Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Year of the Snake (2013) Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui Guide

Certain helpful, logical and practical Chinese customs, organisational principles and beliefs about life improvement are recommended. Advancing your understandings of 5 topics joined by 5 common elements enables you to achieve enlightenment across 5 inter linked key areas during Yin Black Water Snake Year 2013-14.
1.The Chinese Zodiac
China considers the Snake and Water (2013 Year Animal and Element respectively) surprisingly differently from the West. Forget 'all years are the same' notions in favour of China's conviction that all differ significantly in ever-repeating cycles of 60.
The Chinese Zodiac's 6th Snake Sign's distinctive qualities are explored and the fortunes of those born under all 12 signs during the period are considered alongside 5 Elements influences on these and the fortunes of all every year..
2.The 5 Elements/ 'Wuxing'
Relating forecasts and horoscopes of all Chinese Zodiac Signs for the period to the 'Wuxing' enables their overview. Better acquaintance with Chinese 5 Element/ 'Wuxing' Theory enhances your understanding of Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Qigong and much more of Chinese culture than you first expect.
3. 5 Elements Feng Shui
Exploration of the 'art of placement's' Wealth-links to Water, Snake Year (2013-14) Year Element leads to Feng Shui 'Wealth Enhancers' like the Chan Chu's use and topical Feng Shui advice for the period. Broad, balanced guidelines will help those interested in 5 Elements Interior and Exterior (including garden) Feng Shui get their studies underway.
4. 5 Elements Qigong
This eBook's insights and straightforward practical instructions encourage readers to pursue the many benefits of Qigong. A popular Chinese anti-aging, health, longevity and youthfulness-bringing Art, Qigong utilises the same 5 Elements to achieve these ends and 5 Elements Qigong's many advantages are presented clearly.
5. Chinese New Year
The 5 Elements and the Animals exert surprising influences upon events at this time. Insights into Festival customs and traditions of this world-wide event include explanation of how its changing dates are determined accompany insights into its celebration.
Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood, the 5 Elements or 'Wuxing' link all the above areas together (and much more). Their influences change with their Yin/ Yang modes modulating the essential nature of the predominant Year Animal (and the year's nature) in continuously repeating cycles.
As China and the East view both Dragon and Snake very differently from western 'wicked serpent' biblical stereotypes fundamental 'mind-set' re-orientations may follow reading this eBook. Subtle changes in the Water Year Element influences after Yang Water Dragon's replacement by Yin Water Snake Year on 10th Feb 2013 will affect events, circumstances and individuals according to the Snake Sign's specific attributes and those of their birth year Animal and Element.
'Year of the Snake (2013) Chinese Astrology & Feng Shui Guide' (1) contributes to the West's growing fund of knowledge about these associated Chinese beliefs and customs. Improved happiness, health and fortune via closer 'attunement' to each Year's energies are traditionally associated with their practical pursuit.
(1) Available from Amazon Kindle Bookstore
Alongside Chinese Metaphysics, Astrology and Feng Shui Peter Allsop M.Ed's interests also include Anti-aging Training, 5 Elements Qigong and Daoism.
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Monday, February 11, 2013


Born from the genitals of Cronus as his sons used a sickle on him for revenge. They were thrown into the sea which foamed up with a beautiful girl within. Aphrodite was born in a wave of foam on a shell, as the myth goes, leaving the sea, onto the island of Cyprus. She was greeted and as each drop of water fell from her body, they turned into pearls. The Horae (Goddesses of the Seasons) that met her gave her jewels and golden robes to wear. After getting royally dressed she was taken to Mount Olympus to greet the other Gods.
Aphrodite is one of most known of the gods. Mortals and Gods were always after her favour, including Zeus. When Zeus asked to be his wife however, she scorned him and made her marry Hephaestus. He was the crippled God of Blacksmiths and was very boring, to a sensuous and loving goddess.
She was a very promiscuous  Goddess who found joy and beauty. She did have an evil side though. She took revenge on mortals and gods alike when they interfered with the natural order of love. With her power of love, good and bad, she was a powerful Goddess who was adored but feared at the same time. She started the Trojan War infact by offering Helen of Sparta to Prince Paris of Troy at a wedding between Peleus and Thetis. Of course Helen's husband, Menelaus was not too pleased and the war broke out. With the passion and spark of love, she could manipulate the importance of a lot of episodes in mythological history.
Aphrodite had many lovers and many children by them. They were all passed off as Hephaestus's offspring.
Her most known of all affairs is with Ares, the God of War. He was the favourite of so the myth tells. They had a child together, Anteros who punished people who never returned love. Adonis was another suitor who stayed with Aphrodite for a third of a year with Aphrodite, a third by himself and a third with the Goddess of the Underworld, Persephone. The goddesses were fighting over him and so Zeus sorted the solution to the argument.
The openness of the affairs with Ares was noticed by Gods and soon filtered down to Hephaestus. He made a golden web for revenge and threw it over them when they were naked and in each others arms. Both were totally humiliated and embarrassed by the act.
She did have a child to Zeus, Cupid (Eros). He became the god of sensual love. Aphrodite actually turned down Zeus when he made his intensions known to be his wife.
By Hermes she was the mother of Hermaphroditus, who was welded with a nymph into a body with both male and female.
By Dionysus she had two sons, Hymen and Priapus. While Hymen was worshipped as the god of marriage, his ugly brother, Priapus represented human lust. They were exact opposites
One of Aphrodite's mortal children was Aeneas, her son by the shepherd, Anchises. Aeneas became the mythological God of Italy and the Roman countrymen. Therefore he is well remembered in Italian history
With all the passions of herself and her offspring together, they had the most control of every felling known to God and mortal alike.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Chinese Year of the Snake - 2013

The Year of the Snake begins on 10th February 2013. The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are divided into elements, each with slightly different characteristics - this New Year is a Water Snake. Anyone born during this sign are able to slip through trouble like water: totally fluid.
Snake Characteristics
In the West the snake is associated with danger - the Scriptures say the devil was in snake form. However Eastern philosophy regards the snake as a symbol of good luck.
Snakes are mysterious, clever, refined, and masters of transition and camouflage. They can be flexible as a worm, or powerful like 37-feet pythons that can crush an antelope and swallow it whole - or the king cobra's venom that can kill an elephant.
Snakes can sense minute vibration and taste faint chemical signals with their tongues. Likewise, those born under this sign are good at judging people and identifying opportunities.
Snake People
People born in the Year of the Snake coolly slither through problems, while cunningly scheming their future. This makes them good at business and finance. They are discreet, inquisitive and secretive, say little, and yet are charming and romantic. They are passionate but jealous lovers. Snake people are wise and snobbish, but vain, selfish and stingy. Intuition drives their strong sophisticated personality.
A snake person will be charming, proud, elegant and graceful. They keep their emotions, stay cool, and appreciate comfort, beauty and good style. Snakes are loners and suspicious, and act aloof as if nothing is on their minds - yet they will use others to achieve their goals. They will seduce you, but get bored quickly, so are unfaithful in relationships. Their strong will allows them to cunningly slip away from unpleasant situations. No wonder they're not frightened of danger or lack of money.
The snake is good at avoiding distraction and trivia, allowing him to concentrate on his goals. He is cultured and artistic as well as practical. They are materialistic, dress well and like to follow fashion. Although honest, a snake will lie if he can get away with it and tends to exaggerate. Be careful not to threaten a snake as they can suddenly strike out with carefully chosen words to cause far-reaching pain, and their long memory creates lifetime grudges.
If you are a Snake
This should be a good year, but be freer with money and flippant with life. Don't be complacent, keep on top of things and expect to work at goals. Be less reserved with relationships. You need calm and relaxation to thrive as you stress easily, so avoid chaotic situations. You like to do a good job, so your best careers are as a teacher, writer, interior designer, philosopher or psychiatrist.
Famous Snake People
Art Garfunkel, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan, Brook Shields, Chris Rock, Christie Brinkley, Elizabeth Hurley, Frank Sinantra, Grace Kelly, Howard Hughes, Jackie Kennedy, Kim Basinger, Linda MaCathney, Liz Taylor, Mao Zedong, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Anka, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Dragon Year of 2012 was full of vigor - the following China zodiac beast, the snake, sheds its skin and starts afresh. This will bring change to correct excess. The Water Snake is particularly enquiring and money-orientated, and so will look for new ways around debt and the recession.
Historically, Snake Years brought correction. In 1893, many US railway companies went bankrupt in their rush to expand. It started a run on bank deposits and a 6-year depression with 17% unemployment. In 1953, the idea of hire-purchase was introduced in the UK to boost flopping sales. The same year in China, Mao Zedong launched an extreme 5-year-plan that caused future famine.
In 1955, the buildup of troops in Vietnam brought huge protests. More recently in 1977, the first home computers changed the way we work, and Deng Xiaoping came to power bringing capitalism to China. In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down and the Tokyo stock market crashed. And 2001 brought 9:11.
My guesses for 2013 are that Western Governments will try to shake debt by printing more money and then increase interest rates to slow inflation. This will further lower property prices and cause panic. To restore confidence in the US dollar, America will once again try to link its currency to gold.
New ways to aid finances will be created. Both for personal spending to help companies grow - and within the EU to help struggling European countries.
Personally, you should be thrifty, save money and plan for the future. This year of change will attract scammers - so be careful! It's a good time to invest, but be wary in business deals or a new marriage. Stay focused and beware of complacency.
Snake Years
If you were born during these dates, then you are a Snake: 02/04/1905 to 01/24/1906, 01/23/1917 to 02/10/1918, 02/10/1929 to 01/29/1930, 01/27/1941 to 02/14/1942, 02/14/1953 to 02/02/1954, 02/21/1965 to 01/20/1966, 02/18/1977 to 02/06/1978, 02/06/1989 to 01/26/1990, 01/24/2001 to 02/11/2002
Western Equivalent: Taurus
Snake Likes
Color: Turquoise
Number: 9
Gemstones: Topaz, jasper
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