No surprise that Debenhams bucks retail trends

The UK department store Debenhams has bucked current retail trend by announcing better than expected revenue and pre-tax  profits for the summer months and running into
their year end accounts in October.

Many are asking how they’ve managed it and many intellectual observations have been made.  However, if we look at the energy around the Debenhams brand and the organisation, we can throw a little more light on their current success.

The brand ‘Debenhams’ has a numerological energy of 3.  This energy is creative and, for want of a better word, bouncy.  It finds ways to achieve things.  Sometimes the energy can go off in all sorts of different directions which is not associated with the Debenhams we know.  But, if you look at the organisation’s incorporation date (or its birth date) it is ruled
by the 6 Heaven star in Feng Shui Astrology. (Incorporation date 28/1/1905).  This makes it trustworthy, reliable and calms that bouncy 3 energy down.

This year the 6 Heaven star is in an energetic house bringing wealth and creativity so it’s hardly surprising that Debenhams continues to be not just a part of UK retail, but a successful player.

They plan to move their headquarters and overhaul their flagship Oxford Street branch in 2013.  The overhaul is well starred as they’ll be in their own house for that year and
very stable.  My only tip would be to have an energetic survey done on their new headquarters.  They’ve done so well so far it would be a shame to ignore a little Feng Shui to keep their fortunes sweet.

Of course, it’s easy to apply numerology and Feng Shui astrology in retrospect.  Both are much more effective when applied in the early stages of a business or at crucial
points in an organisation’s life cycle and growth phases.  Date Selection and Branding can be given a ‘once over’ in terms of Feng Shui and numerology to ensure that the best possible energies are being utilised to ensure success.  Many successful businesses and business people use these energetic tools to give them an edge in an increasingly competitive world.

Jackie Notman is an intuitive adviser and coach who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology and the Tarot.   This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or
through her website
www.fs168.co.uk

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I Ching astrology – part 5

This is the final part of the I Ching astrology series of articles.  You may want to review the previous articles in the series:

Energy cycles – the Feng Shui way

I Ching astrology – part 1

I Ching astrology – part 2

I Ching astrology – part 3

I Ching astrology – part 4

So far, we’ve looked at the trigrams which are the fundamental energy building blocks of our world and the cycles that they go through.  We’ve also applied these building blocks to part of ourselves, based on our date of birth.  In I Ching astrology – part 1 we looked at your birth star which is your inherent energy.  In I Ching astrology – part 2 we looked at your inner star which reveals your deeper nature and emotions.  In I Ching astrology – part 3 we looked at your outer star which reveals other people’s perceptions of you, face you show to the world and your aspirations. And in the last article, I Ching astrology – part 4 we learnt how to read the three stars and put them in context with each other.

This final article expands on what we can do with our three stars because it’s not just a static picture of what our energy is like.  Energy is constantly moving and our environment will change energetically which will affect all of us.  In addition, when our three stars bump into another three stars (somebody else) they interact in a unique way.  So let’s have a look at relationships first.

Remember this table from the last article:

1 Water Middle son
2 Earth Mother
3 Thunder Eldest son
4 Wind Eldest daughter
5 Tai Chi Centre
6 Heaven Father
7 Lake Youngest daughter
8 Mountain Youngest son
9 Fire Middle daughter

 

For relationship analysis one of the key things we can look at is the family member that is attributed to each star.  Let’s take the recently married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Kate.  William is a 9/1/4 (21st June 1982).  Kate is a 1/6/9 (9th January 1982).

On the face of it Kate, who’s outer star is a 9 plays the role of middle daughter, seems a little subservient to William who’s outer star is 4 or eldest daughter.  In a family the middle daughter may look up to her big sister and support her.

Inherently, William’s 9 birth star can relate to Kate’s 9 outer star but her 1 birth star, or middle son, will have her acting as a peacekeeper and also perhaps moderating William’s behaviour.  1 and 9 can clash too so this could be a feisty relationship at times.  However, passion is related to the inner stars and William’s 1 inner star once again relates to Kate’s 1 birth star but her inner star of 6, or father, puts her firmly in charge.  William will have a deep respect for Kate and her 1 inherent energy will ensure that she continues to charm during her public duties.

There are never any right or wrong energy combinations and relationships.  We’re all just different which is what makes life so exciting.

Now let’s look at the time aspect.  Each year, month, day and even hour relates to a specific star.  When that star is ruling our own stars will be affected.  In this way we can forecast the best days for romance, for money dealings, for getting married, for travelling, for just about anything.  We can also forecast the best days to not do anything important: a ‘Go Fishing’ day as the Chinese put it.

This is the final part of your I Ching astrology.  Starting from the 1st September 2011 I shall produce a monthly forecast for each star here.  Once you know your birth star you can subscribe to it and see what the month ahead can bring you.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

 This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, using energy to your advantage and Date Selection or Numerology analysis of your name or business name, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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I Ching astrology – part 4

To make sense of I Ching astrology part 4 you’ll need to review my previous articles:

Energy cycles – the Feng Shui way

I Ching astrology – part 1

I Ching astrology – part 2

I Ching astrology – part 3

So far, we’ve looked at the trigrams which are the fundamental energy building blocks of our world and the cycles that they go through.  We’ve also applied these building blocks to part of ourselves, based on our date of birth.  In I Ching astrology – part 1 we looked at your birth star which is your inherent energy.  In I Ching astrology – part 2 we looked at your inner star which reveals your deeper nature and emotions.  In I Ching astrology – part 3 we looked at your outer star which reveals other people’s perceptions of you, face you show to the world and your aspirations. 

So now you have your three stars which we’ve looked at individually.  Now it’s time to put them together to see what pictures we can get. 

There are many combinations of these three stars and, rather than go through each one individually (or show you the picture) I’m going to show you how to form the picture yourself.  The key comes from understanding a certain attribute of each of the nine stars: the family member.

We’ve already discussed the family member attributes in I Ching astrology – part 1 which you can review again in more detail.  Here is a quick reference:

1 Water Middle son
2 Earth Mother
3 Thunder Eldest son
4 Wind Eldest daughter
5 Tai Chi Centre
6 Heaven Father
7 Lake Youngest daughter
8 Mountain Youngest son
9 Fire Middle daughter

Now we look at how the three stars relate to each other.

Example 1 – 142

This person comes across as being responsible, caring – a type of mother figure and that is picked up by others who try to put this person into that role (2 Earth/Mother as outer star).  The flexible nature of this person (1 Water/Middle Son as birth star) accepts this to a certain extent and is happy to keep the peace.  However, 2 Earth stars do like to be recognised for the roles they play and, if things get a bit stressful or people are taking advantage they are likely to just walk away from the situation (4 Wind/Middle Daughter as inner star). However, they won’t be gone for long because the 1 Water star likes to find an amicable solution to every problem – they are a natural peacekeeper.  So, discussions will be held and things will move on as the 4 Wind star bears no grudges and always looks forward.

Example 2 – 894

This person is considered a bit of a loner and an individual.  The 4 Wind as outer star sees them going off and doing their own thing and the 8 Mountain as birth star also signifies contentment with their own company.  This person has the curiosity of the eldest daughter (4 Wind) and the intelligence of the youngest son (8 Mountain).  An 894 is hard to get to know but, if you do you will see a passion that is not always apparent.  This is the 9 Fire inner star.  Put fire and mountain together and you get a volcano.

Example 3 – 353

Here we have an extremely energetic and creative person.  A 353 has double 3 Thunder so what you see (outer star) is what you get (birth star).  The 5 inner star not only gives a commanding presence to this person but it also exaggerates the other stars so we have even more thunder.  This person is very much the eldest son: forthright, passionate, creative, rash, impulsive and spontaneous.  They can be exciting to be with, they can be tiring to be with and they can irritate the hell out of you (depending on your stars).  However, life will always be interesting with a 353.

Now it’s your turn.  Consider your numbers.  How do they fit together?  Do your stars complement or contradict each other?

This is the fourth part of your I Ching astrology and you now know your three stars and have an insight into your character.  In the fifth and final part we are going to look at the relationships between people based on their stars and also the process of date selection: matching people’s stars with the stars for the day, month and year to find the best energy for travel, marriage, business, relocation etc.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, using energy to your advantage and Date Selection or Numerology analysis of your name or business name, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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I Ching astrology – part 3

To make sense of I Ching astrology part 3 you’ll need to review my previous articles:

Energy cycles – the Feng Shui way

I Ching astrology – part 1

I Ching astrology – part 2

So far, we’ve looked at the trigrams which are the fundamental energy building blocks of our world and the cycles that they go through.  We’ve also applied these building blocks to part of ourselves, based on our date of birth.  In I Ching astrology – part 1 we looked at your birth star which is your inherent energy.  In I Ching astrology – part 2 we looked at your inner star which reveals your deeper nature and emotions.  In this article we are going to look at the third and final star which is known as your Outer Star or Energetic Number.

Your outer star reflects the face you show to the world and how people perceive you.  It tells us how you communicate with the outside world and also gives us clues about your hopes, aspirations or what you may be capable of achieving.

Your outer star is calculated from combining your inner star with the Lo Shu table (this is a table used in Feng Shui and is also called a Magic Square or Square of Saturn).  Rather than take up time with this calculation the table below is a quick reference guide for you which details all three stars: birth, inner and outer.  Find your birth star in the first column and then move along the row until you reach the correct month column.  (Remember that you may be using the preceding month if your birthday is close to the beginning of the month – see I Ching astrology – part 2 for exact dates.) 

Month→ FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN
Year ↓                        

1

WATER

187

178

169

151

142

133

124

115

196

187

178

169

2

EARTH

225

216

297

288

279

261

252

243

234

225

216

297

3

THUNDER

353

344

335

326

317

398

389

371

362

353

344

335

4

WIND

481

472

463

454

445

436

427

418

499

481

472

463

5

T’AI CHI

528

519

591

582

573

564

555

546

537

528

519

591

6

HEAVEN

656

647

638

629

611

692

683

674

665

656

647

638

7

LAKE

784

775

766

757

748

739

721

712

793

784

775

766

8

MOUNTAIN

822

813

894

885

876

867

858

849

831

822

813

894

9

FIRE

959

941

932

923

914

995

986

977

968

959

941

932

Now that you have all three numbers but for this article we are just focussing on the outer star or last number:

1 Water

Water flows and, if it gets blocked one way it will go another route.  Like water your nature is flexible and adaptable: change is not a problem for you.  We can experience water in many different ways: a soft misty shower or a torrid raging waterfall and your energy is just as changeable.  Water also represents the subconscious and the unknown.  People don’t always know what you are thinking and you may often surprise them with your reactions.

2 Earth

Earth is also the mother trigram.  People trust you and feel secure with you.  You’re a shoulder to cry on and someone to confide in.  And you do all of that very well: being of service is part of your nature.  However, people often forget that you may need support from others and, if you let them, they may unwittingly take advantage of you.  Therefore you may have to set boundaries at times.

3 Thunder

People certainly know when you’re around.  Your energy is tangible and, however hard you try, there is no way you can make a quiet entrance.  Your loud, impulsive behaviour can irritate some of the quieter stars.  However, for others you are pure inspiration and certainly get things moving and they welcome your vitality and often just follow behind you in the energy stream you create.

4 Wind

Like the wind others sometimes find it very hard to grasp you.  You have an elusive, almost ethereal quality.  Although others may see this as unreliable, or worry about your unpredictability, you do have a strong intuition and will always be in the right place at the right time.  To improve your relationships with other stars remember that they don’t have your qualities and try to communicate a little more.

5 Tai Chi

You attract people very much like the central palace that is your star.  People will gravitate towards you and may even be humbled in your presence.  You just have an air of authority about you: it isn’t put on or made up – it is just you.  The 5 tai chi also has the effect of doubling the energies of your first two stars and exaggerating their characteristics.  You will probably aggravate any star that has an ego problem but just ensure that you don’t take your natural charisma and authority for granted and become too domineering or bossy.

6 Heaven

You’ll always arrive early for any meeting and latecomers may see you checking your watch and tutting as they arrive.  People perceive you as being responsible, knowing the detail and being focused.  Some people may call you a perfectionist, others a jobsworth.  However, they’re happy to be on the same team with you if there are deadlines to be met and goals to be achieved.

7 Lake

You make the effort to be well dressed, groomed and sociable.  You’re an ideal host who will make anyone feel comfortable whatever the occasion.  People will like you, partly because you are a good listener and we all like to talk about ourselves but also because you’re fun and light-hearted.  Others may view you as superficial purely because you skim across subjects that aren’t much fun or that may dampen the mood.  And, if you are forced into a deep and meaningful conversation where you can’t be the social butterfly you are likely to walk away – it’s just not your scene.

8 Mountain

As a strong, silent type you may not be the life and soul of the party but you take everything in and respond when necessary.  You like to observe and people may call you quiet or reserved.  However, this reticence is not about shyness.  When an answer is required you usually have a very astute one to give.  People do not often see your emotions unless you are stirred into action, usually by a sense of unfairness or injustice.  Then they will see the mountain has a passionate heart.

9 Fire

You sizzle.  Probably wearing the loudest, most colourful outfit you will always be noticed when you walk into a room.  It may be your physical appearance, your loud voice or laugh or just the energy crackling around you.  People will view you as a bit of a fire cracker and the quieter stars may find you a touch too blingy.  The only thing you have to worry about is sustaining your energy.  You need others to support you otherwise you could burn yourself out.

This is the third part of your I Ching astrology and you now know your three stars.  In the next part we are going to look at how they interact with each other.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

 This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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I Ching astrology – part 2

To make sense of I Ching astrology part 2 you’ll need to review my previous articles:

Energy cycles – the Feng Shui way

I Ching astrology – part 1

So far, we’ve looked at the trigrams which are the fundamental energy building blocks of our world and the cycles that they go through.  We’ve also applied these building blocks to part of ourselves, based on our date of birth.  In I Ching astrology – part 1 we looked at your birth star which is your inherent energy.  In this article we are going to delve a little deeper and look at the second star which is known as your Inner Star or Character Number.

Your inner star reflects the emotional you: your deeper nature which is often hidden from the world and often from ourselves.  It is very much the primal you, what is shown under pressure, when no one else is around or anytime you feel that you don’t have to put on your ‘outside persona’.  Children tend to portray their inner star before their birth star: before opinions, judgement and consideration of others.  Children are just honest about their feelings and this is their inner star.

Your inner star is based on your month of birth.  To calculate it you will need to know your birth star number so, if you haven’t already done so, review I Ching astrology – part 1 and come back to this article when you have your birth star.

Now take a look at the table below.  You will find your birth star in one of the three columns to the right.  Move down that column until you’re on the same row as your birth month in the column on the left (Note the dates that the months start – you may need to go to the month before if you were born at the beginning of a month). The number you have is your inner star.

Birth star →

Birth date ↓

1 or 4 or 7 5 or 2 or 8 3 or 6 or 9
Feb 4th – Mar 5th 8 2 5
Mar 6th – Apr 5th 7 1 4
Apr 6th – May 5th 6 9 3
May 6th – Jun 5th 5 8 2
Jun 6th – Jul 7th 4 7 1
Jul 8th – Aug 7th 3 6 9
Aug 8th – Sep 7th 2 5 8
Sep 8th – Oct 8th 1 4 7
Oct 9th – Nov 7th 9 3 6
Nov 8th – Dec 7th 8 2 5
Dec 8th – Jan 5th 7 1 4
Jan 6th – Feb 3rd 6 9 3

Now that you’ve found your inner star let’s have a look at you:

Water trigram from FS168 Feng Shui1 Water

‘Still waters run deep’ is an apt phrase for this star and many people can’t fathom you which gives you an elusive quality.  You don’t wear your heart on your sleeve but there is a lot going on under the surface and a passionate nature occasionally breaks through.  As a child you would have been extremely sensitive and taken things to heart.  As an adult this inner star will see you trying to find the easiest option out of situations which may mean going against your inherent nature to placate others.

Earth trigram from FS168 Feng Shui2 Earth

Service to others is key for you.  You are helpful, dependable and your feet are firmly on the ground.  You want everybody to benefit.  Even as a child you would have been happy to share your toys and do your chores.  However, you do like to be appreciated for what you do and, although you bounce back pretty quickly you can have episodes of frustration where you can’t understand why people don’t just get along!

Thunder trigram from FS168 Feng Shui3 Thunder

The grass certainly never grows under your feet.  You have a tangible energy which can take other people along with you or scare them off.  As a child you would have lived in a noisy household – usually caused by you.  Like thunder there would have been explosions and very likely these have carried over into your adult life.  If you could haul all that energy together and focus it like a laser towards your goals you would be much more productive.

Wind trigram from FS168 Feng Shui4 Wind

You pick up easily on the energy around you: from your environment and other people.  If somebody else is upset you will be upset too.  You are very open and trusting and adapt to new situations easily.  As a child you would have enjoyed your first day at school although if your parents took you and they were emotional you may have been upset too – for a few moments anyway.  Thinking with your heart rather than head you can be impetuous, make off the cuff decisions and have knee jerk reactions.  Counting to ten at times like these may help.

Tai Chi from FS168 Feng Shui5 Tai Chi

The Tai Chi is the centre and you are very much the centre of your universe.  As a child that may have meant that you were very influential in the household or had a big group of friends that looked up to you.  At times of stress you still expect to take that central position, which is fine, but try not to let that feeling turn into dominance or bullying.  Having the 5 Tai Chi as your inner star also exaggerates the characteristics of your birth star and your outer star which will be covered in the next article in this series.

Heaven trigram from FS168 Feng Shui6 Heaven

The energy of this star gives you an air of authority and, even at a young age people might have commented that you ‘had an old head on young shoulders’.  Your opinions would have formed early and you were confident to share them with others.  You are a perfectionist which, at stressful times, will make you highly critical of yourself and picky with others.  It’s important to get some balance in your life and loosen up sometimes.  Try doing something just for fun.

Lake trigram from FS168 Feng Shui7 Lake

You appeared laid back and easy going and people find it relaxing to be around you.  As a child you may have been nagged for being lazy or not taking an interest but really this was just the way you view the world – why sweat over the small stuff?  As an adult this lack of attention to detail can provoke periods of frustration, usually from others.  At times like this it’s important to listen to others and accept that everyone doesn’t see the world the way that you do.

Mountain trigram from FS168 Feng Shui8 Mountain

Strong and silent you watch, form opinions and judge.  Fairness is important to you.  You would have been a quiet, thoughtful child probably coming out with a blinder of a question that would have surprised the adults around you.  You have confidence in your own thoughts and don’t follow the crowd.  At times of stress now you retreat.  You have a hard shell that you can pull around you and others can’t find a way in unless you open up a little.

Fire trigram from FS168 Feng Shui9 Fire

Fire is all about creativity and you have it by the bucket loads.  But, like most creative people, your emotions do act like a bit of a roller coaster.  As a child you would have been loving and acted the fool: partly to cheer people up and partly because you like to be the focus of attention.  As an adult you often start things but lose enthusiasm, especially if a project hits that hard phase which all projects do.  One push and you move forwards but you may just jack it in and go and do something else instead.

This is the second part of your I Ching astrology.  In the next part we are going to look at your outer star which will add other aspects and nuances to your birth and inner stars.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

 This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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I Ching astrology – part 1

In my previous article ’Energy cycles – the Feng Shui way’ we looked at the trigrams which are the fundamental energy building blocks of our world and the cycles that they go through.  In this article we are going to look at how these same building blocks can be applied to each of us individually in what’s called I Ching Astrology.

Also known as 9 Star Astrology or 9 Star Ki the source of this type of astrology is lost in time but one theory is that it was originally based on the seven stars of the Big Dipper constellation and the two stars that form its handle.

As with all types of astrology, I Ching astrology is based on your date of birth.  This date will give you three stars that are descriptive of your character, your strengths and weaknesses, your relationships with others, can advise on the best days to perform certain activities and also explain how you interact with the universal energy cycles described in my previous article.

To make it easier to follow, all eight trigrams and the Tai Chi centre have been numbered from 1 – 9:

Water trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

1 Water (Middle Son)

Earth trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

2 Earth (Mother)

Thunder trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

3 Thunder (Eldest Son)

Wind trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

4 Wind (Eldest Daughter)

Heaven trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

6 Heaven (Father)

Lake trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

7 Lake (Youngest Daughter)

Mountain trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

8 Mountain (Youngest Son)

Fire trigram from FS168 Feng Shui

9 Fire (Middle Daughter)

Yin yang from FS168 Feng Shui

5 Tai Chi (Centre) - No Trigram

 
In Part 1 of this series we are going to look at the first star which is known as your Birth Star or Principal Number.

Your birth star is based on the year you were born and describes your inherent energy: slice you open and your core will be what is reflected in your Birth Star.  When you are young the qualities of your birth star may not always be apparent.  It’s an energy we often grown into but, irrespective of your upbringing, education, friends and family, it is your essence.

How to calculate your birth star

The calculation is quite simple but, to make it even easier, the table below will show you your birth star.  The only thing you have to remember is that, like many other things in Feng Shui, I Ching Astrology stars the year on 4th February so, if your birthday is between 1st January and 3rd February you should take the star of the year before.

All you do is find your year on the table below and the corresponding number on the top row is your birth star.  For example, if you were born on the 1st June 1974 your birth star would be 8.  However, if you were born on the 22nd January 1974 your birth star would be 9 because it is prior to the 4th February and the star for 1973 is taken.

Star →

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

Year after 4th Feb ↓

1928

1929

1930

1931

1932

1933

1934

1935

1936

 

1937

1938

1939

1940

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

 

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

 

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

 

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

 

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

 

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

 

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Now you’ve found your star let’s see what it means.  The characteristics of each star are very closely linked to the characteristics of the corresponding trigram as detailed in my previous article.

1 Water

The middle son plays the role of peacemaker and arbitrator.  Water is its governing element so flexibility is a key strength and also the ability to blend in and be all things to all people.  If you’re a 1 Water you’ll have no problem fitting in with most situations and understanding what people want.  Your intuition is strong and you’ll always attempt to negotiate a win-win situation for all.  You don’t like conflict but you’ll attempt to sort it out if necessary and you definitely don’t like rules and controls over your life.

2 Earth

This is the mother energy.  Nurturing and caring for others, often at your own expense, shows a grounded energy.  People feel secure with you, trust you and know they’ll be looked after.  Service to others is important to you.  Dependable may sound a little unexciting but you’re a calm oasis when things get rough outside.  You can turn your hand to most things, do what has to be done to get the job done and your energy is strong and consistent.  Earth is your governing element which keeps your feet firmly on the ground.

3 Thunder

The energy of the eldest son is impetuous and fearless.  You can switch from being creative to destructive and the amount of energy you have is legend. For your friends and family, what you see is what you get.  You’re straight forward and straight speaking.  Once you connect with something your passion drives you and may sometimes cloud your judgement.  Sometimes you also need to know when to let things go.  Wood is your governing element so movement and growth is important to you.

4 Wind

Have you ever tried to grasp the wind and hold onto it?  The energy of the eldest daughter is hard to pin down.  There is a responsible side to you and sometimes you like to nurture but then, when the fancy takes you, things can be dropped and you’re off somewhere else.  Your curiosity takes you to new places and new directions.  This comes from the wood element that governs you.  You love change and have just as much fearlessness and energy as the 3 Thunder star but it’s less focussed.  You can be emotional and you can be fickle but you rarely take things to heart.

5 Tai Chi

As the centre you have a charisma that draws others to you.  Being in the centre can make you self centred and your confident nature puts you very firmly in control.  Earth is your governing element which gives you a tenacity and determination to achieve your goals.  Whether you are the manager, the spokesperson, the team captain or the supervisor you will be all these things and take on central roles with ease.

6 Heaven

Here we have the father.  As a 6 heaven you will automatically take responsibility for situations, circumstances and people.  You have an authoritarian air about you which can be charismatic or can be jobsworthy.  You’re pragmatic, rational and straightforward.  With a strong yang energy your focus and clarity is sharp which is supported by your governing element of metal.  Although not as charismatic as the 5 Tai Chi you do have leadership ability that can be developed.

7 Lake

The youngest daughter is all about fun, relaxation and looking at the lighter side of life.  You’re sociable, like to be with people and look good.  Some people would dismiss you as shallow but that’s not correct because the flair you have for communicating with people and expressing yourself is an important strength.  You can make people smile and that’s a good talent to have.

8 Mountain

The youngest son is extremely independent and, at times, uncommunicative.  You prefer your own company and certainly need solitude to keep you going.  You are governed by the element of earth which, combined with the mountain, is extremely grounded.  In fact so grounded that stubborn may be a better word to use.  Inside you there is a revolutionary trying to get out.  You want to break new ground but, if you do it will be a solo effort rather than a team enterprise.

9 Fire

Finally we have the middle daughter.  A 9 fire is sparky and certainly can’t hide themselves away – as if they’d want to!  Street wise, enlightened, inspiring and expressive, you are happy to blow your own trumpet but too much focus on this brings pride into the equation.  Once people have met you, you will be remembered.

This is the first part of your I Ching astrology.  In the next part we are going to look at your inner star which will add other aspects and nuances to your birth star.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

 This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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