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Month of the Fire Goat

02/07/2017 | By | No Comments

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This month is a Yin Fire Goat month in a Yin Fire Rooster year.  Yin Fire, called Ding, is man-made fire and the imagery for this element is a candle flame. This month we have multiple candles to light the way. Ding fire is the fire of illumination, inspiration, it is the fire that can forge, transform and set the world ablaze. Ding fire can be a delicate candle in the wind or an out of control forrest fire. As Ding fire is man-made fire, whether or not this flame is useful or destructive is ultimately up to us.

The Goat month is the final month of the summer season, a transitional month in which the first two weeks are fire and the second two become earth.  This month is also a noteworthy time of transition in a larger cycle of fire that began in February 2013 with the year of the water snake. Transition points are often a time of reflection when we take stock of where we have been and look to where we are heading. With 5 years ruled by fire. the element of change and transformation, chances are you have seen a lot of change during this time. Are you where you hoped you would be? Are you looking ahead with excitement or with trepidation? If its the latter this may be a good time to reassess.

The I Ching hexagram for this month is #18 called Remedying and sometime it is also translated as Poison. This hexagram describes a stale and stagnant situation that has gone sour or even poisonous to us. It is like food left at the back of the pantry which has spoiled or even been infiltrated by worms. When we discover rotten food in our refrigerators we know what must be done – we simply throw it out. In our lives however, we make it more complicated than it needs to be and allow toxic situations to continue to fester unchecked. This hexagram tells us that we can no longer keep our heads in the sand about the situations which have become toxic to us, it’s time to look them in the eye and do something about it. The advice of this hexagram is to either remedy and repair the situation if possible and if not, to chuck it out. Allow the fire energy of this month to fuel the changes that need to be made and allow a change for a for the better.

Important Dates:
Wood Fire Goat Month July 7 –  August 6

IMPORTANT DATES:

Ox People: This is your clash month so use caution in general especially on Goat days which are  July 7, 19 & 31, as the clash energy is doubled up on these days.

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 days, which are also Destruction days, are days with unstable energy, days when things just don’t go right or tend to fall apart – hence destruction. Caution is urged especially for Goat people as these are also your personal clash days and they are July 13 & 25.

Year Breaker: Though not generally as volatile as Month breaker days, these are still days to take it easy and to be vigilant, especially Rooster people since these are your personal clash days and they July 15 & 27.

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: Unfortunately, this month Success days are also the Year Breaker day which renders them inauspicious and not recommended for important activities.

Stable Days: July 11 & 23. Since Success Days are not good days for important activities this month it is best to plan important events that require long term stability and longevity for Stable Days. (Clash to Snake People)

Initiate Days: July 12 & 24. If you are looking to take advantage of the transformative power of the Fire season to begin a new health or exercise regimen, Initiate Days are the perfect days to get started! Rat, Dragon, Monkey and Ox people especially will benefit from the energy of these days (Clash to Horse people).

Remove Days:  July 8, 20 & August 1, three opportunities this month! Whether you want to clean out closets, shed unwanted pounds or shed unwanted people, these are the best days to do so as the results will be better  Monkey, Rat, Dragon and Snake people will benefit the most from 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 of your home and office and here are the highlights.

South: This is the most negative sector for the year and this month the #7 or Robbery Sha Star is visiting. If you have a main door in this sector it is a good idea to make sure the locks and security system are in good working order. Also a good idea to continue to keep the activity in this sector to a minimum.

North:  This sector is a very positive one all year and an area that is particularly supportive to career advancement. This month the North gets a boost from the visiting #8 Star, which is the current wealth star, gives a boost to earning power! It will also help you make the right connections for your business. If you have to be indoors this month this is the best sector to be in.

 

03 Jun

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Month of the Fire Horse

03/06/2017 | By | No Comments

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Month of the Fire Horse – Mythical Dragon Horse

The Horse month, which begins on Monday, June 5, is the peak of the summer season. The Horse always brings a lot of fire but this Fire Horse month is as much fire as possible for any month. It certainly won’t be boring.

The horse neither clashes nor combines with the Rooster year but both are peach blossom, or attraction star animals, so this is  a month that will ignite romantic feelings and many will find themselves in the mood for love. If you are single this is a great month to get into the dating scene, and a good time for couples to rekindle the spark that brought them together in the first place.

While fire may bring passion, this intense fire can also bring anger, rage and erratic thinking. Tempers could flare up this month and tensions that have been simmering are likely to boil over. This dynamic will play out both on the world stage as well as closer to home. Luckily, you can have some impact on situations close to you. If things get heated stay calm, keep your cool, communicate and discuss any issues in the early stages before things get out of hand.

The hexagram this month is #28 Great Exceeding. Just as the extreme fire energy this month has reached its zenith, this is a time when things have come to a head; a time when extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures. The meaning of this hexagram is derived from the imagery of the 6 lines themselves in that they resemble the main, load bearing beam in a house which is sagging under great pressure and about to give way. The roof is about to crash on you and if you standstill you will be crushed – you have no option but to move out of the way!

The advice for this hexagram is pretty direct, a situation around you has become extreme or unstable and you can no longer stand idly by, whether you like it or not you must act now. In high pressure situations, and during times when change is thrust upon us, it is easy to be sad or fearful but Confucious’s advice is that one should not give into fear. Sometimes difficult things are brought into our lives to bring us to something, somewhere or someone better. If you can muster some faith and take action then you will find success.

Important Dates:
Fire Horse Month June 5 – July 6

IMPORTANT DATES:

Rat People: This is your clash month so use caution in general especially on Snake days which are June 12 & 24 as the clash energy is doubled up on these days.

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 days, which are also Destruction days, are days with unstable energy, days when things just don’t go right or tend to fall apart – hence destruction. Caution is urged especially for Horse people as these are also your personal clash days and they are June 6 & 18.

Year Breaker: Though not generally as volatile as Month breaker days, these are still days to take it easy and to be vigilant, especially Rooster people since these are your personal clash days and they June 9 & 21.

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: June 8 & 20 – Success days generally bring good outcomes for all endeavors except for legal activity. Since Success days are Tiger days this month, Tiger, Horse, Dog and Pig people will see the most benefit from these days. (Clash to Monkey people).

Initiate Days: June 5, 17 & 29 – For those looking to begin a new health or exercise regimen, Initiate Days are the perfect days to get started! Pig, Rabbit, Goat and Tiger  Dog, Tiger people especially will benefit from the energy of these days (Clash to Snake people).

Remove Days: June 13 & 25  For those more concerned about shedding a few pounds for the beach or date nights, Remove days are the perfect day to start a new diet because they will support you in shedding those unwanted pounds! Goat, Rabbit, Pig and Horse will benefit the most from these days (Clash to Ox 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:
Overall, the volatile energy of the month is seen in each of the 9 sectors of the home as well, no single palace has any outstanding energy, some are better and some worse than others. On the whole my advice is to take advantage of the warm weather and spend as much time outdoors enjoying nature and the long days as possible.

SOUTH: This month the #8 star which is the current wealth star, visits the south which is a pity really because no one should be activating or spending any more time in this sector than is absolutely necessary. Best to forfeit the money energy this month and continue to keep this sector peaceful and quiet.

SOUTHWEST: The month has quite enough peach blossom energy already, but if you really want to activate more then you can use the Southwest sector of your home. This month the #1 star is visiting and creating a peach blossom combination with the annual #7 star. This is also a good sector for those who rely on their silver tongue to earn a living as it gives a boost to showmanship and sales.

SOUTHEAST: The number 3 Star which is a wood element star comes to the southeast feeding the #9 fire star that is there for the year. The boost that this energy gives to this positive sector means it continues to be a great place to activate by spending time in. However, the #3 star can bring arguments and disputes and in a month when tempers are touchy just be prepared to deal with a few disagreements that may ensue.

QI MEN DUN JIA

DEITY MONTHLY LOCATIONS:
CHIEF -EAST
9 HEAVEN – SOUTHEAST
9 EARTH – SOUTH
TORTOISE – SOUTHWEST
TIGER – WEST
6 HARMONY – NORTHWEST
MOON – NORTH
SNAKE – NORTHEAST

10 May

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Chasing Dragons in Taiwan

10/05/2017 | By | No Comments

My desire to deepen my understanding of the power of the landforms brought me to Taiwan last month to continue my Feng Shui studies with my teacher Joey Yap, and esteemed colleagues from around the world. This particular Feng Shui excursion had a unique focus because we concentrated on the Feng Shui of spiritual locations, of which there are many, in the environs of Taipei, Taiwan. We were chasing Dragons, another name for mountain ranges, to find and experience Meridian Spots and to examine the unique energy of these spiritual places.

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The Yin He Cave Temple and Soul Water pouring down from a sacred waterfall

You see, Feng Shui is not so much about interiors and placement as it is about the Earth and the connection of our dwellings and ourselves to it. Each place on Earth has a unique quality and energy. Feng Shui is really about understanding the energy of a particular location in order to align ourselves with it, to reap the benefits that it can bring to our lives.

Over thousands of years, great masters have collected and handed down their accumulated wisdom in classic texts which contain the principles and formulas that allow us to learn to read and qualify the energy available to us in the landscape. Feng Shui masters of today spend many hours training and studying these classic texts, but there is only so much one can learn in the classroom.

To really understand Feng Shui, it must be experienced first hand by feeling the energy of a location in both body and soul out in the mountains or ‘Dragons’ themselves. There is no substitute for this type of hands on learning.

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My teacher Joey Yap, explaining the rare land formation and Meridian Spot location at the Seven Star Mountain Temple

It was a particularly powerful experience not only because each location was a textbook landform example come to life, but also because most of these sites were also located on an actual Meridian Spot. A true Meridian Spot is a rare and potent concentration of powerful Qi that can only be produced under exceptional and very specific land formation circumstances. These formations are the highest ideal in terms of Feng Shui landforms.

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Another view of the Double Headed Tan Lang Star which gives this pagoda temple its spiritual power.

In most locations we were able to experience the awesome power of a true Meridian Spot for ourselves either by sitting or meditating there to absorb the power of this Qi into our bodies. The simultaneous power, peace and perfect stillness of a Meridian Spot is simply sublime.

Now I know why these spiritual locations are so potent and why ancient sages went up to the mountains to meditate and pray. It is because when one is on an actual Meridian Spot, one can reach a point of stillness and peace almost instantly and receive a much faster connection to source. It’s the difference between dial up and high speed internet – truly remarkable!

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The Table Mountain viewed from the top of the North Dipper Palace, a stunningly beautiful place

Another interesting aspect of these temple locations was that most were dedicated to specific intentions and concerns. Some temples focus on wealth and abundance, some wisdom and knowledge, and some health. The locations of these temples were not only powered by the immense Qi of a Meridian Spot, but also imbued with specific energy provided by the unique land formations surrounding the ‘Spot’. The specific type of Qi, dictated by the surrounding landforms,determined the spiritual focus and intention of each temple.

For example, the temple that was devoted to both physical and emotional healing was supported by a Wu Lou Gourd shaped land formation, and the temple devoted to wealth and prosperity was surrounded by ‘Sunken Head Huge Door’ land formations which are for Heavenly Wealth – wealth greater than an emperor’s.

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Huge Door land formation visible framed by a tree which was visible from the Meridian Spot at the Red Cauldron Palace : Shrine of the God of Soil and Earth

The highlight of the trip was certainly our last location, the Yin He Cave, a cave temple high up in the mountain where one must enter into the mountain itself to tap the Qi of the meridian spot there. It was a rare land formation that one does not encounter often. We climbed many, many stairs to reach two small cave rooms, and walked behind a magical waterfall of Soul Water, to reach the alter. The energy of that location was very moving, I could feel my heart open and we all felt the buzz of the energy throughout our bodies.

The experience was powerful for me not only in terms of honing my skills and knowledge of Feng Shui but also for me personally and spiritually. It has changed the way I look at the world both literally and figuratively, and I look forward to sharing this deeper understanding with my clients and incorporating it into future Feng Shui projects!

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Soul Water flowing from a sacred waterfall a the Yin He Cave Temple, and view of the surrounding dragons.

03 May

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Month of the Wood Snake

03/05/2017 | By | No Comments

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Month of the Wood Snake

Friday, May 5, marks the start of the Wood Snake month, and the beginning of the summer season. The Wood Snake brings the fire season and wood to fuel this fire. The energy of this month combined with the energy of the year means that fire will be quite strong this summer. 

So what does Fire bring besides heat?  Well first of all fire is joy, optimism, hope, exuberance, desire, and passion, which are all generally good things. Fire means that people will generally feel good, consumer confidence will be up, people will likely spend money on entertainment and eating out. This is the energy that creates summer romances and summer blockbuster movies.

However, fire is also rage, anger, and hot tempers. The volatile clash between fire and metal this year will be accentuated by this season which could bring violence and greater threats of military action this summer; simmering tensions may boil over.

Without the water of communication and diplomacy, cooler heads may not be able to prevail to keep tensions under control. However, since the Snake and Rooster are part of a 3 harmony combination, there is a chance that back channel connections could intervene to keep a lid on things for the month. This applies to both the world stage as well as issues closer to home.  If tensions seem to be getting out of control in your life, seek the help of a trusted ally to keep things from going off the rails this month.

The hexagram for this month is #5 Waiting. The imagery of this hexagram is Water over Heaven, essentially Heavy Cloud, No Rain. This hexagram describes a time when accumulated effort and preparation are still in the process of ripening and not yet ready to bear fruit. It is easy during this time to feel discouraged and wonder if and when the payoff for all of your efforts will come. It is easy during this time to be worried or discouraged, but you should not confuse a not yet with a no. Maintain a positive and upbeat attitude during this time of testing and waiting. If you keep working and stay focused on your goal, success and good fortune will come to you in the fullness of time.

Important Dates:
Wood Snake Month May 5 – June 4

IMPORTANT DATES:

Pig People: This is your clash month so use caution in general especially on Snake days which are May 6, 18 & 30 as the clash energy is doubled up on these days.

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 days, which are also Destruction days, are days with unstable energy, days when things just don’t go right or tend to fall apart – hence destruction. Caution is urged especially for Snake people as these are also your personal clash days and they are May 12 & 24.

Year Breaker: Though not generally as volatile as Month breaker days, these are still days to take it easy and to be vigilant, especially Rooster people since these are your personal clash days and they May 16 & 28.

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: May 14 & 26 – Success days generally bring good outcomes for all endeavors except for legal activity. Since Success days are Ox days this month, Ox, Snake, Rooster, and Rat people will see the most benefit from these days. (Clash to Goat people).

Initiate Days: May 11, 23 and June 4 (still Snake month)  – Fire is all about passion and excitement and you can channel the fire of this season into new ventures and plans. For those looking to begin a new health or exercise regimen, Initiate Days are the perfect days to get started! Dog, Tiger, Horse and Rabbit people especially will benefit from the energy of these days (Clash to Dragon people).

Remove Days:  May 7, 19 & 31, three opportunities this month! For those of you still working on spring cleaning and de-cluttering, these are great days to clean out the closets and donate your unwanted items. For those more concerned about shedding a few pounds before putting on a swim suit, Remove days are the perfect day to start a new diet because they will support you in shedding those unwanted pounds! Horse, Tiger, Dog and Goat people will benefit the most from these days (Clash to Rat 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 of your home and office and here are the highlights.

South: The #9 which is a fire star, is visiting the South palace this month, which only gives more power to the negative #5 Yellow star that is here for the year making it more volatile. It is best to keep this area of the home as quiet as possible all year, and especially this month. Remember, no renovations or construction here. Try to spend as much time in other areas of your home as possible this month.

Southeast:  While this sector is already the luckiest sector this year, this month, the visiting #4 star forms a harmony connection to the #9 star which is here all year.  The #4 star is both an academic and peach blossom or romance star and with the harmony connection here as well, this is the sector to activate if you are looking to make connections with others – especially the romantic kind! The best way to activate this energy is to spend as much time here as possible, even better if your bed or main door are located in this sector.

North:  The North is a lucky sector all year and even better this month as the auspicious #1 star visits this month making a harmony connection to the #6 star which is here for the year.  If you want to boost your career and make the right connections to get ahead, this is the area to spend more time in. It is also a great sector for those who want to support career related travel.

This month I am so pleased to feature the charming artwork of Chisai Letters. This original watercolor & ink painting titled Serpent, is available, along with many other great Chinese Zodiac themed pieces, through her Etsy store and can be purchased using this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/249459508/chinese-zodiac-snake-serpent-original 

21 Apr

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Feng Shui Before You Buy

21/04/2017 | By | No Comments

Thinking about buying a home? Have you got the right team of professionals lined up to help you with your search? If a Feng Shui professional is not on your list you should certainly consider seeking this invaluable input before you buy. Just as a good home inspection provides critical information before you sign on the dotted line, a Feng Shui audit can be just as important at this stage of the game.

Too often people call in the help of a Feng Shui professional after a purchase has been made equating it with the interior design process, however, this is often too late to be as effective as it could be. What many people don’t know, is that the best time to use Feng Shui is actually before meeting with an architect, before construction or before you purchase a home or office space.

The misconception that Feng Shui is about design related choices keeps people from reaping the full benefit of this time tested science. Why not make the most of your time and investment by using Feng Shui to help you when it can be most powerful which is at the beginning.

You see, the ancient classic texts and treatises about Feng Shui don’t discuss furniture placement or colors, they are about understanding land forms and how to find locations with the best energy. The potential of a particular location to benefit and support us actually comes from the property and surrounding land formations which accounts for 70% of the Feng Shui of a site. What happens in the interior of a space has less impact so it is important to select a site with good Feng Shui first!

Just like realtors, Feng Shui consultants know its all about location, location, location. 

Some sites have features, like T-junctions or irregularities, that are deal-breakers and can’t be “cured” with adjustments which cause challenges for those who live or work there. Working with a Feng Shui consultant as part of your search team can help you eliminate sites with poor energy from your list allowing you to focus your time on beneficial locations that will support you and protect your biggest investment.

It is also important to know that even if a location has good Feng Shui overall, it might not be the right place for you. A qualified Feng Shui professional will also consult your chart to help you choose a home that is good for you personally. Making sure you are in sync with where you live will give a greater boost to your Feng Shui and enhance your life more powerfully.

As they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is so true when it comes to Feng Shui and the home buying process. A Feng Shui audit will pay for itself by eliminating issues in the fist place rather than trying to “cure” them, and will start you off on the right foot. If you in the market for a new place, be sure to bring a Feng Shui consultant with you while house hunting – you will be glad you did!

30 Mar

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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

02 Feb

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Month of the Water Tiger

02/02/2017 | By | No Comments

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Happy New Year!  Friday, February 3 is the first day of the month of the Water Tiger and the first official day of the Fire Rooster Year.

Unfortunately Punxsutawney Phil, the rodent weather prognosticator, saw his shadow indicating 6 more weeks of winter. However, since the Tiger month is the first month of spring in the Chinese calendar I am going to ignore Phil’s prediction and start looking for signs of spring.

The Monkey year certainly went out with a bang and the whole world seems to be on edge at the moment. The Tiger month may seem to be a little quieter with the Yang Water of this month in a ‘heavenly combination’ with the Yin Fire of the year but don’t expect a totally smooth month.  Tigers eat Roosters for dinner and can have a predator/prey relationship, so don’t be fooled by outward signs of calm as there could be trouble brewing beneath. Any troubles held below the surface this month are likely to explode in March during the Rabbit month which clashes the year.  This tiger month may just be the calm before the next storm.

We have two new hexagrams this month, one for the new year and one for this month.

Well suited to this Peach Blossom year, the hexagram for the year is #31 Mutual Influence, which is about relationships both the romantic and platonic kind. It reminds us that the best relationships are forged when feelings, respect and actions are mutual, and where there is a balance between giving and taking – a two way street. It reminds us to do unto others as you would have done to you. For those with a more cynical nature it can also mean if you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. However, Confucius’ commentary on this hexagram says ‘the superior person opens his heart and mind to accept people without prejudice‘, let us hope that our superior natures win out this year.

The hexagram for this month is #13 Seeking Harmony, which is also about relationships and bringing people together.  Seeking Harmony is about finding common ground and setting differences aside in order to move forward and make progress.  Considering the enormous political divide in the United States, which seems to be spilling over into the rest of the world, this hexagram is very timely. This month, try to set differences aside and find a way to embrace the people in your life that you may disagree with. Real and lasting progress can only be made when we extend the olive branch and come together, hard as that may sometimes be.  Seek Harmony, seek understanding, seek peace.

Important Dates:

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monkey People: This is your clash month so use caution in general especially on Tiger days which are February 8  & 20.

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. Caution is urged especially for Tiger people as these are also your personal clash days February 14 & 26.

Year BreakerThough 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 February 9, 21 and March 5 (Still Tiger Month).

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: February 4, 16 & 28 – Success days generally bring good outcomes for all endeavors except for legal activity.  There are 3 this month so many opportunities for you to get ahead (Clash to Dog people).

Initiate Days: February 13 & 25  – These are great days for those who want to start something new, great days to launch your project or begin something big (Clash to Ox 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:

The New Year of the Rooster begins this month and with it new energy in each of the 9 sectors of your home or office. In case you missed it, be sure to read Part III of my annual forecast which explains the yearly impact on your space and is available here: http://bethgracefengshui.com/fire-rooster-forecast-feng-shui/

This month also brings new monthly energy to each of the 9 sectors and here are the highlights.

Southwest: This year the #7 or Robbery Star is in the Southwest and this month it is also host to the negative #5 Yellow star. It is best to keep this area of the house quiet and use as little as possible this month, if you have a main door here use another entrance if you can.

EastThe East has the #8 wealth star for the year and this month the auspicious #6 star is visiting creating a lucky 6-8 combination. If you want a boost for your career and earnings then tap into this winning combination of energy by spending more time in this sector this month .

If you have not scheduled a personalized Feng Shui and Astrology tune-in and tune-up for the Rooster year there is still time, please contact me for more information.

Those of you who have been following my forecasts for a while know that I love to support other small businesses and artists by featuring their artwork in my forecasts. This month I am thrilled to feature this original watercolor and ink piece called The Ties That Bind by artist Connie Luebbert which can be purchased through her Etsy store using this link.  Many thanks Connie!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/246670152/the-ties-that-bind

27 Jan

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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!