Posts Tagged ‘Chinese Horoscopes’

The Secrets of Heaven.

May 17, 2019

“The Secrets of Heaven are not to be shared.” Jiang Da Hong.

Some time towards the end of the T’ang Dynasty, around eleven hundred years ago, Grand Master Yang Yum Song is said to have stolen the “Azure Bag” of feng shui secrets from the Imperial Court. Such procedures and formulae were carefully guarded. Power always wants to hang onto power.

Some say the Emperor swore vengeance. Some say that if the Emperor had indeed wanted revenge, the Grand Master would have died rapidly and horribly; Chinese Emperors were pretty expert at that kind of thing. As it was he lived into his 70’s, long enough to pass on those secrets to the disadvantaged. Some of his methods are still in use today. As we shall learn.

I’m in Devon. It’s supposed to be a routine survey; move the head of your bed, place a Water feature, that kind of thing. Sandy needs a little luck. She’s bringing up her two boys on her own now. One goes to school in one direction, the other in another and her new love lives further away in a third. Money is tight and the house is a spartan Housing Association semi.

Sandy is a very bright woman. She’s recently re-trained as a maths teacher but is unsure that maths is her vocation. She’s concerned to get her elder boy into a special school some miles down the Tamar River in Plymouth. He’s at the bottom of a long waiting list. The odds are against him.

I look out from her front garden over the heights which command the valley. I was not prepared for the beauty of this place: steepled Norman Church up a grass promontory in one direction, postcard West Country village streets in another. Two rivers join on the nearer side of the valley and part just within sight. They cross the landscape like a blue-green snake, forked tongues at either end. On this bright windy day, the tumbling hills are green all the way to the horizon.

Feng shui is Wind and Water. According to the Classic of Odes the qi (pronounced chi) – that is to say life – comes down from the Mountain on the Wind and is held at the Water. In other words abundance – which is a bigger issue than simple wealth of course – can be found where there is live or sentimental Water; something that is pretty easy to find in a basin where rivers join. Why has it not made its way into Sandy’s house? It’s a stumper.

The answer will be outside of course. We build houses expressly to keep Wind and Water out. It stands to reason then that truly powerful feng shui involves not so much moving sofas or pictures as harnessing exterior forces – the rain, the wind, the sunlight. As I recall from O Level Physics, height and bulk are called “potential energy”; it takes a lot to climb a Mountain, not so hard to get back down.

Once clear of the Court, Grand Master Yang set about devising solutions to just these kinds of problem. The palaces and baronial piles of his time were routinely built to make best use of their surrounds, the homes of the common people not so much.

The underlying principle was and remains that Water, Mountain (that is height) and house have to align. Gravity being what it is, the Mountain dictates where the Water gathers. Simples.

The points where Water collects and leaves are often called Qi Mouths; Qi Mouths have to match doors. Which is why I guess Grand Master Yang came up with the procedure known poetically as the Double Mountain Upwards strategy for the Relief of the Poor.

Mediaeval feng shui Masters were maintained by wealthy patrons, much as were painters and sculptors like Michelangelo and Leonardo in Renaissance Europe. Every noble family employed its own feng shui Master. GM Yang’s happened to be the most powerful of all, the Xi Zong Emperor. And relief of the poor was the last thing Xi Zong had in mind. What he did want was his secrets back. So, it is said, he instituted a manhunt.

All the rental properties on Sandy’s crescent are the same: two front doors, no back door; that is to say two entrances, no exit. And equally basic. Despite the commanding position, there is little wealth in evidence here.

Sandy’s just been paid so she offers to buy me lunch. We walk to the village pub. It’s ancient and gabled with beams all over, dark and slightly musty. I half-hear whispers in the empty bar as we walk in.

Sandy’s subsisting hand-to-mouth on Universal Credit, she tells me. Like several thousand others she has found Universal Credit baffling and unfair. She can rely on nothing, as likely to be presented each month with a bill on which to feed her boys as with payment. With a running UC debt in four figures, she has had to scrimp to get me here. I have mouths to feed myself but I’m not cheap and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

To explain what I’m going to do I give her some background. I explain that the mediaeval Master’s task was to ensure that the mansion suited the landscape. It’s unlikely that the Devon housing association took this into account.

And then I realise just how revolutionary GM Yang’s strategy was. He was repairing mediaeval houses built without attention to feng shui – that is to say occupied by the poor.

“These days when doors are wrong the feng shui Master moves or reangles them,” I tell her.

There’s no budget for that however and in any case it’s not Sandy’s house. What is called for then is her own Qi mouth to mirror the rivers. Sounds simple. Isn’t.

When I get back to my stuff at home, I calculate. It’s a day’s work. For which I do not charge her. Then I email Sandy with instructions. On a carefully chosen day she is to surround the house with a ring of clear quartz crystals, leaving gaps at specific points. Grand Master Yang would have disapproved strongly of the crystals, I imagine, but he’d recognise the pattern. After all he designed it.

Less than a month later I receive two WhatsApps: one tells me that her elder boy has a place at the school of her choice. The second is about Universal Credit in the form of the Department of Work & Pensions who have eliminated her debt.

Power, as I said, wants to hang onto power. Indeed one T’ang Emperor, Xuan Zong is said to have commissioned a book of fake information, known as Exterminate the Barbarians, to make it hard for enlightened Masters like Yang Gong to pass feng shui on to the common people. Even today feng shui is mostly the perk of the privileged.

There are those who say that Exterminate the Barbarians is the basis of certain procedures still in use. It’s certainly the basis of taunts between different schools of thought even today. It probably never existed by the way. But why let that get in the way of a good insult?

Sandy thanks me. I thank Yang Gong. As I say, he lived to a decent old age. He did die of poisoning though.

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

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

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

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The dam breaks: the Month of the Earth Dragon 2019.

April 5, 2019
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for March2019
(09:59 5th April to 03:28 6th May 2019 inclusive)

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Transformation
Hexagram 43

Animal by Animal
During this Earth Dragon Month,
The Rat goes beyond the rational,
The Ox may feel overshadowed,
The Tiger may steam,
The Rabbit gains at the Dragon’s expense,
The Dragon’s ego is challenged,
The smarter Snake simply trusts,
Some Horses are baffled,
The Sheep is spoiled for choice,
One of the three Wise Monkey imagines no evil.
The Rooster is in the power position,
The Dog is exercised.
while
Some Pigs master timing.

Remember:          Each ba zi Pillar represents an aspect of your life:
Year Animal:        physicality, forebears, heritage, 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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8       4       6
7       9       2
3       5       1

Earth Dragon

AnchorThe Dragon month brings transformation.
Most helpful location: tai chi – the centre of things.
Least helpful location: North.
Favoured Animals: Monkey, Rat, Rooster,
Especially challenged: Dog, Rabbit, Dragon, Tiger, Horse.
Hexagram : Guai Transformation, Lake over Heaven. Sudden change.

The Dam breaks: the Earth Dragon Month, 2019.
The Dragon is said to live in the Earth as a fish lives in Water; its veins, the luan tou carry the qi down from the Mountain to the Water. Qi is invisible to most of us but its effect is not; where the luan tou gives out onto flat land the grass is often greener, the people healthier, the colours brighter, the wind cleaner. Whether we’re in Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Hampstead or Colorado, the heights bestow power and the Water lower down dispenses it. As the classic has it, “the qi comes down from the Mountain on the Wind and is held at the Water”.

Put very simply, if you want wealth and power, seek for your dwelling the ridges just short of the peak. Avoid the peak however; as the Classic goes on to warn: “therefore preserve the Water and protect against the Wind”. Rule number one in choosing a house is to avoid the windswept. Little is stable when lashed by the Wind.

So far, so mechanical; if feng shui theory is not scientific as many Masters would claim, it is at least pseudo-scientific. The above is a big chunk of what I do. It’s the kind of linear advice you’d expect from a Feng Shui Master; powerful and effective and often complex but if your ambition reaches beyond the linear and transformation is your objective, await the Dragon. The Dragon is magnificently irrational. And here it comes.

Transformation – that is when things that have always been one way suddenly have always been another way – calls for great honesty. This honesty falls into two categories: honesty as to what is so and honesty as to what is required. The first is a lunar, yin, kinaesthetic process involving feeling whatever is within us to feel; the second is a solar, yang, introspective and visual process calling for clear objectives. You’ll find the first buried in many spiritual practices and the second at the heart of a hundred thousand self-help books. You’ll seldom find both together, other than, dare I add, in the work I do.

Marianne Williamson author of A Return to Love (as quoted by Nelson Mandela) differentiates between transformational (or miraculous) and magical thinking. For her magical thinking insists that our guardian angels or whatever will save us a parking space, hold a train or win us the lottery. For myself I imagine it’s a quiet day in Heaven when angels care about such trivia but what do I know? Transformation on the other hand breaks all the rules.

The signs are good; the term Dragon is used a thousand ways in Chinese tradition: she commands the left-hand side of a dwelling (looking out) and by extension the left brain of rational thought. The Dragon is mercurial and explosive; unsurprisingly the Chinese character zhen for Dragon, forms half of the ideogram for a thunderstorm, the bringer of sudden change. The hours between 7 & 9am are ruled by the Dragon just as are the years 1940, 1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000 and 2012. And of course the month of April.

So April’s Earth Dragon brings sheer power and as I said the signs are good: the related Hexagram from the Book of Changes is No. 43: Transformation or Breakthrough, the lo shu or magic square is a 9 which stands for illumination and inspiration. And the Earth Dragon relates to 1988, the year when East-West barriers started to come down. In the following twelve months the Berlin Wall fell and even China hovered between reform and repression. Transformation starts here.
Richard Ashworth ©2019

Where to be in April.
Summary: a month of advantage; the centre holds.
Tai chi, Home: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 9.
Month Star 9 stands for illumination and emphasis and it’s occupying the middle of your space right now. When it’s with a helpful Star like the 8, that Star becomes extra helpful. Put very simply, the Heart of the House is extremely fortunate right now, pretty much however you want use it. As GrandMaster Raymond Lo puts it: “conventional wealth & harmony in relationship.” Fill your boots.
Encourage: Fire, bright light 24/7

Where not to be in April.
Summary: sickness Star North.
AnchorNorth, Distant Future: Year Star 4 Sun (Rat) Month Star: 5.
Tricky. Any time the 5 arrives, look out! Possible sickness here, especially for younger Mothers. The North – on the magic square  as on the map – is naturally colder, wetter & darker but at this point also represents a neglected woman. The qualities of the true mature male are needed, bringing stability, advice and security. But you might have to make do with a windchime.
Mitigate: Metal 6 Pipe Metal windchime.

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

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

Dog in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

February 2, 2019

Who is a Dog?

close up photography of adult black and white short coat dog

Years:  1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006.
Month*:  October
Hour: 19.00-21.00

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 Dog?
The Dog is yang earth and a byword for faith and consistency. Terriers and Rotweilers are both fierce as well as loyal. In mediaeval heraldry and Renaissance painting, the greyhound symbolises constancy. The downside of this is that like Donald Trump and two of his three predecessors (ie not Obama – naturally) all 1946 Fire Dogs, they take some moving on.

A Dog can be expected to revere tradition and have a strong family background. If a Dog commits to something they can generally be relied upon to see it to completion – for better or worse. The difference between male and female Dogs can be that the female gets the message quicker. Interesting to note that Kate Middleton and Prince William are twin Water Dogs of 1982; a very solid match because as a yang earth sign, the Dog is pretty immovable, an ideal best friend or protector. These two are first and foremost, good friends.

The Dog’s thinking may not always be flexible but when he gets an idea, he really gets it. His natural grouping is with the hunters, the Horse and Tiger. The apportionment of tasks here is obvious: the Horse provides pace and the Tiger ferocity while the Dog watches the rear. If more people studied Chinese metaphysics, more workplaces would zing: in business the Horse will tend to be the sales person, the Tiger the closer or credit controller and the Dog the provider of after-sales service or er…hr department.

The Dog excels at service because he never gives up. He will return your phone calls and keep that appointment. He’s the friend who sends a card every birthday and the spouse who remembers every anniversary. He’s the Tweeter at dawn.

The Dog perhaps surprisingly, also mixes well with the gentle diplomatic Rabbit. The Rabbit schmoozes while the Dog ensures that her openness is not abused. The Dog makes a wonderful bodyguard and middle manager. A Dog employer will generally have achieved that position by sheer hard work and will demand the same from all around.

The Dog doesn’t like the Dragon because he’s such a smarty pants. Also the Dog hates success without effort and the Dragon creates with such apparent ease. Consider Dragon Vladimir Putin in this regard. The Snake too; she’d resent the Horse as well except that the balanced Dog is scrupulously loyal to her own team. And just as an aside, it’s a principle of yin and yang that opposites co-exist. So some Dogs will express these qualities in the omission rather than the observance. This may make sense of both George W Bush and Donald Trump.

An unbalanced Dog is a bit of a shop steward. He knows his rights and the way things should be – often the way they always have been. An unbalanced Dog (such as one with an October or mid-evening birth) is rigid. Those recent US Presidents in a downward progress of de-evolution bottoming out at Donald Trump, have been champions of stuck, male, white, wealthy privilege.  Make no mistake: it may not be clear very soon but the Fire Dog is over. The smart Fire Dog has already become mentor and confessor, at which pursuits he excels, as is appropriate.

The Dog will often have a strong spiritual agenda and if he has a blind spot it may be an inability to tell the difference between religion and spirituality or spirituality and therapy. Because this means he sticks to his guns, the Dog is suited both to new age therapy and religious persecution. He will not be thrown off by the opinions of others once he has committed to a line of action. In fact the unbalanced Dog can be thick skinned in matters of belief; this Dog would be ideally suited to being a Grand Inquisitor. The problem is that their motto ought to be “Do as you would be done by,” and he thinks it already is.

The Dog can work well with other Dogs and with the Pig. With the Pig he shares a love of home and team and they are so different they don’t crowd each other. Sometimes the Dog and Pig can be telepathically close; this is because they are adjacent signs in the calendar linked by the yang earth that is a feature of both. Sometimes this earth is expressed by banter or earthy humour, sometimes by complimentary delusions; consider Trump and Earth Pig born-again misogynist Mike Pence. They can have a lot of fun together while getting the job done. Or not.

But the most powerful and most demanding role the Dog can play is in a creative team including the irritating Dragon, the autocratic Ox and the soft Sheep. If the Dog acts as conscience and bookkeeper, the Ox will relax, the Sheep toughen up and the Dragon acknowledge someone else for a change. If you are a Dog recruiting for non-executive directors take note. What is great about the Dog is that if he finds advice that works he will adopt it as if it were religion. Bless.

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Dog in 2019

Every Dog has his day and you’ve had a whole year. 2018 was the doggiest dog ever.

The Dog’s reputation has been tarnished by the behavior of 1946 Fire Dog Donald Trump, 1958 Earth Dogs Betsy DeVos and Michael Flynn, and 1970 Metal Dogs Melania Trump, Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the 1982 Water Dog, so she is the communicator for the pack.

Barron Trump was born in a Fire Dog year. Take that not as judgment about him, but as an elegant metaphor demonstrating why some masters say a BaZi is like DNA. I have even used BaZi for genealogical research in my practice.

For all of 2018 Dogs have been in the spotlight, swamped with competition that they deemed irrelevant, except – how’s your stomach been this year? Gut issues?

I wish I could say that’s over now, but in 2019 you’ll have to carry on a few more months even though you’re no longer in charge. January and July and April will be the most demanding months of the year.

In February your associate the Tiger is helpful, even if the Pig distracts him. In March, your best friend the Rabbit is hitching her wagon to the Pig’s star too. It may be lonely, but take advantage of these months where you get a short surge of energy.

An in-your-face challenge will bring new insights about the meaning of protection and boundaries in April. It’s time to find some new pack members. You value loyalty; maybe too much. When everyone around you is in the same state of mind, It’s difficult to make the changes you want.

In May, the support you thought was solid has turned out to be unreliable or blocked. This might be the theme of the Pig year for you. Redefine yourself to stay relevant. You’ve got until 2022 to prepare for your next iteration. Use the time well.

Sometime mid-year you’ll find the possibility of a new romance or some unexpected financial gains. Your best support will come in June, however, there’s a danger that you’ll be explosive then, too.

If the Dog depends too much on control, which is just an idea, in the second half of the year she’ll experience greater losses. This might be a lesson about the heaviness of your hand and how you have relied on that to get what you wanted.

Seek the Rabbit to take you in and help you get patched up. If it’s your style, and the wood element is helpful for you, carry or wear a Tiger or a Rabbit amulet. Get in touch if you’re curious about that.

We’re at the end of a predatory era. You might want to consider that your strengths have turned into your weaknesses, and vice versa. The value comes in acknowledging it. You’re not a victim, but you could use your ideas about guarding and safety to help others out of that box. Time to go back to herding and protecting. Gather up the lost, pull people out of danger, carry supplies, bring a message.

© 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 Rat in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 11, 2019

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The Rat in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

Rat 2019

Who is a Rat?

Years:  1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.
Month*:  December
Hour: 11:00 pm – 01:00 am
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 Rat?

The Rat is yang water but with a hidden stem of yin Water, that is to say pure Water, the only Chinese Animal that is so pure. All Water on this planet, unless interfered with by outside forces, is connected with and on the same level as all other Water. Sea level at Zeebrugge is the same as sea level at Miami. If I spill my cup of tea here in Surrey and you spill yours in Taiwan, sooner or later they’ll mix. It may take aeons but they’ll mix. This powerful idea may clarify the connection between Water and communication.

Someone said that we have two ears and one mouth for a good reason: that we should listen twice as much as we speak. The issues relating to Water are listening and speaking while keeping the ratios right. The Rat can easily miss this. Some of us are elected primarily to talk and the yang Water of the Rat says it’s you. The Rat is the talker of the Chinese Zodiac. As you know, an unbalanced or distressed Rat tends to clam up or run off at the mouth. Which will it be this year?

Interestingly both Prince Harry and his father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales are Rats. Charles’ career has been one of juggling his often outspoken opinions with the privilege of his position. It’s likely that Harry’s lessons will be similar; wise observation of his father’s conundrum could be invaluable. Rats tend to blurt or have learned to be shtum.

The Rat is supreme in the realm of ideas. It is said that when you can tell Water from Fire, you are a master. The blue of the sky at mid-summer, for instance is not Water but Fire. Who can identify this consistently? The Rat who is a planner and a plotter and a deep thinker, is the most likely candidate. He thinks ahead, sometimes to the detriment of his awareness of the present. This makes him a good chess player but not so great at poker. He is apt to be too controlling for games that require openness – even to good fortune. That sort of uncertainty can be painful. Your average Rat wants the credit and to get that he has to be in control.

In conversation you may find that the mature Rat second guesses in a very distinctive way: typically he gets his correspondent to commit to a position before he states his; a very useful quality in a teacher but not everyone’s cup of tea in a collaborator. The Dragon and the Monkey, even the Ox, may find this reassuring but it drives the Horse and the Tiger wild and to some extent even the Dog.

Being big talkers and travellers, Rats are traditionally suited to work involving communication: sales, oratory and persuasion. In the collaboration with the Rabbit, Rooster and Horse that Derek Walters (himself a Rat) calls the Flowers of Love, the Rat is the talker, the chatter-up if you will, where the Rooster provides the glamour, the Horse the passion and the Rabbit the stamina. A Rat with the assistance of these other Animals is effortlessly successful and charismatic. Whichever may be missing at any given time indicates his weaknesses. None of the others however is ever much at ease in the company of the Rat.

An unbalanced Rat talks too much and listens selectively. A balanced one gets it exactly right; he is fascinating talker and a skilled listener. But this wilful deafness can be a point of pride. Blessed with an orderly mind and excellent retention, a Rat can consider his ignorance of a subject a reflection upon the subject rather than upon himself. This sort of Rat needs to learn to value the convictions of others, especially if they are derived from premises he does not accept.

The Rat is a guardian, a watcher. Sometimes he is self-appointed and the unbalanced Rat has a particular blindness that leads him to believe that his opinion is an absolute. This is more accentuated and less well-informed in his partner the Ox in what some call the House of Creativity (or Cleverness). The relationship between the Ox and the Rat is less that of partners than of pupil and tutor but the Ox can be a particularly obdurate and dominating learner, sometimes drawing conclusions to which he is not entitled and sticking like a limpet to any conclusion he can justify. In these circumstances the Ox is not so much partner or indeed student of the Rat as tormentor. When Ox and Rat are together it is the Ox who calls the tunes.

A very conscious Rat can make good use of his blindness to the value of other people’s positions. She is likely to be able to explain things that baffle others and to derive laws from this gift. To have no explanation however is to open himself up to chaos. If he knows this about himself he can master even the most abstract discipline.

The Rat is versatile and multi-talented though not as notably so as the Pig of whom he is often jealous or the Dragon who can baffle him despite their mutual affinity. Yang water can speak of profligacy with money. The Rat is a brilliant small businessman but often a poor tycoon. In the power triad with the Dragon and Monkey, the Rat may appear to overvalue the hands-on deftness of the Monkey because he finds the Monkey easier to control and may envy the Dragon his magic. Twin Rats Robert Plant and John Bonham and Monkey Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (formed in the Monkey Year of 1968) may be a good example of this creative tension.

And it is this potential for envy that is the other big weakness of the Rat and lays him open once more to the Rooster of the year who of course shares it. The full-on spontaneity of Fire has always drawn resentment from certain Rats. He can’t admire what he can’t himself master. This can lead to him not getting credit for originality of mind. Consider Water Rat Alan Turing of Enigma fame. And finally the Rat can be a fickle partner but an attentive parent, albeit one who may have favourites. The awakened Rat is absolutely even-handed; that in itself is quite a gift.

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Rat in 2019

2018 was lonely. Those in power forgot how much the Rat had contributed to their causes in the past. The Rat’s mentorship has been disregarded. You shared your secrets but they were not valued. Your associates Dragon and Monkey were struggling too, possibly with illness or depression and weren’t able to help you as much as usual.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, is a 1972 Water Rat. She resigned her post in the Trump administration in October 2018 – Dog month, Dog year. As a Rat, Nikki realized before others that her thwarted efforts meant it was time to leave the sinking ship. There are rumors that she will run for President in 2020. The Ox in her month says she would be better as an advisor to the winner. The Rat in her year says if the election were in 2019 she’d run.

Though the earthy nature of 2018 is still present in the first quarter of the year, the Pig of 2019 brings relief to the Rat by beginning the water cycle. Water is your element. Your gift of articulacy has been compromised by the Dog year. You’ll be returning to your usual wordsmithing around February.

The Rat’s good ideas about leadership have gone unappreciated, and now she thinks that being in an advisor role is not enough. Being number two feels like losing. This competitiveness is a live issue for you throughout the year, peaking in April. Patience. 2021 is coming.

You are the most expressive of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals, and in January you’ll be taking talent that in a different direction with a new agenda. It only feels risky because it’s not your usual way. A new iteration of your job is calling you to apply the benefits of your education, training and background for those who need justice. You’re worried about how this will affect the lifestyle you’re accustomed to, but you needn’t be. Go with it.

In 2019 the Ox’s influence on the Rat is growing,. The Ox is interested in practical applications of justice and brings a heightened sensitivity to a Rat’s work. Rats are usually more comfortable wielding justice in a political sense, like a judge. Impartiality falls away in 2019 as Rats realize that justice is personal too.

In 2019 your natural charisma is enhanced. There’s romance if you want it. Your position on the dial plate amplifies your problem solving abilities regarding romance and everything else. In April and August especially, you are needed. Channel your refusal to lose so that it benefits others.

The Horse month of June, your clash month, is easier to manage this year. You’ll be putting out fires, literally and figuratively, likely on behalf of someone else.

Your full recovery from the Dog year will arrive in August. Timing and clarity become yours again for the fall and winter. You’ll need it to deal with your competitors.

Roosters are having another tough year, and will seek your counsel in September. Be open.

By December you’ll be officially working for the Ox, but that’s another story. Curious? 

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

 

Playtime: the Month of the Metal Monkey 2018

August 4, 2018
Playtime: the Month of the Metal Monkey 2018.
Feng Shui Bulletin for August 2018
(22:15pm 7th August to 01:35 8th September 2018 inclusive)
 Kuan
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The Watchtower
Hexagram 20

Animal by Animal
During this metal Monkey Month,
The Rat waxes loquacious,
The Ox holds back,
The more robotic Tiger is unusually aggressive,
The Rabbit stays on the open road,
The Dragon is in-between,
The Snake runs,
The Horse tries to settle,
The Sheep breathes easy,
 Monkey bewares Tiger,
The Rooster awaits,
The Dog waits and watches,
while
The Pig is in proxy conflict.

Remember:             Each Pillar of your ba zi 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.

An 8 Earth month brings rapid results following long term application.
A Monkey month can be playful to the point of neglect.
Most helpful location: tai chi (heart), geometrical centre of your space.
Least helpful location: North – again – and South West.
Favoured Animals: Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Snake.
Especially challenged one way or another: Tiger, Pig, Horse, Dog.
Hexagram (above): Kuan The Watchtower, Wind over Earth, watching & waiting.

Playtime: the Metal Monkey Month August 2018
This year is of course an Earth Dog. Last year was a Fire Rooster and 2019 will be an Earth Pig. This procession, the gan zhi cycle of sixty has been respected in China since 2637 BCE. Twelve Animals, Five Elements hence sixty characters; regardless of equinoxes, leap years or the minute gradations of atomic clocks, the sequence recurs seamlessly. Many people know this.

What they may not know however is that this same sixty-place sequence applies equally to Months, Days and Hours. This Metal Monkey Month will be followed by a Metal Rooster month in September, just as the Metal Monkey Year 1980 was followed by the Metal Rooster of 1981.

And what almost no one knows outside the world of woo-woo is that where our birth fell in these other cycles, Month, Day and Hour, is as meaningful. The Year cycle applies to the physical and obvious (and much more), the Month to the work and educational environments and the Day to our most private selves and relationships. There’s much more of course but perhaps read the following in that light.

August is the “silly season” when news-starved reporters write up the daftest stories. In a Metal Monkey month these tales may be nearer the knuckle than usual and the Monkey, the totem of stand-up comedy, may be tempted to satire. Be careful who you choose as your butt. Tigers for instance may butt back. Every Chinese diviner knows to watch for Tiger Days in the Monkey month because they imply the pointless aggression of road rage. Worse of course if it’s too hot.

The Metal of the month may also be making the Horse (composed of pure Fire) restless. Breathe, open, allow.

Tigers: best to bite it back rather than off. You may be sorely tested this month but every time you contain and express rather than dump your feelings, you get stronger.

Often easily disappointed the Rooster may be feeling let down. If so, seek the Dragon who did it. Apparently. Or better, take responsibility for a viewpoint that can only weaken you. Forgive and rest up for next month; you’re going to need your strength.

Sheep can safely graze after the panic of their own month. The year-long “Bullying Punishment” continues to try them along with Ox and Dog. If an Ox or Dog day brings that familiar sense of unfairness, call your nearest Dragon.

Dogs who have had a similar but less intense experience are relieved of pressure for a while – until October actually.

Oxen, squashed between antagonists recently, can gaze over the hedge with confidence; again until October.

Busy year for Dragons of course, fighting other people’s fires. Favoured by Monkeys, they may be in for unusual good fortune especially on a Basket day like the 5th September. Very creative time too.

Pigs have had their own trying time and can expect further trial by fire in 2019; this month may find them fighting another’s battles.

The Monkey month may bring a soapbox to the Monkey’s brother-in-arms the Rat, who loves to talk. Be careful your tongue doesn’t write cheques the rest of you can’t cash.

Rabbit can cruise, relaxed in the knowledge that they’re on track. Dog month brings pole position and 2019 further advancement still. Happy holidays.

Finally the Snake, the Monkey’s best buddy forges her own fortune from this Metal Month. You are the seeker after Truth; aim to back it however inconvenient.

Where to be in August.
Summary: immediate boost.
Tai chi, Home: Year Star: 9 Month Star: 8.
A place of refuge and recovery as well as creativity and rapid outcomes. The 8 Star may need a little encouragement – bright light and Water both may help – but emphasised by the 9 Star, this is a pretty helpful place to settle and attract abundance of all kinds.
To boost: Bright light or Water (fountain even better) Not both.

Where not to be in August.
Summary: exhausting.
South West, Accumulation: Year Star: 6 Fortune Virtue Month Star: 5.
There’s 6 Metal here all year; add more Metal to dilute the nasty 5 Star. Gender conflict looms, as well as power struggles over misused and/or compromised authority, lack of recognition. Break-ups, argument, illness – lungs, bladder, ears suffer. Steer clear. At the very least you’ll be exhausted lingering or entering any building regularly from the South West in August.
Solution: 6-Pipe Metal Windchime.

Richard Ashworth ©2018.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info.

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Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.
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Bah!: the Month of the Earth Sheep 2018: Lads Done Brilliant

July 6, 2018
Bah!: the Month of the Earth Sheep 2018: Lads Done Brilliant
Bulletin for July 2018
(12:16pm 7th July to 22:15pm 7th August 2018 inclusive)

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Hindrance
Hexagram 12

Animal by Animal
During this Earth Sheep Month,
The Rat blocks his own shot,
The Ox may feel outnumbered,
The imprudent Tiger fosters impatience,
The Rabbit finds an open road,
The Dragon mediates,
The Snake’s dignity shines,
The Horse may overreach,
The Sheep may fly solo,
A Monkey might confuse attack with defence.
The Rooster may ride a high Horse,
The Dog experiences separation,
and
The Pig rises to challenges.

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

Anchor9 Fire month (especially in a 9 Year) brings attention.
A Sheep month is a time to offer assistance to the helpless.
Most helpful location: South East (especially East Group kuas 1 4 9).
Least helpful location: North – again.
Favoured Animals: Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Horse.
Especially challenged one way or another: Ox, Rat, Snake, Rooster.
HexagramP’i Hindrance, Heaven over Earth. Yin up, yang down.Anchor

Lads done brilliant: the Earth Sheep Month July 2018
Right now of course most of us are in the grip of a 4-year cycle: the Football World Cup. England last won in the Fire Horse year of 1966 and since then have generally done well in the early stages during June, which is the month of the Horse and the peak of Fire. In the Horse Year 2002 for instance we took Argentina out during the last week in June only to go no further. This Sheep month of July opens at 12:16pm on Saturday, a tantalising three hours short of the kick-off against Sweden,which takes us past the peak. So….we might just win one more but that’s probably it.

The place to start then may be England Football Manager Metal Dog Gareth Southgate: technically the Sheep month brings some sort of break-up for Dogs. Which for him may simply signify a return home, tail and head high. Whereas for shame-resistant, neon-haired Fire Dog Donald Trump it may mean embarrassment that even he can’t spin. Dogs: note.

The Sheep Month is a testing time for the Sheep herself. Your month may involve separation, best to make use of the resultant downtime. Love Island’s Jack Fincham: this means you!  Something similar applies to Oxen who may find their unique combination of deep sensitivity and single-mindedness lays them open to exploitation. A wise man once told me that being 100% open makes for invulnerability, but that 99% is suicidal.

And for the second time this year the Dragon takes up the role of mediator, peace-maker, the joiner-up of disputing parties. Hard to believe this of Wood Dragon Boris Johnson but there you go.

Driven by the Fire which opposes her Watery nature, the Rat may find himself over-busy. Which will come as no surprise to Love Island lovely, Fire Rat Dani Dyer but may shock her Dad; Snakes like National Treasure Sir Daniel may have to contain contradictory emotions this month. Dignity pays off; take gracious champion boxer Anthony Joshua (born an Earth Snake in 1989) as a role model perhaps.

Some Tigers are spoiling for a fight this month, roused by the seasonal heat and Monkeys may find themselves on the wrong end of this. Ba Zi Masters know that Monkey and Tiger days in the summer months call for diligent driving.  Special care you two.

The Rabbit however enjoys an open road. After the mesmerising headlights of 2017, your progress along the soft verge of the year is pretty steady. And especially this month. Good time to seek the attention you often shun.

By contrast you Horses may feel bereft. A playmate may have moved on and you could feel left behind while others frolic. It’s not forever and the Force remains with you all year.

Roosters: your feathers may feel ruffled. Try to be aware that injured pride is only skin deep.

Pigs can generally make hay, so to speak, in a Sheep month. Opportunities abound to which you’re likely to rise if you keep your attention out.

Richard Ashworth ©2018.
http://www.imperialfengshui.info.

Where to be in July.
Summary: immediate boost.
South East, Determination: Year Star: 8 Dragon Virtue Month Star: 8. Another great month in the South East – for some the Wealth location in any case. The South East sector (as measured from the tai chi) as well as SE doors and buildings facing SE, remain at their most helpful. brings rapid gain and positive growth of all sorts. There’s advantage to pretty much anyone who positions themselves there about now.
To boost: Bright light; Water fountain, 4(+) green plants.

Where not to be in July.
Summary: depressing and morbid. Still.
North, Distant Future: Year Star Annual san sha, Month Star: 5
The tricky wu huang Yellow is here all year as well as the san sha or “Three Killings”. And now there are two Yellow Fives here. Argh; the worst location of the year just got still worse. So steer clear, apply healing or both. If you work, sleep or linger here you may suffer relationship issues as well as headaches and wild thoughts. West Group kuas 8 and younger Horse and Sheep women remain the most vulnerable. Some financial gain may reduce the sting if you find yourself marooned in the North. May not be worth it.
Solution: AnchorChinese Charm: t’ang lung.

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 Naomie Harris, 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.

Richard teaches both starter and advanced Feng Shui and Ba zi (Chinese Astrology), one to one via Skype or Zoom.

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Richard’s Monkey Diary for August 2017

August 1, 2017
A dark mirror.
My diary for the month of the Earth Monkey
(15:27 7th August to 19:46pm 7th September inclusive)
in the Year of the Fire Rooster. 

Pi
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Standstill
Hexagram 12

The Monkey Month
Animal by Animal
During this Earth Monkey Month,
The Rat kicks off,
The Ox is between stools,
The Tiger plans ahead. But not far,
The Rabbit cares for the home,
The Dragon awakens,
The Snake stirs,
The Horse doesn’t,
The Sheep looks back,
The Wise Monkey is ready,
The Rooster’s patience is stretched,
The Dog hangs back,
and
The Pig rests. His case.

A 2 month concerns relationship, accumulation joining and minor illness.
Most helpful locations: East, South-East.
Favoured AnimalsMonkey, Rat, Dragon, Snake.
Especially challenged one way or anotherTiger and Pig.

Animal Fortunes for the Rooster year remain on the website all year:
2017: Year of the Turkey. Now may be the time.
Follow Twitter (@FengShuiDiaries) or like my FaceBook page for further developments (links below). Best not to be my FaceBook friend if you want to avoid rants, cute micropigs and photos of my grandchildren

Where to do what, when and why this month.
Summary: Where’s it’s all happening.
South East, Determination: Year Star: 9 Dragon Virtue, Month Star: 1.
This is where communication happens during the Monkey month. There is a rare clarity here. Dragon Virtue supports the good reputation of kuas 1 3 4 and 9 as well as certain Monkeys, Rats, Snakes, Roosters and Oxen. All year this is the place to be noticed in a positive way; both achievement and recognition continue to fall to those of us in South East facing houses and/or located SE. And romance is more favoured than ever. Convene, discuss, plot but above all communicate here this month. The 1/perfect 10 combination suggests extended time here will break through long standing career and recognition barriers.
Month Solution: plants, bright light.
Annual Enhancement: Four Plants (eg bamboo stems) and/or a Water fountain.

One to avoid; where not to be this month.
Summary: Where to go to avoid own goals.
North East, Wealth Star: Year Star: 4 gip sat, Month Star: 5.
5 is the power that resists being harnessed; usually best not to try. Keep the NE quiet till September. West Group kuas (8,6,7,2) are less affected and some Rats and Pigs but Monkeys and Sheep should steer clear and this is no place for a Tiger at the moment. Only delay is likely to follow lurking here, facing this way or repeated use of North Eastern doors. Keep the plants here but turn off the lights. No wild parties.
Month Enhancement: Six Pipe Metal Windchime, music box.
Annual Enhancement: Fire, (eg bright light). Four Plants (eg bamboos in Water).
Annual Solution: t’ang lung.

East and West Groups: Everybody falls into East or West Group by way of their birth date. The calculation is simple. To know where you belong, email me.

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

Know your inner beast. How Monkey are you?
Birth in the Monkey Hour (3-5pm)~: clever, playful children.
Birth on the Monkey Day#: bitter humour.
Birth during the Monkey Month (August)*: stand-up or techie.
Birth in the Monkey Year: brought up with some pedantry
~ GMT. # You’ll need a Chinese calendar for this. * Caution: Chinese months start later

A Dark Mirror: the London skyline.
“In order to find our place in the infinity of being, we must be able both to separate and unite.”
The Book of Changes.
On Thursday 28th August 2013, sunlight reflected from the so-called Walkie-Talkie on Fenchurch Street melted the trim of a Jaguar parked opposite on Eastcheap. The Sun’s rays did something similar to tiles and a doormat the following October and more recently bicycles, carpets and doors. I don’t know whether Uraguayan architect Rafael Vinoly subscribed to the notion that form follows function but if so the London Fire Brigade seem to be the principal beneficiaries.
Fenchurch Street is in the heart of the City of London, for the time being the banking centre of Europe if not the world; there are more American banks in London than any other city. The financial district pretty much occupies the streets of Roman Londinium, running East-West parallel to the River Thames. Because the Sun travels East to West, this is a nice fair orientation that distributes sunshine equally.
Although the Romans were actually developing an existing Celtic settlement (dedicated as it happens to Lug the God of Light) the City is the oldest part of London. Bishopsgate marks its historical Eastern extreme and Moorgate the Western. You can even today – equipped with a key you can request from the Museum of London – descend under the pavement a few yards from the Bank of England and inspect remnants of the original wall, still marked with ash from the sacking of the City by Budicca in 61 AD. And from Roman times onwards, the East-West Streets – London Wall, Cheapside, Cornhill – shared the Sun’s blessing. Unlike the district around Wall Street which any New Yorker can tell you, is in almost perpetual shade.
And today banks of all nationalities stretch from Southwark across the Thames to the South and Westward beyond Aldwych; you’ll find Goldman Sachs’ unmarked ivory tower on Fleet Street just beyond Ludgate Circus, well out of the traditional neighbourhood. Much of this expansion has taken place since the “Big Bang” of 1986.
The Big Bang effectively de-regulated banking; from then institutions like Northern Rock could borrow money and lend it at a loss while junk bonds and their derivatives consisting of defaulted mortgages and other toxic loans could be sold-and re-sold until the financial markets were awash with assets valued in trillions but worth less than nothing. As an investment analyst friend of mine put it then: “How do I compete with a fresh generation with the minds of Chess Grand Masters and the instincts of lampreys?” Seemed like a good idea at the time.
What also happened around then was that a succession of huge buildings started to go up to the South and South East of the City. These included the Walkie-Talkie, as well as Heron Tower and the Gherkin (aka the Swiss Re building), tributes to the egos respectively of convicted fraudster Gerald Ronson and the architect Norman Foster. Because of their location, these vast buildings began to block the light to the City. And as of today planning permission has been granted for more than a further dozen. That’s perhaps twenty more megatowers ready to be planted between the City and the Sun.
My friend Master Howard Choy would say that feng shui depends upon qing or “affection”. For architecture to work, somebody must give a damn. He condemned cutting edge super-hub Kings Cross/St Pancras for example as lacking just such attention. Common sense really. As many of you know however, for myself I’m fond of answering the request “Explain feng shui” by saying that if you plant tomatoes on a North-facing wall, you’d best not expect great salads. Light is an essential to life. It’s obvious, isn’t it that as long as we are flesh and blood we are at the effect of shade, heat and damp? And in a sense all the complexity of Classical feng shui is simply what three or four thousand years of observation have piled on top of that fact. By extension light, that is Fire, means openness, visibility, spontaneous talking and straight dealing. Shadow is its opposite.
Anyway if politics is show biz for the ugly, then maybe banking is showbiz for the anonymous. What is for sure is that if power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely then proximity to wealth breeds dishonesty, and close proximity to infinite wealth, infinite dishonesty. And just as so much of the unchecked infamy of the City and of Wall Street could not proceed without lax regulation, so greed grows in the dark. I doubt that’s what Lug had in mind.
Richard Ashworth © 2017 

And here’s the (Western Astrological) take of the very perceptive Lorna Bevan: 
5D Astrology Report August 2017 – Fire Walking

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My diary for the month of the Wood Snake 2017

May 5, 2017
A Quiet Revelation.
My diary for the month of the Wood Snake
(15:42pm 5th May to 19:57 5th June 2017 inclusive)
in the Year of the Fire Rooster.

Qian

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Heaven
Hexagram 1

“It is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time. This is the meaning of heaven and earth.”
The Book of Changes
The Snake Month
Animal by Animal
During this Wood Snake Month,
The Rat resists being pushed,
The Ox may be rampant,
Tigers anticipate,
The Rabbit is best advised to stay home,
The Dragon may be above himself.,
The Snake is finally ready,
The Horse may champ at the bit,
The Sheep seeks to belong,
The Monkey has fun, but may miss the point,
The Rooster enjoys the attention,
The Dog dodges,
and
The Pig prepares.
Animal Fortunes for the Rooster year remain on the website all year: 2017: Year of the Turkey. Now may be the time.
Know your inner beast. How Snake are you?

Birth in the Snake Hour (9-11am)~: imaginative children.
Birth on the Snake Day#: seeker after truth first and last.
Birth during the Snake Month (May)*: marketing, sales and spin.
Birth in the Snake Year: sneaky opposite gender parent.
~ GMT. # You’ll need a Chinese calendar for this. * Caution: Chinese months start later.

Where to do what, when and why
Summary: Here’s where wealth and success are hiding this month.
North East: Year Star: 4, Month Star: 8
All year, the North East if it’s sufficiently stimulated, is the place of creativity – financial, artistic, intellectual, other. Especially for Snakes, Roosters, Oxen, Tigers, Horses, Dogs and a Monkey or two plus West Group kuas (8,6,7,2). And especially now. Time to locate and/or face North East or open a North-Eastern door. All of these will stimulate.
Annual Solution: Fire, (eg bright light). Four Plants (eg bamboos in Water)
Monthly Enhancement: Also bright light.

East and West Groups: Everybody falls into either the East or the West Group by virtue of their birth date. The calculation is simple but if you do want to know where you belong, email me at richardashworth@imperialfengshui.info.
Readers Digest version: East Group people best face East, South, South-East and North and/or in buildings and beds backing onto these directions. West Group vice-versa. Sorry it’s fiddly, I’m not making this stuff up.

A Quiet Revelation.
The lo shu or magic square this month has 5 at its centre. This means two big things. First it’s a return to origins; everything is back in its place. How’s that looking from where you are? Consistent with that, it means that the wu huang (or the power) is back where it belongs at the heart of things. The 5 gets a bad press but this is a month that bristles with power. It’s what a Chinese master might call a “Dragon’s lair”; that is to say, equal parts fuel and poison. It’s the 5 Star that the nonagenarian Grand Masters in SE Asia spend lifetimes labouring to master. So shit or sugar this month; could be both.

The Snake favours his own and the Ox foremost but also the Monkey and the Rooster who made hay last month but may have husks to deal with later in the year. The Pig like Robert Johnson is at a crossroads. As is the Tiger; don’t lurk, it’s bad for business. Dragon still on a roll awhile yet, Rabbit seeking comfort probably.

The clue to how to roll with the month is to remember that the Snake is the seeker after truth. And sometimes they find it. Generally it takes a while; can be many years. So perhaps treat this month as a revealer of truth. And then pursue it.

One trick you might try is to place a single coin – as high denomination as you can manage – at ding or South 3 (that is between 187½° and 202½° South, measured from the tai chi, the geometric middle of the house) and ask out loud whatever question may be pestering you. Then wait and pay close attention to what comes into your space: newspaper headlines, snatches of conversation, a piece of music, a half-heard comment, an image on a poster. And translate those into the terms of your question. For instance if you ask what is my path? notice that “A Whiter Shade of Pale” begins with skipping a light fandango whereas America’s “Horse with no Name” concerns a trek across a desert. That horse could be your er…trigger.

Oh and give the coin away. If you’re the sort that doesn’t hand money to the homeless in case they spend your 20p on drugs, break the habit of a lifetime perhaps.

The universe is talking to us constantly. All we have to do really is pay attention. And sometimes we have to act.Anchor
Richard Ashworth © 2017  

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