Time comes and goes without a trace; we will celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 26, 2009. We will say Kung Hay Fat Choy to everyone we meet and wish them the best in the coming year.
I have made my annual prediction public since 2004; it becomes part of my yearly research and advice for my students and clients from all over the world. People tell me they eagerly await the release of my predictions each year.
The year of the Rat will be replaced by the year of the Ox based on the 12 Chinese zodiac sign sequence. By Chinese custom we will celebrate the New Year on the first day of the year based on the lunar calendar; however in Feng Shui and Bazi we will start the New Year at 00:50 on February 4, 2009 based on the Gregorian calendar.
Every year, it is very nerve wracking for me to write the prediction, sometimes when the tone is ominous I just hope I have not gotten it right. I sincerely hope everyone will have a prosperous year with no major setbacks or surprises from my prediction.
Year 2009 is the year of the Ox, Ji Chou year. The yearly hexagram is Guan gua. The annual flying star in the central palace is #9 and #5 in the north. The troublesome San Sha will be in the east for 2009.
Guan gua is the 20th hexagram in the I Ching, Xun trigram on top of Kun trigram; the wind breezes across the Earth and affects everything in its path. The policy from the top will affect those below. A gentle breeze will be comforting, a hurricane will be devastating.
Guan Gua is a hexagram which indicates a downward trend following extreme prosperity. This year, it will be important for government officials to establish trust from the people who are struggling by being respectful, serious, just, honest and compassionate with the people they serve. They must pay attention to their actions and promises, continually reflecting and monitoring the results with assistance from elders, senior staff members and those with the wisdom and knowledge to offer valuable advice.
The teaching of Guan gua is to observe, to look into, to show, to exhibit, to demonstrate with respect and compassion in order to gain others’ trust.
It has been an eventful 2008 with the Si Chuan earthquake, building collapses, worldwide flooding, mudslides, demonstrations, the Beijing Olympics, the US housing meltdown, the record oil prices, the global financial/economic crisis with government bailouts and the US election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president.
2009 should be a year for “change” with a newer generation of world leaders who may be preoccupied with the possible recession we may face worldwide. It will require all world leaders to work together to deal with this crisis or we may plunge into the most devastating depression since the 1930s. From all the economic data today, 2009 certainly looks very grim. Everyone involved in the stock market is asking if we have hit the bottom. Based on my research on the worldwide stock market indices and using Huang Zhi Qing Shi’s monthly hexagrams, I believe we should bottom out around September or October 2009.
Ji Chou is earth over earth. I foresee government infrastructure and social projects which will create jobs for the construction industry and their suppliers.
Oil has been dropping since it reached $147.00 USD per barrel, therefore oil, natural gas, and coal should be a good investment for 2009.
I would recommend investment in the agricultural commodities such as wheat, soybean, fertilizer and farm equipments.
There should be plenty of investment opportunities in a bear market if you know the secret of trading stocks.
2009 will be good financially for those born in the year of the Rat, Ox, Snake and Rooster, as well as those born in Jia or Ji years. Perhaps this will be a good time to buy a house. For those born in the year of the Horse, Sheep or Dog, you may lose money this year or move this year. You also need to pay attention to your parents.
For those born during Zi, Chou, Si and You hours 2009 can be good for career or study. There is also a good possibility of having a baby. For those who are born during Wu, Wei and Xu hours 2009 may be a tough year for career or study. Take a trip if you can.
With San Sha in the east this year, we need to pay attention to the liver, blood circulation and blood pressure. In addition we need to be aware of potential problems with limbs and emotions. Also, pay attention to young males and females.
Extreme care should be exercised if you try to disturb the east. It can bring about tragedies as serious as death and bankruptcy. Be careful if your house door or bedroom is located in the east or faces east. Also if there is any disturbance, outside sharp objects or sha qi coming from the east you should be careful.
To minimize the “San Sha” effect, you can place a real plant or tree in the eastern sector, either inside or outside the house, you can also put a little bucket of water and 3 metal kiluns (facing east) with the tree. (There is a high level Feng Shui technique called “Fighting the San Sha” which can bring in money. Contact us if you need such a service to turn a rock bottom situation around.)
Tai Sui will be in Chou, northeast. Simply placing a pair of kilun in Chou mountain facing northeast may help to guard against the bad energy from that direction.
This year’s annual Flying Star chart will have number 9 in the centre, 1 in the northwest, 2 in the west, 3 in the northeast, 4 in the south, 5 in the north, 6 in the southwest, 7 in the east and 8 in the southeast.
Every home can be a safer home if we know how to deal with the yearly stars and shen sha and avoid doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is better to be prepared now than be sorry later.
Besides the above precautions for 2009, most people do not realize that disturbances, building, construction and renovation around or inside the house during 2009 without picking a date and time to do it can cause problems. Construction or renovations would be good in the south, southwest, west and northwest.
2004 - Year of the Monkey
2005 - Year of the Rooster
2006 - Year of the Dog
2007 - Year of the Pig
2008 - Year of the Rat
2010 - Year of the Tiger
2011 - Year of the Rabbit
2012 - Year of the Dragon
2013 - Year of the Snake