Posts Tagged ‘Sheep in 2015’

Sheep Diary, what to expect from July 7th 2015

July 8, 2015

Sheep Diary: the month of the Water Sheep (6th) 2015.
(July 7th 18:30 to August 7th 18:30pm inclusive)

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Retreat
Hexagram 33

Sheep Month, Animal by Animal.

During this Water Sheep month:
The Rat may speak on another’s behalf.
The Ox may be directly opposed.
The Tiger may see opportunity.
The Rabbit may find an ally.
The Dragon may find purpose.
The Snake may have things to let go.
The Horse may expand his retinue.
The Sheep may join in protest.
The Monkey’s timing is poor.
The Rooster is out of place.
The Dog is in the thick of it.
and
The Pig offers help.

I used to be in an origami group but it folded.

The Sheep is a team-player. However Confucius’ gloss on the month Hexagram (Dun above) in his Commentaries on the Book of Changes is that the “the superior person keeps inferior persons at a distance, with dignity but without ill will.” By “superior person” is meant the sincere and humble seeker after the middle way, the so called jun tze.

The typical Sheep however will join any group that asks nicely. Sometimes this is not appropriate. As a general rule we need to choose associations that support us and/or our objectives. As they say (actually as I say) if you armwrestle with pygmies you’re going to end up on your knees. In short this month is about discernment rather than being up ourselves.

Which may make it timely to point out that feng shui comes to us down two main lines of descent: one from the proto-Taoists who gave the years, months and hours names countless years ago; the other from the diviners of the Zhou Dynasty and their antecedents who named the yin and the yang and developed these two simple ideas into the Yi (that is the Book of Changes or I Ching).

It’s not actually going too far to state that feng shui procedures, cures, corrections or formulae not derived from one or other of these traditions are not really feng shui at all. This is not to say that Chinese Masters do not use other types of intervention – they do – or that three-toed toads and qi lins don’t work, but that strictly calculations not based either in the relationships between the Celestial Animals (Rat, Ox, Horse etc) or the Trigrams (three line figures) of the Yi are essentially folk lore.

Now you know.

Where to do what, when and why.

The South East receives the blessing of the 8 this month. All year that sector has held the 2 Star of increase and expansion. The 2 is a double-edged portent because increase means not only acquisition and hence growth but also growths of various kinds including weight gain. However combined with the benevolent 8, most diviners would expect the expansions to be the sort most of us are looking for; of acquaintance and family, hopes, dreams and facilities. So for this kind of augmentation this month, perhaps place a Water fountain at the Dragon (that is SE1 or ESE) which throughout 2015 also holds the helpful Fortune Virtue Star (which speaks for itself) – or load that area up with plants. Colourful blooms look so great this time of year.
You’ll tend to gain some of this advantage by simply making regular commotion in this part of your building, by occupying it or by facing South East. This last applies particularly to those with an Eastern kua. If you don’t know what that is, do ask. Oh and if you have a South Eastern door, use it.

The Sheep in the Sheep Month in the Sheep Year.

The Sheep is both a team player and an idealist. Which generally means (s)he is all about cooperation. Perversely however, a surfeit of Sheep like this month actually brings something like the reverse.

So Greece has by a 61% majority dug in its heels against the financial powers that be. You might expect the key note of a double Sheep time like now to be obedience. It is. But expressed as its opposite. This is yin and yang; the next stage after the total yang of fruit on the tree is the shedding of autumn leaves.

Central to cooperation is mutual attentiveness. Again these are Sheep qualities. It appears that the half of Europe considers the Greeks ouzo-drinking, tax-dodging wastrels and the rest think of the Germans as humourless work addicts. These are careless stereotypes. What is true though is that austerity has been debunked by major economists such as Paul Krugman, Jeffrey Sachs, Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz. Christine Lagarde of the IMF has criticised its application in the UK while enforcing it elsewhere. All of this will come home er….to roost by 2017.

The Greeks know there’s something wrong with the logic they’ve been presented with. And they have voted for an ideal: a return to prosperity that doesn’t involve further loss. Perhaps the rest of Europe needs to consider the referendum in this light.

And the Sheep is also a joiner. (S)he lives for clubs, peer groups and communities like the EU. Germany is the anchor of this last community and by insisting on a solution that all member nations endorse, is also reflecting the Sheep.

So a rock and a hard place? Or a chance for compromise and mutual understanding? The Sheep stands for both. The Monkey month that follows however is a more mischievous creature altogether. As is the Monkey year of 2016.

Sheep Pillars; know your Sheep rating.

Birth in the Sheep hour (13:00am-15:00pm): biddable children.
Birth in the Sheep month (July*): educated in large classes.
Birth on the Sheep day#: guardian of family.
Birth in the Sheep year: tolerant to a fault.
* Caution, the Chinese month generally starts and finishes a few days after ours.
# Just ask.

Traditional Chinese Feng Shui: a journey through time and space..
Evening Talk and Day Workshop.
In September at the College of Psychic Studies I’ll be teaching the place of intuition in classical feng shui; how we can know what’s right and what’s wrong about a person or place and what to do about it. This last is harder btw.
The evening talk (Tues 8th September) will be followed by a one-day crash course (Sat 19th September). You may find these events especially useful if you know little about the subject and would like a rapid introduction in depth.
Learn feng shui with me in 2015/6
We’re telegraphing these events now because the opening module of my next Feng Shui Starter Course The Wind that Stops at the Water, falls on the weekend in-between (12th/13th September) and you might use these events as an introduction. It’s open to experts, sceptics and civilians alike. Do join us.
Tuesday 8th September (evening) & Saturday 19th September (all day) at the College of Psychic Studies:(www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk)
Richard Ashworth, on the first day of the month of the Sheep, 2015 ©.

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Animal Forecast 2015: 9. Easy Monkey, outlook for the Monkey in 2015

February 18, 2015

Who is a Monkey?

Years:  1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.
Month*:  August
Hour: 03:00 pm – 05:00 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 Monkey?
The image of the Three Wise Monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil is a mediaeval Japanese summary of the qualities of the metal Monkey who is yang metal and a particularly unbalanced primate. The image is of someone of course who shrinks from involvement. In elemental terms, this is about too much yang metal. What is meant by yang metal essentially is competition. Often the Monkey is so competitive he dare not enter the race. 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 in football, ballet dancing in the penalty box. The metal Monkey may learn this lesson early;  it’s what makes him particularly gentle and 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 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 was a Monkey, the man who sold Christianity to the world. Someone who is a Monkey for sure is Karen Armstrong author of a History of God, founder of the Charter for Compassion and arguably the most important thinker of the 21st Century. This is a Monkey who has learned to speak no evil while seeing much.

The Monkey 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 is 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.

 Monkey in the Wood Sheep

Stars include: gip sat, goo san

Impatient, sulky; these are not the usual descriptions of the Monkey. They are your dark side, the character you’d really rather not be. Generally of course you’re not this way; you like a joke. But sometimes you can’t take one. A delusion that can blindside the naturally humorous Monkey is that every jest needs a victim. It’s simply not true. It may be important you absorb this truth soon because this year you may find yourself on a pedestal. And pedestals can be magnets for slings and arrows.

You are above all competitive and consequently have learned to see all the angles. You can see where your current path is leading. You are aware of the opportunities as well as the pitfalls. You know the routine and the patterns. That’s why you can be rebellious;  because you understand rules. This may have led to great success in the last couple of years.  But you’re going to have to get flexible if you are to maintain that success. As a former of habits – the Monkey is one of the addicts of the Zodiac – you are wrong footed by irregularity. A bus that won’t keep to its timetable is no use to you. And the year of the Sheep demands that you are patient. It is a year of family and of gathering and these groupings don’t follow straight lines.

You’ve got it figured. Not.

Equally, as the next sign along in the cycle , the Monkey is Metal to the Sheep’s essential Earth. Earth gives birth to Metal; naturally. We can bank on it, like clockwork. But if you are expecting smooth transitions this year, it may be time to re-calibrate;  the Sheep is yin Earth, you’re yang Metal. That is to say the Sheep is smaller, weaker, slower and more subtle than  its yang counterparts and may not empower you sufficiently. This may mean that reliable colleagues start to disappoint and that reliable structures – other  than family – seem to dissolve around you. Actually they’re not dissolving so much as defining themselves. Sales and other teams may reduce to hard core. This is part of the nature of the Year of Gathering. Lines are forming. Where do you stand?

As a rule you don’t like to say; you prefer to present a moving target.  You’re a competitor. But this year your well-being depends upon belonging and now before it gets sticky, is the time to work out where you stand. And stand there. This may be an ethical or political standpoint, it may be more about professional practice but it is especially about recognition. You are already outstanding; you need to become obvious, unmistakeable. This involves the kinds of risk you’re not historically keen on. Perhaps you need to be ready for key conversations. Perhaps you need to be sure you know which these are and with whom. Perhaps you need to blow your own trumpet or prime others to do your trumpet-blowing for you. Perhaps you need to exploit your relative visibility. You probably have to stick your neck out. You never seek to undermine opposition but to up your game. That’s the sign of the true competitor. But it needs witnessing.

Your solution to hurdles has generally been to simply work harder. In the bright light of the Year of the Horse this came to notice. The Sheep Year however has a tendency to obscure things. The Sheep’s hour is the siesta time between 1 and 3 pm, after lunch.  In 2015 things get forgotten, records get lost. Some people in authority develop shorter memories. You can detach from the upset but not from the process. Prepare now. Prepare for invisibility.

And after that? Emphasise your Metal nature. You are capable of great precision. You understand the discipline of a repeated method.  That ability comes from a flair for analysis. But where you have concluded, re-think; re-measure, re-calculate.  Possibly several times this year in major ways. Re-think the hierarchy. Re-think the reward structure so that you know where your future lies and how to grasp it. Re-think what you think you know. You’ll have to throw away some prejudices and some conclusions to which you’ve become attached. There may be fresh starts on the cards. Rely on those you can rely upon. For the most part this means family. This is after all the Year of Family.

This is a year of great challenge. But it’s likely to prove worth it. Remember that when you feel underestimated, under-rewarded and close to collapse.  This year you fill in the bits of education you have missed. This year you learn how to negotiate life and Life.

Health: Odd illnesses.. Earth Monkey (1992) most vulnerable.

Money: some but not a year of bounty.

Relationship: all about output; mostly that means kids and expense.

Feng Shui: seek the Dragon at SE1 (ESE) ie be there, face that way, activate the area with Water.

Readers’ Digest Version: very testing but worth the trouble

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Richard Ashworth©, early in the month of the Tiger, 2015.

 

Animal Forecast 2015: 8. Wool Gathering, outlook for the Sheep in 2015

February 17, 2015

Who is a Sheep?

Years:  1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.
Month*:  July
Hour: 01:00 pm – 03:00 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 Sheep?
Idealistic, yin earth, not the top getter-onner, the Sheep has well-meant judgements about everybody which can sometimes keep her stuck in first gear. For the unbalanced Sheep (July birthday and/or mid-afternoon birth) ambition and foolishness are pretty much the same thing. On the other side of the fence the grass is not greener; it’s actually brown on both sides. The balanced Sheep though, as well as being an expert judge of people, knows exactly what matters and is not easily diverted from it. The arrangement for instance that Sheep Bruce Willis, his ex Demi Moore and her ex (and Bruce’s fishing buddy) Ashton Kutcher have come to, whereby they stay friends and the children avoid becoming conflicted is not usual, either in Hollywood or the world at large, but it is typical Sheep behaviour.

Conversely, the value of caution and conservatism is often clear in Sheep relationships. The most obvious of these is with the extrovert, spontaneous Horse whose sidekick the Sheep often ends up being. With the Sheep beside him, the Horse’s fun may be a little less riotous but he will also stay out of serious trouble. The young Horse and Sheep of 1978 and 1979 for instance, are often a tag team who go out drinking and clubbing together. The Sheep may stand back in amazement at the Horse’s daring but  she  is there both to pick up the pieces and to take advantage when these risks bear fruit. The Horse dances on tables, the Sheep buys the drinks. This of course illustrates a psychological truth about the Sheep: the risk-taking they shy away from is exactly what attracts them most. What often follows also is that a desirable partner, on the rebound from a Horse, finds a steadier proposition in the Sheep. In this light consider the relationship between Horse David Cameron and Sheep Nick Clegg. Poodle or what? And how about 1967 Sheep Alex Salmond? Improbably he may end the year propping up another unelected Tory administration.  As I told you, the Sheep likes togetherness. Incidentally in this year of obfuscation and deal-cutting,  don’t for similar reasons,  expect whistle-blower Tom Watson (also born 1967) to receive a great deal of attention. And while we’re on the subject, a student of parliamentary history would be well advised to study the reasons behind the fracture of a national government during  the Sheep year of 1931.

Anyway, placed as the Sheep is between the Horse and the Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac, you understand  the tricky Monkey. There is generally a certain mutual wariness but this unorthodox team is capable of magic.

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

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

Perhaps most interestingly, the Sheep forms a team with the Dog, the Dragon and the Ox, of whom the Dragon is indispensable as you will learn this year. Individually each of these three is somewhat intimidating to her but when this group gathers, the Sheep’s unique gifts become essential:  drawing flexibility from the Dog, humility from the Dragon and cheerful co-operation from the autocratic Ox. Above all she ensures peace among them. Even if all she does is make the coffee, the Sheep is a comforter of the insecure. She understands that most barkers never bite and that aggression is simply inverted fear. When in doubt, join.

Sheep in Wood Sheep Year.

Stars include: yeung yan.

You’re going to be under pressure this year. This may suit you. Possibly not. But there it is. Your role is central to bringing the year  to a happy ending. And for “under pressure” read “offered opportunity.” There is as Shakespeare wrote, “a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood, leads onto greatness.” And this is your year isn’t it?

Well, yes and no. Some Animals suffer the self-curse; so a Horse for instance (Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Lloyd Blankfein) comes under considerable pressure in its own year. It’s similar for Pigs in a Pig year as well as Roosters and indeed Dragons in their own year. It’s not like that for Sheep . You guys are mutually  supportive but this support is often itself a demanding thing. The Sheep is family oriented. In a Sheep year family issues are rampant; you are called upon constantly for support; moral, physical financial, other. So it’s probably good to know that your resources are also at their highest. The calls may come from anywhere – your children, other peoples’ children, groups, affiliates, the lost, the hurting, the uncared-for, distant relations, animals, the world. Your heart goes out to them; you are after all a Sheep, the most compassionate, the most idealistic of the Chinese Zodiac. Some talk about making a difference; you do it every day. Doubled up this year. You can’t help yourself. You may – like Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life – win nothing but friends with your kindness but that may sound like a reasonable deal.

The point is that endemic to the Sheep year is the so-called Bullying Curse. This can be just what it sounds like: the Sheep, the Ox and the Dog slug it out and the weakest falls away. When I see this in a ba zi, I have my antennae out for (often justified) resentment; when these three Animals coincide, someone is inevitably left behind. In a Sheep year, all you need is an Ox day in a Dog month or vice-versa and the dynamic is there for pretty much anyone at one time or another. If like you, there’s a Sheep in your Four Pillars, the effect may be deeper and more protracted. You may find yourself ganged up on, especially by family members whose bond with you appears to give them a free ticket. This could be a constant this year. Take it in context with what I wrote above. Big heart; big challenges.

The Bullying Curse is actually, as any half-decent psychologist would be able to tell you, unrequited frustration. A child brought up in this atmosphere, a Sheep say parked between a Dog and an Ox, will suffer the fallout of the parents’ mutual disappointment, a disappointment that is simply a failure to seize the day. These things hurt. And if you know this, you no longer need to be run by it. You can give instead.  As Joe Gandolfo used to say: “Ideas are a dime a dozen but those who put them into practice are beyond price.”

So er…enter the Dragon; the Dragon is the sorcerer, the elemental of thunder who turns inevitable disaster into triumph. Dog, Ox and Sheep equals Bullying Punishment, equals unfulfilled plan. Dog, Ox, Sheep and Dragon make up the Four Earths, all ducks are in a row; great success. Seek the Dragon. In feng shui terms this means face or operate South East. In terms of time it means favour the Dragon day (every twelfth day), the Dragon hour (7-9am) and month (April) but also actual Dragons, (ie those born with Dragons in their Four Pillars). You’ll be interested to know for instance that UKIP’s Nigel Farage is a 1964 Wood Dragon. All major political parties (there will be five or six this year) need to appreciate this and apply it in whatever way they can live with.

So expect chaos this year to which you bring order. Generally this will be by way of your gift of selfless cooperation.  Ecological and health disasters as well as domestic concerns swamp your in-tray. In-laws and dependants summon you while activism beckons. Nobody appears  self-sufficient. You’re going to be busy. Surrender to the rhythm; it’ll be worth it.

A warning: as I wrote last year,  power broadly arises with Fire as apathy does with Earth. The Wood Horse year was among the fieriest but a Wood Sheep tempts with warmth rather than passion. Choose bravely. We’ll all be in your debt. Check out maybe The Hope by Andrew Harvey, perhaps the  most important thinker now living. And yes he’s a (1952 Water) Dragon. But then so is Vladimir Putin. Which kind of shows you what’s happening.

You know those moments when the choice to move forward or stay safe hangs in the balance?  Often at such times we choose illness or other forms of distraction instead. That’s how it will feel to be a Sheep this year. Similar for Ox and Dog btw. Step up, step forward, seek the Dragon.

Health: be kind to yourself. Any diet or fitness regime should be maintained within your lifestyle.

Money: assets may be drawn upon but team work  replenishes.

Relationship: family is the keynote. Commit, maintain.

Feng Shui: South East1 ESE) holds the Dragon,. Add sentimental Water regularly.

Readers’ Digest Version: step up, step out, step forward in cooperation.

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Richard Ashworth©, early in the month of the Tiger, 2015.