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

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

1. Overview: 

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

Summary: Things coming to light.

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

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3       8       1
2       4       6
7       9       5
Water Horse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.Healing Your Own Space.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore.

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

Subscriptions (and further info): sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

 

Galileo Galilei

May 28, 2020

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

Lockdown Day 61.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore.

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

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

March 18, 2020

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

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

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

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

Fourth thing: what the hell is going on here?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look & Listen: the Month of the Water Rooster 2019

September 9, 2019
Look & Listen: the Month of the Water Rooster 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for September 2019
(07:24am 8th September to 17:36 October 8th 2019 inclusive)

Kuan
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—-  —-
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The Watchtower
Hexagram 20

Animal by Animal
During this Water Rooster Month,
The Rooster is challenged to rise to the occasion,
The Dog takes up others’ challenges valuable,
The Pig remains delicate.
The Rat may only be at half-power,
The Ox receives as she gives,
The Tiger returns,
The Rabbit searches his heart,
The Dragon is back in the hot seat,
Support for the Snake may remain double-edged,
The Horse can see the breaks,
The Sheep holds back,
while
 Monkey finds it all a bit anti-climactic.

A 4 month                        brings intelligence, curiosity & invention.
The Rooster month      is primarily concerned with the visible.
Most helpful location:  North, South.
Least helpful location: North West
Favoured Animals:       Snake, Rooster, Ox, Dragon.
Especially challenged: Rabbit, Dog, Sheep, Pig.
The Hexagram (above): Guan Wind over Earth. Watch & wait.

S
3          8          1
2          4          6
7          9          5
Water Rooster

For action this MonthThere are literally one or two places left on my on-line live Book of Changes Workshops 19th & 20th October. Contact us on if you’d like to join. sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com.
No prior knowledge of Chinese  Metaphysics, folklore or other mumbo-jumbo required.

Look & Listen: the Water Rooster Month, 2019.
A superior personality will have a view of the real sentiments of the great mass of humanity and thus cannot be deceived.” The Book of Changes Hexagram 20.

Message to Rooster: when the superficial seems enough, dig deeper.

A Rooster Month in a Pig Year is likely to bring some sort of relief following the antics of the Monkey Month. Wilful foolishness was the keynote then but this month is likely to bring both doubling down and apology. Awareness of error is a good place to start rebuilding and the Rooster brings some consciousness as to what sort of figure we have been cutting.

Such a revelation can be mortifying and offer a choice between repeating ourselves shamelessly or waking up. These kinds of trends have been clear in public life but possibly more subtle at home or at work. Opportunities to heal may present themselves in a similar way. This may prove easiest for Dragons and hard for Rabbits – perhaps you have been pampered or blinkered. The rest of us are somewhere in between.

Follow the suggestions about where you locate particularly carefully this month (pp5&6) and pay special attention to the days when you have a special edge (p4); if any of the Animals of the Four pillars of your ba zi are here you have an opening. Use it – these dates take hours of calculation and I’m not making this stuff up.

Interestingly one aspect of this and the 4 at the heart of September’s magic square may see female candidates for US President falter; it’ll be the end of the road for several. But not all. Western woman, as the Dalai Lama suggested, will save the world yet.

Note: this is all very simplistic. No astrological analysis can do you full justice and always having choice, you are as a wise man once said to me, the camera not the crisis. Nothing I nor anyone else can advise frees you from the need to make decisions.

The best way to wring value from these brief prognostications, remains to identify Month, Day & Hour Animal as well as that for your Year. Your ba zi is a unique cocktail of these and it’s as unlikely that all four are compromised at any given time as it is that they are all blessed. If in doubt seek an expert.

Where to be in September.
Summary: growth and gain.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 3 Dragon Virtue Month Star: 8.
3 & 8 make Wood enabling a late resurgence of Summer Fire. So if you locate here or face South, expect attention. Such attention may have to be earned but be ready for it; consider perhaps how you’ve ducked it before. Even if you think that’s the last thing you’ve been doing; attachment gets in the way for most of us. East Group kuas 4, 3, 1, 9 such as 1988 Earth Dragons & 1952 Water Dragons (I’ve written about these elsewhere) get breaks against the odds but anyone can earn approval here.
Encourage: Wood (ie plants) also open space.

Where not to be in September.
Summary: all sorts of unhelpful
North West, Authority: Year Star: 9 tai sui Month Star: 5.
The 5 Star in the North West implies the abuse of power; the complaisance of the patriarchy. And the shiny red 9 just makes it worse. Humour is required; a patriarch in this location or entering by such a door needs to take himself less seriously; if he doesn’t others may do it for him. That actually would be the role of a woman seated NW this month; if that’s you, go for it, you will make a worthwhile difference. The 9 is androgynous so gender issues are likely to arise.
Mitigate: Water: external Water butt – just for now. Avoid Wood
Richard Ashworth ©2019.
www.imperialfengshui.infoAnchor

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

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

Subscriptions (and further info): sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Super Sidekick: the Month of the Metal Sheep 2019.

July 5, 2019
Super Sidekick: the Month of the Metal Sheep 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for July 2019
(17:57 7th July to 04:03 8th August inclusive)

Tun
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Retreat
Hexagram 33

Animal by Animal
During this Metal Sheep month,
The unwise Rat‘s tongue may draw fire,
The Ox works best alone
The Tiger can run amok
The gambolling Rabbit gets further than the burrower,
The Dragon trusts,
The Snake seeks representation,
The Horse may receive unearned approval,
The Sheep’s consistent service may be appreciated,
The smart Monkey takes an early holiday,
The Rooster could learn team play,
The Dog risks break-up,
while
The Pig enjoys a better month in a trying year.

S
5       1       3
4             8
9       2       7
Metal Sheep

6 month                         yang Metal, Father, Heaven & Authority.
The Sheep month           is a time of joining and belonging.
Most helpful location:   North East – especially for the yin.
Least helpful location:  South East, West disappointing too.
Favoured Animals:         Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Horse.
Especially challenged:   Rat, Ox, Snake, Rooster.
The Hexagram (above):  Tun Heaven on  Mountain. Retreat.Qi descends.

For action this Month:      
Daily He Tu Journeys, now may be the time to tap into the more controllable energy following the peak of the year. The He Tu Journeys may be the way. All you do essentially is walk from one location in the building to another, carrying a crystal tumblestone. If youre adept at breathing you can do it without the crystal; you’re simply moving qi from one location to another so that helpful pockets join and unhelpful ones largly dissolve
This year the journeys are along 5 paths:
Tai chi (centre) to South,
Tai chi to North East,
North to North West,
North West to West and
South to South East.
You’ll need 150 rose quartz tumblestones. And possibly further instructions – just ask.

Super Sidekick: the Metal Sheep Month, 2019.
The Sheep, In the Marvel Comic Universe, Captain America’s sidekick/mate/punchbag/plot device Bucky Barnes is still in an existential limbo. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? But it can; especially if your year or day are ruled by the Sheep. June is an overpowered and often overpowering time. In a Sheep month like this (ie July) however, it is often the Sheep who gains power. That power derives from appropriate belonging. But you have to get it right; it’s so easy to fill in the wrong application form.You Sheep are essentially idealists, some might call you sentimental; be sure your affiliations serve your values at such a time when role models, gurus and the charismatic call out to you.

Message to Sheep: choose company carefully. Comfort is less important than integrity. A good example of a very poor choice born of the need to belong, may be Fire Sheep Nick Clegg’s new job as Facebook’s prevaricator for hire. Charisma, schmarisma.

Indeed there may be no quality more overrated. For all of us the Summer Fire months (Snake, Horse, Sheep) bring a degree of illumination. For some that is attention, for some insight. Some of us embrace this Fire and some of us ward it off, just as some of us are born to perform and some are born to run. One word for the charisma of Fire is toe far, sometimes translated as “the irresistible.” You’ll find toe far in your own ba zi where Hour, Day, Month, Year or Life House is ruled by Horse, Rat, Rabbit or Rooster. You may need assistance of course.

Everyone of us has these qualities in our ba zis – the trick is to pull them out and make use of them when they may be hidden. They’re always there however hard to find.

I sometimes compare feng shui to poker: the trick is to win on the good hands and not lose your shirt on the weak ones. That is to say make use of the best times and places and mitigate the worst.

In feng shui theory, charisma is some combination of toe far and kun (or discipline). Kun is the gale force that sinks a leaky ship but can blow the racing yacht in a zig zag onto the finishing line. Be sure to choose your time and place wisely.

Phases of the Moon during the Metal Sheep month:
New Moon(s):                 Tuesday            July  2nd                 19:16pm
Attention to blooms: cleanse and moon bathe crystals for attraction.
Metal Rat: Total Solar Eclipse. Not much help, so not much more to do.
Full Moon:                     Tuesday              July  16th            21:38pm.
Attention to roots; cleanse & moon-bathe crystals etc that dispel.
Wood Monkey: partial Lunar Eclipse; very helpful, long-lasting effects.
New Moon:                    Thursday             Aug   1st            04:12am
Cleanse and moon-bathe crystals for attraction.
Metal Horse: Promises more than it delivers. Water Sat; don’t place Water.

Where to be in July.
Summary: growth and gain.
North East, Wealth Star: Year Star: 2 Moon (Tiger), Month Star:9
The Earth of the 2 Star together with the Fire of 9 can make for growth of all sorts including the increase of assets. But at risk of minor ailments. This applies to locating facing or entering via the North East this month. Go on; you know you want to. Best for Pigs (1947/59/71/83/95) & Rats (1948/60/72/84/96). Relates to Youngest Son and facilitators; risk the bright lights.
Mitigate: red 6 – six Chinese coins bound together with red thread.
Assist: Fire; bright light.

Where not to be in July.
Summary: all sorts of unhelpful
South EastDetermination: Year Star: 7 sui po, Month Star: 
Unsettled. Confrontational especially for Pigs and Dogs. Poor health, careless words, sharp tongues. Especially uncomfortable for Dragons. Robbery and money loss possible as well as the arguments that follow excessive introspection. Relates to Eldest Daughter and the ambitious woman; get your attention out. Stay out, avoid SE doors.
Mitigate: Water: a bowl of fresh Water changed daily.

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

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.
Every month we send (at a modest fee) retainer clients a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.

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Girls’ Talk

February 4, 2019

Girls’ Talk.

Sarah was the middle sister of three. Last year her younger sister died. Following this she took a demanding job, commuted to a town she didn’t know and worked herself to exhaustion. I’ve been setting up her home for the fresh energy of this new year of the Earth Pig.

Before I catch my train home – a rare direct connection to Guildford from the double-glazed rat trap that is Birmingham New Street (where there security barriers keeping you back from the security barriers)  – we sit for a couple of minutes in her car. This last 12 months has been break-neck for her. Now she figures she needs to be still and feel the pain she has been running from.

“Girls Talk” by Dave Edmunds selects itself on her car radio.

It was the Queen who said that grief is the price we pay for love. Probably written for her, to be fair, but profound just the same. And it’s only respectful. I tell Sarah about my own sister who died, pregnant and beautiful aged 32, from whatever follows pre-eclampsia. Eclampsia, I guess.

“I don’t think I felt this depth of grief,” I say. “The grief you’re simultaneously feeling and not-feeling.”

She nods.

“You’re the boss, this is your life,” I say, “But it may be about time to open up to it. We have two choices essentially with feelings: distraction or immersion. And since distraction always leads to immersion, it seems to make sense to go there first. Gin & tonic, heroin, nicotine and soap operas, they all just delay the moment.”

“I know,” she says. “I’ve been so busy. That was what I intended, anything rather than entering the grief. When I get home I don’t want to do anything. Sleep and work, that’s it.”

Her career’s going great.

“The human condition seems to consist of lessons tied up in feelings,” I say, “We call them negative emotions because we generally choose not to like them.”

She takes a deep breath; her eyes glisten and she purses her lips.

She feels her sister nearby, she tells me. I look within; it’s like a wisp of dizziness, a wave of vertigo and then gone. There’s such grief in her eyes now.

The most unusual detail of her house is an odd niche in an outside wall to the South East – the place of the Wind, the ultimate yin, “gentle and thorough but ultimately adamant”, as the Book of Changes has it. South East – the place of sisters. When I visit Sarah I’ve always been drawn there.

I’m not so literal – or as brutal – as to see a causal connection here. Feng shui’s not like that – things do not I think, occur because you get the feng shui wrong. Think of what unhelpful silliness that can lead to. I think the metaphors built into a house simply tell a story that we can sometimes decode and work with: a skid into which we may drive. There’s a small fountain here now, embellished with a sad little angel. It’s all a bit too damp and the pump has stopped. But then it’s January.

Bringing Sarah’s home up to date for the New Chinese Year, now pretty much with us, includes identifying the helpful 8 and 9 “Stars” and “activating” them. Bright light is an effective booster, but in some cases inappropriate because of the energy that’s already there. These are reckoned by many to be the abundance Stars btw. Of which I inform you with due caution.

Every part of our houses equates to a certain member of the family, a location within (and without) the building, particular types of activity, a Trigram from the Book of Changes and a thousand thousand other things. The numbers of the “Stars” are tags for a million metaphors.

Next priority is the 5 or Wu Huang “Five Yellow” Star which is reckoned to bring plagues of boils; generally this isn’t literal. The 5 is ambivalent, both Earth and Fire, and although it belongs in the centre of the house, it flies about. This year it’s in the South West. And it’s doubly tricky because the 5 alone of the integers 1 to 9 lacks a corresponding Trigram. It’s not, unlike say the North West which belongs to the Father and Authority, a member of the family. Feng shui enthusiasts who’ve only been taught Western dilutions of classical theory learn that the 5 Star is Bad with a capital Buh. The nonagenarian guys in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan whose names you’ll never hear, know that the 5 is the power; harnessing it is the Holy Grail.

We agree to tame it with Metal and a t’ang lung charm.

Then I show her this year’s He Tu Journeys. He what Journeys? you might reasonably ask. These journeys make for opportunities to take charge of our space. Each year, each segment of the home houses different Stars (as you may already have worked out) and the ancient He Tu Map defines the connections between them. The 3 Star for instance whose home is in the East but this year has migrated to the South, has affinity with the 8 Star which lives North East but sits at the centre or tai chi this year.

I’m not making this stuff up, honest.

There are four or five daily He Tu Journeys each year. Journey number one for this Earth Pig Year is from the South to the tai chi, bringing light to the heart of things.

I encourage Sarah to take these walks every morning but nothing is lost if a few are missed. Find the beginning location, breathe deeply into it and take that breath to the end location. More powerful if you say, take a tumblestone across the divide, but most powerful when the walker finds their own meaning within it. In that place that we all know to one extent or another, where visualisation meets alpha rhythms, such a recognition moves mountains. We might call it prayer. Prayer consisting of a desperate last minute request may or may not land, prayer that simply identifies and accepts the appropriate cannot miss its mark.

And then we set up a walk from the South to that sad little assembly in the South East, from the Middle Daughter to the Youngest.

She wants to talk awhile before we leave. She says she knows she has locked something away.

“It’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen,” she says.

Ah. Going with the flow. Careful with that. Living is a dynamic process and there’s no limit to the ability of human beings to turn liberating ideas into chains. “Going with the flow” can be one such chain. Sometimes the flow – that is the tao – leads through difficulty, sometimes through opposition. The appropriate path is not always simply a door that’s been left open.

“For myself,” I tell her, “That kind of pain – a broken heart however caused – hangs like a weight until it’s owned. Feeling and not feeling while the mind is constantly engaged trying to solve and explain and reassure. Hurts.  And it’s not much help. The reassurance does not reassure.”

“Sometimes the flow, the Tao, what-have-you demands ingenuity, sometimes a lowering of barriers. Nothing I can do for you will save you from the need to make decisions.”

“I know,” she says.

“Time for a cry,” I say.

“I know that too.”

When I get on the train, the first track that comes on is “I don’t feel amazing” by the Guillemots: “Can’t stop those noises at the door.” She knows that and there’s nothing wrong with her door..

“Just be sure to make those journeys.”

Richard Ashworth © 2019.

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 paying subscribers a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.

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Monkey in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 28, 2019

black chimpanzee smiling

Who is a Monkey?

Years:  1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.
Month*:  August
Hour: 15.00-17.00

Day: Ask Us
* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. I can let you know this too.

What is a Monkey?
The image of the Three Wise Monkeys, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil is a mediaeval Japanese summary of the qualities of the metal Monkey who is yang Metal and a particularly unbalanced primate. The image is of someone of course who shrinks from involvement. In elemental terms, this often amounts to too much yang Metal. What is meant by yang Metal essentially is competition. Often the Monkey is so competitive he dare not enter the race.

As well as competitive, the Monkey is typically charming, loveable, dextrous, logical and quick witted and has a gift for precision. The balanced Monkey uses these qualities constructively and in the service of his fellow man. The unbalanced Monkey (with say an August birthday and a late afternoon hour) does not clean up behind himself. He is in short a monkey.

The Monkey is often the most acquisitive as well as the gentlest beast but he is above all, competitive. In the extreme this means warfare. In its milder forms it is the ruthless competition that involves the belief that another’s gain is our loss. This is a (painful) mistake. It’s what leads to steroid abuse in athletics and ballet dancing in the Premier League penalty box. The Metal Monkey may learn this lesson early; it’s what makes him gentle; all Monkeys subscribe to this delusion to a greater or lesser extent.

Just as you’d expect, the pitfall of the Monkey is frivolity. If he can’t win he takes the Mickey. The Monkey’s natural allies are the Rat and the Dragon. This is a pretty heavy-duty grouping, perhaps the most powerful in the Chinese Zodiac. Naturally dominant Rats and egotistical Dragons are not, as a rule a bundle of laughs; the Monkey however often is. And together these three get stuff done; most of the big revolutions of ideas involve this team.

The influence of this trio spreads everywhere: Sigmund Freud perhaps the most influential thinker of the 20th Century, Michele Obama possibly the most influential woman in the world, Dragons. Even Jesus if you take AD32 as his birth year.* And somewhere in there if we delve deeply enough, we find unsung Monkeys and Rats making it happen. The Rat plots, the Monkey gets out there and competes. Probably St Paul, the man who sold Christianity to the world was a Monkey.

* That’s up for debate of course but presumably he was a Capricorn anyway.

Monkey for sure is Karen Armstrong author of a History of God, founder of the Charter for Compassion and arguably the most important thinker of the 21st Century. This is a Monkey who has learned to speak no evil while seeing much.

The Monkey also tends to understand the mechanical: engines and systems; he is the grease Monkey. He also tends to understand maths, science and argument and so is suited very often to a career in engineering or the law, also accountancy. Unbalanced, he neglects all of the above. The Monkey month of August spans Leo and Virgo and to see him as a hybrid of Virgo control and Leo passion is not far from the truth.

When the Tiger and the Snake meet the Monkey there is trouble. The Monkey both co-operates with and fights the Snake. The presence of the Tiger pushes this competition over the edge. Keep these three apart. The Monkey must take care to mind her p’s and q’s every February (the month of the Tiger) and every May (the month of the Snake).

So that’s the Monkey:  argumentative practical, mischievous and so competitive he can withdraw altogether. But you knew that already didn’t you?

My Seattle based Student Stephanie Stewart’s forecast for the Monkey in 2019 follows, do look her up: https://stephaniejstewart.com/

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Monkey in 2019

2018 was a tough year for the Monkey. Your plans were derailed by illness and accident, probably beginning in May. R.I.P 1956 Fire Monkey Anthony Bourdain.

It was a year filled with endings. The Dog doesn’t do much for the Monkey even though they are seasonal companions. The Dog is jealous that the Monkey is hard on the Rabbit, yet has the potential to steal her away.

2019 could be draining; a final wringing out following the events of the last three years. Being Snake’s secret bestie you find yourself drawn into conflict on behalf of a partner, colleague or friend. Your love/hate relationship with the Snake means at the very least you’ll be caught up in the fall out. You really dislike being drawn in this way. Not only does it distract you from your work, it’s exhausting. The solution to your problem is the Pig. She is uniquely suited to be your negotiator.

The first quarter of the year is the time to learn something new. Try meditation. Get a check up and focus on wellness early. That’s the way to mitigate the hit your health may take due to accident or illness in the last half of the year. Take time off in September and/or November.

In April you’ll get a small break from the Dragon, but the already watery nature of the year continues to drain you. Adjust expectations. This too shall pass.

In May, someone close to you makes mistakes that have consequences for you. This is not the year for relying on the judgement of friends to keep you safe. The competition you face in 2019 is anything but straightforward. Seek independence.

The Monkey has important things to say this year but needs to take care with how he expresses himself. Your usual jokes are likely to provoke rather than amuse.

In a Pig year the tendency of things to turn to Wood brings out a Monkey’s juvenile urge to fight instead of talking things out. In discussion you may feel yourself wanting to needle. Small disagreements quickly escalate to big conflicts. In February, March, April and November that type of behavior could blow up out of proportion and get the attention of law enforcement or the court system.

Speaking of justice, in February, 1944 Wood Monkey Robert Mueller should be releasing his final report regarding Russian interference during the 2016 election. People are concerned that either the report won’t be made public, or that Mueller will be reticent under questioning. He’s a Water day stem person with the Sheep in his month and the Rabbit in his day. In a Pig year we will hear more from Robert than his typical “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” answers.

All in all, no need to worry. With Fortune Virtue on your side basic needs for food and income will be easily met. Donate to a cause that is meaningful to you. Find new places to spend your time – even within your own house. Your usual spot in the southwest is not helpful in 2019.  Get in touch if you want to know more about that.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

 

Snake in the the Earth Pig Year 2019

January 21, 2019

Who is a Snake?

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Years:  1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001.
Month*:  May
Hour: 09:00 am – 11.00am

Day: Ask Us
* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. I can let you know this too.

What is a Snake?
The Snake is yin fire and sits between the Horse and the Dragon, possibly the most powerful pair of animals in the Zodiac and certainly among the most difficult stools to fall between. So a typical weakness of the Snake is indecision. Next to that is lack of commitment and finally a propensity for sudden and uncharacteristic dishonesty. The Snake is the prisoner who breaks at the threat of torture; a reasonable decision if you know you’re going to give in anyway.

Snakes being of Candle Flame fire, can be easily discouraged and sometimes they should be. A Snake may stick long term with an inappropriate choice so as to put off making any choice at all.

The most written about Snake in 2012 was probably Xi Jinping, born in 1953, the year of the Snake in the Grass and elected at a time when the internal tensions in China – between efficiency and self-expression, between industrial wealth and rural poverty and between cohesion and corruption –  had never been so stark. Never question his sincerity – he means what he says – but he is likely, like his near-twin Tony Blair, to believe that the more he is opposed by those whose beliefs conflict with his own, the more right he must be. For both of these dictatorship – that is to say the Mandate of Heaven – is the preferable regime because the Snake can so often not tell the difference between their view point and the absolute.

Typically the choice for the Snake is between opposites: the extroversion of the Horse and the subtlety of the Dragon, instinct and logic, process and end product, long and short term, relationship and freedom, employment or entrepreneurship. In the face of this dilemma, a balanced Snake will often develop sufficient charm to get through without having to make the hard decisions.

Typically in a relationship, the Snake of either gender is not the decision maker. The decisions she has not made may include the one to be committed to the relationship. The partner of the Snake (best choice probably Ox or Rooster though Monkey lady and Snake man works well) would be well-advised to drag at least this minimum communication from the Snake early on. Interestingly the 1953 Snake on the Grass is one of the best makers and keepers of relationship of all 60 pillars. Go figure.
One of the advantages of being between the autocratic Dragon and the unruly Horse is that the Snake has her ego in check. Many would consider her wise because what she has to say is well-considered and she never says too much. The Snake can be a brilliant collaborator, especially with the Ox and the Rooster who are in a sense similar to her neighbours: the Rooster is blatant (much like the irrepressible Horse) and the Ox determined (like the heads-down Dragon) while the Snake anchors them to each other. There may be moments of doubt when the Snake’s loyalty wavers. At such times, the Snake asks searching questions which should have been settled long ago and then usually re-commits. The high minded Brutus was probably a Snake. Not Judas though. To know this grants the Snake both power and integrity. Snakes who know this about themselves earn undying trust.

The Snake can also work with the Dragon in what is called the House of Magic. Only she can subordinate her ego to the extent that the Dragon demands while also keeping up. An ideal Snake vocation is high-level p.a. Usually (and wisely) the Snake opts to be No 2 rather than Big Chief.

Being substantially of yin fire, the Snake often has intellectual and visual gifts. She makes a good critic as her judgement is sound and she is not out to destroy egos. She will generally have natural and effortless style.

The Snake has a love-hate relationship with the Monkey. Both have hands-on and logical ability and both attract occasional tussles but where the Monkey welcomes opportunity for mischief, the Snake treats dispute as a regrettable evil. When a Tiger appears in the form such as a Tiger-born person or a Tiger month (February), this misunderstanding can turn nasty. In a Rabbit year it’s plain sailing, in a Pig Year like 2019 more complex.

The Snake is opposed to the Pig and as both are members of the informal group sometimes called the Four Terminals, they can impede each other’s movement. Snakes may develop mobility issues in a Pig year and vice versa.

The Snake prefers a short menu and yes/no questions. In a Rat year he may be overwhelmed; there is just too much choice, The Snake’s dreams may come true only for her to run in the opposite direction. Communication often has to be wrenched from the Snake and in the water years of Rat and Pig there is little support for the tight-lipped. In a typical Ox year there is just enough water but not too much. This makes scope for just the restricted level of communication the Snake prefers.

Snakes have a complex relationship with Fire. They are not usually sun-worshippers but often their skin needs just a little regular sun and without it they may fall prey to easily avoided ailments such as vitamin D deficiency. Caution!

My Seattle based Student Stephanie Stewart’s forecast for the Snake in 2019 follows, do look her up: https://stephaniejstewart.com/

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Snake in 2019

Snakes, being an elemental mixture of Fire, Metal and Earth were quite successful in 2018. The Dog doesn’t particularly favor them, but embodies the same elemental mixture in different proportions and polarities. When chaos comes you’re both good at seeing the opportunities it provides, but the Snake is so much more flexible.

In 2019 you’re the Sui Po; the Year Breaker. The Pig is your clash animal. Much of the year’s energy will be directed at you. There is a disproportionate amount of attention to your actions. Stay ahead of trouble by being transparent.

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is a 1989 Earth Snake. She’ll be a target of criticism and accusation, deservedly so or not. Alexandra is young and her Fire element is very strong. It won’t be an easy year, but a big clash like this will make her, not break her.

2018 was good to Alexandra as it was to Brett Kavanaugh, 1965 Wood Snake. In a different month or year we might have seen him finally cave in to the truth. Not that Kavanaugh would admit to lying, but perhaps he would have recused himself and quietly slithered away. He could have created a very different legacy. Obviously that wasn’t what he wanted. Snakes who have lied can expect to have that exposed this year. In 2019, Kavanaugh’s career will continue to be plagued by his past dishonesties. Brett’s Fire is not strong. He’s going to have some mobility issues; upward mobility.

Travel is your thing, and this year Snakes will have a lot of it, especially in the context of business. Could be frustrating. If you are able to plan ahead, avoid February, May, August and November. Travel during these months could cost you extra in terms of both money and time. Consider travel insurance. Beware of special third party deals on travel packages and tickets. If it sounds too good to be true it certainly is.

Push yourself in the first quarter of the year when there’s the least blockage. In January an associate in a position of power, the Ox, wants to help you. Don’t miss the opportunity to get their counsel. Between your planning skills and the persistence of the Ox, you can easily mitigate, or even capitalize on, your clash with the Pig. If you need to come clean about anything, confess to the Ox early on.

Snakes will be tempted to give overly optimistic sales pitches in February, March, May and June. Don’t overplay your hand. Stay vigilant regarding your reputation.

Rapid changes come in August when the water element is strong for the rest of the year. Compliance with law and regulations, especially in financial matters is a must. Snakes are a focus of power and authority – either a comeuppance or a promotion. You’ll find out in November. A Snake is not one to overlook a detail – in 2019 check twice.

Some diviners say that a clash year is automatically a wash, but the four stems and branches of your BaZi and your 10 year luck cycle tell the real tale. Do you know yours?

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

Taking back control: the Month of the Wood Ox 2019

January 7, 2019
Taking back control: the Month of the Wood Ox 2019.
Feng Shui Bulletin for January 2019
(00:09am 6th January to 11:28 am 5th February 2019 inclusive)

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Arriving
Hexagram 19

Animal by Animal
During this Wood Ox Month,
The Rat is driven – by someone else,
The Ox retains power,
The Tiger goes from strength to strength,
The wise Rabbit pauses and bides her time,
The Dragon handles one last case,
The braced Snake branches out,
The Horse stays warm and awaits the Spring,
The Sheep sees far away doors just beginning to open,
 Monkeys s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
The Rooster calculates,
The Dog has déjà vu. Again.
while
The Pig feels crowded but mostly just feels.

Remember:          Each Animal represents an aspect of your life:
Year Animal:        physicality, heritage, the obvious & immediate;
Month Animal:     work environment, education, peers, siblings, exes;
Day Animal:         you and your beloved;
Hour Animal:       intimate thoughts, children, dreams, the future.

 

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2       7       9
1       3       5
6       8       4
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A 3 month is – for better or worse – about assertion.
An Ox month supports focus, consistency and (re-)generation.
Most helpful location: South East. Least helpful location: West.
Favoured Animals: Snake, Rooster & Ox herself, Rat.
Challenged: Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Horse.
Hexagram (above): Lin Approaching, Earth over Lake, Becoming Great.

Taking back control: the Wood Ox Month, 2019.
On the most profound level there is truly very little that can be placed under control. But the Ox likes to try. This is a very still time of year and Ox control reflects that; January is more about preparation than hitting our stride. This cusp interval between Dung Gee, the Winter Solstice and Lap Chun, the Spring Festival, is the time to make feng shui changes. Last year’s qi is almost gone and the fresh qi is still helplessly infant. So place that Water, move that light. But don’t expect miracles just yet.

As for the Animals this is what you have to look forward to:

Ox: in charge since early December. Know that this power surge is unlikely to last. So use it wisely. Hexagram 34 Da Zhuang, Thunder over Heaven, may be instructive. Mostly your will is done; be sure that’s what you want.

Tiger: Both Dog and Pig years favour you but the Ox month doesn’t so much. Rein in impulses to throw your weight around. Gently does it; you’re powered up for some time yet.

Rabbit: you’re still near the top of it but the food chain is in the process of being shuffled; time for a fresh perspective. The yin Earth of the Ox can be a bit of a drag. Pace yourself.

Dragon: Paul Simon may have made a career out of it but now is likely to be the last time you’re required to place bridges over troubled Water for a while. If that’s your m/o, a rethink is in order.

Snake: you are the Pig’s nemesis (a phrase you may have never thought you’d utter). Of all the Animals, you are best advised to concentrate on the Month, Day & Hour pillars of your ba zi. If you were born in a Snake year (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989) you may suffer mild ill health (as may your parents) but other aspects of your life (career, relationship, kids & dreams) are unaffected and this month the Ox is on your side.

Horse: the winter (that is Water) months are a bit of a mud weight to you. Not a time for risks or wild ambition. Keep warm, plan and plot and await the fire of the summer whose first spark is evident around mid-February.

Sheep: opposed by this month’s Ox and 2018’s Dog but boosted by Pig, doors are opening for you – into new groups, organisations and tribes – only ajar just yet but March finds them wide open again.

Monkey: secondary target of the Pig because you are the defender and champion of the Snake. Meh kind of month if you ask too much of it. Consider your other (Month, Day and Hour) Animals as guides to what to emphasise.

Rooster: Pig year is a bit of a challenge but Ox month is not. You’re both a bit Metallic; that is to say prepared, precise and particularly hard to shape once moulded. The Ox’s Metal may be hidden but there’s enough for you to feed on, especially mid-month.

Dog: Dog power – especially 1946 Fire Dog – is waning now. A 1958 Earth Dog is now beginning her second Gan Zi  cycle and you may see history repeating itself. Best to work alone rather than within organisations.

Pig: Pigs can find their own years (& months) testing; not that there’s anything wrong necessarily with that. They’re quite happy with the later Water Months (Rat & Ox – December & January) though. This is a time to communicate while your emotions are flowing freely. May not be so straightforward later in the year.

Rat: very empowered but your experience may well be that you’re working to someone else’s agenda. Best to accept that and give 100%. You’ll feel this again during 2021 but not again before then.

Final note: the above are very simplistic assessments. No astrological analysis especially such a brisk one will ever do you full justice. You always have choice, you are as a wise man once said to me, the camera not the crisis.

The best way to wring value from these brief prognostications, having said that, is to identify not only your Year Animal but those of Month, Day & Hour. You are  – astrologically speaking – a cocktail of these and it’s unlikely that all four are compromised at any given time as it is that they are all blessed. Either way this too shall pass.

An account of the Earth Pig year 2019 follows.

Richard Ashworth ©2019
http://www.imperialfengshui.info
Where to be in January.
Summary: confrontation leads to positive change.
South East, Determination: Year Star: 8/7 Month Star: 2.
The 7/8 combination with the yin Earth 2 Star is good for all sorts of success including marital but it’s turbulent – more so as the year goes on. Arguments proliferate from mid-month. As the 2 is associated with woman, Mother & relationship while the South East is the home of the Eldest Daughter, this dynamic tension makes for an uncomfortable but fertile location for a career-woman-in-a-hurry – for the time being. Don’t set up camp though as the South East is hard work from March or so. This of course applies to houses backing onto South East and offices facing that way as well as the South Eastern area of your space (measured from its middle) and entry by a South Eastern door.
To boost: Water, eg a fountain.

Where not to be in January.
Summary: Poor and getting worse.
West, Intervention: Year Star:2/1, Month Star: 5.
Just shaping up to be diabolical. Move out of here right away, close up external doors in this direction and avoid houses that sit this way round and businesses that face this way. Or risk all sorts of blockages including the physical. Do not let your head point West in slumber or your face when you’re upright. Otherwise it’s great.
Mitigate: t’ang lung.

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Bread and circuses : the Month of the Metal Rooster 2018.

September 7, 2018
Bread and circuses : the Month of the Metal Rooster 2018.
Feng Shui Bulletin for September 2018
(01:35 8th September to 17:36pm 8th October 2018 inclusive)Bo
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Stripping
Hexagram 23
 
Animal by Animal

During this metal Rooster Month,
The Rat is a little less loquacious,
The Ox backs up,
The Tiger is unusually defensive,
The Rabbit might wisely watch for deceit,
The Dragon is on a roll,
The Snake too,
The Horse suffers pangs of envy,
The Sheep comforts,
 Monkeys could over-reach,
The Rooster shuffles,
The Dog gives,
while
The patient Pig waits to rise.

Remember: Each Pillar of your 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.

AnchorA 7 Metal month is both competitive & perfectionist for better or worse.
A Rooster month may concentrate attention upon the superficial.
Most helpful location: North West if you don’t demand too much.
Least helpful location: North & East – again. Tai chi not much help.
Favoured Animals: Snake, Ox, Dragon.
Especially challenged: Rooster, Rabbit, Dog, Sheep, Pig
Hexagram (above): AnchorBo Stripping, Mountain over Earth, limited support.

Bread & circuses: the Metal Rooster Month September 2018
The Rooster is pure yin Metal and known for an attraction to the metallic and shiny. Typically drawn to bling, he demands fine décor and apparel and can sometimes be graceless in this pursuit. They’re nothing if not competitive and rarely in a straightforward way. The Metal Rooster of this month (and also of 1981, like for instance all-conquering diva Beyonce) has all these qualities twice over.

This month however is also ruled by the lo shu or magic square with 7 at the heart, thus:

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6      2      4
5      7      9
1      3      8
Rooster Month lo shu

If we factor in the por kwan or “Red Seven”, that’s triple yin Metal.

Globally we can expect bombast and deceit from public figures. Best to question everything. These then are the topics of the month: covert competition, show and display. The perfect time for Fashion Week.

Here’s a one-liner for each Animal this month:
Rat (eg 1948 Earth Rat Prince Charles) Words may come easily but they could well not be heard. That doesn’t mean they’re wasted.

Ox (eg 1949 Earth Ox Jeremy Corbyn) There’s a brief respite but 2018 remains the year of the “bullying Punishment” ie packed with conflict. Worse in October, 2019 too btw but 2020 sees reach catching up with grasp.

Tigers (eg 1974 Wood Tiger Victoria Beckham) the worst of the fighting is over. You won, so forgive and forget already.

Rabbits (eg 1975 Wood Rabbit David Beckham) trust it only if it’s in writing and witnessed. Hair-splitting rebounds. That’s this month only; you return to pole position in October.

Dragons (eg 1964 Wood Dragon Boris Johnson) safe haven until early October. Checking your facts pays huge dividends.

Snakes (eg 1953 Water Snake Tony Blair) You may see no reason for flexibility right now. That will change (for good probably) by early November.

Horses (eg 1966 Fire Horse David Cameron) If you think you can sit out the current chaos, a re-think is overdue. Comfort is over-rated.

Sheep (eg 1931 Metal Sheep Rupert Murdoch) You’ll be needed as back-up and you may have to step up beyond your own troubles to do so.

Monkeys (eg 1956 Fire Monkey Theresa May) time to get real about what is possible. Diligence is not enough.

Roosters (eg 1945 Wood Rooster Aung San Suu Kyi) best to be gracious and especially frank with the competition. It’s too powerful to overcome for now.

Dog (eg 3 of the last 4 American Presidents) try to see that you are nobody’s victim and never were.

Pig (eg 1947 Fire Pig Elton John) You’re due a late flurry. But not quite yet.

If you’ve been paying attention to these articles, you’ll know that the Animal of the Month, Day and Hour of your birth are as meaningful as your Year. So consider each of these if you know how. Better still consult a professional.

Meanwhile perhaps let your one line sit with you for a little while and consider the level on which it may refer to your domestic, business or emotional life and beyond. More on this next month.

Richard Ashworth ©2018.
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Where to be in September.
Summary: breakthrough, block-busting.
North West, Authority: Year Star: 1 tai sui Month Star: 8.
Creative, abundant month here but activate gently. No loud parties or bright lights but the Metal of er…tasteful music played gently and consistently may encourage breakthrough. Don’t attempt to block the tai sui by facing this way but locating NW may encourage both clear emotional communication and rapid transformation of stuck stuff. 8 and 1 together call for a 6 in the form of actual yang Metal such as silver, cutlery, and Metal objects to induce the proverbially prosperous 168 combination.
To boost: Metal such as Metal objects. Plus music.

Where not to be in September.
Summary: very troubled.
North, Distant Future: Year Star:5 annual san sha wu huang Month Star:3
Contentious as hell; the visiting 3 makes this, the worst location of the year, physically and financially hazardous for young men in particular. If that’s you (or anyway) and you work, sleep or linger here you may find your ideas plagiarised, your receipts disappointing and your health shaky. Could attract unwelcome attention and constant argument too. West Group kuas 2 6 7 8 and Horse and Sheep women remain the most vulnerable. Stay out!
Mitigate: Anchort’ang lung only.

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