Feng Shui is not a once and done endeavor, but an ever changing alignment of people to places that takes into account the energy of the person and the energy of place in a given moment in time.
Energy is constantly in motion and we need to move with it in order to reap the maximum Feng Shui benefits from our spaces.
Now that you know what the energy of the year has in store for you based on your astrology chart, you can make a game plan for what areas of your life you want to focus on this year. Write down what goals you want to accomplish and identify what area of your home or office best supports those goals and move yourself accordingly.
If you have not already done so, the first step is to identify where each of the 9 sectors are in your home by using a compass (smart phone compass works well) and superimposing the 8 directions on your home's floor plan like the image below. Once that is done you can figure out where in your home or office the energy you need to succeed is.
Knowing what areas you want to avoid or keep quiet is just as important as knowing which areas you want to use the most so check which areas of your home the Yearly Afflictions fall into first.
If you are thinking about renovating an area of your home or an addition it is always best to check that the areas you want to improve are not in the following sectors:
Northwest 1 Dog Sector between 292.6 - 307.5degrees Northwest as the Grand Duke is here and we don't want to "offend" the Grand Duke by disturbing this area.
Southeast 1 Dragon Sector between 112.6 - 127.5 degrees southeast as this is the Year Breaker sector which clashes with the energy of the year and a sector that should be kept quiet - no renovations here.
The entire North sector as it contains the San Sha or the ‘Three Killings’ as well as annual 5 Yellow Star - this area is doubly bad this year so LEAVE IT QUIET.
Here are the sectors where the energy is not as positive this year, these are the sectors to avoid or limit your activity in if possible.
The Negative Sectors:Northeast: 3 StarThe "Argument" star is in this sector which can bring more than the usual amount of tension and discord between people in a household or office environment. Shouting matches and disagreements can be quelled with extra communication. It is best to spend less time in this area if possible or you may also add actual fire by way of candles to suppress this negative star. *Please do not leave candles unattended!
West: 2 Star We have been calling the 2 Star the "Illness" star for some time now but as we move closer to period 9 this star is in transition from a negative one to a positive one. The 2 Star is a mixed bag at this point. If you or a loved one are vulnerable to illness either from age, a preexisting condition or vulnerability based on their astrology chart for the year it would be better to avoid this area, especially if it is a bedroom. I would recommend sleeping elsewhere this year. If however you are someone who works in real estate or with property this star could actually give you a boost and would be great for an office.
East: 7 Star This star is often called the "Robbery" star and can mean actual robbery or theft but it most often brings unhealthy competition, especially in the workplace, as well general discord and disharmony. For example if you are competing to win a client or contract you could be robbed of the opportunity by unfair or ugly competition. The 7 Star is quite incompatible with the wood element of the East sector as well, so the energy here this year is combative and aggressive best to steer clear if you can.North: 5 Yellow StarThe 5 Yellow star is the most volatile and negative star of the 9 stars. When activated by activity or construction it tends to bring with it issues and potentially serious problems. Best advice in this regard is to treat it like a hornets nest and just leave it alone altogether. The 5 Yellow can also bring illness especially to someone who is already vulnerable when it is present in a bedroom. So, if your bedroom is in the North I would seriously consider sleeping in a different location this year - preferably one of the positive sectors if possible. If it is not possible to move 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/).
The Positive Sectors:
South: 4 StarThis is also called the peach blossom star and is the star of romance and general likability. It is also the star of artists, scholars and academics. This year the 4 Star is in its ideal setting and forms a special connection to the energy of this sector amplifying the positive energy here. This is a great sector to use if your goals this year include building your brand, better visibility and name recognition. It is also the ideal sector to use for those who are working on creative projects or learning new skills. This is an ideal place to set up a craft, work space or study area for your children. Last but certainly not least those looking for love should use this sector to meet more people and to attract more attention from potential romantic partners. The best way to activate this sector for love is to sleep here!
Northwest: 1 Star This is the ultimate Nobleman or helpful person or benefactor star. This year this star is in its ideal sector forming a special combination with energy here and boosting the power of this star and its ability to bring the right people and connections into your life. This star is also excellent for boosting ones ability to communicate both the written and spoken word. As the saying goes "its all who you know" and by activating this sector this year you can connect with the right people to help you reach your goals. The best way to make use of this sector is to do your work and communications here.
Southwest: 6 Star This star is one of power and authority, the star that helps one shine ones reputation and improve your standing within your field or community. If your goal this year is to get a promotion or assume greater responsibility or a position of prestige or honor, this is the sector you should activate. The best way to make use of this space and further your goals is to spend time working or sleeping in this sector.
Central Palace: 9 Star This is the star of all happy life events and brings glad tidings and blessings. When activated, this star can bring, career success, weddings, new babies, joyful events, and future wealth. This year it is in the central palace which infuses the heart of the home with this positive energy. Generally in Feng Shui it is our preference to keep the center of our homes open and spacious but if there is a part of the central sector where you can comfortably work or even meditate from time to time you can tap into this positive joyful energy.
Southeast: 8 StarThis is the current wealth star and one we always want to track from year to year so we can tap into it to give our finances a boost. The best way to stimulate this positive Qi is with movement and activity making this a great sector to work or sleep in this year. If your front door or other entrance is here then coming and going through this door will also help you activate this energy. Since the wealth star is in the Southeast, a sector that is good to stimulate with water, this is also a great sector for a water fountain, just be sure to activate it on a good day and avoid any sectors that clash your chart (you may need to work with a professional to fine tune this).
If you need more assistance to help you align to and maximize the potential in your space just contact me. I wish you all a new year filled with many blessings!
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Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Month: October 8 - November 6
Hour: 7 pm - 9 pm
Dog people, this is your year, literally. All eyes are on you and your hard efforts are more likely to be noticed this year, no more hiding in the shadows. This is also an excellent year to hone your skills or add new skills to your CV as you have the ability to attain mastery if you apply yourself. Just don’t overbook or over schedule yourself as you are more prone to health issues this year. Taking care of your self should be a priority. While there may be some bumps along the way, you are generally in sync with the energy of this year which puts you in the flow to accomplish your goals.
Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Month: November 7 - December 6
Hour: 9 pm - 11 pm
Pig you are one of the luckiest animals this year and the stars are on your side. While you may find your star rising and the center of attention don’t overlook those around you who may need your help. You should share your good fortune this year and make helping others a priority, what you give will come back to you many times over. In general this is a year of happy events and celebrations. Pig people if you are looking for love you may find a life partner this year if you are willing to take the chance. Those already committed may hear the pitter patter of little feet as babies and grandchildren may add to your joy. The only thing stopping you this year is you - make sure you put your words into action and there is very little you can’t do.
Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Month: December 7 - January 6
Hour: 11 pm-1 am
Rat people can expect a pretty lucky year overall. If you are not on social media already you really should consider setting up an account. If you have social media accounts that are rather dormant its time to dust them off and make them work for you. A little social media effort can go a long way for you this year as you are more likely to be seen and you may even find posts going viral. Show the world what you have to offer! If you feel like you need to polish yourself before putting yourself out there this year is a great year to hone your skills or learn some new things. Time spent learning and improving yourself is never wasted and this year you will be able to learn more than usual. Just make sure to schedule time for self care and wellbeing admits your other activities as this year as you may be more challenged by health issues so make maintaining yours a priority.
Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Month: January 7 - February 3
Hour: 1 am -3 am
Ox you are one of the lucky ones this year. This year will empower you for career growth and wealth creation. Your employer is likely to notice your value to the company with a raise or promotion. Those who work for themselves are also likely to have great success this year especially when it comes to connecting to the right people. If you find yourself struggling at any point this year make sure to ask for help as you will receive it so be sure to speak up and ask! Just be sure not to get too carried away by your success this year, pace yourself and be sure to invest some of your extra earnings for the future.
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Month: February 4- March 5
Hour: 3 am - 5 am
Tigers you generally enjoy the energy of the Dog but this year may not be all smooth sailing. You may find petty people and gossip surround you but issues and obstacles can be overcome by with the help of nobleman - you should look to your greater social network for the right people to get you out of sticky situations. If you are willing to put in the right amount of effort you can make good strides in your career and with your finances this year. With the right attitude and hard work you could see yourself rewarded with a promotion so hang tough!
Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Month: March 6 - April 4
Hour: 5 am - 7 am
Rabbits and Dogs get on like peanut butter and jelly so this should be a good year for you and a welcome respite after the challenges that the Rooster year likely brought to you. You should find things coming to you more easily this year. If the Rooster year changes included an end to your relationship never fear as you may find yourself on the receiving end of romantic attention this year. You may find yourself feeling flirty and ready for fun so don’t stay home, get out there and enjoy the attention. The only thing you may have to watch out for is your health so make sure to take care of you too.
Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Month: April 5 - May 5
Hour: 7 am - 9 am
Dragon people this is your clash year and before you go into fear mode just remember that clashes bring change not necessarily doom and gloom. Change is inevitable so embrace it and direct the force of change if possible. External circumstances could bring challenges and curve balls but you get to decide what to do about it and how you want to handle it. If you are feeling like you are stuck or stagnating then change can be a welcome force that brings something new and wonderful into your life so be on the lookout for happy surprises as well. One change that is common during a clash year is moving, if you find you are not happy where you are then this is a great time to pick somewhere more supportive to you and go. Remember, Fate is what happens to us Destiny is what we make of it. Your challenge this year is not to be a victim of fate but a person who charts their own destiny. You can do it!
Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Month: May 6 - June 5
Hour: 9 am - 11 am
Snake people last year was likely full of ups and downs but this year should be calmer waters and smooth sailing ahead. Heaven is smiling on you now and any troubles you have lingering from last year can be overcome with relative ease this year. You will have no shortage of people working with you and helping you to achieve your goals this year. You will also have access to more resources this year so its a great year to raise capital and kick off a new venture as you will also have greater access to powerful people who can help you realize your plans. Single snakes will also be lucky with relationships this year you may even find love at first sight. There seems to be no shortage of heavenly blessings coming your way this year to be grateful for each one.
Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Month: June 6 - July 6
Hour: 11 am - 1 pm
Horse people get ready to take charge this year, new opportunities could arise for leadership positions so be ready to step up to the challenge. Increased responsibility and leadership could also come with financial rewards and you may also see your assets increase in value as well. If you are thinking of cashing in on the increased value of property this should be a great time to sell for a good price. You are one of the luckiest animals of the year but don’t get too cocky or to take on dangerous activities as you are more prone to accidents. This is a good year to skip the skydiving and make sure you have good insurance instead.
Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Month: July 7 - August 7
Hour: 1 pm - 3 pm
You are one of the lucky ones this year Goat folks. In general this will be a year of fun times and you will likely find yourself with a full social calendar. You may find yourself enjoying many parties and events this year. However all those parties may add to your waistline as you are more prone to weight gain this year - remember all things in moderation. In general you will find plenty of people at your side helping you to reach your goals and overcome any challenges that come your way. It should be a fun and prosperous year for you so enjoy it!
Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Month: August 8 - September 7
Hour: 3 pm - 5 pm
Monkey people you may feel a bit out of sync this year. Some of the ups and downs of the Rooster year may continue into this year, some new challenges pop up as well but with the right frame of mind you should be able to overcome them. What is working for you this year is the Intelligence Star which gives you great ideas and a boost to any course of study you undertake. This is an excellent year to challenge yourself and learn new things. It’s also a good year for you to travel as there is always so much to learn from new people and places - all in all its a great year to expand your horizons!
Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Month: September 8 - October 7
Hour: 5 pm - 7 pm
Rooster as your year comes to a close you may feel let down after riding such a high but it is also a good time to get off the ride and take a time out. You are likely coming into this year a bit tired and run down. This year it is really important to recharge physically and take care of yourself as you are more vulnerable to illness. Your focus should be on rest, good diet, mental health and spiritual cultivation. Its a good year to make healthy eating and more exercise your resolutions for this year and stick to them to ensure you come out of the Dog year strong and ready to tackle the Pig year in 2019.
If you are reading this then you have survived two very volatile years, congratulations. You are probably wondering - will next year be as crazy? The quick answer thankfully, is no but it won't necessarily be quiet either.
What made the last two years so intense was both the clash between fire and metal within the Fire Monkey and Fire Rooster pillars plus the fact that fire by its very nature is volatile and transformative which made for some crazy change.
The energy of this year is Yang Earth over Yang Earth, the same element which means there will be less volatility and chaos this year. You can even see the this elemental sameness in the Chinese characters for Earth Dog 戊 戌 as they look almost the same.
Yang Earth is likened to a mountain, strong, steady, quiet, enduring, dependable. This year will largely be characterized by these qualities and we can expect things to move at a slower pace this year and be more stable than the last two years. Mountains are also the domain of the sages and mystics so this year will also be a year that supports quiet contemplation, meditation and spiritual cultivation. This is a good year to focus inward and to get more centered and grounded.
The imagery of Yang Earth on top of Yang Earth is like one mountain on top of another - not unlike one mountain moving under another as described by plate tectonics. It takes a lot to move a mountain but when it does there is an earthquake. Unfortunately this signifies that this year could have more than its share of earthquakes so prone areas should more vigilant.
The proportion of the 5 elements in the birth chart of the year tells us even more about what we can expect from this year. While this is an Earth Dog year the dominant element is actually fire so there will still be a great deal of change and transformation this year and movements spawned by the upheaval of the last couple of years will likely continue to press forward to bring about reform.
Dogs are known for their loving companionship and loyalty but they can also be territorial and aggressive. The strong hidden fire in this year points to heated tensions below the surface which could erupt in conflict and combat. Since water, the element of communication is in short supply this year we may see diplomacy break down and battles ensue. This year's dog is more likey to be part of a dog fight than a pedigree contest.
Whether this dog year greets you with a wagging tail or bared teeth depends largely on what is in your chart. Find out what is in store for you personally this year in the Chinese Zodiac animal sign horoscopes which are coming up next, so stay tuned!