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The Yielding: Water Sheep Month 2020

July 8, 2020
Auspicious Dates and Places
for
The (6th) month of the Water Sheep, 2020.
(23:46 6th July to 11:26 7th August inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Rat.

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Yielding
Hexagram 33

A 3 month                                        invites aspiration.
The typical Sheep Month            features greater mutual involvement.
Where to be this month:             South West, North.
Where not to be this month:      West.
Favoured Animals:                        Pig, Rabbit, Sheep.
Especially challenged:                  Rat, Ox, Dragon, Snake, Rooster, Dog.
The Hexagram (above):                33. Dun Hiding. Heaven over Mountain.                                                                                           Yielding
Special attention this Month: https://bit.ly/2lGr8ZA Learn Ba Zi in 2020/21
Summary: Allow yourself to be lifted. And trust.
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2       7       9
1       3       5
6             4

Water Sheep

This month’s lo shu: wu huang 5 at West; san sha West

The Yielding
Back in the day I did quite a lot of feng shui work in Government Offices. Not on behalf of HMG of course who knew nothing about it. My client, Bernard would let me in around 5 in the morning and I’d tinker till the cleaners arrived. You can’t install Water features or windchimes too much but it’s amazing what can be achieved by re-angling a vdu here and moving a plant there.
Bernard’s main concern however was office politics. I don’t think you get to be a senior civil servant without that.
“That guy over in the corner, what’s going on with him?”
“Facing a wall South West, no back support, in a building on this orientation this year? Trouble at home.”
“What about this woman?”
“Screen at 180˚ to her neighbours? Doesn’t play well with others.”
And so on.
Equally every month of the year, of course is ruled both by a Zodiac Animal and a Hexagram of the Book of Changes. As is every year. And when there is so little else to work from, those six lines can tell us so much.
There were no especially messy scandals or resignations in that Ministry during that time and I guess I was on the button often enough that we worked together for 10 years or so. A brilliant, wise and good man, I trust he’s flourishing. He may even read these ramblings. I hope so.
Bernard’s Mother had came over in 1948 to work in the brand new NHS. His aristocratic surname – more Norman Conquest than Windrush – had probably been imposed on his forebears by a plantation owner in the 18th Century. Truth be told he probably shared dna with much of the House of Lords.
More than once we travelled together into London from his Surrey home. I noticed how the ticket collector would just glance at my ticket but scrutinise his. His treat of course but when we lunched at his exclusive club behind Selfridges, the waiter would usually offer me his bill.
I once attempted to gain credibility by boasting that I had, back when I was a teen tycoon, seen Bob Marley and Wailers at the Speakeasy in 1972. Which is true by the way.
“As close as I am to you now.”
He smiled and looked me in the eye.”
“You know I was Fela’s road manager?”
Which if you understand these things, made him about a thousand times cooler than me. I should have known better.
He told me once of a time when he’d been staying in a posh hotel prior to a conference. Queuing for the cloakroom with his cashmere over his arm, several delegates added their own to his load as they passed by. His response was simply to hand them over to the person manning the desk. And go on to address the conference.
Bernard’s mother emigrated ahead of his Dad who as it turned out, never followed. She provided for him and made sure he received the education a man of his gifts deserved. I don’t know the details but I know the outcome.
The Hexagram that marks this Water Sheep month of July 2020 is Number 33, Dun, https://youtu.be/NsgsuKhhbzg sometimes rendered from the archaic Chinese as “Strategic Retreat” or “Hiding”, though I prefer “Yielding”. The names, devised by the semi-mythical King Wen of the Zhou Dynasty when he was socially distanced by the infamous Tyrant of Shang, are almost precisely three thousand years old.
King Wen appears to have seen in Dun – four unbroken lines above two broken – the scene of a melee. The lower broken lines are weak, as if an army or a body is shattered at the rear. It’s a panicky and chaotic withdrawal. We are retreating and there is no safe place. Indeed as we climb up the lines there is no handhold before the 3rd line. And once there we are pressed in, chaos behind us, jammed into place. And we stay bound all the way up to the top line. We are bound and we simply have to trust.
The actual Chinese character Dun shows a piglet about to become a hog roast; horrific if you are fond of pigs rather than pork, not so worrying to those who are less fastidious; radical helplessness either way. Or radical safety. Resistance is pointless and only grace will bring change.
Another time Bernard told me, he arrived at breakfast and enquired across the coffee shop as to whether a colleague would like him to bring them a cup of tea along with his own, only for a guest to call out: “And while you’re at it, where’s my effing kipper?” He would smile as he told me these things but I saw the strength it took. I guess his mother did a good job.
Dun relates to situations where we recognise that we have little or no control. Newsflash: that’s pretty much the way things are. In a world where any one of us could be flattened at any time by a chunk of blue Water out of the sky, win the Lottery or be struck down by the virus du jour, what control is there? Full Disclosure: you need to buy a ticket to win the lottery and Donny Darko was not kitchen-sink realism. Also wear a face mask.
The fact remains however that we are each of us spinning alone in darkness on an imaginary ball of mud. To which the only sane response is to yield. By this I mean: let happen what must happen and trust that it works out. Not always easy, especially when you’re living out the dead hand of centuries of abuse. The above doesn’t mean we necessarily do nothing; the tao is not always the open door nor is it always not a blocked one.
Dun falls in the same month every year; the light retreats but we are pretty sure it will return. And every year these broken and unbroken lines mean different things. And every year the same. Just as darkness follows light, light follows the dark.
Right now we are being offered an opportunity to re-think the way we treat the planet and each other. And we’ll probably get it wrong. At this point in our evolution human beings appear able only to cooperate in opposition to something: this time against Covid-19 which has been called “apocalypse lite,” a dress rehearsal for the real thing, the coming climate crisis. Are we able to cooperate that much? Can we even treat each other properly?
As for Bernard, he rose improbably high in the civil service and all three major political parties approached him to be a candidate at one time or another. But he preferred to move to Jamaica and develop property. His mother died before she could glory in his success.
The dawn yields to the night and the light to the twilight of evening but in a billion years this may not be so. If we’re awake we allow ourselves to rise or fall knowing it can be no other way. We trust and we behave the best we can because supernovas come and go but light always follows the dark.
Richard Ashworth ©2020
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Month of the Water Sheep, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances dependent upon whether this Animal rules your Year, Month, Day, Hour or Life House.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#. Technically a “Harm” or third-party intrusion, a proxy fight. The Rat’s tongue is loose this month, loquacious rather than eloquent. Bite it; avoid stimulants.
Hexagram 27: the corners of the Mouth – for a 2nd month.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Frustrating; you meet your match. Notice that what gets up your nose is in the mirror. You may feel left out but that’s Sheep times for you. Probably for the best. This remains very much your (2) year(s).

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Challenging; it’s in these sunny days that you make your mark. Opportunity lies in rising to the occasion. Study & service serve you long term. That’ll be more clear soon.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) Refreshed and empowered, Sheep brings reinforcements to your yin Wood nature. Trust the facts, stay on track and risk vaulting ambition. Don’t get mired in parental stuff.

Dragon (1952, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Big openings as long there is Fire around – so another month or so – then you change tack as the Monkey shows you new tricks. Flexibility remains the key. Wood Dragons: respect the law of return.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) less overwhelming but still a bit much. Stay cool, respect Truth as if it were Water following a trip across a desert and respect will follow you.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) An embarrassment of support and open doors in what is one of your best months in a year that requires greater persistence than usual. Look – as ever – before you leap.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Everybody wants to include you right now. Exercise discretion as you accept or delay involvement – this may feel very FOMO but live with it. The key to miracles is starting from where you stand.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 70, 82; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Generally impatient at this time of year, you’re still a month away from home. Any port in a storm.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#)
Almost everything and everyone appears to let the Rooster down in the Rat Year. Check those pronouns and call on good will. Rabbits may be your best bet.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Sheep breaks you up; this may be sharing a joke or shattering a relationship that has stretched cellophane thin. Both are possible this month but notice that you are the common factor.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) A Great Leap Forward this month. Technically your Water becomes Wood – that means words are written down or vague hopes become action. The Force is with you.
* Remember Chinese Months start a little later than European ones.
# You’ll need help and/or a Chinese Calendar for this.

Where to be in July.
Summary: advancing.
North, Distant Future: Year Star 3 Month Star: 8.
The 8 brings Wood, that is to say movement, dynamism and upward growth. Empowered by the Water that is always North – ie in the dark and on lower ground – big strides forward can be made by the ambitious and those who can make use of Wood: typically Horses & Sheep, Dogs & Tigers but others also depending on the fine tuning of their ba zis. If in doubt ask. Good for writers, dancers, osteopaths, the aspirational and the ambitious.
Empower with: Wood – eg three robust plants. Mirror placed to face North.

Where not to be in July.
Summary: nasty.
West, Intervention: Year Star:9; Month Star: 5 Fortune Virtue (Rooster W2) Monthly san sha.
We don’t like the 5 of course or the san sha (the “Three Inconveniences”); and indeed the classic (as quoted by Stephen Skinner) says that occupation at this time may lead the incumbent to “take to drink or visit prostitutes”. If either of these activities are on your to-do list, this is the place. The rest of us might place a wind-chime temporarily – outside is good – or simply avoid. Poor behaviour comes to light here. So stay clear, it’ll be better next month.
To pacify: Metal: Metal stuff, 6 Pipe Metal Windchime – the rest of the year.

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He was a pioneer of feng shui survey & analysis at a distance (now of course pretty much the only way to do it) on MySpirit Radio in the noughties. A good taster of his approach may be found on Audible at https://adbl.co/2m92Es3.You can also see him at work on tv’s Housebusters at https://bit.ly/2lJWLBl

Richard 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.

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

June 6, 2020
Auspicious Dates, Places & more
for
The (5th) month of the Water Horse, 2020.
(13:49pm 5th June 2020 to 23:46 6th July inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Rat.

Index
1.                          Overview.
2:                          Animal Fortunes for the Horse Month, Animal by Animal.
3                         Healing your own space.
4:                          Where to be or not to be.

1. Overview: 

Gou
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Pairing
   Hexagram 44
A 4 month                                        entertains curiosity.
The typical Horse Month            features display, visibility and revelation.
Where to be this month:            South West, South.
Where not to be this month:     North West, East.
Favoured Animals:                      Tiger, Dog, Sheep.
Especially challenged:                Rat, Ox, Dragon, Monkey, other Horses.
The Hexagram (above):              Gou Pairing. Heaven over Wind.

Summary: Things coming to light.

Special attention this Month: One Day Workshop
Wednesday June 17th:  Interpreting the Book of Changes.
2 places left.

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2       4       6
7       9       5
Water Horse

This month’s lo shu: wu huang 5 at NW; san sha North

2.The Month of the Water Horse, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances dependent upon whether this Animal rules your Year, Month, Day, Hour or Life House.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December*, around midnight & on certain days#)
Your native Water is challenged by the Summer Fire. So articulacy is at a premium but not easy necessarily to exert. Do open up and speak freely but carefully and above all with compassion. Remember that the open mouth is the most powerful weapon known to man.
Hexagram 27: the corners of the Mouth.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Loosen your grip; this year – all year – your will is done. So relax and allow it to happen. Power will naturally gravitate to you. So let it. Meditate, pray, enter alpha-rhythms more – you have a gift for this.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) You’ll be flexing your muscles about now. Which is exactly what the adverse circumstances require. Serve for service’s sake and watch how it changes things for the better. Reward for doing the right thing may be deferred but it may not be. (Continue to) treat all, however apparently dumb, with respect.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) You may feel exhausted and you’ve earned that. Exhaustion is a function of resistance to emotion. Take a deep breath and feel it – whatever it is – let your shoulders loosen and start again. Life consists of gain and loss so there must sometimes be loss.

Dragon (1952, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) You’ll be hanging back from the hubbub if you’ve got any sense. This may suggest withdrawal from certain types of market. Don’t overplay your hand; others hold royal cards too. Trust.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89, ; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Seek shade, your yin Fire is not strong enough to compete with the peak Fire of the Horse month while you defend yourself against the overwhelming Water of the Rat Year. People may talk about you but that’s none of your business.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#)  You don’t like your own company much right now but you’re kind of stuck with it. Curb spontaneity and invite discussion. Stubborn and foolish are very close. Don’t overdo exercise or push the envelope. Some would say you’ve done enough damage already. Time for a rethink.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Join now, mend fences, re-apply for admission; your subtle vanity may have made you reject any organisation that would tolerate you. That’s no more than a simple question of personal choice. So thank your mind for sharing.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 70, 82; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) You could usefully show more care. Neither the world nor your partner owes you a living. You’re on a roll all year. Be sure to lower the ladder. Especially for Snakes who may be calling for your help right now.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#)
Comparison comes to you easily but you’re better at identifying difference than similarity. Your current heartbreak(s) are derived from this bias of perception. Try looking through the prism of the Tao which tends to turn things upside down

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Horse is your nemesis if you overreach. Recently you may have. The Dog with too much Fire is quite vulnerable at this time. Cool it, stay lubricated and reasonable. You rule now but all such power wanes: Hexagram 34.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) You may be puzzled right now. The way forward is not obvious under the circumstances but the smart Pig has sown enough quality and goodwill that (s)he can safely rely on reaping just rewards by year’s end. The dimmer Pig needs to build support right away.

* Remember Chinese Months start a little later than European ones.
# You’ll need help and/or a Chinese Calendar for this.

3.Healing Your Own Space.

Principal Snyder: Some things I can just smell. It’s like a sixth sense.
Giles: No, actually that would be one of the five.
Joss WhedonBuffy the Vampire Slayer.

Suddenly everyone wants to know how to heal a space. Hardly surprising when many of us feel like we’re Brie Larsen in Room. How do you heal a space? Here is a very simple check list:

1. Notice how you feel about the space. Trust that feeling. Put it into words.
2. Which areas are attractive and which are not? Trust your preference.
3. What is right or wrong about these spots?

Are they too yin or too yang? That is to say too dark &/or too wet on the one hand or too bright & too dry on the other? Use your senses and trust them: what smells right? What echoes oddly? What’s uncomfortable? And so on.

4. Which of these areas are active ie bright, noisy or busy and which not?
Is this the way it should be? Again trust that you know.
5. Assess these spots relative to the Five Elements. Does one Element have more attention or space than another?
6. Assess the spots relative to the Compass Points. How should they be used? What is being exaggerated or suppressed? For instance the South is likely to be where most light falls; is there too much light there or too little?
7. Assess them relative to the Eight Trigrams; which members of the family are affected? Does this fit the facts?
8. Assess relative to the Twelve Animals. Who is affected? And in what way?
9. Make corrections: make dry what should be more dry, activate what should be active and alive, deactivate what should not be. Trust how it feels before and after.
10. Be conscious of which members of the family and types of activity belong in which area and be very conscious of giving love to the corresponding individual as you make corrections.
11. Get rid of things you don’t like or need that take up space; charity, recycle or a skip maybe. Notice where they were. This is not about tidiness.
12. Notice how much you knew already.

The above is not comprehensive of course. Which is one reason I plan to teach this online in small groups as a Foundation Course leading to my Starter Ba Zi and Feng Shui Courses later this year.
Let sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail know, if you want to reserve a space.

4.Where to be in June.
Summary: shining brightly.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 2 Month Star: 8. Annual san sha
The benevolent 8 Star brings further yang to the South where it’s needed. South is best this year while the Sun is shining. It remains the home of the san sha or Three Inconveniences but the yang of the 8 (like the 9 last month) turns this space around while the sunshine lasts. If you want publicity or notice, continue to pursue it here.  You’ll get stuff finished too. Some stomach issues possible.
Assist: Wood: 3 plants. Keep them well-Watered.

Where not to be in June.
Summary: aspiration at a standstill.
East, Ambition: Year Star:5 Month:2. Annual wu huang. Moon (Rabbit E2) Monthly san sha
5:2 means loss, difficulty and illness. The worst place to be all year and especially during the current unpleasantness. Traditionally countered with Metal but I shouldn’t rely on that too much. Eastern doors are relatively safe as entrances but not as exits. This pattern implies a testing time for the Eldest Son, young leaders, ambition and the assertive; worse if they locate East. Keep Eastern rooms closed and quiet.
Limit: t’ang lung and plenty of Wood
Richard Ashworth ©2020
www.imperialfengshui.info

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He was among the pioneers of feng shui survey & analysis at a distance (now of course the only way to do it) on MySpirit Radio in the noughties. A good taster of his approach may be found on Audible at https://adbl.co/2m92Es3You can also see him at work on tv’s Housebusters at https://bit.ly/2lJWLBl

Richard 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.

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

 

Galileo Galilei

May 28, 2020

Measure what is measurable and make measurable what is not so.”
Galileo Galilei

Lockdown Day 61.

“May you live in interesting times” goes the first of three ancient Chinese curses, the assumption being, I guess, that the happiest lives are the least eventful. Or maybe the least interrupted. Life is pretty uninterrupted right now. And pretty interesting. I find myself looking at The Book of Changes a lot. Whether in effect I’m consulting myself, Spirit, Higher Mind, God or what-have-you, the Book has a remarkable hit rate. The trick is to frame the question right.

The other two curses were: “May you come to the attention of authority” and “May Heaven grant you all you pray for”. I’m not so sure about the latter two but it may well be that those of us who craved time to contemplate are to blame for dreaming the current unpleasantness into place.

Boris Johnson of course like his role model across the Atlantic, seems to have dreamed of heroism without risk, recognition without achievement; chips without potatoes. He btw is a 1964 Wood Dragon. A classic weakness of that particular mythical beast is a reluctance to check facts. True of most Dragons actually. Who’da thought it?

So as I listen to Jimmy Nail’s “Big River” today, I’m preparing for two imminent online Workshops. Both draw upon the Book of Changes, that is the Yi, or I Ching, the chief among oracles. One is the monthly session where we are using the Yi to track the year. The other is a one day fast track on interpretation.  Students bring a Hexagram they have recently cast – if they don’t know how to cast I’ll show them – then we’ll look at what the Yi has to say about it before the student reveals the question. Then we’ll go deeper.

In a sense this is actually best done at a distance; via Zoom we’re not actually in each other’s faces. The workshop is on June 17th and we still have three spaces. No previous knowledge of Chinese or other metaphysics, the esoteric, mumbo jumbo or the world of woo-woo required.

The Yi has been guiding Chinese thought for at least three thousand years. It’s probably the oldest book in the world though what it actually consists of at its heart is just sixty four six-line diagrams known as Hexagrams. Each of these describes a moment in the human condition: increasing, decreasing, descending, doubting, misbehaving and so on. And each offers six ways to proceed. A sincerely cast Hexagram can be spookily descriptive and its “What if?” advice embarrassingly apt.

Most of my work was online long before the first covid cough and I’ve been doing remote surveys on and off for 20 years or so. Lockdown is er…interesting – we only get to see the kids onscreen which is painful and there’s no one delivering a decent Thai Green. Indeed when Doug the plumber our first visitor in two months, came last week while we hid in the garden, it was as if we were being invaded, like we were suffering from some variant of agoraphobia. But day to day life is not that different. I teach, I consult at a distance.

And a remote survey of course is a very different thing from being physically present, more intuitive, less mathematical. I doubt it could be called even pseudo-scientific let alone scientific. And yet.

Today I’ve been installing a trick to dispel sickness in Moira’s home. She is an astrologer with a unique take, a seer if you will. She’s not well and she’s no longer that young. But her very particular vision is important and she’s in a race with Heaven to share it.

At first she and her devoted husband appeared a bit panicked by the prospect of doing their own placement. But a regular compass is pretty easy to read. Even a Chinese luo p’an is relatively straightforward; it looks kind of complex but that’s mostly repetition and complex is just lots of simple anyway. And most of the work for Moira was in the calculation.

Belt and braces is always a wise precaution so I prescribed some Qi Men Dun Jia to complete the procedure. A principle of QMDJ is that events occur on at least four different levels. Moira will need to address the highest of these, the level of her Qi Men Deities. These Deities are summoned in specific locations at specific moments by way of the alpha state, that is to say meditation, prayer or whatever. One traditional approach is to count down backwards through the 64 Hexagrams. I find I linger over different ones each time, learning new angles, as if the Yi were many different books. That’s oracles for you.

Now Jimmy Nail’s paean to his Father and the lost docksides of the Tyne is fading along with Mark Knopfler’s guitar licks curling around the melody like a red kite riding a thermal. Hexagram 20, Kuan the Watchtower.

I’ll check in with Moira over the next few days; courtesy both of Vodafone and the world of woo-woo. Perhaps you’ll join me on this last level. Blessing knows no distance. And do join me via Zoom on the 17th June too if you feel inclined. Stay safe.
Richard Ashworth 28.05.20 ©2020.

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He pioneered feng shui survey & analysis at a distance (now of course the only way to do it) on MySpirit Radio in the noughties. A good taster of his approach may be found on Audible at https://adbl.co/2m92Es3

Richard 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.

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.

All courses are online: https://imperialfengshui.info/courses/
Subscriptions (and further info)sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

Interpreting the Book of Changes in 2020

April 23, 2020

Interpreting the Book of Changes in 2020.

If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults.” Confucius.

A one-day on-line workshop; 10a.m.- 5p.m. BST, Wednesday June 17th.
Early Bird: til April 30th £100,  Earlyish Bird: til May 25th.£150,  Full Price: £175

The universe is always addressing us: in a snatch of song, an allusive comment half-heard or the flutter of a bird; in images, in sounds, in subtle feelings and indeed in Hexagrams we may cast from the Book of Changes. It’s not such a bad idea to have read a couple of books and know how to unfold a newspaper to see where it all fits in of course but it’s all out there if we’re paying attention. This workshop is about drawing every ounce of meaning from the Hexagrams and lines of the Book of Changes.

The Workshop will be interactive and experiential as well as educational.
Each student is to share a Hexagram they have cast and the question they have posed. I will coach anyone who doesn’t know how to do this during the week before the workshop. No previous knowledge of Chinese or other metaphysics, the esoteric or the world of woo-woo required.

The Book of Changes commonly known as the Yi, consists essentially of sixty four images or guas. Each represents an aspect of the human experience, opening with Qian, The Creative and concluding (or not) with Wei Ji or Not Yet Complete. Casting – whether by yarrow stalks, dice, coins or some other means – identifies a Hexagram in answer to an enquiry. Sometimes answers hint at the future, often at the past. Some say that the Yi represents the thrust of the universe; spirit, higher mind or tao; others that we’re simply informing ourselves of what we already know. Either way Chinese emperors, generals, politicians and businesspeople have been using the Yi as adviser and reference for over 3000 years. And it seems to have been working for them.

The workshop will be interactive, informative and experiential. It may even get personal – strict confidentiality is a condition of admission. We will start with some background and some history and get clear as to the shape and structure of the Yi. Then we will examine each of the castings brought by the participants. And take it from there.

We’ll examine the Hexagrams in the usual ways – lines, elements, family relationships, traditional interpretation and so on – but we’ll also give ourselves permission to break all the rules and strip the Hexagrams back to their ancient simplicity, back to the Shang & Zhou Diviners of antiquity, before Confucius or anyone else fixed their meanings and see what the Yi is saying to us now.

To enrol email: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth is one of the most respected Western Masters. He is probably best known for introducing classical feng shui to a mass audience on Channel 5’s Housebusters as well as for his book the Feng Shui Diaries which chronicles a year of his work including a trip to Wuhan. He also pioneered feng shui surveys at a distance on My Spirit Radio in the early noughties. His Audible ‘Imperial Feng Shui, The Real Thing’ (currently) free  is a pretty good introduction to his approach.  He has been featured in the Sunday Times and on Big Brother’s Little Brother as well addressing the GrandMasters at the IFSC in Singapore. He studies the Yi daily.

There are limited spaces on his one-to-one Online Ba zi and Feng Shui Professional Courses, more details are at: https://imperialfengshui.info/courses/

To enrol email: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

There are limited spaces on his one-to-one Online Ba zi and Feng Shui Professional Courses, more details are at: https://imperialfengshui.info/courses/

To enrol email: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

March 18, 2020

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Gentleness that is adaptable but also penetrating is the outer form that should proceed from inner calm.” The Book of Changes.

So first thing: this is a terrifying time. If you just want to talk a while, let us know. Who knows what’s happening? Or what’s going to happen next? Book a time slot. Email sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com and we can set up a Skype, FaceTime or Zoom session. If I’ve drafted your ba zi, so much the better.
We ask for a contribution to cover our costs, but it’s okay not to pay at all.

Next thing: where and when we do stuff is quite important right now. And the healing tools of ba zi, feng shui and Qi Men Dun Jia work as well remotely as in the flesh. But differently. A remote survey is more intuitive, less linear and often more immediately life-changing. I remain available for remote consultation. You bring the compass. No need to make me tea.
We do charge for this.

Third thing: If this enforced stillness inspires you to learn, I’m here to teach feng shui and ba zi one-to-one online at dates and times to suit you. I’ve been teaching and mentoring online via Zoom and Skype for years now. My starter courses are purpose-built as online tuition. And we’re scheduling more online group workshops including a series on the Book of Changes and another on forecasting using the Stems and Branches of ba zi.

Fourth thing: what the hell is going on here?

On one level this is Gaia, the Earth Mother shrugging. Did you see the clean air above Wuhan last week, previously one of the most polluted cities on Earth? We are not able to destroy her. She’s been through worse than this. But we do have to realise that her resources are finite. If we understand that, there’s a whole new way of life peeping through. Did you see the fish in Venice’s canals, clean for the first time in a very long while? That the Earth can start to recover is the best of good news.

On another level this situation is the inevitable conclusion of our own stupidity and short sight. As Joni Mitchell wrote when “they cut down all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charge the kids a dollar and a half just to see ‘em”, it’s only a matter of time before a Big Yellow Taxi takes away your old man. We have bought low-cost tat without thinking about who is being underpaid to produce it ten thousand miles to the East. Cheap labour has travelled as far East as it is possible to go. The World is round. Time to buy renewable, sustainable and local. And to consider the bereaved cows and tortured pigs and chickens concealed behind the walls of the factory farms.

On top of this we’ve voted in a series of “strong” men to make “hard” decisions on our behalf. That is “hard” decisions that mostly affect the vulnerable, the weak, the dispossessed, the homeless and the powerless. Looked at through the prism of the tao, everything is its own reverse. And these are not strong men. Bolsonaro, Orban, Trump, Putin, Erdogan, Johnson, Duterte, these are terrified men; terrified of foreigners, terrified of freedom and above all terrified of women. Why else would they think to legislate away reproductive rights? Why else would their fans threaten women with violence on or offline?

All these weak men know is deceit, force, terror and coercion. And they’re terrified of women taking power. That is women liberated by Roe vs Wade and the contraceptive pill. They think it’ll be the same violent, competitive, consumptive nonsense only in skirts. It’s time to ignore them. It’s only by cooperating and owning the interests of all as our own that we will survive.

And finally: if I’m so smart why didn’t I see this coming? Well I did. Up to a point. I have been forecasting the 2020 meltdown for a dozen years. I didn’t see it as a function of a virus but the Feng Shui Diaries on my website are a matter of record. And right now Sheila and I are pretty much self-sufficient because we have been gently buying for several months all the things people are fighting over in the stores. We even have plenty of toilet paper because – for all the right reasons – we recently joined the “Give a Crap” environmental group. This is the Tao.

It may also be why ahead of all the government announcements we didn’t get on our plane to Gran Canaria for our first holiday in years last Saturday. Indeed our timing may have been perfect enough to have been covered by insurance. And now I’m unexpectedly both on holiday and under (voluntary) house arrest and have time to write this.

My point is this: as Nate Silver makes clear in “The Signal and the Noise”, a forecast is different from a prediction in that it needs only to be 70% correct. The value of forecasting the weather, earthquakes, financial collapse or plagues of frogs is in the 30%. It’s in what can be done to mitigate or prevent. That’s why we draw up a Qi Men Pan. That’s why we do ba zi and feng shui: to forestall difficulty not to predict it. Which can be easily forgotten.

We will get through this and the world will be a different place. The old normal is gone. Make way for the new one. It’s all too easy to predict accidents and hideousness, the Chinese Masters tend to revel in them. And frankly prediction is so close to creation; let’s not. We are so much more powerful than we think.
Richard Ashworth 17th March 2020.
Back when things were normal – last week – I was due to be addressing the Feng Shui Society Conference in May. Normal is no more, so do stay in touch with them. Thanks.

Ongoing Online Book of Changes/I Ching Course

March 11, 2020

Ongoing Online Book of Changes/I Ching Course

Starting in May 2020 Richard is planning to host a  small monthly group via Zoom examining the meaning, use and application of each of the 64 Hexagrams of the Book of Changes or I Ching. Concentrating on one Hexagram per session – the course is set initially to run for twelve sessions.We have three places left.

We’ll start with the twelve Tidal Hexagrams. These mark the waxing and waning of the Sun (& of much more) : 2, 24, 19, 11, 34, 43, 1, 44, 33, 12, 20, 23. This approach offers a perspective on the uses and construction of the Yi. Each session will be freestanding however and will include context, history, folklore and philosophy as well as personal and other implications (not restricted to the above Hexagrams) as we go along. On one level this is a course in divination.

And yes, this approach implies something like four years of study. As Confucius said: “If I had another fifty years of life, I would spend it studying the Yi and I might perhaps become free of major error.” Insights may vary between the trivial and the life-changing.

These small one-hour Group Sessions  will be held monthly online via Zoom starting Friday May 1st 2020 at 17:00 BST. Taking into account breaks for holidays, Christmas and Chinese New Year, I see this initial series finishing in July 2021. I will provide firm dates towards the end of March.

You will be able to record each session, via Zoom if using a laptop and we aim to record too so if you can’t attend the odd session we will send you a recording.

The price for the initial twelve sessions will be £350 or £300 for the Early Bird (payment to be received by March 31st 2020). Please add 5% if paying via Paypal. To book a place please initially let me know on sheilavashworth@gmail.com as soon as possible. As I say, we have three places left.

Thanks. We hope to see you.

Sheila.

 

Forecast Day for the Metal Rat Year 2020

October 11, 2019

2020, Who moved my Cheese?

The Watershed Year of the Metal Rat. 

All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.”

Julian of Norwich. 

On Saturday December 7th & Sunday December 8th I’ll be forecasting the Metal Rat Year online via Zoom. Very easy to join btw – we just send you a link and you click. No prior knowledge of Chinese metaphysics required.

2020, A Watershed Year.

A Master once said that feng shui is like poker; the trick is to capitalise when the force is with you and play safe when it isn’t. That is as true at home as it is at work, as true domestically as globally; as true in the sphere of relationship as in the sphere of health. And in the demanding year that beckons, especially so.

The saying goes that the only constant is change and during the workshop we will be discussing what changes are coming with the New Chinese New Year. Where should you locate for best advantage? Which Animals are set to prosper, which to consolidate and what is to be done about it? Also what is the likely trend of world events? How do we best respond?

So what’s on the cards?

Metal Rats are watershed years. You might remember 1960 when there was a brand new US President. They say that politics is showbiz for ugly people and all that glamour and youth in the White House was a new thing indeed. 1960 of course ushered in the “Swinging Sixties”, a new age of personal freedoms. Meanwhile Rachel Carson was writing “Silent Spring” the earliest account of the damage we are doing to the planet.

A Metal Rat year is a grinder, a melting pot. The archetype, Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat is possessed of sharp teeth and tongue, he’s cynical and opportunistic but ultimately on the side of the angels. These qualities pervade the year: much change, some drastic, all of which can add up to gains, given nimble feet. It’s unlikely to be an easy one for the most part but we’ll aim to point you in the right directions to make the best use of it.

We will be looking closely at the fortunes of each Animal; every year brings winners as well as losers: each of your Month, Day and Hour of Birth are ruled by a Zodiac Animal as is your Year, as you know. Dragons are mostly boosted in 2020 for instance but even if your birth was not in 1952, 64, 76, 88 or 2000, it may have been on a Dragon Day, a Dragon Hour or a Dragon Month.

We will look closely at this, so be sure to have all four of your Four Pillars to hand. As each Pillar relates to a different area of your activity, it may well be that a Horse of 1954, 1966 or 1978 say, who might otherwise expect a thin time was born on an Ox day which implies an increase in personal power.

We’ll be looking of course at the fresh patterns of energy; The New Year qi dictates new areas to work and sleep and create. The tai sui (that is the most powerful feng shui energy) will be coming in from due North this time. We won’t be facing that way even if it’s one of our personal best directions; that would be like wilfully facing a tempest. But we will be locating and facing in directions, month by month, where we can expect a following wind. 

What else will we learn?

We’ll consider what’s likely to happen where and when; Last year the map indicated trouble in the straits of Hormuz. That was on the button – for which I take no credit; it’s just careful drafting. This year we’ll look again. We’ll see how we are ourselves affected as well as what we can do to help.

We’ll trace the progress of the year by way of the Book of Changes; the Four Hexagrams of the year allow us to track the ebb and flow of the prevailing energy, week by week as it peaks and falls.

We’ll look at the indications of Qi Men Dun Jia, the cutting edge of Chinese divination, for some magical dates that you can employ.

All things are cyclical.

As rain follows sun, so light comes after darkness. Based on the Gan Zi Cycle which has been guiding Chinese Diviners for most of four millennia, I’ve been predicting financial collapse in 2020 for the best part of a decade. Now I’m not even outspoken. We are however additionally facing drastic environmental change as well as multiple extinctions and various forms of tyranny.

But the other side of collapse is renewal. All over the world resistance to careless authority and poor maintenance of the planet is popping up. Again, as I noted a decade ago. You won’t remember the Metal Rats of 1900, 1840, 1720 or 1660 (all of which offer indications) but the reassurance that the Gan Zi Cycle offers is that everything is cyclical. All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

We’ll see what we can do, personally, socially, at work and at play to emerge into 2020 with a bright future and a healthier planet. Join us.

Richard Ashworth. © 2019 

The Boring Bit:

The price is £100 for one day if paid by October 31st and £125 after that. Please add £5 if paying via Zoom. Places are very limited.

Saturday 7th will run approx from 10:00 until 17:00 GMT (with breaks)

Sunday 8th will run approx. from 14:00 until 17:00 GMT (with breaks)

Please note that you will be given the facility to record via Paypal, we will not be providing a recording.

Please email sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com to book your place and for any more info you might need including help with Zoom.

Thanks.

 

 

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.
No prior knowledge of Chinese  Metaphysics, folklore or other mumbo-jumbo required.

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

A One-Day on-line Workshop on the Book of Changes

September 4, 2019

A One-Day on-line Workshop on the Book of Changes
with
Richard Ashworth.
October 19th/20th 2019.

“Only collective moral force can unite the world.” Hexagram 45 T’sui; Massing; Lake over Earth.

The Book of Changes is a miraculous thing. Essentially it’s just sixty four images and yet a reading can be so personalised and so up to the minute. Generals, philosophers, politicians, poets, artists and calligraphers have consulted the I Ching or Yi for guidance for over three thousand years. Whether we’re considering the recipes of Ken Hom, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, the obscure procedures of classical feng shui or the labyrinthine mysteries of Qi Men Dun Jia, the roots are in the Yi.
The Yi has its origins in ancient shamanic practices but it has probably never been more in use than it is today. Each Hexagram or six-line figure, corresponds to one of sixty four states of being, sixty four moods or sixty four puzzles, if you will. Each line like life, is in constant motion and as each line changes in accordance with certain rules, it offers a way to progress from the situation in which we find ourselves into another. It won’t necessarily be better but it will be different.
On the 19th & 20th October I will be running one-day workshops looking at the history of the Book, its influence on feng shui, divination, prediction, acupuncture, TCM and on Chinese culture, from cuisine to military strategy. But above all we will look at the transformation concealed between its lines and how we may use it in our lives and work.
There are two one-day workshops, both online by Zoom; on Saturday the 19th we start at 10am BST to accommodate my European students; on Sunday at 3pm BST for the rest of the World. The workshops run for approx 6 hours with breaks.
We only put these things on when the Universe has made it absolutely clear that it is appropriate and the fact is that most places have already been allocated to my students. But there are a few places left if you move fast. The cost is £175.00 and the Early Bird price of £150 expires September 10th 2019.

If you would like to participate please email: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Hope to see you.

Richard Ashworth.

The Secrets of Heaven.

May 17, 2019

“The Secrets of Heaven are not to be shared.” Jiang Da Hong.

Some time towards the end of the T’ang Dynasty, around eleven hundred years ago, Grand Master Yang Yum Song is said to have stolen the “Azure Bag” of feng shui secrets from the Imperial Court. Such procedures and formulae were carefully guarded. Power always wants to hang onto power.

Some say the Emperor swore vengeance. Some say that if the Emperor had indeed wanted revenge, the Grand Master would have died rapidly and horribly; Chinese Emperors were pretty expert at that kind of thing. As it was he lived into his 70’s, long enough to pass on those secrets to the disadvantaged. Some of his methods are still in use today. As we shall learn.

I’m in Devon. It’s supposed to be a routine survey; move the head of your bed, place a Water feature, that kind of thing. Sandy needs a little luck. She’s bringing up her two boys on her own now. One goes to school in one direction, the other in another and her new love lives further away in a third. Money is tight and the house is a spartan Housing Association semi.

Sandy is a very bright woman. She’s recently re-trained as a maths teacher but is unsure that maths is her vocation. She’s concerned to get her elder boy into a special school some miles down the Tamar River in Plymouth. He’s at the bottom of a long waiting list. The odds are against him.

I look out from her front garden over the heights which command the valley. I was not prepared for the beauty of this place: steepled Norman Church up a grass promontory in one direction, postcard West Country village streets in another. Two rivers join on the nearer side of the valley and part just within sight. They cross the landscape like a blue-green snake, forked tongues at either end. On this bright windy day, the tumbling hills are green all the way to the horizon.

Feng shui is Wind and Water. According to the Classic of Odes the qi (pronounced chi) – that is to say life – comes down from the Mountain on the Wind and is held at the Water. In other words abundance – which is a bigger issue than simple wealth of course – can be found where there is live or sentimental Water; something that is pretty easy to find in a basin where rivers join. Why has it not made its way into Sandy’s house? It’s a stumper.

The answer will be outside of course. We build houses expressly to keep Wind and Water out. It stands to reason then that truly powerful feng shui involves not so much moving sofas or pictures as harnessing exterior forces – the rain, the wind, the sunlight. As I recall from O Level Physics, height and bulk are called “potential energy”; it takes a lot to climb a Mountain, not so hard to get back down.

Once clear of the Court, Grand Master Yang set about devising solutions to just these kinds of problem. The palaces and baronial piles of his time were routinely built to make best use of their surrounds, the homes of the common people not so much.

The underlying principle was and remains that Water, Mountain (that is height) and house have to align. Gravity being what it is, the Mountain dictates where the Water gathers. Simples.

The points where Water collects and leaves are often called Qi Mouths; Qi Mouths have to match doors. Which is why I guess Grand Master Yang came up with the procedure known poetically as the Double Mountain Upwards strategy for the Relief of the Poor.

Mediaeval feng shui Masters were maintained by wealthy patrons, much as were painters and sculptors like Michelangelo and Leonardo in Renaissance Europe. Every noble family employed its own feng shui Master. GM Yang’s happened to be the most powerful of all, the Xi Zong Emperor. And relief of the poor was the last thing Xi Zong had in mind. What he did want was his secrets back. So, it is said, he instituted a manhunt.

All the rental properties on Sandy’s crescent are the same: two front doors, no back door; that is to say two entrances, no exit. And equally basic. Despite the commanding position, there is little wealth in evidence here.

Sandy’s just been paid so she offers to buy me lunch. We walk to the village pub. It’s ancient and gabled with beams all over, dark and slightly musty. I half-hear whispers in the empty bar as we walk in.

Sandy’s subsisting hand-to-mouth on Universal Credit, she tells me. Like several thousand others she has found Universal Credit baffling and unfair. She can rely on nothing, as likely to be presented each month with a bill on which to feed her boys as with payment. With a running UC debt in four figures, she has had to scrimp to get me here. I have mouths to feed myself but I’m not cheap and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

To explain what I’m going to do I give her some background. I explain that the mediaeval Master’s task was to ensure that the mansion suited the landscape. It’s unlikely that the Devon housing association took this into account.

And then I realise just how revolutionary GM Yang’s strategy was. He was repairing mediaeval houses built without attention to feng shui – that is to say occupied by the poor.

“These days when doors are wrong the feng shui Master moves or reangles them,” I tell her.

There’s no budget for that however and in any case it’s not Sandy’s house. What is called for then is her own Qi mouth to mirror the rivers. Sounds simple. Isn’t.

When I get back to my stuff at home, I calculate. It’s a day’s work. For which I do not charge her. Then I email Sandy with instructions. On a carefully chosen day she is to surround the house with a ring of clear quartz crystals, leaving gaps at specific points. Grand Master Yang would have disapproved strongly of the crystals, I imagine, but he’d recognise the pattern. After all he designed it.

Less than a month later I receive two WhatsApps: one tells me that her elder boy has a place at the school of her choice. The second is about Universal Credit in the form of the Department of Work & Pensions who have eliminated her debt.

Power, as I said, wants to hang onto power. Indeed one T’ang Emperor, Xuan Zong is said to have commissioned a book of fake information, known as Exterminate the Barbarians, to make it hard for enlightened Masters like Yang Gong to pass feng shui on to the common people. Even today feng shui is mostly the perk of the privileged.

There are those who say that Exterminate the Barbarians is the basis of certain procedures still in use. It’s certainly the basis of taunts between different schools of thought even today. It probably never existed by the way. But why let that get in the way of a good insult?

Sandy thanks me. I thank Yang Gong. As I say, he lived to a decent old age. He did die of poisoning though.

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.

Stop Press: As of today he has one slot for an online student.
Details here:                             
            http://www.imperialfengshui.info/courses
Subscriptions ( & further info):      sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info