Going back to nature, to the comforts of hearth and home, taking an unhurried pace, luxuriating in the rhythm of restfulness and contemplation after the frenzy of two years of fire and two of wood, 2018, the year of the Earth Dog, comes as a welcome respite.
But don’t be lulled into complacency, for the next 12 months will not be lacking in action.
While Mother Nature is a nurturing force, she is never utterly benign. This will be a year of volcanoes erupting and earthquakes rocking, a year of transition and change, paving the way for the succeeding years of metal and water.
So, says Princess Lim Fernandez, ex-future banker, Ateneo Management Engineering graduate and Mensa member, now renowned Feng Shui master.
Strikingly, 2018 carries a double earth influence, the year itself being governed by the earth element and its reigning animal, the Dog, being identified with the earth. The force is further magnified because this Earth Dog happens to be Yang – a dominant, masculine energy.
Even the most avid travelers would feel sluggish and reluctant to go adventuring at this time. In which case, people should just go out and soak up the sun’s rays to revitalize, Princess recommended. “It will also be a good year for introspection and retreat.”
For those in the wellness sector, 2018 will mean brisk business, just as it will be for those in the insurance industry.
Because it’s a year of self-evaluation, 2018 will also be a very emotional time. Hence, you need the support of family and loved ones. “They can help you survive this year,” she noted.
As could be expected, those born in the year of the Dog themselves won’t have much good luck. Hence, they need to be more creative and rein in their temper, taking mini breaks to clear their minds in the face of stress.
For the Rooster, it’s not so good either. They should take it easy, focus on themselves and learn what they can.
On the other hand, Pigs can expect a very good year because in 2019, their own year, they won’t have any stars and not much luck. They should pursue their plans now so they won’t fall behind in the coming year of the Earth Pig.
Rats should take advantage of their Promotion Star this year, which bodes well for career and business. But they need to be careful around water, where harm may befall them.
The Ox, which has a Female Benefactor, will likewise experience a good 2018, especially if they have businesses related to women, such as fashion.
Tigers have a Learning Star and will have a fair luck, which they can improve by traveling a lot. No need to go overseas, they just need to go across the waters.
While this year will be less stressful for Rabbits, who are blessed with the Star of Kindness – which means they should be generous, they should be careful about drawing the ire of the envious.
Dragons, whose sign conflicts directly with the Dog, will be the ones plagued with stress and should take more caution, especially about spending, because they have a “drain”.
The Snake has a Star of Romance, which bodes well for affairs of the heart but Snakes, who are already hitched, should resist temptation. They have an Emperor Star too, which signals career promotion, plus the Prosperity Star, which translates to lots of cash.
The Horse has the Golden Treasure Box but they still need a key to open it and gain access to the bounty inside. So, they need to learn something new, push their boundaries and get out of their comfort zones.
It’s also a better year for Goats, with a Heavenly Star enabling them to turn things around, even when things seem most hopeless.
The Monkey will have fair luck and need to travel to avoid bad energies from shadowing them. And they have to be careful about decision making as well, because they have a haze over their eyes this year.
Despite all these, Princess underscored that the human element still plays a vital role in one’s luck. Attitude and drive influence the energies around each individual, no matter what.
After all, Feng Shui is just a matter of going with the flow, the master underscored. “If you want to change your luck, free up positive vibes and remove the bad, make changes so the positive energy will be unobstructed.”
This holds true for attracting luck in one’s home and work or business space as well.
First and foremost, consider the flow of the Qi or Chi – the energy in every living thing, which can either be good or bad. Consider your surroundings carefully, she urged.
Make sure that the main door of your home, office or business opens up to a good view. “Standing from inside, look out. What you see – everything visible to the naked eye from where you stand – is what you receive.”
Look around before buying or locating anywhere, the master counseled. Rivers, roads and pathways are sources of Qi.
”Avoid being outside of the curve – or outside of the sickle, best be inside the belly. You don’t want to be at the end of a T-junction for a stand-alone commercial space or beside a descending escalator, for example.”
One must take note of the planning and orientation of the building as well.
Significantly, buildings have birthdays too, like people, based on the year they are constructed and completed. But while people celebrate their birthdays every year, buildings celebrate theirs every 20 years.
The space – be it residential or commercial – must be compatible with the owner. However, this calls for a birth chart analysis of the owner of the home, the building or work place and the layout of the space, taking into consideration crucial areas, such as the main entrance door, door, bedroom door and headboard, kitchen and dining area, restrooms and stairs, and location of the cashier, in the case of commercial establishments.
Mirrors should not be placed across doors. When a door opens up to a mirror, the latter reflects the door, so whatever money comes in, goes out. The kitchen stove and sink should be side by side, not be placed across each other, otherwise, it would fire and water clashing. One’s headboard should face the window with no light directly above it so as not to drain the sleeper’s energy.
Living, working and commercial spaces should be easily accessible and visible. It helps to know the type of soil in the area and what the space has been used for in the past. Memorial parks and cemeteries, refuse collection areas and dumps are bad.
“Barren land is not good too. You need to put new topsoil to revitalize the soil,” she suggested.
For this Earth Dog year, auspicious directions include the Northwest, which has the Romance Star; the Center , the Prosperity Star; the Southwest, the Travel and Fame Star; the South, the Career and Academic Star and the Southeast, the Wealth Star.
Inauspicious directions include the North, which has the Disaster Star, otherwise known as the three Killer Star; the Northeast, with the Conflict Star; the West, the Sickness and Backstabbing Star and the East, the Robbery Star.