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Fire Rooster Forecast: Feng Shui

27/01/2017 | By | No Comments

Fire Rooster Ding You ImageFeng Shui is ‘Earth Luck’, or the impact our environment has on our lives.  Our goal is to understand what energy is around us and position ourselves to make the most of it, avoiding the bad and accentuating the good.

Each year brings new energy into each of the 9 sectors or ‘Palaces’ of our home of office.  These areas are specific areas within the whole house or building based on compass directions. So, if you are in an apartment or office building it is a good idea to see which part of the building you occupy in order to know how the yearly energies will affect you more specifically.

For those who don’t already know where the 9 sectors are in their home or office are, the first thing you must do is to figure out where North, South, East, West, etc. are relative to your space using a compass. If you don’t have a boy scout style magnetic compass, a smart phone set to Magnetic North actually works well for this!

Once you have that sorted out you can apply it to your home like this:

9 Palaces Diagram

Yearly Afflictions:

To renovate or not to renovate that is the question, and if you are contemplating a renovation then here are 3 areas you should avoid.  Disturbing these areas will trigger negative energy which can result in accidents, mishaps and general misfortune. This advice applies to inside to the interior or the home/building and the exterior areas as well.

  • West 2 Rooster sector 262.6 – 277.5 or due west as the Grand Duke here.
  • The entire East sector as it contains the San Sha or the ‘Three Killings’ as well as East 2 Rabbit sector 82.6-97.5 which is the ‘Year Breaker’.
  • The entire South sector as this area contains the negative 5 Yellow this year.

The best way to make your space support you this year is to see what energy is in each of the 9 sectors of your home avoiding the negative and tapping into what is positive. Here is what to the year energy brings to your space palace by palace.

The Negative Palaces:

South: This year the most negative energy, the annual 5 Yellow star, resides in the South.  In addition to avoiding renovation or other physical disturbances both on the interior and the exterior, this is an area we want to spend as little time as possible since frequent use activates the negative energy and can bring illness and misfortune into our lives. If your bedroom or work space is in this area of the home consider moving to anther room for the year. Yes, seriously. If your main door is in this sector consider using another one if possible.  If your bed, desk, stove or main door is in this area and you cannot move it then be sure to cure this area with metal and a salt water cure (click here for directions on how to make one http://bethgracefengshui.com/salt-cure/).

Northwest: The Northwest has the 2 Star or Illness star residing here this year.  The same advice for the South sector applies to this sector, especially if you or a loved one who is in this sector already suffers from an illness. Consider moving out of this area or using it less if you can. If you cannot, be sure to cure this area with metal and or a salt water cure as well.

Southwest:  While not as negative as the South or Northwest, the Southwest is not very favorable because of the presence of the 7 Star also known as the ‘Robbery Star’.  This star can cause rivalry, jealousy and unhealthy competition between people as well as problems with illness. True to its name it also can increase the likelihood of actual robbery when activated.  If your door is in the Southwest use another door if possible. Make sure your locks are secure, and if you don’t already have one consider investing in a security system. The traditional cure for this star is water but please make sure it is still water only, no water fountains here this year. It is important to note however that not all aspects of the 7 star are bad, in fact it does supports those who use their voice like singers and public speakers, so if this is your profession or a skill you want to support, you can use this area with some caution.

West:  The west sector is host to the 3 Star or ‘Arguments’ star.  Spending a great deal of time here could bring more arguments and disagreements. These conflicts could escalate into legal entanglements or lawsuits as well. Fire, in small amounts, is the element needed to suppress this negative star. If you feel however that you have reached a plateau and you would like to break out of a rut then you can occupy this area to shake things up and make a breakthrough. Just be sure not to ‘confront the Grand Duke’ who embodies the ruling energy of the year, by facing due West (262.6 – 277 degrees) while you are working.

The Positive Palaces:

Center:  The auspicious 1 White Star is in the central palace which supports career, academics, and brings helpful people as well. Since the 1 star is a water element star it also aids in communication and gives a boost to networking and travel. Metal is the best element to enhance and support this auspicious star.

Northeast: The #4 Star is in the Northeast this year which supports education and academics. This is the best place to spend time if you want to write, study, work on learning a new skill, or if you are just looking for the best home work spot for your children. The 4 Star also brings ‘Peach Blossom’ luck which means romance, so if you are looking to meet someone new this year then this is where you want to be. Water is the best element to add if you want to enhance this auspicious star.

North: The #6 Metal Star is in the North palace this year which brings new opportunities with it as well as recognition, salary increases and promotions. If you are looking for greater recognition for your work, or if you want to support your climb up the corporate ladder, then this is the best sector to spend more time in this year. If you want to strengthen the power of this lucky star then metal is the best element to add to this sector.

Southeast: The Joyful #9 Star is thriving this year in the Southeast palace this year and brings blessings and happy events like marriages, promotions and profits on investments. If you have a bedroom, office or main door in this sector you will benefit the most from this positive energy. If not, find ways to spend more time in the Southeast and if you have an alternate entrance in this sector this is a good year to use it! Wood and fire are both welcome in the Southeast if you seek to give this happy and future building star a boost.

East: If your mind is on your money and your money is on your mind, then this year you will want to utilize the East sector of your home or office as the #8 Star, which is the current period wealth star, is residing here. If you want to find a way to boost your bottom line then find reasons to be in this sector as much as possible. The #8 star is a bit weaker in the East so you can strengthen it with fire and frequent activity, just don’t activate it with any renovations!

If you would like more specific and individualized information on how you can best tap into the yearly energies in your space, be sure to contact me.

Happy New Year!

22 Jan

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Fire Rooster Year: Outlook

22/01/2017 | By | No Comments

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Last year at this time, we who work in Chinese Metaphysics were warning that the Fire Monkey year would be volatile. We expected a ‘crazy monkey’ if you will owing to the yang fire tendency to be rash and do the unexpected, and the strong clash between the yang fire and the metal of the monkey.  Well, 2016 certainly lived up to expectations as ‘crazy’ and the whole world seems to have been turned upside down as evidenced by the surprising Brexit vote in Britain, and the election of Donald Trump as president of the Divided States.

No matter where you stand on either side of the political debates in the world, there is one thing we all generally agree on and that is that 2016 was a challenging year!

This year, people are asking me what will the coming year be like while saying under their breath, it can’t get worse than this year!  Well not to be the bearer of bad tidings but things don’t look like they will be particularly smooth this year either as it is another fire & metal element
clash year. Rooster is pure metal with no other hidden elements to soften the clash. Yin fire and yin metal can mean bullets so it could be a year where change brings armed conflicts and even violence.

Fire is the element of change and transformation which we have seen affecting people globally this past year for better or worse.  Yin fire of this year is like candlelight and represents both inspiration and spirituality. From one candle light many can be lit, but it also takes one match to start a forest fire. This year we can expect more changes coming and our task is to steer the force of this change for the bettering of our world and the greater good.
The personality of the Rooster is quite different from the mischievous Monkey however, and that will certainly change the dynamic of the year.  The rooster is showy and proud and is also one of the ‘Peach Blossom’ or romance star animals in the Chinese zodiac – a much more seductive character than the monkey.  For those whose personal peach blossom animal is the Rooster it can bring more social excitement and romance this year or at the very least a boost to business networking.  We may see change that comes in a more sexy and alluring form this year.

Yin fire is also the element that is used to forge metal, to shape it and make useful and refined.  Yin fire and yin metal together can create beautiful things as well, think of the goldsmith’s craft or electricity and metal meeting in the computer chip. This combination of elements supports industries airlines and the tech industry which could get a boost from the energy of this year.

Despite the fire-metal clash of the year, the strongest element by far is metal.  Metal related industries like jewelry, automotive, mechanical and finance for example should do quite well this year as the dominant ‘force’ of the year is with them.

The second strongest element this year is water.  Water represents communication and travel primarily.  This should give support to diplomacy and dialogue which is useful in times of change and can help steer the force of change away from violence and opposition to cooperation and collaboration.  Water industries seem poised for growth this year and that includes travel and tourism, trading, transport, as well as journalism and those in think-tank or strategy related fields.

Wood related fields should be able to see new opportunities this year as well. So if you are in fashion & textiles, furnishings, education, plant-based products or herbal medicine, be on the look out for ways to expand and reach new clients.

The outlook for Earth related industries does not look very strong this year as it is greatly weakened by metal.  If you are in insurance or property and real estate you may need to find ways to be creative and create a niche for yourself within your field, or do something that makes you stand out from the crowd as there will be a lot of competition for you this year.

Without doubt the Fire element has the force of the year with it.  Profits will be up in fire related industries, such as restaurants, entertainment & media, energy, IT, beauty, and PR or promotions. Since fire is also the element of spirituality and metaphysics those in the alternative fields like yoga, Reiki, energy healing, and Feng Shui could see breakthroughs in their businesses and better income as well.

Overall, those with metal and fire in their personal astrology chart are best poised to take advantage of this year’s energy and make the most of it, particularly when it comes to making connections with the right people.  If you are not sure what advantages your chart gives you, now is a great time to schedule a reading to prepare to make the most of this new year.

Where you live could also give you a boost as the year energy affects the globe differently based on the Feng Shui of each country.  In general, those in the Americas will fare better than those in Asia, and the East Coast of the United States will generally do better than the West coast this year.

Of course you also want to make sure the Feng Shui of your home and office are updated for the year so your plans receive maximum support and to harness the best energy of the year to get ahead.

Stay tuned for Part III of my forecast which will talk about the Feng Shui for Fire Rooster Year and if you live in CT be sure to attend one of my upcoming Fire Rooster Feng Shui workshops or schedule a personalized Feng Shui tune-up for your space!

10 Jan

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Fire Rooster Year: Horoscopes

10/01/2017 | By | One Comment

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It may be hard to believe but it’s that time of year again!  Here is the first of my three-part annual forecast for the year of the Fire Rooster which begins on February 3. Lunar New Year celebrations begin on January 28th.

Part I of my forecast is everyone’s favorite, the Chinese Zodiac Animal Horoscopes.  Want to know what the year will hold for you personally?  Read on and enjoy!

Like the Western Zodiac, the Chinese Zodiac is comprised of 12 Animal Signs.  As the energy of each year changes the impact on each of these 12 Animal Signs also changes. Most people know that they have a Chinese animal for their birth year, but many don’t know that according to Chinese Astrology, each person actually has 4 animals in their birth chart!  In addition to the year animal, each person has a zodiac animal for the month, day and hour of their birth as well.  Having 4 animals brings more opportunities for you to capitalize on the energy that the new year will bring into your life.

In addition to your year animal, you can see which animals are in your chart based on the month and hour of your birth by simply following the date and time guidelines listed for each animal. Calculating your day animal requires assistance of either software or a Chinese astrology consultant but it is easily obtained so just ask! If you want more specific information about how you can benefit this year based on your unique Chinese Astrological chart, this is a great time to schedule a reading to make the most of the year!

Wishing all of you Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity in this year of the Fire Rooster!

*Please note if your birthday is between January 1 and February 4 you are the previous year’s animal sign.

** Chinese Months can shift a day or two each year, if you are born on the cusp of the Chinese month you may need to double check.

***Want to know your day animal or other specific chart information, just ask, we are here to help!

Rooster

Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

Month: September 8 – October 7

Hour: 5 pm – 7 pm

Rooster year people, this is your year, both literally and figuratively as the Rooster is one of the 2 luckiest animals this year. Those with a Rooster in their chart could see strong growth in their investments as well as a boost in power and authority making it a good year to throw your hat in the ring for a new position or new responsibilities. Those who have not established their career path or who want to make a change will have great luck for learning or training in new skills.  Double Roosters however can increase the likelihood of you making a mistake or tripping yourself up, and petty people may try to pin problems on you, so make sure you have a thorough plan and keep your communication with others open and clear.  This should be a stellar year for you so make the most of it!

Dog

Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Month: October 8 – November 6

Hour: 7 pm – 9 pm

The monkey year was likely a challenging year for you but this year you could see some improvement and new opportunities coming your way.   Just be sure to consider things carefully before making a decision and read the fine print.  While you may find more people ready and willing to help you, the key for you this year is to be of use and helpful to others.  Don’t be afraid to lend a hand or to do some pro-bono work as it will increase your visibility and create some good karma for yourself.  What goes around comes around and you could become the one people look to in the future – in 2018 the year of the dog, you could see the pendulum swing your way.

Pig

Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Month: November 7 – December 6

Hour: 9 pm – 11 pm

This year will not be without challenges for you particularly when it comes to your health as you are more accident prone this year.  So take good care of yourself and if you do extreme sports be sure to take extra precautions like a good insurance plan.  On the positive side, you have the Sky Horse star making this an ideal year for travel, especially travel that will help you grow your business or stake out new territory. If you find you can’t travel as much as you would like, then find other ways to expand your territory locally and do more networking. It’s a good year to get out of your comfort zone because you will likely meet helpful and well connected people who can help you make your mark!

Rat

Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Month: December 7 – January 6

Hour: 11 pm-1 am

While the Rooster can cause friction with the Rat this is not really a cause for concern as there is so much going your way this year that you can expect a rather positive year.  Rats, you have one of the 4 most auspicious stars, the Moon star, on your side which will give you some serious earning potential.  Rats are known for their shrewd calculations and this year the Moon star also gives you the power of innovation and original ideas.  This creative and financial boost is especially useful if you are an entrepreneur or thinking of starting your own business.  However, what will make you happiest this year will not be business success, or money, but love.  The Sky Happiness star does not necessarily bring love at first sight but it can bring long-lasting unions, love that may start slow but stands the test of time. Isn’t that the best kind?

Ox

Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Month: January 7 – February 3

Hour: 1 am -3 am

Overall this year should be a rather positive one for the Ox as you are part of a 3 Harmony combination with the Rooster and there is a lot of luck on your side.  However, the year won’t be without difficulties particularly when it comes to dealing with others.  You may find that people don’t like your ideas or plans and may give you a hard time.  Don’t let negative experiences get you down though because hidden within them are many positive opportunities in disguise if you can look beyond the exterior. As they say, no mud no lotus, this year look carefully at the mud you may be surprised at what you find!  Most importantly though, this is a year to focus on self-improvement, especially if it involves academic and artistic pursuits. So sign up for that class or training you’ve been thinking about, you never know where it might lead you!

Tiger 

Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Month: February 4- March 5

Hour: 3 am – 5 am

Tiger no doubt you are breathing a big sigh of relief with the departure of your clash year the Monkey, and what a crazy monkey it was too!  Tigers while you normally eat Rooster for dinner you may feel too tired or drained from last year to give this plucky chicken chase, but best re-charge your battery quickly because there is much to do.  This year you should focus on making money, especially if it comes from residual income, as the National Treasure star will give you a boost in this area.  When your efforts begin to reap dividends however, be careful as people may take notice and ask to borrow money and it is best if you say no.  One need not be miserly however, simply use your natural talents and connections to create good karma for yourself and find other ways to help.

Rabbit

Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Month: March 6 – April 4

Hour: 5 am – 7 am

Rabbit folks the Rooster is your clash year so this could be a particularly trying year for you.  As such you are more prone to accidents and injury so keep the risky activities to a minimum and take extra precautions.  The best thing you can do this year is to be very well prepared and to keep a low profile in general.  Sometimes the challenges a clash year brings are the catalyst for changes that need to happen so keep calm and try to see how these changes can actually be for your benefit.  Sometimes change means moving and clash years can bring moves as well.  The best thing you can do is cultivate a practice that will help you stay centered this year and prepare for the Dog year in 2018 which should bring better days!

Dragon

Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

Month: April 5 – May 5

Hour: 7 am – 9 am

The monkey year was likely pretty good for you and the Rooster year is looking even better as the Dragon and the Rooster have a tight relationship!  This year you will be noticed as you have more sex appeal and you are more attractive to others than usual.  You should capitalize on this ability to attract others by networking more as you also have the Emperor Star with you helping you to connect to important and high status people.  These high level people would do well to listen to what you have to say because you could be the solution to their problems.  You have the ability to solve problems and to turn negative situations into positive ones which could likely bring you a promotion or new responsibilities when others see your uncanny ability to turn things around.  Overall the wind is in your sails this year and there seems to be nothing stopping you!

Snake

Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Month: May 6 – June 5

Hour: 9 am – 11 am

Last year luck was on your side but you may be feeling a bit let-down this year as your luck is not so favorable.  While the Snake is generally supported by the Rooster, this year you may find challenges and obstacles more prevalent.  You should give yourself peace of mind by preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Keep a positive mind set and focus on what is working for you and put your energy there.  The key for you this year is to look at the other animals in your chart as they will provide you with the solutions to your problems and will show you the best strategies to use to get through the year.  Don’t forget human luck or right action is a big part of our luck, make the most of yours.

Horse

Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Month: June 6 – July 6

Hour: 11 am – 1 pm

Horse, this is your year to shine as you are one of the two luckiest animals this year.  If you have been working to procure a big deal this could be the year when you land it as the Treasure Star means that financial windfalls in general could come your way.  You may also find yourself out socializing more this year meeting new people and attending more parties.  As a social butterfly you will have plenty of opportunities for romantic connections as well, they may not be deep or lasting but they could be steamy and fun.  Unfortunately, your success and visibility could bring you haters but don’t let their jealousy of your good fortune get you down. Enjoy all the blessings of this year with your head held high which as a horse, you know just how to do.

Goat

Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1991, 2003

Month: July 7 – August 7

Hour: 5 am – 7 am

This could be a challenging year for you.  You will need to plan and be on guard against financial losses so this is a good year to save for a rainy day and have some contingency plans at the ready.  Your biggest lessons this year may come from personal relationships as people may be offended by you without you being aware of it.  Tread carefully with others and be especially courteous and thoughtful. If you find yourself in a sticky situation look to your most trusted allies to get you through the rough patches and be sure to reciprocate in kind.  This year try to have extra patience, listen more than you speak and be prepared to turn the other cheek, preserving good relationships with others is more important than pride.

Monkey

Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Month: August 8 – September 7

Hour: 5 am – 7 am

Well, last year was probably a lot of monkey business for you and this year is not looking much easier.  In fact, you could rightly feel like the least lucky animal this year.   Troubles seem to come from many fronts as your health outlook is not strong and there is a chance for some legal issues popping up.  You are also more prone to forgetfulness especially when it comes to important matters, so this is a good year to develop or refine your system of organization. Be sure to keep a detailed calendar and make lists and reminders for yourself often.  With all of the challenges this year may throw your way it is important not to let them get you down and affect your mental balance or make you feel discouraged.  There are times to advance and times to retreat, this year is your year to pull back and lay low. Be sure to make time for inner work and self cultivation so you will be stronger when the time is right to get ahead.