Roaring Tiger

Feng Shui predicts turbulent times in the Year of the Golden Tiger, says Juliana Abram

Feng Shui predicts turbulent times in the Year of the Golden Tiger, says Juliana Abram

The Chinese have a unique calendar system commonly known as the "Farmers calendar" or the "Hsia calendar". It is an enthralling system that provides us with information about prevailing elemental influences at any given point in time. It makes use of the five elements - water, wood, fire, earth and metal - and their cycles to determine the various aspects affecting the world in any period.

In Chinese astrology, the Tiger being the third animal to hear the call of Buddha has many attributes that make up its character. Those born in the year of the Tiger are generally considered to be magnetic and commanding, strongly valuing courage. They easily manage to whip up a storm, love a challenge and are prepared to assert themselves and take risks.

Yes...2010 is the year of the Metal Tiger and it is influenced by two elements, metal and wood. So, this coming year is represented by the image of Yang Metal sitting atop Yang Wood. In accordance with the cycles of the five elements, Metal attacks and destroys the Wood element, so this wood element is not particularly strong.

Essentially, this means that the relative peace we enjoyed throughout 2009 will not be as prevailing. We can also expect the coming year to bring additional environmental issues such as a deterioration of air quality and atmospheric conditions leading to an increase in pollution.

In Chinese astrology, the Tiger is considered to be one of four animals that influence movement, restlessness and travel. This influence, in addition to the strong, dynamic elemental relationship between Metal and Wood, does not augur well for international relationships.

Strong Yang Metal carries the characteristics of military might and weaponry, but also leadership and loyalty in conjunction with a strong sense of justice, particularly for the downtrodden. So hopefully, our leaders will learn from history and, rather than forming military alliances for war, will create partnerships that instil a sense of calm and willingness for open communication and resolution during times of conflict or disagreement.

The Yang Metal and Wood Tiger are a turbulent combination with the metal constantly threatening the wood. So, these two elements together can also bring about certain natural disasters and unusual climate conditions. And with the Tiger holding the beginnings of fire, there could well be accidents involving nuclear energy, volcanic eruptions and fire tragedies affecting our environment. Throughout 2010, this could mean that our jungles and forests are in even more danger.

The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of 60 years. If we go back to 1950, we will find that there were many such incidences, as described above, worldwide. The incidence that most impacted the world and profoundly demonstrated our need for caution occurred in January 1950, when US President Truman ordered the development of the fusion technique of the hydrogen bomb, followed by Russia declaring itself a nuclear power in March of the same year.

1950 was also the year Australia joined US troops in the war against North Korea. Today, North Korea is threatening world peace with a continued threat of atomic capability. Hopefully, they will heed Einstein's warnings in the way we develop and use nuclear energy.

The last time we experienced the Metal Tiger in 1950, the year began with the Mercy hospital fire in Iowa, then the horrendous Capitan Gap fire in New Mexico on May 4 destroying large tracts of the Lincoln National Forest, then Kinkaku-ji fire in Japan during July, the Sabiramala temple in India and the Atlanta fire in September of the same year.

There were also some serious volcanic eruptions. Santorini in Greece shook with a volcanic eruption early in January, Mihara Yama of Japan erupted on July 16, 1950 , after 10 years of quiescence, as did Mauna Loa in Hawaii .

From a Feng Shui perspective, the energy of earth is in the centre and this central influence is often indicative of prevailing events throughout the course of the year.

Consequently, this is a very strong signal that there will be disasters relating to the earth. This means that there could be earthquakes throughout the coming year and drier conditions can lead to serious issues brought about by drought. In addition, the disasters that follow in 2010 will most likely affect children more than adults.

In addition, with the clash that occurs between the tiger and the monkey, it is highly likely that we could see an increase in traffic accidents during the coming year, particularly in the month of August.

As far as the global economy is concerned, generally it can be expected to recover and continue to improve after the turmoil that has characterised the last couple of years.

In general, there will be more optimism and opportunities in the stock market as we go through 2010. This industry will fare much better than the last couple of years and we can expect to see some gains, particularly from February.

Due to the Wood Tiger being associated with movement and also holding the seed of fire, you will find that there will be improvements in the airline industry after the difficulties they have experienced in recent years.

The industries likely to perform particularly well during the year of the Metal Tiger are those related to the elements of Fire. Some of the industries connected with the Fire element are finance, entertainment, electronics, electrical supply, energy, oil and gas. These industries ought to see strong activity and realise more substantial profits. Earth industries, which include mining, insurance, chemicals and property, should see increased output and productivity, but not necessarily a significant rise in profits. Metal industries such as banking, machinery, high tech, insurance and the motor industry will also see additional activity and some recovery. It would not be prudent to expect strong, quick immediate gains in these last mentioned industries. Instead, it would be sensible to adopt an attitude of working steadily and industriously towards the fulfilment of set goals and ambitions.

The businesses most likely to be challenged during the coming year are those of the Wood element, such as forestry, magazines, newspaper publishing, fashion, and textiles. The relatively new industry of environmental protection (also placed under the Wood element) will incur some challenges that hopefully will "shake up" any organisations that fail to meet their stated obligations and appropriate standards.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is also based on the five elements and their cycles. Metal rules the lungs and also represents the skin and intestines. Consequently, health concerns relating to Metal such as asthma, flu, sinusitis, colon cancer and gastrointestinal disorders will be foremost. Additionally, disorders relating to the Wood element such as liver conditions could increase throughout the year. Immune system disorders and inflammatory conditions could also become more prevalent.

Throughout 2010, there will be a clash that occurs for those born in the year of the Monkey (e.g. 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004). It is advisable for those born in these years to be more cautious and avoid extreme sports and high adventure activities such as car racing and downhill skiing, thereby doing their best to avoid accidents during the coming year. It is also sensible to sidestep opportunities for travelling towards the northeast. As an additional precaution, wear a pendant of the Pig for some further symbolic protection.

For those born during the time of the Snake, (e.g. 1917, 1929, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) it is advisable to also wear a Pig pendant in order to minimise the influence of the fire penalty generated by the coming Tiger year.

For those born in the year of the Tiger (e.g. 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998) this does not automatically equate to a good year and so it is also advisable to carry or wear a charm of the Pig.

With respect to Feng Shui, you will find a troublesome influence coming from the Southwest bringing with it difficulties and obstacles. If this part of your home or business is very active such as an entrance, family room, passage or living area then this energy needs to be dealt with by placing an all-metal wind chime or metal prayer bell in this area, particularly in the month of May.

In Feng Shui, good health is always given a top priority, for without your health and vitality it is difficult to maintain harmonious relationships and a vibrant career.

In 2010, the Northeast resonates with the force of sickness. This is also particularly strong during the month of May. Therefore, you will require a string of six metal coins to be placed in this area, and this is particularly important if your bedroom, kitchen or a major thoroughfare is located in that sector.

Another destructive and scandalous influence is arriving from the Southeast. Hence, it is best to place three or four bamboo stems (those that grow in water only) in a clear glass vase within the Southeast sector of your home.

The energy of arguments is located in the South during the coming year and so it could be valuable to place a red object or the more traditional option of red paper in this area to help minimise this negative influence.

Finally, do not sit with your back against North, especially while you are working. It is also not advisable to carry out large-scale construction work on established homes in the Northeast for the coming year.

Place the Dragon Tortoise to face the Northeast as a symbolic measure of protection against the Grand Duke during 2010.

I hope you all stay well and happy during 2010 and that the coming Year of the Golden Tiger will allow your plans to unfold bestowing your family and loved one with great success.

Gong Xi Fa Cai