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  • Days:   3 Days
  • Type:   Workshop
  • Presentor:   Grand Master Raymond Lo
  • 25 Jan

    The Year of the Goat

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    Unlike the numerical Western calendar - the Chinese have a unique system that provides us with information about prevailing elemental influences at any given point in time. It makes use of the five elements –water, wood, fire, earth and metal- and their cycles, to determine the various aspects affecting the whole world.

    In Chinese astrology, the goat is the eighth animal to hear the call of Buddha and this sensitive animal has many attributes that make up its character.

    The goat is generally altruistic with a compassionate and helpful manner. With a warm heart this kind and gentle person has lots of appeal, so they’re never alone for long. The beguiling goat also achieves what he wants from life in a mild-mannered and easygoing way.

    2015 is the year of the wood goat and it is influenced by two elements - wood and earth. This coming year is represented by the image of earth sitting below wood. In accordance with the destructive cycle of the five elements - wood controls earth. Therefore they are elements in some conflict. Even though these elements are in discord and wood controls the earth – the year of 2015 will still be strongly influenced by the earth element as it forms the foundation

    As a consequence, in the year of the goat we will continue to see some tension in international relationships particularly in the gulf region if history is to repeat itself. However, even though there is some disharmony and conflict around the world, with the more flexible elements present, there is a much better opportunity for compromise and resolving differences in a peaceful manner than there was last year.

    The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of sixty years so, the last time we experienced the wood goat was in 1955. Whilst the Vietnam war began in that particular year, 1955 also marked the signing of many International treaties signalling the end of conflicts and a vote for compromise and reconciliation. West Germany joined NATO, the Baghdad Pact was signed, the Soviet Union and other communist countries formed the Warsaw Pact, Burma and Japan made peace. So…even though there are many conflicts around us – I am hopeful that similar results will also occur this year.

    The earth of the goat is very dry like in a desert area therefore the wood sitting atop is weak, so 2015 will bring about more drought and accidents related to the earth element such as earthquakes, avalanches and landslides. Hurricanes and the like are also more prevalent during the coming year. The dry elements of wood and earth, present a need for genuine concern around the possibility of serious environmental damage. In addition, given that the Gulf Wars in 1991 and 2003 were also in years of the goat then the current situation with ISIS is real cause for concern.

    As with everything in life there is the flipside and 1955 also produced some great innovations. Lloyd Conover invented the antibiotic tetracycline, which became the most prescribed broad spectrum antibiotic in the US within three years. The first commercial TV station began in the UK, Disneyland opened in California, the First Guinness Book of World Records was published. The antiproton was discovered in 1955 and has since been shown within laboratory experiments to have the potential to treat certain cancers.

    The general consensus is that the element of fire is the driving force behind the economy and given that earth is produced by fire then the international economy should continue to improve slightly or at the very least, stabilise.

    The industries most likely to perform well during the year of the goat are those such as fashion, textile, print and publishing, media and food industries. These should see good gains and rewards for their efforts. Also, watch the banking, machinery, engineering, computer, and high tech industries.

    Entertainment, electricity, gymnasiums, restaurants, finance, oil and energy related industries along with transport, travel, shipping and communication will see productivity increases when operated well however, the returns aren’t outstanding.

    The industries most likely to be challenged during the coming year are mining, insurance, agriculture, chemical industries software and the property market. These sectors will experience pressure on prices and see a lot of competition during 2015. Although profits can be made, considerably more effort will be required to achieve this and the profits will be weaker than expected.

    Traditional Chinese medicine is also based on the five elements and their cycles. Wood rules the liver along with the neck and spine, whilst earth governs the stomach, cells, pancreas and muscles.

    The goat, being of the earth element and symbolising the stomach, cells and muscles could also bring with it more health problems relating to these areas of the body. For instance, we could see a rise in the incidences of cancer, particularly bone cancer due to the pressure that wood exacts on the earth element this year. There could be a distinct rise in diabetes and problems with kidney and immune functions. Bring on the anti-oxidants.

    Throughout 2015 there will be a clash that occurs for those born in the year of the Ox (e.g. 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009). For those born in these years it’s highly likely life will be a little more turbulent and you will feel somewhat restless, frustrated and interested in travelling more frequently and in general, making changes in your life. It is advisable to be more cautious during the coming year and avoid extreme sports and high adventure activities, thereby doing your best to avoid accidents throughout the year. It is also sensible to sidestep opportunities for traveling towards the southwest. And…as an additional precaution, wear a pendant of the horse for some further symbolic protection.

    For those born in the year of the goat; (e.g. 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) this does not automatically equate to a good year as you are offending the Grand Duke. So it is also advisable to carry or wear a charm of the horse as a precaution against disturbances during the coming year.

    The animals in harmony with the Goat year are the Horse, Rabbit and Pig so…have some fun.

    It is important to remember that this current Feng Shui period represents and predominantly impacts children, particularly boys. This has been the case since 2004 beginning with a fire killing 94 children in July at a Kumbakonam private school and the siege in Beslan’s (Russia) secondary school on September 1 where 334 people died, including 186 children. More recently we’ve seen the South Korean ferry boat disaster and the Hong Kong student protests. At the time of writing we have just heard the sad news of the massacre at a Peshawar school, in which 149 people - 133 of them children - were killed.

    The flipside is that young people are also positively impacting on society and being recognised for their efforts in a way that we have not previously seen.

    With respect to Feng Shui you will find a troublesome influence coming from the west bringing with it difficulties and obstacles. This energy needs to be dealt with (especially if your main door or bedroom is in the west) by placing an all-metal wind chime in this sector of your home or office. The worst months will be April, June, July and January 2016

    The southeast will require a string of six metal coins to be placed in this area, particularly if this is the location of the master bedroom, kitchen, living room or main entrance.

    In the South you will find the energy of scandals and so it is best to place 3 bamboo stems (or stems of any plant that grows in water only) in a clear, black, green or blue vase at this point of your home or office.

    At the core of every building resides the influence of anger, frustration and theft. Placing red objects (even red paper) in this location reduces this impact on your life. However, given that this influence also signifies events on a global scale and so it is reasonable to expect more earthquakes or landslides. China relates to the centre and so this country could be affected, particularly the western regions.

    Finally, do not sit with your back against west or northeast especially whilst you’re working. It’s also advisable to not carry out large-scale construction work in the southwest for the coming year, as this is the location of the ‘grand duke’. Should your home face Southwest then place a Dragon Tortoise to face this direction.

    I hope you all stay well and happy during 2015 and that the coming Year of the Wood Goat will allow your plans to unfold bestowing your family and loved ones with great success and fulfilment.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai

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