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Double Seven: Earth Rabbit Month, 2020

March 6, 2020
Auspicious Dates and Places
The (2nd) month of the Earth Rabbit, 2020.
(11:05 5th March to 15:48pm 4th April 2020 inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Rat 

Da Zhuang
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Great Power
Hexagram 34

The Earth Rabbit Month, Animal by Animal
The Pig is in clover,
Rats may feel unappreciated,
The Ox is unusually powerful,
Tigers less so,
Some Rabbits may appear ungrateful,
The Dragon may feel put upon,
The Snake unplatformed,
The Horse is a trifle abashed,
The Sheep feels for once included,
Monkeys may feel ignored,
Roosters fooled,
Dogs cherished.

Special attention this Month: Ramblings live! I’m talking at the Feng Shui Society Conference in London May. Book now before they change their minds:
A 7 month                                       promises mischief.
The Rabbit Month                       often concerns leaving & returning home.
Where to be this month:          West, North West, North East.
Where not to be this month:  East, tai chi.
Favoured Animals:                     Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Dog – in any Pillar.
Especially challenged:              Rooster, Dragon, Ox, Snake.
The Hexagram (above):             Da Zhuang Great Power. Thunder over Heaven.

6            4
5       7       9
1       3       8
Earth Rabbit

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

Double Seven: Earth Rabbit Month, 2020.
What to expect, what to do.
Such a busy time; if they’re going to get serious about feng shui, people tend to do it all at once around the Chinese New Year. So I apologise if you’ve been kept waiting. We’re currently booking into May and beyond.

I’ve been reminding both ba zi and feng shui clients this month that when I defocus and “read” the relations between Stars, Zodiac Animal and the changing year, I may be talking on several levels at once: global, personal, political, social, commercial, other. Truth is I may not always be aware of all the levels; the Chinese characters are infallible but my interpretation varies. And it’s often easy to mistake my “defocused” expression for trapped wind.

You’ll have noticed perhaps that the Magic Square for this Metal Rabbit Month has at its heart a 7, just like the year. The 7 Star is a tricky little number. Having aspects of both Metal and Fire, it’s a little unstable, traditionally being associated with among other things, fires and burglary. With the 7 Star there’s always potential trouble. On the other hand it’s quite easy to control: all other things being equal, a bowl of fresh Water changed daily in the troubled area should tame it.

But a 7 has wide implications. In a 7 year the centres of things can’t be trusted. Doubly so in this 7 month. That’s head offices, capital cities, the tai chi of your house, governments and appointed authority. What’s new about that? you might reasonably ask. Answer: however strongly you might feel about what they actually did, governments – the Trumpreich & the Old Etonians’ Common Room at Downing Street included – did what they said they’d do in 2019. This year and especially this month, they won’t. They can’t be trusted. As I say, not that that is a huge surprise.

Who can be trusted then? The answer to that is also in the Flying Stars. True authority lives in the North West, the Heaven Gate which is where the 8 Star of Blessing has “flown”. In a Metal Rat Year with a 7 at its heart, authority will appoint itself. Pay close attention to those who speak and act with earned authority. They may pop up in the most unusual places: 15-year-old Swedish schoolgirls, 93-year-old broadcasters for instance.

Grumpy kind of month; just remember it’s cyclical because of course the only constant is change.
Richard Ashworth 2020

Where to be in March.
Summary: doubly bountiful.
North West, Authority: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 8
Be here, face NorthWest, enter or leave by a NW door, occupy a home backing onto NW or an office facing that way for advantage. Suits bosses, leaders, generals, fathers and wanna-be’s. All year following the 8s & 9s with bright light will tend to keep things flowing.
Enhance for wealth and success: Fire – bright light.

Where not to be in March.
Summary: frustrating at best.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 5 Month Star: 5. Annual wu huang. Moon (Rabbit E2)
The pits. Avoid locating or entering East this month. It’s okay to face it though. The 5 is often thought of as inherently mischievous. It isn’t, it’s just powerful. Think of the 5 as like a nuclear power station; you want cheap electricity but you don’t want to sit in the reactor. So avoid. For a power boost now and then then you might look Eastward from time to time and enter your home or office from the West (ie towards the East) occasionally perhaps. For this and other reasons this month is all-in-all a poor time for young men.
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”.

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)
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The Mute Cry: the Month of the Wood Pig 2019.

November 8, 2019


The Mute Cry: the Month of the Wood Pig 2019.
Public Feng Shui Bulletin for November 2019
(02:42 November 8th to 19:20pm 7th December 2019 inclusive)

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Earth the Receptive
Hexagram 2

Who moved my cheese? Metal Rat 2020 online Forecast Day
Dec 7th (Europe) Dec 8th (Global)
The Wood Pig Month Animal by Animal
The Pig has some awkward moments,
The Rat is best not jumping the gun,
The Ox is ahead of the game; caution,
The Tiger is firing on all six,
The Rabbit remains in charge,
The Dragon settles,
The Snake contends,
The Horse loses the 50/50 ball,
The Sheep: the best part of breaking up,
The Monkey rebels
The Rooster chooses between profit & ego
The Dog may be opposed.


A 2 month                                     signifies increase of all sorts.
The Pig month                             can be about the mute cry for help.
Where to be this month:          East.
Where not to be this month:  North East
Favoured Animals:                    Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger.
Especially challenged:              Snake, Monkey, Rooster, Ox, Pig.
The Hexagram (above):             Kun The Receptive. Earth over Earth.

1            8
9       2       4
5       7       3

Wood Pig

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

The Mute Cry for Help: the Wood Pig Month, 2019.

There are only two communications: love and the cry for help.”
Dr. Chuck Spezzano.

Pig Month, Pig Year, double Pig. We approach peak porker. Whatever your year has been like to date it’s about to be more so. If you’re a Rabbit, Sheep or Tiger that might sound pretty good; whether that’s the Animal that rules your Year, Month, Day or Hour, you have to a greater or lesser extent been in pole position all year. Fill your boots.

To the average Snake or Monkey however the prospect is of further frustration; to the Dog more gip sat; that is to say opposition and robbery. And to the Pig him or herself, who may have seen every two steps forward followed by one backwards in 2019, pretty daunting. Traditionally Pigs don’t rub along too well with other Pigs. That’s called the “Self Clash” and it’s uncomfortable. The Chinese character for “home” is a Pig under a roof; just the one. In short the Pig Year is unlikely to be a Pig’s best year, Pig Month just piles it on.

What’s to be done about this? Not only for the above unfortunates but also those Oxen & Roosters whose plans may have not entirely fallen into place either? Again if your Year, Month, Day or Hour fall to these or the Pig, you may resonate.

The Pig is yin Water. And Water is communication; not represents, symbolises or stands for; Water is communication. Brooks babble and oceans roar and we are all 80%+ Water; the human being is a communicating creature. We are if you like, all pools in the same sea. And all Water is in downward pursuit of all other Water at any given time; Water above our heads – loft tanks and aqueducts as much as pregnant storm clouds – are inherently awkward. We suspect them because we know what the Water wants to do: to travel downwards as long as there is a down to travel to.

So it’s about communication this double Pig month; it brings an opportunity to disclose. Self-disclosure of course is the route to intimacy; when we share our profoundest fears we are to an extent relieved of them. Which is a healing process but often not an easy one. Many of us are programmed to mistrust vulnerability. Pigs more than most.

As I say, the Pig is yin Water and where yang is great, yin is small; where yang is rapid, yin is more stately; where yang is effusive, yin is more reserved. So where the inherently Yang Water Rat is often an effortless communicator, the Pig may have to learn to speak out. Unsurprisingly Pigs are sometimes not so good at asking for help.

Which means this month offers a big opportunity to listen. The solution to the Dragon’s characteristic angst has always been to heal and teach, to put the attention outwards. But in this lies the month’s prescription for us all. Within this missive you have some sort of guide but I’m suggesting something further: this month is the one to be aware of the cries for help. Some may be mute and some insistent, some near and some far. But let’s listen. It’s quite possibly not about you.
Richard Ashworth 2019

Where to be in November.
Summary: get your attention out. It may not be about you.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6 Month Star: 9.
Stars 6 and 9 jockey for supremacy. Could mean good clean competition (and maybe not clean). Best to keep the East strong with Wood. Turbulent but assertive. Young men (who belong to the East of course) may like this just as it is. Not for boozing or schmoozing but perversely creative.
Assist: Wood: three solid plants.

Where not to be in November.
Summary: unhealthy, hazardous
North East, Wealth: Year Star: 2 Month Star: 5. Wu huang.
2 and 5 Stars connote minor ailments, loss and crisis. When they coincide at the so-called Ghost Gate of the North East, they’re also full of unhelpful surprises. Steer clear. If this is your roost, clear out; just for now, the following months look pretty good.
Mitigate: Add t’ang lung charm. Other than the saltwater cure which is in my experience both hit-and-miss and messy, t’ang lung is the only counter that works

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, Naomie Harris 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 subscription 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.

These days Richard’s teaching is almost exclusively one-to-one online. If you’d like to study classical feng shui or ba zi with him or crave other enlightenment including details of subscriptions, contact:
Richard Ashworth©

2018: The Year of the Mutt

September 14, 2017

Sheila here with some information for you all.

The Year of the Mutt.
Richard’s Forecast Day for 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog.
December 2nd 2017 in Godalming, Surrey from 10am until 5pm.
Venue to be confirmed.

With world leaders recklessly squaring up to each other and waiting for the other to swerve, 2017 may have been not so much the Year of the Rooster as the Year of Chicken. And so the Earth Dog 2018 may be the Year of the Muttat its worst the kind of dog that tugs on its lead with no idea of where it wants to go once it’s pulled loose.

This may be the running theme of 2018 in your home, your office and internationally. Best consider now how to deal with it.

And 2018 is ruled by the 9 Star of Fire. Which changes all sorts of things. Among others it focuses on the fair treatment of women. And on reversing climate change.

Dragons will be challenged, as will Roosters – not necessarily a bad thing – as you know no one grows strong without a challenge – a South East door will look particularly shrewd and a North-Western sleeping position or a North-facing house not so much. Rabbits are favoured by the Dog Year by the way as well as Tigers, Horses and the Dog itself. And much more.

This is a really popular event and places are limited. Last year we sold out so email me please to book soon.
Repeated via Zoom, 3rd Dec, 3pm – 9pm. Very limited places.
Early Bird £100 (£105 via Paypal) till 1st Dec, £125 on the door.

Richard has two one-to-one places open for Skype/Zoom tuition 
in ba zi and feng shui from mid October. These courses comprise 16 one hour sessions, one to one (for now at least) with Richard. He usually starts by teaching ba zi followed by feng shui. After completing both you may be invited to join his mentoring programme. There is currently a special offer, please email me for details.

I hope we’ll hear from you soon.