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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

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.

 

Auspicious Dates and Places for The (11th) month of the Fire Rat, 2019

December 6, 2019
(19:20 7th December 2019 to 06:06 7th January 2020 inclusive)
as the Year turns from Earth Pig to Metal Rat.

 Fu
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The Return
Hexagram 24

The Fire Rat Month, Animal by Animal
The Pig peaks early,
The Rat opens,
The Ox takes charge,
The Tiger could falter,
The Rabbit questions,
The Dragon rejoices,
The Snake hangs out,
The Horse pulls up,
The Sheep: pulls up alongside,
The Monkey shines
The Rooster may be unpredictable
and
The Dog settles in till February. Good idea.

Special attention: what is feng shui but time & light? https://bit.ly/2m5ktrS
A 1 month                                    demands communication.
The Rat Month                         demands or avoids communication.
Where to be this month:         East, tai chi.
Where not to be this month: South
Favoured Animals:                  Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Ox – in any Pillar.
Especially challenged:            Horse, Sheep, Dog, Tiger.
The Hexagram (above):          Fu Return. Earth over Thunder. I’m back & I’m proud.

S
9       5       7
8       1       3
4       6       2

Fire Rat

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

Winter is here: the Fire Rat Month, 2019. 
Look to my coming at first light.”  Gandalf. The Two Towers. JRR Tolkien.

Rat Month favours communication. Around this time of year, while it’s dark and cold, we pause awhile. We gather and share our experience of the Year and rest up. Human beings are essentially programmed to overeat, huddle together and catch up now until the thaw of February.

When a Rat Month opens into a Rat Year however, the invitation is to a much longer conversation. This month plumbs the depths not only of this year’s Winter but the Winter of the Great Year or tai sui. The Great Year lasts twelve years and the Rat is in effect one month of that Great Year. We are now fast within a prolonged period of cold and damp. There’s time to think about where we have been and where we are going.

And we are fast into a time of world uncertainty which may be reflected in our homes, our workplaces and elsewhere. As ice caps melt, many of the foundations of our way of life are under threat. In China, Yemen, sub-Saharan Africa, Myanmar and Kashmir as well as in Westminster and Washington we are at the mercy of poor choices both of lifestyle and ruler. Time to re-consider perhaps. Now’s the time.

Water of course also represents the emotions, that other mute mode of communication. The deepest Water speaks not only of physical damp but of deep feeling. All Water is forever seeking all other Water just as the most profound feelings are always seeking expression. We share our feelings in order to connect, to make sense of them and in some cases to relieve them. That’s why we huddle together in mid-Winter.

The tai sui lasts twelve years; this deep cold has been a dozen years in coming, the spring remains more than a year away.

Whether we are talking globally, politically, at home or at work, at our desks or our dinner tables, now is an opportunity to consider where we go next. There are hints as to when and where to do what in this missive but your personal response is just that: personal. We get the leaders we deserve and the times we deserve. So when we are dissatisfied with them we are well advised to look within. Spring follows Winter just as Dawn follows night.
Richard Ashworth December 2019

Where to be in December.
Summary: result!
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 8.
Stars 6 and 8 combine authority and wealth. Expertise and practice pay off. Work and practice here for property gains and notoriety. Additional Water constitutes a 1 thus making an abundant 168. Younger son may inherit. Settling here encourages the eccentric – no harm in that. If you have a door here, enter by it as often as you can.
Assist: Water: blue/black and/or a bowl changed daily.

Where not to be in December.
Summary: potentially embarrassing
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 3 Dragon Virtue Month Star: 5. Month san sha The vigorous 3 is briefly blighted by the 5 Star. Facing the 5 ie facing South may embolden but occupying the South carries the risk of embarrassing cash flow issues. The Fire here may shine unwelcome light. Not much help here till January. Possible digestive issues too – there’s a surprise!
AnchorMitigate: Metal: but don’t overdo it. Music box the most effective counter.

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): Sheila@imperialfengshui.info
Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

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.

S
      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”.

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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.

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9       5       7
      1       3
4       6       2
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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”.

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 talks about 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog

February 4, 2018