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Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology for 2019 - Year of the Yin Earth Pig

This 2019 article examines the Chi energy of the Yin Earth Pig year, going in-depth into predictions for each Chinese Astrology Animal Zodiac as well as each of the Feng Shui directions using multiple Feng Shui schools.

The Ji-Hai, or Yin Earth Pig year starts on the 4th of February 2019 using the Chinese solar calendar. The Lunar calendar used for celebrations gives us New Year soon after on the 5th of February.

Unlike the tough Wu Yang Earth of 2018, the Stem Ji Yin Earth is garden soil, rich in nutrients to grow wonderful food. The Chinese character for Ji also means liberation, the self, discipline, era, order, to remember, to record. Ji people remember everything, and they will at some stage bring up issues from the past that should be long forgotten. They also have a knack for seeing into the future with sometimes uncanny results (whether they believe in psychic powers or not).

The Pig is the last in the Animal Cycle and can denote endings. Yin in appearance, but all Yang beneath means they can be gentle and fun loving but have a tough interior. Pig’s work for future security, are fun-loving and family-oriented and on the whole, Pig’s purposes are altruistic.

The combination of Yin Earth and the gentle nourishing Water Element of the Pig indicates a year of growth and sustenance. Earth, however, can become muddy and washed away if time isn’t taken to nurture the soil and provide good structure. The Yin Earth Pig will give people choices, live a life of abandonment and you will reduce the future quality of your foundations. Take care, work steadily while enjoying the fruits of your labour and you will reap the benefits for a long time.

The Pig and Snake are a clash involving the Hidden Stems Yang Fire and Yang Water, along with Yang Metal and Yang Wood. Take care when travelling in the Snake month from the 5th of May to the 2nd of June, as accidents are more likely.

There are two Lifecycles for 2019 – Toi and Chang Sang.

Lifecycles tell us where the Stem (Ji) is in relation to the cycle of the Branches (Hai), from birth to death.

The combination of these two Lifecycles is very positive, Toi indicates new beginnings, curiosity and inventiveness; while Chang Sang indicates rationality, honesty and popularity.

If you are new to Chinese Astrology, you may not know that you have more than on Branch for the date and time you were born. While we will not be going into the effects of the annual Chi on the “Day Master’s”, it would be well worth your while to use a free online Chinese Astrology Calculator and check your whole chart, because you will actually have 4 Branches, one for the Hour, Day, Month and Year you were born.

A simple Four Pillars chart looks like this –

Find out your own Four Pillars BaZi chart here.

The Chinese Zodiac in 2019

Ji Yin Earth combines with Jia Yang Wood. For men with a Jia Day Master this is a good year for meeting your soul mate and marriage. For Jia women it is a good year to focus on career.

The Pig and Tiger together form a “Six Harmony Combination”. This brings Tigers good luck during 2019, especially if you have two Tigers on your chart.

The Pig can combine with the Sheep/Goat or Rabbit to form Wood. This combination can go either way depending on the full layout of your chart, and the fact that Wood controls Ji Yin Earth. If Wood is a positive element for you, then 2019 will be very good for income and finances. If it is negative, then make sure you have a plan in place to limit spending.

The strongest combination will occur if you have both the Rat and Ox on your chart, which combine with the Pig to form Seasonal Water. This combination has the potential to wash away the rich Earth of Ji. You may find that there are plumbing issues at home, flooding, or since Water governs fears, you may have to face and overcome those areas that affect your deepest anxieties.

From a basic check of your Year Branch (Chinese animal zodiac), we can look at how the Pig will affect you –

子 Rat (’48, ’60, ’72, ’84, ’96, ’08): The Pig year is good for most Rats, travelling is high on the agenda, and your energy is improving. Money and wealth acquisition may be a bit difficult in 2019, so be prepared to stick to a budget. You may have to work hard at maintaining friendships and find that you are the one making all the plans to catch up.

丑 Ox (’49, ’61, ’73, ’85, ’97, ’09): Oxen will feel closer to their siblings and cousins in 2019, close familial bonds will help you succeed this year. The Pig also helps the Ox achieve better financial security, so get that savings plan in order, as the coming few years will see an increase in wealth. There may be some issues with parents for you in 2019, so stay close to mum and da, let them know you love them.

寅 Tiger (’50, ’62, ’74, ’86, ’98, ’10): Even though the Tiger and Pig have an affinity, Tigers will feel the pinch financially in 2019, the best energy comes from the intangibles in life. Your health and energy is at its strongest in the cycle, family life is comfortable and steady and your love life should be great. Focus on those positive areas and the rest will fall into line.

卯 Rabbit (’51, ’63, ’75, ’87, ’99, ’11): Like the Tiger, Rabbits don’t have the best year ahead when it comes to finances, however good luck will occur when bunnies get out of the house and travel, talk to new people and enjoy life. The combination with the Pig in 2019 means that most Rabbits will be irresistible to others and a good year with family and friends is assured.

辰 Dragon (’52, ’64, ’76, ’88, ’00): After the clashing of last year, 2019 should be a lot more settled for Dragons, in fact it is probably time that you get out and see the world a bit more. Romance and money both rate highly for Dragons this year, however there is little affinity with children, so there could be some problems if you have kids.

巳 Snake (’53, ’65, ’77, ’89, ’01): The Pig and Snake clash in 2019 as mentioned earlier. Take care when travelling, be mindful when driving and just generally be watchful of your health. Interestingly, the clashing Chi indicates a stronger libido for Snakes, and it also bodes well for career and money. Areas that you will need to work on are your relationships with your children, and with your parents. It will be easy to be grumpy in 2019, so make the extra effort to show that you love them.

午 Horse (’54, ’66, ’78, ’90, ’02): The Horse has great energy in 2019 for love and romance, and very good signs for wealth accumulation although your career may not be as satisfying as it once was. There is the potential for falling out with your siblings, so try to avoid getting into arguments with them.

未 Sheep (’55, ’67, ’79, ’91, ’03): There is justice for the Goat this year – any problems you’ve had or legal entanglements will be sorted out and come to an end. On the other side of the coin though, if you’ve been a naughty Sheep, then you may find yourself having to balance the scales. Love life, money and health are all improving, so be mindful of your karma to gain the most.

申 Monkey (’56, ’68, ’80, ’92, ’04): Family life is important to Monkeys in 2019, spending time with parents, brothers, sisters and children will bring the most joy after a difficult couple of years. Income is on the decline, however property and belongings are moving to a better aspect, so it would be wise to invest as much as you can afford to save for a rainy day.

酉 Rooster (’57, ’69, ’81, ’93, ’05): Roosters will need to work on their friendships in 2019, stay in touch and avoid being a hermit. Your children will play an important role for you this year, so lavish them with your love and attention. On the whole, 2019 is a stable year for the Rooster without any major changes coming along.

戌 Dog (’58, ’70, ’82, ’94, ’06): Movement and travel are well aspected for Dogs this year, it may be a lot of running around or it could be a great holiday (or even both). If you have always wanted a dream holiday, now is the time to plan it. There could be some issues or falling out with your family (parents and siblings), but don’t let it get you down, since work and money will be just fine.

亥 Pig (’59, ’71, ’83, ’95, ’07): The Like the Goat, the Pig has strong energy in the area of justice this year. If you approach people and life with the best intentions, it will pay off. Wealth is still on the up, and your health is finally moving in the right direction, it’s a great year to start that fitness programme.

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Feng Shui for 2019

The following interpretations and recommendations are based on two main schools of Feng Shui – San Yuan Flying Stars and San He.

San He is based around calculations between Stems and Branches (similar to Four Pillars astrology). The main way to use San He is to reduce the impact of any negative formations (in red), then to activate any positive formations that are available (in blue).

The good Flying Stars are 1 Water, 4 Wood, 6 Metal and 8 Earth (the best being the 8 because we are in Period 8, 2004-2024). The bad ones are 2 Earth, 3 Wood, 5 Earth and 7 Metal (the worst being the 5). The annual Flying Stars are best used in conjunction with the natal Flying Star chart of your house.

Even though you will get good results from following this advice, it is not a substitute for having a trained Feng Shui practitioner assess the energy of your house. At a minimum, your practitioner should know Ba Zi astrology and the Flying Star system.

The Luo Pan above has the annual formations from the Flying Star, San Yuan and San He schools of Feng Shui arranged for 2019 around the degrees of a compass. The Chinese representation of the compass is opposite to the Western, South is always shown at the top and the North at the bottom.

The Centre is the 5 Earth star in the Ba Gua, and has the 8 Earth star visiting for 2019. This is very good for the majority of home this year, as the 8 star represents the current Age and brings positive Qi no matter what innate energy the building has. Place a crystal or a set of crystals in the centre of your home to help support the abundance.

The South is 9 Fire in the Ba Gua, and is boosted by the annual 3 Wood star. 9 Fire represents the ‘middle daughter’ and the 3 star is the ‘eldest son’, so it is quite a good romance area, as well as supporting personal growth and intellect. There may be risks of fire/burn injuries, so avoid too much red here.

The Southwest has the 5 Earth disaster star in an area that is already Earth Chi. Since the Southwest represents the mother, there are problems ahead for the oldest female in any home. Use Metal colours and objects to drain the 5’s Earth and keep the area quiet and clean.

The West is Metal in the Ba Gua strengthening the future abundance star 1 Water, so there is potential here for growth. The 7 star that is associated with the West is considered to be negative, so there could be problems with love affairs and knife injuries. Balance out the combination by using Wood Element, some plants, especially those that clean the air or even better, grow in water will bring out the positive aspects.

The main San Sha, or 3 thieves is located in the West in 2019 but mainly affects homes where the West is the back, or sitting position. The traditional cure is a statue of Kuan Kung facing towards the problem direction, though any ethical deity or saint will serve the same purpose.

The Northwest has the annual 9 Fire star clashing with the 6 Metal in the Ba Gua. The Northwest represents the father being clashed and this configuration is known as ‘fire burns heaven’. This generally indicates health problems for men, more so if this is the main entry or bedroom. To reduce the clashing, use Earth Element like ceramics and crystals as well as colours such as brown and yellow. If there aren’t any men living in the property, the Water and Wood together will push the Chi towards the 9 star for the benefit of women.

The Year God Tai Sui and the San Sha (three thieves) are in the Northwest creating problems here if there is construction or building work carried out.

The North has the opposite energy to 2018, very lucky – especially for romance and studies. The Ba Gua’s Water feeds and nurtures the annual 4 Wood star, along with the Yang Nobleman which brings assistance from men and one of the annual Peach Blossoms which is very positive for love. Single people can use fresh flowers in the North for the year, married or committed couples are best to use plants and the colour green, since flowers can activate affairs.

The Northeast has the 2 Earth star as well as the 8 Yang Earth in the Ba Gua. This is an interesting combination, as the 2 Earth generally denotes illness, but here we have the mother on equal footing with the youngest son. Great for mums wanting to be closer to their boys, but perhaps the son will become ill. When the 8, 2 and 6 stars meet it bodes well for career and money luck so add six coins in a prominent position to bring out the best. A standard cure for the 2 stars health problems is a calabash or gourd, so place this in the Death Gate direction marked on the Luo Pan to avoid any issues.

The East has the annual 6 Metal star and is the home to the Ba Gua 3 Wood star. When Metal and Wood clash, it is an indication of accidents, worry and stress. If you are the Snake sign, the try to avoid sleeping or entering into the home from this direction. Since the 6 star is the father and the 3 Wood is the eldest son, there is a high probability that there will be disagreements between dads and sons. The simplest way to achieve balance in the East is to use Water Element, either real water in the form of bottle and jars, or with colours in the Water spectrum’s of blue and black.

The Southeast has the annual 7 Metal visiting the 4 Yin Wood palace. Since both of these are Yin stars, it indicates clashing between females perhaps bullying at school is this is a daughter’s room. 4 and 7 together is known as negative Peach Blossoms and can indicate extra-marital affairs. The entire sector contains 3 good and 3 bad San He formations, so the balance is even between positive and negative.

The simplest way to solve this is the same as the East, use Water Element to push the Metal towards helping Wood, however since the energy is very Yin in nature it is best to use light and bright blues to add some Yang influence.

This article was written by Dean French in April/May 2018 and first published in Wellbeing Astrology Annual Magazine 2019. It is not available for download, and is presented as written at the time as an example of Dean’s portfolio.

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I hope that you are able to take something from the article and from the free information I have on the website. May 2019 be a great year for you!

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Dean French

With over two decades of practical Feng Shui experience, Dean is known for his down-to-earth attitude and his direct and honest communication. A writer for Wellbeing Predictions and former writer for Wellbeing Astrology magazines, he has turned to a wider audience through this website. Visit to book an Astrology reading or Feng Shui consultation.

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