Welcome back to the Chinese astrology and Feng Shui blog. We have entered in a new Chinese month: the Yin Metal Ox since the 5th of January 2017. Keep in mind that this month must be analysed as the last month of the Monkey year, and not the first month of the Rooster year. The Rooster year will start in the solar calendar on the 28th of January 2017 (lunar) then go into full motion on the 3rd of February 2017 (solar start). I will post soon here my world news forecast and my astrology predictions for the Yin Fire Rooster year on this blog.
What is this last month of the Monkey year going to bring to us then? If you haven’t, you can first read the review of last month and see how my predictions came true here: Chinese astrology: world news review of December 2016, Rat month.
World forecast for the Ox month: January 5th-February 3rd
To keep it simple, the month shows Earth and Metal working together. The best and worse aspects of the Metal will show. Which means that we will have some moment of brilliance and reveal of greatness: some inner treasures, such as a golden personality, coming to life. But the Fire of the Monkey year is here to also cast some lights on uglier facts. It is harder to lie this month; nobility and kindness will be rewarded, manipulation will to some extent backfire.
This will be a very political month, with some blatant tricks that will backfire. Some scandals are to be expected and the arcana of politics will be seen in plain daylight: it won’t always be pretty. This logic will be taken much further during the Rooster year; I will soon publish my world predictions.
While last month was all about the deepness and strength of Water, with the coldness and sometimes fear it triggers, this one is all about exposing. Mostly, the metaphor at work is exposing an inner treasure. We can therefore expect some personalities to be suddenly benevolent, talk about a side of them we didn’t know, and generally secrets to be revealed. The month asks you to find your inner treasure and use it to help others. But as far as geopolitics are concerned, revealing secrets is not always the right thing to do…
Time to reveal what I have foreseen for this Yin Metal Ox month then.
- The return of landslides. Like last month, I expect landslide and mudslides to make some casualties this month.
- One or more volcano should awaken this month.
- Some attacks. Expect some news around: shooting, stabbing/rampages, ambush. Some murders are to be expected during this Yin Metal Ox month. As I write those predictions, the Fort Lauderdale shooting already happened. Expect more news around those lines: at least another shooting or rampage is to be expected.
- Logistic problems. Expect some accidents happening to problems related to engineering or logistic. I am referring for example to train accidents due to the wrong railroad switch or signals, or problems in buildings due to architectures/engineering malpractice.
- Explosions. While the tendency is less on terror attack as such this month (at least in Western countries, as the ones in the middle-East are seldom reported of course…), there will be some explosions this month due to negligence, criminal arson etc. Most likely around a factory at least.
Complicated politics. This is the main point of this Ox month. Diplomacy will be tense. It’s like a difficult love-hate triangle happening over and over. We will have:
- Trump with Putin vs the Russian Hack;
- Obama and the CiA vs the Congress on the Russian Hack
- The Democrats and some Republican vs Trump at the congress…
This idea of three different interests going into different directions will be seen not only in the US but in other countries as well. There is a bit too much Metal melding this month, which translates into swordfights.
- Internationally, expect tense geopolitics with an escalation East-West.
- Tensions also escalating with China
As far as the US politics are concerned however, here are my predictions:
- The CIA and congress reveal will escalate. It is likely that the “evidence” from the CIA will not impress the congress very much. Obama could leave his position being in rather hot waters for endorsing the Russian hack theory.
- The CIA/FBI/NSA report on Russian hacking has now been released publicly. It really doesn’t hold much water so far…The flaw of its methodology and claims will then be exposed through the month, which will put its authors in a difficult position.
- Another tentative to discredit Trump will be tried on. Expect some more “dirty” story on Trump stealing the election or a fact that question how fits he is to be president to be brought to light and fed by the opposite side.
What is interesting is that the Monkey has one last trick up its sleeve. The Yang Fire of the year combines with the Yin Metal of this month…And so the good aspect to me is some partnerships and deals, but also that lies will be exposed. This will carry on during the Rooster year. For US politics, the limits of the Russia hacking story will therefore shows. The Ox month still show a strong Earth/Metal energy and so the whole US system won’t entirely be shacked, but doubts and questions will be raised on the CIA, FBI and other agencies versions…And on the people who have pushed for this story in the first place.
And you know who has a Metal Ox as its symbol? Wall Street. If you go to the Wall Street area in New York, they have chosen to erect a big metal sculpture of a bull to show who they are (Bull-ying?). This month, which has to do a lot with treasures and money, we are going to hear about the Federal Reserve and wall street. Some revelations about any of those two are rather likely and they could send tremors in the market.
- One or more scandals in the medical or pharmaceutical industry. Expect news around wrong procedures or medications for example.
- More famous people dying. Don’t expect the craziness of December, but we can expect a couple of them to go again during this last month of the Monkey year.
- Controversial news about currencies. Change of interest rates, suppression of some paper money (like in India), devaluation of a currency…Expect some news around those lines this month.
Despite the complicated politics, this is also a month when pragmatism and capitalism regain some strong hold.
- Expect a lot of news around merging, deals between different brands, associations, and a good month for most industries. The ones particularly concerned are: transport, construction and infrastructure. Some news will come from the US and Trump policies most likely, but not only.
- It should be a strong month for archaeology. The Monkey year has some last minutes surprises and some discoveries made this month should impress archaeologist and historians and possibly rewrite what we know about some civilisations. One of my predictions is about the Bronze Age and in Europe. Expect discoveries of treasures as well.
- It should also be a month during which precious metals, gemstones and the likes are talked about. Either through their discovery or through a spectacular auction, exhibition etc.
- Advance in medicine are this month about lungs and skin treatment. Expect news in those areas.
- I also expect to hear about nanotechnology and progress with robotics and AI. In fact it could be a major month for A.I related news and the relation we have with it. But the precision of the Metal also brings the idea of details and nano-tech. I foresee some spectacular news about nanotech used in medicine or science.
- Finally to come back full circle to this idea of inner treasures exposed, I fully expect some magnanimous acts this month. Millionaires financing a charity, celebrities exposing a personal issue and advocating a cause, a new viral stunt to raise money for a good cause, new light cast on some famous historical figures…Expect the rich and famous to display some benevolence and a more human side this month.
What should you do to feel well during January, Yin Metal Ox month?
The Metal is made overwhelmingly strong this month by the Ox strengthening it, and it shows as the month’s Stem. If you cannot take the Metal too well, then you can expect a bit of problems. Due to strong metal, the month brings more risks of injuries. Be mindful with transports, first and foremost. Slow down and avoid talking on your phone while driving. Especially if you have other Earth signs in your Bazi chart, as the Ox brings a self-punishment with other Oxen, Goats and Dogs. Furthermore, go slow when exercising. The strong Metal puts some stress on our joins, especially the shoulder, necks and back area. This is a time when we all need to warm up enough before exercising. If you feel some pain in the morning, skip the gym until it disappears. Thermal waters are a good option this month. If you exercise in swimming pool, make sure it’s warm enough.
When it comes to food, avoid the ones that will make the Metal even stronger. Cold dairy is not a good choice for this month, especially if you have a weak digestive fire. Onion, radish and bitter food should be minimized right now. Avoid also raw food. Use spices and ghee liberally however: we need some “lubricant”, as well as some fire, to go through this month nicely. Above all we need a bit of heat, so cover yourself and check your vitamin D level if missing some daylight. Next month will be the Tiger one and it will awaken some Fire again…
This is all for this month.You can also read your January/Ox month horoscope now online.
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