“A single spark can light a prairie fire.” – Chinese Proverb

Despite which metric system you follow to measure time (Gregorian, Lunar, or Solar) or the season, the Chinese Hsia Calendar puts us officially in the summer season with the arrival of the Snake 巳 on May 5th. Hello, fire!

Year after year, like clockwork, the Snake 巳 month always marks the signal that we—and the universe—have shifted from spring (Wood) to summer (Fire). For the time being, it means the energy of the Earth Dog 戊戌 Year is in full force because the influence of the season plays an essential role in influencing and dictating how the energy of the year will shake up.

According to the Chinese Five Element doctrine, Fire 火 supports Earth 土. And so, the summer months—May and June 2018—will prompt the Dog 戌 year to be stronger, heavier, denser, and more magnetic. And because the Earth Element now has support from Fire, we can expect the essence and inherent qualities of the Earth Dog 戊戌 year to be significantly more powerful than what we have seen (or experienced) so far in the spring season.

If you are following the commentaries around the forecast of the Dog 戌 Year, then the message remains unchanged. The Earth represents a time for healing, centering, and coming back to what matters the most. The Earth embodies the literal, figurative, and symbolic meaning of Earth. For example, it’s an opportune time to revisit your relationship dynamic with your mother (or mother figure), explore your feminine qualities, and root back to the core of what makes your purpose and existence a reality. It’s also a time for incessant dreaming, imagining, reconnecting to nature and Mother Earth, going barefoot in the park, caring for your gut (stomach) health, learning to build your inner faith, trusting your instincts, cultivating stronger intuition, and embracing or inviting Spirit back into your lives. This is the general theme of the Earth Dog 戊戌 Year.

Yin Fire Element – BaZi

May 2018 is a Yin Fire Snake 丁巳 month. So, let’s explore the Snake巳 Element by itself.

The Snake represents the fourth Celestial Animal in the order of the Hsia Calendar (February-Tiger, March-Rabbit, April-Dragon, May-Snake…) and it is a Yin Fire 丁 Element, like a candle, a flame, or a spark. That means May 2018 is double Yin Fire丁.

A single spark can light a prairie fire is an ancient saying that appears in many forms and in different cultures (not just from China), carrying a range of shifting implications and connotations. When you dissect the essence of a spark, it is both inspiring and catastrophic.

A spark can light up a bonfire, shedding light, cleansing old and stagnant energy, clearing the way for new vision, and giving warmth and comfort to its surroundings. A spark can also ignite a big explosion, rocking the earth and inflicting pain and chaos in the world around it.

When you apply this same concept to describing a Yin Fire 丁 person, he or she exhibits more creative prowess—and explosive temperament—than his or her Yang Fire 丙 counterpart. How so?

For instance, the characteristics of a Yang Fire 丙 person are like the Sun. He or she is open, bright, transparent, and predictable. Just look at the way of the Sun. The giant star shines brightly every single day. You can rely on the Sun to always be there, consistently beaming and offering, even on a shadowy, cloudy day.

The characteristics of Yin Fire 丁 are antithetic and harder to predict. When you meet or know another a Yin Fire丁 person, you can see how their behaviors and emotions embody the two-sided extremes.

For example, they are creative and moody, articulate but private, open yet picky, eager and aloof, wise but timid, warm-hearted and kind but also cautious and disconnected. Because their character is composed of dualities, most Yin Fire丁 people are harder to get to know—and you can never tell which way they’ll be swinging! You can even say there are a lot of personalities to a Yin Fire 丁 person!

Yin Fire丁 people are, more or less, sensitive creatures; and tend to be more emotional, sentimental, nervous, feminine, fickle, and fragile. When you compare them to their Yang Fire 丙 counterpart, the differences are palpable.

Yang Fire 丙 people spew everything out without filter, like “word vomit.” Ask them how their day is and they’ll offer up a soliloquy to last you an entire lifetime. They wear their hearts on their sleeves—what you see is what you get. This is quite the contrary to a Yin Fire 丁 person, who tends to appear more deliberate and methodical; they are also disciplined and articulate, and decisions, when made, are more calculated and realistic.

That’s why it is not immediately clear exactly what a Yin Fire person is really thinking or feeling. Their moodiness and indifference can often be mistaken as dismissive at first. But they are deep thinkers, often willing to sacrifice keeping up with appearances and relationship connections in order to sort out information privately and in isolation. They take their time, and do things on their own terms. But when they have committed, their actions are genial, well-intentioned, and heart-filled. This is what makes them authentic and pure.

Many famous Yin Fire 丁 people are shakers and movers in their respective professions. They rock the world and make a lasting impression. As they represent the symbol for a spark, they have the power to initiate one microscopic action to inspire other actions, which themselves become a catalyst for creating a cascading chain of actions and reactions.

If you know someone or are friends with a Yin Fire 丁 person, you must learn to love—and accept—their unpredictable and introspective ways, because there is no simple way to know with any certainty which “spark” will amount to nothing, and which might just start that prairie fire.

Famous Yin Fire people: Kelly Clarkson, David Bowie, Rita Hayworth, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Aniston, Tina Turner, Tory Burch, Barbara Streisand, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, John F. Kennedy, Jr., David Cassidy, George Takei, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, President Xi Jin-ping, Ronald Reagan, Joe Biden, Thomas Edison, Geena Davis, Marie Forleo, Marine Le Pen, Janis Joplin, Neil Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Carter, Glenn Close, Eddie Van Halen.

 Yin Fire Snake 丁巳 Month

Yin Fire 丁 is very commonly associated with scary fire-related things such as bullets and firearms, nuclear bombs and explosions, forest fires, and airplane crash disasters, etc. It is no wonder some of the more memorable and tragic events related to these also happen when there is the influence of a Yin Fire 丁 element (in the day, month, or year). Here are some real-life examples:

Snake  (Yin Fire ) Year

  • 26 people killed after a fireworks truck exploded and caused a highway to collapse in Henan, China. (Feb. 2013)
  • Zenit-3SL, a Ukrainian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean. (Feb. 2013)
  • The Nigerian Army bombs a Boko Haram camp, killing 18 people. (Feb. 2013)
  • 21 people are killed and 30 wounded by a market suicide bombing in Hangdu, Pakistan.

Yin Fire Month and Snake  (Yin Fire ) Year

  • 20 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • 119 people are killed in a poultry farm fire in Jilin Province, China.

There are several notable events that also occurred with the influence of Yin Fire 丁:

  • Osama bin Laden, the founder and first leader of the Islamist group Al-Qaeda, was killed (by bullets) in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. This was also on a Yin Fire Snake 丁巳
  • The first nuclear bombing on Hiroshima during WWII was on August 6, 1945, also a Yin Fire 丁
  • The Tenerife airport disaster remains the accident with the highest number of airline passenger fatalities, when a KLM Boeing 747 attempted to take off without clearance and collided with a taxiing Pan Am 747, killing 583 people. This occurred on March 27, 1977 in a Yin Fire Snake 丁巳
  • One of the worst forest fires recorded was the 1989 Manitoba Wildfire in Canada that spread over an astonishing 8 million acres. This was also in a Snake 巳

Needless to say, this history of events has shown how significantly compelling the Snake’s energy is and how its influence can leave an everlasting impact on people and to the world. It is a powerful force not to be reckoned with!

BaZi 八字

Clash Month

If you were born in the Year of the Pig 亥 (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) or more importantly, the DAY of the Pig 亥 (click HERE to get your full BaZi chart), then the Snake 巳 is your Clash month. It’s time to shake things up and get a move on!

This month is not the time to over-think, retreat, be coy or timid, procrastinate, or hesitate. Clash means GO FOR IT! Use this month’s energy to travel more or better yet, identify an area in your life that needs some tweaking.

Is it your job? Your schedule? Current living situation? Your stress level? What aspects of your intimate or platonic relationships do you want to improve? Is it also time to let go of something, or someone? Could it be time to finally sell your house or take that trip you’ve been contemplating for a while?

Whatever it is, May 5th to June 5th is the perfect time to tap into and capitalize on this opportunity to create something new or to experience something different. Keep in mind, though, that with change, you should also stay open to the possibilities that plans can go awry or take a completely different direction. But if you’re prepared for it, I promise you will feel less anxious, frustrated, or disappointed.


If you were born in a Yang Water Year 壬 (years ending in 2) or Yin Water 癸 Year (years ending in 3) or your Day Master (self-element) is Yang Water 壬 or Yin Water 癸, then the Snake 巳 is your Nobleman month—hooray! Make use of this auspicious and helpful “assistant” energy to network, mingle, and connect, or to start new projects and endeavors.

If your BaZi favors the Fire Element, then the Snake month will also give you support and a forward-moving feeling.

Technical review of BaZi charts that favor the Fire Element include:

  • Weak Earth Day Master;
  • Weak Fire Day Master;
  • Strong Metal (no Earth) Day Master;
  • Weak Metal (with some Earth support) Day Master;
  • Strong Wood Day Master;
  • Strong Water Day Master;
  • Extremely Strong Fire Day Master.

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Feng Shui Flying Star

This month, Flying Star 2 is in the Center. Take care of the monthly influence in your home.

  • Center: Watch out for the Sickness energy because Annual Star 9 (Fire) will strengthen Month Star 2 (Earth). The center palace of the home is usually quite inconspicuous because it generally falls in the middle of wall or a hallway. However, if the center of your house is wide open, then you need to cure the sickness star with 6 metal coins.
  • Northeast: Misfortune Star 5 (Earth) is in the Northeast, which will be disturbed by Annual Star 3 (Wood). Wood conquers (and stimulates) Earth. You need 6 metal coins or 6 metal rod wind chime here.
  • Southwest: If this is your front door, Month Star 8 will only increase Annual Star 6, which is related to legal trouble and breathing organ problems. Do NOT activate Month Star 8. Use Metal Element to neutralize Month Star 8.

Auspicious sector this month:

  • Southeast: Month Star 1 will join up with Annual Star 8. If this happens to be your front door, building facing façade, or an important Yang space in your home (i.e., living room, kitchen), then you can certainly enjoy the Feng Shui here because strong and prosperous stars will be concentrated in this area. But as I have mentioned this countless times before, be extremely cautious how you are “activating” the Feng Shui as this is closely associated with the base chart (inherent energy) of the house. For instance, if the base chart of your house has a 2 or 5 here, then activating the Annual or Month Star will only irritate the Feng Shui, causing more harm than good. That’s why, it is best to consult with a professional to have your space evaluated before you start activating sectors in your home or office.

Rule of Thumb: Always cure the negative and outdated stars. To activate, you must consult with a professionally trained and experienced Classical Feng Shui consultant unless you already know the base chart of your space.

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Fun facts: The birthstone of May is the emerald, which symbolizes success and love.

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