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Thursday 7 January 2010

Feng Shui the key to sporting success

The yin and yang of it is superb! The ancient art of Feng Shui making headlines on the the British sports pages. The gruff English cricket legend and former captain, Geoffrey Boycott (pictured left), was advising English soccer star, Michael Owen, to try feng shui to improve his fortunes and win the soccer World Cup for England this summer!

Boycott is pure yang macho Chi. And a Yorkshireman. He has two 6 Heaven Stars in his I Ching Astrology profile. Not exactly your typical feng shui fan. Yet he claims it helped him recover from throat cancer.

Owen is a more delicate but very athletic soccer player with a 3 Thunder Birth Star and a 4 Wind Inner Star. Both controlled by the 6 Heaven Star. This year his 3 Thunder Star rises up to the fame or Fire House in I Ching Astrology. The timing is perfect. So ensuring success is about placement. Which is exactly where feng shui could help and return Owen to his former glory on the pitch. After all, the essence of feng shui is being in the right place at the right time.


Wednesday 6 January 2010

Mountain Year heralds change

In I Ching Astrology, 2010 is ruled by the 8 Mountain Star. Symbolically, its volcanic inheritance means change and revolution. But it also carries with it a deeper meaning: reflection and contemplation. The true spirit of this 8 Mountain Year is drawn from stillness, meditation and the quiet anticipation of change.

I Ching Astrology operates under the ancient Chinese Solar Calendar, which begins on 4 February 2010.

Every nine years this special year rotates into place. It is here to remind humanity to take a moment in its development to draw breath, listen, communicate and be still.

The 8 Mountain Year is drawn from the I Ching symbolism of knowledge. The Mountain is “owned” by the tough Youngest Son who likes to do things his way. By instinct, he defies the advice from his older siblings and parents.

Although the Mountain Chi is stubborn and defiant, an 8 Mountain Year heralds change, which can be both challenging and productive. All of our own Stars in I Ching Astrology will be transformed on some level this year by this change.

Change is always positive, if only with the wisdom of hindsight. The really scary thing is the unexpected. Like children, the night before their birthday, who cannot sleep because of the promise of unknown gifts, we cannot anticipate the actual roll of the Tao. But the only child that is disappointed is the one who is demanding and inflexible.

Breathe and sit awhile this year. It will be exciting!

Out of change comes new thinking. Past Mountain Years have been: 1929 with the great Wall Street crash, 1956 with the Suez Crisis, and more recently, 9/11 in 2001. No matter what happens in 2010, history shows us that we, individually and collectively, have the ability to adapt and survive the most challenging circumstances.


Tuesday 5 January 2010

Thunder month to light up Fire Year

The ancient I Ching Astrology calendar still has one more month to run in 2009. And today is first day of a 3 Thunder month, the last month of the current 9 Fire Year

It is likely to be a lively one as the 3 Thunder Star rotates into place. Thunder (or air) feeds Fire on an elemental level and we could be seeing a grand finale to what has been a challenging year.

Then it’s all change on 4 February, the start of the Chinese Solar Year which will usher in the calmer influence of the new 8 Mountain Year.

A Thunder month always affects each of the 9 Stars differently. If you need to find your Birth Star, use our Sign Selector above.

Here is my brief month-ahead summary. For a more in-depth look at what Thunder means to your month, you can listen now to my five-minute audio forecast for your Birth Star.

3 Thunder Star: A very lively and exciting month

4 Wind Star: You are truly the Boss this month!

5 T'ai Chi Star: Time to relax and benefit from your recent efforts

6 Heaven Star: A time of stillness with a whiff of change in the air

7 Lake Star: You are on fire! Enlightened, enlightening and highly visible!

8 Mountain Star: A quieter month. Brilliant for your health and well being

9 Fire Star: Time to plan ahead. It is all in the preparation

1 Water Star: You are in your Spring! Enjoy the new Chi

2 Earth Star: You are unstoppable this month. Channel your Chi well!


Monday 4 January 2010

A fiery start to the year

The first day back to work this new decade for most of us is ruled by I Ching Astrology’s 9 Fire Star. This means very powerful Chi for all of us.

Not necessarily about heat, passion or otherwise, a Fire day has a modulating quality, exactly like flames – active, bright but changeable.

Here’s a run-down of the outlook for all nine signs

If you don’t know you Birth Star, use our Star Sign Selector NOW!

1 Water Star: You are in charge today, the Boss. So, avoid being too cutting or critical.

2 Earth Star: It’s party time for you! Let your hair down, enjoy and don’t take things too seriously.

3 Thunder Star: A tricky day today for communication. Listen very sharply and be super clear in your own communication.

4 Wind Star: You are at the top of the pile today - in the Fire House! You’re in the limelight.

5 T’ai Chi Star: An unusually quiet day for you. Best to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

6 Heaven Star: This is a day for love! It’s all about relationship and being in communication.

7 Lake Star: You’re just a huge, boisterous, fun-loving kid today! Enjoy yourself!

8 Mountain Star: Express yourself today, as you can be quick to succeed.

9 Fire Star: Possibly some turbulence today with your Star the centre-piece of the Magic Square. Stay grounded and all will be well.

For more about what 2010 holds for you, listen to Jon’s Year-Ahead forecast for your Birth Star, free, NOW!


Sunday 3 January 2010

If at first you don’t succeed…

If your recent New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside, have no worries.. There is another New Year on the horizon! Not the Lunar Chinese New Year of the Metal Tiger starting on 14 February, but the far older I Ching Astrology New Year beginning on the first day of the Chinese Solar Year on 4 February.

The new 8 Mountain Year will herald significant change on some level for us all. During a nine-year cycle our Birth Star rotates through different cosmic seasons.

In ancient times you needed to consult an astrologer to find out the flavour of the year ahead.

Now it is a lot simpler! First, if you need to determine your Birth Star, use our Star Sign Selector. Then, or If you already know it, listen to your FREE 2010 forecast that I have just recorded for you. Enjoy!


Saturday 2 January 2010

Mountain means Meditation...

As a new 8 Mountain Year looms over us, it is just the right time to savour the new Chi coming our way.

2500 years ago, Confucius, the greatest of all I Ching commentators, recommended meditation. He said: "Study without meditation is work wasted; meditation without study is perilous."

Today, his advise is still totally appropriate for Mountain Years, which starts according the Chinese Solar Calendar on 4 February. As part of a nine year cycle, they often present change and challenge, but this is always tempered by contemplation and introspection.

In the run up to the I Ching Astrology New Year, it will serve us well to muse deeply on how best to use the coming 12 months to benefit ourselves, our loved ones and our planet.

For, as Confucius concluded: “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”

To see what this coming Mountain Year means to you, purchase your in-depth I Ching Astrology profile NOW


Friday 1 January 2010

Happy New Year – whichever you choose!

As the book of time closes on another year for many, others are still looking forward to their New Year’s celebration – or the prospect of enjoying even more festivities.

No matter what date you choose to make the beginning of your year, its chief significance will be a New Beginning. A time when winter starts to recede and the light begins to return. A time for reflection and renewal – and of course resolution.

I Ching Astrology celebrates a very ancient turning point: the Beginning of Spring according to the Chinese Solar Calendar, which falls each year on 4 February. It is called Lap Chun in Cantonese

Modern Chinese culture celebrate its Lunar New Year normally on the second New Moon following the Winter Solstice. This year it falls on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, and marks the rule of the Metal Tiger.

Many older cultures, including the Chinese, the Druids and the Romans, celebrated New Year on the Winter Solstice. This made particular in the Northern Hemisphere because on this date the days gradually start to lengthen. .

For I Ching Astrology 2010 heralds the new 8 Mountain Year, one of change and upheaval. On many levels the change will seem to hover in the air and the real outcome may not settle and clarify until next year. These changes are likely to be social, economic and political.

What lies ahead for you this Year? Listen FREE to my four minute Year Ahead audio forecast for your Birth Star

Happy New Year from the Ching Astrology team.


Thursday 31 December 2009

New Year’s Eve Full Moon powered by T’ai Chi

New Year’s Eve this year speaks of magic and letting go. In I Ching Astrology the day is ruled by the powerful 5 T’ai Chi Star, and this vibrant energy is enhanced by a Full Moon Lunar eclipse.

A T’ai Chi days means that all our Birth Stars are occupying their own Houses. This is always a significant turning point. So look forward to a fascinating and encouraging day and evening.

The I Ching Astrology New Year is actually still some weeks away. But as the new 8 Mountain Year moves closer, I am already sensing optimistic change. Its I Ching trigram represents transformation, revolution and deep insights. A very important year begins for us all on 4 February 2010.

Tomorrow I’ll be looking at the way different cultures choose to start their New Years. For a detailed look at your year ahead through the wisdom of I Ching Astrology, download your Birth Chart now.


Wednesday 30 December 2009

Will the Wind blow hot or cold for Tiger in 2010?

Born today in 1975, the golfing genius shares the same 7 Lake Birth Star with other golfing legends including: Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernard Langer, Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus. The 7 Lake Star is often very polished, resourceful and persuasive.

But Tiger has a double dose of the 7 Lake Star as it appears in his I Ching Astrology profile as his Inner Star. He has the controlling and bold 5 T'ai Chi Outer Star which drives him forward in life.

However, 2009, sees his 7 Lake Star reside in the rash and hasty 3 Thunder House of the East and the dawn. Chi moves fast in this House and can gain momentum into 2010. He needs deal with all the underlying issues in his personal life now before they gain more power as he moves into the 4 Wind House after February 4th, 2010.


Tuesday 29 December 2009

Midnight Cowboy

Jon Voight, Hollywood actor and estranged father of Angelina Jolie, is 71 today. His epic appearance in 1969 in "Midnight Cowboy" with Dustin Hoffman set him on the road to his glittering career.

I believe that his I Ching Astrology Profile truly reflects his real nature.

His tough, stubborn and intractable qualities are a very good mirror of aspects of his 8 Mountain Birth Star.

His independence, evasiveness and desire to do things his own way are well reflected in his 1 Water Inner Star.

The spirit of youth, impetuosity and stamina are expressed in his 3 Thunder Outer Star.

This 8-1-3 profile is an explosive mix! Jon is not a person to cross, as he will have the memory of an elephant and never forgets!


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