Monday, January 30, 2017

Energy for the month of February 2017!

The month of February 2017 is  loaded with some terrific energy. Let's first take a look at the monthly energy whereby the 8 earth star moves into the center of the loshu. Then, don't forget to check back in with the year forecast (Yin Fire Rooster!).

8 - Gen Triagram: Northeast Direction

Self Cultivation - Knowledge - Wisdom - Youngest Son - Shoulders -Arms - Wrists

This star represents the stillness of the great mountain. That same stillness lies deep within all beings, if only we choose to tap in by way of meditation. The art of meditation is at the heart of self-cultivation and knowledge. You'll notice whenever you take the time to get quiet you are able to really hear, truly hear the inspirations from beyond this time and space. This month it is extremely important to dedicate time for quietude so you can really listen to what your inner self is trying to convey.

Let your true self shine through this month by releasing what no longer serves a purpose in your life. When you are free from guilt, fear and any other forms of negativity, it is much easier to hear what your inner self is sharing. Self-discovery is a process that requires meditation, education and self-fulfillment. This is the way through all the noise that constantly invades our true nature. Meditation fosters tranquility and enables us to be grounded. When we are grounded we are more likely to make wise decisions.

This month it is about education, so take that course or workshop you may have been thinking about. You never know where it may lead to. If there are several courses you are looking to engage in but only have the finances to pick one, rely on your meditation to guide you to that right course.

Cultivate the 8 Star:

This star also indicates steady and progressive wealth and fame. It is especially fortunate for younger people. It is a star that gravitates towards real estate making this a good month for land/property investments.

The home for this star is the northeast portent. Therefore, it is beneficial this area is organized and follows a few other feng shui parameters such as:

  • Earth color hues
  • Earth and fire elements
  • Images of wisdom
  • Artwork of mountains or desert scenes
  • Square, rectangular and triangular shapes
Since this star will migrate to the center position of the star grid, then it is important to activate the center of your environment as follows:

  • Movement through water feature, fish bowl or incense burner
  • Bright lighting
  • Earth and fire elements
  • Money
*Note - this is a generalized recommendation as each home does have a full chart of stars that will interact with the 8 star moving into the center grid. For personal assessments email:

Health vulnerabilities this month: The shoulders, wrists and arms are at a higher risk for injury this month so be mindful of that especially during exercise routines and yoga practice.

Where are the other stars:

When the 8 star moves to the central grid the other stars migrate to different directions (8 total). The following are some things to think about this month with stars in migration.

East - It is a good month for starting new business with global efforts - meaning outside your comfort zone and out into the world. Look for strong male to lead. Add virtual water here to ease the tension and control from outside sources in business and family.

Southeast - Prepare for female to back bite this month or steal your ideas. Tension between sisters is probable. Be careful with bank account and doing any online transactions. Place virtual water to drain this star problematic star.

South - Think big and dream big this month when it comes to vision and goals. This is a very active star so windfall can occur. Map out your goals and stick to a plan. No need to do anything here but if you feel you are sluggish with your marketing or goals then add some water to really kick it up a notch!

Southwest - Get ready ladies to take your career to the next level. This month is strong with thinking about what the next step is on your career path. Listen to advice from younger male. Make certain to be flexible and hone your listening skills for effective communication. Add metal to this portent to set this star in flight!

West - Challenges when it comes to tapping into your creative side this month. Expect Murphy's Law no matter what angle you take. Mouth and teeth can present with an issue this month as well. Strong bronze metal and metal vibration sound is necessary to halt this star.

Northwest - Write down your vision and goals for this month and then put on your networking shoes. This is a fabulous star for growth in future finances if you can tap into others with your vision. Add strong plant here for the month.

North - Literature and writing is very effective this month especially if you are a female journalist. However, relationships can be tense this month with co-workers. Add fire source to tame this energy.

Northeast - Tap in to relationships this month especially when it comes to northing your higher self. There is a tendency for stomach flu and especially for male. Add strong metal element here to abate this tense abdominal star.

Yoga Practice:

This month it is best to take a slower more meditative approach to you yoga practice. Sign up for some restorative classes and unwind your body and mind so you can tap in to higher self. The following are a few poses that are perfect before spending time in meditation:

  • Cat - Cow
  • Mountain pose with shoulder rotations
  • Remain still standing in mountain pose for 10 full breaths
  • Standing side bends
  • Chair pose
Once you are finished with the short series above, come to a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and bring your attention to your nostrils. As you breath notice the sensation of cool air passing in through the nose and warm air releasing out. Maintain your attention to every breath and remain relaxed. Try to sit concentrating on the breath for 10 minutes.

Happy February!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Daily Astrology - Yin Fire Snake Day!

Today, the yin fire stem combines with the snake branch. Fire is a powerful element bound for transformation. Pay attention to marketing your services today. What direction can you take your skills to transform what you are doing?

This combination is extremely active for the mind and body. Therefore, you may find yourself at a frenetic pace today. Self- confidence is strong so take on any leadership position that may come your way. There will be a tendency to be suspicious today of others. Let go of this nature otherwise you will isolate yourself. Set yourself with lofty goals as this combination is a power house!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Daily Astrology - Yin Water Ox Day

Olympic National Park

Today the yin water stem combines with the earth oxen branch. These two elements are destructive towards one another and with water holding back the earth, you can expect some tension to rise during the day. A way through this tension is to make sure you take the time to sort through your objectives today in an organized fashion. This will save you endless hours in the long run. Use the element of water today to gauge future potentials. Stick to your mission and you will wear away even the strongest opposition. The water component to the otherwise earth nature of the oxen does offer a more flexible dynamic, a willingness to listen to other suggestions. Again, the key to working with this combination to day is to be methodical and determined.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daily AStroloy - Yang Water Rat!

Japanese Gardens Oregon - Photo by Mary Jane Kasliner

Yang Water Rat:

The yang water rat is a combination of energy that is all about good communications. The element of water is extremely powerful this morning; therefore, it is a great time to communicate your thoughts and the intricacies of your ideas. Mental acuity is very strong with this combination as well as the ability to relate well with others on all levels. It is also a good day to promote your talents. Others will be open to what you can offer as you are willing to go with the flow. Keep intuition front and center so you instinctively know people's likes and dislikes. Just be mindful not to confide in just anyone as this can get you into trouble. Put your thoughts on paper to be more effective today.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Monday, January 23, 2017

Daily Astrology - Yang Metal Dog Day!

Good Monday morning! Today the metal stem combines with the earth dog branch. What can you expect?

Morning hours keep your focus on the following:
  • Organization whether your thoughts, office or home
  • Financial opportunities
  • Goal oriented activities
  • Intuition
  • Motivating others
Afternoon hours Shift your focus to:

  • Altruistic behavior
  • Reassuring others
  • Remain focus on one important task that needs attention
  • Release anxiety/worries
The key dynamic for today is to remain confident, forthright and determined.  

Mary Jane Kasliner

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day: The Yin Fire Sheep Awakens!

Today, Donald J. Trump will be swore into office as the 45th President of this great nation. Let's take a look at the energy for today (Yin Fire Sheep). In addition, for all those who may not have seen my analysis of President Elect Trump's birth chart, I have included the link below.

January 20, 2017: Yin Fire Sheep Day

The Sheep is the eighth sign of the lunar cycle.

I am nature's special child.
I trust and am rewarded by trust.
Fortune smiles upon my countenance.
All things blossom
in the gentleness of my love.
I strive to find beauty in all I behold.
I am fair of face
and full of grace.

I AM THE SHEEP   - The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes - Theodora Lau

*Just to note President Elect Trump has the sign of the Sheep in his Day pillar - or inner constitution of self.

Fire Sheep Energy for Today:

The fire-sheep is sure footed and very courageous about following intuition and taking the initiative in work. Creativity is strong along with the ability to highlight strong points and play down weaknesses. The fire sheep has the ability to produce peaceful situations and overall pleasant outcome.

The sheep energy has the knack of turning every weakness into strength. There is an underlying ability to get what is needed by insinuation and subtle hints. The sheep archetype energy is a master of the soft-sell technique and should never be underestimated.

The fire stem fuels the earth sheep today, or heaven nourishing earth. This is a balanced cycle of the elements with parent or leader (fire stem) giving to child or the people of this nation. This can be draining for parent or leader. As luck would have it, there is a hidden wood and fire stem located in the sheep branch to help fuel and assist the energy of fire. Furthermore, as President Elect Trump has an earth stem in his day pillar, the fire stem of today fuels his energy while the sheep branch today assists his sheep branch in his chart. To go a step further, the sheep branch today is part of President Elect Trump's Triangle of Affinity to his day sheep branch (Sheep to Sheep). This affinity does bring forth diplomatic and compassionate energy that is dependent on others for stimulation and leadership. This affinity extols the virtues of peaceful co-existence with their fellow man.

The hidden elements within the sheep of wood, fire and earth build a strong cycle of energy whereby wood represents growth, vitality and momentum for goal achievement; fire with a take charge energy to lead, and earth representing the great transformer.

God Bless America!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Yang Fire Horse Day!

The yang fire horse brings an extraordinary amount of fire into the day. Luckily there is a hidden stem of earth to help temper all the fire. What does the outlook for today look like? Get ready for an adventurous day. You'll want to makes some changes through sheer force and willpower. Forget about taking precautions as this is not in the realm of the fire horse. Just be mindful of tempers flaring and distractions coming from every angle. This combination also elicits an endless stream of ideas whereby many of them include travel. To gain the best from this combination try to keep a level head and persevere and everything will fall into place.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Excellence in Feng Shui Training! - Feng Shui Consulting and Yoga Services!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Daily Astrology - Yin Wood Snake Day!

Today the yin wood snake combines creating a mixture of elements and possibilities. The morning hours are more about a slow steady pace of creating, throwing around ideas and initiating projects. The afternoon picks up with a mixture of yang fire, yang earth and yang metal. This is a pretty expansive energy that will have you on your toes. Yang fire comes in with a bang. Get on your marketing shoes and hit the pavement with those new ideas that were spinning all morning. Don't forget however to take a mid-day breather and ground so you are able to make sound decisions going forward.  Towards the end of the day it behooves you to organize everything you have sorted through during the day and figure out how best to utilize the information going forward. Make sure you take into account the finances that may be necessary to carry out your venture. Oh, and the issue of trust will arise this afternoon. Rely on your intuition!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017: The Power of the Fire Rooster and 1 Water Star by Mary Jane Kasliner

Birth Chart for the Fire Rooster: 2017

Year: -Fire Rooster (-Metal)

Month: +Water Tiger +Wood, +Fire, +Earth) 

Day: + Water Dog (+Earth, -Metal, -Fire)

Hour: Yin Wood Snake (+Fire, +Earth, +Metal)


On February 4th, 2017 at 10:34 AM Eastern Standard Time, the Yin Fire Rooster makes an entrance.

The Rooster is the sign of awakening, dawn, new beginnings, success, righteousness and justice. These are wonderful attributes that are available to all who are willing to put in the work and patience to experience the benefits of the Rooster.

Rooster Characteristics:

The Rooster is considered the 10th sign in the Chinese Zodiac that awakens in the evening hours between 5-7pm. Therefore, in the year of the Rooster, there is a tendency to be productive during those hours. Albeit the Rooster can be rather outspoken, there is a tremendous capacity to sort through problems and solve issues that otherwise may seem daunting outside the Rooster year.

Opportunities are easily spotted by the Rooster who has a way of turning any venture into financial success. This bodes exceptionally well as the element of metal (quality of the rooster), flows beautifully with the 1-water star that enters in 2017. This star activates career, long terms goals and one's overall life path. Therefore, in 2017 the combination of the Metal Rooster and 1- Water Kan Star will provide the needed qualities of organization, mental acuity, intuition, confidence, communication, perseverance, courage and flexibility; all powerful attributes when it comes to assessing long terms goals and career.

Make sure you dream big this year as the Rooster loves to reach for the stars but also wants to please others, especially when it comes to friends and family. The Rooster also has a tendency to be overly critical. Bare that in mind this year so you don't take it to heart. It is best to simply go with the flow and leave judgmental behavior in the dust.

Breaking Down The Birth Chart (2017):

Let's begin with the year pillar - Yin Fire Stem and Yin Metal Branch:

The fire stem will be most active from Feb. 4th through July 6th. The fire element is stage 1 or most timely. This bodes exceptionally well when it comes to success. However, since this element is birthing, it also means it needs care. Therefore, to realize success this year, it is important to pay attention to detail and monitor things with a close eye.

The element of fire is the most powerful of the 5 elements in this system and can pack a powerful punch. However, as the pole has shifted from 2016 (yang fire) to 2017 (yin fire), it is less dramatic. Think of a fire slowly burning out reaching the smoldering stage, the flame is smaller but that doesn't necessarily mean it can't ignite. If we think in terms of destructive levels of fire, yin fire is associated more so with nuclear energy; therefore, nuclear warfare is more of a threat this year or nuclear plants having a potential defect. In terms of the health, yin fire is associated with the cardiovascular system so variations in blood pressure, heart disease or strokes are possible. Since the rooster is associated with the element of metal, then the lungs are more vulnerable this year too. Be mindful of chest colds that can gravitate into the flu or pneumonia. The rooster is also associated with the direction of west or the location of teeth and skin in feng shui analysis. Since fire is melting metal  (Fire Rooster), these body parts are more vulnerable. Skin rashes or dental issues may sneak up on you as a result.

The fire element is also the element that points to happiness, joy and success. It is about getting out there and being in the public eye, traveling, marketing and being a visionary. However, as the fire element is in its yin polarity, there is a waning of energy for the aforementioned qualities. It would be best to do your major marketing and PR work in the first half of this year as the energy will surely wane in the second half of 2017. This holds true for Hollywood industry. We should see new celebrities in entertainment and music rise in the first half of the year, but things drop off in the second half of 2017.

In terms of finances, the beginning of 2017 bodes exceptionally well for primary wealth. This means a few things. First, examine your financial portfolio and reap the benefits of selling off stock or other options. Secondly, keep your eyes open for new opportunities that can boost career level or direction. Finally, real estate options or inheritance is a possibility during the first half of 2017.

In terms of society/government, primary wealth (Yin Fire) bodes well for long term organization and planning for future success. This will create a steady flow of resources (seen by the Rooster) influence. The primary resources (Yin Metal Rooster) indicates support in all areas are available. Relationships are easily defined and reliable. Goals are easily reached and obstacle are overcome. However, when we combine the fire over metal, there is tension that exists. Therefore, we may see more demonstrations this year along with migration due to war. It is extremely important for world leaders to think things through before acting. Strategic planning is essential for stable decision-making. It is imperative those in charge remain grounded and methodical when leading otherwise tensions will escalate creating a great deal of mental pressure for everyone.

The Fire Rooster full combination is similar to a shooting star. With fire moving to the Rooster, it creates a highly motivated and authoritative energy. Operating independently this year is not out of the question. Success oriented is the theme along with managerial or leadership positions. It will not matter what others are saying this year, as the Fire Rooster can withstand any negative talk. Close scrutiny is another aspect of the Fire Rooster. If others are not pulling their load it will not be tolerated. Overall, the Fire Rooster does have noble intentions.

Month Pillar - Yang Water Tiger:

Looking to this pillar we can get a feel for how business and family will fare over 2017. The water stem fuels the Tiger branch meaning heaven nourishes earth. This translates as employers or head of family can be generous but the result is financial strain.  This is very likely as the water stem is decaying or stage 7.

The element of water offers an array of qualities including communications, flexibility, intuition and the ability to unify people. This bodes well in business and family but as the water stem is in stage 7, these attributes are more difficult to come by. Therefore, you may find you need to work harder at communicating with colleagues and family members this year.

The Tiger energy being fueled by the water stem brings in a great deal of fearless energy but also impulsiveness. When it comes to family and work there is constant action and the potential of hasty decision making. As for advice, whether on  the job or at home, it is not very likely it will be followed.

The Water Tiger combination does offer an open-minded perspective especially when it comes to new ideas and experiences. The good thing about this combination is it offers objectivity when it comes to family and business associates as well as the nation at large. There is a perceptive quality about the Water Tiger that has an uncanny way to judge character. This combination is also fabulous when it comes to making deals. No such thing as procrastination when it comes to the Water Tiger. So look out world, here we come!

The qualities the Tiger specifically brings are proper expression, dynamic wealth and aggressive power. When it comes to business, it is up to you to express your achievements in order to influence others. Take a creative approach and watch how success follows. This will either open the door to unexpected work or short term work. Either way, it will be important to save money as spending is enjoyed or the bills might be piling up. You'll also find a tendency for controlling behavior either on the job or at home. It is always best to take two steps back and go with the flow to avoid stress. Obviously we can extend the aforementioned attributes to this country. In other words, it is important the U.S. shows its strength through past accolades.  This country must rely on historical successes to prove to the world we have what it takes to create anything and be successful at it.

Day Pillar - Yang Water Dog:

The water stem in this pillar mirrors the water stem in the month pillar. In other words, it offers the same attributes of communications, flexibility, intuition and the ability to unify people, but this time when it comes to close relationships and your significant other. The water stem in this pillar is also in a decaying stage-7, so the aforementioned attributes can suffer. What does this mean? We all need to  be  mindful when it comes to communicating with those closest to us.

In this pillar, the Dog earth branch is controlling the water stem . This indicates suppressed emotions and that is bad for health and perpetuates stress. It is extremely important to infuse the qualities of metal when it comes to alleviating self inflicted pressure. Clarity of thought, organization  trusting your intuition, and managing your life effectively are all metal qualities. This is so important as one of the attributes of the Dog is aggressive power. Once again a controlling type of energy that creates stress. The Dog also brings to this chart primary resources and wealth. Therefore, look no further than your inner circle to provide support and wealth. This holds true for this country. We must look to our allies for support and the building of our wealth. We can not afford to dismiss them any longer.

The combination of the Water Dog takes on a highly intuitive energy. Therefore, when it comes to those closest to us, and to this nation, we must rely on our gut. There is a tremendous introspective quality with the Water Dog. It behooves us to reflect on what is important personally and as a nation. In addition, the Water Dog can be overly liberal and lack structure. It will be vitally important this year to take a firm approach whether at home or in the world.

Hour Pillar - Yin Wood Snake:

The yin wood stem represents powerful expression in this chart. In 2017 there is an underlying urge to influence others with past accomplishments. This holds true for this country as well. There will be plenty of assistance to achieve this year especially when past successes are relied upon. The wood stem is stage 4 or upwardly mobile, making expression or skills easily recognized.

The Snake branch represents a few different aspects in this chart. First, it represents dynamic wealth or the ability for this country and those residing in it to easily obtain money. Albeit this bodes well, there is a tendency for earned money to easily transfer hands. Luckily, the Snake is financially savvy to help balance this seesaw financial situation.  Secondly, the Snake branch represents aggressive power. Therefore, there is an inner pressure to control situations and circumstances before the time may be ripe. This creates tension whether personally or globally. Finally, the Snake represents inconsistent resources. In general, resources may not be reliable. However, there are still indications for support if leadership is managed from a stable perspective. With the wood stem fueling the Fire Snake branch, the result is strong roots nourished by heaven. Once again, it is beneficial the Snake knows its way around finances, as whenever a heavenly stem fuels the branch the result is financial disharmony.

The combination of the wood stem to the Fire Snake has an uncanny ability to understand what will prevail in the course of events. Emotional and financial stability is at the core of this combination and at the core of what the world needs. This combination attracts all the right people at the right time to achieve what is desired. This is especially true for this new administration. Trump will look to bring in the right people in order to launch large scale success while solving everyday problems. He will look for, and crave admiration for his works by way of public approval.

2 Semi Earthly Trines:

The first semi-earthly trine is between the Tiger month branch to the Dog day branch. The result is additional fire launched into the chart. As the polarity is yang fire, it represents dynamic wealth. Again, 2017 is a year where money may be made easily but can exchange hands just as easily. Therefore, it is important this year to practice financial restraint. The first half of 2017 is best to invest, look for opportunities, and potentially sell off stocks for profit. The second half of the year look to purchase on the low end and hold for long term growth options.

The second semi-earthly trine is between the Snake hour branch to the year Rooster branch. The result is metal or primary resources. This bodes especially for the country as support exists in all areas including relationships with our allies.

Semi-Directional Trine:

The Rooster year branch combines with the Dog day branch creating a semi directional trine of metal. Metal acts as a resource for this chart and bodes well. However, it is important to recognize who actually is a resource to us this year and work with them productively, as there are plenty of other people who will look to undermine efforts. This holds true on a global level.

5 Melodic:

The Fire Rooster year elicits additional fire into the chart or wealth. Once again, wealth is a marker this year but needs care. The first half of the year is the better time to reap fast rewards while the second half of 2017 will require patience to build wealth.

Karmic Lessons for 2017:

The Dragon & Snake are the empty branches for this chart. Therefore in 2017 the following lessons need attention:

  • Humility
  • Sensitivity towards others
  • Temperance of ambitions
  • Trust
  • Forgiveness of betrayal
As the Snake is present in the hour branch and void, then power is difficult to obtain, albeit status may be achieved. The aforementioned qualities are true on a microcosm (USA), and macrocosm level (Globally).

Heavenly Noble:

The yang water day stem creates a heavenly noble with the hour Snake branch. Therefore, those who are in a position to lead can promote awareness and raise large sums of money for good cause. This energy is already in motion with President Elect Trump. The news media just reported all the profits from Trump properties overseas will be donated to the US treasury while he is president. Furthermore, his focus on job creation has produced early results even before taking office.

Elegant Cover:

The day Dog branch forms a elegant cover this year. Therefore, taking a philosophical and creative approach to any project this year bodes well.

General Star:

The Rooster year branch forms a general star or indication for good political career for those seeking office or in office.

Health Vulnerabilities:

This section is a crossover between the Fire Rooster chart and flying star chart with 1 Kan water in the center of the lo shu grid.

The empty branches of the Snake and Dragon leave the following body systems somewhat vulnerable this year:

  • Teeth
  • Shoulders/Chest
The flying stars leave the following body systems vulnerable:

  • Shoulders
  • Teeth
  • Feet
  • Stomach
  • Chest/respiratory
  • Hips
Common points increase the chances of vulnerability:

  • Teeth
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
*Note: Chest covers the cardiac system as well as the lungs. The yin fire stem leaves the cardiac system vulnerable including blood pressure, stroke and upper respiratory challenges.

Compatibility for the Rooster:

The Rooster is part of the second triangle of affinity made up of the Ox, Snake and Rooster. These signs are all dutiful and strive with unwavering determination to reach their goals. These are the most intellectual signs of the cycle who are slow and steady with their movements, and prefer to work and act independently. 2017 should bode exceptionally well for these signs as they have the highest affinity to the Rooster.

Conflict for the Rooster:

Those born under the sign of the Rabbit will be likely to have conflicts with the Rooster. In the circle of conflict, the Rooster and the Rabbit are on opposite sides, 180 degrees apart. The Rooster's direction is west while the Rabbit's is east. The Rooster is metal fixed and destructive to the fixed element of the Rabbit, wood. There will be different opinions and outlooks between the energy of the Rooster and that of the Rabbit.

The Remaining 9 Signs:

The remaining 9 signs are compatible with the Rooster to varying degrees. Here how it shakes out:

Rat: It is likely communication will be challenging for the Rat this year. Patience will be tested and a constant picky and petty energy will take hold. This will make it very difficult for the Rat to create anything lasting especially when it comes to relationships. It is best for the Rat to stick with what works and with those they feel compatible with.

Tiger: There is an underlying attraction between the Tiger and the Rooster in a way that can be volatile. They both enjoy heated debates and will not back down until they get their point across. There is strong competition between these two archetypes. The Tiger can't stand how the rooster blows things out of proportion. Patience is key for the Tiger this year!

Dragon: These two find an attraction towards each other but for different reasons. The Dragon is interested in how the Rooster is so exacting and competent while the Rooster is attracted to the Dragon's enthusiasm. The key for the Dragon this year is to tame their ego and keep an open mind.

Horse: The Horse and the Rooster both like adventure and this is where the attraction comes in. However, the way these two handle challenges is a another story. This year the Rooster moves towards detailed research and acquiring lots of information when delving into something new. The Horse would rather wing it. Guess what Horses; you need to roll up your sleeves and put in the time and research if you want things to go your way this year.

Sheep: This is a vulnerable relationship at best. The Rooster wants rules and the Sheep doesn't like the constraints of rules. The key for the Sheep this year is to set measurable guidelines that are workable but not smothering. Furthermore, it is important the Sheep place themselves in situations where compliments are readily available. This means you need to do your due diligence and all will work out.

Monkey: The Monkey is easily bored with short attention spans. This doesn't bode well in the year of the Rooster when attention to detail is required. The best way for the Monkey to manage in the year of the Rooster is to set up short tasks just long enough to hold their attention, yet finish the job. If that means to break down a job into several small jobs, then so be it.

Rooster: This year bodes well for the Rooster as long as they manage important decisions or business dealings with the opposite sex. Male Roosters like to have all the attention and not willing to share it. It's not to say they will not work things through, but not without an all out battle.

Dog: This year can be a bit worrisome for the Dog. It is difficult for the Dog to understand the Rooster's propensity for being controversial. The key for the Dog this year is also patience. As long as you stick with things that are legitimate, and you trust your intuition, all will be well.  

Pig: No problem this year with the Rooster's energy, as you could care less. You'll hear what you want to hear and then make your own choices. The advantage point Pigs have this year is they are able to put up with the back ground noise the Rooster can create and just go with it.

*Note: Feel free to find your year animal on any online website for Chinese Astrology. Just plug in the year you were born and find out your animal!

Feng Shui Flying Star Interest:

There are a few points to make note of concerning the feng shui aspects for 2017. Here they are:

Beneficial Points:

East - Money! This is the money star location for 2017. This star invites activity, earth, fire and moving water. HOWEVER, I can't stress enough how a personal chart reading is essential on how to handle this star, as every home has a different chart configuration.

Southeast - Vision, goals, PR, assets and soul's mission. All a boost for this year and being fueled by the direction wood chi. More wood  or adding water is a plus but again interacting stars could change this dynamic based on your house chart. This star is excellent for working projects that will progress to financial success. It also indicates any real estate holdings or stocks can appreciate this year. Eldest daughter bodes very well in success this year but also can be drained by the fire 9 star. Adding water will help to support the xun daughter location and stave off draining fire. In addition, eldest daughter can become pregnant, as this star is a fueling light for pregnancy.

North - Fantastic luck for international business, mentors and influential males. Get your networking shoes on and hit the pavement with this star located in the career sector. Earth is a plus in this direction from a general chart reading perspective.

Center - Career advancement and life path direction. This is a power star in the center but loses energy to earth. Metal or moving water bodes well here but again based on a general reading and not your personal home aspects. If you are in the landscaping, real estate or gemology business you should see growth and transformation.

Tough Energy Spots:

South - This is the calamity star so we may see more fires and earthquakes in 2017 along with cardiac complaints or eye issues. Strong metal sound vibration is your best bet with this negative energy. Water will also bode well to ease the fire, especially if this direction is your kitchen or furnace room. In addition, try to keep this area quiet as the sector (south/fire), creates the nasty 5 earth chi along with the fire stem energy for 2017.

Southwest - There is a cutting energy here for female. Gossip can result in lost position at work. Problems with mouth and skin can also occur along with robbery via online activity. Since this star is extremely cutting you can have a cutting injury or be bitten by an animal. Virtual water is a nice remedy from a generalized approach, not personal.

West - Anger, legal issue and overall confrontations. Watch feet as well due to metal direction cutting wood or feet. Look over any contracts this year with a keen eye, as this star can stir up legal action. Virtual water and fire bodes well for a general analysis.

Northwest - Trouble visits this portent with annoying setbacks financially and health challenges that can leave you feeling drained. The metal direction luckily drains this negative star. Adding more metal helps to offset this annoying energy.

*Note: Literature and writing is strong in the northeast this year and requires meditation to reach your literary goals. Add fire to connect the energy of earth to the wood quality of literature!

Grand Duke & 3 Killings Positions 2017:
In 2017 the Fire Rooster presents with the Grand Duke Jupiter or Tai Sui in the direction of West (specifically the 2nd mountain or between the degrees of 262.5° - 277.5°).  It is important not to face or sleep with your head pointed to the west second mountain (262.5 – 277.5 degrees) for the year (2017). Furthermore, try not to disturb this area with renovations, construction or landscaping.
The 3 killings are represented by the trinity formed by the Rooster for 2017 and correspond to the Rooster – Snake – Ox. This represents a metal trine or the direction of West. Opposite of West is East, or where the 3 killings are represented. The exact degrees however do run a full 90 degrees or from 52.5 degrees NE (Tiger) – 127.5 degrees (Dragon) SE passing right through the Rabbit (East). That’s is because the three San Sha mountains associated with the three killings are the Tiger, Rabbit and Dragon. It is best not to renovate or upset this area (including the entire east section) in 2017.

 Physical Activities:
With the yin fire stem leading this year, it bodes well to practice earth activities such as:
  • Gardening
  • Meditation
  • Qigong
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
*Note: If yoga is your preference, as it is mine, move towards yin style practice this year. If you prefer vinyasa style classes, aim to participate in those moving at a slower pace with longer holds in poses. This bodes well with the smoldering fire stem (yin). You'll build plenty of heat holding your poses for a longer duration of time and ignite the fire (agni) within.
Remember, shoulders have a double hit this year so be mindful of your shoulders in all poses especially chaturanga!

Happy 2017!
Mary Jane Kasliner

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daily 4 Pillars Astrology - Yin Earth Pig Day!

Olympic National Park
Photo by Mary Jane Kasliner

Today, the yin earth stem meets the water pig. Water and earth combine to make mud; not a very attractive mixture. In order to blend the two elements for a productive outcome, it is best to infuse the qualities of metal throughout your day. What does this mean? Prepare an organized list of what you would like to focus your energy on today and stick to it. Taking a leadership or management approach to your work also bodes well. Communications are stronger this afternoon so if you need to connect either with friends, family or business prospects it is best to wait until then. This evening you'll want to have some social time just be mindful of overindulging on food or alcohol.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Daily 4 Pillars Astrology - Yang Earth Dog Day!

Today, the earth dog moves into action. This combination releases a great deal of earth into the chart . Earth is the great transformer, the stabilizer and base for making good decisions. The key with all this earth is to be methodical with your plans. Think things through and give yourself the time to contemplate and meditate on whatever decisions you need to make. By doing so you'll transform your situation. Trust yourself and others as the Dog is the most trustworthy of all the archetypes.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Daily 4 PIllars Astrology - Yin FIre Rooster Day!

Today, the fire stem meets the Rooster branch. Once again we have a pressured arrangement of the elements with fire melting metal. Start your day in the quietude of meditation so you can organize your thoughts and get grounded. This will go a long way in being productive in your work. The yin fire stem is a bit more low key than its' counterpart from yesterday. Let things settle before jumping in. Spend more time mapping out your marketing plan before committing to it.

The Rooster awakens more towards the afternoon hours. Justice, righteousness, mental acuity and financial acumen are all qualities of the rooster. These characteristics bode very well with anything you are working on or anyone you are interacting with. Keep an eye open for spotting opportunity this afternoon. You'll want to please others today especially those in your inner circle.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Monday - Fire Monkey!

Happy Monday morning! Today there is a combination between the fire heavenly stem and metal earthly branch. Fire compresses metal causes it to melt; therefore expect enough mental pressures this morning that can fatigue the body. The way around and through this destructive cycle is to ground and stabilize. How? Make certain you break away from whatever you are doing and get quiet, breathe and focus inward. Even a 3 minute break of quietude is enough to calm the tension between fire and metal. It's also not a bad idea to keep a few stones in around your person today. Tourmaline is a great grounding stone. This may not be feasible for you so go for the breath control and that should do the trick.

Fire this morning is also about revisiting your goals and intentions for today and have a clear vision in the process. Do whatever it takes to have your voice heard in terms of what you can offer as an expertise in your field of work.

This afternoon the Monkey and all its attributes awaken. Be prepared to bounce from one project to another but try to maintain your focus and ground your energy. You may find your imagination running wild and not willing to listen to the advice of others. Not such a great idea! Expect others to come to you to solve a problem.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Friday, January 6, 2017

HealthyOffice Design

More and more people are working from home making this room one of the top four important rooms in feng shui. Since a home office has contact with the outside world, it is best to position it in the yang side of the home (front). However, when it comes to locating this room it is also an ideal opportunity to locate it in your personal ming gua direction for success. See how to locate your personal best location in my book; The Feng Shui Connection to a Healthy Life. If that is not feasible, then aligning your desk to face your personal prosperity point is also very auspicious. It is extremely important however you do not compromise command to door entrance. Below are some simple yet highly effective guidelines for designing a healthy office:

  • Use natural materials for furnishings
  • Incorporate plants to purify the air
  • Decorate on the yang side
  • Incorporate appropriate symbolism pertaining to your career
  • Include a water feature (fountain or fish)
  • Avoid right harsh angles
  • Create a good tortoise wall for behind your desk
  • Avoid sitting under ceiling beams
  • Keep ergonomics in mind
  • Natural light source complimented with incandescent or full spectrum lighting
For more details on how to create a healthy and prosperous environment refer to my book: The Feng Shui Connection to A Healthy Life or any of my Mini Feng Shui Series!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Daily 4 Pillars Astrology - Yang Water Dragon

Yang Water Dragon

Good Thursday morning! Today the yang water stem moves into the earth dragon branch. Morning hours are best spent communicating ideas and refining projects. This requires flexibility, good listening skills and being open to what is presented. It is easy to get caught up in personal feelings and emotions but it will only hinder progress. Stick to the job at hand and things will fall into place.

The dragon energy awakens during the second half of the day. Creativity will soar and so will your desire to take charge. You may be overly enthusiastic and this can cloud your vision and perspective. Hone in on what is important and stay the course. Mental acuity and good organizational skills are required to move through your day without setbacks.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 2017 Energy Forecast by Mary Jane Kasliner

Metal Ox Month

January 2017 is the month of the Yin Metal Ox and the trigram 9 Li Fire. This is an interesting combination of energy forming a full sheng cycle of elements (fire - earth - metal). Expect great change this month but not without hard work, organized thought and mental acuity. Let's break down the energy components so you know exactly what to expect from a generalized point of view.

The Ox :

The Ox is hard working from the get go so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and dig in this month.  You may feel you have little time for society this month because you will be forming firm bonds with home and family and honoring your private life.  You may not feel very adventurous this month and prefer staying at home and working in or close to home. Whatever you take on this month you will do with great determination and defend what you think is right.

The Ox energy is calm and tranquil; however, if you feel that you have been let down it is likely others will get a sense of how you are feeling, and it may not be very pleasant. Furthermore, there is a tendency to feel down if things don't go the way you planned.
The Ox energy this month pushes us to think deeply and study hard for anything new we are trying to create. Anything new or trendy will not bode well this month. Stick to the tried and true instead.

Home is very important this month. Take time to organize your environment, let go of items that no longer serve you, and most of all take the time to create a private sanctuary. Family time is also important this month so make certain you carve out some quality time and be in the moment.

Because the Ox is known for its hard working, dedicated and dependable nature, success is likely this month in whatever goal (s) you take on. Don't hesitate and go for whatever opportunity awaits you.

Metal Stem:

Metal can manifest as a precious substance such as gold or as a destructive object such as a sword or ax.  The element of metal brings forth mental acuity, focus, passion, confidence, motivation, truth and intuition. These are all qualities that will shine this month.

The metal element is associated with the trigrams Dui and Qian. Therefore, there is a natural tendency for creative approach to your work this month. Asking for guidance and assistance from mentors is also important. Realize that others may come to you for guidance as well. If so, don't hesitate to take them under your wing and teach them what you know and have come to learn.

Spending time taking care of finances, networking and building opportunities is also a trend for this month. Again, realize that whatever you take on will require great effort, determination and focus.

Li Trigram - 9 Fire:

 Follow your bliss is the theme for 9 Li trigram this month. This trigram ignites passion in one's pursuits blazing a path that radiantly shines forth from within. The radiance creates enthusiasm for one's heart's desires to come forth. Being true to one's heart brings forth illumination, which evolves into integrity. You are the future and a beloved child of the universe. Answer the calling and go forth. 

When you discover yourself, blessing follow and the clarity of truth instructs you how to live in harmony. Living in harmony enables  you to utilize your talents  to uplift the world.  Using your talents makes the world a better place in which to dwell. It transforms the world and blesses others.

The element of fire is transforming. It burns away what is not essential. Symbolically, it is about living in perfect balance of one's inner truth and opens the door to enlightenment. Like the rising Phoenix, live your life with purpose, passion and clarity. Know what your soul's mission is and go out and live it!   
Ways to Enhance Fire 9 Li in Your Environment: South Portent is the Direction of Choice

  • Add strong wood element such wood furniture to south portent of your home or office
  • Fresh flowers, herbs or healthy plants bode well to fuel the fire of Li
  • Incorporate fire images such as people, animals, sunset, star or triangular shapes to the south portent
  • Post an image of your soul's mission or simply create a vision board and view it daily

Yoga Practice:

This month there is a combination of the elements (fire, earth and metal). Therefore, include the following poses in your practice if you can.

Grounding Poses:

Warrior 2
Easy Pose
Mountain Pose

Fire Building Poses:

Down Dog
Forward Fold
Warrior 3
Extended Side Angle
Twisted Side Angle
Chair Pose
Eagle Pose

Metal Poses:

Half Lotus
Supported Headstand
Tree Pose
Alternate Nostril Breathing

This Month...

Ground, Stay Focus and Be Enlightened! 

Mary Jane Kasliner

Metal Tiger Day!

Metal Tiger

Today the combination of metal and wood catapults the qualities of mental acuity, assertiveness and competitive nature. Make certain to think things through today before making any final decision. The clash between the heavenly stem and wood branch  creates pressure and as a result you may feel physically drained. It is a beneficial day for signing contracts or a grand opening but be mindful of all the terms before agreeing to them. Avoid getting carried away with the urge of the moment and keep the lines of communication open.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Monday, January 2, 2017

Yin Metal Ox Day!

Yin Metal Ox Day!

Confidence and strong will is the name of the game today. This may require blunt and forthright views but in the end will bode well. Set your intentions for the day and move with dogged determination to achieve your end result. Honest dependability is the approach you should take throughout your day. Just be aware of others in the process of whatever you are trying to accomplish today so feelings aren't stepped on. The following activities are good to engage in today:

  • Travel
  • Meeting with friends or relatives
  • House cleaning or organizing
  • Laying foundation for any job or building
  • Growing herbs/plants
  • Doctor visit

Mary Jane Kasliner