Monday, 2 December 2019

happy new year of the metal rat




happy new year everybody, the chinese new year begins on January 25th 2020.




It is the year of the 'metal rat'and chinese folk astrology says that people born in this year will show themselves to be highly intelligent, with a secretive nature about them. They hold strong opinions but find it hard to express them. A sense of justice being important in the world  mixes with a desire to be on one's own. Whatever they choose to pursue in life, they wont easily give up!

master acupuncturists know this year as a keng tse' year.

'keng' refers to the yang of metal, the celestial stem energy of the year. Being a yang celestial stem, this year's energy is in excess. If you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy in nature then you need look no further than the armadillo.

'tse' relates to the symbolic energy of the rat; a quick, shiny creature that is highly organised; elusive yet profuse.

when these two energies integrate, as in 2020, their relationship produces instability and irritability.

alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, excess metal energy will produce deficient wood energy according to the ke cycle of five element theory, and in so doing will weaken the energy of the rat.

In this year the advice on health, wealth and happiness might well be:

Health:

The missing organic energy in 2020 is the stomach energy. Indeed, the earth element is missing on both elemental and deep energy levels. 

Looking at the five element alchemy chart for 2020 shows a deficient wood energy that leads to poor nourishment of the fire energy, and especially the heart energy because the heart organic energy is the most unlike energy of the gall bladder energy i.e. gall bladder energy is the terrestrial branch energy for 2020.

Also, we need to be aware of the energy imbalance occurring at the level of six division energy. yang ming six division energy is a combination of colon and stomach organic energy. In 2020 there is an excess of colon organic energy whilst stomach organic energy is completely missing for the whole year. This weakened state of yang ming energy is further compounded by the ruling (tu thien) six division energy for the year, shao yin, favourably destroying yang ming energy according to the ke cycle of the five element model. 

These energetic scenarios lead a master acupuncturist to choose Stomach 36, Colon 4 and Liver 3, Heart 6 as powerful energy points in preventing disease and promoting harmony in 2020.

Just as in the previous year, 2019, we need to pay particular attention to our diet. Eating at regular times of the day, choosing an alkaline diet and fasting one day every week helps the stomach and colon to cope with the energetic imbalance of 2020.


Wealth:

The seeds of financial success were sewn in 2019; in 2020 we have can gather the fruits of financial growth.

This is a year to cash in profits, investing profits in currency, banks and property (housing and land) for the best return.

Everyone feels better off in 2020!


Happiness:

For master acupuncturists happiness is achieved through harmony, both within and without.

Stimulating the 'four gates' (Colon 4 & Liver 3 bilateral) using acupuncture on the eight auspicious days of the new year is an obvious way to harmonise in 2020.


Then there is an acupuncture point that is 'the earth of the earth' point i.e. Stomach 36. 
This organic energy point happens to be the crucial point for stimulating the missing organic energy in this new year. We can all stimulate it by using fingertip pressure at the point:






this acupuncture point - ST-36 - is the increasing energy (horary) point for the missing organic energy of a 'metal rat' year.








2020 is a year where happiness is dependent on achieving a sense of calm amongst the storm of conflicting narrow-minded opinions that dominate this year.

The potential for serious conflict escalating to nation warfare is high if an open-minded collective consciousness is not adopted.



Climate:

The climate in a 'keng tse' year is naturally much cooler and windier than average.

To begin the year there will be  increased wind and dryness, punctuated by short-lived violent thunderstorms.

Summer brings a heatwave with the likelihood of raging wildfires that extend into autumn.

Winter 2020 brings increased cold with heavy snow.


This 'keng tse' year brings a great degree of instability. Powerful excessive force brings to all of us a need to make wise choices in our lives in order to navigate the year safely.


HAPPY NEW YEAR








Tuesday, 7 May 2019

happy new year of the earth pig



happy new year everybody, the chinese new year began on february 5th 2019.



It's the year of the 'earth pig' and chinese folk astrology says that people born in this year will show themselves to be honest, reliable, thoughtful, home-loving talkative people, though they easily tire when overdoing things. Beware of the earth pig's manipulative nature, and they can be very self-centred!

master acupuncturists know this year as a 'chi hai' year.

Chi relates to the yin of the Earth element and so in this new year there is a deficiency of organic energy, and the quality of this energy is slow and patient. If you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy in nature then you need look no further than the turtle.

Hai relates to the symbolic energy of the pig, a creature lazy by nature but prone to bouts of excessive activity.

So, putting these two energetic scenarios together - slow and patient with lazy and intense - results in a relationship that produces a phlegmatic nature that is occasionally punctuated with periods of intense activity.

Alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, deficient earth energy will produce excess wood energy according to the ke cycle of five element theory, and in so doing strengthens the grasp on physical and conceptual movement, ameliorating the seeds of lethargy and apathy.

So, in this new year, the advice on health, wealth and happiness might well be:


Health

The missing organic energies in this new year are the lung, colon and gall bladder energies. With the Earth element deficient there's an obvious need to strengthen the Metal element as according to the sheng cycle of the five element model 'Earth feeds Metal'. Strengthen the lungs through exercise and perhaps have a colonic irrigation (or at least have a detox diet for a few days every season). Keeping active will also help to stimulate the gall bladder energy (a function of gall bladder energy is to 'gather and nourish the tendons and ligaments').

Physical activity needs to be planned in a 'chi hai' year. It helps in strengthening the missing Metal element and the missing Metal deep energy for the year. The best exercise of all in this year is walking.


Wealth:

So, this is a new year in which the energetic seeds for financial success are being sown.

Whatever the enterprise,provided it is properly planned and managed, there is a greater chance of monetary success in this year than almost any other in the alchemic sixty year cycle!

Excess Wood energy for this year suggests increased growth for the year over previous years.


Gold and silver increase in value whilst land and property values stagnate.


 Happiness:

For master acupuncturists happiness is achieved through harmony, both within and without.

Stimulating the 'four gates' using acupuncture on the eight auspicious days of the new year is
one way to harmonise in any year.


For this new year we can all help to harmonise ourselves by taking on some of the above mentioned characteristics for someone born in an earth pig year.


Then there is an acupuncture point that is 'the gathering point for nourishing tendons and ligaments' and that happens to be a gall bladder energy point, a missing organic energy in this new year. We can all stimulate it by using fingertip pressure at the point:











This acupuncture point - GB-34 - is the celestial stem energy balancing point for an earth pig year.




The Climate in a chi hai year is naturally much wetter than average. 

To begin the year, there will be increased wind and flood events, with a cooler than average beginning to summer. Summer ends warmer than average and the warmth extends into autumn. Winter begins with more extensive flooding, cold slowly increases but this is not a harsh winter. 

The 'chi hai' year brings a degree of stability not experienced for some years, and prepares us for the tumultuous year to come: the year of the metal rat.




HAPPY NEW YEAR






Tuesday, 13 February 2018

happy new year of the earth dog




happy new year everybody, the chinese new year begins on february 16th 2018.





it's the year of the 'earth dog' and chinese folk astrology says that people born in this year will show themselves to be affectionate, generous, communicative, home loving though serious workers, and full of energy. Beware of the earth dog's barking nature, though this is a dog who's bark is worse than it's bite!

master acupuncturists know this year as a 'wu hsiu' year.

Wu relates to the yang of the Fire element and so in this new year there is an excess of organic energy, and the quality of that energy is excitable and demanding. If you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy in nature then you need look no further than a wildfire.

Hsiu relates to the symbolic energy of the dog. Any dog owner knows that a dog can be very affectionate and loyal if it's needs are met; equally, they soon let you know when they feel neglected.

So, in putting these two energetic scenarios together - excitable and demanding, emotional and needy - results in a relationship that produces a dramatic nature that is steadied through being centred/balanced/grounded.

Alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, excess fire energy will produce deficient metal energy according to the ke cycle of five element theory, and in so doing weakens the grasp on physical reality and the things of the physical world, only to increase an intensity of being.

So, in this new year, the advice on health, wealth and happiness might well be:


Health

The missing organic energies in this new year are the lung, colon and gall bladder energies. With the Metal element deficient ther's an obvious need to strenghten the lungs through exercise and perhaps have a colonic irrigation (or at least have a detox diet for a few days every season). Keeping active will also help to stimulate the gall bladder energy (a function of gall bladder energy is to 'gather and nourish the tendons and ligaments').

Physical activity needs to be increased in a 'wu hsiu' year. It helps to burn off excess fire energy and it stimulates the Wood element and Wood deep energy, which are both missing in the alchemical chart for this new year.


Wealth:

So, this is a new year in which, to be on the safe side, you need to try and hold on to what you have!

However, it's also a year that tempts one to try one's luck!!

Investing in currencies and mining should be avoided (metal energy is weak throughout the year).

Excess fire energy indicates that communication sectors will do well, especially communication infrastructures.


Happiness:

For master acupuncturists happiness is achieved through harmony, both within and without.

Stimulating the 'four gates' using acupuncture on the eight auspicious days of the new year is
one way to harmonise in any year.
For this new year we can all help to harmonise ourselves by taking on some of the above mentioned characteristics during an earth dog year.
Then there is an acupuncture point that 'harmonises the interior and the exterior' and that happens to be a gall bladder energy point, a missing organic energy in this new year. We can all stimulate it by using fingertip pressure at the point:


Stimulate by rotating clockwise pressure using a fingertip, crystal etc.

The Climate in a wu hsiu year is naturally much hotter than average, especially in the high summer season and throughout the autumn. Famine through crop failure is likely to increase. As will wildfires. 
The best case scenario is a wet spring, a great long summer, virtually no autumn followed by a hard winter.
The worst case scenario is catastrophic fire due to volcanic activity etc.

The 'wu hsiu' year brings an abundance of vibrant, passionate energy that moves forward, with an intensity, the fruits of the previous year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

change and master acupuncture


 

Welcome everybody,

I am currently working at a retreat - www.amchara.com - in the mediterranean, where the strap line is "change for good". 

Retreats are great places for making lifestyle changes, both short term and long term.



Getting away from the habitual, from the everyday routines and responsibilities that shape our lives, is a sure way to begin the process of change, whatever those changes might be. 
Of course, it's not the only way, but more often than not we do need support to make those changes that matter to us.

It's so easy for us to get into 'ruts' in our lives, to accept the status quo or to indulge in the 'comfort zone' that we might have spent a lot of time and energy (not to mention money) in creating for ourselves. But after a while, perhaps even a long while, there comes that niggling feeling that this is not enough. We could be bigger and better, and we know it!

Sometimes we just know that without a break, a change, our lives are in danger of unravelling, whether from exhaustion or being under pressure or simply by not being selfish enough. And a holiday is not the answer, it wont do it for us, something more radical is needed!

At the retreat this help is straightforward. Our guests have already made the decision to change.

Being primarily a detox retreat, master acupuncture supports the cleansing process by firstly offering the 'four gates' treatment. This treatment works on tonifying the large intestine and sending energy down to encourage toxin elimination. It also tonifies the liver, which has to work hard in the first few days of detoxification. Together, needling these four acupuncture points increases yang energy  and in so doing reduces the pain of change!

Secondly, master acupuncture treats any health issues that our guests may be experiencing. These may be as a result of the detoxification process e.g. there are two acupuncture points that when combined together reduce the cravings from giving up comfort eating; there is an acupuncture point for increasing willpower, lessening the agony of change; there are acupuncture points for increasing energy levels should lethargy set in, etc. Quite often guests will bring with them other health issues, ranging from pain conditions such as knee pain to more systemic problems e.g. high blood pressure, asthma, etc. Master acupuncture can help by initiating treatments that focus on such conditions that can then be continued to be resolved on returning home.

Thirdly, master acupuncture offers balancing treatments, balancing the five elements as a preventative measure when it comes to maintaining a healthy and harmonious body/mind/soul. According to oriental medicine, dis-ease and disharmony result by increased degrees of imbalance. The master acupuncturist is able to work out everyones five element imbalances from birth and is able to restore a degree of balance, thereby promoting health and harmony.

Here at amchara the emphasis is on detoxification and weight loss. However, whatever your situation, when it comes to making changes, master acupuncture can help.

Master acupuncturists know that the organic energy responsible for determining what's good for you and what's not good for you is the small intestine energy. Often people will unconsciously tune into their small intestine energy when mulling over whether to go ahead with a particular action or choice! The last point on the small intestine energy meridian is SI-19, with the name 'listen to your heart'. It is found on the face, just in front of the ear. See how many people rub this area up and down with their forefinger when contemplating something put to them. 

The small intestine, in oriental medicine, is intimately connected with the heart energy (indeed it is referred to as the yang of the heart). Using the point SI-7, with the name 'gate to the heart', is a powerful tool for the master acupuncturist, promoting a deep change in the personality that encourages 'change for good'.

A course of acupuncture treatment can make the all the difference between succeeding or failing in your heartfelt desire to ring the changes for your own health & harmony.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

happy new year of the wood goat








happy new year everybody, the chinese new year begins on february 19th 2015.

actually, master acupuncturists know that there are 3 chinese new years every year!

the first is on january 20th 2015, and is known as the celestial new years day. it always falls on the 20th or 21st january every year, when the constellation of aquarius is at 15 degrees to the earth.

the second, known as the terrestrial new years day, always falls on february 5th. this is the first day of spring according to the cycle of the four seasons.

the third, known as the human new years day, is the one we all hear about, falling on the second new moon after the winter solstice. this is the one that affects each of us as individuals and all of us as a race.

so, in a nutshell, there is a new years day in heaven (the celestial sphere); on earth (the terrestrial sphere); and in man (the human sphere).

what all three new years have in common is the same vibrational quality and quantity, determined by the cycles of life. the cycles of life repeat every 60 years (a sexagenary cycle) and they are the basis for master acupuncture practice.

so, let's have a look at the vibrational quality and quantity associated with the year of the wood goat. by doing this we can gain an insight into what to expect over the coming year, and how we might be affected!


the chinese name for a wood goat year is 'yi wei'. yi relates to the yin of wood and so in this new year there is a deficiency of organic energy, and the quality of this organic energy is calm and flowing. if you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy you would do no better than to observe the flow of river currents. the flowing strength of the river symbolises the energy of yi in nature. wei relates to the symbolic energy of the goat. now any goatherder knows the tawny strength of the goat, able to climb surefootedly in hostile terrain, able to digest anything edible, calm by nature until provoked!

so, in putting these two energetic scenarios together - calm, powerful, flowing energy and strong, nourishing energy - results in a relationship that produces a calm, pleasantly enjoyable and benign strength of nature, with the odd flare up from time to time!

a closer look at the deficient energy of 'yi' shows that, in the cycles of life, it is trapped within a ring of metal energy.

alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, deficient metal energy allows fire energy to increase along the five element reverse ke cycle, and in so doing creates energetic heat and the occasional flare up.

if this is the energetic nature of the host 'yi wei', the wood goat year, then we as guests would do well to harmonise with our host. as each of us has our own unique enegetic nature (our personal energy signature) this action can be easier for some than others! if you don't know whether you're a water dragon or an earth dog etc. then follow the link and simply key in your date of birth www.birthdayoils.com and find out.

it can all be worked out i.e. the relationship you already have with the new year, energetically speaking. and as we know (it's a universal law) energy creates, controls and sustains our forms i.e. our body/mind/soul/spirit forms. all this knowledge creates a possibility for master acupuncturists to harmonise the guest and the host, throughout their time together, by practicing the four 'change of season' treatments. you can access this treatment protocol at www.masteracupuncture.co.uk

medically speaking, in this new wood goat year, the missing organic energies of the water element mean that the kidneys and the bladder are at greater risk during this year. this is especially so for the kidneys in the autumn i.e. the metal season in a deficient metal year. so, hydration is going to be particularily important then, and to a lesser extent throughout the whole year.

the climate in a 'yi wei' year is naturally drier than usual, summer being hotter than usual with the occasional heatwave. volcanic activity increases whilst earthquake activity decreases, however those earthquakes that do happen are likely major events.


The 'yi wei' year brings a welcome relief from the turbulent 'chia wu' year just past.


HAPPY NEW YEAR



Sunday, 26 January 2014

happy new year of the wood horse

happy new year everybody

the chinese new year begins on january 31st 2014. actually, master acupuncturists know that there are 3 chinese new years for every lunar calendar year!

the first is today, january 20th 2014, and is known as the celestial new years day. it always falls on the 20th or 21st january every year, when the constellation of aquarius is at 15 degrees to the earth.

the second, known as the terrestrial new years day, always falls on february 5th, the first day of spring according to the cycle of the four seasons.

the third, known as the human new years day, is the one we all hear about, falling on the second new moon after the winter solstice. this is the one that affects each of us as individuals and all of us as a race.

so, in a nutshell, there is a new years day in heaven (the celestial sphere); on earth (the terrestrial sphere); and in man (the human sphere).

what all three new years have in common is the same vibrational quality and quantity, determined by the cycles of life. the cycles of life repeat every 60 years (a sexagenary cycle) and they are the basis for master acupuncture practice.

so, let's have a look at the vibrational quality and quantity associated with the year of the wood horse. by doing this we can gain an insight into what to expect over the coming year, and how we might be affected!

the chinese name for a wood horse year is 'chia wu'. chia relates to the yang of wood and so in this new year there is an excess of organic energy, and the quality of this organic energy is exuberant and forceful. if you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy you would do no better than to observe the crashing of waves upon the shore. that tube that surfers are forever searching to ride through is the energy of chia in nature. wu relates to the symbolic energy of the horse. now any horserider knows how spirited a horse can be. this is a very sensitive animal, so peaceful at rest and yet highly spirited when cajoled. we have to tame them, break them in, before they will do our bidding.

so, putting these two energetic scenarios together might seem like a recipe for a disastrous relationship - the forceful nature and the wild at heart nature - that could only produce mayhem and danger. fortunately though,
there is a saving grace to a 'chia wu' year and that is to be found by having a closer look at the excess organic energy of chia. in the cycles of life it is organised, contained indeed, within a field of earth energy.

alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, earth energy destroys wood energy along the five element reverse ke cycle, gentling and slowing the flying horse, who gallops with the wind at his back. to be sure, the wood horse year is still a year of moving forward with pace and can we keep up, can we surf the wave, be at one with the flying horse?

if this is the nature of the host, the wood horse year, then we as guests would do well to harmonise with our host. as each of us has our own unique enegetic nature (our personal energy signature) this action can be easier for some than others! if you don't know whether you're a water dragon or an earth dog etc. then follow the link and simply key in your date of birth www.birthdayoils.com and find out.

it can all be worked out i.e. the relationship you already have with the new year, energetically speaking. and as we know (it's a universal law) energy creates, controls and sustains our forms i.e. our body/mind/soul/spirit forms. all this knowledge creates a possibility for master acupuncturists to harmonise the guest and the host, throughout their time together, by practicing the four 'change of season' treatments. you can access this treatment protocol at www.masteracupuncture.co.uk

medically speaking, in this new wood horse year, the missing organic energies of the metal element mean that the lungs and the colon are at greater risk during this year. this is especially so for the lungs at the beginning of the year i.e. february. so, be aerobic and keep thos lungs warm and dry to prevent illness. and then catch up with that flying horse!

HAPPY NEW YEAR





Thursday, 21 November 2013

destiny becomes you







are you on a path, a trip with a destination, or are you travelling through life meeting whatever comes your way, wherever you may be, with whatever comes to hand? in other words, how much of your life seems to be down to you and how much seems to be random?

the chinese view on this matter gives us an alternative to Shakespeare's famous line on our lives, "all the world's a stage, ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do and die". if Shakespeare had been chinese that famous line would have read "all the world's a movie, we are it's star, acting out who we are".

for the chinese, this analogy with life being a movie starts before we were born. apparently, we helped to script the storyline and create the scenes that go to make up our own personal life movie before we were born. why? for the chance to become 'bigger & better'!

and because, basically, you are the star and co-director of your own life movie, what you choose to think and say and do either increases or decreases your chances of living a life that,  a) has a positive meaning to it and b) has a happy ending to it!


the royal families of ancient china - kings and emperors and their kin - mainly used acupuncture as a way to achieve their destiny. back then the understanding was that the four dimensions of life were represented in us i.e. as the body/mind/spirit/soul aspects of a human, according to the principle of macrocosm/microcosm ('as above/so below'). these four aspects of living were named 'the four pillars of destiny'. the nature of each pillar of destiny could be discovered by examining the quality and quantity of organic energy composing it. adjustments could then be made, using acupuncture techniques, which would allow the opportunity for one's destiny to be realised.


when you go to see a master acupuncturist he/she will be able to see your four pillars of destiny. they will resemble a four dimensional holographic chess board, the chess pieces being the organic energies for each level of being. the base, foundational pillar is known as the constitutional pillar that rules the body. it will show, upon analysis, the strengths & weaknesses of the physical body. balancing this pillar leads to a healthier constitution and more likelihood of being around for those climatic scenes when destiny is realised! similarly with the other three pillars - the mental pillar that rules thinking...the spiritual pillar that rules consciousness...and the soul pillar that rules personalty...energy balancing adjustments lead to an increase in the potential for health & harmony and ultimately, of course, for realising one's destiny. when it comes to balance, well we are all born out of balance. it is the price we pay for being individuals, separate from the one yet united by the one!


 or, as that master of poetry and philosophy, Goethe, put it:

"when you to the world were born, the sun stood still, greeting every star, 
and ever since you have striven to grow by the laws that rule who you are.
and in all of time no power can undo the living form that life created of you."

each of the four pillars of energy created at the moment of your birth are set to determine 
your physical, mental, spirit and soul make up and also determine how you will grow as an individual.

the master acupuncturist can use this knowledge to make sense of your past history, 
discover how you are doing on your path to mastering your destiny, and help you to achieve this ultimate goal. 

if the role of the shaman is to assist in mastering destiny then all master acupuncturists are shamans!


visit www.masteracupuncture.co.uk to realise your destiny

may we all become what we came to do...may we all become our destiny!