient,
The Sheep serves,
The wisest Monkey holds her tongue
The Rooster might mind her back,
The Dog can push on closed doors
while
The far-sighted Pig honours his word.

Remember:   Each Pillar of your ba zi represents an aspect of your life:
Year Animal:   physicality, forebears, heritage, the obvious & immediate;
Month Animal:the work environment, education, peers, siblings, exes;
Day Animal:    you and your beloved;
Hour Animal  intimate thoughts, children, dreams, the future.
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7       3       5
6       8       1
2       4       9

Earth Snake

An 8 Month brings positive purpose.
The Snake month is an uncertain time.
Most helpful location: tai chi – the 8 at the centre of things.
Least helpful location: South West.
Favoured Animals: Snake, Ox & Monkey.
Especially challenged: Pig, Tiger, Sheep.
Hexagram (above): Qian the Father, Heaven over Heaven. Full Yang.

Sticky Wicket: the Earth Snake Month, 2019.
The Snake, sometimes called Little Dragon, rules the times that follow the Dragon: the hours between 9 and 11am, the month of May and the years 1953, 65, 77, 89 and 2001. Actually Snake follows Dragon in many senses; she is the Apprentice to the Dragon’s Sorceror, naturally a student, a disciple and a long-term learner. Typically gifted with tremendous retention and mental abilities, Snake is often called the seeker after truth and may often push the envelope of honesty before finding their role as truth’s guardian. Interesting then that this month’s Snake coincides with the 8 lo shu which demands trust.

The Snake opposes the Pig of course, so the whole year is challenging, but under your own sign, Snakes may find enlightenment. That goes for the rest of us in a less pronounced way. The door to ignorance is often marked “Wisdom” and vice-versa. Those who don’t know this already may appreciate its truth by month’s end. Notable Snakes Tony Blair, Bernie Sanders, Xi Jinping and Bashar al-Assad can look forward to that.

During this Snake Month
Snake: see above. Truth is your pillar of fire. Re-kindle. Especially neglected. relationships. Just because it feels like duty doesn’t mean it’s the wrong thing to do.
Horse: is impatient with the Snake. But then the Horse is impatient in most situations. Hold steering wheel steadily as you depress accelerator. Keep satnav handy too.
Sheep: serves, possibly the wrong Master. Keep your eyes open & be ready to cut losses.
Monkey: Snake can encourage venom. Which is not always either fortunate or comfortable as it makes for win-lose situations. Watch your tongue and you’ll make more friends. Not all jokes require butts. Dismiss nobody.
Rooster: in charge one more month. Mind your back & the route down the mountain.
Dog: some relief but it’s still mostly hard work. Dogs can push forever on closed doors when there are other openings all over the place.
Pig: Pig doesn’t favour Pig. And neither does Snake. The gains you make this month depend upon remembering that your word is your bond.
Rat: insists on free speech. Which may be an indulgence this month. Omerta.
Ox: gets a boost. Your grip retightens on your purpose. What’s that? Your true purpose is what’s left after you discard what sounds good, what you ought to do and what your Mum would approve of. And you didn’t need me to tell you that, did you?
Tiger: Tiger’s yang Wood is drawn upon by the Snake. But not much. A meh kind of month if not used for preparation. Empowered all year, the Horse finds you airborne.
Rabbit: flops a little with the Snake. As the Dragon’s neighbours, Snake and Rabbit are two sides of a coin. Consider your assumptions critically this month.
Dragon: finds followers and students in the Snake month. If that’s what you seek, keep your eye on the ball and be prepared to ask the right questions of the right people.

Note: this is all very simplistic. No astrological analysis can do you full justice and always having choice, you are as a wise man once said to me, the camera not the crisis. Nothing I nor anyone else can advise frees you from the need to make decisions

The best way to wring value from these brief prognostications, remains to identify Month, Day & Hour Animal as well as that for your Year. Your ba zi (sometimes misleadingly called a Chinese Horoscope) is a unique cocktail of these, the prevailing Elements at your birth and it’s as unlikely that all four are compromised at any given time as it is that they are all blessed. If in doubt seek an expert.

Where to be in May.
Summary: a month of progress, creativity and restored order.
Tai chi, Home: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 8.
The centre holds. Be in the geometric centre as far as possible to gain creativity and progress from the benevolent 8 Star. You can rev it up a little with Fire but best use is to be there, doing stuff and throwing out energy. Can you do that for a month? Of course you can.
Encourage: Fire, bright light 24/7. Additional moon-charged crystals.

Where not to be in May.
Summary: avoid.
AnchorSouth West, Relationship: Year Star 5 Fortune Virtue (Rat) Month Star: wu huang.
Except for the 6th and 18th May, steer clear if you want smooth sailing. South West rules relationship (especially with your Mother) and all close relationships area a bit fragile for those who locate this way for now. Same applies to entering via SW door or a building that faces SW.
Mitigate: t’ang lung. Don’t know what that is? Ask.

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.
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The dam breaks: the Month of the Earth Dragon 2019.

April 5, 2019
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for March2019
(09:59 5th April to 03:28 6th May 2019 inclusive)

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Transformation
Hexagram 43

Animal by Animal
During this Earth Dragon Month,
The Rat goes beyond the rational,
The Ox may feel overshadowed,
The Tiger may steam,
The Rabbit gains at the Dragon’s expense,
The Dragon’s ego is challenged,
The smarter Snake simply trusts,
Some Horses are baffled,
The Sheep is spoiled for choice,
One of the three Wise Monkey imagines no evil.
The Rooster is in the power position,
The Dog is exercised.
while
Some Pigs master timing.

Remember:          Each ba zi Pillar 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.

 

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8       4       6
7       9       2
3       5       1

Earth Dragon

AnchorThe Dragon month brings transformation.
Most helpful location: tai chi – the centre of things.
Least helpful location: North.
Favoured Animals: Monkey, Rat, Rooster,
Especially challenged: Dog, Rabbit, Dragon, Tiger, Horse.
Hexagram : Guai Transformation, Lake over Heaven. Sudden change.

The Dam breaks: the Earth Dragon Month, 2019.
The Dragon is said to live in the Earth as a fish lives in Water; its veins, the luan tou carry the qi down from the Mountain to the Water. Qi is invisible to most of us but its effect is not; where the luan tou gives out onto flat land the grass is often greener, the people healthier, the colours brighter, the wind cleaner. Whether we’re in Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Hampstead or Colorado, the heights bestow power and the Water lower down dispenses it. As the classic has it, “the qi comes down from the Mountain on the Wind and is held at the Water”.

Put very simply, if you want wealth and power, seek for your dwelling the ridges just short of the peak. Avoid the peak however; as the Classic goes on to warn: “therefore preserve the Water and protect against the Wind”. Rule number one in choosing a house is to avoid the windswept. Little is stable when lashed by the Wind.

So far, so mechanical; if feng shui theory is not scientific as many Masters would claim, it is at least pseudo-scientific. The above is a big chunk of what I do. It’s the kind of linear advice you’d expect from a Feng Shui Master; powerful and effective and often complex but if your ambition reaches beyond the linear and transformation is your objective, await the Dragon. The Dragon is magnificently irrational. And here it comes.

Transformation – that is when things that have always been one way suddenly have always been another way – calls for great honesty. This honesty falls into two categories: honesty as to what is so and honesty as to what is required. The first is a lunar, yin, kinaesthetic process involving feeling whatever is within us to feel; the second is a solar, yang, introspective and visual process calling for clear objectives. You’ll find the first buried in many spiritual practices and the second at the heart of a hundred thousand self-help books. You’ll seldom find both together, other than, dare I add, in the work I do.

Marianne Williamson author of A Return to Love (as quoted by Nelson Mandela) differentiates between transformational (or miraculous) and magical thinking. For her magical thinking insists that our guardian angels or whatever will save us a parking space, hold a train or win us the lottery. For myself I imagine it’s a quiet day in Heaven when angels care about such trivia but what do I know? Transformation on the other hand breaks all the rules.

The signs are good; the term Dragon is used a thousand ways in Chinese tradition: she commands the left-hand side of a dwelling (looking out) and by extension the left brain of rational thought. The Dragon is mercurial and explosive; unsurprisingly the Chinese character zhen for Dragon, forms half of the ideogram for a thunderstorm, the bringer of sudden change. The hours between 7 & 9am are ruled by the Dragon just as are the years 1940, 1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000 and 2012. And of course the month of April.

So April’s Earth Dragon brings sheer power and as I said the signs are good: the related Hexagram from the Book of Changes is No. 43: Transformation or Breakthrough, the lo shu or magic square is a 9 which stands for illumination and inspiration. And the Earth Dragon relates to 1988, the year when East-West barriers started to come down. In the following twelve months the Berlin Wall fell and even China hovered between reform and repression. Transformation starts here.
Richard Ashworth ©2019

Where to be in April.
Summary: a month of advantage; the centre holds.
Tai chi, Home: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 9.
Month Star 9 stands for illumination and emphasis and it’s occupying the middle of your space right now. When it’s with a helpful Star like the 8, that Star becomes extra helpful. Put very simply, the Heart of the House is extremely fortunate right now, pretty much however you want use it. As GrandMaster Raymond Lo puts it: “conventional wealth & harmony in relationship.” Fill your boots.
Encourage: Fire, bright light 24/7

Where not to be in April.
Summary: sickness Star North.
AnchorNorth, Distant Future: Year Star 4 Sun (Rat) Month Star: 5.
Tricky. Any time the 5 arrives, look out! Possible sickness here, especially for younger Mothers. The North – on the magic square  as on the map – is naturally colder, wetter & darker but at this point also represents a neglected woman. The qualities of the true mature male are needed, bringing stability, advice and security. But you might have to make do with a windchime.
Mitigate: Metal 6 Pipe Metal windchime.

Richard Ashworth ©2019.
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): sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
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Girls’ Talk

February 4, 2019

Girls’ Talk.

Sarah was the middle sister of three. Last year her younger sister died. Following this she took a demanding job, commuted to a town she didn’t know and worked herself to exhaustion. I’ve been setting up her home for the fresh energy of this new year of the Earth Pig.

Before I catch my train home – a rare direct connection to Guildford from the double-glazed rat trap that is Birmingham New Street (where there security barriers keeping you back from the security barriers)  – we sit for a couple of minutes in her car. This last 12 months has been break-neck for her. Now she figures she needs to be still and feel the pain she has been running from.

“Girls Talk” by Dave Edmunds selects itself on her car radio.

It was the Queen who said that grief is the price we pay for love. Probably written for her, to be fair, but profound just the same. And it’s only respectful. I tell Sarah about my own sister who died, pregnant and beautiful aged 32, from whatever follows pre-eclampsia. Eclampsia, I guess.

“I don’t think I felt this depth of grief,” I say. “The grief you’re simultaneously feeling and not-feeling.”

She nods.

“You’re the boss, this is your life,” I say, “But it may be about time to open up to it. We have two choices essentially with feelings: distraction or immersion. And since distraction always leads to immersion, it seems to make sense to go there first. Gin & tonic, heroin, nicotine and soap operas, they all just delay the moment.”

“I know,” she says. “I’ve been so busy. That was what I intended, anything rather than entering the grief. When I get home I don’t want to do anything. Sleep and work, that’s it.”

Her career’s going great.

“The human condition seems to consist of lessons tied up in feelings,” I say, “We call them negative emotions because we generally choose not to like them.”

She takes a deep breath; her eyes glisten and she purses her lips.

She feels her sister nearby, she tells me. I look within; it’s like a wisp of dizziness, a wave of vertigo and then gone. There’s such grief in her eyes now.

The most unusual detail of her house is an odd niche in an outside wall to the South East – the place of the Wind, the ultimate yin, “gentle and thorough but ultimately adamant”, as the Book of Changes has it. South East – the place of sisters. When I visit Sarah I’ve always been drawn there.

I’m not so literal – or as brutal – as to see a causal connection here. Feng shui’s not like that – things do not I think, occur because you get the feng shui wrong. Think of what unhelpful silliness that can lead to. I think the metaphors built into a house simply tell a story that we can sometimes decode and work with: a skid into which we may drive. There’s a small fountain here now, embellished with a sad little angel. It’s all a bit too damp and the pump has stopped. But then it’s January.

Bringing Sarah’s home up to date for the New Chinese Year, now pretty much with us, includes identifying the helpful 8 and 9 “Stars” and “activating” them. Bright light is an effective booster, but in some cases inappropriate because of the energy that’s already there. These are reckoned by many to be the abundance Stars btw. Of which I inform you with due caution.

Every part of our houses equates to a certain member of the family, a location within (and without) the building, particular types of activity, a Trigram from the Book of Changes and a thousand thousand other things. The numbers of the “Stars” are tags for a million metaphors.

Next priority is the 5 or Wu Huang “Five Yellow” Star which is reckoned to bring plagues of boils; generally this isn’t literal. The 5 is ambivalent, both Earth and Fire, and although it belongs in the centre of the house, it flies about. This year it’s in the South West. And it’s doubly tricky because the 5 alone of the integers 1 to 9 lacks a corresponding Trigram. It’s not, unlike say the North West which belongs to the Father and Authority, a member of the family. Feng shui enthusiasts who’ve only been taught Western dilutions of classical theory learn that the 5 Star is Bad with a capital Buh. The nonagenarian guys in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan whose names you’ll never hear, know that the 5 is the power; harnessing it is the Holy Grail.

We agree to tame it with Metal and a t’ang lung charm.

Then I show her this year’s He Tu Journeys. He what Journeys? you might reasonably ask. These journeys make for opportunities to take charge of our space. Each year, each segment of the home houses different Stars (as you may already have worked out) and the ancient He Tu Map defines the connections between them. The 3 Star for instance whose home is in the East but this year has migrated to the South, has affinity with the 8 Star which lives North East but sits at the centre or tai chi this year.

I’m not making this stuff up, honest.

There are four or five daily He Tu Journeys each year. Journey number one for this Earth Pig Year is from the South to the tai chi, bringing light to the heart of things.

I encourage Sarah to take these walks every morning but nothing is lost if a few are missed. Find the beginning location, breathe deeply into it and take that breath to the end location. More powerful if you say, take a tumblestone across the divide, but most powerful when the walker finds their own meaning within it. In that place that we all know to one extent or another, where visualisation meets alpha rhythms, such a recognition moves mountains. We might call it prayer. Prayer consisting of a desperate last minute request may or may not land, prayer that simply identifies and accepts the appropriate cannot miss its mark.

And then we set up a walk from the South to that sad little assembly in the South East, from the Middle Daughter to the Youngest.

She wants to talk awhile before we leave. She says she knows she has locked something away.

“It’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen,” she says.

Ah. Going with the flow. Careful with that. Living is a dynamic process and there’s no limit to the ability of human beings to turn liberating ideas into chains. “Going with the flow” can be one such chain. Sometimes the flow – that is the tao – leads through difficulty, sometimes through opposition. The appropriate path is not always simply a door that’s been left open.

“For myself,” I tell her, “That kind of pain – a broken heart however caused – hangs like a weight until it’s owned. Feeling and not feeling while the mind is constantly engaged trying to solve and explain and reassure. Hurts.  And it’s not much help. The reassurance does not reassure.”

“Sometimes the flow, the Tao, what-have-you demands ingenuity, sometimes a lowering of barriers. Nothing I can do for you will save you from the need to make decisions.”

“I know,” she says.

“Time for a cry,” I say.

“I know that too.”

When I get on the train, the first track that comes on is “I don’t feel amazing” by the Guillemots: “Can’t stop those noises at the door.” She knows that and there’s nothing wrong with her door..

“Just be sure to make those journeys.”

Richard Ashworth © 2019.

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 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©
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Rooster in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

February 1, 2019

Who is a Rooster?

two brown hen and one red rooster

Years:  1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.
Month*:  September
Hour: 17.00-19.00

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 Rooster?

The Rooster is yin metal, the night bird, glamorous and with an eye for detail. She appreciates an argument and likes to win but has little patience for causes that drag on. She will appreciate jewellery, fine art and good living and create wealth easily. Conversely of course a wide-awake Rooster like Aung San Suu Kyi can reject such distractions in order to serve a cause that has indeed dragged on for decades. And like Aung San Suu Kyi can suddenly and mysteriously change their mind. This is yin and yang.

The rule this illustrates by violating is that a typical Rooster is suited to work that involves short decisive arguments such as that of an advocate. Her brief passion is the perfect support for a client. She can defend with enormous commitment and then move on to the next one. That commitment is 100% but it is short lived. If she is in a job that involves holding her peace she may fret and become ill.

Osama bin Laden may be a good example of a typical 1957 fire Rooster: one big splash and he was off. A car must be fast, a partner challenging and life full of twists and turns. The Rooster is likely to be quick witted rather than profound and his attention span is short.

Her allies the Snake and the Ox are sometimes impatient with her because she can digress so widely and so easily but she brings to the metal alliance the pure competitiveness that the Ox might otherwise misuse and the Snake misunderstand. She is pure metal – that is determined to prevail at all costs – and they are not. They will not win many cases or many contracts without her and they would do well to pay and respect her appropriately despite the fact that she needs longer holidays and a better remuneration package.  Conversely if she fails to respect a support system that dots t’s and attends to punctuation and provides the intuitive flashes that the Rooster can exploit but seldom generates, she will not prosper.

Your pitfalls are sex drugs and rock’n’roll. You probably like to party and your personality may be addictive. You are likely to prefer dusk to dawn and also to the small hours.
The Rooster enjoys a powerful alliance with the Dragon in which they, uniquely in the average Dragon’s experience, may hold the whip hand. This is not always entirely healthy. They can bend the Dragon out of shape just as the Ox can bend the Rat. This sway must be employed responsibly otherwise both can be damaged. With that proviso this is one of the strongest alliances in the Chinese zodiac.

The Rooster predictably is one of the charismatic Flowers of Romance. Success and glamorous partners come easily to her. Often a Rooster can punch above her weight in this regard. Cinderella was a Rooster and Yoko Ono. This effortlessness can make for complaisancy, and bitterness is more common among middle-aged Roosters than any other animal. Growing old is hard for the Rooster who is often compared to Snow White’s stepmother. Who is the fairest of us all? Consider these aspects in the contrasting lives of Mick Jagger and Che Guevara both of whom were born – in different years – on the day of the Wood Rooster.

With the Monkey the wily, numerate Rooster can form a commercial alliance. A business co-run by these two will be irresistibly attractive but may not open on time. It may not close promptly either and may also suffer the cash flow problems that come from poor financial prioritisation. A marriage would risk the same types of problem: great parties, early divorce.

The cautious domesticated Rabbit is the nemesis of the Rooster. The Rooster likes bling and the Rabbit can see no life in a stone. Any relationship would generally be full of obstruction and passive aggression. The insistent wood of the Tiger is almost as maddening although his fierceness would at least engage the Rooster’s attention. The loyal, consistent Dog bores her rigid.

My Seattle based Student Stephanie Stewart’s forecast for the Rooster in 2019 follows, do look her up: https://stephaniejstewart.com/

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Rooster in 2019

The Rooster’s conflict with the Rabbit flared up again in 2018. There were problems at home. Support arrived, briefly, from a distance.

Roosters have been struggling just to maintain status quo. They’re having a hard time accepting the changes required to maintain their usual quality of life. In a Dog year, the elemental nature of your pure Metal self was in direct opposition with year’s Fire nature. That kind of stress gets in your head.

The Rooster doesn’t like being cast in a supporting role but in 2018 there was no avoiding it. You may have talked yourself into thinking you couldn’t handle it. Other people perceive the Rooster as fragile. If she relies on that to excuse herself from difficult situations she’ll never find out how strong she really is. It’s only physical risk you need to avoid in 2019.

2019 brings a more peaceful year, but the Rabbit remains strong. You’re still uncertain as to the loyalty of those you’ve supported the most. Is it that you don’t trust yourself? In March, July and November remember that question. It’s not time for your comeback yet 1957 Fire Rooster Matt Lauer.

During May, June and July, regarding any legal matters, keep up with the details. Don’t be distracted by someone in an expensive suit telling you everything is taken care of. Given the facts you can decide for yourself. A Rooster is capable of finding the error in complex calculations when she applies herself. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 1933 Water Rooster, has proved that over and over again.

Romance is draining this year, both for you and your friends Dragon, Snake and Ox. You will find yourself in some kind of triangle – relationship or otherwise, probably in May. There are players in the game that you didn’t know about; could be family members.

You are always surprised when people open up to you so here’s your early warning: it’s going to be one of those years. Be especially available in January, April, and May for friends who need to talk. Model the good faith that you seek.

Keep an eye on the Monkey, your partner in the House of Business. Their normally adept calculations may be off this year. They may require a nudge regarding health issues. You’ve likely been taking care of the Monkey since the middle of 2018. Keep it up.

December 2018-late March 2019 is simply an extension of the Dog year, especially in terms of your health and what you do to support it. April, when you receive help from a powerful friend, is your smoothest month of the year.

In May, guard against crying wolf. Assess, then determine who needs help – or doesn’t. Either way, help is always there. Sometimes it just takes longer to arrive.

For the last half of the year, especially in September, your cutting words harm you most. Be careful not to compromise that loyalty you crave.

Further education may be available in 2019 for some Roosters, but only if there’s enough water present. Want to know what the heck I mean by that? Book a BaZi.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

Sheep in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 24, 2019

Who is a Sheep?

focus photo of brown sheep under blue sky

Years:  1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.
Month*:  July
Hour: 13.00-15.00

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 Sheep?
Idealistic, yin earth, not the top getter-onner, the Sheep has well-meant judgements about everybody which can sometimes keep her stuck in first gear. For the unbalanced Sheep (July birthday and/or Mid-afternoon birth) ambition and foolishness are pretty much the same thing. On the other side of the fence the grass is not greener; it’s actually brown both sides. The balanced Sheep though, as well as being an expert judge of people, knows exactly what matters and is not easily diverted from it. The arrangement for instance that Sheep Bruce Willis,  his ex Demi Moore and her ex (and Bruce’s fishing buddy) Ashton Kutcher came to, whereby they stayed friends and the children avoided becoming conflicted is not usual, either in Hollywood or the world at large but it is typical Sheep behaviour.

Conversely, the value of caution and conservatism is often clear in Sheep relationships. The most obvious of these is with the extrovert spontaneous Horse whose sidekick the Sheep often ends up being. With the Sheep beside him, the Horse’s fun may be a little less riotous but he will also stay out of serious trouble. The young Horse and Sheep of 1978 and 1979 for instance, are often a tag team who go out drinking and clubbing together. The Sheep may stand back in amazement at the daring of the Horse but is there both to pick up the pieces and to take advantage when these risks bear fruit. The Horse dances on tables, the Sheep ensures a soft landing.

This of course illustrates a psychological truth about the Sheep: the risk-taking they shy away from is exactly what attracts them most. Many a desirable partner has on the rebound from a Horse, found a life-long proposition in the Sheep.

Placed as the Sheep is between the Horse and the Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac, they also understand the trickiness of the Monkey. There is generally a certain wariness between them but this unorthodox team is capable of magic.

The Sheep also forms a natural affiliation with the Pig and the Rabbit; a very domestic alliance. The Chinese ideograph for home is a Pig under a roof and the average Rabbit would happily stay home 24/7 if allowed to. The Rabbit is the diplomat and mixer while the Pig who is inherently versatile takes up the slack of whatever jobs there are to perform. The Sheep makes things safe. She will have ensured for instance that there are no mutually sworn enemies on the guest list. The typical Sheep is an ideal social secretary as well as a master resolver of conflict. Psycho-therapy is among appropriate career paths.

The Sheep is passionate, representing the yin or feminine side of sexuality but whether male or female, the Sheep is more seducer than chatter up.

Perhaps most interestingly, the Sheep forms a team with the Dog, the Dragon and the Ox. Individually each of these three is somewhat intimidating to her but when this group gathers, her value becomes obviously. She can draw flexibility from the Dog, humility from the Dragon and cheerful co-operation from the autocratic Ox. Above all he ensures peace among them. Even if all they do is make the coffee, the Sheep is a comforter of the insecure. She understands that most barkers never bite and that aggression is simply inverted fear.

My Seattle based Student Stephanie Stewart’s forecast for the Snake in 2019 follows, do look her up: https://stephaniejstewart.com/

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Sheep in 2019

For the Sheep, 2018 was the breakup year; losing friendships, changing jobs, moving house or literally breaking up. Sheep who went with the flow took control by choosing what the changes would be, still October made you consider that your efforts were in vain. You know all the clash was meant to remove the obstacles that were holding you back, right?

In 2018 you had a hard time finding your people. A Sheep’s worst nightmare is being culled from the herd. Kurt Cobain, a 1967 Fire Sheep, lost his way when his relationship with Courtney Love separated him from his friends. Interestingly, Courtney’s got a Sheep in the day branch, right where Kurt would be.

In 2019 you’re safe again and back in the swim of things. It’s time to form new alliances and renew old ones with eyes having been opened wide by the Dog. The Sheep’s ability to maintain innocence is a gift, but she uses it as a way of checking out. Sometimes facing the ugly truth is required for the Sheep’s personal growth.

2019 is your year for healing, even physical rehabilitation. Form new groups. Along with the Rabbit, you coined the term “grassroots movement”. Like 1995 Wood Sheep Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, you lead by mobilizing groups of people; helping them to unite their small efforts for a bigger cause.

Someone who is more comfortable working alone more than you are will probably take credit for your efforts. Pay no mind to that. People see what you’re doing.

You are the most inclusive of the Chinese Zodiac animals. A Sheep I know and love has said many times: There’s always room for another pal. I think that was the original intention of organized religion but it got lost along the way. Political and financial concerns generated policies that exclude people based on race, gender or sexual preference. Your spirit, in union with the Pig, can rectify this. The Sheep can organize and unite different groups, bringing spirituality to bear in healing our planet. In 2019 you are the Tin Yute. The world needs you to reclaim the power of the people.

In the first quarter of the year, expect to be overemployed. After all that time on the bench, now everybody wants you. This is what you’ve been waiting for.

Welcome new neighbors; organize shelter and provision. Provide hospitality for newcomers and friends. March and July strengthen you by bringing teammates who share your mission. In April, someone in a position of power gives you a leg up because of your efforts.

Your most comfortable months will be May-July. The Metal and Water energies of fall and winter make it easy for your work to bring in the money.

Update your belief system because your clash animal, the Ox, is coming into power. The causes you think are merely personal are the ones you’ll need to back in a more public, political way if you really want change. Look for what you have in common with others. The door is open now.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

The Rabbit in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 16, 2019

Who is a Rabbit?

close up of rabbit on field

Years:  1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999.
Month*:  March
Hour: 05.00 am – 07.00

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 Rabbit?
The Rabbit is yin Wood, essentially gentle and domestic. Her time is early morning; the legend has it that she and the Rooster swapped places which is why the cock crows in the Chinese Zodiac not at dawn but at dusk. The Rabbit rules the Spring therefore – think of March Hares and Easter Bunnies – and the Rooster the autumn.

The Rabbit is subtle, in keeping with her yin nature. She provides service readily and is often suited to catering and caring. But her preparedness to roll up her sleeves makes her the unexpected queen of networking. If you want to be introduced to the person in charge, ask a Rabbit.

Although giving the impression of a reluctance to be in the spotlight Rabbits are often performers but equally often are more at home behind the scenes. Writer-composer (of the musical “Matilda”) Tim Minchin fits this bill. Devoted Dad David Beckham perhaps also and strangely introvert Prime Minister Gordon Brown. All clearly pretty good at making connections.

The Rabbit can wait her turn; vigilance and patience are typical. Her natural allies are the Pig and the Sheep. This is a house-proud team and the Rabbit is a team player. Her unexpected friend is the Dog who values her ability to charm without threat.

The Rabbit also belongs to the gathering known as the Flowers of Love (or Plumflowers) along with the Horse, the Rooster and Rat. She may often find herself clearing up behind these three extroverts and quite often the cuddle-bunny will obtain a life partner from the leavings of her more obviously glamorous colleagues.

The Rabbit tends to be conservative with a small “c”. Early rising is typical but this tendency to the yang of early alertness may be demonstrated by the yin of sleeping in. Lazybones or insomniac, sleeping is an issue. This is yin and yang.

Because of the unflattering connotations of the local word for Rabbit, in Vietnam this branch is called the Cat. Intuitively this does not sit right. The ideogram so clearly has ears. Yin Wood relates to the late Spring, leaves and flowers and grass, none of which are feline attributes.

In some ways the Rabbit epitomises yin. Yang Wood may be characterised as an upwards movement like the growth of a tree. Yin Wood is more of an outward expansion like the spread of grass. What these two expressions of wood have in common is irresistibility. But they are very different types of irresistibility. To counter yang Wood we need yang Metal: an axe will cut down the biggest tree. But you could attack a lawn with that same axe and not remove all the grass in a lifetime. This is the power of yin Wood.

Wood is both stubborn and flexible. Yin Wood (as characterised by Soen, the wind of the South East) is thorough as well as organised: “gentle and thorough but ultimately adamant” as the Book of Changes has it.

Hexagram 53 of the Book of Changes, “Gradual Progress” describes this: the tree grows against all the odds either because it throws itself absolutely upon the mercy of the tao or because it has a detailed plan that it follows meticulously. Or both.

The Dragon is said to lose money when the Rabbit arrives. This may be because the Dragon is distracted by his neighbour who is so apparently different in nature. This is not a great pairing but the fact is that the Rabbit sitting between the Tiger and the Dragon, shares qualities with both.

Partnership with the Tiger is sometimes formalised as the House of Diplomacy. The Rabbit offers carrot while the Tiger wields a stick. This arrangement exemplifies the truism that more is achieved with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone.

Wood represents bone, spine and hair as well as eyes: the light is Fire but the receiving organ is Wood. The Rabbit is often not strong in these regards unlike the Tiger. This is yin and yang.

Finally it’s worth appreciating that the wooden table you’re probably seated by is wood but not Wood. Wood is always growing which is obviously enough not true of anything else; not animals, people, cutting edges or stones. Usable Wood in feng shui terms, is alive. Dead Wood is often considered to be Earth, motionless and ashen.

My Seattle based Student Stephanie Stewart’s forecast for the Rabbit in 2019 follows, do look her up: https://stephaniejstewart.com/

The Rabbit in 2019

The Rabbit’s profile has been elevated for the last couple of years. 1987 Fire Rabbits especially have been under extreme pressure. 2018 was so much better than 2017, but still stressful. You’d prefer not to, but you’ve put yourself out there anyhow. Kudos to you 1949 Earth Rabbit  Elizabeth Warren.

For a Rabbit, a Dog year brings public success. Colin Kaepernick, a 1987 Fire Rabbit, was an outcast in the NFL in the Rooster year of 2017 due to his nonviolent protest of violence. In September 2018 Nike took a risk and Kaepernick was signed on as a spokesperson in recognition of his firm stance. But even now, most teams think of him as a public relations problem not worth taking on. They can’t rely on his loyalty to a brand to override his principles. Kaepernick has accepted his new leadership role with the kind of grace you can expect from a Rabbit. No need to make a big fuss. The Wood energy of the Rabbit is both gentle and inexorable. Kaepernick will have an offer to play quarterback again, probably in July.

In domesticity or at work, the Rabbit is often displaced by the controlling Pig who is happy to provide for you but would rather not work in tandem. That’s less of an issue in 2019. Reclaim your rights and responsibilities in February when the Pig is distracted by the Tiger. Stand firm and earn the Pig’s trust. Your ability to do that is kind of a big deal.

The Pig year demands taking care of family and other domestic matters. It’s time to resolve lasting grudges or quarrels with family, especially parents and other ancestors. Your associates, including older and younger relatives will be seeking your assistance. Help them to form or reinforce a support system. The Rabbit’s loyalty has been in question since 2017. Set things straight with talk and trust. You might think the title is beyond your pay grade, but this year the Rabbit is the Year Subduer. So settle things.

To that end, in 2019 Rabbits can employ the unusual authority they had in the Dog year to good effect. You can be bossy until the end of March. Come off the bench early if you want to work for a new company or group in July. Don’t wait – by November your window will have closed.

Your most productive months this year will be February, March, May, June and July. Set goals and timelines accordingly. In July is the Sheep will help you draw a big crowd. Organizing big events, attending family reunions, or joining groups makes for leaps and bounds.

After July the Metal element, along with the overwhelming amount of hidden Water may be tough on your health. Worry may bring sleep issues – too much or too little. Take some time off in August and/or September if you can.

Anxiety may peak in December because you’ve disregarded important information that could set you at ease. This will have something to do with how you were raised. Ask a trusted elder or other family member for help. Advice or assistance Rabbits have ignored may come back to haunt in 2020 too.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

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