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April 16, 2014

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Dragon Diary: What to expect in April 2014

April 4, 2014

No Dragon Feet.

Earth Dragon month, Wood Horse year.

April 5th 04:54am.

 

Rapid Movement.

The Earth-in-Wood that is the Dragon always makes for change. Master Zhongxian Wu suggest we ”purify and change old patterns” while “an unwavering attitude will help us accomplish tasks (now) even if we bump into some tough situations.” It’s moving-on time.

Change, as the man said, is the only constant. But sometimes it can feel overdue. Not possible of course but sometimes we know that that job, that mission, that relationship is over but it limps on. Now may be the time to act. If a change is gonna come, April is the likely time. This as Master Wu implies, may take courage. An Earth Dragon may make it easier – the Earth is always restless – or more difficult because it’s big and solid. The harder they come…. 

The Dragon in the Dragon Month.

Dragons (1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) suffer the so-called self clash; they are not reckoned to play nice among themselves. In fact the Dragon is often said to be the most powerful of the Chinese Zodiac but this power is accompanied by fragile ego. Dragon times like the Dragons themselves are demanding and magical. April is the time of transformation; Spring becomes Summer, Wood becomes Fire, views opened by the fallen leaves close up again; everything changes.. It’s in the air. Not just for Dragons.

So give everyone but especially Dragons, extra space now. In the words of Keane, everyone is changing and neither you nor they know what fresh shape they might be taking up. That last bit isn’t from Keane. 

Dragon Month Animal by Animal.

The Dragon:

Takes the Snake on as apprentice.

Tolerates the competitive Horse.

Sidesteps the Sheep who keeps out of his way too,

Conspires with the Monkey although he knows better.

Joins the Rooster but is likely to get bent out of shape.

Makes peace with the Dog from his current position of strength.

Admires the Pig from a respectful distance.

Is directed by the Rat.

Bamboozles the Ox.

Remains wary of the Tiger.

Allows the Rabbit to draw on his resources.

The Dragon Pillars. How Dragon are you?

Birth in the Dragon hour (7-9am): children inherit opportunity & add drive.

Birth in the Dragon month (April*): unemployable.

Birth on the Dragon day: secretly magical but prone to mood swings.

Birth in the Dragon year: light on the face of it, dark within except when it’s the other way round.

* Caution, the Chinese month generally starts and finishes a few days after ours.

Where to do what, when and why.

This month’s lo shu is the 6, to do with winning and losing. This is the month of finicky detail.  We can approach it two basic ways: respecting authority or flouting it. Either’s likely to lead to change.

This month: activate or be in the East of whatever space you find yourself. This month it holds the 4 of discovery and all year the 2 of obstacles while its native star is the 3 of moving on. Putting all that together, if you’re brave and hungry for change, hang out East.

Forthcoming Events: 

Feng Shui Course 2014:

If you want to learn more about Feng Shui or want to hone your current skills, Richard’s next Feng Shui Course starts on the weekend of 13th & 14th September 2014 & there are three further weekends in October, November & December. There is still an Early, Early Bird Discount available but not for much longer. For further information, go to Richard’s website or email becciimperialfengshui@gmail.com Also, if you live outside of the UK & want to study with Richard he runs Skype courses concurrently with the UK ones. Do email for more details.

Astrological Lodge of London:

Richard has been invited back to talk Chinese Astrology (Ba Zi) at the Astrological Lodge of London on the 7th July 2014 if you would like to hear him talk in person. More details closer to the time.

Richard Ashworth©, in the month of the Earth Dragon, March 2014.

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Fire Rabbit month, Wood Horse year

March 5, 2014

Bunny Hop.

Fire Rabbit month, Wood Horse year.

March 6th 00:09am.

  

Big Light, Big Heat.

The placid yin Wood of the Rabbit can be an anti-climax after the drama of the Tiger that opens the year. It’s a bit like the time after a tropical dawn. The Sun rises almost instantaneously, a flag hoist aloft, everything is suddenly light. Then it just stays light while we wake and wash and dress and prepare ourselves for the day. Not so exciting. Every single cranny bathes in the light as it spreads but there is little sign of the raw violence of the Tiger. On the other hand, soen, the Wind the embodiment of yin Wood, is all these delicate qualities and as the Book of Changes has it, ultimately adamant. Don’t underestimate the Rabbit. He may be modest but he has influence.

As for the Fire of this Rabbit; traditionally the red Rabbit was a manifestation of a just ruler.

So extravagant metaphor to one side, what does all this mean for those of us living through this year of illumination?

Here are some answers: the Year is ruled by Fire and this Rabbit especially is fuel to the Fire. Whether the focus of the year proves in retrospect to be Russian expansion, LGBT rights, peaking markets, climate change or something else again, it comes gently into light now. Come June the issues will be clear and the process well under way but now they’re subtle. The same kind of thing is true of our own lives. It’s a time to pay close attention.

The Rabbit in the Rabbit Month.

The Rabbit (1963, 1975, 1987, 1999) enjoys the company of other Rabbits. So the Rabbit is generally comfortable during its own month. Comfort however, may not be the most creative experience. The Rabbit is the networker of the Chinese Zodiac; it likes to know exactly where it stands with everyone else. But the safety of familiarity may take up time that might be spent pushing for new frontiers. Better? Worse? Who knows what these words mean?

Tiger Month Animal by Animal.

The Rabbit:

Poses no threat to the Tiger.

Colludes with the Sheep in avoiding risk.

Gives the Pig backbone,

Fires up the Dog.

Resists the Rooster, who may need to develop respect.

Can fleece the Dragon – if the Dragon allows it.

Fuels the Horse but may never receive appropriate credit.

Is often wary of the Rat, who can just be too much.

Puzzles some Monkeys, who expect to do all the puzzling themselves.

Appears (but generally is not) fair game to the Snake.

Draws upon the Oxheightened awareness.

The Rabbit Pillars. How Rabbit are you?

Birth in the Rabbit hour (5-7am): home-loving children, goals whose common feature is security.

Birth in the Rabbit month (March*): working from a place like home.

Birth on the Rabbit day: safety first.

Birth in the Rabbit year: passive, stable, home-loving, friends in high places.

* Caution, the Chinese month generally starts and finishes a few days after ours.

Where to do what, when and why.

This month’s lo shu is the 7, to do with interruption. It’s a month when many events can most usefully be seen as interludes in bigger ones: the Winter Olympics with its political side-shows is the first part of the Olympics proper; the Olympics themselves, an aspect of the ongoing chest beating of nations. If we get it right, this is the month of the timely intervention. If not we may appear unable to mind our own business or worse (and less truthfully) think that’s true of everybody else.

Hint: anything that appears to apply to everyone else is likely to have its source closer to home.

On the 17th: aim to be in the North East of whatever space you are in. Additionally (or instead) make the North East as noisy and bright as you can all day. This rouses assistance and supports good reputation.

Forthcoming Events:

Richards next Feng Shui course, The Wind that Stops at the Water, starts on the weekend of 13/14th September 2014. More details here.

Early Bird Discounts now available!

Richard Ashworth©, early in the month of the Fire Rabbit, March 2014.

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Big Fire, Big Ice: Big Water.

February 10, 2014

Tiger, Tiger.

Fire Tiger month, Wood Horse year.

February 5th 06:21am.

Big Fire, Big Ice: Big Water.

The Tiger opens the year with a burst of Fire. To some extent this is always true because the Tiger is part Fire. In some years this blast of spontaneity, of visibility, of passion is more marked than in others. This year it is quite extreme. Heres my take on the year btw.

Here is film of Richard talking prophetically about flood meadows, exterior feng shui, real wind and especially real water. Bear in mind this was before the recent ‘biblical’ floods. Who knows? There might be something in this stuff.

The Tiger in the Tiger Month.

The Tiger itself is generally confident, neither flattered nor challenged by a Tiger month. Such confidence is not always justified. They might like to know that the fresh power Tigers may be feeling now is likely to last the whole of the Horse year and may or may not be 100% valid. Tread carefully. The Book of Changes (Hexagram Ten Lu, Treading) says: “…one’s purpose will be achieved if one behaves with decorum.”

Tiger Month Animal by Animal.

The Tiger:

Demands expression of the Rabbit.

Supports the Horse even in ill-conceived endeavours.

Directs the Dog.

Instructs the Monkey, sometimes with surmountable barriers.

Assists the Pig, one-to-one.

Frustrates the over-ambitious Rooster – but satisfies the contained one.

Talks across the Ox but that’s not just the Tiger.

Focuses the Dragon.

Flatters some Snakes, wakes others up.

Draws deeply on the Rats powers of expression.

Backs the Sheeps team.

The Tiger Pillars:

Birth in the Tiger hour (1-3am): implies great vision and children with the same ability.

Birth in the Tiger month (February): work that requires constant vigilance.

Birth on the Tiger day: a tendency to put parenthood ahead of relationship.

Birth in the Tiger year: Vision, patience, clear memory especially of favours and slights. Ambitious, can appear aggressive.

Where to do what, when and why.

This month’s lo shu is the 8, to do with rapid positive achievement. This ambitious objective is probably best supported by locating yourself or facing West which is likely to work better for West than East Group but it all evens out. If this is Greek to you (or even Chinese) you’re hardly alone. You can take it on trust or study enough to question it  or of course anything in between.

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Big Fire, Big Ice; Big Water: Richard talking in October 2013 about real wind, real water 

Richard Ashworth©, early in the month of the Fire Tiger, Oct 2014.

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2014: The Year of the Horse in the Clouds.

January 31, 2014

“When you can tell Fire from Water, you are a Master.”

Grand Master Chan Kun Wah.

Merry Christmas Li Ka Shing.

For more than a thousand years, the town of Godalming, deep in the Surrey woods, has been saved from flood by its Lammas Land. Although it is at the base of the Wey valley, the town generally stays dry however much rain falls. From April to August, this meadow is pasture and it pretty much becomes a lake between November and March.

ImageIt’s been that way since the time of King Alfred. That’s around twelve hundred years. Sometimes on summer afternoons we leave the office, take our meal-deal from Boots down to a park bench and watch the cattle and horses fattening up on the rich grass between the Town Bridge and the Titanic Memorial. Don’t tell me I don’t have a life.

This is feng shui in action; the balance between Heaven, Earth and Human needs, what in Chinese is called tian-ti-ren, the Earth, the Wood and the Water in mutual dependence. Because the land is grazed, saplings never become bushes nor do bushes become trees. The meadow serves as a drain that keeps the buildings dry.

This year for the first time in my lifetime however, some houses were evacuated as the water rose. Half-a-dozen threatened homes is not Bangla Desh or even Tewksbury (which became a mini-Venice with buildings growing out of the flood and roads turning to water courses) but it’s a bench mark. Nor is it the Somerset levels which you’ll know maybe from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon are the lowlands surrounding Glastonbury. They used to be lake throughout the wet season. And are again this year. Something is happening.

We used to know about this stuff. Godalming’s parish church was built on higher ground around the year 811. No building of any age sits as low in the valley as the Lammas Lands. The homes in danger were not ancient but none had been vulnerable before.*

What’s this got to do with the fiery Year of the Wood Horse? Here’s one thing: a respectable method of assessing the coming year is to look at the last one that had the same pillar, the last Wood Horse. That was 1954 which set new records for flooding and coastal erosion. If you seek confirmation that this is sound methodology, 1954 also featured shenanigans in Korea as well as East-West arm-wrestling over nuclear proliferation.

Here’s another thing: when Great Heat encounters Great Cold, Great Water follows. When icebergs and glaciers melt in the heat, sea-level rises. In some ways this year of Fire promises to be a year of Water. Already there’s too much. This year that fact may become impossible to ignore. I surely hope so.

One person who has clearly been able to ignore it is the above Hong Kong mogul who now owns the local utilities. Due to the extraordinary weather, Godalming became a black spot on the National Grid over Christmas. In our house the power was cut four times. Here in the affluent South East of England – spit and you hit a banker – we’re extraordinarily fortunate. Our privileged lives are rarely interrupted by the elements. For the time being it’s the rest of the world I worry about.

It’s pretty easy to peel sprouts in shadow, and in the half-light we got to talk to each other and play board games. In the brief intervals of power supply, my daughters Jess and Hen cooked and then we overate at our leisure. Outside the winds keened and blew the garden chairs around while rain poured and poured and poured. More fell more rapidly than I can remember, sometimes sounding like power drills, sometimes like small animals rushing around on the roof.

Water will not be resisted. It cannot be compressed. This Water is coming from somewhere and it has to go somewhere. We have forgotten how to respect the Water and we have forgotten its power. My suspicion is that 1200 years of flood prevention is about to fail and power cuts will be among the least of our worries. Merry Christmas, Mr Li.

* perhaps read George Monbiot’s Guardian article on this.

The Horse’s Mouth.

“Mouth open, story jump out.” Guyanese proverb.

By the most popular calculation, February 4th 2014 opens the Year of the Wood Horse, known as the Horse in the Clouds. This suggests an image of charging into the air with vision impaired; full steam ahead with the windscreen fogged up. So a year of spontaneity and reaction rather than strategy. Horses can sometimes talk before (and often instead of) thinking. So this Horse Year may be a year of revelation when the deceitful are wrong-footed.

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Horses are said to be spontaneous, passionate and outgoing. These qualities can be expected both of people born in Horse years and of the Horse year itself. One theme of the Snake year of 2013 was deception; what you saw was not what you got. In contrast the Horse can be expected to shed light. Whether the issues are global surveillance, the Lockerbie bombing, drones over Pakistan, climate change or show biz scandals, the outcome may be illumination rather than whitewash. The enquiry into the cover-up-of-the-enquiry-into-the-cover-up-of-the-enquiry into the Hillsborough tragedy may name names. Similarly, where so far only one banker has been jailed for treating the interests of client and public as subsidiary to his own, 2014 promises to reveal this as the standard procedure it may be. And it may be that the impending ecological catastrophe is finally addressed.

We are currently walking over an ecological precipice wearing headphones and Google glasses. What happens to the Earth happens on some level to each of us individually. To the extent that I am disheartened, so is the world. It may take a shock to wake us up. The Fire of the Horse year may hold that shock. The Horse is the animal of the blurted-out truth. It just can’t help itself.

Hors d’oeuvres.

Also the Horse is competitive; it likes to dance on tables. And on the average table there’s only room for one dancer. For this and other reasons it is said to suffer the so-called self clash. This means Horses don’t play nicely together.

So even relatively contained Horses like David Cameron and Lloyd Blankfein (CEO of Goldman Sachs) may find their authority challenged before year’s end. Cameron however need not beware Sheep like Ed Balls or Nick Clegg, both of whom whatever they present, are meek team players. Angela Merkel of course is another Horse and several Masters have seen her recent accident as evidence of the self-clash in action. Also evidence that dancing on tables is safer than skiing.

Horse Trading.

Markets tend to sink in Water-heavy years (like pretty much all of those since 2007) and pick up with Fire. Fire returned in 2013 and peaks with the Horse. Some see this process as literally manic-depressive. Sunshine brings optimism and bull markets, rain the reverse. This enthusiasm may peak like the power of the Sun at mid-summer. Many recommend being out of markets by July. At the extreme of Fire is burn-out but if markets are the measure, this is a boom year.

The price of commodities however continues to be distorted by market manipulation. Such deceit is a Snake type phenomenon. Expect the Horse to bring into light abuses in coffee and cocoa markets and latterly metals. Technically this is to do with a Rooster-Horse clash. Rooster is yin Metal, glamour, the superficial; the Horse represents the light of noon. So expect revelations between June and September. Precisely how that will play out is hard to assess but if you thought bankers only distorted stock and money markets, you don’t know the half of it. And whether that’s good or bad news is simply a question of view point.

Horse Box.

Another method of prognosis consists of assessing the lo shu  or so-called magic square of the year. I won’t digress into why, but take it from me that this year’s key number is 4 which represents academe, discovery, invention and sex scandals. It’s also the number of the eldest daughter. Take these implications together with the nature of the Horse and you have an interesting soup. A year to practise discretion. And forgiveness.

I don’t speculate about celebrities any more because it so easily encourages mean-spiritedness and the press does that so expertly already. However….the Rabbit’s resources are fully drawn upon this year, so Fire Rabbit Andy Murray might just win that second title. It won’t be straightforward though. And English football is always flattered by the Horse, as it was in 2002 and doubly in 1966. Remember that? So we can anticipate a respectable World Cup performance.

The lo shu:

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3      8      1

2      4      6

7      9      5

Squire Horse.

Because of the 4 lo shu it’s likely to be a year of career progress for women. Men are typically suspicious of the woman in power because they expect female bosses to be like male bosses, only in skirts. We expect fruitless cleverness and no-winner competition because business seems always to have been like that. Actually there’s another way. Empowerment could replace rivalry for instance. This is a yin (that is female) quality.

Even now, although they account for fewer than 5% of CEO’s of FTSE 500 companies, women hold the reins both of the European Central Bank  and the IMF and now with the appointment of Fire Dog Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Bank. Ms Yellen looks like a very different kind of banker but as you’ll read in my Animal Fortunes the Dog has a job holding onto money this year. Low interest rates are past their sell-by date (although no one has told Wood Snake Mark Carney) but they won’t be coming down significantly any time soon. Nonetheless in a Wood Snake/Fire Dog conflict, don’t put money on the Snake.

Other rising women include Gloria da Piero MP who is a year or so short of prominence. This is a year of learning and of building support for Pigs like her. Wood Horse Angela Merkel’s career is a little further down the road but some sort of challenge looks likely whether within or without Germany.

And finally the London Stock Exchange now boasts two female directors. That’s serious progress. A trend going back several thousand years is changing along with the climate. As the regularity of the cycle of days and seasons became clear, a woman who could feel when an eclipse was coming became less valuable than a man who could calculate and record the next thousand. It’s this type of control that has taken us to the precipice.

Number Five is alive.

The number to watch out for in the Lo shu is always the tricky 5. In 2014 this star falls in the North West, the place of authority. It landed in the centre last year, so many masters predicted upset in “central” places like the Central African Republic and capital cities generally. Riots in Istanbul and Rio among many others, may have proved them right. This year it’s authority that’s at risk. This is a year in which tradition is seriously questioned. If we look at what’s North West of the UK and North West of land masses in general, civil disobedience in North America and South Western Europe look on the cards. Also the Arabian Gulf. And let’s not neglect the North West of the US where a legion of multinationals such as Irish-registered tax dodger Apple and the not-for-profit Starbucks operation make their homes.

Bull in a China shop; a note about the Ox.

The Ox has a distinctive pattern of demanding power and not knowing how to use that power, when to let go of it or when it is starting to fail. Margaret Thatcher and Napoleon come to mind. And Metal Ox Barack Obama. In the Rat year of 2008, Obama could do no wrong. By 2010 he couldn’t get the simplest legislation through congress. This year the Ox is especially favoured by a shower of auxiliary stars. But only this year. If Obama is to leave any sort of legacy, now is the time. This applies to all Oxen. Carpe diem doesn’t mean fish of the day.

Four Horses.

Another traditional method of forecasting is to examine the Hexagrams of the Book of Changes indicated by the year. There are traditionally four. And by my (not 100% orthodox) reckoning this year’s are: Hexagram Numbers 1, 2, 45 and 36. These are Father (ie authority) Mother (the Receptive), Gathering and Brightness Obscured.   

Image1  Father  2 Mother   45 Gathering   36 Brightness Obscured

Each covers a quarter of the year. The way I read it, the year opens with strong leadership, followed by co-operation but in many spheres appears to stall in the 3rd quarter taking us into September. Gathering suggests many possibilities late in the year of which extraordinary convocations are one. Contracts will need renegotiating and predictions adjusted. This may concern Water supply and take place in the Arabian peninsula.

Gathering may well mean literal flooding too although no Chinese authority sees anything other than great heat before the end of er…..Great Heat (chu shu, the 2nd fortnight in August.) The extreme South where the Horse sits, may be hottest. Australia and Brazil and Northern Africa may illustrate the drying power of the year Horse in the South. And unless we wake up, this is only the beginning.

As I said, We are currently walking over an ecological precipice wearing headphones and Google glasses. How to wake up? During 2014 I studied with Andrew Harvey whom I have known since I was a small boy. His idea of Spiritual Activism starts with awareness of a world in which corporate greed, mass hunger and ecological apathy can not coexist. Having attended the various climate change summits, he observed that the powers-that-be are used to overpowering both activists and idealists, the one group susceptible to rough policing and the other ineffectual. Chant “Om” and hug trees with our blessing; it makes no difference anyway. The image of the year for me remains Green Euro MP Caroline Lucas reaching hopelessly for her son’s hand as he is wrenched away by police at the Balcombe fracking protest. Given this failure to change things we simply have to withdraw from blame and take responsibility. Most of the eco-destruction has taken place in my lifetime and the tipping point during the lives of my children – 2006 when oil production peaked. We did this.So if the flood defences of comfortable, affluent Surrey are tested, what about the Netherlands, the Maldives, Bangla Desh? Call me bonkers but I am used to buildings talking to me. Following Andrew’s procedures sometimes I hear the whole planet. And it’s depending on me. That’s you. There is no “we”. Only “I” and “all”.

This may be the last time

So now you know: Wood Horses occur every 60 years. So 1954 and before that 1894, foreshadow 2014. In 1894 interestingly the Harmsworth family which owns the Mail, bought their first newspaper and the city of Shanghai was substantially damaged by fire. It was also the year China and America signed a treaty limiting the numbers of foreign labourers. Notice the echoes.

The year that I see most clearly echoed in 2014 however is 1714. That year saw the accession of the Hanoverian George I – effectively withdrawing independence from Scotland forever. In the following year was the first of the great Highland Uprisings, the violent reaction of the Scots to the end of the Stuart dynasty. The hexagram Gathering may be precisely about this.

So what? We may well yet see a “yes” vote in the Scottish Referendum is what.

A little earlier in 1711, the South Sea Trading Company was incorporated, a further echo from the 18th century. Many believe the junk bonds now pinning interest rates to the floor after bankrolling two generations of investment bankers, were invented by Drexel Burnham in the 1970’s. Not so. It was the creation of the South Sea Company who spent the first decade of the 18th century, buying up the National Debt and selling it back to rich punters. Who could resist? It was guaranteed by government. It couldn’t fail. But it did. In 1720. The corresponding year is 2020. It’s gonna blow.

Richard Ashworth © 2014. Image

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Ox Diary January 2014, Wood Horse Year

January 9, 2014

Ox Bow

Wood Ox month, Wood Horse year.

January 6th 20:07pm. 

Oxymoron

Now, in the Ox month, human beings having stuffed ourselves either side of the solstice, are designed to lurk in our caves awaiting the spring. For many Masters the Year of the Wood Horse is already here and some are on the watch for the so-called self-clash for Horses. Many would take the recent misfortune of Wood Horse Angela Merkel as evidence. Grand Master Raymond Lo has been facebooking on the subject only this week. His analysis is typically nuanced; Ms Merkel’s mishap is as much to do with her month and day as her year animal, he suggests. I’d say it has much to do with a certain pre-occupation also. Not much time on her hands, I wouldn’t have thought.

Two points to consider perhaps:

1. We’re all so much more than any astrological definition.

2. Information about avoidable events like self-clashes is best used to stay conscious rather than fatalistic. It’s a big year, challenging and essentially positive for Horses and indeed other animals. But stay awake, huh? (Read your Animal Fortune for 2014)

The Ox month Animal by Animal.

The Ox brings power to the elbow of Ox, Snake and Rooster.

And to the Rat. Although Rat’s good fortune depends on following instruction; the Ox month has this kind of effect, especially in a Horse year.

It’s a great month for Dragons; the Ox holds the Noble Helper Star (helpful to all, all year and especially to the Dragon right now) and what is called Dragon Virtue, that is to say prestige.

Monkey’s agility of mind is sharpest this month.

The Pig is in preparation mode while the Horse – need I say? – can be accident-prone.

The Rooster too but the Rooster has a pretty clear road ahead if (s)he will simply keep his/her eyes on the road.

As for the various Oxen: birth in the Ox hour (1-3am) implies an ability to see the paths that lead into the various possible futures; in the Ox month a tendency to dominate at work; on the Ox day the deepest sensitivity.

Tigers generally known for patience and vision, may feel a little weary for now. The Rabbit wants to be home while many Sheep toy with not belonging – not a lasting worry – and the Dog may be recovering from an emotional shock.

Where to do what, when and why.

This month’s lo shu is a 9, to do with planning and the future. Which is handy in this down time between the achievement of last year and the promise of this, the Year of the Horse in the Clouds. Bring your head back down to Earth gently, maybe. If you can, locate yourself North East especially at the beginning of the day.

Forthcoming Events: 

Embracing Change: my new video can be seen at: Source TV

Tune-ups: If you would like your home or your office or both calibrated with the energy for 2014 you can book me or one of my Padowans (that is senior students). But book soon as time is short before the energy kicks in.

Ba zi Course 2014: If you are inspired to study with me, my Ba Zi Training starts the weekend of the 18/19th Jan 2014. Ba Zi (or Four Pillars) that is Chinese Astrology is the indispensible building block of authentic Feng Shui.

Freestanding hands-on drill: If you feel confident to tune-up your own space for 2014 we are releasing DIY notes as of now. These cost £50.

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If you are interested in any of the above or are otherwise curious please email: becciimperialfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©, early in the month of the Wood Ox, Jan 2014.

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A View from the Roof Beam; what to expect in the Rat Month.

December 6, 2013
A View from the Roof Beam; what to expect in the Rat Month.

Wood Rat month, Water Snake year.

December 7th 08:21am.

 

Rationale

In the Rat month human beings are programmed to overeat. After that we’re supposed to sleep till the opening of the New Year with the Tiger on February 4th. Unfortunately most of us have stuff to do. Few of us even get time to overeat seriously. And some don’t get the opportunity.

In Taoist practice this is a time of regeneration though even Taoists may keep out the cold by scarfing seasonal tang yuan (rice balls) and jiao zi (dumplings). Such confections restore the yang of warmth to our bodies. Perhaps better than turkey and chipolatas.

For many Masters this Rat month opens the Year of the Wood Horse. Obviously changes of year energy do not kick in like a door slamming. They’re more like those jagged lines on QBase; one type of energy changes, then another until the whole thing – still changing moment by moment – is new. The Rat and the Horse are diametrically opposed. The Horse is spontaneous, The Rat considered; the Horse extrovert, the Rat more reserved. The Rat talks deeply and at length, the Horse tends to be onto the next thing already. The Horse is full of bright ideas that the Rat wants to think through all the way before taking action. The arrival of the Horse is pretty irritating to the Rat which tends to wake both up. So expect a month of innovation and inspiration countered by the forces of conservatism; nothing wrong with that by the way. Bring on the Horse!

This month Animal by Animal.

In a Rat month the Ox, Dragon and Monkey are favoured; the Monkey gets focused on a project, more than likely and the Dragon finds his full magical abilities called upon. It’s at one and the same time the waning of the Snake year and the Pig month which could well come as a relief to the average Snake who may have been through the wringer recently. The Horse generally perky, can feel suppressed by the dead cold of Winter. The Ox enjoys unusual influence; don’t waste it. And be gracious.

Every ba zi as I’ve said before, consists of four such Animals; birth in a Rat hour implies a convivial maturity, in the Rat month (ie December) work that involves constant conversation, on the Rat day a sociable nature.

Tigers are generally not keen on the cold or wet but are smart enough to use this time for planning. The Tiger, as you know, never forgets. The Rabbit may in this month of grace as the sun dies and is reborn, lose his or her sense of moderation once or twice. Be as real as you dare. Pigs may be overwhelmed with opportunity – especially those in their first year at university.

The Sheep could be bristling; the Self-Righteous Brothers from the Fast Show behave like Sheep in a Rat month. The Rooster may invent rivals and the Dog travel further than (s)he expected. Best to use this information for self-awareness by the way. 

Where to do what, when and why.

This month’s lo shu is a 1, to do with communication of all sorts. Like all Stars the 1is of itself neutral; communication can be a connecting or divisive force. The implies, fluidity, flexibility and the willingness to negotiate. This may mean there is good reason to negotiate which may not be 100% desirable. For a decent chance of a positive outcome to negotiation place a large crystal to the North all day on the 4th Jan. Pipes – literal and metaphorical – may block. To clear, simply place a bowl of fresh Water at the tai chi. And lag your pipes.

 

Forthcoming Events: 

Saturday December 14th, Godalming 10am till 5pm.

2014: the Year of the Horse in the Clouds:  I’ll be briefing my Padawans – senior students to you – about next year, animal by animal and corner by corner. T his year you’re invited. It’s a hands-on training day. If you are inspired either to study with me (Ba Zi Training starts Jan) or to have your home or office set up for 2014, we’ll credit the cost of the day (£150) against the price then current. See you then.

Tune-ups: If you would like your home or your office or both calibrated with the energy for 2014 you can book me or one of my Padowans but book soon as the Chinese New Year falls at the beginning of February.

Ba zi Course 2014: If you are inspired to study with me, my Ba Zi Training starts Jan 2014. If you book before Christmas we are offering a £100 discount!

Freestanding hands-on drill: If you feel confident to tune-up your own space for 2014 we will also be releasing DIY notes in the 3rd week of December.

Subscription to Auspicious Dates and Hot Spots: You can also subscribe to Richard’s Monthly Auspicious Dates & weekly Hotspots.

If you are interested in any of the above or are otherwise curious please email: becciimperialfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©, late in the month of the Water Pig, Dec 2013.

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Pigs in blankets. Overview of November 2013

November 4, 2013

Pig Power

Water Pig month, Water Snake year.

Started 7th November 15:45.

 

Pigs in blankets.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is a Pig.

That, I hasten to add, is to say that he was born in 1971. One traditional trait of the Pig is to believe they know how other people should behave; perfect qualification, you might say.

The Pig is reckoned to be the most versatile of the Chinese Zodiac. A clue may be in the traditional Chinese character for home: a Pig under a roof. Early dwellings featured two levels: an upper one occupied by human beings and a lower one for Pigs. This way they provided sufficient warmth for the whole building; primitive central heating. As well as this, pigs’ ears became containers, bristle became brushes and string, skin was cured into leather and every other part from feet to eyes, was eaten. Droppings became fertiliser and so on. Nothing of the Pig was wasted. Perhaps this makes the Pig a better though less respected friend than the Dog. As they say of the Great Full English Breakfast; the hen is involved but the pig is committed.

Elementally the Pig is certainly versatile, consisting largely of yin Water with a little yang Earth and the tendency to turn to Wood. The relationship between Water and Wood is sik sun or creativity. So this is a creative animal and a creative time.

In Chinese folklore the Pig is inherently prosperous. And the Pig is one of the four animals related to transport. So this month will tend to feature the movement of large sums of money.

However in a Snake year the Pig is the sui po, the challenger to the Snake. Since both these animals are symbols of mobility, their meeting suggests trouble with transport. Not that that’s a novelty this year. However expect such things to be acute in the next thirty days. And chronic issues – like the US fiscal cliff – apparently settled last month will tend to rear their heads again.

This month Animal by Animal.

In a Pig month the Sheep, Rabbit and Tiger are favoured; the Snake which rules the year however, is the Pig’s nemesis. Hence conflict between them is likely. Something similar applies to the Monkey; doninterfere!

Every ba zi as I’ve said before, consists of four such Animals; one each for the year, the month, the day and the hour. Each has a different nuance. Birth in a Pig hour for instance indicates creative children, in the Pig month (ie November) work that involves displacement.

Pigs suffer what is called the self clash meaning they don’t play well together. This applies equally to a Pig in a Pig month; it may be hard for Pigs to find sufficient space. Dragons may find the everyday world hard to access this month and the Horse may find it dull. The Dog may be tempted to sit on laurels. In many senses it’s been a slow year (the first frost here wasn’t until the 29th Oct, extraordinarily late) So the Rat may be impatient, the Ox distant, the Rooster strangely frustrated. Best to use this information to gain wisdom, by the way, not agreement.

Where to do what, when and why.

This month’s lo shu is a 2, to do with acquisition of all sorts. Like all Stars the is of itself neutral. At auspicious times this acquisition can be of friends, wealth, property and even children. At others it can be of worry, blockages and excess weight. Since the number in the centre of the year magic square is the powerful and volatile 5, we don’t disturb the middle. If the blockage gets too much, make noise and/or music in the North East of your space on the 13th. If you want to acquire more stuff, place Earth (crystals will do fine) in the South West on that day.

Forthcoming Events:

London Kabbalah Centre:on the 26th November I’m giving a talk Introducing Traditional Chinese Feng Shui with my friend Kabbalah teacher Yael Green. Anyone interested in learning feng shui, Kabbalah or the implications of the coming Wood Horse year is welcome. No prior knowledge of any of the above required.

Contact the Kabbalah Centre at London@kabbalah.com

2014: the Year of the Horse in the Clouds: On my return from Singapore where I’ll be finding out what the Grand masters have to say, I’ll be briefing my Padawans – senior students to you – about next year, animal by animal and corner by corner. This year invited. That’s on Saturday 14th December in Godalming. It’s a hands-on training day. The cost is £150 for the day.

To book in email: becciimperialfengshui@gmail.com. See you there.

Ba zi Course 2014: If you are inspired to study with me, my Ba Zi Training starts Jan 2014. If you want to take advantage of the Early Bird, it expires on the 10th November so do book now!

Paul Adkins: Paul has been ploughing his very individual Cornish furrow for some time. His book Facial Enhancement Acupuncture is out this week. The cover appears to feature my student Stacey George who is a pretty (see what I did there?) good reference. www.singingdragon.com/catalogue/9781848191297

Special Note: If you plan to join the ba zi course or have your home or office set up for 2014, we’ll credit the cost of the day on the 14th December (£150) against the price then current.

Richard Ashworth©, late in the month of the Water Dog, Oct 2013.

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2014: The Horse in the Clouds

October 25, 2013

2014: The Horse in the Clouds

Whats in store in 2014, the Year of the Wood Horse.

 

For your diary: 14th December 2013, Godalming. My 2014 review:

On my return from Singapore where I’ll be finding out what the Grand Masters have to say, I’ll be briefing my Padawans – senior students to you – about next year, animal by animal and corner by corner. This year you’re invited. That’s on Saturday December 14th. It’s a hands-on training day. If you are inspired either to study with me (Ba Zi Training starts Jan) or to have your home or office set up for 2014, we’ll credit the cost of the day (£150 or £125 if you pay now) against the price then current. We’ll also be offering a take-home hands-on guide to the feng shui of the year and how to apply it.

 

Working like a Trojan: the Wood Horse Year.

For some reason Trojans are reckoned to have put in an especially hard day. Consider perhaps what happened to them after all that labour? The Wooden Horse is what.

The coming year, like 2013 extremely fiery, is set fair for business and markets. Expect the Hang Seng, the Dow and the Nikkei Dow (but not the tao) to hit new heights. What goes up however must come down.

The nature of the Wooden Horse – spontaneous and timid, outgoing and cautious, sexy and demure – is some indication: opportunities that open for a moment and are easily missed, hair-trigger decisions that may define a chunk of the future, life-choices that delay could compromise, hidden pitfalls. These are likely challenges. On December 14th I will be much more specific.

These alone could be pretty good reasons to seek guidance. Perhaps if the Trojans had sought some – you may remember the prophetess Cassandra was doomed to tell the truth and never be believed – Helen of Troy might have been much less disrupted. As for the Greeks, don’t start me talking.

Where to do what, when and why.

I’ll also suggest what to do about the opportunities and pitfalls of 2014’s fresh energy. 2013 was technically a 5 year, a return to beginnings when the North East – think Poland, Russia, the Horn of Africa – was the place for rapid profits. This applied equally to the North East of your home, office, community and nation which could – if it wasn’t – have been activated.

Meanwhile the East was more perilous, as anyone living on that seaboard in China (high winds, flash floods) or the USA (mass shootings in Boston, Florida, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC) could tell you.

2014 (a 4 year and therefore about women’s careers, for instance) calls for different methods of activating or defusing.

Don’t be a Trojan; it’s not good for your health.

STOP PRESS: Richard will be talking  Traditional Feng Shui at the Kabbalah Centre, 12, Stratford Place, London W1C 1BB on the 26th November at 7:30pm. All welcome. www.kabbalahcentre.co.uk

Richard Ashworth©, late in the month of the Water Dog, Oct 2013.

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Fire Dragon Day, Fire Dragon Month, Menorca, Balearics

May 1, 2013

Feng Shui BannerFire Dragon Day, Fire Dragon Month, Menorca, Balearics.

 

The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with limitations and determining for himself what his duty is.”

Hexagram 60, Jie, Limitation
Book of Changes Wilhelm Edition.

Es Grau is what they call a “biosfera” that is to say a nature reserve. As well as home to abundant reptile life, it claims to be the winter resort of the Northern European coot. I’m just another one, I guess.

I’m sitting by myself at the huge kitchen table, listening to Thomas Tallis while I eat my breakfast: toast, (remarkably) Menorcan marmalade and tea made with Brooke Bond PG Tips Pyramids; very expensive, locally bought. I’m looking across the hilly heath-covered country towards Mahon, the capital. Those flat-topped hills are welcoming goy moons which are said to coincide with nothing much other than life going on. Huge gate is the usual translation; a friendly invitation. Happy, as they say, is the land with no history.

It’s often windy here which is just as well for the turbines now cartwheeling on the ridge. Last night I left my heavy curtain open to be at one with the beating of the wind. It was a wild night, the trees sighing and creaking. I’m only a couple of miles from the sea of course.

Occasional villas stud the skyline; a dozen or so to the square mile, I estimate. There’s no high rise even in Mahon, about five kilometres away, no clubs, no nightlife; paradise for the recreational hermit.

I’ve been alone in this rather splendid villa for nearly three weeks. During that time I’ve reviewed my approach to exteriors, planned my next couple of courses*, wrestled with the formulae of Qi Men Dun Jia and the ba zi theories of Jerry King, missed my wife and children and listened to a great deal of Josh Ritter. In no particular order. Maggie’s passing (as well as those of Annette Funicello and Mike Denness) came and went without any call for my attendance and a couple of atrocities the world could have done without.

I first stayed in this villa in 2003 when I’d only recently come out as a practising feng shui man. Back then my hostess, bless her, bartered us a fortnight for 12 people (12 people!) in return for a feng shui report. That was a riot; kids everywhere and the lizards running for cover.

I’ve learned a bit since then. That rococo report and map, sound though they were, missed the obvious: this is technically a 6 Fate House (built in 1973) on a North East-South West axis which puts the current Water Star (essentially about Wealth, should be at the front and free) to the rear and the Mountain Star (Health, rear, solid) at one end of the swimming pool. Sifted down, that means a downturn in financial fortunes from around 2004. I think my hostess will agree that that maps onto her experience. Not to say by the way that finance is everything. Abundance is a much wider issue than money and whether because of or despite my attentions, she has done pretty well against most of the benchmarks of a successful life, I’d say. But it’s interesting how over ten years everything gets more and more complex and then it’s simple again. And as she will learn on my return, there are things to be done about it.

In that first report I pointed out that several of us suffered ear problems, a function of the stars 1,4 and 7 which are about the orifices of the body. These Stars were overactive because they fell to the South where the pool is and there was scarcely an hour when it was not foaming with kids.

This time I noticed in the first day or so that the soles of my feet were cracking. The feet relate to the East and the Eldest Son. In this villa it’s where the sitting room is. This year the East is troublesome; stay out if you can. In 2003 we spent many evenings in that room passing the guitar and the rioja. The room is itself an eccentricity, being the lower half of a turret that juts out to the East like a snaggle tooth. There has been recent repair work to its exterior; something to be avoided in the Year of the Snake. I’m alone and I have no need of the room. So I have partitioned it off and not been back in. My feet cleared up almost right away.

I email with Jess and Hen my twin daughters. Now they’re twenty five and as independent as you like. And I text with Joey who was eight back then; eighteen’s very different. It’s World Record Store day so he’s gone to buy Record Corner, Godalming out of Manchester Orchestra. They’re not from Manchester or an orchestra btw. My other children are in occasional touch if it’s only to thrash me at Words with Friends. And I Skype and FaceTime with Sheila. I can see the familiar furniture beyond her on my laptop screen. It’s not quite the same as being there with her though. Poor poor me, all this luxury to myself in 20° Celsius.

And I’ve been reacquainting myself with the Yi or Book of Changes. I don’t think anybody ever does any more than that. I’m suspicious of anyone who calls themselves a “Master” in the sense of having fully grasped it. It’s too fundamental. Confucius wrote that he’d need another fifty years of life to begin to grapple with it and I’m with him on that one.

My hostess’ Father died some twenty years ago. I don’t know how much time if any he spent here but he hangs heavily over it as do the lighter living spirits of the many who have splashed in that pool. I can see them and hear them as I consider next year, the Year of the Wooden Horse. And atrocities, austerity, abuse and all, I’m with Josh Ritter when he sings “Don’t let me enter the year with an empty heart.”

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