Feng Shui in Your Bedroom

Feng Shui in Your Bedroom
Feng Shui in Your Bedroom

Monday, February 8, 2016

Feng Shui Makes Your Bedroom Better!

The foundation of Feng Shui is the pursuit of the most advantageous and harmonious place to live and work. In honor of the Valentine's Day, coming this Sunday, I decided to talk about our bedrooms.  We spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping, yet the bedroom is often the last room in the house to receive any design attention. When it does obtain consideration, often it’s to buy a new mattress & box springs.  I’d like to share some other contemplations for your consideration.

A BORING BEDROOM:
 
This bedroom has a lot of potential, but the bed's placement & lack of color scheme don't make it as appealing as it could be.
Color Schemes:
The bedroom is a Yin room, where you want to relax, become intimate with your partner, and regenerate. (Yang rooms could be considered to be any place where you entertain company, or gather as a family.) Research shows that the most relaxing colors are blues and greens- perhaps because they echo the colors of water, the sky, plants and trees in nature. 

The late HH Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche, beloved former leader of the BTB Sect of Feng Shui would have agreed that these colors work well in a bedroom, helping one to relax. 














What if blue and green just don’t work for your tastes? You could lay the Ba-gua on your home and figure out the best color(s) according to it, or you could use colors that help you to feel relaxed. I’d just suggest that you avoid too many dark colors or intense hues in the warm family such as red, bright yellow, or orange (as are present in the Ba-gua chart below.) 




Selecting a pastel, a version of white (like stark to beige), or a soft neutral like grey would also work.

photo credit: Bedroom via photopin (license)
















Cures:
The good news about the modern (or BTB) Feng Shui that I practice is that there’s a solution for almost every problem, which we call cures. Some cures are easily explainable, and follow science, medicine and good design principles. Other cures, however are illogical, irrational, mystical and/or transcendental. It’s the latter that often makes the bigger difference in the Ch’i or energy creating an uplifting environment within a home.













Bed Placement:
Because the bed is the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom, it’s going to be the focal point. After you’ve dressed it in fabrics that are wonderful to the touch as well as visually pleasing, then think about its placement. To create the best Feng Shui, put it in a position so that you can see the main door to the room when you’re laying down without aligning the bed with that entrance. (The one is the picture above is floating in the middle of the room- not a great placement.) Sometimes this is difficult or impossible due to windows and doors to closets and entrances. If it is, call me and we’ll set up an appointment for a consultation to determine the best option for your situation.


Do You Need a Headboard?
 In short, yes, and it can be made of anything (ideally) except metal. Although a headboard attached to a bedroom wall rather than the bed is perhaps better than none, you really want your headboard to be attached to your bedframe, supporting the mattress and box springs. Place the headboard against a wall (or in the corner if you have enough space in your bedroom.) Think of it as a foundation for a quality night’s rest.


Bedside tables:
Nightstands do not have to match, as is sometimes purported in books on Feng Shui. Just like you and your partner are different, you can have two different tables to meet each of your needs. Think of it as asymmetric balance, or even Yin and Yang: you want a lamp to read, and table to place your book; your partner may want several drawers to neatly store night time needs. That’s just fine.


Master Bathrooms:
According to Feng Shui, it’s best if your bedroom and bathroom are not part> of a master suite (i.e. that they’re separated only by a door.) Worse yet, however if when there is no door separating the two rooms. 
If you're thinking, "let's get real, Shelley. I need a bathroom close to where I sleep," then keep in mind there are cures for this situation.

If you have this situation in your home, give me a call and we’ll set up an appointment for a consultation to determine the best option for your situation.

Beam Me Up, Scotty!


A flat ceiling, 8' tall or higher is the best one, according to Feng Shui. If you have beams (like in the picture above), a coved ceiling or other architecturally detailed ceiling, it may cause problems. Again, contact me for a consultation and we'll figure out the best solution to the problem.

Your Thoughts:
I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions regarding this ancient and amazing philosophy. Clients in the greater Puget Sound area have experienced the benefit of Feng Shui through a consultation. Maybe it’s time you are shown you how to alter your surroundings to create a more uplifting environment where you are able to breathe and be at your best. Think about it and contact me when you're ready. www.TransformationsforInteriors.com




Monday, February 1, 2016

Chinese New Year Celebration Ideas!

Chinese New Year is the most important and longest celebration of all the Chinese holidays. On Feb. 8, 2016, the Chinese year 4714 begins. We are about to enter the Year of the Fire Monkey! Chinese New Year is celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Bhutan and also in Chinatowns or International Districts elsewhere. 
Photo credit: EasyChinaTour.com
In China, the New Year is a time of family get-togethers. Family members meet at one another's homes for visits and meals; most notably a feast on New Year's Eve’. Many early Chinese immigrants in the U.S. arrived without their families, and found a sense of community with other settlers from China instead. Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.
Detailed monkey in lights in Crystals' high-end shopping mall.

Buddha holds Sycee, a form of a gold ingot in China

Here's a close-up of the fire money holding a peach- a symbol of harmony

I took pictures of some amazingly beautiful decorations honoring the Year of the Fire Monkey while I was in Las Vegas for the KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase) Jan. 17-22.  I am sharing them with you as an inspiration.  They certainly were a stimulus for me!
Lanterns hanging in the Bellagio Atrium

Playful monkeys dance around bamboo, colorful fruit and gold coins

Oranges bring protection & good luck in this arrangement

I am not Chinese, but having studied Feng Shui, I enjoy a celebration each year. It’s really lots of fun, and I invite you to do the same.
Chinese New Year Celebration ideas:
  1. Invite family and friends for a celebratory dinner anytime between now and Feb. 24 when the Lantern Festival begins.
  2. Encourage every guest to dress in brightly colored attire.
  3. Clean your home thoroughly prior to your party, making sure to make your windows & mirrors spotless!
  4. Hang paper lanterns throughout your home.
  5. Purchase some fresh flowers to bring new Ch’i (energy) into your home.
  6. Surround yourself with fruit for a fruitful new year.
  7. Place money in red envelopes if you have children and give them these envelopes for a lucky new year.
  8. Serve plenty of good food, including many different dishes. If I'm pressed for time, I sometimes have Chinese take-out for this meal! Have enough for leftovers, as this will bring good luck for the whole year.
  9. Play music and games.
The Monkey is king this year!

Auspicious colors are red and yellow in this beautiful arrangement

This beautiful floral arrangement had red envelopes hanging off its upper branches.
The Chinese Calendar:
The months of the Chinese calendar are calculated by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on New Year’s Eve’ or Lunar New Year and continue until the moon is brightest on the fifteenth day, the Lantern Festival. 

The Origin of the Chinese Zodiac
In ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in Monkey years are Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, President Harry S. Truman, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Lopez, Albert Pujols, Alejandro Sanz, Andy Garcia, Arturo de Córdova, Ashley Judd Celine Diion, Christina Aguilera, Christina Ricci, David Alfaro Siqueiros, George Lucas, Jake Gyllenhall, Joan Allen, Jose Clemente Orozco, Katie Couric, Kim Cattrall, Lucy Liu, Lupe Velez, Marc Anthony, Michael Douglas, Montel Williams, Omar Sherif, Rachel Griffiths, Ricardo Montablan, Robert Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Sammy Sosa, Tito Guízar, Tom Hanks, Venus Williams, Walter Matthau, and Will Smith.
Another gorgeous interpretation of the ingot- 

This child's clothing is made from floral blooms

Glass lanterns are truly stunning amongst the floral display

The Lantern Festival
The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, so this year it occurs on Feb. 22. Some lanterns displayed are amazing works of art, painted with zodiac signs, birds, flowers, animals, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon, which is typically up to 100 ft. long is made of silk, paper, and bamboo and elevated on the arms of many dancers moving in a snake-like line. In the United States, where the New Year is celebrated with a shortened schedule, the dragon dance almost always takes place on a weekend. 

Dragon Dance will be performed again in Seattle on Feb. 13 this year


Seattle Magazine has a great article in the February 2016 edition on page 128 about Asian markets in Seattle to celebrate Chinese New Years. If you live in/near Seattle, check out the many free consider activities the weekend of Sat., Feb. 13 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM: http://cidbia.org/events/lunar-new-year/
If you can't make this event, consider joining me for "Wok 'N' Roll" on Feb. 20 & 27. The International Dumpling Crawl, where you'll wind your way through Chinatown/International District while snacking on offerings from many Asian cultures costs $42.95 and includes access to the Wing Luke Museum.  http://www.wingluke.org/tours


In conclusion:
Have questions, comments or thoughts?  I’d love to hear from you.  If you’re interested in learning more about the feng shui of your home or office and how it’s affecting you, contact me for a consultation.  Check out my website at http://TransformationsforInteriors.com or contact me through Pinterest, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.  I’d love to assist you directly if you live in the Puget Sound region, or help you find a feng shui consultant in other regions of the country.
WAN SHI RU YI
(May everything go as you wish)

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Chinese Zodiac Animals' Predictions

This week, in the third entry of the mini-series on the Chinese Zodiac, I share predictions for each of the animals during the Year of the Fire Monkey, which begins on February 8, 2015. 

Two weeks ago I talked about the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and shared not only the legend of how they came to be, but the birthdates each animal represents. If you haven't checked yours out, look back to the January 11 entry http://northwesttransformations.blogspot.com/2016/01/whats-your-chinese-zodiac-sign.html and find your Zodiac animal. Look up the birthdates of those closest to you, too. You'll probably see some characteristics that you (& your loved ones) share with these animals.

On January 18, I shared personality characteristics of each of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals. http://northwesttransformations.blogspot.com/2016/01/your-chinese-zodiac-personality.html Note which famous figures match with the various Chinese Zodiac animals. Try to put aside your Western prejudices (e.g.: that pigs are lazy/sloppy or that snakes are scary creatures) and read through each animal's characteristics if you haven’t previously done so.

There are five elements in our world: water, wood, fire, earth and metal according to more than 5,000 years that the Chinese have observed nature.  There are twelve different animals, and they are paired together to make up a 60 year cycle: every 12 years an animal recurs but is cyclically paired with a different element. (e.g.: 1968 earth monkey; 1980 metal monkey; 1992 water monkey; 2004 wood monkey; 2016 fire monkey.) 

The Year of the Fire Monkey 
The Monkey is intelligent, wily, quick and very alert.  Fire is also very energetic among the elements.  Because of this, the Year of the Fire Monkey could see more greed and underhanded tactics to achieve one’s goals.  Be diligent in your efforts to buy products from honest and respectable companies and people.  Taking everything into account, however, this could be a year where you experience more opportunities to get ahead financially.  International relationships should be more tolerant, and if there are problems, the public won’t be aware of them.

This could be another year of environmental or manmade problems caused by forest fires, earthquakes and volcanic activity in the world, although they won’t be as devastating as those in past years. Transportation may prove to be more taxing than in previous years.  While attending large events, know your fastest way out.

The Fire Monkey is the most active and aggressive of the Monkeys. This monkey’s aggression needs to be channeled to positive directions, or we risk becoming very destructive and harmful to one another. Develop more patience, and think carefully through your ideas before acting to safeguard your personal interests as the interests of society at large.  Do a good deed daily during the year, and meditate daily to bring clarity and caring, even in circumstances that don’t encourage it.  I can recall years that were supposed to be challenging but weren’t for me.  I attribute that to practicing these daily rituals.

Rat

Rat’s luck for the Year of the Fire MonkeyThe Rat will have good fortune this year if you attend positive and celebratory affairs and stay away from sad events as much as possible.  Your overall luck will become better, your communication more effective, and your social standing will improve.  Helpful people will be there to support you and your career will flourish.  Try not to let stressful events that occur negatively impact you.  Follow your heart.

Ox

Ox’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: The Ox will have many helpful people in your life to assist you, so be sure to take advantage of this favorable time. This is a good year for your romantic relationship: you may meet your future spouse, or if already married, strengthen your relationship. Make minor or major renovations to your home, or add new furniture, artwork or bedding this year to ensure good feng shui.  Be careful with your finances, and don’t loan money to anyone.

Tiger

Tiger’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: The Tiger is the last in line to receive positive energy, making this a good year for studying, meditating and conserving your energy. Because the Tiger has an oppositional conflict with the Monkey, this year will be challenging both mentally and physically. Pay extra attention to your home’s interior. Change the placement of your furniture, or buy new, to adjust your home’s Feng Shui.  Raise your energy and life force by spending time in outdoor activities and travel, but avoid high-risk activities. Make sure that you practice philanthropy — donate and volunteer.

Rabbit

Rabbit’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: You’ll have lots of helpful people in your world, which will make it possible to expand your business and enjoy good working rapport with others.  Your income will improve, but don’t lend money to others during this time.  Watch your diet during this year, because you will be invited to many gatherings and events. You’re more prone to minor illnesses, particularly to respiratory problems. Eat healthfully and get lots of exercise to remain free of illness. Stay vigilant by clearing the energy when needed and elevate your personal Ch’i, as well as your home and office.

Dragon

Dragon’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: Your energy this year will sometimes be strong. Be sure to follow the rules, and do good deeds to balance your luck.  Maintain a conservative attitude in any investments you make.  Be careful around powerful women (either bosses or others who can influence your life) as well as animals (even your own pets.) People born under the sign of the Rat will give you sound advice. Try to attend positive events and avoid sad or dangerous occasions when possible.  Try to be sure to express your artistic creativity, as it will bring out the best in you.

Snake

Snake’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey:  Since the Snake and Monkey are BFFs, you will be called upon by lots of people to assist them with many activities throughout the year. You’ll have lots of highs and lows this year.  The year is particularly good for female snakes.  Males should be take are of their health and relationships. Your home’s feng shui may be unbalanced, so make renovations, move or buy new property to stabilize your luck.  As HH Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche taught us, “When the Monkey meets the Snake, great auspiciousness will follow.”

Horse

Horse’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: The year will be a good one, and your luck consistent. This will be a year of many wonderful events so enjoy yourself.  Avoid sad events and places whenever possible.  Being around those who are Rats can be beneficial to you, but you won’t have helpful people around to assist you. Your health should remain good through the year, and giving to charities, either with donations or work will benefit your health and home. Listen to others’ opinions- it will help you in your career. Pay attention to your partner’s health as there may be concerns.

Ram/Sheep/Goat

Ram’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: This will be a good year for the Sheep/Ram/Goat, so enjoy as many positive events as possible to increase your luck.  Be conservative with high-risk investments and don’t anticipate any extra income during the year. Take care of your health by watching your diet, eating healthfully, and getting exercise.  You will have many supporters, so be sure to act in a reciprocal manner by supporting other’s efforts. Be careful not to get involved with any third party romances, and if you are interested in finding a mate or even getting married, this is a good year to do just that. 

Monkey

Monkey’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: The spotlight will be on you because you are first to receive the year’s energy, so expect life to be invigorating or draining throughout the year. Between the nature of the monkey and the fire that accompanies it (both fast & furious) you need to expect the unexpected. Your life and actions will be apparent to all, and everything you do will be analyzed under a microscope. Your health isn’t as stable as in the past, so take care of yourself and have regular check ups, (including the dentist) and donate blood. Practice philanthropy, donate and volunteer regularly.

Rooster

Rooster’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: This will be a year of good fortune for you, and you will have plenty of help from friends and co-workers this year. Take advantage of opportunities to become more socially active. Those born under the sign of the Dog and men at work will be especially helpful this year. There is a tendency for a lot of drama this year, so be careful to not allow yourself to get pulled into others’ crises.  Instead be compassionate without involvement.

Dog

Dog’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: Although this year should be an improvement over last, you still need to prepare for some challenges ahead. Fine tune your home’s feng shui by renovating, or adding new furniture, artwork, or bedding. Although it’s a good year to travel, be aware of your surroundings and your personal safety. Be especially careful driving as you may be prone to accidents.  Attend as many happy events as possible this year to positively affect your luck. Watch your diet and eat very healthfully this year to protect your health for the future.

Pig

Pig’s luck for the Year of the Fire Monkey: This will be a more challenging year as the Monkey and the Pig don’t agree on much in their viewpoints on life. You will have opportunities for promotion if your boss is a female, and have women with whom you associate help you. Lay low at work and don’t get involved with others who aren’t interested in positive communication.  To raise your opportunities for good fortune, attend as many positive celebrations and events as possible. Be careful to take care of skin or nervous system issues. Be conscientious in assisting with an elder family member’s health.

Predictions:
Using the Chinese Zodiac is one way in which you can utilize feng shui, but there are many other aspects. Feng shui, translated, means wind and water, but that doesn’t say much to us Westerners. Throughout its 5,000 year history, the guiding principle remains the same: the pursuit of the most advantageous and harmonious place to live and work.  Your environment shapes you whether you’re conscious of its outcome or not.  One trusted resource that I often use for feng shui advice and adjustments is http://fengshuishopper.com and you might consider taking a look at material provided there for further information. 

There are many ways one can mitigate a poor prediction.  The Chinese believe in three kinds of providence: heaven luck, earth luck and human luck.  The fortune that comes from heaven is not easily changed.  It might come in the form of being a talented musician, an amazing athlete, or a phenomenal cook to name a few possibilities.  Earth luck is more easily changed and where the feng shui of your environment can alter your fortune.  Human luck is also more readily changed, and has to do with the way we conduct our lives.  Meditation, performing good deeds for others and society in general are means of improving your human luck.  So, 2/3 of your providence is not “set in stone,” but can be improved.  Contact me or another feng shui practitioner to assist you in improving your earth luck.  Do good deeds daily and take some time to meditate to improve your human luck.

Planning for the New Year
Next week I will share some ways in which you can celebrate the Chinese New Year, whether you do so on Feb. 4 or Feb. 8.  For now, here are a few ideas from my longer list I’ll be sharing:
  1. Invite family and friends for a celebratory dinner anytime between Sun., Jan. 31 to Feb. 21 when the Lantern Festival begins.
  2. Encourage every guest to dress in brightly colored attire.
  3. Clean your home thoroughly prior to your party, making sure to make your windows & mirrors spotless!
In conclusion:
Have questions, comments or thoughts?  I’d love to hear from you.  If you’re interested in learning more about the feng shui of your home or office and how it’s affecting you, contact me for a consultation.  Check out my website at http://TransformationsforInteriors.com or contact me through Pinterest, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.  I’d love to assist you directly if you live in the Puget Sound region, or help you find a feng shui consultant in other regions of the country.
WAN SHI RU YI
(May everything go as you wish)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Your Chinese Zodiac Personality

This week I'm sharing the personality characteristics of each of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals.  I think it's also fun to note which famous figures match with the various Chinese Zodiac animals, so I've included that for your enjoyment.  Try to lose your Western prejudices (e.g.: that pigs are lazy/sloppy or that snakes are scary creatures) and read through each animal's characteristics.  Next week, in this Mini-Series of entries on the Chinese Zodiac, I will share predictions for each of the animals during the Year of the Fire Monkey which begins on February 8, 2016.

Last week I talked about the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and shared not only the legend of how they came to be, but the birthdates each animal represents.  If you haven't checked yours out, look back to the January 11 entry and find your Zodiac animal.  Look up the birthdates of those closest to you, too.  You'll probably see some characteristics that you (and your loved ones) have in common with these animals.

1. THE RAT

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat tend to be quick-witted, clever, charming, and loyal to those it considers part of its pack.  Rats often excel in business because they achieve their goals through hard work and are motivated by the acquisition of money.  Although generally thrifty, they can be very generous with those they love, especially their children.
Compatible with the Ox, Snake, Dragon and Monkey.

Famous & Infamous Rats: Today and Yesterday
William Shakespeare, Amadeus Mozart, George Washington, Louis Armstrong, Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Diaz, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal.

2. THE OX

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox possess a stabilizing personality.  The Ox is a good listener and inspires confidence in friends and family. Steadfast in his beliefs, the Ox’s tenacity and hard work often bring success in any endeavor.  The Ox is stubborn and dislikes being opposed, and is quick to anger.
Compatible with the Rat, Rooster and Snake.

Famous & Infamous Oxen: Today and Yesterday
Johann S. Bach, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange, Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Barack Obama.

3. THE TIGER

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger possess an adventurous personality.  The Tiger is courageous and aggressive, and loves to be in the limelight. Possessing humanitarian instincts, the Tiger loves babies and endangered species.  Whatever their current object of adulation, all else will play second fiddle.
Compatible with the Pig, the Horse and the Dog.

Famous & Infamous Tigers: Today and Yesterday
Queen Elizabeth II, Stevie Wonder, Jenna Jameson, Marilyn Monroe, Demi Moore, Emily Dickinson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Roberta Flack, Jodie Foster,  Agatha Christie.

4. THE RABBIT


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit are well-mannered, admired and trustworthy.  Their wise and conservative nature often leads them to success in business.  Rabbits are delightful, and people seek their company. Strong willed and cunning, even ruthless at times, they pursue the goals with methodical precision.
Compatible with the Dog, Sheep and the Pig.

Famous & Infamous Rabbits: Today and Yesterday
Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Charles Barkley, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross,  Angelina Jolie, Harry Belafonte,  Sting, Orson Welles, Queen Victoria, Albert Einstein.

5.   THE DRAGON


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon have an unquenchable fire within and are the most honored sign of all the animals.  Dragons symbolize long life and good fortune and have boundless energy.  On the outside, Dragons display power, authority, and are short-tempered.  On the inside, Dragons’ heroic heart makes them magnanimous and willing to shoulder family responsibilities.
Compatible with the Snake, Rat, and the Monkey

Famous & Infamous Dragons: Today and Yesterday
Mae West, Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud, Florence Nightingale, Susan B. Anthony, John Lennon, Donovan McNabb, Bill Belichick, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Robin Williams.

6. THE SNAKE



Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake possess a seductively charming and mysterious personality, but are often fickle.  Snakes are astute, logical, quiet, and understanding. They often achieve success and fame with ease, but when crossed they can instinctively spit venom and act selfishly.
Compatible with the Monkey, the Ox, the Rooster, and the Dragon.

Famous & Infamous Snakes: Today and Yesterday
Oprah Winfrey, Grace Kelly, JFK, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Aristotle Onassis, Kim Basinger, Johannes Brahms, Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Dylan, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

7. THE HORSE


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse are enchanting, cheerful and gregarious. Industrious, self-confident and intelligent, the Horse skillfully obtains authority, wealth and respect.  The Horse’s bluntness can be tactless, and the keen quest for success can cause the Horse become self-centered and destructive.
Compatible with the Sheep, Tiger, and Dog

Famous & Infamous Horses: Today and Yesterday
Denzel Washington, Walter Payton, Janet Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Spike Lee, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Ella Fitzgerald, Harrison Ford, Jimi Hendrix, Warren Buffet.

8. THE RAM/SHEEP/GOAT

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ram/Sheep/Goat are endowed with a native intelligence and an artistic talent (or appreciation for it) so they are often successful in business.  They are creative, deep thinkers, wanderers, disorganized, high-strung and can be insecure.  They are pacifists at heart and strive for harmony.  They need lots of love, support, and reassurance.
Compatible with the Horse, the Rabbit, the Pig, and the Tiger.
Famous & Infamous Sheep/Rams: Today and Yesterday
Bill Gates, Arthur Ashe, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, John Grisham, Deion Sanders,  LL Cool J, Julia Roberts, Mark Twain, Michelangelo, Norah Jones, Orville Wright, Faith Hill.

9. THE MONKEY

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun.  Energetic, inquisitive and adventurous, the Monkey’s quick wit and inventive nature make for an excellent problem solver. The Monkey is very social, and has the ability to get almost anyone on his/her side.  Monkeys are strong-willed and impatient, but their temper cools quickly. 
Compatible with the Snake, Dragon, and Rat

Famous & Infamous Monkeys: Today and Yesterday
Bette Davis, Leonardo DaVinci, Omar Shariff, Julius Caesar, Nelson Rockefeller.

10.     THE ROOSTER

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster tend to be self-assured, thorough, inventive and talented. An exacting task-master, and an ever watchful administrator, the Rooster seeks perfection in all parts of his/her world. Typically there are two Rooster types: the fast-moving, very talkative type, and the deadly somber spectators- both can be equally hard to deal with at times.
Compatible with the Dragon, the Ox, and the Snake

Famous & Infamous Roosters: Today and Yesterday
Peter Ustinov, Anne Murray, Carly Simon, Goldie Hawn.

11.     THE DOG

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog are likeable, authentic, honest, and brave friends.  With a deep sense of loyalty and justice, Dogs inspire confidence in others.  Dogs accomplish goals quickly but seldom unwind despite appearing calm and relaxed.
Compatible with the Rabbit, the Tiger and the Horse.

Famous & Infamous Dogs: Today and Yesterday
Harry Houdini, Shirley MacLaine, Judy Garland, Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Michael Jackson.

12.     THE PIG

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Pig are delicate, thoughtful and permissive.  Gallant, sturdy, and courageous, Pigs will apply themselves to tasks with all their strength.  They tend to be quiet but are almost always well informed.  They enjoy helping others and are good companions. Equally known for their wanton pursuit of pleasure- sometimes the saint and sinner can be intertwined.
Compatible with the Tiger, the Rabbit, and the Sheep

Famous & Infamous Pigs: Today and Yesterday
Fred Astaire, Henry VIII, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King.

In conclusion
Again, next week we'll look at each Animal sign's forecast for the year, according this Chinese system.  If you want to learn more, you can check www.fengshuishopper.com under Chinese Astrology, which is one of my resources for information and materials.  Questions?  Thoughts?  Let me know, as I'm excited to hear from you!
MANY BLESSINGS!