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The Year of the Boar — 2007
The Chinese calendar, commonly known as the Farmers’ Calendar, or the Hsia
Calendar, is a fascinatingly accurate system, which not only records the passage of
time, but is also a tool for fortune-telling. The famous traditional fortune-telling
system – The Four Pillars of Destiny – is exactly referring to reading a person’s
destiny from his birth data as presented in the Hsia
calendar format. The unique feature of such
calendar is that all information about time – year,
month, day and hour are presented in terms of
the five basic elements – metal, water, wood,
fire and earth, which are believed to be the
basic components of everything in the
Universe. The relationship between the fire
elements accurately helps one predict what
is to come by way of one’s fortunes and
thus, one can by using this knowledge,
multiply the good luck or minimize the bad
luck in one’s life.
The Year of the Pig, 2007, in the Hsia calendar,
is symbolized by two elements – with fire sitting
on top of water. According to the cycle of birth and
destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between
the elements, fire will be conquered by water. Therefore, fire sitting on water is a
symbol of conflict and skirmish and this may bring a relatively less peaceful year with
more international conflicts and struggles. In recent years, the last time such fire and
water elements appeared was in 2002 in the year of the water horse, which was the
year immediately after 911 and terrorist attacks became a global threat . The fire
standing on top in 2007 is yin fire which is compared to the candle flame. Whilst the
yang fire in 2006 symbolizes the sun and represents openness, optimism, warmth,
politeness and care, the Yin fire in 2007 symbolizes tension, temperamental
emotions, agitations, and illusions. The Yin fire is candle flame, and a spark of fire.
There is a common Chinese saying that “A spark of fire can burn down the whole
plain”. As such, yin fire can be more damaging and destructive than yang fire. It is
anticipated that there will be more international conflicts and disharmony which will
even lead to regional warfare, uprising and unrest, or over throwing of the
government in certain countries.
The Chinese calendar year goes on 60-year cycle. This means that we have
experienced the same year of yin fire on pig in 1947. This was a year when the
Second World War is over and the Cold war between USSR and USA began. In
1947 the U.S. President Truman declared his famous doctrine to stem the spread of
communism. And the USSR rejected the US plan for UN atomic energy control. So
the race to produce nuclear weapon began. In the same year India and Pakistan
became independent from British rule and then engaged into a bloody war.
The Chinese character for “Yin fire” is like the shape of the alphabet “T”. One can
remember the “T” shape as the mushroom cloud which appears during a nuclear
explosion. Indeed, the Yin fire can bring fire disasters and big explosions. In recent
history we have found quite disastrous explosions happened on a Yin fire day. The
obvious examples are 6th August, 1945, the day when the first atomic bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima, and 11th September, 2001, the famous 911 terrorist attack on
USA. Both these days are Yin fire. The Yin fire symbolizes fire arms, and the deadly
weapon AK-47 assault rifle was actually designed in 1947. Exactly 60 years ago,
same year of Yin fire on the pig. So it will not be surprising that there will more gun
battles, murder with guns, bombing attacks in the year 2007.
The Pig belongs to water element, however, it represents the beginning of winter
and is the birth month of wood. As such, the pig symbolizes the germination of a
plants, a new life is born. As such, the pig year can bring a new beginning of
international relationships and social order, this could bring new regimes with new
government in some countries. The pig is also considered as a “Traveling star”. So
years of the pig will stimulate more traveling and this will very much benefit tourist
industry. However, the Pig is in clash relationship against the snake. This is a clash
between water and fire elements and will often bring accidents related to both air
and the sea. The snake can also symbolize the train. So traffic accidents related to
train, shipping, and airplanes could be more serious in this year.
As the Pig is the animal in clash against the Snake, and forms a configuration called
“self penalty with the Pig itself. Therefore people born in years of Snake and the Pig
have to be particularly careful in 2007. As it is water clashing against fire, the danger
could be associate with water and fire disasters such as traffic accidents in the air or
at sea. Therefore, for people born in the year of Snake and Pig, it is recommended
that they carry the pendant of a Tiger which will help to attract away the Pig, so as to
minimize the negative influence of the clash or penalty. Anyhow, people who are
born in the year of Snake will experience a more turbulent year with more
movements and traveling, changes. It is suitable to engage in such movements,
such as moving house or moving offices. Traveling is also good but one should avoid
going straight towards the Northwest direction as it is the direction of the Grand
Duke in 2007.
The Five basic elements also represent different parts of our body, fire in general
relates to blood circulation and the heart, and yin fire also represents the brain, the
eyes and the nerve system. As such, the health problems related to yin fire could be
heart disease, inflammation, hyper tension, in serious cases; it could bring about
heart attack and stroke, or nervous breakdown, anxiety, depression and insomnia as
well as obesity. Therefore in 2007 we should pay more attention to health of the
heart as well as mental health. For people who are born in the day of yin fire, it is
always advisable to take up more relaxation exercises such as Taichi and yoga in
order to reduce tension and stress. It is necessary to take more fresh fruit and
vegetables, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega 3 oil, COQ10 etc, to prevent cardiovascular
diseases. It is also necessary to pay attention to problem related to eyesight.
The famous people who are born on a day of Yin fire include Bois Yeltsin, Ariel
Sharon, David Bowie, Tony Blair, Harrison Ford, Chairman Mao Tse tung and most
of these people are known to have suffered stroke or problem of the heart.
In recent years world wide epidemic such as avian flu has been worrying and there
is also reason to see such threats could intensify in 2007. In human history the most
serious outbreak of epidemic is the Black Death which started in Europe in the year
1347 which is exactly a year of yin fire on the Pig. This epidemic wiped out about
one third of the population in Europe and this is estimated to be about 34 million
people. . Another signal of such threat to health in 2007 also appears in the feng
shui flying stars. In 2007 the star number 2, representing sickness is in the centre.
This centre number often reflects the focus of events prevailing in the year. Take for
example, in 2005 we have 4 in the centre and the number 4 symbolizes the chicken.
So this the year the threat of avian flu began. In 2006 the star 3 in the centre
represents conflict and earthquakes, and so we have to assume the 2 in the centre
in 2007 will bring more health problems. The best precaution against such health
threat is to take a more healthy diet and taking health supplements such as anti-
oxidants to improve our immune system.
The economy in the year 2007 showed yin fire on the Heavenly stem. Fire is the
symbol of the financial market and yin fire is illusive candle fire. Illusion of a good
market can also generate over optimism that will drive up the stock market in the first
half of 2007, when the spring and summer months of wood and fire make the candle
fire appear stronger. However, yin fire standing on water pig – the terminator of fire,
is illusory fire. But the stock market is often driven by illusion of profitability. So it is
expected that the economy and the stock market will shot up to very high levels in
the months from February till about July. However, investors have to be cautious
towards autumn and winter as there will be substantial set back as the fire element
will disappear in 2008, the year of the Earth Rat. The situation bears some similarity
to the Asian currency crisis that broke out in around August of 1997. 1997 is also a
Yin fire year and such illusive fire pushed the stock and property market sky high in
first half of 1997 before the collapse came in August. However, in general, we do not
expect the setback in second half of 2007 will be as serious as that of 1997. The
reason being that there is hidden wood element in the Pig which still provide support
to the Yin fire even in winter time.
The strong water of the Pig year favours earth and metal industries, as earth
conquers water, so the Pig is a symbol of money to the earth industry, which
includes property, mining, hotel, chemicals, insurance… As for metal industries,
metal gives birth to water, so the strong water element in the year indicates
productivity and strong activity in metal industries – this include machinery,
computer, high tech industries, skincare, health business. The Wood industries,
which include textile, fashion, books, publications, paper, forestry, furniture is not as
strong as previous year, but still remains reasonably prosperous as the yin fire year
symbolizes productivity of wood industry.
The less prosperous industries in 2007 will be businesses of water and fire
elements. Water industries refers to shipping, communication, drinks…etc. The
strong water appearing in the Pig year will bring stronger competition in the water
areas and this will very much weaken the profitability. Fire industries refer to finance,
stock market, energy, electricity, entertainment, and airline businesses. As fire
conquers metal and produces Earth element, so to Fire industry, metal represents
money and earth represents productivity. However, in 2007 both metal and earth
elements are absent. That is why it is a relatively weak year for the industries related
to the fire element.
The property market is symbolized by the earth element. This industry had stronger
activities in the past years of monkey and rooster in 2004 and 2005 as the metal
elements represent productivity of earth industries. There had been some slowdown
in 2006, as the fire ad earth year brought stronger competition and eroded
profitability. However, in 2007 the water element of the pig will bring some money
luck to the earth industry, despite there will be some setback towards the second half
of the year when the stock market is undergoing some adjustments.
With respect to the hi-tech industries sector, as represented by the NASDAQ. I have
postulated that this industry is mainly represented by the metal element. As such,
the prosperity of hi-tech industry requires the strong appearance of water and wood,
which are symbols of productivity and money of the metal industry. In 2007 the water
element, meaning activities to hi-tech industries returns. As such, it is anticipated
that the year is favourable for hi-tech or internet types of business. But the absence
of wood in this year could mean there are more activities without real substantial
In summary, the industries that will perform well in the year of the Pig will be
industries related to earth and metal elements – such as property, hotel, mining,
insurance, machinery, engineering, health, computer, and high tech industries.
Industries relating to water and fire will not be doing so well. Water industries include
shipping, communication, drinks , and fire industries are stock market, finance,
energy, electricity, entertainment business. The wood industries – such as textile,
publications, fashion, furniture, etc are into a year with some superficial prosperity
but not substantial.
In general, the yin fire Pig year, with fire on top conquered by water below, is symbol
of more disharmony and struggle before the birth of a new world order. There will be
more international conflicts and uprisings and unrest but such events may bring
positive changes leading to longer term benefit for the future of humanity and global
The animal sign which is most unfavourable is the Snake which is in direct clash
against the Pig. Such clashes will usually bring about turbulence, movements,
accident or changes.. So people born in the year of the Snake will anticipate more
traveling , or movements such as changing jobs or moving house. It is necessary to
carry the pendant of a Tiger as protection to attract the Pig away. For the Snake
people, the clash against the Pig could bring accidents related to the water and fire
element, such as explosion, fire disasters, air and sea traffic accidents. For people
who are under clash with the year, it is ok to travel more, making changes such as
moving house, or change job. However, for people born in the year of the Snake, it is
recommended not to travel directly towards the direction of the Grand Duke, which is
the northwest direction, and it is also not recommended for them to travel by sea.
The other animals signs facing unfavourable positions is the Pig, as when Pig
encounters a Pig year will form Self Penalty relationship. . Such self penalties will
usually bring irritation and frustrations, such as putting in a lot of effort without any
concrete achievements. Also the imbalance of fire and water elements brought about
by the Snake and the Pig may bring fire and water diseases, such as high blood
pressure, heart burn, inflammation, diabetes, and kidney problems. As such, it is
necessary to take heavy dosages of anti-oxidant, omega 3 oil or COQ10 which is
good protection against cardiovascular diseases, hyper-tension and inflammation
The animals combining with the Pig year are the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Goat. These
animals are into a year of harmony . However, such animal astrology is not totally
reliable as the system is not recognized as a formal type of fortune-telling. For more
reliable assessment of ones fortune in the year of the Pig, it is recommended that
one checks the full Four Pillars of Destiny, which requires full birthdata information of
the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth. As the animal signs can appear in all four
pillars in a person’s birth data, the clash and penalty relationship with the Pig will not
only impact people born in the year of Snake and Pig. Such clash and penalties can
also impact any one who has such animals in the birth month, or day or hour.
Some examples of famous people born in the year of the Snake and under clash in
2007 are Tony Blair, Bob Dylan, Ben S. Bernanke, Martha Stewart, J. K. Rowling,
Stephen Hawking, and Brooke Shield. There are people who are not born in the year
of Snake, but they are also under clash because they are born on the day of Snake,
so they will also face a challenging year. Some examples of these people are –
George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Taksin Shinawatra, Kobe Braynt, Angelina Joli,
and John Travolta.
For people who are born in the year of the Rat, the Pig year will bring “Flower of
Romance” so one can anticipate a more sociable year with more opportunity to
develop friendship with the opposite sex. People born in the years of Snake,
Rooster, and Ox will see a traveling horse in the year of the Pig and will expect more
traveling, movement and changes in their lives.
Feng Shui energies also change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to
watch for the re-allocation 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 offices. In the year of the Pig, the bad energy
called “Five Yellow” – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at the
Northeast. If your northeast of the house is an important area such as bedroom or
entrances, it is recommended that one hangs a metal windchime 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 in the centre in 2007.
The traditional method to dissolve this 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the
affected area in the Centre of the house The Grand Duke this year is in the
Northwest, hence it is not favourable to “move earth” or make substantial
construction work in this direction. It is also not recommended for one to sit with
back against exact West as you will be sitting against the unfavourable energy called
“Three Shars” or “Three Killings”. The bad star 3 is a star of conflict and robbery.
This is present in the northwest of the house. It is necessary to put a piece of red
paper in the northwest to minimize such a bad influence. Also the bad star 7,
representing scandals is in the North, the traditional solution for this bad star 7 is to
place 3 or 4 of bamboo plant grown in clear glass vase of water in the North location.
Copyright © 2007 Raymond Lo. All rights reserved.
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