To celebrate Chinese New Year, we've invited Dr Michael Oon to explain what the year of the horse could have in store for us in 2014:
The year of the Wood Horse rides into 2014 bringing the energy of a wild horse on fire galloping at speed that can be out of control if not subdued. This is fuelled by the element of strong fire in this year’s lunar chart. The 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac calendar is ruled by 12 animals and each year will take on the characteristics of the ruling animal. The horse is a strong and powerful animal and the general indication is that there will be many conflicts and disagreements especially among political rulers and countries. On the other hand, it is also a time for robust growth in industries relating to the wood element such as timber, agriculture, media, education, arts and crafts and publishing. The stock market is expected to be bullish and more women leaders and entrepreneurs will emerge this year.
Feng Shui, the Chinese environmental science of land management subscribes to the principle that the universe is ruled by five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal governed by the cosmic power of ying and yang. Ying energy is cold and dark while yang is warm and light, as different as day and night and the central belief is that harmony can only be achieved when there is a balance between them. The interaction of these five elements influences the trait and trend of the world. This year the excess fire element fuelling the prevalent wood element predicts more fire disasters possibly volcano eruptions, bush fire, explosion and even regional wars which are already happening in the Middle East and parts of Africa.
Dr Michael Oon, a former forensic scientist with Scotland Yard, is an international Feng Shui consultant who has worked with major corporations, resorts, private estates and property developments worldwide with his team of professionally trained consultants said, “Predictions for the year of the horse is only a guideline. There are many other factors that can affect world events and trend. However there are proven track records that harnessing auspicious energy in your homes and offices contribute to your wellbeing and business success.” He pronounced that a person’s wellbeing is centred in the home where you spend most of your time and it is imperative that you create a harmonious living space. It starts with choosing the right house at the right place taking into consideration location of the house in relation to the landscape, the locality and the path of energy flow. Uncluttered space and light are the key elements for energy attraction especially places around parks and rivers which are purveyors of fresh energy. Harrods Estates has the pick of the crop and has a large portfolio of desirable residences in London.