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Tactical Graphic Design - The Year of The Monkey
The Year of the Wood Green Monkey — 2004
The Year of the Monkey, 2004, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements –
with wood sitting on top of metal. According to the cycle of birth and destruction,
which governs the inter-relationship between elements, metal will destroy wood.
Therefore, wood sitting on its destroyer – metal, is a symbol
of disharmony and
this may lead to international conflicts.
The yang wood is always compared to a tall
tree, with the characteristic of being proud,
tough, stubborn and sticking to principles,
inflexible and uncompromising. The metal
sitting under the Yang wood is like a dagger
cutting into the roots of the tree and kills it
from underneath. As such, the quality of
yang wood monkey could bring serious
political struggles which will bring unrest,
revolution, and over thrown of
Government. It is a year more difficult to
compromise and not easy to make peaceful
settlements without using forces. And this may
bring conflicts and regional wars. Middle east
could be trouble spot again. In accordance with
feng shui flying stars, the bad star 5 Yellow will be
present in the centre in 2004. Therefore, areas with its
name related to “Central” or “Middle” will be more easy to encounter conflict or
natural disasters. Such areas include Middle East, Central America, China, Central
The Chinese calendar year goes on 60-year cycle. This means that we had
experienced the same year of yang wood on metal Monkey in 1944 when the world
is deep at war and the allies are winning with the invasion at Normandy on 6th June.
2004, sixty years after, the same pair of elements wood on metal may bring such
fierce fighting again, and we should see it as a year of decisive battle against
international terrorism. Like the D-day, it will be a deciding year for long term world
peace, but such peace can only come after a final struggle. And conflicts and
skirmishes here and there will be inevitable.
The Yang wood – in the system of Four Pillars of Destiny, is a symbol of spring with
prospect of growth. It is the first Heavenly Stem of the 10 year cycle so it is signal of
a new beginning, like plants starting to germinate and grow. As such, the yang wood
year will bring rebirth and recovery and new hope. 2004 is also the beginning of a
new 20 year cycle in Feng shui called “Age of 8” when there is big shift of energy
and we are entering a new 20 years of new influences under the trigram “Kan” which
is the symbol of young son. Therefore, it will be a year full of new opportunities and
revolutionary changes. The “Age of 8” represents young son and we will see young
people come up in power and achieve success at younger age. Younger world
leaders will be more in control. Also the Trigram Kan represents the hand, which
may bring us into another revolution of new technology – it is anticipated that
Artificial Intelligence and Robots will be the focus of this high-tech industry in the
coming 20 years . “Age of 8”, representing youth-hood, may bring prosperity to
health industry with revolutionary discovery in the field of anti- aging. However, the
Trigram Kan will also bring negative influence on young people and tragedy involving
young people as well as social problems amongst the youngsters may also arise.
As the year of yang wood Monkey is wood being destroyed by hidden metal, it also
symbolizes hidden danger and so we may see increase terrorist activities, secret
plots and political assassinations which may bring regional unrest and conflicts..
In the Four Pillars of Destiny system, the Monkey is one of the 3 animals forming a
big configuration called “Three Penalty”. This includes the Monkey, the Tiger, and the
Snake and together they will generate strong fire elements. As such, it is expected
there will be more fire accidents and explosions happening this year.
The elements appearing in each year in the Chinese calendar is a signal revealing
areas that we should pay attention during the year. With the appearance of wood
being destroyed by metal in 2004, it is a warning that there could be problem in
wood area and this is associated with trees and the environment. There could be
natural disasters leading to serious damage of forest and the environment. We can
project that troubles may also emerge in area of agriculture, forestry area.
The Monkey is a “Traveling Horse” in the system of Four Pillars of Destiny. So a
Monkey year will bring more traveling which is good for tourism. However, it is also a
symbol of traffic accidents. And we may see serious traffic accidents occur this year
especially in the months of February and August.
The five basic elements also represent different parts of our body, wood is the liver,
and metal is the breathing organ, teeth, and skin. As wood is very weak this year, it
means it will easily trigger diseases related to the liver. Also wood represents
principle and inflexibility in adjusting to pressure. As such, people born in days of
yang wood are more easy to collapse and suffer nervous breakdown. It will not be
surprising that more celebrities or famous people suffer from nervous breakdown in
the year of the Monkey. This may even lead to tragedy such as committing suicide.
The metal attacking wood is also a cause of motion sickness – such as Alzheimer's
and Parkinson sickness which may be more serious this year. . Also the metal is
very strong this year, it could symbolize sickness related to breathing organ as well.
As wood is source of the fire element, when it is weak, the other area to be careful
will be sicknesses related to fire, which is heart, blood circulation and nerve system.
Regarding the economy, the year of the Monkey shows wood on the Heavenly stems
and this wood will bring strong fire element, which is the driving force behind the old
economy. This is particularly important for Asia, as the economic powers in South
East Asia are close to the equator – in an area of fire element. The 1997 Asian
currency crisis was actually brought to Asia by the demise of fire element. In 2004,
the wood will bring strong fire and earth in the spring and summer months between
February and June. It is expected such fire and earth will be helpful to support the
economy with stronger performance in the stock market.
With respect to the hi-tech economy, as represented by the NASDAQ. I have
postulated that this industry is mainly represented by metal element. In 2004, the
wood element symbolizes money to the metal industry. This is positive. But the
strong metal underneath will bring more competitors into the industry to erode the
money profit. However, the optimistic view is that the later months in the year of the
Monkey contains strong water which is the productivity and creativity of metal
industry. Therefore I can expect there could be a mini boom in this sector in the last
quarter of 2004.
Property industry is classified as Earth element, as earth produces metal, the strong
presence of metal this year will bring strong activities in the property market. This will
be more obvious in autumn and winter. The other industries represented by Earth
elements are insurance, mining, chemical, computer software …etc. These
industries will be active and productive in 2004. Another industry more favorable in
2004 will be business related to fire element which are energy, electricity,
entertainment, restaurant, and electronic goods…. It seems there will be more
activities in fire industries as fire conquers metal, so a strong metal year means
money profit for the fire industries. This favors oil prices.
The most unfavorable industry will be business related to wood element. This is
industries including textile, fashion, clothing, paper, magazines, furniture, plants,
flowers and other consumer products related to wood.
In summary, the industries that will perform well in the year of the Monkey will be
industry related to earth and fire elements – Earth industries including property,
insurance, mining, and chemicals. Fire industries are energy, electricity and
entertainment. On the other hand, industries related to wood element – such as
textile, fashion, magazines, books, plants, etc. are into an unfavorable year. The
remaining two elements, water - transport, travel, shipping, communication, bars,
drinks, spa….. may see improvement this year as wood is productivity of water. And
metal industry, such as heavy industry, engineering, high- tech, cars, will be neutral
to weak as their money element wood shows up, but being conquered by
overwhelming metal underneath the wood.
In general, the yang wood Monkey is symbol of revolution, movement and changes.
The metal cutting the root of the tree represents hidden danger and disturbance to
the foundation. So it will be a year of more conflict and disharmony in international
relationship but there are good chances of seeing new light and brighter future after
struggles. The animal sign, which are not so favorable, is the Tiger, which is into a
year of clash against the Monkey. Such clash usually bring about movements. So
people born in the year of the Tiger will anticipate more changes and moves this
year, such as traveling, moving house, changing job…etc. It is necessary to carry a
pendant of Snake as protection to attract the Monkey away. For the Tiger people, it
is also recommended to avoid driving cars too fast as the Monkey Tiger clash may
bring traffic accident. Also it is not good to travel so much directly to the Southwest
especially in the month of August and February, as southwest is the position of the
Grand Duke of the Monkey year.
The other animal sign under negative influences is the Monkey, which is offending
the year. Also the Snake is having a penalty relationship with the year. Penalty is
related to hidden danger, hidden sickness. So people born in year of Tiger, Snake, or
Monkey should also be careful of their health this year, as this three penalty is of fire
nature and they may bring sickness related to blood and heart.
The better animals signs in the year of the Monkey are the Rat and the Dragon, as
they are in combine relationship with the Monkey, so will be into a more harmonious
year. There is some good news for people born in the year of the Rooster, they will
be into a year favorable for romance. However, such animal astrology is not totally
reliable as the system is not recognized as formal kind of fortune-telling. It requires
more information than just the birth year to determine a person’ s luck.
Feng Shui energies also changes from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to
watch out for the reallocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each
year, so that we can take necessary precautions if some bad energy happens to
arrive at important locations of our residence or office. In the year of the Monkey, the
bad energy called “Five Yellow” – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at
the centre. If your centre of the house is very active area such as passage ways, it is
recommended to hang a metal wind chime there to dissolve this bad energy. The
worst months will be in February, August and November. Another bad star number 2,
symbolizing sickness, will arrive at the Southwest in 2003. The traditional method to
dissolve is to hang a string of 6 metal coins in the affected area in the Southwest of
the house. The Grand Duke this year is also in the Southwest, hence it is not
favorable to “Move earth” or making substantial construction work in the direction. It
is also not suitable to sit with back against exact South as you will be sitting against
the unfavorable energy called "Three shars” or “Three Killings”. The bad star 3 is a
star of conflict and robbery. This is present in the East. It is also good to put a piece
of red paper in the east of the house to minimize its bad influences.
As from 4th February, 2004, we enter a new 20 year feng shui cycle called “Age of
8”. This cycle favors regions with mountain in the Northeast and facing water in the
Southwest. As such, we will see prosperous developments in the Southwest region
of a country or a city. In Hong Kong, we already have our International airport in the
Southwest and the Disney World is being built in the southwest as well. In the
coming 20 years, mountain in the Northeast represents human harmony and water
in southeast represents money prosperity in the next 20 years. As such, we can
anticipate Hong Kong will overcome the difficult time of the past and enter a new
prosperous era in the next 20 years.
Copyright © 2004 Raymond Lo. All rights reserved.
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