A new year, a new start... what will 2016 bring? or more accurately, what will you make of 2016? I am not sure where it all began, when astrology sank into popular opinion as something disempowering, superstitious and foreboding... As anyone who has ever studied the subject in depth will tell you, its nothing like the popular myths and prejudices that abound.
Wow! It's gonna be fast. This year will have a breathless pace to it and if you aren't prepared you will surely get washed away.
The Chinese calendar employs the metaphors of creatures to convey a quality of chi for each year. It is not to be taken too literally!
The energy archetype of the fire monkey is one of agility and being fast moving and creative.
The animal sign of the year is just one small part of a complex lattice of 'cosmic observations' as I call them. This year we have it all going on...all the elements... Let me guide you to plan effectively and really up your game.
From 23 August 2015 we entered the "Chu Shu - Limit of Heat" solar fortnight, and then on the 8th September we came into "Bak Low - White Dew" and I certainly noticed a lot more moisture on the lawn around that time in the mornings. From 23rd September we enter the "Chow Fun - Autumn Equinox" solar fortnight, during which point of the Vernal (or Fall/Autumn) Equinox the balance of light and day is more or less equal in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Despite our best intentions we can sometimes p*ss people off or they misunderstand us and all hell breaks loose from a relative calm. This can happen to anyone, no matter how 'zen' or educated or mindful we are.
It is not that obvious to many, but Feng Shui is as much about timing as it is about the layout of space. WHEN you take action and implement my advice is just as important as HOW and WHERE in the home or office.
When you consider that nature has its regular cycles, and that Feng Shui is all about the dynamics of nature, then it is no surprise that ENERGY or 'chi'/ 'life force' / 'prana' also has its time cycles.
See YOUR 2015 Chinese Animal Fortune Forecast below for the Year of the Yin Wood Sheep!
The Yin Wood Sheep is going to be a gentler year than the Yang Fire Horse of 2014 but we will still see some action due to the crushing stars at the centre. All in all though it will be a year of accomplishment, settling, storing and progress. The Sheep or Goat is very steady and methodical and very adaptable. The Kua is quite strong being 6/7 so it will help to create a wonderful blend of yin and yang this year which is always a productive combination. We could see problems in the Central parts of countries and also an escalation in problems in the Middle East and quite possibly an earthquake in that region.
It is trendy these days for coaches to say 'there is a season for everything'... but they have no real system to substantiate that statement - the Chinese Five Element wisdom in your horoscope can literally show you the RIGHT SEASON, the RIGHT TIME to take inspired action.
Heaven is massive and still mostly unfathomed! The Chinese created elegant systems to engage with and listen to and communicate with this powerful energy.
It was an unexpected request from a lovely lady in Wimbledon, when she asked me about a feng shui position for her recently acquired terracotta warrior from Xian in China. When I arrived at the property earlier this year in July, this replica of the original warriors was placed in front of the house facing a little away from the home and not in the best feng shui position.
After familiarising myself with the house layout and the garden layout and measuring the site of the home (otherwise known as the back) I started to have some good inklings about where this chappie might belong. I had to take into consideration lawn space, trampoline space, visual appeal etc. as well as my 'sensing the chi' aspect.
Does this time of year freak you out a little? Do you feel grateful for the year just past by? Or do you feel secretly afraid that if you don't 'get it right this time' then another year will see your initial hopes and dreams die?
Do you listen to knowledge outside of yourself and then regret it? Do you get attracted to mentoring programs then find that they simply cannot provide bespoke enough advice and don't really teach you more than you already know?
See YOUR 2014 Chinese Animal Fortune Forecast below for the Year of the Wood Horse!
We are in for quite a year! The energy of the horse is dynamic and fast and will likely bring more travel and a quicker pace, whereas 2013 brought sensuality and reflection and hidden messages to the forefront the horse is wild and ready to run forward with dynamic action. Bring it on!