Grace and Favour: the Fire Ox Month, 2020

Auspicious Dates and Places
The (12th) month of the Fire Ox, 2020.
(06:06am 7th January to 17:18pm 4th February 2020 inclusive)
as the Year turns from Earth Pig to Metal Rat.

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Hexagram 19

The Fire Ox Month, Animal by Animal
The Pig holds back,
The Rat pokes,
The Ox is still in charge,
The Tiger is spoiled for (and by) choice,
The Rabbit cruises,
The Dragon makes no big decisions yet,
The Snake loiters in anticipation,
The unprepared Horse mat falter,
The Sheep too,
The Monkey runs amok,
The Rooster waits a while,
The Dog makes merry while she can.


Special attention this Month: everything you always wanted to know about the Metal Rat year but didn’t dare to ask:

A 9 month emphasises & makes public.
The Ox Month can introduce small blockages.
Where to be this month: North West, tai chi.
Where not to be this month: North, East, South.
Favoured Animals: Snake, Rooster, Ox, Rat – in any Pillar.
Especially challenged: Horse, Sheep, Pig, Rabbit.
The Hexagram (above): Lin Advancing. Earth over Lake

8 4 6
7 9 2
3 5 1
Fire Ox

This month’s lo shu: wu huang 5 North 😦 san sha East 😦

Grace and Favour: the Fire Ox Month, 2020.
He who is in a state of rebellion cannot receive grace.” Oscar Wilde.
De Profundis.

The Ox Month is associated with the small blockages to which yin Earth is heir while the Metal Rat’s central concern is difficult communication. That’s a powerful if demanding combination. And this year and this month are both of those things.

The Metal in the mouth of this Rat is cold and bitter; there are hard truths to tell both to power and the masses. 2019 suggested that democracy works but not perhaps as it ought to. The crowd may not be so wise after all. The truths to be told are mostly linear, they represent the logic and calculation of Metal.

Traditionally Rats by birth “poke” a Year Rat. This year that poking may consist of trusting such calculation. No amount of self-delusion can explain away the burning of Australia as anything other than climate change; 50,000 years of separate evolution shows no sign of previous such disasters. It’s us; we’re doing it.

How do we help? It looks like the Pig will be empowered to talk this year. And the Pig’s ally the Tiger. Pigs include Hillary Clinton, Tigers David Attenborough. The Horse who embodies Fire is seriously challenged, both this month and this year – who’d have thought that? As we enter the 9th Chinese Fate, Fire becomes the topic and Water the instrument.

There will be more detail for all birth signs in my Animal Fortunes Bulletins, this year again in collaboration with my brilliant student Stephanie Stewart and live(!) in London on the evening of the 20th January. It will be recorded but do join us for forecasts and a gathering of the New Aged.

Meanwhile, returning to this month, the Ox will tend to dictate the agenda. That’s you perhaps but also Jeremy Corbyn and Elizabeth Warren. Rats – poking duties notwithstanding – are favoured, along with Dragons and Monkeys. Sheep are at a disadvantage as are Pigs & Rabbits who both have a pretty good year ahead but are best advised to spend this month gently preparing. Were it not for the working week and the electric light bulb, we’d all be doing that.

And let’s remember that no astrological analysis can never do any one of us full justice. We each have free will and grace comes to those who will allow it. The World’s in tatters. It has been before and it will be again. Calculation is not everything.
Richard Ashworth 2020

Where to be in January.
Summary: gains for those who locate NorthWest.
North West, Authority: Year Star: 9/8 tai sui (2019) Month Star:1
Either 9 or 8 hosting 1 is pretty helpful. Some Masters would say mature relationship (Hexagram 32) is the likely outcome either way. The trend however will be away from outrageous passion to something more cosy. If this sounds like your cup of tea here’s where to place the teapot. And yourself of course. One by product may be a change of job; inconvenient but likely to bring better cash flow
Enhance for wealth: Fire – bright light.

Where not to be in January.
Summary: fraught.
East, Ambition: Year Star: 6/5 Month Star: 7. wu huang (2020).
Very aggressive – Metal 6 & 7 are proverbial combatants – and getting worse with the arrival of the ruthless 5 that’ll be there all year. The East – door, room, location – is pretty much out of bounds now most for 2020. By all means face East but don’t locate there. Keep this area still & quiet if you can. And keep your attention on 1st & 4th Sons – yours, others, those you grew up with; they’re likely to need support. And watch this space – we’ll harness that 5 power later in the year.
Assist: Water: t’ang lung or in extremis Salt Water Cure.
Richard Ashworth ©2020.

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.

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