New Podcast; New Book of Changes Course

New Podcast; New Book of Changes Course.
Know the house, know the person.

The first time I met Master (now Grand Master) Chan Kun Wah I was invited to shadow him for a day as he worked. This would have been back in 1997 or so. As we approached the house he was to attend to he pointed to a tree in the front garden and said “Only lonely women have lived here.” And he was dead right. It took me ten years to work out why.

The fact is that, armed with some knowledge of the Five Elements and the Hexagrams of the Book of Changes or Yi, you can tell so much about someone’s life simply by looking closely at their home. Even from the outside.

Some say of course that people grow to be like their dogs, so this month in my new podcast series with one of my graduate students, Zoe Vita James, Feng Shui: the Real Thing, we consider whether people might be like their houses.

This month we’ve also gently introduced the Flying Stars or fei sin (which indicate the pockets of qi sector by sector in your space). We also continue to respond to questions from our listeners. Over time we will look closely at exactly how authentic Chinese feng shui works, what’s real and what isn’t and how you can make use of it.

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The Book of Changes: guide to now, guide to the future.

As suggested above, so much of traditional Chinese feng shui is derived from the Yi (often called the I Ching ). Each of its Hexagrams corresponds to a particular Zodiac Animal and a particular location on the compass. The Hexagram (also known as a gua) for this May, the Month of the Earth Snake, is Number 34 Da Zhuang, Great Strength, which is about the uses and abuses of power.

I teach a Yi class on the evening of the first Wednesday of each month. I expect to be doing this for around eight years; one session a month; sixty four Hexagrams. If you don’t have the stamina for eight years you can join us any time for one year at a time. But what I aim to do is provide my take on every Hexagram.

I have three objectives for this course:
1. To offer some ideas as to what the Yi might be telling us when we draw a particular gua. It’s likely if you’ve cast Da Zhuang for instance that you are contemplating an opportunity for which you may not be fully prepared or qualified.

2. To identify the timeless wisdom in the Hexagram. Number 34, among other things suggests that to learn on the job involves flexibility, humility and a preparedness to listen.

3. To notice how the Hexagram relates to this very moment in time and see if we can draw conclusions or make forecasts based on its text. My intention is that this will take us to the cutting edge of forecasting.

If you want to be involved in the discussion about what we may be learning from the Yi, raise your own questions in real time and attempt some answers, you will need to join the class. You can in any case catch up with the Hexagrams we’ve already studied via my You Tube Channel. And, as I said, you can join the class for a year at any time.

On September 22nd at 3pm BST I will be teaching a One-Day Zoom Workshop on Ze Ri the Chinese Art of Date Selection. You’ll need to brush up your stems and branches but otherwise no prior knowledge of metaphysics or any other mumbo jumbo required. If you want some idea of the content, you might look at the links to recent talks to the Feng Shui Society and the IFSG. This workshop teaches the rudiments of what I share daily on Facebook, X and Linked In.
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Richard Ashworth is one of the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters.  A good taster of his approach may be found on Audible . You can also see him at work on tv’s Housebusters 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,

Richard has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Naomie Harris, Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore.

Every month we send (at a modest fee) retainer clients a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as the most helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.
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