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The Butterfly effect: the Month of the Fire Rabbit 2019

March 8, 2019

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

Da Zhuang
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—-  —-
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Great Power
Hexagram 34

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

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

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9       5       7
      1       3
4       6       2
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Fire Rabbit

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

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

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

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

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

“Oops,” I said.

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

Bu
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—  —
—  —
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Union

“Not looking good for Europe” I said.

And so it turned out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Woman always live alone here.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subscriptions (and further info)sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

 

Who’s in charge?: the Month of the Fire Tiger 2019

February 10, 2019

Who’s in charge?: the Month of the Fire Tiger 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for February 2019
(11:28am 5th February to 05:14 6th March 2019 inclusive)

Tai
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Prosperous
Hexagram 11

Animal by Animal
During this Fire Tiger Month,
The Rat is drawn on,
The smart Ox lies low,
The Tiger contains himself,
The wise Rabbit holds back and trusts,
The Dragon focuses on timing,
The Snake highlights the Truth,
The Horse runs but not amok,
The Sheep pushes doors and they open,
 Monkeys get real.
The Rooster is decorous,
The Dog looks on.
while
The Pig feels crowded but needs (and gets) space.

My Animal Fortunes for the Earth Pig Year 2019 are now online: 
https://bit.ly/2TDlIKF Check your Animals Hour, Day, Month, Year here.

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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      6       8
9       2       4
5       7       3
N
Fire Tiger

A 2 month is about increase and gain.
A Tiger month serves vision and leadership.
Most helpful location: East. Least helpful location: South West.
Favoured Animals: Tiger, Horse, Dog, Pig.
Challenged: Monkey, Rat, Snake, Dragon
The Hexagram (above): Tai Increase, Earth over Heaven, Gains.

Who’s in charge?: the Fire Tiger Month, 2019.
An interesting thing about the Pig is that its Elemental make-up is identical to the Dragon. Which makes this in many ways the Dragon’s year. The Dragon’s yin/yang balnce is different however, so  they/he/she will have to time things right. Watch the World’s leading Dragons Nancy Pelosi (Metal) & Marianne Williamson (Water) for pointers. In 2020 they take over. Both women – who’d have thought it?

The Dalai Lama was right: the World will be saved by Western women. Observe the above but watch out for the real playmakers, the Rabbits, Dragons, Snakes, Horse and Sheep of 1987-1999. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez for instance, And Rutger Bergman.

February – the most helpful month for Pigs btw – is when these and indeed most Dragons face pivotal decisions – globally, domestically, romantically, commercially and other. Which could so easily go wrong. If we can own that we get the leaders we deserve (that is on some level we chose them, whatever we tell ourselves) we may have reached peak-Trump (& peak-Brexit). If not, maybe not. There’ll be another fork in the road in early August when the yang Metal of the Monkey Month sparks the last of the Fire season. And at that time, at least for vested interests, the runes do not look helpful. And the coming financial collapse will be obvious by then. Not btw that that is altogether bad news.If it’s not obvious that would be bad news indeed.

Meanwhile in this Fire Tiger month in this Earth Pig year, here’s what you have to look forward to:

Ox: on the back burner and relieved to be there. Quiet time till July. Not the time to gamble. Use your extreme sensitivity er….sensitively.

Tiger: Famously powerful, notoriously variable, Tigers tend to get their own way this month. For better or worse; use that power wisely, Tigers often not so great at active listening.

Rabbit: profitable to both gamble and gambol. It’s a 2nd-in command kind of month.

Dragon: Timing! There is, to coin a phrase, a time for every purpose under Heaven.

Snake: Neither Pig nor Tiger on your side. Simple truth your best guide.

Horse: one of your most supportive times. Run wild, run free,  but perhaps not rampant.

Sheep: loyal cohort of the Pig. Doors start to open for you now. Push.

Monkey: butt of Tiger, adversary of Pig; best keep your head down & mind your own business. Poorly phrased/ timed jokes may backfire. Zip it!

Rooster: confusing; bountiful prey but little agreement from your peers. Manners!

Dog: The most loyal, the most stubborn; the most immovable, the most restless. You choose. Pig is a whole year when you’d do well to be alert. Know who your friends are.

Pig: self-clash. You need space, also compassion. Know the difference between enthusiasm and the gang mentality.

Rat: yang Water in a yin Water year, now confronted with pure yang Wood; under-powered. Best to work within those limitations.

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. Nothing I or anyone else can advise will free you from the necessity to make decisions.

The best way to wring value from these brief prognostications, remains to identify not only your Year Animal but those of Month, Day & Hour. You are  – astrologically speaking – a cocktail of these and it’s as unlikely that all four will be compromised at any given time as it is that they will all be blessed.
Richard Ashworth ©2019
http://www.imperialfengshui.info

Where to be in February.
Summary: turbulent, productive.
East, Determination: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 9.
The ego has landed.  and 6 are a volatile combination. Turbulent but pretty fertile. As the 6 beds in, expect action in the East – of the map, the house and your greater environment – to feature clashes of titans. It’s macho again but contention now is between adult male peers rather than generations. Again this could well be quite productive but it’s not likely to be comfortable or easy to watch. Take special care of feet, head, Eldest Son and Fathers.

Mitigate/Exploit: Earth: rose quartz – large or handful of tumblestones.

Where not to be in February.
Summary: Poor all year.
South West, Accumulation: Year Star:5, Month Star: 8.
The Annual 5 or wu huang makes this the location to avoid all year. A Master (or Mistress) Bedroom here will be asking for troubled affairs of the heart; an office for administrative or HR issues. Briefly: don’t enter locate or face South West if there is an alternative. If your front door is South West, aim to enter another way.
And finally to get the best of it, around six times this year activate the Monkey as part of the Four Point Activation – get the timing right. Otherwise evacuate and keep this area quiet.
Mitigate: t’ang lung.
Richard Ashworth ©2019.
www.imperialfengshui.info.

My Animal Fortunes for the Earth Pig Year 2019
are now online: https://bit.ly/2TDlIKF

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

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

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.

Subscriptions (and further info)Sheila@imperialfengshui.info

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

Rooster in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

February 1, 2019

Who is a Rooster?

two brown hen and one red rooster

Years:  1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.
Month*:  September
Hour: 17.00-19.00

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 Rooster?

The Rooster is yin metal, the night bird, glamorous and with an eye for detail. She appreciates an argument and likes to win but has little patience for causes that drag on. She will appreciate jewellery, fine art and good living and create wealth easily. Conversely of course a wide-awake Rooster like Aung San Suu Kyi can reject such distractions in order to serve a cause that has indeed dragged on for decades. And like Aung San Suu Kyi can suddenly and mysteriously change their mind. This is yin and yang.

The rule this illustrates by violating is that a typical Rooster is suited to work that involves short decisive arguments such as that of an advocate. Her brief passion is the perfect support for a client. She can defend with enormous commitment and then move on to the next one. That commitment is 100% but it is short lived. If she is in a job that involves holding her peace she may fret and become ill.

Osama bin Laden may be a good example of a typical 1957 fire Rooster: one big splash and he was off. A car must be fast, a partner challenging and life full of twists and turns. The Rooster is likely to be quick witted rather than profound and his attention span is short.

Her allies the Snake and the Ox are sometimes impatient with her because she can digress so widely and so easily but she brings to the metal alliance the pure competitiveness that the Ox might otherwise misuse and the Snake misunderstand. She is pure metal – that is determined to prevail at all costs – and they are not. They will not win many cases or many contracts without her and they would do well to pay and respect her appropriately despite the fact that she needs longer holidays and a better remuneration package.  Conversely if she fails to respect a support system that dots t’s and attends to punctuation and provides the intuitive flashes that the Rooster can exploit but seldom generates, she will not prosper.

Your pitfalls are sex drugs and rock’n’roll. You probably like to party and your personality may be addictive. You are likely to prefer dusk to dawn and also to the small hours.
The Rooster enjoys a powerful alliance with the Dragon in which they, uniquely in the average Dragon’s experience, may hold the whip hand. This is not always entirely healthy. They can bend the Dragon out of shape just as the Ox can bend the Rat. This sway must be employed responsibly otherwise both can be damaged. With that proviso this is one of the strongest alliances in the Chinese zodiac.

The Rooster predictably is one of the charismatic Flowers of Romance. Success and glamorous partners come easily to her. Often a Rooster can punch above her weight in this regard. Cinderella was a Rooster and Yoko Ono. This effortlessness can make for complaisancy, and bitterness is more common among middle-aged Roosters than any other animal. Growing old is hard for the Rooster who is often compared to Snow White’s stepmother. Who is the fairest of us all? Consider these aspects in the contrasting lives of Mick Jagger and Che Guevara both of whom were born – in different years – on the day of the Wood Rooster.

With the Monkey the wily, numerate Rooster can form a commercial alliance. A business co-run by these two will be irresistibly attractive but may not open on time. It may not close promptly either and may also suffer the cash flow problems that come from poor financial prioritisation. A marriage would risk the same types of problem: great parties, early divorce.

The cautious domesticated Rabbit is the nemesis of the Rooster. The Rooster likes bling and the Rabbit can see no life in a stone. Any relationship would generally be full of obstruction and passive aggression. The insistent wood of the Tiger is almost as maddening although his fierceness would at least engage the Rooster’s attention. The loyal, consistent Dog bores her rigid.

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Rooster in 2019

The Rooster’s conflict with the Rabbit flared up again in 2018. There were problems at home. Support arrived, briefly, from a distance.

Roosters have been struggling just to maintain status quo. They’re having a hard time accepting the changes required to maintain their usual quality of life. In a Dog year, the elemental nature of your pure Metal self was in direct opposition with year’s Fire nature. That kind of stress gets in your head.

The Rooster doesn’t like being cast in a supporting role but in 2018 there was no avoiding it. You may have talked yourself into thinking you couldn’t handle it. Other people perceive the Rooster as fragile. If she relies on that to excuse herself from difficult situations she’ll never find out how strong she really is. It’s only physical risk you need to avoid in 2019.

2019 brings a more peaceful year, but the Rabbit remains strong. You’re still uncertain as to the loyalty of those you’ve supported the most. Is it that you don’t trust yourself? In March, July and November remember that question. It’s not time for your comeback yet 1957 Fire Rooster Matt Lauer.

During May, June and July, regarding any legal matters, keep up with the details. Don’t be distracted by someone in an expensive suit telling you everything is taken care of. Given the facts you can decide for yourself. A Rooster is capable of finding the error in complex calculations when she applies herself. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 1933 Water Rooster, has proved that over and over again.

Romance is draining this year, both for you and your friends Dragon, Snake and Ox. You will find yourself in some kind of triangle – relationship or otherwise, probably in May. There are players in the game that you didn’t know about; could be family members.

You are always surprised when people open up to you so here’s your early warning: it’s going to be one of those years. Be especially available in January, April, and May for friends who need to talk. Model the good faith that you seek.

Keep an eye on the Monkey, your partner in the House of Business. Their normally adept calculations may be off this year. They may require a nudge regarding health issues. You’ve likely been taking care of the Monkey since the middle of 2018. Keep it up.

December 2018-late March 2019 is simply an extension of the Dog year, especially in terms of your health and what you do to support it. April, when you receive help from a powerful friend, is your smoothest month of the year.

In May, guard against crying wolf. Assess, then determine who needs help – or doesn’t. Either way, help is always there. Sometimes it just takes longer to arrive.

For the last half of the year, especially in September, your cutting words harm you most. Be careful not to compromise that loyalty you crave.

Further education may be available in 2019 for some Roosters, but only if there’s enough water present. Want to know what the heck I mean by that? Book a BaZi.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

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

 

Sheep in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 24, 2019

Who is a Sheep?

focus photo of brown sheep under blue sky

Years:  1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.
Month*:  July
Hour: 13.00-15.00

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 Sheep?
Idealistic, yin earth, not the top getter-onner, the Sheep has well-meant judgements about everybody which can sometimes keep her stuck in first gear. For the unbalanced Sheep (July birthday and/or Mid-afternoon birth) ambition and foolishness are pretty much the same thing. On the other side of the fence the grass is not greener; it’s actually brown both sides. The balanced Sheep though, as well as being an expert judge of people, knows exactly what matters and is not easily diverted from it. The arrangement for instance that Sheep Bruce Willis,  his ex Demi Moore and her ex (and Bruce’s fishing buddy) Ashton Kutcher came to, whereby they stayed friends and the children avoided becoming conflicted is not usual, either in Hollywood or the world at large but it is typical Sheep behaviour.

Conversely, the value of caution and conservatism is often clear in Sheep relationships. The most obvious of these is with the extrovert spontaneous Horse whose sidekick the Sheep often ends up being. With the Sheep beside him, the Horse’s fun may be a little less riotous but he will also stay out of serious trouble. The young Horse and Sheep of 1978 and 1979 for instance, are often a tag team who go out drinking and clubbing together. The Sheep may stand back in amazement at the daring of the Horse but is there both to pick up the pieces and to take advantage when these risks bear fruit. The Horse dances on tables, the Sheep ensures a soft landing.

This of course illustrates a psychological truth about the Sheep: the risk-taking they shy away from is exactly what attracts them most. Many a desirable partner has on the rebound from a Horse, found a life-long proposition in the Sheep.

Placed as the Sheep is between the Horse and the Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac, they also understand the trickiness of the Monkey. There is generally a certain wariness between them but this unorthodox team is capable of magic.

The Sheep also forms a natural affiliation with the Pig and the Rabbit; a very domestic alliance. The Chinese ideograph for home is a Pig under a roof and the average Rabbit would happily stay home 24/7 if allowed to. The Rabbit is the diplomat and mixer while the Pig who is inherently versatile takes up the slack of whatever jobs there are to perform. The Sheep makes things safe. She will have ensured for instance that there are no mutually sworn enemies on the guest list. The typical Sheep is an ideal social secretary as well as a master resolver of conflict. Psycho-therapy is among appropriate career paths.

The Sheep is passionate, representing the yin or feminine side of sexuality but whether male or female, the Sheep is more seducer than chatter up.

Perhaps most interestingly, the Sheep forms a team with the Dog, the Dragon and the Ox. Individually each of these three is somewhat intimidating to her but when this group gathers, her value becomes obviously. She can draw flexibility from the Dog, humility from the Dragon and cheerful co-operation from the autocratic Ox. Above all he ensures peace among them. Even if all they do is make the coffee, the Sheep is a comforter of the insecure. She understands that most barkers never bite and that aggression is simply inverted fear.

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 Sheep in 2019

For the Sheep, 2018 was the breakup year; losing friendships, changing jobs, moving house or literally breaking up. Sheep who went with the flow took control by choosing what the changes would be, still October made you consider that your efforts were in vain. You know all the clash was meant to remove the obstacles that were holding you back, right?

In 2018 you had a hard time finding your people. A Sheep’s worst nightmare is being culled from the herd. Kurt Cobain, a 1967 Fire Sheep, lost his way when his relationship with Courtney Love separated him from his friends. Interestingly, Courtney’s got a Sheep in the day branch, right where Kurt would be.

In 2019 you’re safe again and back in the swim of things. It’s time to form new alliances and renew old ones with eyes having been opened wide by the Dog. The Sheep’s ability to maintain innocence is a gift, but she uses it as a way of checking out. Sometimes facing the ugly truth is required for the Sheep’s personal growth.

2019 is your year for healing, even physical rehabilitation. Form new groups. Along with the Rabbit, you coined the term “grassroots movement”. Like 1995 Wood Sheep Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, you lead by mobilizing groups of people; helping them to unite their small efforts for a bigger cause.

Someone who is more comfortable working alone more than you are will probably take credit for your efforts. Pay no mind to that. People see what you’re doing.

You are the most inclusive of the Chinese Zodiac animals. A Sheep I know and love has said many times: There’s always room for another pal. I think that was the original intention of organized religion but it got lost along the way. Political and financial concerns generated policies that exclude people based on race, gender or sexual preference. Your spirit, in union with the Pig, can rectify this. The Sheep can organize and unite different groups, bringing spirituality to bear in healing our planet. In 2019 you are the Tin Yute. The world needs you to reclaim the power of the people.

In the first quarter of the year, expect to be overemployed. After all that time on the bench, now everybody wants you. This is what you’ve been waiting for.

Welcome new neighbors; organize shelter and provision. Provide hospitality for newcomers and friends. March and July strengthen you by bringing teammates who share your mission. In April, someone in a position of power gives you a leg up because of your efforts.

Your most comfortable months will be May-July. The Metal and Water energies of fall and winter make it easy for your work to bring in the money.

Update your belief system because your clash animal, the Ox, is coming into power. The causes you think are merely personal are the ones you’ll need to back in a more public, political way if you really want change. Look for what you have in common with others. The door is open now.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

Horse in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 22, 2019

Who is a Horse?

animal animals backlit beach

Years:  1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002.
Month*:  June
Hour: 11 am – 13.00

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 Horse?
The Horse is yang fire, the charmer. The extrovert, the seducer of the Zodiac, the Horse is rarely caught out despite his high-risk strategy. He has an ego of course but is better able to laugh at himself than for instance the Dragon. Like the Dragon, the Pig and the Rooster though, he can not work with his own kind. The typical Horse is not a deep thinker and his ego can lead him to suppose that no one else is either. Brexit mastermind David Cameron, born in the Fire Horse, may be a good example.

There tends to be a belief in shortage at work in the Horse. She thinks he must be the first to the trough if they are to eat. In romance the Horse like the Rooster, can be what Leonard Cohen calls “a thin gypsy thief”. This means his weakness can be a failure to respect boundaries and property. Of all the animals, the Horse and Rooster are typically the marriage breakers and the home wreckers. This is not inevitable of course. If we know this about ourselves we can make wiser choices. Just because today is a good day to die, it is not necessarily a good day to kill.

Predictably the Horse is often not great at commitment. The yin and yang of this by the way is that a self-aware Horse is the most constant partner there is; an endangered species by the way.

Success matters a great deal to the Horse. He is not generally subtle. It is the winning not the taking part that tends to concern him.

The ever-fiery Horse is not keen on water. He experiences this element whether expressed as a Rat year or as excessive communication as a dampener of enthusiasm. Water slows him down but does not halt him.

Interestingly the Horse’s charisma is best expressed either in a team with the other Plum Flowers, Rat, Rabbit and Rooster or with the Sheep. You will often find Sheep and Horse out and about together, the Horse radiating charm and the Sheep reflecting it. This actually is a good partnership; the Sheep is in awe of the sheer daring of the Horse and the reckless Horse may often need grounding, safety and a short term loan. Horse places the drinks order for his audience and the Sheep pays the tab; Sheep to the above-mentioned David Cameron was of course his stooge and gopher Nick Clegg.

The Horse’s home team all of whom have fire in common, is with the Tiger and the Dog. These are the hunters of the Zodiac: the Tiger kills, the Horse chases, the Dog guards. This support system is the most likely to bring the Horse rewards. On his own he is prone to burn brightly and extinguish early. He’ll have a good time though.

The Horse finds the Ox hard work also. There is metal hidden in the Ox which the Horse can turn to his advantage but the Ox’s preferences are so humdrum to him.

The Horse has visual, imaginative and intellectual gifts but is unlikely to value them enough to put them to good use. So many of the words we use about the virtue of work illustrate the unwillingness of the Horse to stick at things: harness, yoke, saddle, blinker etc. Again the yin and yang is that a Horse once-committed, never quits – think Boxer in Animal Farm.

A Horse who works with a Snake may achieve greatness because the Snake understands the Horse just as she understands the Dragon, additionally the Snake will not need to compete. In many ways the Snake is the perfect partner but it is more likely the Snake will recognise this than the Horse.

The Snake suffers in the short term and the Horse in the long.
Racing, partying, playing, the danger is burn out. The challenge for Horses far and wide is to defer gratification long enough that there remains a future.

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Horse in 2019

The kind of attention the Horse likes went to the Dog in 2018. It wasn’t the year you hoped for. Funny how people think good luck means no problems at all. The Dog year opened your eyes to the fact that being in the spotlight can be scary. Horses are burned out.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a 1966 Fire Horse, was roped into her own public shaming by her relationship with the Dog in the Triple Fire Combination. With the Horse’s closest friend being the Sheep, it’s inevitable that the bullying punishment affects you. Maybe it’s the Horse’s self clash. The root cause of your embarrassment is usually an unintended consequence of showing off.

Pursuing your impulses as you usually do is not your best choice for 2019. There’s nothing to be done except slow down. You could be accident prone in a Pig year.

You accomplished many of your goals in 2018. Lucky! After October though, things came to an abrupt halt. An unwelcome surprise, as always.

Horses promised things in June or July, then found they had been overestimating their capacities. It became increasingly obvious that you couldn’t deliver in full. A Horse thinks of speed as her strength; it’s unreliable in 2019. You may even experience some physical mobility issues depending on the makeup of your BaZi. That alone might be the reason to have a reading.

The Horse’s brand of spreading enlightenment is not welcomed by the Pig. You’re going to get attention from people examining your conduct. Your optimism may seem false or forced except in February, March.  and July. If you’re trying to get something started, do it then. Accomplish any important tasks by July at the latest.

In the Gan Zhi cycle, the cycle of the 60 pillars, we have entered a phase where Fire is lacking. The Horse is almost pure Fire. Until around 2022 she’s going to have to be content with chopping wood to keep her own fire stoked. Seek independence. Keep track of your good ideas. Prime time is coming but not for awhile.

Focus on preparation rather than spontaneity. Improve your health. Seek education and training. Write. Learn consistency. Cultivate patience. Share.

From May onward you’ll be mostly swimming upstream. Don’t let it get to you. You are always ahead of your time which makes you worry that you will be working in obscurity forever. You won’t. Remember that in June when you’re tempted to jump the gun again.

Your best month is July when your secret friend the Sheep brings friends around to play. Horses with Water day stems get helpful attention from bosses and make good money that month. If you want to buy real estate in 2019 July could be the time.

When depression strikes in December a trip to a warmer climate will help.

You have the power to solve problems and remove obstacles in 2019; both for yourself and for others. Being a leader isn’t easy. Shine a light on your own behavior. Face and speak your own truth.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

www.stephaniejstewart.com

Snake in the the Earth Pig Year 2019

January 21, 2019

Who is a Snake?

dry animal gift dangerous

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

The Dragon in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 17, 2019

Who is a Dragon? 

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Years:  1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000.
Month*:  April
Hour: 07.00 am – 09.00

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 Dragon?
The Dragon is yang earth, the most egotistical of the branches as well as being generally considered the most powerful. Putting aside conventional rules of animal compatibility, everyone is either fascinated by the Dragon or suspicious. Many are both.
Though charming and affable, like the Pig, the Horse and the Rooster, the Dragon suffers the self clash which makes him unsuited to working with his equals. Dragons often live alone and enjoy their own company. Sometimes they claim to even when they don’t. Often what he experiences as joy is a subtle experience that others find puzzling. The Horse for instance who likes to dance on tables, sometimes thinks the Dragon is a high maintenance prima donna. Even the Dragon’s ally the Monkey, contrasts his own goonish delights with the impassive Dragon and can make no sense of it.

And yet the Dragon delivers. Sometimes awkward and gauche, the Dragon can appear incompetent and yet still win. The steadfast Dog whose workings always lead to a logical answer detests this about the Dragon and may sabotage him. Put simply the Dog thinks the Dragon goes on a bit. The Ox and the Sheep share something of this attitude but are more passive about it.

The Chinese ideogram for thunder is a Dragon under a raincloud. Remember that all over the world rainclouds speak of plenty. Drenched is good if you’re looking for growth. The Dragon month is April, the time of sudden change. The character of the Dragon is like the awkward times before a storm breaks.

The Dragon does not naturally co-operate or easily share confidences. He will however grudgingly work with those he considers his inferiors as long as they are very clear about the pecking order. This is the central weakness of the unbalanced Dragon. King Lear was a Dragon where Othello may have been a Tiger and Hamlet probably a Snake. Up herself? Possibly.

The Dragon’s traditional partners are the hands-on Monkey and the plotting Rat. These three may not mix socially however. They need a task to cooperate upon, otherwise they find it hard to connect. Socially the Dragon will seek out the Rooster and the Horse both of whom can act as pr or spokesperson. Alone or teamed-up, the Dragon is just as creative as he feels like being. He can instantly magic up wealth and as rapidly squander it. Neither Horse nor Rooster are much help in this regard although a benevolent Rat and a diligent Monkey would be.

The Dragon and the Snake form the House of Magic. The Dragon is the Sorceror, the Snake his apprentice. So Merlin was a Dragon and his story illustrates the other central weakness of the Dragon: that he can be beguiled by the glamour of the Rooster. This coupling takes the Dragon off track. In a Rooster year the Dragon may forget all his carefully laid plans and go off-piste. In a Pig year they may have to re-think much of their approach to life in time for the boom times of the Rat year that follows.

Note to Employers: A Dragon employee is the best there is if the task suits him. It had better suit him because he will do precisely what he feels like either way.

Note to Dragons: Unbalanced Dragons fall perhaps into two categories: one is typified by shameless mischief-maker 1952 Water Dragon Vladimir Putin, the other by would-be statesman Boris Johnson (1964 Wood Dragon). Both of you – check your facts! It may be in order to justify the unjustifiable, but make sure you’re on solid ground.

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Dragon in 2019

As one Dragon I know very well puts it “They don’t realize I’m always working in the background”. By nature, Dragons are always working, consciously or unconsciously. Dragons magically give the illusion that making the earth move is effortless. Sometimes it is. People will take advantage of that if you let them, using your magic for their own ends. That path leads to darkness. Morgan Le Fay was a Dragon who was co-opted.

Nancy Pelosi was born in a Metal Dragon year (1940) on an Earth Dragon Day. She was meant to blaze a trail to power for women. Nancy’s most recent feat was disarming Trump by playing the Mom card, followed by being elected Speaker of the House for the second time. Doing something brilliant and totally unexpected at age 78 is such a Dragon move. This is the result of years of honing her craft and her timing. She is always working behind the scenes.

In 2018 Dragons have been overworked. You’ve been fending off the clumsy attacks of unbalanced Dogs, as well as coming to the rescue of the bullied: Sheep, Ox and even Pig.

You may be exhausted as we shift into 2019. It’ll be a relief to know it’s only a temporary situation when you find that your rhythms and usual knack for timing are off. Like your biggest rival, the Dog, you are waiting in the wings until 2022. Dragons have plenty of time to practice directing attention where it is needed, rather than consistently inward to their work.

The first quarter of 2019 may feel like a less meaningful version of the same thankless job you were doing last year, but Earth piles up. Keep disempowering bullies for long-term rewards. Towards the end of March you’re done with that.

Your usual self clash comes in April, making you unaware about what is going on in the world outside your head. Your power is taken for eccentricity when you think you are smarter than anyone else in the room. That’s so 2012. Catch up. Pay attention. There is something or someone wanting to erode your power behind your back.

The Snake, your partner in the House of Enchantment, is clashed in May. The Snake is the Little Dragon, or as I like to say, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. To avoid the fallout of the Snake’s clash with the Pig, be truthful. There’s trouble in paradise this year. You can defuse it by talking with your partner about relationship issues. The truth will come out one way or another. Trying to be covert about your discontent and seeking intimacy elsewhere only leads to heartbreak.

Don’t go overboard with honesty though. Be careful who you share your secrets with, especially if you sleep in a bedroom located in the west of your house.

The year doesn’t really take off for you until August when you can expect either money challenge, or the opposite, for the rest of 2019. The outcome of this prediction relies on the makeup of your BaZi in which the dynamics of all 4 pillars are analyzed, as opposed to one branch.  I can tell you more about that.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

The Tiger in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 15, 2019

Who is a Tiger?

close up photography of tiger

Years:  1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010.
Month*:  February
Hour: 03.00-05.00am

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 Tiger?
Because the yang wood Tiger is composed of three different elements, he is an especially versatile predator. There is nothing wrong with being a predator except that it can imply a very rigid view of the world. Tigers often don’t play well with others, not because their egos are in the way (unlike the Dragon, the Pig, the Rooster or the Horse) but because for them, work and play are very distinct activities. They can up to a point frolic with other Tigers but broadly every alliance is focused on an outcome. It’s no coincidence that 1974 Tiger Victoria Beckham is the Spice Girl who’s not looking back; she’s moved on.

The Tiger never forgets. For the unbalanced Tiger no slight, insult or rejection can be allowed to go unredressed.. He may wait a lifetime but he will get his revenge. On the other hand the balanced Tiger will always repay a debt and go out of his way to acknowledge assistance.

The typical qualities of yang wood are sharp eyes, a strong will and swift movement. The Tiger stalks his prey silently and pounces when he is ready. He can wait days as long as he is not hungry. A needy Tiger is very dangerous. Never scorn the Tiger.

The Tiger will often have a fresh view of things which makes him the eyes of the team he makes up with the Horse and the Dog. The Horse is front of house, the Dog the keeper of records and the Tiger the hit man.

In terms of human relations the Tiger may be the most yang of the animals; that is swift, sharp and unsubtle. The earth he inherits from his predecessor in the Zodiac the Ox, is turned miraculously from yin to yang when he receives it. The unbalanced Tiger knows no mercy and expects none. And in this he has altered the dogma he receives from the Ox – do as you would be done by – into a personal code. This alteration can amount to perversion and make for serious misunderstandings; the unconscious Tiger probably knows himself less than any other animal. His ruthlessness which he can wear as a badge of honour, is often simply a failure to open up to interdependence with others. Of all insults “dependent” is the worst for the Tiger. He will not depend. This makes relationship an act of will. With a true act of will, the Tiger forms the most enduring relationships. If it is not truly a choice but a resigned agreement to bend himself out of shape, all around him will distort also. Sometimes the truly unconscious Tiger thinks this reflects a merciless world in which he has been clever in getting his revenge in first. This logic doesn’t work and the smarter Tiger knows this.

But even the smartest Tiger is not in the clear because the corollary of foregoing revenge appears to be falling on her sword. This is a mistake too. Most of us prefer not to live by the law of the jungle but then most of us are not as well-equipped for it.

Metal is generally considered to represent logical thought, authority and competition. The Tiger is elementally the opposite of Metal; the wooden Tiger likes to think of himself as logical but instinctive or even automatic is a better description. Generally he can only make use of Metal early on in life or at the inception of a process. After that he can deceive himself that he knows what to do and that he is beyond advice. The really unbalanced Tiger (yang Wood day stem for instance born in February) considers himself bold and resolute but truly is hanging onto past (mother) stuff that ought to have been completed. The admission of this would affront his pride and he is unlikely to do it.

Richard Bandler, the Godfather of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, used to say that the person with the most flexible behaviour has control. The Tiger is the yangest woodenest of the animals. He is so flexible that he can be completely immovable. This can be his role in the alliance with the Monkey, Pig and Snake sometimes called The Four Terminals: the Monkey sells the traveller a ticket, the Pig may offer to accompany him and the Snake can enchant with tales of exotic locations but the Tiger is liable to snarl and send the traveller on his way. Without the Pig in the ba zi this combination can like the Four Earths, be a seriously unhelpful combination, implying restricted movement.

A tender father and an implacable father-in-law, a good leader but an erratic motivator, at his worst, the keynote of the Tiger is an uneasy combination between a long memory and a short fuse. At his best he is the sort of leader you would gladly die for. At worst she’ll do the job for you.

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

The Tiger in 2019

The Tiger’s job in 2018 was to be cruel to be kind. The Dog required repeated course corrections and you were there to assist. A Tiger likes to be known for killing it and that kind of good luck interferes with getting things done. Metal Tigers John Kelly and James Mattis got so bored they had to leave their elite positions in the Trump administration.

Like Jordan Peterson, 1962 Water Tiger, you are a covert, spontaneous provocateur. Not being clear about your position one way or the other amuses you and lands you on the winning side most of the time. You’re at your best when you’re using those qualities in your vocation. Tigers inspire trust as easily as they do fear when they want to. It’s your choice.

Most people think their own Chinese Zodiac animal year will be lucky, however, there are disadvantages to being at the top of the pecking order. In a Pig year the Tiger is in the sweet spot. You get the empowerment without the Pig’s self clash. The Pig will rubber stamp the your agenda. In a year that favors the success of the humble, probably the only mistake a Tiger can make is being too arrogant.

The Pig, the Tiger’s secret friend and year boss, leaves his true self behind, aspiring to be your partner. You suspect the Pig is not on your level, yet you are irresistibly attracted to cast your pearls anyway. Tiger and Pig have been down this road to heartbreak before. Being honest with yourself about what you really want from the relationship will rewrite the ending.

When conflicts arise in February, May and August, the Pig’s generosity and honesty come to your rescue. The Pig is your mediator. If you are house hunting choose a Pig as your agent to avoid third party interference in your transactions.

Tigers have a special opportunity to take on a new business or start up. It that’s your goal, get permits, rent office, etc before the end of March. Do the work you’ve been talking about for years. Be up and running as soon as possible for best advantage. Tigers will put out lots of product in June and reap the rewards in July. The timing is close to perfect.

In February, March and April and May Tigers are intently focused on success. Do you know what you mean by that in the context of relationship? If not, you’ll compromise yourself in trying to prop up an untenable romance again. Lesson of the year: Giving and receiving love doesn’t require that.

Be ready to defend or assist a best friend or partner in May when accusations fly. How are you complicit? Or not?

With so much going on Tigers benefit from some time off in August to explore new ideas and focus on health. Visit with parents and other ancestors.

2019 will be gone in a flash. For the Tiger a typical Pig year ends in November – breaking up with or bailing out someone close to you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

 

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