Year of the Horse Month of the Monkey
YEAR OF THE HORSE – MONTH OF THE MONKEY
JULY 27th, 2014 to AUGUST 24th, 2014
We are now entering a new lunar cycle – the month of the Monkey – while the animal that governs this year is the Horse. This is a great month to get out of the house more often than usual, look into foreign investments, and donate to the poor. Before you travel, buy travel insurance to reduce your liability for loss.
It’s time to plan for the future. There will be more opportunities to travel on business and in your daily life; lots of activities and short trips. Because you’ll be more on the move, be prepared for changing weather, loss of luggage, and unscheduled delays. Always have a Plan-B. When traveling, be especially conscientious about your food quality and from where your food comes from.
If you want to step outside your comfort zone by changing jobs or moving to another state, this is a good time to do it. This alignment brings advantage to careers, meaning that your hard work will be rewarded. Be very careful in the bathroom or any place with a wet or otherwise slippery floor. Other people’s well-being could be in jeopardy as well, so don’t shrug off a spill or leave a hose lying across a path. As far as romance; loving communication within relationships must be at the forefront of all encounters. It will be easy to be misunderstood.
“The most accomplished monkey cannot draw a monkey, this only man can do; just as it is also only man who regards his ability to do this as a distinct merit.” ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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Month of the Monkey – Year of the Horse
RAT: Matters take longer than expected but, if you can hang in there, prospects will be extremely favorable. You’ll be able to feel some peace, contentment, and freedom from anxiety. Do not fall back into pessimistic attitudes and place self-imposed limitation on yourself. Avoid unproductive patterns and habits that lead you to expect the worst possible scenarios, it is time to stop finding negative qualities or traits in others and view life with a new upbeat perspective. The world will be a much lighter place without the manacles of depression. Your ability to see clearly and move speedily towards emotional, physical, mental stability will be of great importance to you this month. Your sense of smell will be heightened, so make sure there is ample air circulating throughout your home and, if need be, compensate with an air purifier. Use natural scents such as lavender, rose, and sandalwood to relax, or either eucalyptus or rosemary to energize. Utilize aromatic herbs and essential oils when cleaning. Incorporating the scent of flowers or a subtle touch of aroma will make a big difference to you now.
Ox: Move through this month with intuitive flow. Expect to hear some good news. Utilize the Water Element to help your forward progress. Allow yourself to experience the mystery, creativity, and individuality that lay deep within your subconscious. By implementing Water, you will find yourself able to see clearly and reflect upon the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new so that you are alert to new prospects and adventures. Discover the gift of clairvoyance, it will enable you to keep one step ahead of rivals and experience the uncanny ability to accurately judge people or see through their falsehoods. Balance your Feng Shui by decreasing your Metal Element overall. Do this by either: (1) activating the Fire Element in the forms of lit candles, a fire in the fireplace or implementing the color red: or (2) utilizing the Water Element with table fountains and fish tanks or the colors black and navy blue. Think about wearing these colors as well to adjust your personal chi.
TIGER: Just when you thought it was time to kick back, you are called in for more action. No need to stress; help is coming to you from all sides. So don’t sweat the small stuff; in the divine plan it has all been worked out. The East direction will be of particular significance at this time. Wake up early so you can experience and absorb the energy of the sunrise. Moreover, it will reveal something approaching that will be of lasting importance. Love is in the air and for those in a current relationship the bonds should tighten, and those looking for love will have the opportunity to meet the right person. Stay open; unlock your heart and receive the connection you desire. You will experience growth physically, mentally, emotionally, and intuitively and will be able to see clearly and speed towards accomplishing your goal. Correct excessive Water, by adjusting it using the Element of Wood; using the color green or adding plants. If you have been feeling unfocused, overwhelmed or anxious; you can also add the Element of Earth by utilizing square shapes, floor pillows or objects that center a room. This will help get grounded and stay centered. Even if something has left you feeling disappointed, now is the time to keep your perspective open and believe; the outlook will be very promising.
RABBIT: Something will be revealed to you, and a mystery will be solved. The Monkey month ahead brings illumination, protection, and will make progress towards a productive outcome. Contemplate emptiness with its vast and limitless possibilities. All creation is conceived from emptiness. The heavens smile down on you. One stage in your life will come to conclusion, and another is about to begin. It’s time to view life through a fresh new perspective. Ask yourself why you are looking at life through old filters and welcome fresh new perspectives. Look at your Chi flow in your home or office; see if it is overpowering which will create agitation, or if it is blocked, therefore, limiting your possibilities for success. Remember that throughout this month help will come from heavenly high places. Something of value is hidden, and will be a joy to discover and of benefit for your future.
DRAGON: Do not become dissatisfied if things seem to be taking longer to resolve than you would like. Progress may appear slow at the moment, but gradually things will move towards the desired end. Remember, by moving slowly, you will gain much experience and this will place you in a position of advantage. As with the Ouroboros, this is a time of continued renewal and regeneration, a time of abstraction and transition. Release the brakes, so that changes can bring new opportunities to you swiftly and without resistance. The moon’s cycle will play a key role in your month ahead. Pay attention to its rhythm and timing and how you exert your energy accordingly. To make the most of this month, meditate on the interconnectedness of all things and realize that there is wisdom beyond your ability to name or perceive. Connect to the sacred and designate a place in your home to be a sanctuary, an altar or shrine and perform rituals of gratitude. When bathing visualize that you are not only cleaning your body but also your mind and spirit. Open your eyes to the beauty within the people and everyday objects that you have taken for granted. Do not lose faith; help will come to you from all sides.
SNAKE: There is great potential in everything you do; the question is, do you know what you want? You have stored reserves to move ahead and are becoming aware of opportunities. It’s time to tap into that energy. Don’t let illusion pull the wool over your eyes. There is a lesson here that you need to pay attention to. Something or someone that you hold dear is likely to be misrepresenting the truth. Snakes are incredible at sensing vibrations from the earth throughout their whole body. Feel the undercurrent; go beyond your mental perceptions. Once you can look at the larger picture you will no longer be fooled by clever or depictive appearances. This will prove to be a very busy month with lots of bustling activity over a short period of time. There is also an indication that something will not be as a weighty as you once imagined. With all this unexpected activity encroaching heavily on your time, get in touch with the Element of Earth, so that you remain grounded, stable, and can feel connected to your daily routines. Show gratitude and appreciation for the small blessings and daily victories that are present to you every day, and you will find true happiness.
HORSE: It is time to stop the self-criticism and condemning words that will destroy you from the inside out. The negative or critical mind creates internal destruction. You must control the quality of your thoughts and spoken words. You need to show forgiveness, understanding, and mercy. Love yourself and others without condition; accomplish this and you will feel healed and it will help to sooth your troubled heart. Your problems are only temporary in duration, so let them pass. This is not the time to make sudden moves, as matters should be left to take their own course; wait because later will be a better time to make a decision. Allow yourself the gift of time so that you can get a clearer perspective and comprehend your choices from a lucid observation point. Ask yourself honestly, where am I in the cycle of life? Once you understand where you stand in the cycle, you can harness the resources you need to effectively meet the challenges placed before you. Stay in balance. Visualize and meditate on the powerful image of Yin and Yang, it can help to bring you harmony and balance knowing all will be well.
GOAT: By controlling your hidden demons and having a reference for the sacred, you will honor and align yourself to the path and your essence will bring blessings to our world. Pay attention to the moon and its cycle; meaning pay attention to the rhythm and tempo of events. Timing is important; this will help you bring forth creativity and the knowledge that you are in the right place at the right time. A question is posed to you. Have you given sufficient thought to the practicalities involved with the undertakings of your endeavor? Your ideas are there, and they are brilliant (as usual) but they are in need of greater thoroughness when it is a matter of details. It’s safe to proceed, but keep attention to details in mind. Sound plays a key role in your month ahead, whether it is too loud or too quiet. Make adjustments; if footsteps are too loud add carpeting. If rooms or to quiet, perhaps add soft music or soft ticking or a pleasant chiming clock in the background. Use sound to arouse and awaken new possibilities.
MONKEY: When in the Monkey month, people born under the sign of the Monkey need to go outside, get physical, and play. It’s time to get some fresh air, new perspectives, and allow yourself the freedom to move and let go! Get in touch with the Earth Spirit; be disciplined and be in tune with the Universal life force that joins us all. Although you may feel that things are going slowly at the moment, in reality they are moving you in the right direction. Remember, you are gaining perspective, and this will eventually put you in the most advantageous position. If you are taking examinations, you will be rewarded. In your relationships; be patient and get in touch with the Fire Element by using the color red. Or support Fire, using with the Wood Element, by adding the color green. This will help to move you through drudgery into determination, and then joy! When dark clouds are passing by, don’t worry, they will move away, and your reward will come into sight.
ROOSTER: Navigate your life with inner guidance and intuitive knowing. Through introspection, meditation, and dream time the answers will come; take no counsel outside of your own. All the guidance you seek will be found within; just listen. If you experienced an emotional upset recently, know that a soothing energy is coming to assist and revitalize your spirit. The problems are of a temporary duration, so let them pass. You’re gaining a new perspective, and by stepping back and gaining a better viewpoint you’ll make better choices; use the gift of time. This is the summertime, and Fire Element energy surrounds us all. This element is associated with attraction, high-energy, and self-expression. Fire element’s ruling emotion is happiness, so if you feel that you haven’t really gotten into the spirit of the season add more red triangular shapes, light candles, and introduce images that invoke strong feelings or take you on a sentimental journey. This would be a great time to bring more laughter in your life. All in all, this is a good time for you; just stay on a positive path and good will follow.
DOG: The world is at your feet, and you will experience abundant gifts. This is a time of fulfillment. You’ll feel rebirth and transformation when communing with nature. Visualize yourself connecting with all life, and your path will feel illuminated. Fine-tuning the Element of Water plays a key role in your month ahead and will assist you when you feel overwhelmed, unfocused or anxious. Adjust excessive Water by adding items representative of Wood or Earth Elements such as the color green, lush plants or vertical lines, earthen tones, pottery, or low square tables. When life feels excessive, it is time to return to moderation and proceed with a consistent flow. You feel immersed in your projects and will be more open and forthcoming with your feelings. This is a time for going deeper. If you feel like a dark cloud has been blocking the light of day; do not worry the sun will break through, and you will find success with no strings attached.
PIG: There is energy this month that will help you to release your outdated agendas and unpleasant memories. Open your mind to the unlimited possibilities that surround you. You will obtain a new perspective that is free and open, revealing what is most important to you to accomplish. You will also need to prepare yourself for possible difficult times ahead; these could leave you feeling drained, worried, or conflicted with either yourself or with an authority figure. This is not a good time to make crazy investments. If you are seeking new clients or customers adjust the helpful people area. The helpful people area in the bagua is the lower right-hand corner from the main entrance. Remember to appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the people and objects that you love, and think about opening your eyes to the beauty within people and everyday objects that you may take for granted. This will bring you a greater sense of peace and well-being.