January 25, 2012 § 2 Comments
Dragon enters with huge rainstorms, massive solar flares, and rich bright aurorae borealis all over the world. Aurora is the Greek Goddess of dawn + Boreaus the Greek God of the north wind.
Solar storms can effect all kinds of technology including radio & satellite communications, air traffic control, and more. When a fiery mass hits Earth’s atmosphere, it creates a brief imbalance in Earth’s magnetic field. But we’re safe here on Earth from geomagnetic storms, protected by Mother Earth’s atmospheric blanket and strong magnetosphere.
This is just the beginning. Anticipate infinite opportunities for draconian displays of nature to remind us that the vast universe is full of wonder and mystery. And light Dragons come in all colors. This video link shows red aurorae borealis skies as far south as Memphis and Atlanta. Happy New Year! http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/west/view/20120125aurora_borealis_mesmerizes_watchers_who_toughed_alaskan_night/srvc=home&position=recent
January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
2012 is the year of the WATER Dragon. Water is the most yin/feminine element, but yin is not considered weak in Taoist astrology and feng shui. Instead, Water is the most powerful element for it can move around any obstacle in its path without losing its essential nature. Water can, in time, dissolve the hardest mountains.
Dragon year is very powerful and intense. The volume is turned up, events can occur quickly, and it;s easy to be overwhelmed. In a Water Dragon year, it is helpful to have a Water room in your home for rest, healing, and retreat.
In feng shui, a Water environment is cool and dark, like a bedroom or bathroom. The ideal Water room is quiet, soft, and restful. Water’s colors are black, blue, and shades of blue like turquoise and azure that bring a sense of calm and peace. Water objects in the home and office include all types of reflective surfaces including mirrors, glass, and cut crystal. Water is also represented by waterways, rivers, streams, pools, fountains, and aquariums.
Feng shui is important at New Year to welcome new opportunities. Clean your home as if it is spring cleaning but done now. Move any piece of furniture that has not been moved during this past year to clean behind and below it.
Dragon year can be hectic, so don’t start this year with any clutter! Now is the time to get rid of it. If how to handle money is not clear to you, then you definitely must have no clutter hidden, stashed, or hoarded. Money is symbolized by Water in feng shui. Money has a chance to flow like water this Dragon year if your home is clean and clutter free.
Happy New Year!
January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
ENTER THE DRAGON
Sunday January 22 at 11:39 pm PST was a new Moon in the independent and exciting Air sign Aquarius. Chinese New Year is on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, and this new Moon began the year of the Dragon! Magical magnificent Dragon is the most powerful sign of the Chinese zodiac. Anticipate a year that is exciting, creative, and over the top. Dragon’s influence inspires passion, drive, and daring. Dragon year is an excellent time to start a business, get married, have a child, travel the world, or take incredible risks. But results can be drastic: undreamed of success or unrealistic fantasies that crash. Either way, life’s pace is speedy, dynamic, and anything can happen. On a planetary level, expect extreme earth changes such as earthquakes, tidal waves, and volcanic eruptions.
WATER DRAGON 2012
2012 is the year of the Water Dragon. Water is the most yin/feminine element, but yin is not considered weak in Taoist astrology and feng shui. Water is the most powerful element for it can move around any obstacle in its path without losing its essential nature. Water can, in time, dissolve the hardest mountains. Dragon year is powerful and intense. The volume is turned up, events can occur quickly, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. In a Water Dragon year, it’s helpful to have a Water room in your home for rest, healing, and retreat. In feng shui, a Water environment is cool and dark, such as a bedroom or bathroom. The ideal Water room is quiet, soft, and restful. Water’s colors are black, blue, and shades of blue like turquoise and azure that bring a sense of calm and peace. Water objects in the home and office include all types of reflective surfaces including mirrors, glass, and cut crystal. Water is also represented by waterways, rivers, streams, pools, fountains, and aquariums.
Feng shui is important at New Year to welcome new opportunities. Clean your home as if it is spring cleaning but done now. Move any piece of furniture that has not been moved during the past year to clean behind and below it. Dragon year can be hectic, so don’t start this year with any clutter! Now is the time to get rid of it. If how to handle money is not clear to you, then you definitely must have no clutter hidden, stashed, or hoarded. Money is symbolized by Water in feng shui. Money has a chance to flow like Water this Dragon year if your home is clean and clutter free.
Traditionally in Chinese astrology, the mighty Dragon year brings luck and good fortune. Powerful, mystical, and magical Dragon is the bringer of spring rain, Dragon grants blessings, and is the symbol of power and the Emperor.
But in 2012, the Dragon is still crawling out of the Recession that began in Earth Rat year 2008. So this Dragon year is not the year when the Recession ends, but the year when it is obvious what works and what does not work. In a Dragon year, there is not much middle ground. The time for middle-ground diplomacy was last year Metal Hare 2011. So in this Dragon year, expect extremes in stock markets, fluctuation of prices, and general chaos in all things financial. In Dragon year, it will be Europe’s turn to crash. And it won’t be over until Sheep year 2015.
On a practical note, Dragon year is a time to be more concerned with image. So if a fine garment or new haircut will impress, do it. Go up a notch with how you dress, your home furnishings, and how you entertain. Nothing sloppy or grungy in Dragon year will do. Save casual and outdoorsy for Horse year 2014.
YOUR FORTUNE IN DRAGON YEAR
RAT – Rat is smart, sharp, clever, and has a natural ability to be successful. Finally, Dragon year 2012 is your fortunate year to shine! Although some translations refer to you as mouse, your personality is rarely meek and mousy. Don’t be timid in this Dragon year when good fortune and success can be attained in love, marriage, business, politics, family, and real estate. Rat is a master planner, and events occur quickly in a Dragon year, giving you the pace, action, movement, and breadth to end up with the biggest piece of cheese.
OX – Dragon’s values do not match Ox’s values. Honest, strong, reliable Ox is a hard worker with integrity of character. Dragon doesn’t care what integrity is, unless it can be used to get ahead. So in this Dragon year, it’s best for Ox to be realistic and not tricked into any type of compromising actions, especially with your finances. If you see others living in grand Dragon style, don’t even try to keep up with the show. You start a whole new fortunate life cycle in Serpent year 2013 when all your good efforts will be rewarded.
TIGER – Dragon’s dynamic energy will stimulate Tiger and bring lots of action and diverse activities. Tiger has superb instincts but can be impulsive, so in this Dragon year think before you act. Be like a Tiger on the hunt; silently observe but do not pounce. Now is not the time to follow any new ideas or fantasies. Hold off on any grand gesture or big change. Tiger and Dragon are the two strongest signs so if you feel competition from others this year, try to compromise. Learn from the mistakes of others and be helpful. Stay loyal to those who love you.
HARE – Dragon year is about power. Hare is an artistic soul, and power is not what motivates you. Hare prefers to avoid the fray and be a connoisseur who appreciates all the fine and beautiful things in life. Battling to the top is just not of interest. But the energy and activity of Dragon year can be very beneficial for you if you stay engaged in life and keep an optimistic attitude. New friends and acquaintances can open doors so don’t be shy. If overextended, retreat and rest at home. An excellent year for creativity and inspiration.
DRAGON – The celestial Dragon T’ien Lung flies through the sky, chasing a pearl that is the sun. Like the celestial Dragon, you born in Dragon year have potential to soar. This is your lucky year so celebrate life whenever you can, get involved, and shine in the spotlight. Life is lived on a grand scale, and you lead the way.You have fresh ideas, high energy, and are raring to go as New Year begins. Take a risk, go for broke, and do not hide your brilliance. Now is your time for accomplishments, recognition, and much progress in business and with family.
SERPENT – Dragon and Serpent are compatible allies. You are both powerful, focused, and passionate. Extrovert Dragon is yang to your yin. Dragon year brings excitement and much activity, but Serpent is an observer who contemplates before acting. Stay steady, yet be open to new ideas and career opportunities. Travel is fortunate for you this year. You can be peaceful in the eye of the storm if you retreat ocassionally to rest and refresh. You’ll start a whole new life cycle next year in Serpent year 2013 when you shed your skin and are reborn.
HORSE – Horse loves life, and does not like to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. So Horse enjoys and appreciates the vital energy of Dragon year. But Dragon can bring extreme highs and lows, which can be unsettling for Horse. Dragon is a dreamer and Horse is a doer, so don’t get involved in any sort of Dragon scheme this year, especially with money. Be more conservative than your usual radical risk-taking Horse self. Avoid too much chaos under the influence of the changeable Dragon, although travel and romance are very favorable.
SHEEP – Dragon brings stimulation and excitement for artistic Sheep. Under Dragon’s glorious influence, Sheep can find happiness, success, and romance. But care must be taken to not overextend, and don’t let Dragon chaos get you frazzled. Dragon year can seem like the time to strike it big, live a grand lifestyle, or indulge in a round-the-world holiday. Instead, use common sense, typical Sheep thoughtful insight, and don’t take any big financial risks. Sheep “eat paper” meaning that spending must be controlled, especially in a Dragon year.
MONKEY – Dragon and Monkey are best friends so Dragon year is one of your best years ever. Monkey has not had good fortune in a long time, and finally 2012 is your year for fantastic luck, fun and merriment, and much achievement. Monkey’s traits are courage, ability to take action, love of anarchy, and true devotion to even the wildest of schemes. And that kind of thinking leads to success in a Dragon year! Monkey can hit the jackpot in Dragon year and win big. A very fortunate year for work, health, love, marriage, and children.
PHOENIX (Rooster) – Anticipate a fantastic year now that Hare year is over. You’ve not had much good fortune in the past three years, but luck is with you in 2012 to improve all areas of your life. The spotlight shines on Phoenix, success is guaranteed, and rewards are harvested. Dragon’s inspirational energy is ideal for your creative mind. Dress in your finest plumage and join the show. An excellent year for marriage. Dragon year brings opportunities for you Phoenix, and next year Serpent 2013 can be even better!
DOG – Like a real dog, a person born in the Dog year possesses the admirable qualities of loyalty and integrity of character. In all your dealings, including financial, you are truthful and work for the collective good. None of this is true for the Dragon, who is your exact opposite! Dragon dreams, Dog does. Dragon can dazzle with smoke and mirrors, whereas Dog is practical, realistic, and down to earth. So be cautious in this Dragon year. Maintain your humanist ideals and not get swept up in Dragon materialism. Stay steady, strong, and true.
PIG – Pig would rather enjoy life and all of life’s little pleasures instead of chasing status and money — both of which are highly prized by the Dragon. But Pig still has a great time feasting, celebrating, and enjoying the party in Dragon year. Luck comes Pig’s way, success is achieved at work, love is found or deepens, and Pig enjoys recognition and respect from others. Just be aware that Pig can be gullible, and swindlers are out in force in a Dragon year, so stay sweet and kind, and nobody’s fool. Travel is enriching and offers delightful discoveries.
DRAGON YEAR TALKS
Please join me for my Year of the Water Dragon public talks:
Friday afternoon January 27, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
JCCSF Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco CA
Free of charge and everyone is welcome
Friday evening February 3, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
East West Books
324 Castro Street, Mountain View CA
$10 in advance or $12 at the door
Happy new Moon and happy New Year,
January 17, 2012 § 2 Comments
Many people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight after the holidays. But the cold of winter is the least favorable time of the year for weight loss. According to principles of Chinese medicine, spring is the season for cleansing and weight loss. Now is not the time for a gym membership or work-out regime during cold and flu season when it’s dark at sunset. And this is the worst season for a cleanse. Instead, rest and stay warm.
Foods for weight loss are too light for winter. Winter is time for soups and hardier fare. Spring is the time to eat weight-reducing foods like salads and vegetables that are in season. Cleansing tonics, herbal teas, fruit, salads, lots of water — all ideal in springtime. And it’s easier to continue with exercise as the days lengthen. And no fasting in Chinese medicine. Eat lightly, perhaps shitake mushroom soup, but fasting is too shocking for the body.
Food can be categorized as yin or yang. During the yin cold of winter, eat yang warming foods such as meat or root vegetables. In the yang heat of summer, eat cooling foods such as fruit. The July 4th picnic food of grilled meats and booze is very yang. The New Year’s diet foods of salads and fruits are very yin. And this confusion leads to both illness and obesity.
So do not be discouraged if you’ve already broke your weight loss resolution. Instead, redo it this spring. Spring equinox is March 19 this year, a much better time to work out, eat less, and be inspired by new life and growth at springtime.
January 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
FULL MOON in CANCER
Sunday January 8 is a full Moon in the nurturing Water sign Cancer. Cancer rules the home, family, mother, and roots. So use this full Moon energy to continue the holiday spirit of caring, loving, and sharing. Now is an ideal time to get cozy in your home because the next new Moon in two weeks starts the year of the Dragon.
Dragon year is powerful and intense; the volume is turned up, events occur quickly, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. If you are interested in a feng shui consultation for New Year, feel free to call me at 415.642.8019 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Opportunity to create a peaceful home environment is for all, especially the Water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and those born in Sheep, Pig, and Hare years.
3 MERCURY RETROGRADES in 2012
While enjoying with friends and family this full Moon weekend, consider making travel plans for 2012. In Hare year it’s good to stay close to home, but Dragon year is the time to travel, explore, and see the world — fly high like the mighty Dragon. Note that Mercury retrograde is not considered an auspicious time for travel. So make your travel arrangements with the following Mercury retrograde dates in mind:
March 12 to April 4 in Aries and back into Pisces
July 14 to August 7 in Leo
November 6 to November 26 in Sagittarius and back into Scorpio
ENTER THE DRAGON
The year of the Water Dragon begins on the new Moon of January 22, 1012 at 11:39 pm PST. Please join me for my 2012 Year of the Dragon public talks:
January 27 Friday afternoon 1:00 to 2:30 PM
JCCSF Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco CA
Free of charge and everyone is welcome
February 3 Friday evening 7:30 to 9:00 PM
East West Books, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View CA
$10 in advance or $12 at the door
Happy full Moon,