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The Alarm goes off: Earth Tiger Month, 2020.

February 5, 2020
Auspicious Dates and Places
The (1st) month of the Earth Tiger, 2020.
(17:18pm 4th February to 11:03am 5th March 2020 inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Rat.
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Hexagram 11

The Earth Tiger Month, Animal by Animal
The Pig recovers,
Rats bend further,
The Ox is still in charge,
The Tiger grounds her prey,
The timid Rabbit hesitates,
The Dragon bottles up,
The Snake wises up,
The Horse pulls up,
The needy Sheep butts the wrong gate,
All three wise Monkeys are in evidence,
The Rooster perks up briefly,
The Dog hunts and finds.

Special attention this Month: the Metal Rat Year: Animal Fortunes, Animal by Animal:
An 8 month                                   provides respite.
The Tiger Month                         can demand extra space.
Where to be this month:          West, North West, tai chi.
Where not to be this month:   North, East, South, South West.
Favoured Animals:                     Tiger, Horse, Dog, Pig – in any Pillar.
Especially challenged:               Monkey, Snake, Rat, Dragon.
The Hexagram (above):             Tai Peace. Earth over Heaven.
7       3       5
6       8       1
2            9


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

The Alarm goes off: Earth Tiger Month, 2020.
What to expect, what to do.

In the UK more people turn in sick on the first Monday in February than any other day. That’s some start to a year.

This February’s Earth Tiger favours Horse, Dog, Pig and the Tiger itself. Tiger is fierce and patient and possesses great vision, they never forget – a grudge , a slight or a defeat. On the other hand they may also recall a kindness. This is the door by which we enter what is often reckoned the saddest month of the year as well as how we might approach the most obdurate Tigers (born 1950, 62, 74, 86, 98).

As you might expect, the above four Animals should find the ball on the penalty spot today. The fiery Horse, Tiger and Dog may well actually kick it too. These Animals can usefully seek attention at this time. The Pig too, though you may still be recovering; the so-called “self-clash” may have made 2019 wearying. Time to get back on the pitch just the same.

Fact is that now is the time to stir, whatever your ba zi. Human beings are engineered to hide from the cold until the buds start to rise with the marginally longer days of February. But re-emerge we must. This is true even for the fun-loving Monkey and Snake whose Metal may be rusted from the long Winter; seek stability, warmth and a gentle re-birth. You may have to be serious a while.

The Rat is literally in his element all year and the months will tend to pass without much change to that. Ox too – by an Elemental quirk, the Ox rules Rat times such as the duration of this year. You Oxen can bank on the whip hand returning to you time and again. Others: stand back.

Outliers include the Rabbit who is likely to do fine but may fail to appreciate. Gratitude is your watchword. Rooster too – you are called to communicate more deeply than ever; those words you have been thinking but not given voice, they’re going to be aired very soon. Make sure that is you bringing them to light by speaking sooner rather than later. This is, I emphasise, the month of emergence.

The Sheep seeks a solace in the warm, a place at the table. You may not find it before March however.  Dragon – you are a law under yourself. Act accordingly and stop pretending you’re not.

And as ever let’s remember that no astrological analysis can never do any one of us full justice and the above words are pretty skimpy in any case. If you want more you know where to come.
Richard Ashworth 2020

Where to be in February.
Summary: regain direction in the North West.
North West, Authority: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 9
The North West houses genuine leadership and 8 hosting 9 is as helpful as it gets. If we are rejecting home offices and capital cities, this is where we go instead. For clear direction this year seek the North Western path where the Rebel Alliance is gathering. And there’s prosperity here meanwhile.
Enhance for wealth and success: Fire – bright light.

Where not to be in February.
Summary: fraught.
South West, Accumulation: Year Star: 4 Month Star:5.
The 5 shuts this, the place of the Mother and on some readings, relationships, down for a while. 5 hindering the 4 suggests ailments and fragility for women of all ages. Facing this way is fine but avoid the location itself if you can for now.
Mitigate: t’ang lung and/or Metal eg 6 Pipe Metal windchime.

Richard Ashworth ©2020.

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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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”.

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