The year of the Ox will be over on February 4, 2010 at 06:48; the Chinese Lunar New Year will be on February 14, 2010.
Looking back at 2009, Ji Chou year is earth on top of earth. In world news, we saw buildings collapse, coal mines collapse and people buried alive under earth. In the financial world, we saw the housing market stabilize, oil prices going up again (from a low of 33.98 USD per barrel) and gold hitting a historical high (1217.40 USD per ounce). As you can see many of the major events of 2009 were focused on commodities from the earth or are events directly related to the earth element.
Now it is time for me to sit down and look into 2010; the year of the Metal Tiger or Geng Yin year.
The yearly hexagram from Huang Zhi Qing Shi is “Bi” gua, (Kan over Kun).
“Bi” has the meaning of “to befriend” and “to assist”. In order to achieve harmony and prosperity we must befriend each other; we must assist each other; we must help and cooperate with each other.
There is only a single yang yao in the hexagram. This yang yao is positioned in the Emperor’s position (the 5th yao). This will mean that politically, leaders will get support from their constituents this year as long as the leader is being fair and upright. It is interesting to note that the reverse of “Bi” gua is “Shi” gua which indicates troop movement and war.
2010 is Geng Yin year. Since the “Yin” tiger is associated with movement, I would say earthquakes will be common this year, especially in the West and Northeast. December 22, 2009 was the winter solstice, which is the beginning of the year, based on Huang Zhi Qing Shi. It is important to note that the devastating earthquake in Haiti happened in January 2010 after the winter solstice.
Geng is metal; Yin is movement. This indicates car accidents this year, so drive slowly and carefully if you have Yin (tiger), Shen (monkey), Si (snake) or Hai (pig) in your Bazi chart.
If you are a born in one of the following years: Yin (tiger), Wu (horse), Xu (dog), Hai (pig), Geng or Yi, this year you may gain financially or you may buy property.
If you are born in Shen (monkey), Si (snake) or Jia year you should pay attention to your parents’ health.
If you birth hour is Yin (tiger), Hai (pig), Wu (horse) or Xu (dog) your career should be good this year.
The Great Recession in 2009 seems to be over. As I wrote in last year’s preview: "It will require all world leaders to work together to deal with this economic crisis or we plunge into the most devastating depression since the 1930s." The world leaders responded with massive economic stimulus packages to stop the bleeding.
From my research on the stock market trends/cycles, I would say the recession is officially over for most Asian countries, but I still have doubts about the recovery for North American countries and Europe simply because their stock market’s 2009 low is lower than their 2008 low, to me it is a sign of ongoing recession.
The world stock markets hit their lows in March 2009 and then bounced back the rest of the year. I expect most markets will hit their high in January 2010 and may start a correction before the Chinese New Year.
For investment purposes, I would suggest metal, mining, auto, railroad, wind turbine, banking and logging companies.
From the feng shui perspective, 2010 will have the San Sha in the north. We need to pay specific attention to this area and make sure it is dealt with.
Extreme care should be exercised if you try to disturb the north. It can bring about tragedies as serious as major health issue, death, financial problems or bankruptcy. Be careful if your house door or bedroom is located in the north or faces north. Also if there is any disturbance, outside sharp objects or sha qi coming from the north you should be careful.
To minimize the “San Sha” effect, you can place a real plant or tree in the northern sector, either inside or outside the house, you can also put a little bucket of water and 3 metal kiluns (facing north) 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 Yin, northeast. Simply placing a pair of kilun in Yin mountain facing northeast may help to guard against the bad energy from that direction.
This year’s annual Flying Star chart will have number 8 in the centre, 9 in the northwest, 1 in the west, 2 in the northeast, 3 in the south, 4 in the north, 5 in the southwest, 6 in the east and 7 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 2010, most people do not realize that disturbances, building, construction and renovation around or inside the house during 2010 without picking a date and time to do it can cause problems. Construction or addition would be good in the west this year.