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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.

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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
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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.

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