February 2020 Yang Earth Tiger Feng Shui & BaZi Update

“Let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

On Feb. 4, the door to the Metal Rat 庚子 year is wide open. Since the Rat 子 sign is the first in the Chinese Hsia calendar, we can feel the energy of the cycle beginning. We may even associate this with a pioneering spirit that helps us to forge ahead with a completely new endeavor. With newness comes opportunity. With every opportunity, change ensues. And change can stir up a mixed bag of emotions: excitement for the possibilities, and nervousness about the unknown.

Read here to learn the difference between the solar and lunar calendars.

None of us are frozen in time. In fact, on the deepest level we are part of a natural flow that is constantly evolving. With every passing moment and life experience, we are propelled to move along—sometimes at a faster speed, other times at a snail pace. Nonetheless, we can learn real self-acceptance by honoring who we are in the moment. We can also feel comforted that whatever fears or misgivings we may have about the past (or how we got here) creates endless possibilities for growth in the now—and for the future.

What would you like to do, see, learn, invent, experience this year?

Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. As this powerful ocean water year envelops us all, we can feel its energy wash over us, renewing our faith, our choices, clarifying our thoughts and decisions, and waving us into the abyss of new adventures and unexplored horizons. The abyss can, at times, feel intimidating and inaccessible, but it helps to remember that this type of fear can be a really good thing. It is a potent reminder to probe deeply on whether you really want the new life these changes will bring.

This Metal Rat 庚子 year is pure water—its oceanic nature is dynamic, vigorous, and relentless. As the Water Element represents the emotion of fear, it will throw us off balance, make us feel insecure and doubtful, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to alert us that we are at the precipice of something great, especially when we are at the edge of our comfort zone.

Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom—that the Water has transformed from fear, and it will let us know that the time has come to move forward. While comfort with fear may feel like a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognize its arrival, listen to its intelligence, and respect it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

Meaning of the Elements

~ The Elements this month is Yang Earth Tiger 戊寅 ~

The Tiger 寅 always begins on Li Chun 立春, or the first day of Spring. Feb. 4 marks the starts of the Hsia or Solar calendar. The Tiger 寅 informs us that spring has sprung. This season (Wood Element) is no ordinary spring. With the support of the powerful Water Year, the energy of the Wood Element is even more impressive. For all that the spring season bring us, it will demand that we celebrate and notice the following:

  • Time for renewal and rebirth
  • Celebration of new beginnings
  • Releasing of toxic emotions like anger, displeasure, resentment, and rage
  • Revitalizing and detoxifying of our organs, particularly the liver and immune system

As 2020 begins a new decade, we can mirror this like 20/20 vision. As such, spring is a great time to refocus our vision and intention for what it is that we want this new year to bring.

BaZi 八字

Yang Earth

This month’s Heavenly Stem is Yang Earth 戊, the mountain, the rock of Gibraltar. Yang Earth 戊 embodies one that is strong, sturdy, steady, and unshakeable. Because of their bigness, they’re not quick to decisions, and can easily become trapped in their mundane routine. Yang Earth 戊 people need and often thrive with consistency, stability, and control in their lives. They are the protector, provider, and shelter to all those they love and cherish.

Famous Yang Earth 戊 ladies: Elizabeth Taylor, Hilary Clinton, Lucille Ball, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner, Ariana Grande, Imelda Marcus, Kristi Yamaguchi, Saorise Ronan, Jaclyn Smith

Famous Yang Earth 戊 gents: Ben Affleck, Bashar al-Assad, Mark Zuckerberg, Jared Kushner, Barron Trump, George Lucas, Michael Jackson, Tom Selleck, Tom Petty, Michael Dell, David Beckham


 The Tiger 寅 sign is a Yang Wood 甲 Element and is referred to as one of the three “land animal” signs. Therefore, you will see a lot of things happening this month.

February is your Nobleman month if:

  • You were born on a Yin Metal 辛 Day or Yin Metal 辛 Year (Heavenly Stem only).
  • You were born in years ending with 1 (1961, 1981, 2001…).

February is your Clash month if:

  • You were born in the Year of the Monkey 申 (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, etc.)
  • You were born in the Month of the Monkey 申 (Aug. 7 – Sept. 7)
  • You were born on the Day of Monkey 申
  • You were born in the Hour of the Monkey 申 (1500-1700 hr)

February is your Fire Penalty Month if:

  • You have a Snake 巳 and Monkey 申 sign anywhere in your Four Pillars, like these examples:

For both clash and penalty, carry a jade pendant of a Pig 亥 from Feb. 4 – Mar. 6 to offer as additional protection. Of course, you must also check the Feng Shui of your house during the Tiger 寅 month.

Flying Star Feng Shui 玄空風水

From Feb. 4 – Mar. 6, the month star afflictions will put 8 in the Center. Don’t forget to place separate cures for the annual afflictions apart from the month star afflictions. You must address them both.

  • Southwest Sector (4,5) = Misfortune Star 5 will stir up sex and romance scandal. In other words, this could disturb your romantic relationship or relationship with colleagues. Cure with the traditional 6 metal rod wind chime (or 6 coins, Wu Luo, or Salt Water).
  • Northeast Sector (1,2) = Sickness Star 2 will agitate the kidney qi, affecting the reproductive system, adrenal, urinary bladder, etc. If you are prone to anxiety and panic already, this sector of the house (especially if this is a bedroom or work space) could exacerbate these tensions even more.
  • South Sector (2,3) and North Sector (3,4) = Month stars 3 and 4 will need to be suppressed with a Fire Element. Generally, this can be done with a red envelope, or any other Fire Element décor that go with the interior of the space (e.g., a red vase in a living room, a red towel in the kitchen, a red throw in the bedroom, etc.).
  • East Sector (5,6) = Misfortune Star for 2020 resides here for the next 11 months. Month Star 6 will prompt legal troubles and/or upper respiratory problems. Use 3 bamboos in a clear glass vase to suppress Month Star 6.
  • Southeast Sector (6,7) = So much Metal imbalance here! Same as above, use 3 bamboos in a clear glass vase to suppress Month Star 7.
  • Center Sector (7,8) = Do not activate Month Star 8 or it will disturb Annual Star 7.

Prosperous Month Stars 9 and 1 in the Northwest (8,9) and West (9,1) sectors, respectively, can be activated given that the base chart of your house already has positive Water Stars. You will only know this if you’ve had a Feng Shui assessment done in the past. Otherwise, I strongly encourage you to be more cautious and diligent before placing any Feng Shui active objects like a water fountain feature. But if you do have a timely base star, then wow! This month you should experience a windfall of money!

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