Today is supposed to be one of the most depressing days of the year, known as Blue Monday. Based on a calculation of weather in Northern Hemisphere, debt levels & ability to pay off debts, time elapsed since New Year's Resolutions etc. - it is probably a bit of hype too, but there is an element of truth in it, as many people struggle with the New Year and also with Springtime, because they become anxious that nothing in their lives will change for the better. Often the 3rd Monday in January, it is a time when the hype of the turn of the year has died down and IF you set resolutions, you might well have already abandoned them. You may even have a sneaking feeling of futility creeping in or even already suffered disappointments and setbacks early on in the year.
Some new year, you might be thinking! Can we please start 2019 again?!
Each hour, day, month and year of the Western Gregorian calendar is represented in the Chinese Calendar by certain qualities - primarily one of the Five Elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal and one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
This year it is the Earth Dog, otherwise known as the Yellow Dog.
At last, some stabilising Earth energy! The Dog is by nature aligned to the Earth element and this year he is accompanied by the Heaven energy of Yang Earth, so this means that the Earth energy is very strong and should be much more harmonious than 2017 and 2016.
I found myself explaining these concepts to a lovely Feng Shui client of mine in London a few weeks ago, who I have closely supported since 2011. So, I felt that it would be useful for readers of my blog to hear as well.
Feng Shui is only for people who take responsibility for their lives.
It's definitely about empowering yourself, by attuning to good energy as much as possible, and minimising negative chi.
Prepare for continued turmoil in the money markets this year and another dynamic year full of change and headstrong energy. Luckily, the Yin Fire Rooster is a little more mellow than the Yang Fire Monkey of 2016, but the pace won't let up much as we move into a very yang (male, active) period of time known as the 9 fate. Read on for a general overview of the year and your Chinese animal forecast.
So you've spent thousands, if not tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of pounds/dollars/euros on Success workshops with gurus and coaches from all over the world.
You've even travelled overseas to have epiphanies and then return home to face the same old same old, and wonder where you are going wrong.
Your self-development pot is waning and your credit card bill soaring. Yet you are still making the same errors, and before long you jack it all in after staying stuck for years.
It would seem that all you are doing in your search for success is helping the workshop leaders be successful... and wealthy...
How good are you at feeling truly alive, deeply connected and purposeful?
Like anyone, I have good days and not so aligned days... I have days when I feel purposeful and balanced and days when I feel out of sorts and have to undertake specific practices such as yoga or meditation to get back into that expanded state of relaxed focus and appreciation for life. Why do we change so much day to day, hour to hour sometimes?
Following on from my successful promotion at the Winter Solstice, please see your basic 2016 Chinese Animal Fortune Forecast below for the Year of the Fire Monkey!
Prepare for fast progress in 2016 as the strong Yang Heaven Water forges ahead with great impetus and will keep up momentum for the majority of the year. The Rat and Monkey are key players this year and the Monkey is a Fire Monkey which means a lot of action in the money markets this year.
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.