Auspicious Dates and Places for The Month of the Earth Dog 2021

Auspicious Dates and Places
The (9th) month of the Earth Dog 2021.
(11:04 8th October to 14:21pm 7th November inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Ox.
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Hexagram 23

A 6 month                                        aspires to authority & doubles down.
A typical Dog Month                   resists change.
Where to be this month:           West, North East.
Default orientation:                    Face South or North West.
Where not to be this month:   South East, North West, North.
Favoured Animals:                      Tiger, Horse, Dog, Rabbit.
Especially challenged:               Dragon, Rooster, Rat, Monkey
The Hexagram (above):            23, Bo, Stripping, Mountain over Earth, Last leaf falls.
Summary                                       into the mystic

5             3
4       6       8
9             7
Dog Month lo shu

 The Right Answer is Yes.
The superior person in a position of power can be clearly recognised by (their) gentleness.Wu Wei.
The Fire Rooster is a delicate creature; yin Metal and yin Fire are the bearers of beauty. The Earth Dog of 1958 is no such thing. In fact this Dog is often thought of as dull and obstinate. Which is not entirely fair. Many genius businesswomen were born that year. And it may be that obduracy is exactly what it takes to succeed in a world that is male twice over. This is a month in which authority may appear firm to the point of rigidity and it may be particularly dangerous to be an outspoken woman. Rigidity has very little track record as a successful method of keeping order. You cannot imprison men’s (or more to the point, women’s) minds. Blandishments won’t do it forever either.

Next month is a 5 Month, next year is a 5 Year; there is corruption at the heart of things and those in power remain unapologetic. What is to be done? For now, little; the changes that need to come are not mechanical. If a Rooster month is about promises made, delivered or broken, Dog is about doubling down on both good and bad delivery. And the appropriate response is forgiveness. But that’s not the same as indulgence. Evolution follows awareness of error, doesn’t it?

As ever this question may be apposite at a global, national, commercial or domestic level. And as ever the answer is that everything that appears to be outside ourselves is a reflection of what is within. As the two deepest thinkers of the 20th Century (Mahatma Gandhi and Michael Jackson obvs) agreed, it’s the man in the mirror. There is no chessboard upon which we are not both pawn and grandmaster.

Models like ba zi and feng shui allow us to move the pieces around; there are instructions elsewhere in this bulletin as to how to do that, where and when. These models incorporate consistent rules that are not widely (at least in the West) accepted but are consistent and powerful just the same. They also include an aspect that is ineffable. In a sense there are no rules. This Dog Month casts opportunity before us but it may take nerve to pick it up.

And the right answer remains yes because whatever experience is offered, to accept is to grow and to reject is to stagnate. Light always follows dark.
Richard Ashworth 3rd October 2021. 

The Month of the Earth Dog, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances dependent upon whether this Animal rules your Year, Month, Day, Hour or Life House.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) More argument on Sheep Days (14th, 26th Oct; a.m. 7th Nov) threaten breakup. Let Dragon adjudicate.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) Blockages & random opposition. Stay sweet, ask for help; this too shall pass.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#). Much is hard to articulate. Accept direction.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Still in charge but the natives are restless. Relax your grip before it’s taken from you. Coercion doesn’t work.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Rampant if you don’t contain yourself; barriers fall before you; stay gracious.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) You’re on Fire; inspiration of all sorts settles on you. Best you settle South.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Blocked if you allow that; you are the mediator.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Be sure your bite is not lethal or expect to clean up the mess. Too much subtlety is not helpful.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Powered; you can work at the fast pace you prefer; be there for the Sheep in your life.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Further dispute especially 17th, 29th Oct. Seek Dragon help or risk upset and/or loss. Avoid Dogs.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Not your strongest time; cooperate and complete. Emotional honesty required.
Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) There is much room now. Keep your word or risk repercussion from an unexpected quarter.

* Chinese Solar Months start later than European ones. # You’ll need help or a Chinese Calendar for this.

Special Days in October:
Especially helpful

Wednesday 27th October, Earth Monkey, Basket, Open (2) *****  Opportunities major but fleeting.
Today’s the day to seize the moment whoever you are and whatever you are doing. Watch for the break in the clouds and leap.
Activity:  Rooster due West, NE3 for awareness & precision timing.
Favours:  everyone but especially Monkey, Rat, Dragon & Snake – in any Pillar. 

Not so helpful.

Thursday 21st October Water Tiger, Horn, Stable (8) *** frustrating
Palace of the Eastern Dragon implies dynamism; Water Tiger can confuse activity with achievement. No big change today though.
Activity: Horse due South to recognise and honour the moment.
Especially frustrated: Monkey, Snake, the swinger of lead.
Where to locate in October
West, Intervention: Year Star: 8; Month Star: 8.
Doubly advantaged; precision assists anyone in the West this month. Big advantage for Dragons positioned here and those entering by a Western door. Music, glamour, fashion and presentation are all suited. Placing a mirror to reflect the West will bulk up the gain.
Moments of closeness to the beyond may be signaled by autumn sunshine.
Maximise: with Fire: bright light, red.
Where not to locate in October
South East, Determination: Year & Month Star: 5 Year & Month Wu huang. Moon (Dragon SE1)
Look this way. Only. Do not occupy. It’s hazardous and off-the-wall.
Mitigate all year: t’ang lung.
Richard Ashworth is one of the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He was among the pioneers of feng shui survey & analysis at a distance (for now of course the most prudent way to do it) on MySpirit Radio in the noughties. A good taster of his approach may be found on Audible at can also see him at work on tv’s Housebusters at  Most Thursdays and Fridays he is to be found teaching both feng shui and ba zi one-to-one online (times by mutual arrangement) with students from Seattle to Belgium,

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