Feng Shui 2009 analysis
by Master Simon Wong


This is an excerpt from Master Simon Wong's comprehensive 2009 Feng Shui book

Inside the book you will find more detailed predictions about world leaders and events. It also has in-depth information on your personal Chinese Astrology for the Year of the Ox, and how to set up your Feng Shui for the coming year.

Flying Star Feng Shui for 2009

According to the 3 Round 9 Fortune (the 180 year cycle of energy) in 2004 we moved into the 8th fortune. One Fortune is equal to 20 years, and three fortunes make up one Round of 60 years. After 3 Rounds (180 years in total) we return to the first Round & first Fortune. From 4th February 2004 until 3rd February 2024 we will be in the 8th Fortune. Chinese Astrology Analysis for 2009 The element of the 8th Fortune is Earth, the direction is north east, the trigram is Ken, which represents a graveyard or small hill. In human terms the 8th Fortune represents the Youngest Son. It also means that younger people are more active, and in general new fashions will be more popular and successful during this period. For example, a lot of young people are in the news involved in knife and gun crime. Child actors are very popular in books, musicals and films like Harry Potter, Billy Elliot and Spielberg is about to make the first of possibly three Tintin adventures, High School Musical and the singer Connie Talbot who became famous at age 7. The film Slumdog Millionaire won an Oscar and is dedicated to child actors. Musically new stars will enjoy greater success, while the popularity of boy bands and girl bands on the increase.

In 2009, the number 9 Flying star is in the centre. The Number 9 star has the element fire, the South direction, represents intelligence, money, good news and promotion and the middle daughter. In the River Map 9 & 4 in the West represent Metal. The Number 9 star in the body represents the eyes and heart. Which relates to cancer, eye, heart and contagious diseases. If the South part of the house is indented or the star is bad the middle daughter will have problems and there will be more chance of eye and heart illnesses. So you need put a red coloured or quartz crystal horse here to limit the damage. Throughout the 8th fortune, the no. 8 star will be in the centre. As this star has the most influence during this time we call it the active star.

In 2009, the number 9 star moves to the centre as well. The Number 9 star has the element fire, and the number 8 star element is Earth. The No. 8 Star color is white and the element is Earth. The No.9 Star color is red and the element is fire. So in the  productive cycle fire creates earth and when the No 8 and No 9 stars are together there will be a lot of good news and money coming in. Also good for getting married or engaged.  You need to be careful when there is too much fire in the South position like your cooker or boiler, if you sleep here or your front door is here it could effect you giving you eye and heart problems.

Chinese Astrology Analysis for 2009

The Chinese call the beginning of the year ‘Lup Chun’, when the energy from Heaven and Earth begins the new yearly cycle once again. They use the 24 Solar Divisions to find the real beginning of the year, not the normal calendar. In Chinese Astrology, if we know the year, month, day and time that a person was born, we can use the Four Pillars & Eight Letter to determine what life has in store for them. If we want to know what will happen in any particular year we can also use the Four Pillars & Eight Letter to determine this. If we check the Four Pillars & Eight Letter on New Years Day (Lup Chun) we can find out what to expect for that year.

In 2009 ‘Lup Chun’ is at 00.51am on the 4th of February. According to Four Pillars & Eight Letter Chinese Astrology, for the year 2009 the element of the day is Keng (Yang Metal). Chi (Yin Earth) Chou (Yin Earth), Ping (Yang Fire) Yin (Yang Wood), Keng (Yang Metal)  Ch’en (Yang Earth),  Ping (Yang Fire) and Tzu (Yang Water).  Keng (Yang Metal) is born in the Yin (Yang Wood) month so the body is weak but has the money.

Yin month is at the beginning of the year so it is still cold, the Keng is born in this month so needs the fire to help it to keep it warm and needs the earth to help create the metal to make the metal stronger. Inside the Chou (Yin Earth) it indicates that there will be a lot of  conflicts, trouble and arguements, the mother and strong people behind you, the economy is not steady and money will come and go. Chi (Yin Earth) is the Keng’s (Yang Metal) mother (In the 5     element productive cycle earth creates the metal, Chi creates Keng) that means the EU or America will look after England like the mother looks after the son. This means England will get help from the EU and America.

Inside the Yin (Yang Wood) it indicates it  that there will be more violence, bloodshed, occasional money, art and music. Inside the Ch’en (Yang Earth)  it indicates that there will be more trouble, arguements, scandals and money from wages. Inside the Chi (Yin Earth) it indicates that there will be more trouble, arguements and court cases Keng (Yang Metal) also likes the earth to create metal, dislikes the water and wood as both the elements can absorb the metal. This year will be good for metal, fire and earth industries. Metal industries include banking and investment, currency trading, heavy industry (eg steel), engineering, high-tech, stock exchange and arms. Fire industries include computers, electronics, energy, Petroleum Industry and electricity. Earth industries include construction, mining, land and the property business will be better than 2008 with steady progress. After last years credit crunch and falling house prices. It will be no good for wood and water industries. Wood industries include textiles, fashion, clothing, paper, magazines, furniture, plants, flowers and any products made from wood. Water industries include shipping, entertainment business and drinks.

In 2009, the number 9 Flying star is in the centre. The Number 9 star represents the element fire, the South direction, intelligence, money, good news and promotion and the middle daughter. In the River Map 9 & 4 in the West represent Metal. The Number 9 star in the body represents the eyes and heart. Which relates to cancer, eye, heart and contagious diseases. If the South part of the house is indented or the star is bad the middle daughter will have problems and there will be more chance of eye and heart illnesses. So you need to put a red coloured or quartz crystal horse here to limit the damage. Throughout the 8th fortune, the no. 8 star will be in the centre. As this star has the most influence during this time we call it the active star. In 2009, the number 9 star moves to the centre as well. The Number 9 star has the element fire, and the number 8 star element is Earth. The No. 8 Star colour is white and the element is Earth. The No.9 Star colour is red and the element is fire. So in the productive cycle fire creates earth and when the No 8 and No 9 stars are together there will be a lot of good news and money coming in. Also good for getting married or engaged. You need to be careful when there is too much fire in the South position like your cooker or boiler, if you sleep here or your front door is here it could effect you giving you eye and heart problems.


Flying Stars affecting the world in 2009

Below is a summary of what to expect in the different countries this year.

no. 5 star (North): The number 5 star is a negative star and represents trouble and disasters for  countries in this area of the world. Together with the bad Chinese astrology stars in this area it can cause conflicts, accidents, terrorism disasters, depression and failure this year.

no. 1 star (North West): Countries in this area of the world will have more tourism, love affairs, academic progress and gambling problems. With the 2 year destroy star these areas will have more accidents and disasters.

no. 2 star (West): Countries in this area of the world in combination with the bad Chinese     Astrology, will have more contagious diseases and illness this year.

no. 6 star (South West): Countries in this area of the world will have more tourism and emigration. In Chinese astrology with the broken year star there will be more accidents and trouble.

no. 4 star (South): Countries in this area of the world will have more academic progress and international recognition. The Golden God star is in this area will help prevent too many problems. Although with the Dead Talisman star is in this area there will be more illness.

no. 8 star (South East): Countries in this area of the world will be more successful commercially, business wise and it will be better for the property market. The number 8 star means the south east looks good, but in the background in Chinese astrology there is trouble and danger from the 3 Sha star.

no. 7 star (East): The power of the number 7 star began to decrease a few years ago and as we move into the 8th Fortune countries in this area of the world will be more affected by crime and prostitution. In Chinese astrology with the 3 Sha and Haung Sha stars in this area  there will be more accidents, terrorism, fighting and disasters. Luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be demonstrations, conflict, fighting and a lot of trouble the economy will be OK.

no. 3 star  (North East): Countries in this area of the world are more likely  to be affected by conflict and disputes. In Chinese astrology the Year God and the 3 sha star is in this area which means there will be more problems such as disasters, accidents, conflict, war, terrorism and fighting.

no. 9 star (Centre): Countries in this area of the world will have more good news and the no. 9 star can help with international relations, partnerships, cease fires, peace talks and agreements. After many years of conflict this represents the opportunity for change and rebuilding the economy.

England

The UK economy is one of the weakest in the developed world at the moment and as the UK is in the Northern hemisphere it is negatively effected by the No 5 star. The Government’s inflated spending to try and refloat the UK economy has not helped much and it will be hard to avert the negative planetary influence of the bad Chinese astrology stars. This means there will be more conflict, accidents, possible terrorist incidents, demonstrations, civil unrest and disasters this year as a whole. The UK has gone into financial meltdown after its initial rescue of Northern Rock and the majority of the banking system is now effectively nationalised.

For Gordon Brown, who mocked the Conservatives in 1992, when he said: "A weak currency arises from a weak economy which in turn is the result of a weak Government." He is now going to need all the astrological help he can get this year, as from Europe to the Americas to Asia, trade has almost entirely seized up as the recession has turned global and the UK is virtually insolvent. Fortunately for the UK according to the Chinese astrology the EU or America can still help stop the country going into even more severe problems. Because according to Four Pillars & Eight Letter Chinese Astrology, for the year 2009 the element of the day is Keng (Yang Metal). Chi (Yin Earth) is the Keng’s (Yang Metal) mother that means the EU or America will look after England like the mother looks after the son. A too serious decline in the UK economy and London as a major trading centre would have had a serious knock on effect on both the domestic and world economy.

The main areas of concern for the England and London are the North, West, North East and East. Starting with the no. 5 star in the North, together with the good Chinese Astrology star the 2 Great Prosperity(die lei) means the Northern districts of cities and Northern England/Scotland will have a lot of trouble, flooding, fire, storms and disasters. Together with the good Chinese astrology star in this area there will be conflicts, accidents, terrorism, disasters, depression and failure this year. At the same time there will also be the chance of economic recovery in light of the recession. Areas effected would include Northern towns like Leeds and Nottingham and the northern london Boroughs of Islington, Enfield and Camden. Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas.

The number 2 star representing illness and the 2 Facing Sha(Huang Sha) star are in the West of the UK which means there will be more illness, disasters and contagious diseases like flu. In the West End of London there will be a lot of more demonstrations and health scares. Towns effected would be the areas of Bristol and Bath. Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas. The number 6 star and 1 Great Prosperity(die lei) stars are in the South West this Year which will be better for business and the local economies of these areas with an increase in tourism. Combined with the broken year star in Chinese astrology there will be more accidents and trouble in the South West. The South Western districts of cities will be a little busier. The South West areas of London would include the Boroughs of Sutton, Merton, Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth.

In the North East of the country, the number 3 star combined with the influence of the 3 sha will see a harder year with more conflicts, disputes, disasters, accidents, terrorist incidents and fighting. The Northeast effects the areas of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear. Wearside and Tyneside, where Thatcher helped redevelop the area into an international centre of art and culture, scientific research and petrochemical industry. The North East areas of London include the boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge. Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas.

In the East, the number 7 star combined with the 2 Sitting Sha (Huang Sha) and 3 Sha will see an increase in crime, prostitution, fighting and terrorist incidents for the East Anglia area which effects Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be more demonstrations, conflict and trouble the economy will be OK. In London this effects the East End where the property market can stabilise in light of the Olympic development in Stratford. Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas. In the South East, the number 8 star combined with the 1 Spirit Mansion and 3 Sha star will effect the counties of Kent and Sussex and towns like Brighton and Eastbourne.

The South East areas of London like Greenwich and Bexley will be effected. As the Channel Tunnel is in this area it will be more successful commercially, better for business and the property market especially due to the weak pound. In the background in Chinese astrology there is still trouble and danger from the 3 Sha star in these areas. This year the number 9 star is in the Centre which represents more good news, partnerships and business agreements. This will see general economic improvements in the centre of the country around Birmingham, Derby, Manchester and Leicester. As the number 9 star is the second busiest star and the Square Mile of London’s City district is in the Centre this will help trading on the international markets this year.

This year the number 4 star is in the South combined with the Golden star which is good for academic progress, the arts, performance, movies, journalism, media, education, music and international recognition. These effects will be more noticeable in the South London areas and Southern counties. Combined with the Dead Talisman star there will also be more illness in these areas. Southern towns like Portsmouth and Southampton and the South London Boroughs like Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark, Wandsworth and Lambeth will be effected.


Middle East

The number 8 and 9 stars are in the centre this year and as we are in the 8th Fortune, which we call the 8 star. The combination of the number 8 star which is earth which is helped by the number 9 star which is fire. This means the Middle Eastern countries will have more good news, effected by the no. 9 star which can help with international relations, partnerships, cease fires, peace talks and agreements. The EU, UN and the US will do more to help in these regions. After many years of conflict this represents the opportunity for change and rebuilding the economy. Obama’s presidency allows a fresh overview and thawing of relations in the Middle East from Washington. With the history of troubles and conflicts in the area, the personal astrology of the leaders will influence their diplomacy.

In the 5 element productive cycle earth creates metal, metal creates water, water creates wood, wood creates fire and fire creates earth. In the 5 element destructive cycle earth destroys water, metal destroys wood, water destroys fire, wood destroys earth and fire destroys metal. From the relationship of the 5 elements you can see how the key Middle Eastern leaders will get on. The element of your animal sign defines which animal signs are your money and who helps you or causes you trouble. The element of your animal sign that you destroy in the 5 element destructive cycle is your money.

1 In Chinese astrology the Ox (Obama:US) (yin earth) is friends with the Snake(al-Assad:Syria) (yin fire) and the Chicken (Bin Laden:terrorist) (Olmert:Israel) (yin metal).

2 The Pig (Abbas:Palestinian ) (yin water) is the friend of the Rabbit (Khamenei:Iran) (yin wood)

3 The Pig (Abbas:Palestinian) (yin water) is the Ox's(yin earth) money

4 The Chicken (Bin Laden:terrorist) (Olmert:Israel) (yin metal) destroys the Rabbit (Khamenei:Iran) (yin wood), so the Rabbit (Khamenei:Iran) (yin wood) is the Chicken's (Bin Laden:terrorist) (Olmert:Israel)money

5 The Monkey (Mashal:Hamas) (yang metal) destroys the Rabbit (Khamenei:Iran)(yin wood), so the Rabbit (Khamenei:Iran) (yin wood) is the Monkey's (Mashal:Hamas) (yang metal) money

6 The Monkey (Mashal:Hamas) (yang metal) is the friend of the Snake (al-Assad:Syria) (yin fire)

7 The Ox (Obama:US) (yin earth) is the Rabbit's (Khamenei:Iran) (yin wood) money

8 The Chicken (Bin Laden:terrorist) (Olmert:Israel) (yin metal) and Monkey (Mashal:Hamas) (yang metal) is the Snake's (al-Assad:Syria) (yin fire) money

9 The Dog (Bush:US) (yang earth) and Chicken (Bin Laden:terrorist)( Olmert:Israel) (yin metal) damage each other

10 The Rabbit (Khamenei:Iran) (yin wood) was the Dog's (Bush:US) (yang earth) friend Last year ex President George Bush who is Year of the Dog, whose Chinese astrology sign half matches with the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei who is year of the Rabbit would have got on. Bush would also have been able to manage the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who is Year of the Pig. So Ex President Bush could get on with the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Palestinian leader.

US President Barack Obama is year of the Ox which 3 matches the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who is the year of the Chicken and the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad who is year of the Snake, making it simpler for peace talks. It will be easy for Barack Obama (Ox) to control the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Pig) and also relate to Osama Bin Laden who is year of the chicken because their signs match.

In Chinese astrology the rabbit is the monkey's money. The Hamas leader Khaled Mashal is year of the monkey and Ali Khamenei the Supreme Leader of Iran (rabbit) will help the Hamas leader. In Chinese astrology the monkey is the snake's money, so the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad (snake) will get on with the Hamas leader(monkey), both countries giving Khaled Mashal funding. Middle Eastern politics is complex at the best of times but the US president Obama Barack will generally find it easier to negotiate with the main leaders than Ex President Bush, helping give the region temporary stability. Bush (dog) and Bin Laden’s (chicken) signs did not get on, as the dog is against the chicken. Which is why 9/11 was a very direct challenge to Bush’s Presidency and the US’s global dominance both politically and economically, symbolising the slow decline of US power.

Most importantly Iran maybe even interested in setting up a U.S. interests section office in Tehran if there is a formal U.S. request to do so, after nearly three decades without diplomatic ties. According to a BP survey, taken together Iran has the largest combined oil and gas reserves in the world, and it is the world's third largest oil exporter. This is a better year for the petroleum industry and the US wants to tap into Iranian reserves. Oil is militarily still going to be the main focus point for Iraqi and Iranian relations with the US and the rest of the world.

According to the SOFA, all U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraqi cities by the end of June and leave the country entirely by the end of 2011. Strategically, politically, economically and militarily the US will shift their attention to Afghanistan. Astrologically it would follow that this year will be good for diplomacy and next year good for business in the centre, which is the Middle East. With problems focusing more on the Taliban and Afghanistan border the US will need to be diplomatic with Iran to make sure they don’t step up their support to dissident groups inside Afghanistan. These forces can disrupt the U.S. if there was going to be an attack on Iran, as you cannot stabilise Afghanistan without Iran. Pakistan has only been partially helpful in fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban. With Iran onside there will be a lot more pressure on Pakistan and neighbouring countries to cooperate with NATO and American forces in Afghanistan.

Other countries in the region that have involuntarily become the battleground for US -Iranian rivalry can only benefit if that rivalry will transform into a more collaborative relationship. Iran has good reason for wanting a more stable Afghanistan, both to boost trade and to stem the flow of Afghan drugs that feed the habits of some 1 million Iranian addicts. Although Barack Obama had good astrology last year this is a harder year for the year of the Ox and America’s allies will want to see how far the US goes to protect them and their enemies to what degree they can challenge US interests.

USA

The USA is in the Western hemisphere. The number 2 star is in the West this year in combination with the bad Chinese Astrology, you will have more contagious diseases and illness this year. Combined with the 2 Facing Sha(Huang Sha) in Chinese astrology this is going to be a difficult year economically with the recession in the West taking a lot of Government/corporate diplomacy to sort out. No doubt terrorists will try to take advantage of the economic downturn to put more pressure on the West. This is going to play psychologically on the general mental and in turn physical health of the nation. The US is still the heart of the global economy and its economic implosion is effecting the whole world economically.

At least Barack Obama has held out an olive branch to the Islamic world by agreeing to shut down Guantanamo Bay and diffuse tension at this difficult time. The US has to be careful of setting off a trade war if new legislation, with too much protectionist provisions attached to the White House-backed plan requires major public works projects to favour U.S. steel, iron and manufactured goods over imports. The US could poison the wells of world commerce. Hu Jintao told Obama that China firmly opposed trade or investment protectionism as part of settling the current economic crisis and said Beijing would join Washington in promoting stable development at an economic summit in London in April. Last year China overtook Japan as the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt.

The number 5 star representing trouble is in the North of the country in 2009, together with the good Chinese Astrology star the 2 Great Prosperity(die lei) means the Northern districts of cities and North America will have will have a lot of trouble and disasters. Together with the good Chinese astrology star in this area there will be conflicts, accidents, terrorist incidents, disasters, depression and failure this year. At the same time there will also be the chance of economic recovery. Areas effected North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The number 2 star representing illness and in the Chinese Astrology the 2 Facing Sha(Huang Sha) stars are in the West of the USA which means there will be more illness, fire, health scares, disasters and contagious diseases like flu and a greater chance of earthquakes. Areas effected include Nevada, Utah and California (San Francisco). Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas.

The number 6 star and 1 Great Prosperity(die lei) stars are in the South West this Year which will be better for business and the local economies of these areas. With an increase in tourism and Hollywood will benefit after last year when they had to weather the writer’s strike. Although combined with the broken year star in Chinese astrology there will be more accidents and trouble in the South West. Areas effected include Arizona, New Mexico and California(Los Angeles).

In the North East of the country, the number 3 star combined with the influence of the 3 sha and the Year God will see a harder year with more conflicts, disputes, looting, flooding, disasters, accidents, terrorist incidents and fighting for one of the wealthiest areas of the USA. The areas effected include Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Connnecticut.

In the East, the number 7 star combined with the 2 Sitting Sha(Huang Sha) and 3 Sha will see an increase in crime, prostitution, fighting and terrorist incidents. Luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be more demonstrations, tornadoes, flooding, looting, conflict and trouble the local economy will be OK in areas like Washington. Areas affected include Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

In the South East, the number 8 star combined with the 1 Spirit Mansion and 3 Sha stars will positively effect Florida and Miami as a tourist destination. Although in the background in Chinese astrology there is still trouble, tornadoes, flooding, accidents, terrorists, disasters and danger from the 3 Sha star in these areas. Areas effected include South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida. This year the number 9 star is in the Centre which represents more good news, partnerships and business agreements.

The number 9 star is the second busiest star and this will see general economic improvements in the centre of the country. The areas effected include Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

This year the number 4 star is in the South combined with the Golden star which is good for academic progress, the arts, performance, movies, journalism, media, education, music and international recognition. Although with the Dead Talisman star there will be more illness. The areas effected include the Southern US states bordering Mexico like New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Louisiana.


Europe

The number 5 star representing trouble is in Northern EU Europe in 2009, together with the good Chinese Astrology star the 2 Great Prosperity(die lei) which means the Northern countries of the UK, Holland, Ireland and Denmark will be effected and will have will have a lot of trouble, accidents, terrorism, depression and disasters. Although the UK is economically being hit hardest, according to the Four Pillars & Eight Letter Chinese Astrological interpretation the EU or the US will still help the UK.

The number 2 star representing illness and the 2 Facing Sha(Huang Sha) star are in Western EU Europe which means there will be more illness, terrorist incidents, fire, health scares, disaster and contagious diseases like flu. In Western Europe, France, Germany and Belgium are effected. The number 6 star and 1 Great Prosperity(die lei) stars are in South Western EU Europe this Year which will be better for business and the local economies of these areas with an increase in tourism. Combined with the broken year star in Chinese astrology there will be more accidents, disasters, terrorism and trouble in South Western Europe. In South Western Europe Spain and Portugal will be affected.

The number 3 star combined with the influence of the 3 sha will see a harder year with more conflicts, disputes, disasters, accidents, terrorist incidents and fighting in North Eastern EU Europe, some of the more prosperous areas of Europe. The areas effected include Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. In the Eastern EU Europe, the number 7 star combined with the 2 Sitting Sha(Huang Sha) and 3 Sha will see an increase in crime, prostitution, fighting and terrorist incidents for Eastern European countries.

Their dependence on Russian gas and their strategic importance to the US will be tested. Luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be more demonstrations, conflict and trouble the economy will be OK. Eastern European countries that have just joined the EU like Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia will be affected. In the South East, the number 8 star combined with the 1 Spirit Mansion and 3 Sha star will affect Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Serbia. They will be more successful commercially and it will be better for business and the property market.

In the background in Chinese astrology there is still trouble and danger from the 3 Sha star in these areas no doubt testing these countries economic dependence on Russia. This year the number 9 star is in Central Europe which represents more good news, partnerships and business agreements. The number 9 star is the second busiest star and there will be general economic improvements in central Europe.


The areas affected include Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany and Czech Republic. This year the number 4 star is in Southern EU Europe combined with Golden star which is good for academic progress, the arts, performance, movies, journalism, media, education, music and international recognition. Although with the Dead Talisman star there will be more illness. The areas affected include the Southern countries of Italy, Corsica, Malta and Albania.


China

All eyes were on China last year when hosted they hosted the Olympics and although Hu Jintao’s personal astrology was against the Year God it was a great year for China. This year will be a lot harder for China with the number 7 star in the East. Although luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be more demonstrations, conflict and trouble the economy will stabilise. China is now the third-largest economy in the world after the United States and Japan.

Although many economists, especially those at Western banks, believe China will expand by no more than 5-6 percent this year, which would be the weakest performance since 1990. But Beijing is still trying to hit its target of 8 percent growth for all of 2009 as November's 4 trillion yuan ($585 billion) stimulus package and monetary policy kick in the second half of the year. As these targets are more political the Government will try and achieve them, even as Western commentators suggest the statistics are manipulated.

Beijing has made no secret of its concern that rising unemployment poses a threat to social stability and the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party. An estimated 10 million migrant workers have already lost their jobs in export industries battered by a collapse in demand in the United States and Europe and the evaporation of trade finance as hard-hit global banks cut off credit lines. The Chinese economy is slowing down, but this is not a hard landing and you can't look at it from a Western point of view.

In China the government will support a lot of businesses. As long as the government thinks it can afford it then the business will survive. Although "Without doubt, now we're entering a peak period for mass incidents ... In 2009, Chinese society may face even more conflicts and clashes that will test even more the governing abilities of the party and government at all levels," said a senior Xinhua agency reporter, Huang Huo.

As the no 3 star is in the North East of China combined with the Year God and the Chinese astrology star the 3 sha star will create more tension in the North Eastern area bordering North Korea with their missile tests and disagreements with South Korea. The number 5 star representing trouble is in North of China in 2009, together with the good Chinese Astrology star the 2 Great Prosperity(die lei). This area is defined by the Chinese government to include the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin, the provinces of Hebei and Shanxi, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. There will be conflicts, accidents, terrorist incidents, disasters, depression and failure this year.

Although China is economically being hit hard at the same time there will also be the chance of economic recovery due to the good Chinese astrology star. The number 2 star representing illness and the 2 Facing Sha(Huang Sha) star are in the West. In the definition of the Chinese Government, Western China covers six provinces: Gansu, Guizhou, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Yunnan; one municipality: Chongqing; and three autonomous regions: Ningxia, Tibet, and Xinjiang. There will be more illness, trouble, riots, civil unrest, demonstrations and contagious diseases like flu in Tibet and terrorist incidents in the Islamic areas of Xinjiang.

In the East, the number 7 star combined with the 2 Sitting Sha(Huang Sha) and 3 Sha will see an increase in crime, prostitution, fighting and terrorist incidents. Luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be more demonstrations, conflict and trouble the economy will be OK. They will find the money but it will be quite difficult but they will get over it. For administrative and governmental purposes, the region is defined by the government of the People's Republic of China to include the provinces of Anhui, parts of Fujian, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as the municipality of Shanghai.

In the South East, the number 8 star combined with the 1 Spirit Mansion and 3 Sha stars will effect the South Eastern area of China. This area will be more successful commercially and good for business between Taiwan and China. In the background in Chinese astrology there is still trouble and danger from the 3 Sha star in these areas. As Taiwan opens up to China and their mutual economic dependence grows, the PRC’s claims over the Taiwan Province and parts of Fujian, will stir up political animosity even though they are administered by the Republic of China. Macau, Hainan, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Guangxi will also be effected This year the number 9 star is in the Centre which represents more good news, partnerships and business agreements in the region. Zhongyuan or the Central Plain of China refers to the area on the lower reaches of the Yellow River which formed the cradle of Chinese civilization.

In its narrowest sense, the Central Plain covers modern-day Henan, the southern part of Hebei, the southern part of Shanxi, and the western part of Shandong province. A broader interpretation of the Central Plain's extent would add the Guanzhong plain of Shaanxi, the northwestern part of Jiangsu, and parts of Anhui and northern Hebei. As the number 9 star is the second busiest star the general economy will stabilise. The Central trading districts thf importance to global trade will be balancing political and corporate interests in the main cities of Beijing and Shanghai.


Russia

Russia, the world's second largest oil exporter and holder of the world's third-largest forex reserves, is spending its way out of its worst economic downturn in a decade with the economy expected to shrink 0.2 percent this year.

Moscow is looking positively at the signals sent by Obama and his people during their election campaign. But will Obama reconsider George Bush’s decisions that irritate Moscow the most – missile defence in Poland and the Czech Republic, NATO expansion to Ukraine and Georgia. Russia has to look at what they can accomplish in rebuilding their relationship with the United States. Differences over the future of Georgia and Ukraine, the two former Soviet republics on Russia’s borders, are the most obvious obstacles to good relations in 2009.

Ukraine is in the South West and the Chinese astrology star, broken year effects the area still making gas supplies a problem for Europe. Georgia is in the South and will experience more health and illness problems but politically should be more stable this year. Russia holds a seat in G8 but is excluded from financial decision-making and are looking to play a greater part in global economic affairs but need to keep good relations with Europe and the US. Until August last year, the Russian economy was seen as "overheated" with its jobless rate at a record low of around 5 percent, or 4 million people, in July-August 2008.

The number out of work has risen steadily since. Russia's growth slowed to 6 percent in 2008 from 8.1 percent in 2007 and the economy is now expected to shrink by 0.2 percent next year, with the government launching a $200 billion bailout package to help stave off an extended recession. The crisis has hit metals, construction, retail and banking sectors which had enjoyed double digit growth rates in recent years, forcing many companies to lay off their staff after a series of boom years based on high world commodities prices. The number of unemployed Russians rose to 6 million in December compared to 5 million in November as an economic downturn hit home. Protests this month over the economy have turned violent in other eastern European states and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's government is acutely aware of the threat of public unrest in Russia if the downturn worsens. It has already raised unemployment benefits, set up a nationwide job search website and promised to use laid off workers in public works.

The number 5 star representing trouble is in North of Russia in 2009, together with the good Chinese Astrology star the 2 Great Prosperity(die lei). There will be a lot of trouble and disasters. The Kostroma and Kirov regions are in this area and the main city is Kirov. There will be conflicts, accidents, terrorist incidents, disasters, depression and failure this year. Together with the good Chinese astrology star in this area there will still be some chance of economic recovery. The number 2 star representing illness and the 2 Facing Sha(Huang Sha) star are in the West. The Smolensk and Moskva regions are in this area and the main city is Moscow. There will be more illness, trouble, riots, civil unrest, demonstrations and contagious diseases like flu in this area. Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas.

The number 6 star and 1 Great Prosperity(die lei) stars are in the South West of Russia this Year which will be better for business and the local economies of these areas. The main regions effected are the Kaluga and Tula regions and the city of Tula. Although combined with the broken year star in Chinese astrology there will be more accidents and trouble in the South West.

The number 3 star combined with the influence of the 3 sha will see a harder year with more conflicts, disputes, disasters, accidents, terrorist incidents and fighting in North Eastern Russia. The main regions effected are the Leningrad, Novgorod and Pskov areas and St Petersburg and the industrial mining towns on the Kola Peninsula and the Russian Northern Fleet. Any terrorist incidents are more likely to come from or happen in these areas.

In Eastern Russia which includes the city of Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk and the regions of Kurgan and Sverdlovsk, the number 7 star combined with the 2 Sitting Sha (Huang Sha) and 3 Sha will see an increase in crime, prostitution and fighting. Luckily the Money God is in the east so even though there will be more demonstrations, conflict and trouble the economy will be OK.

In the South East, the number 8 star combined with the 1 Spirit Mansion and 3 Sha star will be in the South Eastern area of Russia relating to the city of Ufa and the Bashkortostan and Chelyabinsk regions. It will be more successful commercially and better for business. In the background in Chinese astrology there is still trouble and danger from the 3 Sha star in these areas.

This year the number 9 star is in the Centre which represents good news and general economic improvements in the region. The number 9 star is the second busiest star so it will be more successful commercially and better for business. This represents the Nizhnly Novgorod area of Russia and the main city is Kazan. The Central trading districts that are of importance to global trade will be balancing political and corporate interests in the main city of Moscow.

This year the number 4 star is in Southern Russia combined with Golden star which is good for academic progress, the arts, performance, movies, journalism, media, education, music and international recognition. Although with the Dead Talisman star there will be more illness. The areas affected include Samara and Orenburg regions and the city of Samara.


Accidents, Climate, and Natural disasters


The new US Presidency has enacted more responsible energy usage in the Stimulus Package which contains Major Clean Energy Funding. The House of Representatives is considering the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill proposes significant investments in clean energy and energy efficiency projects which if people believe the degree to which humanity influences the climate will have a positive impact on the climate. Some disasters are likely to be caused by the effects of increasing global warming, making the climate unpredictable, which economic downturn could positively impact. Some experts believe the ice cap could disappear altogether by the end of the 21st Century. Analysis of data gathered by US Navy submarines have suggested that the ice draught in the Arctic (the difference between the surface of the ocean and the bottom of the ice pack) has thinned by more than 40% over the past 40 years. They point to the rapid thinning of ice in the Arctic as further evidence of global warming. This will increase flooding in the future all round the world.

Sir David King the Prime Minister of England’s chief scientist, Sir King said in an article in 2004, “In my view, climate change is the most severe problem we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism.”

War and Terrorism

According to Flying Star Feng Shui, in 2009 trouble will continue but there will be greater diplomacy as 8 & 9 come together in the centre. With a new US President making positive gestures to the Arab world and the US stepping down militarily in Iraq. The executive orders to dismantle Guantánamo will relieve some officials of the orders against torture solving the public relations disaster of Guantánamo. The relaxation of rules allowing more coercive interrogation had damaged rather than improved US national security. The question will be now how the US deals with their detainees.

Attention though is shifting to Afghanistan as Bin Laden has positive astrology this year which will mirror a shift in Iran as the US moves their resources from Iraq to Afghanistan. The front line states especially Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey on the border of Iraq, are all going to experience general unrest. China will be dealing with any internal strife from their own population or terrorism robustly.


Economy

In mid January 2008 Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke said that the outlook for the US economy in 2008 had worsened and his worst fears were realised! The Money God was in the West last year and the Evil spirit was in the West direction as well, which could not have been symbolically worse.

Russia and China were well represented among a number of heads of state and governments gathered in the Swiss winter resort of Davos at the end of January 2009 to discuss how to get the global economy back on track. With the capitalist world suffering its worst battering since the Great Depression, the words of communist China's Premier Wen Jiabao and former communist Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin dominated the start of the elite five-day meeting. Putin, Wen, Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lectured scores of government leaders and ministers and hundreds of corporate chiefs on how crashing economies can be saved. The way was left open for Russia and China to monopolise the debate as no top policymaker from the new US administration of President Barack Obama agreed to go to Davos.

This year the money God is in the East and Russia and China truely represent the “spirit” even with all the bad stars in the East. It looks as if the US will never recover their confidence from 9/11 and their economic downfall. It was 'symbolic' to put China and Russia side by side as they have become 'key players of the world economy', World Economic Forum organiser Borge Brende told a press briefing in Geneva. 'It is a very powerful sign from China, my sense is that they want to engage with the rest of the world in finding a solution out of the crisis,' said Prof Kishore Mahbubani, dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. Mr Wen lead one of the biggest Chinese delegations ever to Davos, flanked by Trade Minister Chen Deming and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Mr Li Peng was the last Chinese premier to attend the forum in 1992. Russia's relations with the Europeans have been strained and they are looking for a way to signal to Europe that they are ready to cooperate, to 'send a conciliatory message' on political and energy issues especially as the Russian economy has now been hit by the crisis, with oil below 40 dollars a barrel, now more than a 100 dollars below its peak of last year. China's rampant economic growth has also slowed dramatically as exports were slashed. The Asian powerhouse expanded by just 6.8 per cent in the final quarter, pulling the full-year growth figure down to 9.0 per cent, worrying by Chinese standards after a 13.0 per cent growth rate in 2007. 'Shaping the Post-Crisis World' was the key theme of the 39th annual World Economic Forum. And the massive losses and layoffs on Wall Street and in the City of London were reflected in a sharp change of tone at this year's meeting.

2009 was about readdressing corporate and Government responsibility and transparency.


Politics

2009 is the year of redress as all of the world's advanced economies are in recession. Politics will make matters worse, primarily because governments in both the rich and the developing worlds are intervening in their economies more broadly and deeply than at any time since the end of World War II. Policy makers around the world are hard at work crafting stimulus packages filled with subsidies and protections they hope will breathe new life into their domestic economies, and preparing to rewrite the rules and regulations that govern global markets.

At the G-20 summit world leaders pledged to address the crisis by coordinating their economic policy responses. Which is not going to happen, because politicians design stimulus packages with political motives to satisfy the needs of their constituents, not to address imbalances in the global economy. This is as true in Washington as in Beijing. That's why politics will drive the global economy more directly and less efficiently in 2009 than at any point in decades. Its politics that is creating the biggest risk for markets this year. This is part of a worrisome long- term trend.

In China and Russia, where histories of command economics predispose governments toward what we've come to call state capitalism, the phenomenon is especially obvious. National oil companies, other state-owned enterprises, and sovereign wealth funds have brought politicians and political bureaucrats into economic decision-making on a scale we haven't seen in a very long time.

New York, once the financial capital of the world, is no longer even the financial capital of the U.S and Washington has taken over, where lawmakers are now injecting populist politics into economics decisions. Companies and sectors that should be left to drown are being floated lifeboats. This is playing out across Europe and Asia. As engines of economic growth, Shanghai is losing ground to Beijing, Mumbai to Delhi, and Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Global markets will also face the more traditional forms of political risk in 2009.

Militancy in an increasingly unstable and financially fragile Pakistan will continue to spill across borders into Afghanistan and India. National elections in Israel and Iran are fortunately tempered by the No 9 star this year adding diplomacy to the international conflict over Iran's nuclear program, that could have increased volatility into oil markets. The impact of the financial crisis on Russia's economy could produce significant levels of unrest across the country without the Money God in the East. And Iraq can avert renewed civil violence, by dormant militia groups filling the vacuum left by departing U.S. troops.

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This is an excerpt from Master Simon Wong's comprehensive 2009 Feng Shui book

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