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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.

 

 

Stop & Search: the Month of the Wood Dog 2019

October 8, 2019

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

Bo
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Stripping
Hexagram 23

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

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

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

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

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      7       9
1             5
6       8       4
Wood Dog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

 

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.

Selecting Auspicious and Personalised Dates

May 27, 2019
A One-day Zoom live Workshop with Richard Ashworth 
Saturday 15th (UK) & Sunday 16th June (World).
Basic familiarity with Heavenly Stems & Earthly Branches required.

When the Beijing Olympics opened at 8.02*am on the 8th of August 2008, an astonishing 4.7 billion people were watching. That’s around 70% of the world’s population. 4.7 billion is a big number. And the 8th August a very carefully chosen date. Anyone who believes that today’s hard nosed commercial China has abandoned traditional methods of divination, need only look a little beneath the surface of that date. Someone knew what they were doing.

For at least 3000 years Chinese diviners have been consulting the Stems and Branches that make up the Chinese Zodiac Animals in order to select the most auspicious dates for big decisions like when to engage battle or raise an Emperor but also for weddings, negotiations, interviews, examinations, celebrations and razor’s edge choices. And they don’t seem to have done too badly.

The 8’s in the above date reflect of course the fact that in Chinese tradition the number 8  is reckoned especially fortunate. What is also so is that the Pillars of the day are perfectly aligned. Equally the sequence of daily Officers and Mansions of the Moon, are auspicious beyond coincidence. And there’s much more. This is a skilfully chosen date.

In each of these two live online workshops we will examine the use of the above and other sequences to gain an edge. But there’s more again.

Whoever advised the PRC knew the ancient Xuan Kong Da Gua method of matching dates to places and people. It may be that whoever had millions of kids queuing around the block for the new Harry Potter book in the summer of 2007 did too. Perhaps also consider the timing of the 2016 European Referendum at the Summer Solstice, a moment as any astrologer will tell you, when many are at their least rational. And this week’s Euro elections, held at the very moment the seasonal qi reverses.

These last may seem fanciful but the power of the method is clearly not and on the 15th and 16th June we will look at a variety of ways for tailoring dates, times for placing Water and for building, getting married, making big decisions and many other purposes. Join us.

We’ve almost filled these sessions by invitation from among my own students but if you have a working knowledge of Stems and Branches and would like to know more about letting good timing work for you, do apply (to sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com) for one of the three places left, I’ll walk you gently through the rest.

I hope to meet you then,

Best wishes,
Richard A.
* The odd two minutes were to acknowledge the sponsors O2, of course.

Via Zoom only (really simple to use, just ask)
It will last approx. 6 hours with approx a 1 hour break.

Saturday 15th June will start at 10am (BST).
Sunday 16th June will start at 2pm (14:00 BST).
The workshop will cost £150 (Early Bird £125 by 1st June 2019)
To register please email: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com 
Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

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

The Butterfly effect: the Month of the Fire Rabbit 2019

March 8, 2019

The Butterfly effect: the Month of the Fire Rabbit 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for March2019
(05:14 6th March to 09:59 5th April 2019 inclusive)

Da Zhuang
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Great Power
Hexagram 34

Animal by Animal
During this Fire Tiger Month,
The Rat may risk being overlooked,
The Ox may be comforted,
The Tiger is impatient but unsure what for,
The Rabbit stands her ground,
The Dragon’s output may exceed input,
The Snake considers trusting,
The Horse paces herself,
The smart Sheep accepts the invitations,
The Monkey may be out of step.
The Rooster tacks,
The wise Dog acknowledges.
while
The Pig locates their bottle.

Remember:     Each Pillar of the 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.

S
9       5       7
      1       3
4       6       2
N
Fire Rabbit

1 month fosters communication and everything is a communication.
A Rabbit month centres on the home.
Most helpful location: East. Least helpful location: South West.
Favoured Animals: Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, Pig.
Challenged: Rooster, Dragon, Ox, Snake.
The Hexagram (above): Da Zhuang Great Power (& its uses), Thunder over Heaven.

The Butterfly Effect.
The story is told of Zhuang Tze and the butterfly. One night Master Zhuang fell asleep and dreamed of being a butterfly. It was such a vivid dream that he awoke believing he actually was a butterfly. Then as the mundane details of life imposed themselves he realised that he was Master Zhuang and it had all been a dream. But then he asked himself:

“What if I am now a butterfly dreaming I am Master Zhuang?”

The universe is always talking to us if we will only pay attention; every whisper, every headline, every half-heard snatch of song. Sometimes it’s inconvenient, sometimes inescapable. Sometimes it’s in the form of obscure Chinese formulas. Sometimes to pay attention is to be in something like a dream in broad daylight.

On the morning of June 23rd 2016, my wife Sheila and I were driving to vote in the Referendum when we became stuck in traffic; the school run, bumper to bumper, 5 mph tops. As we snailed towards the polling station I noticed that the registration number of the car in front was KUA 8 BU.

“Oops,” I said.

The word kua is used in Classical Chinese to indicate a Hexagram of the Yi or Book of Changes – also known as the I Ching. Hexagram Eight, Water over Earth, is often called Union, Bu in Classical Chinese means “not”. So what I was presented with was “No Union.”

Bu
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Union

“Not looking good for Europe” I said.

And so it turned out.

Andrew Harvey teaches a sufi ritual which involves repeating the words “Laillaha il allah” (Everything is God) until they lose all meaning. At that point, left brain extinguished, the next action is to ask your environment what it’s telling you.

“Bird of prey, why are you hovering just there, just now?”

“Oak tree, how did you come to be precisely here on my path?”

My suspicion is that the Chinese diviners of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties asked just such questions. This is very pure feng shui. Those diviners needed to get it right, their survival and that of their extended families depended upon it. Furthermore in the great Chinese tradition, if they didn’t offer the right answers to questions like “Where is the food?” they were likely to lose the softer parts of their bodies or worse. Sun Tzu, was teaching The Art of War rather than practising it because both of his feet had been amputated by some miffed overlord.

As I say the gift of divination can be inconvenient. And feng shui is a very particular species of divination because it offers solutions. A Tarot reading becomes history but a house can be changed. When I first encountered authentic Classical feng shui in the 1990’s after several years of reading, studying and discerning between what was feng shui, what folk lore and what total nonsense, I had the good fortune to be invited to shadow Master (now Grand Master) Chan Kun Wah. Subsequently I studied with him for several years.

When we arrived at the first house he was to look at, he declared immediately:

“Woman always live alone here.”

Which turned out to have been true ever since the house had been built some ninety years before; something to do with a tree in the front garden, just a little too close to the house. It took me fifteen years to understand how he’d done that. The method is called Xuan Kong Da Gua by the way.

The act of divining as I said, can resemble the dream state; alpha rhythms, a hardnosed rationalist might call it. Most of us spend around a third of our time asleep. So it’s a terrible waste to neglect the dreams of the other two thirds. In a sense divination and much of feng shui consists of interpreting the waking dream.

So when I visit your home or office, don’t be surprised if I appear to be simply staring blankly, listening to something in the distance. It’s the universe that I’m listening to. But also don’t be surprised if I calculate and draft for hours on end either.

And don’t insist on understanding; that can take years.
Richard Ashworth ©2019
http://www.imperialfengshui.info

Where to be in March.
Summary: abundance deriving from clear communication.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 8.
The only constant as they say, is change; this is a pretty good place for your desk or bed both right now and all year, although like every location, it’ll experience crests and troughs. The 6 and 8 Stars are calling for Water to make the magical 168.
Either way this is the place of youth, gain and progress. Settle in here for inspiration at this time of year, get up early, tend to the reviving and infant plants and get down to whatever your bliss may be.
Best for Dogs, Rabbits and East Group kuas but helpful pretty much to all. Teamwork & discussion helpful.
Exploit: Wood: three solid plants.
Sentimental (ie pumped) or other Water.

Where not to be in March.
Summary: Poor all year.
South West, Accumulation: Year Star:5, Month Star: 7.
Little helpful accumulation here right now. The Annual 5 or wu huang joining the tricky Red 7  here will tend to invite cash flow issues, also stomach niggles. Harshest for Tigers, Oxen, Pigs, Rats and East Group kuas 134 & 9.
Briefly: don’t enter, locate or face South West if there is an alternative. If your front door is South West, aim to enter another way..
Mitigate: t’ang lung now!

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”.

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Richard talks about 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog

February 4, 2018

Golden Pig Diary: A wet day in Dublin.

November 24, 2017

The below is simply a diary entry, no places times or predictions.
From now we plan to put out one of these diaries around the middle of each month.
A bulletin that will include times, places and predictions will generally come to you at the beginning of each Chinese month.
We hope that pleases you
. Do let us know. Or not.

Golden Pig Diary: A wet day in Dublin.

Dora used to be an on-line psychic. She has hung up her crystal ball now but back in the day she was a hotline to the world of shadows. She has been my client a long time. She’s no longer young but she’s still as sharp as a Stanley knife when she chooses to be.

She lives in Shropshire. So I’m on my way to her today by way of the IQ test that is Birmingham New Street. The station is like a hall of mirrors, glass walls preventing anyone without a helicopter moving from platform to platform. I notice a coffee shop claiming their brews are “temperature profiled”. Good to know. But even if I still drank coffee, it’s tantalisingly out of reach. I find myself pressed up against a glass barrier like the cover of David Bowie’s “Lodger”. I imagine this is how a rat feels in a maze. I have ten minutes to change trains. I just make it. I guess a rat would do it quicker.

The first time Dora called me in was because she was plagued by disembodied spirits. Occupational hazard, I guess. Restless entities and unbalanced energy were her stock in trade. But it was getting uncomfortable. Could I move them out of the house? Well of course; a little mumbo jumbo and Bob’s your uncle. Two weeks later she called to complain that business was very slow.

That’s Dora.

Early in our acquaintance we established that her marriage had not been a success.

“He wasn’t kind to me,” she told me and paused a moment and sniffed. Then she made some tea and offered me a toasted teacake.

Her ba zi suggested her husband had been both unreliable and deceitful. Mo yuk over loy hong in the Day Pillar, if you understand these things. She’s been alone since she kicked him out. At first she seemed such a sad and bitter old thing but I tinkered with the house over time and made her laugh once or twice and things settled.

Frankly that wasn’t a great house, set halfway up a windswept incline and overlooking strip-mined hills. There are many such settlements along the Welsh Borders: three or four terraced Nessa-and-Stacey streets between summits limp with straggly grass and loose pebbles, the Dragon seed – loong mai – long exhausted.

Technically Dora belongs to what is called the East Group. This means she’s best suited to a house that backs onto South, North, East or South East. That house apart from anything else backed onto the North East, so it wasn’t much help. I gave her some guidance as to what to look for next: level ground, height behind, lesser height either side, open space in front and so on.

“And for you, it should face South3.”

“It should face South?”

“Yes, but a few degrees clockwise of due South.”

“That’s South West.”

“Imagine a compass broken up into twenty-four equal sections.”

She screws up her face.

“That’s not easy.”

I draw her a circle showing the twenty-four sections.

“There you are, each compass point covers three sections or “mountains”.”

She frowns.

“So South consists of South1, just anticlockwise of due South, due South (that is South2) and South3 just clockwise of due South. South 3, that’s the direction you want to face.”

“That’s South West.”

So she moved. To this nightmare. Needless to say she didn’t run it past me before she purchased. Two years on I’m down here to assess it.

She is as you may have gleaned, headstrong and er…parsimonious. And this second house (which actually faces North East) may be the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s on flat lifeless ground, plagued with maggots and stroppy neighbours. There are high windows next door which overlook her bedroom – technically Peeping Qi – and a catalogue of more subtle flaws.

“What’s wrong with it?” she asks me for the fifth time at least. She winces at the pain from recent orthodontistry following a hip operation. It wouldn’t take clairvoyance to suspect there’s a health issue here. She often appears aggressive which I put down to her various ailments. And loneliness.

“I’m sleeping in the direction you told me to,” she complains.

“I guess that’s not enough,” I say.

We sit outside in the sun, batting away horse-flies and look at the lifeless flat land stretching a dozen miles beyond her back garden. The rear of the house wants the support of height. No help there. Or anywhere.

Historically the feng shui man’s task was to place the building appropriately in the landscape. But these days of course most of my job is compensating for houses that are all wrong: a Water fountain here, a windchime there and I can make most places habitable. Not this one. As the man said, If I were you I wouldn’t start from here.

She agrees to look for another.

“South3,” I remind her. “Ding is the Chinese name. Between 187½˚ and 202½˚South, slightly West of South.”

And if it faces South of course, the walls will be oriented East, West, North and South. This will mean not only that the house suits her but that there are three supportive walls to put her bed against.

On the way back she calls again.

“I’ve found one. Can you tell me whether it’s any good from there?”

I juggle my shoulder bag and take-away tea and anchor my phone under my chin.

“If you give me enough information.”

She emails me the agents’ details. The crucial compass orientation is unclear. I’m on a Cross-Country train now consisting of four carriages holding six carriages worth of people. An indulgent ticket-inspector overlooks the fact that I’m in First Class with a 2nd–class ticket.

I examine the details and, signal alternately surging and flatlining, I look on Google maps.

“Could be facing South or South West,” I tell Dora. “I can only be sure onsite.”

“I’ll measure it,” she says. She knows I will charge her half a day if I have to come down to the Marches again.

“Fine. You have a box compass?”

“What do you mean?”

“A compass with a square edge.”

“I’ll get one.”

She rings again. I coach her through a compass reading.

“It’s South West,” she says firmly.

“What’s the compass reading?”

“West of South. That’s South West,” she says defiantly.

“The actual number.”

“192 degrees.”

“That’s South3. The front will be North3 ie 12 degrees North.”

“Is that what I want?”

There’s more; it faces open ground. There’s height behind and a little to either side and the rooms are apportioned nicely.

“I can’t be sure without looking at it onsite but from what you’ve told me it’s pretty much perfect.”

“I’ll go and check.”

Next day I fly to Dublin, one of my favourite cities. But not when it’s raining. I walk from my hotel to the residential area South of the city where I’m going to be working. The gutters are literally flooded – five or six inches of water on the pavement. My client is in a bad way, depressed, anxious and in physical pain and suddenly my wet foot doesn’t seem so important. I rarely make promises but she called because she’s read my book, the Feng Shui Diaries and thinks I may be able to help her.

The house is quite tricky, especially this year but there are decent flying stars – that is pockets of energy – to work with. And she’s very stuck. But there’s a magical moment when we talk about her past and how the house relates to it and we can both begin to see the way through.

“Seen through the prism of the tao, everything is for learning and everything in our life is chosen.”

“Hmm,” she says but I can see it’s rung a bell.

“Which means that pretty much anything we’ve chosen – pain, stuckness, frustration, misfortune – can be unchosen. On one level all feng shui is simply a mechanism for re-choosing. That’s the upside, the downside is that we have to own that we’ve made some pretty poor decisions.”

“Yeah, I can see that.”

“And almost nothing’s fixed in stone.”

She’s going to need more; I outline the he tu journeys round the house and identify spots to work and rest. She’s so restless, returning to a computer game on her phone once in a lull. She’s not sleeping well so I address that.

“People aren’t woken by thoughts but by feelings. We are feeling creatures. If you wake in the night, sit up in bed and take two deep breaths. And feel whatever’s there. Make no attempt to heal it or make it better, to understand it or work it out. Just breathe.”

I’m walking back with my wheelie and shoulder bag. It’s raining hard. I’m on the route of the Air Coach back to the airport and I stop at a bus shelter. They’re every half hour and there’s one due now but my outstretched arm is not assertive enough to get the driver’s attention. Another half hour to wait. And I’m quite wet. I can see my reflection in the glass of the bus time table; I’m overdue for a haircut and in this state I look like a bedraggled Balkan dictator.

So I stumble into a coffee shop (Insomnia – not such a great name for a chain of coffee shops) and drip dry. No temperature profiling as far as I can see. Maybe the technology hasn’t made it to Ballsbridge. Anyway I’m drinking tea. My phone goes. Dora.

“I’ve measured it.”

“And?”

“192 degrees.”

“Brilliant. Well done.”

“That’s South West.”

Richard Ashworth © 2017

We send out a comprehensive monthly bulletin covering in detail, the right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar to my Retainer Clients. It is also available by subscription.
Subscriptions (and further info): Sheila@imperialfengshui.info

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

Richard Ashworth©

www.imperialfengshui.info

Read Your Individual Animal Forecast for 2017

December 31, 2016

Animal Fortunes for 2017, The Fire Rooster,
the Year of the Turkey.
“If we meet evil before it becomes reality- before it has even begun to stir – we can master it.”
The Book of Changes Hexagram 19.

Go Directly To Your Animal Fortune for 2017 here.

Everyone knows that the Chinese New Year falls on February 4th. Except the Chinese. Your local take-away actually is likely to be closed overnight the 27th/28th January this year which is when the Lunar New Year starts. And of course it would be ridiculous to think of energy changing instantly from one year to another like a door closing. Nature does not work in straight lines like that; there are a number of markers, as the energy of the Fire Monkey ebbs and the Fire Rooster comes to life. Several of these are now past. And here we are in the sluggish nomanstime between years. A cusp, if you will, this is the time to be making major feng shui changes while the effect of the Monkey can hardly be felt and the Rooster is as yet not quite here. I am now making those annual changes in my own environment and in those of my clients.

So how is the year likely to affect you and me? And what can we do about it? Some answers may be here Animal by Animal, among your forecasts for the year. Please remember however that no astrological analysis is more powerful than your choice and that you always have free will.

Also remember that your ba zi (the snapshot of your moment of birth often misleadingly called a Chinese Horoscope) consists of Four Animals each of which will be affected differently by the new year. What I aim to do when I am hand-drafting a ba zi is to recognise and interpret the blend of these effects that indicate the likely nature of your year. And this year above all is a year of communication. And the fact is that truthful communication can transform anything.
Richard Ashworth © 2017.

Study with Richard in 2017, details here.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: My diary for the month of the Earth Dog

October 7, 2016
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
My diary for the month of the Earth Dog
(05:59 Oct 8th to 09:34 Nov 7th inclusive)
in the Year of the Fire Monkey.
 
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Splitting
Hexagram 23“Both striving and non-striving must be done in the midst of activity.”
Liu I-Ming

The Dog Month
Animal by Animal
During this Earth Dog Month,
The Rat wins against competition,
The smart Ox holds fire,
The Tiger hunts,
The Rabbit makes a home,
The Dragon gets flexible,
The Snake keeps her head down,
The Horse gallops home,
The Sheep calls for help against long odds,
The Monkey’s time has not come,
The modest Rooster is the most effective Rooster,
The Dog ignores their sell-by date,
while
The Pig is tested by fire and emerges.
#daenerys

Know your inner beast. How Doggy are you?
Birth in the Dog Hour (7-9pm)~: long life.
Birth on the Dog Day#: stubborn – in a good way. Sometimes.
Birth during the Dog Month (October)*: long-term friends.
Birth in the Dog Year: tenacious parents.
~ An hour earlier than the clock during British Summertime ie 8-10.
# You’ll need a Chinese calendar for this. * Caution: Chinese months start later.
Where to do what, when and why
Summary: Click your feet and you’ll be back in Kansas.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 9 Dragon Virtue, Month Star: 1.

After a sleepy Rooster Month, the 1 in the East now boosts the younger man while Dragon Virtue watches his back. Keep this area appropriately spick and span. Occupying the East and/or facing that direction taps the 9/1 which rewards clear communication, preparation and planning with increase and accumulation; same with an Eastern door and up to a point, an East-facing building. If you’re here constantly – which is not such a bad idea – don’t over-activate it with noise or busyness, avoid excess alcohol and stay well hydrated.
Favours: East Group kuas: 1, 3, 4 & 9 (ask), certain Pigs, Dogs & Sheep.
East and West Groups: Everybody falls into either East or West Group by virtue of their birth date. The calculation is simple but if you want to know where you belong, email me at richardashworth@imperialfengshui.info.

Readers Digest version: East Group people are best facing East, South, South-East and North and in buildings and beds backing onto these directions. West Group vice-versa. Sorry if it’s fiddly, I’m not making this stuff up.

My actual Diary
Let Sleeping Dogs lie.
“Both striving and non-striving must be done in the midst of activity.” Liu I-Ming.

It’s the month of the Earth Dog who is both stubborn and restless. Such beasts can be logical to the point of dullness and able to stick to the most tenuous point through thick and thin. As it happens some great business women are 1958 Earth Dogs; they just don’t know when to give up. These facts may be connected.
So that’s the tenor of the month and indeed of the year after next, Earth Dog 2018 – great persistence, not necessarily in a useful direction. After that November like the Pig year 2019, will bring pause and relief.
You may or may not know that Dogs don’t necessarily flourish in Dog months or years. So don’t go “whoopee” if you’re a Dog, any more than you should have at the beginning of the year if you’re a Monkey. It doesn’t necessarily work like that. Which brings us to the St Bernards in the room: Bill Clinton, George Dubya Bush and Donald Trump, all 1946 Fire Dogs, all still ambitious and all right out of time.

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2       7       9
E  1       3       5 W
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NThe lo shu or “magic square” of the month.

A month with the boisterous 3 at its centre (see “magic square” above) is contentious but 2016 you’ll recall, holds a 2 to its heart, making it the Year of the Woman. And although this is a month of parting shots (“And another thing…..”) it is not one of fresh conflicts. 1947 Fire Pig Hillary Clinton has – deservedly or not – had a hard time to date but it remains her year. It’s been demanding; think fellow Fire Pigs Alan Rickman and David Bowie. And it’ll get harder before it gets easier. As it will for 1971 Pig Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, figurehead of DAESH aka ISIS or ISIL.

As well as the Dog giving herself time off, this Dog month favours Rabbits in their home-making and the objectives of the more predatory Horses and Tigers. It’s likely to frustrate Dragons (try other ways of doing things) and Roosters (get over yourself), involve Monkeys in loss and Rats winning against competition. Ox and Sheep need to contain themselves for now and Snakes (like 1965 Wood Snake Bashar al-Assad who btw is unlikely to face reckoning before 2018) to keep their heads down till Christmas.

And for Pigs another testing month. They need all the diplomacy they can borrow right now. One way is to draw upon the peace-making qualities of the Rabbit. Water Rabbit Michelle Obama may be the best reference Hillary currently has. Those Pigs that come through the er…roasting will gain that quality of toughness without hardness that characterises the balanced Pig.

And as for the old mutts, the time of the Earth Dog brings fitful sleep not fresh bones to chew. Those sleeping Fire Dogs will keep on lying whether you let them or not. As the old Thin Lizzy song goes, “Don’t believe a word, especially when I say I’m in love with you.”
Richard Ashworth © 2016

2017, the Fire Rooster: the Year of the Turkey
Distracted by Shiny Things:

What to expect and what to do about it,
A day with feng shui man Richard Ashworth
at the Pepperpot, Godalming.
10 till 5, Saturday December 3rd 2016.

As promised around this time last year, the Year of the Fire Monkey has been a turbulent one. It started with the loss of much-loved entertainers, continued on both sides of the Atlantic with political farce and concludes with mayhem right on the North-South line indicated by the Chinese gan zhi cycle. Sometimes I hate to be proven right.

This Rooster brings attention to detail but a short attention span. Just as the Fire Monkey was the Year of Turbulence, so this may be the Year of the Turkey. It’s likely to be a year when our attention is drawn away from what matters. Some of that will be deliberate, some just the distraction of shiny things. There’s more.

2017 of course will favour different animals; Dragons will be empowered, more than likely (but they won’t be alone in that) and certain houses will be unusually helpful; step up those whose homes face South East. And it’s a 1 year, a time of communication, negotiation and bargaining. No surprises there.

The Rooster year calls for different approaches. Some Animals will have a free ticket, some will needed added help. Some areas will be magical, some baleful. Find out which is which and what to do about it, personally, domestically, globally and economically.

The cost for the day is £125 or if paid by 1st November 2016, it’s £85.

This workshop sold out very quickly last year.

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