Kung Hei Fat Choy! 恭禧发财
Monkeys like to embrace a challenge and tease us with their inquisitive nature. As we officially welcome this creative and clever animal let’s take a closer look at the energy, life-force or Qi 气 that it carries into 2016.
The departure of the yin wood Goat can be unsettling for some but we can take comfort in knowing that the gift of the yang fire Monkey is it’s ability to find unconventional solutions to old problems. This indicates that great things will be accomplished this year on both a personal and global level!
Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, whether or not we are aware of it and it plays a key role in how we feel or experience the world around us. With this in mind, together with my knowledge of Feng Shui I have put together a summary of what to expect in the year ahead from multiple perspectives.
1. Colour and Fashion Trends
The overall emerging themes for 2016 are focused on wellness in all its forms, from sensual materials to colour therapy, active and social wellness.
Pantone Colour Institute announced their first key colour trend of the year and called it ‘genderful’. For 2016 there are two key colour trends instead of one: Serenity and Rose Quartz. In our current all-inclusive world, pink is not just for girls and blue is not just for boys, but these colours are for everyone, expect to see them cut across both menswear & womenswear catwalks and interiors expositions in the year ahead. PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz and their second colour of 2016 PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity evoke calm, meditative moments that soothe the psyche and bring a sense of peace in our turbulent times.
Colour Trends in Fashion and Interiors
Important Colours for the Spring // Summer 2016 Season
- Citrus Hues – beneficial for ‘Earth’ people
- Browns, Amber – to be worn by ‘Earth’ and ‘Fire’ people
- Cosmetic, cosmic, silvers, Metallics, White – recommended for ‘Metal’ and ‘Water’ people
- Blush Tones, Peach Nougat, Pinks – suitable for ‘ Earth’ people
- Indigo and bright blue – favoured by ‘Wood’ people
- Deep sea coral, Red, Gold – important for ‘Earth’ people
2. Retail Trends
In a new report by global trend forecaster WGSN, 57% of senior executives from luxury brands reveal a significant increase in sales as a result of investment in digital capabilities. Momentum is set to accelerate further – nine out of ten expect digital sales to increase over the next five years, with 69% anticipating that online revenue will increase “greatly”. as seen with the recent LVMH appointment of Ian Rogers, a senior executive from Apple, as its chief digital officer. Boutiques and flagship stores here in Hong Kong and Ireland alike have to be inventive and experimental to lure customers in. There will be a drive towards using click and collect as seen with John Lewis, GRANA Hong Kong and many other high street stores, or switching from in-store to online shopping depending on shoppers needs.
3. Business // Economic Trends
The only constant in life is change. Geopolitical turbulence and technological advances will be just some of the factors shaping 2016. The year of the yin wood Goat has indeed been an unpredictable one as Global trade, which was already becoming slower over the past few years, appears to have stagnated since November 2015. The recent slump in emerging market economies, led by China, have been particularly damaging because it has come at a time when the advanced economies, in particular the eurozone and Japan, are not yet evolving at a robust enough pace to drive global growth. Goat years are yin; quiet, subdued, weak, whilst monkey years are yang: strong, expansive, active. The future of work appears quite bleak however many Feng Shui Masters would argue that the energy and vigour of the Monkey should encourage us, despite the gloomy forecast, that it’s now time time to put into action that fulfilling business idea that has been lingering in the background. This should be an action based, driven, and powerful year for those with entrepreneurial spirit.
According to Master Raymond Lo, an expert in BaZi, the metal element carried by the Monkey is a symbol of money to the energy, entertainment, stock market and finance industries. Transportation, communication and shipping industries will also perform well.
4. Property Trends
The property market in Hong Kong has been a little unstable of late. This is in part due to the currency crisis in China. Trends show that the average price per square foot is currently at $1000 [declining from $4200 this time last year] This will stabilise for the first quarter. Hong Kong home prices could fall by 5 per cent to 10 per cent over the next three years, according to JP Morgan, which warned of the risks of an economic slowdown in the city. Ireland on the other hand has seen a lot of investment from China into property and business start-ups. As an expatriate from Donegal – home to the most unspoilt coastline in Europe – the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ I would advise to exercise caution. Land development is notoriously quick and often ugly in mainland China. Irelands landscape and thus energy or Qi 气 could be jeopardised long term at the cost of short term financial gain. As an investor or individual seeking to purchase a home or office unit it would be worth seeking a Feng Shui consultant to find a space with a good water star 8 or 9 at the entrance. This would maximise ability to harness health, prosperity and wealth – when doing business with China it is important to think with a Chinese mindset.
We can expect to see many more creative hubs open for business in the year of the Monkey in Dublin, in particular areas such as Dublin 8. In Hong Kong we are seeing many individuals and start-ups from the Design sectors move towards Chai Wan, Kennedy Town and Wong Chuk Hang to avail of decreased rental costs and larger spaces for private and shared co-working spaces, creative workshops and design-thinking hubs.
5. Industrial Development
The South West of China will see an influx of tech industries – mainly in the manufacturing of robotics. We are currently living in the ʻAge of 8ʼ – [ 2004 to 2024 ] which is represented by the Trigram “Mountain”. According to Chinese Metaphysics this Trigram symbolise’s a young man, it means the hand, and it refers to the South West. We can expect growth in 3D printing at a commercial and clinical level, seeing development of sophisticated instruments and tools that are extensions of the traditional human hand. Whilst researching this further I came across an organisation called e-Nable – A Global Network Of Passionate Volunteers Using 3D Printing To Give The World A “Helping Hand.” As experts in our own fields of work and study it is worth remembering those who are disadvantaged in the world and consider what we can offer to help in terms of time and experience. http://enablingthefuture.org Artificial intelligence and Robotics [ including the manufacturing of droids ] are growing Industries globally.
Over the past three years Cork has emerged as a market leader in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, ICT, biotechnology, professional services and international financial services. It is no coincidence that such major corporations as EMC, Pepsico, Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline, Eli Lily, Amazon, and Apple Inc. have chosen Cork as the European base to their worldwide operations given the infrastructure now in place and tax incentives for off shore business. Expect to see employment rise in this area of the Irish Republic, especially in pharmaceutical development with China and development of user wearable technology. Finally we can expect countries which have mountain’s in the North East and water in the South West rise in Economic growth such as Myanmar [ Burma ].
6. Health // Wellness
The wellness revolution we have started to enjoy in Hong Kong will continue to gain momentum. There is an increasing interest in Remote retreats, Yoga holidays, Organic farms and Isolation tanks: a lightless, soundproof tank inside which clients float in salt water at skin temperature. They are said to have many beneficial health benefits from a meditative and physical level. This interest in fitness, nutrition, wellbeing, travel, ecology and healthy habits is also set to flourish in Ireland. This is an area which I feel can be capitalised for home-growth and overseas export. I will write more on this subject later this month. In Chinese Metaphysics, yang fire represents the sun and solar energy. Within the body they are asssociated with the heart and blood circulation. The Monkey itself is a Metal element and is related to the lungs and respiratory tracts. According to Grand Master Raymond Lo, with the fire attacking metal in 2016, there could be an increase in the amount of general colds and flu in January, February and March. Therefore it would be recommended to increase our intake of Vitamin C and Iron rich foods such as leafy greens, citrus and multi-vitamins.
We can strengthen our immune systems by eating seasonal foods, supporting farm-to-table and grass roots movements, avoiding pre-processed and pre-packaged foods. For those who follow the BTB Method of Feng Shui and map their homes or office environments according to the 8 Aspirations, the sickness star 2 and can be weakened by placing a vase of yellow flowers in your ‘heart of home’ at least once per week. Ensure all air-conditioning units are cleaned regularly and keep fresh air flowing throughout the space. As our mind, body, and Qi 气 transition from Yin to Yang energy, it is common for us to feel a need for new beginnings as we evaluate our experience of living during the parting of the yin wood Goat. These coming two months carry a strong Wood Element, associated with the liver and gallbladder in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These are the major organs responsible for storing blood and breaking down dietary fat molecules. If neglected, stagnant liver Qi 气 can lead to weight gain, emotional problems and stress. With this in mind, consider doing a simple, gentle liver cleanse, eating whole foods, drinking alcohol and caffeine in moderation, and incorporating more physical exercise and meditation into your life.
As Yang fire is often compared to the Sun, people born in the year of the Yang Fire Monkey are considered to be warm hearted, open minded, optimistic and straight-forward, If you were born between February 1981 – January 1982 or February 1955 – January 1956 you can expect to make good friendships this year and widen your social circle considerably. You can be a great influencer if you know how to develop skills in communicating. As a yang fire person working within the entertainment business you will experience some success. According to Dr Shantung Hsu, this will be a very good year in both financial and relationship matters for people born in the Years of the Rat, Snake and Dragon. For those born in a Monkey year, this will be a year of change, and it is important for you to remember that positive embracing of change brings opportunities. For those born in a Tiger year, there will be challenges, and you should remember that challenge forges strength and brings inner growth. If you were born in the Year of the Pig, it will be necessary to work on relationships (not just romantic relationships). For people born in other years, this should be a relatively peaceful, even neutral year.
For all of us, it will be a good year to look inward and seek spiritual growth and fulfilment. For those seeking loving partnerships there will be a realisation that it should always start with yourself first. If you have been disappointed in matters of the heart, take time to draw out old energies and cleanse the spirit. Immerse yourself in the healing energy of our beautiful Country Parks or take a quick trip to the Island beaches. Combine this with a healthy lifestyle and mindset. This is especially important if you have been feeling negative or are harbouring bad feelings towards an ex. Don’t seek out love, just focus on becoming the most attractive version of yourself and you will become magnetic in your relationships.
The Monkey is the “Academic star” for people born within a Yang fire year. So if you are expecting a child in 2016 they will be gifted with the “Academic star” which means they will have a intellectual quality and strong desire to learn.
Feng Shui energies change from month to month and year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to align with these ‘life forces’ or Qi 气 so that we can experience the best quality of living.
Sam’s 8 top tips for the Year of the Yang Fire Monkey
- Audit your wardrobe to find styles and colours which best suit your own favourable element according to your BaZi. By wearing your personal auspicious colours you can boost your luck, health and sense of self.
- Identify and have the Feng Shui areas with the yearly 2016 beneficial stars brightly lit and activate with fresh, yang energy.
- Focus on wellness within your life in all its forms, from sensual materials to colour therapy, active and social wellness.
- Before the arrival of the Yang Fire Monkey on 8th February, take time to clear out your mental clutter through meditation or quiet time. Eliminate what is no longer useful to you in your physical and emotional space. Try this in combination with a juice cleanse or detox. You will function better and have more vitality for pursuing what is important to you.
- It is recommended that we increase our intake of Vitamin C and Iron rich foods such as leafy greens, citrus and multi-vitamins to strengthen our immune systems.
- Eat seasonal foods, supporting farm-to-table and grass roots movements, try avoiding pre-processed and pre-packaged foods. Any given food’s peak harvest time usually coincides with when its flavour is at its best. We now have many more options to purchase locally grown food which has many benefits for the consumer, grower and environment.
- The sickness flying star 2 within an 8 Aspirations Mapping can be weakened by placing a vase of yellow flowers in your ‘heart of home or office’ at least once per week. Ensure all air-conditioning units are cleaned regularly and keep fresh air flowing throughout the space.
- Expect to see a retail drive towards using click and collect as seen with GRANA, or switching from in-store to online shopping depending on shoppers needs. As consumers and Fashion lovers, shopping has never been so easy!
This year ahead will bring significant elemental changes which is why the transformation we feel and see around us is powerful. So let’s align with the creative force of the yang fire Monkey and enjoy the adventure!
Best wishes and good Qi 气 to you and your loved ones…
Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1889 – Sun Wukong :: Welcome to the year of the Yang Fire Monkey