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Stop & Search: the Month of the Wood Dog 2019

October 8, 2019

Stop & Search: the Month of the Wood Dog 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for October 2019
(17:36 October 8th to 02:42 November 8th 2019 inclusive)

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Stripping
Hexagram 23

Special attention this Month: on Dec 7th & 8th I will be talking online via Zoom about the prospects for the Metal Rat Year 2020, the Year of Watershed. Please email Sheila for further information on sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

The Wood Dog Month Animal by Animal
The Dog is a tad frustrated,
The Pig is still on their mettle.
The Rat may see obstacles immediately ahead,
The Ox prepares for power,
The Tiger returns once more,
The Rabbit is in charge,
The Dragon is in opposition,
Rescue for the Snake may be seem distant,
The Horse gets the breaks,
The Sheep experiences breakup of some sort,
The wise Monkey hangs out
while
The Rooster may be looking over her shoulder,

The best way to wring value from your ba zi (that is Chinese Horoscope) is to identify your birth Month, Day & Hour Animal as well as your Year. Your ba zi is a unique cocktail of these & it’s as unlikely that all four are compromised at once as it is that they are all blessed. If in doubt seek an expert.

A 3 month                                     favours assertion & aspiration.
The Dog month                           is primarily concerned with strength.
Where to be this month:         East.
Where not to be this month: West
Favoured Animals:                   Tiger, Horse, Dog & Rabbit.
Especially challenged:             Dragon, Rooster, Monkey, Rat.
The Hexagram (above):            Po Stripping. Mountain on Earth.
Autumnal.

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1             5
6       8       4
Wood Dog

This month’s lo shu: unhelpful wu huang 5 West and san sha North.

Stop & Search: the Wood Dog Month, 2019.
If external differences in rank correspond with differences in inner worth, and if inner worth forms the criterion of external rank, people acquiesce and order reigns in society.”
The Book of Changes, Hexagram 10. Lu Treading.

Pig and Dog are mutually antagonistic. Technically this antipathy is called Gip Sat. Forgetting the plus side for a moment, the Dog can be er…dogged and the Pig can be a swine; together they may make for troubled times.

What’s most admirable about the Dog is probably loyalty but consistency can degenerate to obstinacy; the proverbial Dog in the Manger. World’s most famous Dog currently: Donald Trump. Those qualities, restlessness and immovability are not just Trump’s but also the qualities of the month; some might say of the Era perhaps because they are attributes of those born in 1946 (like Trump, Bill Clinton & George W. Bush) 1958, 1970, 1982 and 1994 as well during the month of October, hours between 7 and 9pm and certain days you’d need a Chinese Calendar or an expert to identify. Look around you: umbrellas, climate protest, shameless despots, this Dog/Pig conflict is impossible to miss.

Among the Pig’s virtues on the other hand are a multitude of talents and sensitivity as to what to say and when; the flip side can be a lack of awareness of the needs of others and a reluctance to share emotionally. Sometimes the Pig has to be prised open like an oyster. Which can of course release a pearl.

And there you have the key notes of the whole of this year: our worst characteristics reflected back to us in our leaders, giving us an opportunity to learn and re-choose. “Won’t get fooled again,” as Pete Townshend wrote, not I imagine intending it to be Boris Johnson’s theme music any more than Mick Jagger intended “You can’t always get what you want” as Trump’s. On the other hand Jagger who as a Sheep has some power over the Dog, might usefully wield it. The Dog can fawn – ask Vladimir Putin.

Put Dog & Pig together and you have a roller coaster. This is not the month for the risk averse to strike out. But for the fearless – typically Horses, Tigers and indeed Dogs – it’s home from home. “A bloody war & quick promotion,” as my Father used to say. Interestingly Rabbits may find success if they keep their heads down and continue to burrow. Not so easy for Dragons and Roosters who are best advised to consolidate, or for Monkeys and Rats who may wander beyond the flow. Wood Rooster Townshend may just want a quiet life: Can’t Explain.

You’ll likely find some of these Animals somewhere in your ba zi – if in doubt, ask – and you’re almost certain to find advantage to be taken. If you were born in a Rabbit month, for instance, however parlous your social life, your career will be advancing. An afflicted Rooster born on a Tiger day may be especially happy at home right now. There’s lots more of course.

I’ve written at length elsewhere about the crash that’s coming. It has indeed started. The Watchtower was last month’s Hexagram of course but this remains a time to watch and wait rather than to leap. And er…don’t go West, young man.

Where to be in October.
Summary: take stock in order to move forward.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 1.
A winning combination: 6 and 1 just need an 8 (ie yin Earth) to form a wealthy 168 combination in the East. Best to keep it quiet. Meditation and deep thought will tend to be served here. Also writing and study. The odd dalliance is possible. Favours women over men.
Assist: Earth: one large crystal, female presence.

Where not to be in October.
Summary: stagnant, hazardous
West, Intervention: Year Star: 1 Year, Annual san sha Month Star: 5.
Not here. Facing or locating West is hazardous for the middle-aged man and the Second Son at this time, especially a Rooster (born 1945, 57, 69, 81, 93). Best given a miss or indeed a Miss. Be very careful with Water here; anything stagnant should be drained right away.
Mitigate: Metal eg Metal implements & ornaments.

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

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

 

The Rabbit in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 16, 2019

Who is a Rabbit?

close up of rabbit on field

Years:  1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999.
Month*:  March
Hour: 05.00 am – 07.00

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 Rabbit?
The Rabbit is yin Wood, essentially gentle and domestic. Her time is early morning; the legend has it that she and the Rooster swapped places which is why the cock crows in the Chinese Zodiac not at dawn but at dusk. The Rabbit rules the Spring therefore – think of March Hares and Easter Bunnies – and the Rooster the autumn.

The Rabbit is subtle, in keeping with her yin nature. She provides service readily and is often suited to catering and caring. But her preparedness to roll up her sleeves makes her the unexpected queen of networking. If you want to be introduced to the person in charge, ask a Rabbit.

Although giving the impression of a reluctance to be in the spotlight Rabbits are often performers but equally often are more at home behind the scenes. Writer-composer (of the musical “Matilda”) Tim Minchin fits this bill. Devoted Dad David Beckham perhaps also and strangely introvert Prime Minister Gordon Brown. All clearly pretty good at making connections.

The Rabbit can wait her turn; vigilance and patience are typical. Her natural allies are the Pig and the Sheep. This is a house-proud team and the Rabbit is a team player. Her unexpected friend is the Dog who values her ability to charm without threat.

The Rabbit also belongs to the gathering known as the Flowers of Love (or Plumflowers) along with the Horse, the Rooster and Rat. She may often find herself clearing up behind these three extroverts and quite often the cuddle-bunny will obtain a life partner from the leavings of her more obviously glamorous colleagues.

The Rabbit tends to be conservative with a small “c”. Early rising is typical but this tendency to the yang of early alertness may be demonstrated by the yin of sleeping in. Lazybones or insomniac, sleeping is an issue. This is yin and yang.

Because of the unflattering connotations of the local word for Rabbit, in Vietnam this branch is called the Cat. Intuitively this does not sit right. The ideogram so clearly has ears. Yin Wood relates to the late Spring, leaves and flowers and grass, none of which are feline attributes.

In some ways the Rabbit epitomises yin. Yang Wood may be characterised as an upwards movement like the growth of a tree. Yin Wood is more of an outward expansion like the spread of grass. What these two expressions of wood have in common is irresistibility. But they are very different types of irresistibility. To counter yang Wood we need yang Metal: an axe will cut down the biggest tree. But you could attack a lawn with that same axe and not remove all the grass in a lifetime. This is the power of yin Wood.

Wood is both stubborn and flexible. Yin Wood (as characterised by Soen, the wind of the South East) is thorough as well as organised: “gentle and thorough but ultimately adamant” as the Book of Changes has it.

Hexagram 53 of the Book of Changes, “Gradual Progress” describes this: the tree grows against all the odds either because it throws itself absolutely upon the mercy of the tao or because it has a detailed plan that it follows meticulously. Or both.

The Dragon is said to lose money when the Rabbit arrives. This may be because the Dragon is distracted by his neighbour who is so apparently different in nature. This is not a great pairing but the fact is that the Rabbit sitting between the Tiger and the Dragon, shares qualities with both.

Partnership with the Tiger is sometimes formalised as the House of Diplomacy. The Rabbit offers carrot while the Tiger wields a stick. This arrangement exemplifies the truism that more is achieved with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone.

Wood represents bone, spine and hair as well as eyes: the light is Fire but the receiving organ is Wood. The Rabbit is often not strong in these regards unlike the Tiger. This is yin and yang.

Finally it’s worth appreciating that the wooden table you’re probably seated by is wood but not Wood. Wood is always growing which is obviously enough not true of anything else; not animals, people, cutting edges or stones. Usable Wood in feng shui terms, is alive. Dead Wood is often considered to be Earth, motionless and ashen.

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

The Rabbit in 2019

The Rabbit’s profile has been elevated for the last couple of years. 1987 Fire Rabbits especially have been under extreme pressure. 2018 was so much better than 2017, but still stressful. You’d prefer not to, but you’ve put yourself out there anyhow. Kudos to you 1949 Earth Rabbit  Elizabeth Warren.

For a Rabbit, a Dog year brings public success. Colin Kaepernick, a 1987 Fire Rabbit, was an outcast in the NFL in the Rooster year of 2017 due to his nonviolent protest of violence. In September 2018 Nike took a risk and Kaepernick was signed on as a spokesperson in recognition of his firm stance. But even now, most teams think of him as a public relations problem not worth taking on. They can’t rely on his loyalty to a brand to override his principles. Kaepernick has accepted his new leadership role with the kind of grace you can expect from a Rabbit. No need to make a big fuss. The Wood energy of the Rabbit is both gentle and inexorable. Kaepernick will have an offer to play quarterback again, probably in July.

In domesticity or at work, the Rabbit is often displaced by the controlling Pig who is happy to provide for you but would rather not work in tandem. That’s less of an issue in 2019. Reclaim your rights and responsibilities in February when the Pig is distracted by the Tiger. Stand firm and earn the Pig’s trust. Your ability to do that is kind of a big deal.

The Pig year demands taking care of family and other domestic matters. It’s time to resolve lasting grudges or quarrels with family, especially parents and other ancestors. Your associates, including older and younger relatives will be seeking your assistance. Help them to form or reinforce a support system. The Rabbit’s loyalty has been in question since 2017. Set things straight with talk and trust. You might think the title is beyond your pay grade, but this year the Rabbit is the Year Subduer. So settle things.

To that end, in 2019 Rabbits can employ the unusual authority they had in the Dog year to good effect. You can be bossy until the end of March. Come off the bench early if you want to work for a new company or group in July. Don’t wait – by November your window will have closed.

Your most productive months this year will be February, March, May, June and July. Set goals and timelines accordingly. In July is the Sheep will help you draw a big crowd. Organizing big events, attending family reunions, or joining groups makes for leaps and bounds.

After July the Metal element, along with the overwhelming amount of hidden Water may be tough on your health. Worry may bring sleep issues – too much or too little. Take some time off in August and/or September if you can.

Anxiety may peak in December because you’ve disregarded important information that could set you at ease. This will have something to do with how you were raised. Ask a trusted elder or other family member for help. Advice or assistance Rabbits have ignored may come back to haunt in 2020 too.

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

stephaniejstewart.com

 Richard Ashworth is probably best known for introducing authentic Chinese

Imperial Feng Shui to BBC tv’s Housebusters and for his book The Feng Shui

Diaries which apart from anything else, may be the funniest on the subject to date. Read more…

 

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

 

Taking back control: the Month of the Wood Ox 2019

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

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Hexagram 19

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

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

 

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1       3       5
6       8       4
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Wood Ox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An account of the Earth Pig year 2019 follows.

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

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

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
Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Wood Rabbit Bulletin: What to put Where and When this Month

March 5, 2018

Another Monthly Bulletin in our new format; it tells you briefly how the month may turn out for you as well as where to concentrate for best outcomes. And this time, a little more about the nature of the month. There’s no actual Feng Shui Diary here. Which as it is not so time-sensitive, will be with you later in the month. Watch this space.
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Summary: a month when the way power is handled has profound repercussions.
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Budding: the Month of the Wood Rabbit 2018.
Bulletin for March 2018
(23:25 5th March to 04:20 5th April 2018 inclusive)

Da Zhuang
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Great Power
Hexagram 34

Animal by Animal
During this Wood Rabbit Month,
The Rat may feel unrecognised,
The slower Ox may be over-ambitious,
The Tiger awaits developments,
The Rabbit travels hopefully far and wide,
The Dragon checks their change,
The smart Snake does not over-exert herself,
The Horse is surprised by the attention,
The Sheep participates,
The Monkey recovers,
The Rooster is opposed,
The Dog chases more than his tail,
and
The Pig can be rasher than usual.

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Year Animal: physicality, forebears, heritage, the obvious and immediate;
Month Animal: the work environment, education, peers, siblings, exes;
Day Animal: you and your beloved;
Hour Animal: your most intimate thoughts, children, dreams, the future.

A 4 month is all about curiosity, invention and the yin.
A Rabbit month sees shoots become buds.
Most helpful location: South (for East Group kuas 1 3 4 9)
South West (West Group 2 6 7 8).
Favoured Animals: Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Dog.
Especially challenged one way or another: Rooster, Dragon, Ox, Snake.
The Hexagram (above): Da Zhuang Great Power; Thunder over Heaven.

Budding:
Animal Fortunes for the Wood Rabbit Month March 2018
In so many cultures the Rabbit represents the re-emergence of life: buds becoming shoots, lambs in the field and the beginnings of leaves on the tree. The corresponding Hexagram from the Yi Jing or Book of Changes however is Da Zhuang, Thunder over Heaven, that is to say the Eldest Son taking precedence over the Father; meaning Great Power and the wielding thereof. This may seem a little previous so early in the year but traditionally Da Zhuang is taken as a cautionary sign; life is returning but don’t overplay your hand.
Da Zhuang is what is called a “Tidal” Hexagram. There are as you may have noticed twelve, one per month. You may even have observed that as Winter gives way to Summer, the yang (that is unbroken) lines creep up the image. The qi is growing and gaining strength as it journeys from mid-winter to mid-summer.
The Book of Changes suggest that destiny emerges from character. Luck is a function of who we are. Chinese culture interestingly is very reluctant to reward anything but hard graft. What we can do however is seize the time.
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Where to be in March.
Summary: the place where things are happening now.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 4 Month Star: 8
Full of creative, manifesting energy, an 8 in the South attracts desirable attention especially for the inventive and ambitious woman. South is still best for kuas 1 and 9, as well as Dog, Tiger and Sheep. Much the same applies to a South-facing house btw. Be here, face this way, enter the house by this door.
Enhancement: Bright light; a Water fountain may help – just for now.Anchor

Where not to be in March.
Summary: morbid.
North, Distant Future: Year Star 5 san sha wu huang Month Star: 9
The tricky 5 is here all year. Nasty; get used to it. A 9 which otherwise might be helpful, just magnifies the effect. The best you can say is that there are no secrets here right now but there may be all sorts of inflammation.  Don’t work, here, sleep here or linger. Avoid North even as an orientation. West Group kuas 2 6 7 8, Horse and Sheep are the most vulnerable as the san sha or “Three Evils” settles in for the year.
Solution: t’ang lung or Metal stuff, 6-Pipe Metal Windchime, Red 6, wu lou – take your pick. Best to stay clear though.

Take a look at your Aniimal Fortune for 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog

And here’s the (Western Astrological) take of the very perceptive Lorna Bevan:5D Astrology Report March 2018 New Creations from Old Modalities
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The Dog in the Year of the Earth Dog 2018

February 23, 2018

Who is a Dog?

Years:  1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006.
Month*:  October
Hour: 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
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 good faith and consistency. Terriers and Rotweilers are both fierce and loyal. In mediaeval heraldry and Renaissance painting, the Dog in the form of the greyhound, symbolises constancy.

So a balanced Dog reveres tradition and has a strong family background. If a Dog commits to something they can generally be relied upon to see it to completion. 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.

Note however that the world’s most prominent Dog right now is Donald Trump. So you’ll have noticed that the thinking of the unbalanced Dog may not always be informed or flexible. But when he gets an idea, he really gets it. His natural grouping is with the hunters, the Horse and Tiger. Apportionment of tasks here is obvious: the Horse provides pace and the Tiger ferocity while the Dog watches the rear. If HR 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. In its negative sense this is Trump the late night revenge Tweeter.

But the typical Dog excels at service because he never gives up. He will return your phone calls and keep that appointment. You’re the friend who sends a card every birthday and the spouse who remembers every anniversary. You care.

The Dog also, perhaps surprisingly, mixes well with the gentle diplomatic Rabbit. The Rabbit schmoozes while the Dog ensures that his colleague’s openness is not abused. The Dog makes a wonderful bodyguard and middle manager. A Dog employer will 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 can feel insecure around success without effort – especially his own. And the Dragon creates with such apparent ease. You’re suspicious of magic. So you’re often not so keen on the mini-Dragon, the Snake either; you’d even resent the Horse (too damn flighty) except that you are scrupulously loyal to your own team.

An unbalanced Dog is a bit of a shop steward. He knows his rights and the way things should be (often that’s the way they always have been btw). An unbalanced Dog (such as one with an October or mid- evening birth) is just too respectful. A smart one learns to ask questions.

The Dog will often have a strong spiritual agenda and if he has a blind spot it may be an inability to understand viewpoints opposed to his own. respect the difference between religion and spirituality or either understand or respect views opposed to his own. 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. Some Dogs would be ideally suited to being a Grand Inquisitor. His motto ought to be "Do as you would be done by," The problem can be that he thinks it already is. The stubborn restlessness of the Dog can make you take revenge in advance.

The Dog usually works well with other Dogs and with the Pig, with whom 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. They can have a lot of fun together while getting the job done.

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 you find advice that works you will adopt it as if it were religion. Bless.


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The Monkey in the Year of the Earth Dog 2018

February 21, 2018

Monkey 2018

Who is a Monkey?

Years:  1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.
Month*:  August
Hour: 03:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Day: ask us
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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 unbalanced Monkey. The image is of someone of course who shrinks from involvement. In elemental terms, this is about too much yang Metal. What is meant by yang Metal is precision; in human relations that distils down to is competition. Often the Monkey is so competitive he dare not enter the race. For many Monkeys, a man is an island. He is, like Hugh Grant’s character in About a Boy, “bloody Ibiza”.

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 (born say, late afternoon in August ) 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 mistake. It’s what leads to steroid abuse in athletics and ballet dancing in the Premiership penalty box. The metal Monkey may learn this lesson early; it’s what makes him particularly 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. The naturally dominant Rat and the egotistical Dragon are not, as a rule, a bundle of laughs. But they 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 for a little while yet, 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. Someone who is a Monkey for sure is Karen Armstrong author of a History of God and Fields of Blood, 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. For her forgiveness is the fundamental value.

The Monkey tends to understand engines; he is the grease Monkey. He also tends to understand maths, science and argument. He 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’s often trouble. The Monkey both co-operates with and fights the Snake. The presence of the Tiger pushes this competition over the edge. Keep them apart.

So the Monkey should mind his 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, so competitive he can withdraw altogether. But you knew that already didn’t you?

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


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The Dragon in the Year of the Earth Dog 2018

February 17, 2018

Dragon 2018

Who is a Dragon?

Years:  1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012.
Month*:  April
Hour: 07:00 am – 09:00 am
Day: ask us
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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 peers. 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 shamelessly extrovert Horse for instance, can consider the Dragon a high maintenance prima donna. Even the Dragon’s ally the Monkey, contrasts his own goonish delights with the impassive Dragon and can often make little 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 can find this very tedious and may sabotage the Dragon. 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. And all over the world rainclouds speak of plenty; drenched is good if you’re looking for growth. Water makes for the abundance and nourishment of Wood. The Dragon month is April, the time of sudden change and indeed 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.

The Dragon’s traditional partners are the hands-on Monkey and the plotting Rat although these three may not mix socially. They need a task to cooperate around, otherwise they find it hard to connect. Socially the Dragon will seek out the Rooster and the Horse both of whom excel at pr. 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 Rabbit year he may have to defend himself but either is preferable to Tiger or Pig years which may have found him settling into quicksand.

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

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