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Month of the Wood Dragon

30/03/2017 | By | No Comments

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Wednesday, April 5, is the beginning of the Dragon month, the last month of the spring season. Dragons are what we call landforms in Feng Shui which transmogrify mountains and hills into mystical living beings.  Indeed during this month as the foliage grows, the Earth itself seems to come alive. Not only is the spring the season of wood but the Wood Dragon represents strong, majestic wood like great forests upon a mountain range.

While the energy of last month was a total clash to the year, this month’s energies are a complete coupling with the energy of the year. One does not need to understand 5 element theory to know that wood fuels fire, and what Chinese Metaphysics can tell us is that the Dragon combines with the Rooster in perfect union. As in some human unions, the Dragon however looses its sense of self in this combination and becomes metal like the Rooster. The result of this pairing is simply an intensification of the clashing energies of the Fire and Metal of the year.

So what does this tell us? It tells us that this month could foster pairings, unions, mergers of all kinds but that these could be intense and powerful situations. Caution is urged here as those who play with fire may get burned and it would be wise to make sure these relationships are not all take and no give. Be wary of exciting opportunities that sweep you off your feet as you could loose your balance or sense of self.  The flamboyant Rooster is a charmer, don’t fall for the facade as there may be trouble brewing beneath.

Of course on the flip side of this coin is the likelihood that such an intense boost to the fire and metal elements of the year will bring exciting news with it. I would not be surprised to hear about big technological innovation or collaborative efforts producing outstanding achievements, especially in Fire and Metal industries, like high tech, aerospace or even in the world of high tech entertainment.  It is also likely to be a big month for mergers and acquisitions as well.

The hexagram for this month is #38 Opposition. The imagery of this hexagram is fire over lake. Fire and Water are opposites, equal in intensity and volatility – very much like the Fire and Metal elements of this year. Fire and Lake trigrams also represents two sisters who in this case disagree and don’t see eye to eye. While Fire and Water are opposites they are also complimentary as their qualities are useful to one another and balance each other out.  After all, you can’t boil water without fire! Therefore, the advice of this hexagram is to try to find common ground and ways to work together despite opposing views. Focus on how seemingly unrelated skills and talents can harmonize to accomplish goals and create new things. Opposites in this case should attract!

Important Dates:

IMPORTANT DATES:

Dog People: This is your clash month so use caution in general especially on Dragon days which are April 11 & 23.

INAUSPICIOUS DATES:
These are the days that are generally inauspicious for everyone, days to use caution on, and unsuitable for important events or activities.

Month Breaker: These are days with unstable energy, days when things just don’t go right. Caution is urged especially for Dragon people as these are also your personal clash days and they are April 5, 17 & 29.

Year Breaker: Though not generally as volatile as Month breaker days, these are still days to use caution, especially Rooster people since these are your personal clash days and they are April 10, 22 and May 4.

AUSPICIOUS DATES:
These are the days that are generally lucky for everyone, except those who clash with it. These are great days to plan important events or activities.

Success Days: April 7, 19 & May 1 – Success days this month are Rate days. Success days generally bring good outcomes for all endeavors except for legal activity.  Since both the Rat and Dragon are 2 of the Nobleman stars for this year they have an extra dose of good luck this month. Ox, Monkey and Dragon people will see the most benefit from these days (Clash to Horse people).

Initiate Days: April 16 & 28  – Spring is all about new growth and new beginnings and Initiate days are the best days to use if you want to start off on the right foot so to speak. Dragon, Snake and Ox people especially will benefit from the energy of these days (Clash to Rabbit people).

Remove Days: March 10, 22 & April 3  – Spring is also about spring cleaning! So if you are looking for a good clean-out and clear-out day these are the best as you will have an easier time of letting go, and things you try to loose won’t return (Clash to Pig people).

*If you have an important event like a wedding or business launch to plan it is best to have a personalized date selection analysis to ensure the best outcome.
*Don’t know what animals are in your chart or how they may affect you? Contact me for a personalized astrological chart reading!
 
FENG SHUI:
This month also brings new monthly energy to each of the 9 sectors and here are the highlights.

East: The wealth star is her for the year but this month th energy here means that you may find yourself spending more.  Since it is the #4 star that is here you may find yourself spending more on romantic dates or education and training you just have to decide which is a better investment if you are feeling a little cash strapped.  

Southeast:  While this sector is generally one of the best this year, this month the #5 yellow is visiting which can mean some difficulties and obstacles. These problems may seem to pop up out of nowhere but they are only temporary so keep calm, keep this sector calm and carry on.  

Northeast, Northwest and West and Center: While none of the energy is really stellar in any one sector this month, these sectors all have a He Tu combination of energy which is about relationships. Gua 5, 6, 7 and 8 people (click here to find out your Gua number) especially will find themselves dealing with the theme of relationships this month. 

I am so pleased to feature the amazing artwork of Woodland Phantasms of Germany.  The title of this piece is called Legend and is available for purchase using the link below.  Many thanks Woodland Phantasms! https://www.etsy.com/listing/229648587/legend-art-print

07 Mar

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Your Ming Gua Number

07/03/2017 | By | One Comment

The Ming Gua or Life Star number is the simplest and most basic Feng Shui astrology system. The qualities of the star you were born under, based upon your gender and year of birth, influences some of your basic personality traits and is with you for life. It is an invaluable tool for Feng Shui professionals as it helps us to understand the impact of a space upon you in particular and how best to orient you in your space for maximum support and benefit.

If you don’t know your Ming Gua # here is a fun and easy way to find out:

  • Take the last 2 digits of your year of birth, for example if you were born in 1984 use 8 & 4, and add them together, 8 + 4 = 12
  • If you get a double digit number, add them together as well, for example 12, 1 +2 = 3
  • For those born before the year 2000:  If you are female, add 5 to that number, 5 + 3 = 8, This number 8 is your Ming Gua number. If you are male, Subtract that number from ten, 10- 3 = 7, This number 7 your Ming Gua number.
  • For those born after the year 2000: If you are female, add 6 to that number, 6 + 3 = 9, number 9 is your Ming Gua number. If you are male, Subtract that number from 9, 9- 3 = 6, number 6 is your Ming Gua number.
  • If you get 5 you are special, no really you are, and need to do one more step, 5 Females your Ming Gua number is 8, 5 Males your Ming Gua is 2.

Here are the Ming Gua Numbers:

Gua 1 is called Kan and is Water Element

Gua 2 is called Kun and is Earth Element

Gua 3 is called Zhen and is Wood Element

Gua 4 is called Xun and is Wood Element

Gua 5 is the Center and is Earth Element but adopts the directions of 2 or 8 

Gua 6 is called Qian and is Metal Element

Gua 7 is called Dui and is Metal Element

Gua 8 is called Gen and is Earth Element

 Gua 9 is called Li and is Fire Element

Be sure to check part II for more information about the importance of your Ming Gua number and how you can use it!

 

02 Mar

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Month of the Water Rabbit

02/03/2017 | By | No Comments

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Sunday, March 5, is the first day of the Water Rabbit month and the beginning of the solar term called “Awakening of Worms”. This is the time when  snow gives way to rain, birds serenade the morning light, and buds begin to swell and bloom. In fact, the imagery of the Yin Water Rabbit is of rain watering small plants and flowers. This is the season of wood, when things begin to grow and expand once more – and spring is here in earnest.

The Rabbit, like the Rooster of the year, is what we call a ‘Peach Blossom’ animal sign which is a romance star.  Rabbits in most cultures are also associated with fertility as well. So, it is possible that many this month will find themselves in the mood for love, especially if the Rabbit or Rooster are personal peach blossom stars, according to one’s astrology chart.

While pastoral spring scenes may look serene, don’t be fooled by the bunnies and Easter eggs, the energy this month is not likely to be quiet. In fact you may come to a new understanding of the term ‘Mad as a March Hare‘ this month.

In Chinese Metaphysics, the East, which is the home of the Rabbit, is represented by the wood element and also by the trigram Thunder.  As the energy of this month is a complete top to bottom clash with the energy of the year, the quality of this month will be less about wood and more about the shocking and arousing Thunder. Thunder, while frightening, is meant to get our attention and spur us to action, so pay attention.

Well suited to this Peach Blossom year-clash month, the hexagram is #54 Marrying Maiden. You would think with a name like that it would be a positive hexagram, however, this hexagram does not portend good outcomes. Marrying Maiden is about things seem good or that start off well but don’t end well. The emphasis and warning here pertains particularly to relationships. This month is a time to take an unflinching look and truthfully examine your relationships. Are they appropriate?  Is there a healthy balance of give and take?  Do they build you up or tear you down? Are you empowered or disempowered by them? If you find that certain relationships are not serving you, then it is time to consider whether or not you should continue them or at least change the dynamic within them. It may be time for some pruning or spring cleaning where people are concerned.

Important Dates:

IMPORTANT DATES:

Rooster People: This is your clash month so use caution in general especially on Rabbit days which are March 5, 17  & 29.  This month your clash days are also the Year Breaker days so slow down and pay attention.

INAUSPICIOUS DATES:
These are the days that are generally inauspicious for everyone, days to use caution on, and unsuitable for important events or activities.

Month Breaker: These are days with unstable energy, days when things just don’t go right. Caution is urged especially for Rabbit people as these are also your personal clash days and they are March 11, 23 and April 4.

Year Breaker: Though not generally as volatile as Month breaker days, these are still days to use caution, especially Rooster people since these are your personal clash days and they are March 5, 17 & 29.

AUSPICIOUS DATES:
These are the days that are generally lucky for everyone, except those who clash with it. These are great days to plan important events or activities.

Success Days: March 13 & 25 – Success days generally bring good outcomes for all endeavors except for legal activity.  This month success days are Pig days which combine with the month giving them an extra boost of good luck.  Tiger, Rabbit and Goat people will see the most benefit from these days (Clash to Snake people).

Initiate Days: March 10, 22 & April 3  – Spring is all about new growth and new beginnings and Initiate days are the best days to use if you want to start off on the right foot so to speak. Snake, Dragon and Rat people especially will benefit from the energy of these days (Clash to Tiger people).

*If you have an important event like a wedding or business launch to plan it is best to have a personalized date selection analysis to ensure the best outcome.
*Don’t know what animals are in your chart or how they may affect you? Contact me for a personalized astrological chart reading!
 
FENG SHUI:
This month also brings new monthly energy to each of the 9 sectors and here are the highlights.

Northeast: Those who wish to capitalize on their peach blossom or romance luck this month would do well to spend more time in the Northeast as the auspicious #1 star is combining favorably with the #4 star in residence in this sector for the year.  The 1-4 combination is also excellent for study or writing so if these are priorities for yourself, or for your children, then this is a great area to make the most of.

East: The East has the #8 wealth star for the year which makes it one of the best sectors generally speaking. This month however the negative #5 yellow is visiting so this would not be a good month to do any wealth activations and it is a good idea to keep this area quiet in general for now, especially East 2 which is the Year-Breaker sector.

I am so pleased to collaborate again this month with a  fellow small business owner, and am thrilled to feature an original watercolor painting called Blue Bunny by artist Alisa Adamsone. This piece is available for sale along with many other lovely paintings on her Etsy store using the link below.  Many thanks Alisa! https://www.etsy.com/listing/400458673/blue-bunny-original-watercolor-painting