Sunday, 19 October 2014

I like Smaug




I like Smaug 

 

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It’s no secret that I love dragons and all they stand for. I accept their fierce, terrifying nature and their formidable might. Hey, when you love something you should love it unconditionally. 

Smaug, an awesome dragon, is of course a fictional character and the main antagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. Smaug was the last great fire-drake of Middle-earth. 





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This fearsome dragon, according to the story we are told, had once invaded the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) some 150 years prior. Since then this deadly winged fire-breathing dragon, described as red-gold in colour with his underbelly encrusted with many gemstones from the treasure-pile he had slept upon, was totally unaware that the Arkenstone was buried right  under him. 





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In the first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we saw only Smaug’s legs and tail, and his eye, which is showcased in the final scene of the film. 



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In the second part of Peter Jackson’s Triology, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we watched a group of 12 Dwarves aided by the wizard Gandalf and the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins mounting a quest for revenge and to take the Dwarf kingdom back. Smaug the formidable enemy was portrayed as even fiercer, more wicked, cunning and greedy.






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We are fortunate that an exceptional actor Benedict Cumberbatch provided us with the voice and motion for Smaug. In the films Smaug is depicted as the typical mythical European Dragon with long head, red-golden scales, the wyvern-like body and piercing red-yellow eyes.

 

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Smaug speaks with an underlying growl, as Cumberbatch, taking his cue from the reptiles, has aimed to achieve a tone that would be “that bridge between animal and human”. He has succeeded with his deep and rasping guttural dryness of the voice. 



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Additionally, the inspiration for Smaug’s appearance and persona (according to Weta digital Surpervisor Joe Letteri) was derived from the classical European and Asian Dragons. Things have advanced so far in the Motion Picture Industry that we are the fortunate recipients for Smaug’s exceptional design that is created with key frame animation, meaning that it is animated by hand in addition to 
Cumberbatch’s motion capture performance. 




 



This is made possible because Weta Digital has employed its proprietary “Tissue” software (honoured in 2013 with “Scientific and Engineering Award” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) to make the dragon as realistic as possible. 




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In this second film when Smaug battles Thorin’s small band of dwarves coming to Bilbo’s aid, he survives the bath of molten gold and flies off in magnificent gold form to seek revenge. 



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In the meantime however, we have been told of the single weak spot in Smaug’s armor as the result of one of his scales breaking off during his attack on Dale. 






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This single weakness, a hole in his jewel encrusted underbelly on his left breast area, accidentally discovered by Bilbo Baggins, eventually would lead to Smaug’s death above Esgaroth. There Smaug would be slain by Bard, a descendant of Girion, Lord of Dale. 




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Alas, all good things must come to an end. Meanwhile I look forward to seeing Dragon’s third appearance, as terrifying as that may be, in the upcoming film The Hobbit: The Battle of the five Armies. 







 Stay tuned for the updates.



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Friday, 10 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone




Soon Thanksgiving will be upon us. Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. This is a time where families get together, share a good meal and offer thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes. 





Given that Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday and many have a day off work (with all schools, banks, post offices, many stores and other businesses closed) people often use this time to visit family and friends or have a get-together over a special meal. Traditionally, the meal includes roast turkey, garnished rack of lamb or glazed ham and seasonal produce, such as pumpkin, corn ears, and squash and pecan nuts. 




Since Thanksgiving Day in Canada has being linked to the European tradition of harvest festivals, the image that is often seen at this time of year is a cornucopia, or horn, filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables. The cornucopia, which means "Horn of Plenty" in Latin, was a symbol of bounty and plenty in ancient Greece. Turkeys, pumpkins, ears of corn and large displays of food are also used to symbolize Thanksgiving Day. 




It may interest you to know that the North American Indians had held ceremonies and festivals to celebrate the season and the completion and bounty of the harvest long before Europeans set foot on what is now considered Canada. Early European settlers continued the tradition of thanksgiving to offer thanks. The earliest example of this would be the ceremony the explorer Martin Frobisher held in 1578, after his survival of the long perilous journey in his quest to find a northern passage from Europe to Asia.





Refugees fleeing the civil war in the United States brought their brand of celebratory thanksgiving festival and since 1879 Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated, though the date varied and there was differing special theme each year. The “Blessings of the abundant harvest” however stuck for many years till, Queen Victoria's golden and diamond jubilees and King Edward VII's coronation formed the theme in subsequent years.




Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day




Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Naga



Naga 





In the many Buddhist countries of Asia the idea of Naga has merged with local traditions to create a prodigious array of dragons and serpents. In China the Naga was compared to the Chinese Dragon “Long“ and in Tibet the Naga was equated with the Klu serpents that dwelt in lakes or underground streams guarding their treasure. Meanwhile the legend of Naga as a god is widespread and significant in all of Southern Asia. As far away as the Malay Peninsula we find Raja Naga, or King Naga, who is the king of all of the many sea snakes which populate the area.

The god Vaskul is the Naga-god of Mount Kailasha, which is also deemed to be the home of the god Shiva, one-third of the Trinity of Brahma’s aspects. There are pictorial and statuary representations showing snakes around Shiva's neck. These are Naga Bushana and they symbolize death, the power of which Shiva controls. They also represent that energy coiled at the base of the spine which yoga practitioners say is the base for all self-realization.

The Naga represents cosmic power; they are a manifestation of the Vedic god Agni, fire, and as such becomes the 'fierce spirit' who is the guardian. The cobra naga is ridden by Vishnu and represents knowledge, wisdom and eternity. As Vishnu sleeps on the cosmic ocean he sleeps on the coiled serpent on the primordial waters. Two serpents with downward and upward movement represent the divine sleep and divine awakening. These Naga and Nagni are serpent kings and queens which are divine in their own right. They are depicted as either fully human, fully snake, humans with cobra heads and hoods, or as humans from the waist upwards and snake below that.






Two Female Naga

In Malay myths Nagas, are many-headed Dragons of colossal size sometimes having five heads, of mammoth size. In Thailand the Nāga and Java (where they are called Sesas) are well-respected underworld deities who possesses much wealth. Naga are believed to live in the Laotian stretch of the Mekong River or its estuaries. Even to this date the people of Thailand, especially the Malay sailors, worship the Naga which is considered as a type of Dragon with many heads and a holy creature. Locals are also more likely to make regular sacrifices to the Nāga before taking a boat trip along the Mekong River, holding onto the belief that the Nāga can protect them from any probable dangers.

It is interesting to note that in the Malay and Orang Asli traditions Lake Chinni, located in Pahang, is home to a Naga called Sri Gumum. Depending on the version of the legend, her predecessor Sri Pahang or her son left the lake and later fought a Naga called Sri Kemboja. Kemboja is the former name of what is now Cambodia. Typically in Cambodian legend the Nāga were a reptilian race that possessed a large empire or kingdom in the Pacific Ocean region. The Nāga King's daughter married an Indian Brahmana named Kaundinya, and from their union sprang the Cambodian people. Therefore to this date many Cambodians claim they are "Born from the Nāga". The Seven-Headed Nāga serpents depicted as statues on Cambodian temples, such as Angkor Wat, typically represent the seven races within Nāga society, which have a mythological, or symbolic, association with "the seven colors of the rainbow". Furthermore, Cambodian Nāga possesses numerological symbolism in the number of their heads. Odd-headed Nāga symbolise the male energy, infinity, timelessness, and immortality. This is because all odd numbers comes from one (1). The even-headed Nāgas are said to be "Female, representing physicality, mortality, temporality, and the Earth."

In Laos Nagas are represented as a beaked water serpents Phaya. Laotian mythology maintains that the Nagas are the protectors of Vientiane and, by extension, the country of Laos. The Naga association was most clearly articulated during and immediately after the reign of Anouvong. An important poem from this period ‘San Lup Bo Sun’ discusses relations between Laos and Siam in a veiled manner using the Naga and the Garuda to represent the two countries respectively.

The legend of the Nāga is a firm and sacred belief held by Thai and Laotian people living along the Mekong River. To bolster this belief every year at the end of Vassa on the night of 15th day of 11th month in the Lao lunar calendar, an unusual phenomenon occurs in the area of the Mekong River in the area stretching over 20 kilometres between Pak-Ngeum and Phonephisai districts in Nong Khai province, Thailand. Miraculous Fireballs appear to rise from the river into the night-time sky. Local villagers believe that Nāga under Mekong River shoot the fireballs into the air to celebrate the end of Vassa, because Nāga meditate during this time.

Naturally locals hold an annual sacrifice for the Nāga because they maintain the belief that the Nāga still rule the river. The degree of extravagance of the ceremony depends on how each village has prospered that year in obtaining their livelihood from fishing in or transport on the Mekong River. 




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In many parts of pre-Hispanic Philippines, the Naga is used as an ornament in the hilt ends of longswords locally known as Kampilans.

In India Nagas (recognized as superior to humans) are the serpent spirits that inhabit the underworld. Nagas can have a beneficial, neutral or hostile influence on human beings. Nagas, like the Chinese counterpart Long, also inhabit sub aquatic paradises and are considered the protectors of springs, wells, rivers, lakes and seas. They bring rain, and thus fertility, but are also thought to bring disasters such as floods and drought.

In their individual iconography the Nagas are usually depicted with a human upper body and a coiling serpentine body below their waists. Nagas are most commonly white in color, with one face and two hands, often with their hands folded in supplication or offering jewels. A hood of one, three, five or seven small serpents arises like a crest above a Naga's head and these serpents are often individually colored to correspond to the five castes of Nagas or to the eight great Naga kings. The motif of a multi-headed serpent crowning the head of an Indian Naga may possibly have originated from the seven or nine estuaries or mouths of the ancient River Indus. Nagas being snakes that may take human form; they naturally tend to be very curious. According to traditions Nāgas are only malevolent to humans when they have been mistreated. They are susceptible to mankind's disrespectful actions in relation to the environment. The belief is that polluting or disrespectful acts such as urinating or washing soiled clothes in a Naga inhabited stream can result in illnesses or Naga afflictions. Leprosy, cancer, kidney problems and skin ailments are all viewed as possibly being Naga-related diseases.

All the same, Nagas are objects of great reverence in many parts of southern India where it is believed that they bring fertility and prosperity to their venerators. Naturally expensive and grand rituals like Nagamandala are conducted in their honor. In India Naga Panchami is celebrated by feeding milk to snakes…………"

Meanwhile another key function of the Naga is apparent in temple architecture. As guardians of the doors we find them at Hindu and Buddhist shrines alike. In this capacity they can not only frighten ordinary human intruders with their dangerous cobra aspect they can also, as divinities, discern and repel any divine invader.




Chris Strom Naga at Angkor Wat



Straying a little from the image of the Dragon, the Buddhist Nāga generally appears in the form of a great cobra-like snake, usually with a single head but sometimes with several heads. Some Nagas are believed to possess the ability of to transform into the semblance of a human. That is why in many Buddhist paintings the Nāga is portrayed as a human being with a snake or Dragon extending over his head.

Legend has it that Nāgas live on Mount Sumeru among the other minor deities, and in various parts of the human-inhabited earth. Some of them are water-dwellers, living in streams or lakes; others are earth-dwellers, living in underground caverns. The Nāgas are the servants of Virūpākṣa (Pāli: Virūpakkha), one of the Four Heavenly Kings who guards the western direction. They act as a guard on the holy Mount Sumeru, protecting the devas of Trayastrimasa from attack by the Asuras. Among the notable Nāgas of Buddhist tradition is Mucalinda, protector of the Buddha. In the Vajrayana and Mahasiddha traditions many notable fully enlightened Nagas also transmitted or transported the terma wisdom that had been elementally encoded by adepts into and out of the human realm. And according to tradition the Prajnaparamita terma teachings are held to have been conferred upon Nagarjuna by Nagaraja, the King of the Nagas, who had been guarding them at the bottom of a lake.

In the 'Devadatta' chapter of the Lotus Sutra an eight year old female Naga, after listening to Manjushr preach the Lotus Sutra, transforms her body into that of a male human and immediately reaches full enlightenment. This narrative reinforces the ironic viewpoint prevalent in Mahayana scriptures that a male human body is required for Buddhahood, even if a being is so advanced in her realization that she can magically transform her body at will demonstrates the emptiness of the physical form and therefore sexuality itself.




Asaramiz nagas Rafi Adrian Zulkarnain

Both in India and Nepal the Nāgas are still very much a part of contemporary cultural traditions. They have their origin in the ancient snake cults of India, which probably date back to the early Indus valley civilization (circa 2500 BCE). In the Hindu Puranic legends the Nagas were the offspring of Kadru, the sister of Vinata who gave birth to Garuda. Both the Nagas and Garuda shared a common father, Kashyapa, buts due to an act of treachery by Kadrus they became mortal enemies. Kadru gave birth to a thousand serpents each with many heads which populated Patala, the region below the earth. This subterranean realm is rich in treasures with beautiful palaces ruled over by three great Naga kings named Sesha, Vasuki and Takshaka, who figure prominently in several puranic legends. Historically the Nagas were an ancient Indian race, of whom very little is known other than the serpent cult legacy that they appear to have left within Indian culture.

This legacy was absorbed into Buddhism at an early date, with the Buddhist Nagas inheriting much of their ancient Indian symbolism. They similarly dwell below land and sea, especially in the aquatic realms of rivers, lakes, wells and oceans. In Buddhist cosmology they are assigned to the lowest tier of Mt. Meru, with their Garuda enemies placed on the tier above them. Nagas are the underworld guardians of treasures and concealed teachings and they can manifest in serpent, half-serpent, or human form. The great second century Indian Buddhist master and philosopher, Nagarjuna, was perhaps the first person to receive a 'hidden treasure text' or terma (Tib. gter-ma) from the Nagas, in the form of the Prajna-paramita-sutra.

It is interesting to note that the Great Naga, Ananta (the 'endless', also called Sesha) has 1000 hooded heads which form a canopy for Vishnu. Ananta represents the cosmic ocean.

The symbol for water in Hindu mythology meanwhile, is the serpent (naga). The gigantic anthropomorphic form and the boundless elemental sea are Vishnu, but the Naga is also Vishnu. Vishnu is man, ocean and snake. All are one. Springing forth from the navel of Vishnu is a lotus stem, and on the flower at the end of the stem sits the god Brahma who creates the world. Ananta spits out venomous fire at the end of each Kalpa (age) to assist Shiva in destroying creation. The iconography of Vishnu, sheltered by a Shesha naga or reclining on Shesha, has as well been extended to other deities.

Meanwhile, the Varuna, the Vedic god of storms, is viewed as the King of the nāgas. Nāgas live in Pātāla, the seventh of the "nether" dimensions or realms. The Nāgas also carry the elixir of life and immortality.

In the great epic Mahabharata, Naga’s are frequently depicted as having a mixture of human and serpent-like traits. The epic also calls the snakes “persecutors of all creatures", and tells us "the snakes were of virulent poison, great prowess and excess of strength, and ever bent on biting other creatures". Typically, the general portrayal of Nagas tends toward the negative, and they are represented as the deserving victims of the snake sacrifice and of predation by the eagle-king Garuda. At the same time Nagas are important players in many of the events narrated in the epic, frequently no more evil or deceitful than the other protagonists are and sometimes act on the side of good.



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The great nemesis of the Nagas in the Mahabharata is the gigantic eagle-king Garuda. Garuda and Nagas began life as cousins. The sage Kasyapa had two wives (amongst his 13 wives, all prajapati Daksha's daughters), Kadru and Vinata, the former of whom desired many offspring, and the latter of whom desired few but powerful offspring. Each got her wish. Kadru laid 1000 eggs which hatched into snakes, and Vinata laid two, which hatched into the charioteer of Surya the sun god and Garuda. Through a foolish bet, Vinata became enslaved to her sister, and as a result Vinata's son Garuda was required to do the bidding of the snakes. Though compliant, he chafed and built up a grudge that he would never relinquish. When he asked the snakes what he would have to do in order to be released from his bondage they told him he would have to bring them amrita, the elixir of immortality. Garuda stole the elixir from the gods and brought it to the serpents in fulfillment of their requirement putting the cup with the elixir on the ground before them. But it was taken away by Indra. However a few drops remained on the grass and the Nāga licked up the drops but in doing so cut their tongues on the grass and since then their tongues has been forked. From that point onward, his debt fulfilled, the Garuda have regarded Naga as enemies and as food.



The End.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Dragon Headed Turtle

Dragon Headed Turtle





The Dragon and the turtle are both considered celestial creatures and are part of the four Feng Shui guardians assigned to each of the four cardinal directions. The green Dragon is in the East, the red Phoenix in the South, the white Tiger is in the West and the North has the black Turtle. So any combination of these celestial animals logically makes for a more powerful force.

The Dragon Tortoise is a hybrid of the celestial dragon that also is blessed with the attributes of a sturdy and steadfast tortoise. With the head of dragon and a body of a turtle the energy of the dragon, comprising courage, determination and success, is perfectly blended with tortoise’s longevity of tenure, to provide one with a protection and lasting and successful career luck. How apropos that the Dragon Headed Turtle is often depicted on a bed of coins and ingots, holding a coin in its mouth- eliciting lasting wealth and occasionally, appears with claws and Ru Yi- bringing forth authority and protection. In these configurations the dragon is said to be blowing good breathe to people and carrying the Ru Yi which signifies power, high rank and doing everything well.







With the Dragon Headed Turtle, the symbolic meanings of the dragon (luck); tortoise (long life), baby tortoise (new beginnings, fertility or excellent descendants luck) and the coins representing the money that can be made, are the reason for its heightened popularity. The various designs on its back meanwhile, such as a whole lo or a shu square symbol or with one or several baby dragon turtles riding it, always represents a good beginning and a new business venture with prospects. For those of you that are in a relationship, or wishing to have one, The Dragon Tortoise also furthers fortunate relationships. It is a fantastic energizer for scholastic finesse and superior knowledge as well as for acquiring many benefactors at school and work.

A word of caution: Do not place this symbol in the kitchen or bath room.






The ideal placement of the Dragon Turtle would be in the North, NW or East sector of the house. Placing this dragon at home is said to bring the occupants of a home good luck, wealth and feeling of security. The Dragon Headed Turtle also protects a home from negative energies.

In 2014 a metal Dragon Turtle is also used as a Feng Shui cure to neutralize the energy of negative annual stars, particularly the #2 (visiting East) and #5 star (visiting NW). In this case it brings strong protective energies as related to the fiery and courageous energy of the dragon and the watchful guardian energy of the turtle.

Do not put the Dragon Headed Turtle in the North or East if it is directly in front of you while putting it at office or business place. Instead it would be best to position the symbol parallel to where you sit; here it can enhance your relationship luck. If you have arguments and troubles you can display it right behind your seat looking sideways which signifies support. Display it in Northeast for scholarship and to further your education.






Indeed, keeping a dragon turtle will attract prosperity to your business and improves your relationships with those around you. To further improve the general relationship luck you may place a piece of red ribbon in his mouth, which works wonders. To improve wealth a piece of golden ribbon can be kept in its mouth. If you are having health problems place a piece of blue ribbon in his mouth.

Apart from all these attributes listed above, Dragon Headed Turtle is a wonderful gift to give to someone who is starting a new business, career or a new job.





Best of Luck

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Pixiu or Pi Yao

Pixiu or Pi Yao




Pi Yao (PIxiu) is a Chinese mythical hybrid creature considered to be a very powerful protector by Feng Shui practitioners. It resembles a winged lion. Pixiu is an earth and sea variation, a particularly influential and auspicious creature for wealth. Fierce looking and covered with whitish-grey fur, Pixiu has the head of a Chinese dragon. Ancient Chinese depictions of Pixiu showed two different types of Pixiu. The difference is with their horns; the male has the single antler, and the female two. The the male with one horn is called Tian Lu (Pi Chen) and female with two horns is known as Pi Ya . Tian Lu is in charge of wealth and displaying Tian Lu at home or in the office is said to prevent wealth from flowing away. Another interesting note is the belief that common wingless Pixiu assists in seeking wealth while a winged Pixiu assists students in furthering their studies. 






As with the Chinese Phoenix, the common image of Pi Yao (Pixiu) has undergone change and today it is represented as a single sex. Pixiu has protruding eyes and sharp teeth. Its body resembles a Chinese lion and the legs of Pixiu are those of a Qilin. Looking at the posture of the Pixiu, the creature seems to project a sense of strength, elegance and mobility. Pixiu’s obvious characteristic is its fat body which indicates a full stomach loaded with unlimited amounts of good fortune. It has a single horn on its head and a pair of wings. Likewise it has a big open mouth ready to gobble up fortune. Because of this a Pixiu statue is often employed in the home as a way of receiving and keeping fortune. 




The Pixiu is ranked 5th in the order of mythical beings, behind the dragon, phoenix, winged horse and sea horse. Ancient architecture often displayed Pixiu to ward off Yin Qi (bad fortune). The statues of a Pixiu are typically seen on the four corners of the roofs of houses, particularly those of influential people such as the emperor. In ancient China, statues of Pixiu were also used as tomb guardians. 



Jade Emperor and Heavenly Court

The myth behind the Pi Yao (Pixiu) is that the creature at one time had violated the law of Heaven, and so the Jade Emperor had punished Pixiu by restricting its diet to gold. Thus Pixiu can only absorb gold, but cannot expel it. This is the origin of Pixiu’s status as a symbol of the acquisition and preservation of wealth. It is said to have a voracious appetite for only gold and silver. Therefore traditionally to the Chinese, Pixiu has always been regarded as an auspicious creature that possessed mystical power capable of drawing Cai Qi (good fortune) from all directions.

Displaying a Pi Ya at the affected area of the house or office can avoid misfortune and disasters. The Pi Ya must be placed facing away from the house. For displaying at openings or entrances a pair of Pi Ya is needed.

The Tian Lu is used for attracting wealth. One places it in the designated wealth area to attract wealth or accumulate wealth. Do not place Tian Lu facing any person directly on in a confrontational position. Ideally Tien Lu should not be place on the floor but it definitely should never be place above eye level.

One cannot touch the face and head of the "Pixiu," because the touch from an ordinary person would ruin their wealth. 





Pixiu (Pi Yao), a fierce creature has large fangs, visible in the creature’s mouth, with which it attacks demons and evil spirits, draining their essence and converting it to wealth. Pi Ya is useful therefore in warding off evil. Pixiu is also believed to guard against disease caused by evil spirits. Furthermore, Pi Ya has the ability of assisting anyone who is suffering from bad Feng Shui due to having offended the Grand Duke Jupiter (Tai Sui). 




Tai Sui is very fond of his pet, the Pi Yao. You may appease Tai Sui therefore, by placing a Pi Yao or Dragon-headed Tortoise in the north sector of the home or office facing the 15º south radius where Tai Sui sits. For this cure, the placement of the Pi Yao should be obvious and not hidden from view, and there must be a metal element involved. Metal here refers to real gold and strong metal. The secret behind this cure is that the "Tai Sui mantra" must accompany the Pi Yao for maximum effectiveness. It actually refers to a set of Chinese incantation of the Tai Sui. This mantra had been used for centuries to help one overcome the wrath of Tai Sui.





Tai Sui appeasing mantra




(The "Long Pi" pictured on either side of the Duke is a traditional cure used by old time masters to resolve shar from the Tai Sui. The big wings signify its ability to fly high and reach greater heights/goals. Inviting them to your space will ease your efforts in diminishing obstructions. You will then gain a full grip and better control over your fortune and luck. It has the ability to transform negative chi into positive, overcome obstacles, prevent annual dangers caused to zodiacs, subdue bad luck, combat bodily harm and terminate stress.)



Good Luck.

Monday, 3 March 2014

The Chi Lin and the Three Killings

The Chi Lin and the Three Killings






We previously did a post telling you about the Chi Lin (Qilin).  A mythical animal related to Dragon. 
The Chi Lin- also known as Dragon Horse, is the Chinese Unicorn, a legendary creature with head of a dragon, scales of carp upon the body of a horse, and a tail consisting of little curls. 
The Chi Lin's presence is said to attract the powerful cosmic breath of the dragon, which promises good omens, prosperity, success, longevity, wisdom, compassion and illustrious offspring. In Feng Shui the Chi Lin has a very important role as a protector of your home or office. It is used to counteract the destructive energy of the Three Killings.  Placing 3 Chi Lin in the direction of the Three Killings will restrain and prevent the killing Chi from harming you. 




2014 is the year of the Jia Wu Wood Horse and, for the purpose of Feng Shui or Paht Chee reading, the year starts on 4th February 2014, the first day of the Chinese Solar or Hsia Calendar. This day is also referred to as Li Chun or Lap Chun meaning “beginning of spring” in Chinese.

All too often people focus their priorities on enhancing their wealth, health, career etc. However, this will be of little use if there are destructive energies around one’s home and work place. Therefore the first approach should always be defensive and protective in nature. This can only be done by first identifying the locations of major annual afflictions in Feng Shui for 2014. Remember, each year this will be different. Energies change directions and locations annually; hence the term ‘annual’ afflictions. The changes coincide with Li Chun. Each year, certain directions are considered inauspicious because they exert evil influences that are generally referred to as Sha Qi. Though we are now in March, it is still not too late to take note of these afflictions and arm ourselves accordingly.

The major yearly afflictions you must be aware of are the 3 Killings (San Sha/Sarm Saat) ,Tai Sui (The Grand Duke of Jupiter), The Sui Po (referred to as Broken Year), Star #5 Yellow (Lien Chen Star) and The Illness Black Star # 2 (also known as Ju Men). Vital cures can easily be obtained from the Internet or at Feng Shui stores; however, should you be unable to do so, I have also provided pictures and posts that, with a sincere heart, will be just as effective.

The Three Killings (a direct translation from the Chinese ‘San Sha’, Saam Saat ) are an annual affliction that in 2014 reside mostly in the north (52.5º to 127.5º). In fact, part of northeast and northwest are also afflicted because the Three Killing spans from 316 to 45 degrees.

The Three Killings refer to three Violent Robbers; the combination of Age Killing (Sui Sha), Plundering Killing (Jie Sha) and Calamity Killing (Zai Sha), who inhabited the mountainous regions. When Three Killing are wrongly activated or disturbed it can bring about three types of misfortunes:

1- Financial loss/lawsuits, loss of wealth, robbery and theft.

2- Illnesses, blood related injuries

3- Accidents/arguments, calamities, destitution and fatalities.

An encounter with the inauspicious Three Killings calls for extreme caution. Any activity in the north part of your house or office between February 4th 2014 and February 3rd 2015 must be strictly avoided and any form of noisy renovations such as banging and nailing, re-decorating, disturbing the earth, digging holes or foundations, or any maintenance work with noisy equipment inside or outside will be detrimental to your home and health. If you have to carry out work or emergency repairs in the north during the year of the Yang Wood Horse, you can place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between your buildings and the location where the work is being carried out so as to minimize the harm of the Three Killings.

Aside from not disturbing the ground, there is another important rule to follow regarding the Three Killings in 2014. If you are moving your desk this year never sit with your back to the north, it is better to be seated facing the north. Also, do not sit with your back facing the 3 Killings either at work or at the dinner table; it is best to confront them directly.

If your front door faces the north in 2014 you should place a pair of Fu Dogs just inside the house looking outwards as protective guardians for the year. A Ba Gua mirror should also be placed outside facing north.

For those of you who have bedrooms, a main door or window either in the north or facing the north: you will be afflicted with the Three Killings energy and therefore be more susceptible to legal problems and accidents. 



Because it targets the northeast, north and northwest, those who are born in the year of the Pig, Rat or Ox will be negatively influenced by the Three Killings. Remedying the Three Killings is not difficult. Simply and effectively; one can display the authentic cure Three Celestial Protectors (Chi Lin) facing the north this year as a remedy. You can also hang an amulet displaying the Three Celestial Protectors on the knob of your bedroom door. 





3 Celestial Guardian hanging amulet

This is a hanging amulet comprising the 3 Celestial Guardians strung vertically. The 3 Celestial Guardians are the best cure for the 3 Killings. They comprise the Chi Lin, Fu Dog and Pi Yao.

The Chi Lin- in 2014 will restrain and prevent the killing Chi from harming you. The magnificent Chi Lin is believed to have great protective abilities. The Chi Lin protects against loss of relationships and saves you from losing the ones you love; the Chi Lin together with the Fu Dog protects your good name against harmful intentions.

Fu Dogs / Temple Lions- One generally sees them outside of temples and homes. They are mythical animals and guardians of the heavenly gate. They have fear-inspiring faces and muscular bodies and are believed to be protectors that ward off evil influences and spirits. It is their task to probe the mind and intentions of the guests crossing the threshold. The Fu Dogs also nourish the Chi that enters the home or businesses premises and thus bring in good fortune.





The Pi Yao- is a mystical entity that is a particularly powerful and auspicious. Chinese adore the Pi Yao because of its protective, obedient and loyal nature. It is believed that the Pi Yao will always try its best to fulfill its owner’s wish and protect its owner from any harm. The Pi Yao also has the ability to help anyone having bad Feng Shui due to having offended the Grand Duke Jupiter (Tai Sui). As one of the effective cures for the Three Killings, the Pi Yao protects you from monetary loss. 




All Three, known as the “The Three Celestial Guardians” are a great protection against the Three Killings.


Be sure to hang your 3 Celestial Guardians Amulet/ Plaque where the San Sha Three Killings are located and make sure you don't sit or sleep with your back to their direction.


The Three Celestial Guardian Plaque





Good Luck





Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Animal Predictions for 2014 - Year of the Yang Wood Horse (Jia Wu)

Animal Predictions for 2014 

 Year of the Yang Wood Horse (Jia Wu)  



Chinese astrology and western astrology differ in that Chinese astrology is used as a preventive measure. A reader has the sense that armed with this knowledge they can be joyous or cautious. They can rest easy having the tools to now control or amend the course of the forecasted events of the coming year.




2014 Predictions for the Rat



The Rat will have a few ups and downs in 2014, but the good news is that all the work they’ve put in during 2013, with their career and social life in particular, could start to pay off right at the beginning of the Horse year.

In 2014 the Rat’s popularity will soar, however, they should keep in mind that this will not be the greatest of years, as the Rat is in conflict with the Horse. All the same they should utilize their social skills, but only as far as good finances and solid lifestyle allows. They should seize any advantage, as this is a great time for networking with new people and this will also be a great opportunity to foster new friends. Keep in mind that April 2014 should be a good month for socialising. Meanwhile, existing relationships will be strengthened and the Rat will attract more good stuff if they seek and take advice from others, as well as sharing good news with those around them.

This year, the Rat would be wise not to try to go it alone or be too independent for it may lead to certain isolation especially if they do not accept the assistance or companionship available.

The Rat needs to be particularly considerate of their existing friends and family in 2014 as this year can be a great year to spend time with loved ones and to reinforce relationships. 2014 could also be a positive year for a family vacation which the Rat would do well to organise.

The Rat will need to keep an eye out for new opportunities which can help further his/her career in the coming year. All Rats should advance their knowledge and skill during the year in order to put it to good use.

Where risks are concerned, the Rat native would be wise to weigh all the pros and cons before initiating any big decisions in their career, as there is a risk of this backfiring if it is not thought out thoroughly. It’s also advisable to always read the small print and check over terms and conditions. Rats should not exclude good advice from others when in doubt. Because of this the Rat must be diligent in keeping a close eye on their finances throughout the year. Therefore, it is imperative the Rats are thorough with their research when making a big investment and taking out loans. With their increased social life, it would be also wise to save whenever possible. Later on some of these savings could be used to give gifts to loved ones, go on trips and splurge on social events with friends and family. Even then the Rat should exercise caution in their spending spree and, whenever possible, seek out the best possible deals.

There may be stiff competition for the Rat who is seeking a promotion at work in 2014. This is not to say they should forgo a promotion, only that the Rat should be well aware of the opposition and study their strengths and weaknesses in order to gain the advantage over them.

2014 is a fantastic year for the Rat to acquire new skills and to further their education. It can really be of benefit to them if they are so motivated. Some plans may go awry or be replaced entirely with new opportunities that can actually work out to the Rat’s advantage in the end.

In summary; 2014 will be a good year for the Rat to build relations and to seize good opportunities provided they keep their wits about them, focus on what really matters in life and always read the small print before signing. This year can also be a good one for relationships for the Rat provided they follow this advice: With the hectic schedule of studies and socialising in 2014 the Rat should reserve some time for their significant other, as there is a risk of overworking and becoming too self- absorbed therefore, through negligence, causing the relationship to dissipate. Alternatively, the relationship will be strengthened if they are allowed to share in Rat’s increased social life. The forecast for single Rats meanwhile is; they are poised to attract good relationships.

As a Rat you are in affinity with the Ox. For your protection, you should have a key chain pendant of an Ox with you at all times throughout the year in 2014.



2014 Predictions for the Ox


2014 will be an eventful year for the Ox. In order to derive full benefit of the available opportunities however, they need to be both flexible and readily accommodating to all the changes right from the start of the New Year.

Career opportunities will be good and with the furthering of their career they’ll have an increased income. There are ample opportunities throughout 2014 for the Oxen that are seeking a change in their vocation. The only requisite would be that they seek a position that they are qualified for, otherwise this could easily backfire on them.

The forecast for the overall finances will be good for the Ox so long as they are careful with their spending and investments. Also they do need to be thorough with the terms and conditions and seek professional advice when making sizeable purchases if they wish to avoid the risk of unforeseen problems or hefty financial loss.

Oxen should keep an eye on their health this year: stress levels should be managed, exhaustion avoided, and they should be on the lookout for minor illnesses that could take their toll on them. This being said, the Ox needs to stay as active as possible in the year of the Horse. Good health could be maintained by joining a gym, adopting a moderate (regular) workout routine such as walking, cycling or jogging. A sensible diet is also an important factor in achieving a good state of fitness; the occasional fast food meal is forgiven so long as they, on average, consume healthy food.

Social life for the Ox will be particularly good this year. Increased social events shared with comrades will help strengthen bonds of friendship at present and also in the future. There will be many memorable moments to be had in 2014 and these lasting memories could bring unending joy for the Ox in years to come. Some commemorative parties and celebrations will be in order to enumerate their successes either at home or at work. Keep up with the championship of excellence and reap the plentiful rewards. The Ox should remember to reserve some time to themselves so as not to tire too much and therefore become susceptible to illness.

Family vacations will also be most beneficial in 2014 for all.

Romances are not the greatest for the Ox in the year of the Horse although this does not mean that there will be no chance of finding new relationships or strengthening existing ones. Relations of the heart will require some diligence in 2014 and the Ox will need to stay committed to making this work if they wish to perpetuate the good rapport. If they are in a long term relationship with someone, it would be a good idea to take a romantic trip in 2014 although only if they can afford it.

Overall the year of the Horse will be a successful one for the Ox. Oxen are in affinity with the Rat; for their protection, therefore, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rat with them at all times throughout the year.






2014 Predictions for the Tiger


The year of the Horse will be a very fortunate year for the Tiger and they will achieve plenty in 2014. Tigers ending the year of the Snake with problems need not worry as it will be short lived and the Tiger’s luck should turn for the better as the year of the Horse progresses. The Tiger should expend more effort into their actions during the year, however, to achieve greater success. Any and all effort will be beneficial in the long run.

Tigers looking for new employment should be well prepared for the interview and during the course of it strive to create a strong impression in order to outpace all their competition. Good news; career opportunities for the Tiger will be excellent this year and there are even predictions of them climbing the corporate ladder and achieving new connections with important people that will be instrumental in furthering their future goals. As it is the Tiger may have noticed that those in higher positions in their work have already begun placing their trust in them and assigning them more responsibility. Tigers should seize this opportunity to acquire new skills and to furthering their education. New opportunities should bring about an increased income for the Tiger in 2014. An employer’s trust in the Tiger would translate into an increased salary and a good fiscal year for the Tiger. Additionally there could be added unexpected sums of money as well down the road in the form of a gift, lottery win or other windfall. Use caution however and don’t rush out and purchase tons of lottery tickets, better to reserve those funds for practical use throughout the year.

Hobbies and new skills will be beneficial to the Tiger during the year of the Horse, particularly if they are interested in sports or fitness. The only thing is that they need to stay committed to derive greater benefits and increased levels of fitness.

The Tigers social life will be quite active throughout the year and can be a great way to celebrate their new business opportunities with friends and loved ones. The year of the Horse is a great time for the Tiger to enjoy what they already have in their life and that also includes their spouse or partners. Romance is looking very good for the Tiger in 2014 and they will have many opportunities to strengthen romantic bonds with their loved one. To enhance romance and career in 2014, they should introduce some water colours like shades of blue, black, grey in the centre of home or office. These could be in the form of an accent piece such as a doormat, rug, cushion cover, sofa throw, curtains etc.

Single Tigers will also see a rise in interest from the opposite sex this year.


Overall, the year of the Horse is a very favourable year for the Tiger and they can accomplish a great deal this year. Tigers are in affinity with the Pig/Boar. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Pig with them.






2014 Predictions for the Rabbit


The year of the Horse will be a good one for the Rabbit with many career opportunities and exciting times ahead. Their social life will be filled with numerous events which provide them with the opportunity to make new acquaintances and important connections especially in the financial sector. The Rabbit has many skills and they will be sought after for favours during the year of the Horse. Consequently, there will be many social events for the Rabbit and there are predictions that the Rabbits would do rather well if they are organising any events this year. The only drawback is that they may get bit flustered at times with the fast paced, abundant activity of 2014.

Career opportunities are quite favorable for the Rabbit in 2014 and typically, during the course of the year the workload could get bit too hectic for the Rabbit to handle. They should persevere, for there is a light at end of tunnel.

Then there will be those times when it will be best to abandon the slow steady pace of work for the sake of speed in order to derive full benefit from a current situation. Overall the Rabbit should shy away from overworking, however, as this could cause a lot of undue stress.

Good fortune will smile on Rabbits that are unsatisfied in their current positions and are seeking new employment. Key opportunities will be made available for that ideal vocation during the Horse year; however the Rabbit needs to stay finely honed in his/her job hunt for assured success.

The Rabbit’s new career opportunities and rise in income could entice them to compulsive spending. A note of caution is warranted, therefore, in order for the Rabbit to remain financially stable.

The elevated social status with its associated demands and risks could see the money leaving as soon as it manifests. Therefore Rabbits need to manage their spending well and know their limits, especially during key social events, in order to avoid any undue debts.

The forecast for Romance is good for the Rabbits, especially the single Rabbits, what with their increased social status. Rabbits that are already in a serious relationship should be wary and avoid harmless flirting however, to avoid unwarranted problems in 2014. Meanwhile, there will be many opportunities for the married Rabbit to share moments with their loved one and it would be a good idea to spend lots of time together whenever possible to strengthen existing bonds.

The Rabbit’s home life meanwhile will be rather peaceful and relaxed one this year although they will need to make sure that everyone at home has input to the important decisions as ignoring this could cause problems. Furthermore, Rabbits need to spend a lot of quality time sharing family activities such as a day excursion, a short jaunt or a simple movie night at home.

In summary, the year of the Horse is a promising one for the Rabbit but they will need to keep an eye on their spending and be sure not to tire themselves out from the stress of added work and too many social events. This said; they should enjoy a fantastic year of the Horse.

Rabbits are in affinity with the Dog. For your protection, you should have a key chain pendant of a Dog.









2014 Predictions for the Dragon


The year of the Horse can be a propitious one for the Dragon provided they are careful and avoid taking too many risks. There will be some aspects of the Dragon’s life that will be harder but, with some determination and perseverance, they should fare well and make the year of the Horse a successful and satisfactory one.

The Career of the Dragon has predictions of growth in the workplace and this opportunity could manifest from a colleague or an associate vacating their position. In addition, there could be a lot of new projects in the workplace that could provide the Dragon with more recognition and greater trust by the senior staff. Overall the year of the Horse should be considered a year of persistence and progress through small steps. Dragons should avoid haste, as recklessness and imprudence could trigger problems for them in 2014. Should any Dragon take shortcuts or risks or ignore the guidelines, problems will be certain to manifest. The Horse year, after all, calls for meticulous attentiveness. Dragons seeking a new position or work during the year of the Horse could face challenges. It could be a tricky process but their innate fortitude and skills could go a long way to impressing their future employer and securing that ideal job.

March, May July and October could see some encouraging developments, but the determined Dragon can benefit from opportunities at almost any other time of the year as well.

Progress at work can help the dragon’s financial position too, although they may find that their expenditures are quite high this year; therefore, they should strive to eliminate unnecessary expenses where possible. Even though Dragon’s outgoings will be considerable, they could fare well in some important transactions. Faced with the possibility of large acquisitions, a Dragon should shop around and seek an appropriate advice to secure the best value. At any rate, the Dragon’s natural aptitude for budgeting and saving should benefit them. Likewise with travel plans; by planning ahead and investigating options Dragons could profit from some particularly attractive offers. But while they may enjoy some luck in financial matters this year, Dragon should not tempt fate by taking unnecessary chances or ignoring the fine print. At the risk of being redundant; the Dragon should remember that this is not a year for diving head long into financial decisions; vigilance is warranted, especially when checking out terms and conditions, before signing any contracts.

In 2014, the Dragon’s social life will be improved. Many enjoyable moments with friends and family are in the forecast for the Dragon and, as for this partygoer and keen socialiser; this can be a boost and an electrifying time. April, May, September and December could see the most activity. There are also predictions of new people entering the Dragon’s life during the year of the Horse and some of these can even lead to lasting relationships. Just be mindful to keep an eye on the expenditures.

When at work, Dragons should sit with their backs to the North or they may find unscrupulous people working against them or encounter undue gossip and back stabbing during the year. There is also a possibility of disturbing news in the year of the Horse. At such instance the Dragons should first check out the facts for themselves rather than take it at face value and fly off the handle. Better that the Dragon be composed and avoid emotional upset, for it will pass fairly quickly.

Another thing to remember is that when encountering such problems or dilemmas rather than keep it all in the Dragon should confide in people he trusts. Sometimes worries could easily be dispelled or certain concerns prove groundless; as well, a worry shared is often a worry halved.

This requirement for openness also applies to Dragon’s home life. With the Dragon and their household in general leading a busy life this year there should be a good liaison and co-operation, greater understanding and assistance particularly at those hectic times. Good communications are paramount as well; the Dragon should curb his independent tendencies and eschew going it alone. Another smart thing to do, is to apportion the practical projects during the course of year leaving ample room for preparation so as to obtain the desired satisfactory results. While the Dragon’s domestic life will be generally good, but busy, it will also contain few interesting quirks and oddities, leading the way for many fun family times.

Romance is looking promising for the Dragon although they will have to work on their communication skills with their partner for their relationship to thrive. This is not something to worry about but is just more of a way to strengthen their relationship.

For the unattached Dragons they should see important and promising developments during 2014, although circumstances may not always make things easy. With care and time new relationship can often become meaningful.

If it can be managed Dragons should aim to preserve some quality time for their own interests as well as give some consideration to their general lifestyle. Personal interests and hobbies can be a good way to relax as well as provide the Dragon with an outlet for his talents and ideas. Dragons can also achieve good health by keeping an eye on their diet and by getting plenty of exercise. Adapting a well balanced and nutritious diet could go a long way to providing them with high energy levels. They must remember to keep active.

Dragons need to exercise caution during the months of April & June 2014, especially if they are not in good health or very stressed. Meanwhile whether at home or in the office, Dragons should be wary of the North direction and remember not to have any ground breaking work, renovations or any noisy activities there. If disturbed, this area can, and normally will, cause immediate health problems especially for the elderly. If the Dragon can’t get out of doing some emergency repairs then they should place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between their building and the location where the work is to be carried out.

Overall, the year of the Horse should be a steady paced year for the Dragon but they can achieve a great deal by taking it easy. They must remember to remain vigilant for risks and carelessness which could cause problems. Fortunately, though, the Dragon is perceptive and his firm resolve will enable him to gain a lot from this full and interesting year.


Dragons are in affinity with the Rooster. For good fortune they should keep a key chain pendant of a Rooster on them.






2014 Predictions for the Snake


The year of the Horse can be a mixed year for the Snake. The fast paced Horse year can sometimes rattle the pace of the Snake and cause them to feel isolated from everything going on around them. Even though this year may not be the greatest in every aspect, still it does not mean that there will not be some successes for the Snake throughout 2014.

The career sector could see the Snake making fair progress throughout the year. Snakes should be mindful however and not spend too much time only on one project, for the fast paced Horse year could swell the other work that had been set aside or ignored. There will be opportunities for the Snake to further their skills in 2014 and they should note that, because of the Snake’s valued input, senior workers that are in higher positions are starting to place a lot more trust in them.

Snakes that are looking to change jobs or are currently unemployed and looking will need to keep up with the fast pace of the Horse year, as they may find a job one day only to discover it has gone the subsequent day. Snakes looking for employment fare better if they detail their many skills and experience in their portfolio in order to impress their potential future employers.

The Snakes finances will be good in 2014; moreover, they should be able to save a fare amount of money this year, provided they are budget conscious and not rush in to any big acquisitions. The Snake’s tendency would be to see something and want it but this year would be better for them if they spent some time researching for the best price and checking over the terms and conditions.

Horse year being so fast paced however, the Snake needs to take some time off to relax and perhaps go on that well deserved vacation. If the Snake is working too hard in 2014, they may be prone to minor illnesses like the common cold. In addition the Snake needs to keep an eye on their diet.

Social life is also good for the Snake in the year of the horse. The Snake should not abort an event because of limited funds; the thing for the Snake to do is to budget their spending and have fun, meet a lot of new people and really get some beneficial results.

Home life for the Snake is promising this year. They should try to spend as much time as possible with loved ones this year as this will help them build a strong bond with each other. Romance and relationships will require some care during the year of the Horse. The Snake may find that arguments are on the rise in 2014, chiefly due to minor things. In that instance it would be advisable for the Snake to remain calm and avoid saying anything that they may later regret, as this could have a long term effect on the relationship. They should try to be the bigger person and diffuse the situation without upsetting each other.

Single Snakes may not have the best of luck this year for finding a partner but they should still notice an increase in interest from the opposite sex although these relations may be short lived if they rush things.


Snakes are in affinity with the Monkey. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Monkey.







2014 Predictions for the Horse


This year will be a very memorable one for the Horse and they will be able to accomplish a great deal in 2014. However the Horse must not take others’ good nature for granted as there is a possibility of problems arising later still when those very people throw these presumptions back into the Horse’s face.

The career for the Horse will be very good this year. In 2014 they will receive recognition and accolades for their previous hard work and dedication in the workplace. There are strong possibilities also of promotion for the Horse. This may mean advancement to a few levels up from their current position, creating a big financial gain in their income.

Horses that are unsatisfied in their current position or those that are unemployed and seeking work could really benefit from the luck of the Horse year backing them. By being proactive in seeking a job and pursuing openings in good companies the Horse could land a really good contract of employment in 2014. This will gain them greater opportunities during this year and the subsequent years to continue to work on their skills and make the most of their potential.

On the whole, the forecast for finances is very good for the Horse in 2014. They should see a sizeable sum of money accrued by the end of the year mainly due to their higher income and position in the workplace. The Horse can also be highly successful in investments and with purchases in 2014. If they are ever unsure about their investments it would be prudent to consult with a professional. The Horse’s finances could be adversely affected if they are in a rush with their acquisitions; therefore they should always evaluate prices, shop around and weigh the pros and cons before purchasing expensive items or make large investments.

A good place to spend those extra funds on this year would be a vacation. The destination could be anywhere around the world or simply within the local vicinity. The Horse need not spend a fortune on a trip; any place of interest would suffice. It would also be beneficial for the Horse to take their partner or loved ones along on vacation, as this will fortify and reinvigorate their bond. The Horse’s home life will be good this year. They should also see many opportunities throughout 2014 for self improvement and attaining life experience. It will be a busy but an enjoyable year for the Horse and one where they can accomplish plenty and absorb all that the world has to offer.



In 2014 Horse needs to pay particular attention to their general well-being by adapting a healthier lifestyle and maintaining an adequate level of fitness through exercise.

This year romance is very good for the Horse and their social life will also be very rewarding. The Horse native will have many occasions to spend time with friends and loved ones over the year which will help bolster relationships. The single Horse will find a great deal of attention forthcoming from the opposite sex. The important thing for the Horse to remember is to be grateful and express proper appreciation for everything others do for them. The Horse will have many opportunities to meet new people during the numerous social events in 2014 and some of these people could be quite important.

Horses are in affinity with the Sheep/Goat. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Goat.


Overall, 2014 will be a very pleasant and enjoyable year for the Horse with plenty to do and much to learn. Have a fantastic year.







2014 Predictions for the Sheep/Goat


The year of the Horse holds many opportunities for the Sheep/Goat in 2014. This will be a year where they have the option of making this either a very satisfying and an exciting year or a tranquil, comfortable and hassle-free one.

The career forecast for the Sheep/Goat Career is a particularly good and a rewarding one. All will go rather smoothly for the Sheep/Goat in 2014 provided they are able to take on a lot more responsibility by using their previous years’ experiences. The year of the Horse is also a good time to set plans in motion by adapting a more authoritative stance towards their career. Sheep/Goats who are looking to change their career path or seek employment should find that their search will avail them many options that they have never before considered. This could go rather well for the Sheep/Goat that are motivated and are up for the challenge.

Home life will require a fair bit of organization and planning this year in terms of getting things done. The Sheep/Goat will have the opportunity to do a lot of do it yourself fixes in the home during 2014 and, if successful, they will be rewarded with ample savings.

There will be many enjoyable family times both at home or outside for the Sheep/Goat this year, therefore they should organize as many Family functions or trips as possible. On the down side there is a risk of conflict within the family for the Goat in 2014. This could cause problems if it is not addressed early on in the year. The best thing to do is to try talking to each other and resolve any differences that you may have.

Romance will be very an enjoyable aspect of the Sheep/Goat’s life during the year of the Horse. It can further strengthen relationship ties that will be everlasting. Increased social activity could take a lot of Sheep/Goat’s time and attention, so it is best they include their partner along whenever possible.

Single Sheep/Goats looking for a relationship should find it very easy to find new romance this year and there is also the possibility of this becoming a lifelong relationship.

As we mentioned earlier, the social life of Sheep/Goat will be the key focal point all during the year of the Horse and this can avail the Sheep/Goat a significant amount of opportunities to meet new people and experience new things. The Sheep/Goat’s innate understanding and helpful manner will help them to really connect with different people over the year and they will derive definite benefits from their increased social calendar. Often they will find themselves helping others and this will provide the Sheep/Goat infinite joy. Go ahead, share the joy with others by offering advice or lending a helping hand to further augment this great feeling and make it last. Moreover, the karmic law will return the favour in the future.

How the year of the Horse is played out is entirely up to the Sheep/Goat. If they are after success and wealth, they should work as hard as possible and attain what they want out of the year but they can also take the year at an easy, nice pace and enjoy the things in life that they may not have previously had the time for.


Sheep/Goats are in affinity with the Horse. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Horse.







2014 Predictions for the Monkey


The motivated Monkey will want to make the most of the year of the Horse and, fortunately for them, some career aspects to excel in are at hand. There may not be any promotions for the Monkey in 2014 though that doesn’t mean that they will not be able to take on new responsibilities that will be carry their own reward. Then there are the risks of overworking themselves in 2014 or deceiving themselves into thinking that they are doing far better than they actually are. Meanwhile, the Monkey will gain ample opportunity to shine from immediately perceiving changes in their company and adapting to them far quicker than their colleagues will. Keep in mind however; the Monkey must not set their expectations too high in 2014, such as setting their sights on becoming CEO of the company, while overlooking or dismissing the true value of the personal growth they have already attained.

For those Monkeys looking to change their career or seeking employment in 2014; this is a year that holds the potential of kick-starting a whole new vocation for them. Getting a job will be very easy for the Monkey, however they would be wise to first take a stock of their abilities and make certain the position they seek is what they want. Monkeys should also be prepared to deliberate on career options previously not considered.

Finances are good for the Monkey in 2014 and they could possible see a bonus coming their way in the year of the Horse. Money could also come by way of a lottery winning. This does not mean, however, that they should rush out and spend thousands on lottery tickets as the return may not be as high as anticipated. I’ll risk reiteration and repeat: the Monkey should not be setting their sights too high in 2014 and forsaking reality. Similarly, when making expensive purchases in 2014 the Monkey must not rush into it, as there is a risk of paying too.

The Monkeys’ health on the whole will good, although they should keep an eye on their diet during the Horse year and try to get some exercise whenever possible in order to stay fit, particularly in the colder months. Travel is a good idea for the Monkey this year as they could gain a lot of insight through taking time out to relax and think about their life.

Home life will also be good for the Monkey. There will be many opportunities for the Monkey to enjoy social events, to spend quality time with existing or new friends and loved ones and the Monkey is sure to get ample pleasure from all of this. A word of caution, however, during the year of the Horse their social life will require a bit of care, as there is a risk of upsetting others. Meanwhile it would be to the Monkey’s advantage to place their confidence in others concerning problems and to reciprocate vice versa, as this will greatly benefit them.

Romance is looking good for the Monkey in 2014 and there will be plenty of loving moments shared with loved ones throughout the year. Mutual plans with their partner will be very beneficial to the Monkey this year as this could further strengthen the existing bonds. For single Monkeys, this can be a time of new love and the Monkey would do well to get out there and look for a partner, although they will need to be very open with them, for the new found relationship to progress.


Monkeys are in affinity with the Snake. For their protection, you should have a key chain pendant of a Snake.







2014  Predictions for the Rooster


The Rooster’s amazing organisational skills will be beneficial in the year of the Horse. A great way for the Rooster to advance this year would be to write a wish list of what they hope to achieve during the year and follow it, check back on the list regularly, and perhaps add to it.

Career aspects for the Rooster will be good in 2014. Roosters that are fully prepared for any contingencies and any required modifications for the year ahead will advance a lot further than can be imagined. For Roosters seeking to be employed or simply looking to change their profession this may prove to be a challenging year and they need to apply themselves 100% to get the desired results.

The rooster likes to prepare for everything beforehand and this is a good thing. However, the Horse year being fast paced. The Rooster, on occasion, may be caught off guard. The thing they must do then would be to act with the impulse and swiftly seize the opportunity as this will turn out quite well in the end.

Ultimately throughout 2014 there will be a great deal no end to progress for the Rooster and the subsequent climb of the social ladder will augment their gladness. Correspondingly the Rooster’s social life will thrive and they will see many opportunities to attended events and spend time with friends and loved ones throughout the Horse year. One key recommendation would be to step away from jealous feelings and arguments during this year, as there is a risk of these causing problems for the Rooster. Finally; a positive attitude and becoming the bigger person will save the Rooster a lot of grief.

Finance is an area that warrants caution. The Rooster needs to keep a close eye on their expenses as debts could easily accrue during the year of the Horse. It is also a good idea for the Rooster to always check over terms and conditions carefully and make sure that what they are signing up for is a to their advantage. If they are able to closely monitor their outgoings they should do rather well with finances this year

Home life is good for the Rooster in 2014. There will be many opportunities to engage in family fun activities and create some really memorable moments. The Rooster’s hobbies and interests will come to light this year and many activities they partake of will be gratifyingly pleasurable. It would be wise for the Rooster not to take on too much work at home, however, as they could tire themselves out. They must learn to delegate chores.

Romance will be favorable for the Rooster although they will have to avoid feeling jealous if possible and also remain well composed at moments of stress and anger as this could quickly dissolve a strong relationship. The best thing for the Rooster to do in 2014 with regards to a relationship is to fill their time together with loving affection and good experiences to avoid any arguments. Single Roosters looking for love should be able to attract attention from the opposite sex but they will need to maintain a very nonchalant attitude with their new partner if they are to succeed.

Roosters are in affinity with the Dragon. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Dragon.






2014 Predictions for the Dog


The Dog has acquired ample learning and experience in the last few years and this will become evident in their actions, manners and performance all during the year of the Horse. 2014 is poised therefore to be an extremely satisfactory and proactive year for the Dog where they can achieve a great deal with ease. It will come with many gratifying rewards, both emotionally and physically.

The forecast for the Dog’s career is also good with lots of great opportunities coming to them throughout the year. Dogs seeking a career change or Dogs looking for employment in the year of the Horse should see a great deal of progress in their search, which may be long overdue. Meanwhile, it would be beneficial for the Dog to broaden their horizons in their search for work as something they may have previously overlooked, or never considered, could turn out to be a really promising position for the Dog’s career.

Employed Dogs will have a great deal of progress in terms of growth and gains in their respective jobs. The Dogs commitment in the work place will be well valued this year. They will make a lot of advancements by reaching new levels in their position and in due course securing a lot of respect from higher members of staff.

Due to the Dog’s efforts at work they will enjoy a good income and therefore have accrued funds at their disposal for future events and goals. Even so, it would be wise for the Dog to try and reduce the outlays as much as possible this year in order to help maximise savings for big purchases and renovations throughout 2014.

The home life for the Dog will be very good in 2014, although they should look in to updating their security system during the year of the Horse as there is risk of theft. It’s also imperative that Dogs take good care of their health, get plenty of exercise and keep a close eye on their diet during all of 2014.

Social life will be good and there will be many times where, swamped with plans, Dogs will have to decide on which to pursue. Dogs will make a lot of new acquaintances in 2014 and, owing to the Dog’s faithful nature, some of these can become a long-lasting intimate relationships. Single Dogs will attract many new partners this year and this could be an ideal time for settling down with someone special. Dogs already in a relationship will go through the year fairly trouble free with little arguments or problems. Meanwhile romance will flourish and both single and spoken-for Dogs will enjoy many beautiful moments. The year of the Horse can also be an excellent time for the Dog to travel and see the world. What better way than, if budgeted for, for the Dog to take along their loved ones on a trip in order to further boost their relationship.


Dogs are in affinity with the Rabbit. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rabbit.







2014 Predictions for the Pig


The Pig will do extremely well during the year of the Horse and enjoy ample great moments and opportunities to further themselves. This can be a very fruitful and rewarding year for the Pig with many accomplishments and various beneficial connections in the forecast.

Suffice it to say, career aspects will be very propitious for the Pig and 2014 will be a year where the Pig will find it very easy to gain skills and knowledge in the work place. The Pig should seize any opportunities made available to them, as it would propel their career to the next level for still greater advantage. For Pigs looking to change career or Pigs looking for work, the year of the Horse brings great many opportunities and, through the Pigs vast range of skills and good business sense, they should do very well in securing a lucrative position with a very good company.

Home life will be good for the Pig throughout the year of the Horse but there are a few things that the Pig will need to do to make the most of the year. All through 2014, Pig must reserve some time out for themselves; making sure that they get plenty of rest and relaxation in order to contemplate what they want out of this year and also in life. There is a risk of neglecting their own personal health, so it would be wiser for the Pig to keep a steady eye on their diet and get plenty of exercise.

Family members will sometimes seek advice from the Pig in 2014 and the Pig will do well to land a hand and their invaluable assistance to friends and family.

Finances will be good for the Pig in 2014 although they will need to be somewhat strict on their spending as there is risk of them overspending a lot of money fast. If the Pig is able to budget their spending and curb unnecessary expenses throughout the year they should do rather well. Pigs must check over contracts carefully during the year of the Horse as this could be the source of money going out fast with high interest rates or something similar.

Social life is particularly favorably for the Pig in 2014 and this can be a very good year for acquiring new acquaintances and establishing new business connections to augment the Pigs’ standing and financial interests during the subsequent years. There will be many great social events all during 2014 for the Pig and these could prove to be the most memorable times; therefore, Pigs should embrace any new activities, have a fantastic time, and enjoy fully what comes their way.

Romance is looking extremely hopeful for the Pig during the year of the Horse and this is looking to be a year of great success for single Pigs that are on the lookout for love. This could be a great year for the Pig to find their soul-mate and really bond with that person. There will be strong Peach Blossom luck for the Pig this year and this will give them some great opportunities for finding new love. Those single Pigs that strike out with their new found love, should take heart in knowing that there will be plenty more opportunities around the corner. All in all, Pigs in a relationship should see a very good year ahead and one where they will be able to cure any previous problems and thrive this year.


Pigs are in affinity with the Tiger. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Tiger.



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