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The Chinese have a unique calendar 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 Chinese astrology the Pig has many attributes that make up its character. The Pig is honest, simple and reliable. He is also an easy going personality, yet with a strong loyal streak.
2007 is the year of the Fire Pig and it is influenced by two elements - fire and water. This coming year is represented by the image of Yin Water sitting below Yin Fire. In accordance with the destructive cycle of the five elements - Water conquers Fire. Therefore, they are elements in conflict with the Water yielding the most influence as it is in the foundation. This elemental relationship represents a time less peaceful than 2006, with tensions, agitations and unrest. These two elements together can also bring about more accidents involving trains, air travel and shipping. There is also the possibility of fire disasters and explosions.
The Yin Fire sitting atop the Water Pig symbolizes a year of struggles. However, the wood hidden within the Pig indicates new beginnings and the possibility of 'something better to come'. The Pig also brings with it, in general, more travel than last year.
The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of sixty years. So, the last time we experienced the year of the Fire Pig, was in 1947. The second world war was over and yet, we could see 2007 as a little more turbulent. Whilst history tells us that overall, there was more co-operation in 1947, the Cold war between America and Russia began as did the battles between Pakistan and India.
The industries likely to perform well during the year of the Fire Pig are those related to the elements of Earth and Metal. Some of the industries related to the Earth element are Mining, Property, Insurance and the Chemical sector. The Metal industries such as Skincare, Machinery and Hi-tech/Computer businesses ought to see strong activity. The Wood industries; e.g. fashion, textiles, publishing, paper, forestry - will be productive but not as strong as in 2006. In general, the stock market will fare well from about February until June/July. Nevertheless, investors would do well to be cautious after this point.
The businesses most challenged during the coming year are those of the Water and Fire elements such as shipping, communications, entertainment, and airlines.
Traditional Chinese medicine is also based on the five elements and their cycles. Fire rules the heart whilst Water governs the kidney. However, Yin Fire in particular, also represents the brain, eyes and nervous system. Consequently we may see an increase in health issues relating to anxiety, depression, insomnia and even an increase in obesity. As a result, we need to pay attention to heart and mental health issues this coming year. It is also vital that this year, everyone gives their health greater consideration. Improving the immune system should be a top priority in the event of any widespread epidemic.
During 2007 there will be a clash that occurs for people born in the year of the Snake. Therefore these people should wear the symbol of the Tiger for protection. It also means that Snake people may feel restless and want to move house, change career and travel more - however, it is recommended to not travel in the Northwest direction.
For those born in the year of the Pig it is also advisable to carry or wear a Tiger pendant or charm.
With respect to Feng Shui you will find a troublesome influence coming from the Northeast bringing with it difficulties and obstacles. If this part of your home or business is very active; e.g. entrance, family room, passage or living area then this energy needs to be dealt with by placing an all-metal wind chime or bell in this area particularly during the months of February, August and November. The Centre will require a string of six meta coins to be placed in this area, and this is particularly important if this is the kitchen or a major thoroughfare.
Finally, do not sit with your back against due West whilst working. It's also advisable to not carry out large-scale construction work in the Northwest for the coming year, as this is the location of the 'Grand Duke'. Place a Dragon Tortoise to the Northwest should your home face this direction.
About the Author:
Juliana Abram is one of the leading Feng Shui consultants in Australia having been traditionally trained in Hong Kong by Chinese Feng Shui Master Raymond Lo. Juliana specializes in 'Flying Star' Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of destiny.
Juliana runs her own Feng Shui consultancy ( see http://www.fengshuicentre.com.au ) and her own online Feng Shui store ( see http://www.fengshuishop.com.au ).