(Guest Feature) What will the fire monkey year bring for us in year 2016?

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What will the fire monkey year bring for us in year 2016? This article is for all my friends and readers, brought to you by Feng Shui expert Ivan Koh.

The goat year is coming to an end and another zodiac animal, the monkey, will soon arrive. The agile and nimble monkey traditionally symbolises intelligence, alertness, opportunism, attentiveness, and lovability. The Chinese celebrate their lunar new year on 8 February 2016 and most would assume it is the arrival of monkey year. However, according to the Chinese Farmer or the Thousand-year calendar, the New Year actually starts on 4 Feb 2016 at the rooster hour. It is a fire monkey year, and has the following combination of elements:

You can look back for major events that had happened in year 1956 because it was also the fire monkey year, and according to beliefs, history repeats. There were some major natural disasters such as earthquake, drought, fires, explosions, floods, hurricane, typhoon and storm. There were also accidents that involved transportation systems such as ship or ferry, railway, and airplane. Looking back, some form of disaster happening around the world each year seem inevitable. We could expect some of the events to repeat in year 2016, and again, let’s pray that the catastrophic effects are minimised.

Looking at the formation of the year elements, you can observe that the water element is weak and fire element is quite strong. Thus, you can expect a very hot and dry year to come. Based on the year’s element combination, metal and fire related industries would perform well, despite the competitiveness. Water related industries are most sought after, at the same time experiencing a shortfall. Wood and earth related industries would be weak, although there is still demand. Housing and property investments will be favourable, however, rental shop or retail space and manufacturing will continue facing challenges.

Wood related industries revolve around furniture, nurseries, cafes, catering, and books/publishing. Examples of Fire related industries are IT, airlines, communication, livestock, chemical process. Water related industries include shipping, fishery, advertising, arts, spa, and laundry. Metal related industries involve finance, jewellery, railway, hardware, and motor vehicles. Real estate, properties, construction, and civil engineering fall under Earth related industries.

In the coming monkey year in general, there could be health issues and disease outbreak. Abdominal issues may be an increasing concern, and extra caution must be taken to avoid miscarriages. The health and medicine industries will thrive with an increase in sales and profits.

In relation to military activities, there may be tension. Leaders are ready to embark on plans of reform, establishing a new system to replace the old and stagnant system. Despite having oppositions and hindrances, accountability and leniency should be observed to accomplish missions. One should bear in mind that over imposition will only bring harm; with caution comes progress and success.

People should stay alert of impending danger, and act with extra prudence. Think of the situation this way: while one has overcome a great ordeal, there is yet another one to face. Being impulsive, careless, or negligent will result in failure. One should look back and forth; learn from experience as well as misjudgements, to take precautions against potential problems. Be firm on your vision and destination; it takes time and effort to regain the dispersing energy. Make a long-term plan, and have the courage and strength to pursue your dreams.

The luck that fire monkey year will bring for you largely depends your individual Bazi which is derived from your birth dates & time.

Will there be any changes to my house Feng Shui in 2016?

Yes, there will be changes in the types of energy to your surroundings, which will affect most houses. The types of energy that changes around your environment can be explained by using the flying stars analysis, which is a common practice these days. The flying stars information can also be easily found on the Internet.

The annual formation of the stars begins on 4 Feb 2016. The stars are symbolized by numbers, located on the nine squares as shown above. By superimposing the squares onto the layout of your house, you will be able to interpret the energies and its effects on your house. The meaning of the stars is interpreted in simple term as follows:

Star 1: a positive star and benefits career
Star 2: a negative star and can cause sickness
Star 3: a negative star and can cause argument
Star 4: a neutral star and benefits academic, romance
Star 5: most negative star and can cause misfortune
Star 6: a neutral star but when combine with negative star can have legal issues
Star 7: a negative star and can be robbed or involved in scandal
Star 8: most positive star and benefits career promotion & good wealth
Star 9: a positive star and can have happy activities

You should avoid the most negative star 5 sector, and enhance on the most positive star 8 sector.
Another factor to consider is the annual afflictions such as Tai Sui & San Sha. It is advisable to keep these sectors undisturbed, and avoid any major renovation or ground breaking to your house on these sectors during the year. Should it be unavoidable, you should mitigate its bad effect by selecting a good date to start with.

The Tai Sui will be at the Southwest sector. It is okay to sit in this sector, but you should avoid facing this direction. The San Sha will be at the South sector, and you should try to avoid sitting on this sector, but you can choose to face this direction.

The above interpretations can be useful as a general guide. It is also important to consider the basic fundamental of the house trigram and enhance its individual sectors elements. However, if you feel that there are still recurring issues to the house’s occupants, you are advised to have it analysed in detail, with the house or building flying star birth chart as well as the external and internal features that can only be done by those who had undergone proper training & practices or professionals.

For Feng Shui related questions or advise, you may contact Ivan Koh at ivankoh2004@yahoo.com.sg for a chat.

Wishing all Happy and Prosperous 2016.