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Auspicious Dates and Places
The (2nd) month of the Metal Rabbit, 2021.
(16:54 5th March 2021 to 21:37 4th April inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Ox.
Public Bulletin
Da Zhuang
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  Great Power
  Hexagram 34

A 4 month                                     is inventive
A typical Rabbit Month            focuses on the domestic
Where to be this month:          South.
Default orientation:                  Face West or East.
Where not to be this month:  North West, North East.
Favoured Animals:                    Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Dog.
Especially challenged:             Rooster, Dragon, Snake, Ox.
The Hexagram (above):            34. Da Zhuang Great Power Thunder
                                                         over Heaven. Responsibility.
Summary:                                    wield power with care.


3       8       1


2       4       6

7       9       5

Lo Shu (or magic square) for the Metal Rabbit Month.

Special Advantage
16th   March                   *****   Especially suits: Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger.
2nd to last chance works out. Outstandingly helpful.

Special Caution           
15th   March                   *****   Specially affected: Dragon, Rooster.
Conduct yourself with great care. No rushing.

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

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#). Largely unappreciated, the ingratitude penalty makes for barriers between parent & child. FYI: you had parents too. We all live in halls of mirrors. Healing one heals both.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Still in charge of course but besieged by small objections. You advance & grow with each one handled.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Yang Wood ruled by yin Wood; may frustrate to wield less power than you will as the year wears on.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) The driver’s seat; dare to put feet to the floor. Yin Earth Ox brings constant small opportunities.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) You may feel exploited. Sometimes feelings are all that matters; not this one.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Strange bedfellows. The yin Woos Rabbit brings fuel to your Fire.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Under-powered. A time for planning rather than execution. Yin Wood brings scant attention.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Doors open for you; enter before they close again.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 70, 82; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Puzzling. You don’t understand Rabbits at all. Lots to learn here and now. Know you don’t know.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) Direct opposition, yin Wood to your yin Metal; sometimes the best teacher. Modesty forbids.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Convivial, friends abound.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) Helpful. Question fixed positions.
* Chinese Months start later than European ones. # You’ll need help or a Chinese Calendar for this.

Windsor ties, Windsor soup.
Same s***, different day.” Skepta.
The Groundhog Year of the Metal Ox wears on. This Rabbit month opens into the week of Meghan and Harry. Racism among the upper crust; who’da thought it?

Master Peter Leung with whom I studied Four Pillars awhile, reckoned that if a child’s chart did not have certain affinities with the father’s, the two were not related by blood. There have long been rumours about Harry, he looks just a bit too much like his Mum’s (alleged) lover Captain James Hewitt. But students of royal ba zis will have noticed that there is a Pillar that connects up the Windsors. Which Harry shares.

The Animal concerned is the Ox; any Ox – Harry’s Mother was a 1961 Metal Ox – but principally the Fire Ox. Years ruled by the Fire Ox include 1937 when the brand-new Royal Family moved into recently-emptied accommodation at Buckingham Palace following the abdication of Edward VIII. Those familiar with ba zi will be unsurprised to find this pair of characters – Fire Ox – also in the Queen’s chart. From that Ox year on she was no longer a relatively obscure princess who could spend her life improving bloodstock, but the Heir to the Throne. It’s probably engraved on her heart.

The same may be true of the next Fire Ox 1997, the year Harry’s Mother died. Predictably the Royal family shut up shop after the accident, claiming they didn’t do emotion. The Queen was very fortunate she had Tony Blair to talk her out of that. Whether it’s allowing her poor lost sister to marry or recognising the transfusion of grace that Diana brought the Royals, there’s usually an idiot adviser ready in such crises to insist that in line with tradition, she does the dumb thing.

That same Fire Ox presides over Harry’s Fate* from next year. And many ba zi Masters myself included, have been watching out for it all this time. Some even, like me were pointing out last year that 2021 would be a rough one for the Windsors. And the Murdochs by the way, so not all bad.

He was funny old thing, Peter Leung, both irascible and loveable in the way that only Chinese Masters seem to know how to do. Every analysis condemned the subject: weak, immoral, cowardly; humanity appeared to be essentially rotten. Following summary judgement he’d rush outside to smoke a rollie at every break, clutching an enormous chart that appeared to feature every Chinese character I knew and a thousand more.

“It’s all patterns,” he’d say. “If there’s a pattern I’ll find it.” 

Follow me here: the unique thing about the Ox is that it dominates the Rat, technically the Earth of the Ox combines with the Water of the Rat to make more Earth. To the untrained observer it’s simply that Rats work to someone else’s agenda in an Ox Year. And there are so many Rats in the Royal Family: Harry himself, Charles and indeed Andrew. All run by the Ox of this year right now. The dead hand of Princess Diana perhaps.

Each evening at the end of class, a group of young Chinese Singaporeans would gather with Master Peter in the bar and make stock market predictions. I don’t know what or if he drank but I observed from the other side of the bar that he’d nip out for a roll-up several times an hour.

One time I sat with him. He told me he’d spent forty years in Canada. And that he despised Canadians. In future he was only going to teach in Cantonese. He may be doing that now for all I know. He was a brilliant man with a unique take on ba zi. Which was why I travelled 10,000 miles to study with him. I learned a great deal from him in a very short time.

Interestingly, you will find the Metal Dragon of 1940 in QEII’s Four Pillars. That was the year the Windsors resisted the traditional stupid advice and remained at home throughout the Blitz. That if you will, is how Elizabeth first gained the credibility that has lasted to the present day. You’ll also find the Water Dragon of 1952 there, the year she inherited the throne. Again engraved on her heart I imagine. Horses now reduced to a hobby, she’d have to make do with Corgis.

What next for the exclusive soap opera that is the Windsor family? Meghan has an Earth Curse due in 2021. Some Masters interpret the Earth Curse as a break-up, but having watched those two holding hands and staring into each other’s eyes while they seek comfort from Auntie Oprah, I doubt it’s as straightforward as that. There are however three Rats in Harry’s ba zi, a pattern which tends to tie him to the Palace. As for Metal Rat Uncle Andy – under the bus in 2023 according to his ba zi and also common sense, if by then Earth Rat Charles has taken over. It’s probably too late for Charles to learn to shush the hidebound courtiers but by then he’ll have little choice, I expect.

“It’s all patterns,” Peter said. I guess he must have known what he was talking about because the young Chinese guys kept coming and he wasn’t doing it for free.
Richard Ashworth 9th March 2021.
 *Can we be clear btw that Fate co-exists perfectly easily with free will? Wisdom often follows acceptance of paradox.

Where to be in March.
Summary: getting noticed – again.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 1 Month Star: 8.
Healing. 1/8 promises much. As ever, suits Sheep, Dogs and Tigers as well as extrovert kuas 3 & 4. Probably the safest place for East Group kuas all year. Not for the self-effacing or for Rats or Oxen. This month a little Metal may support concerted endeavour. Pretty helpful to linger here or orient South. South almost always draws attention.
To boost: add Metal for the productive 1:6:8.

Where not to be in March.
Summary: suppression
North West, Authority: Year Star: 7 Month Star: 5. Fortune Virtue (Dog NW1).
7/5 is a poor Star combination at the best of times; this year indicating throat ailments and by extension suppressed communication as well often, as money loss. If you’re stuck North West this month, notice if this applies to you and then perhaps consider what you’re suppressing. Sing.
Tame/soften: t’ang lung; Metal: Metal things &/or 5/6 pipe windchime.
Richard Ashworth ©2021

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He was a pioneer of feng shui survey & analysis at a distance (now of course pretty much the only 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

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