“Notes on your fortune in the year of the wood sheep 2015” in this week’s issue of the MANILA MAIL (Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2015; page A7)

Pilipinasblitz Forever
A column by Bles Carmona

For the week of Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2015


You know, I must confess that although I’m into astrology and tarot, I never did fully get the hang of Chinese astrology. What I know is called Western, or tropical astrology, with the 12 Sun signs from Aries to Pisces. In this type of astrology, we follow the apparent movement of the Sun around the Earth (geocentric model, not heliocentric). The Sun passes through 30 degrees/ days per sign, going from Aries, to Taurus, to Gemini, and so on, until it reaches Pisces. Then the cycle begins again the following year.

In Chinese astrology, there are 12 animals in their zodiac, but it takes 12 years before one’s own sign is declared ruler of the year again. Some have suggested that this is related to the 12-year Jupiter cycle, Jupiter being the planet of luck and 12 years being the operative number before Jupiter returns to its original place in a person’s natal chart. Meanwhile, everyone born under the same year is considered to be sharing the same personal characteristics and luck during a certain year. For example, I was born under the year of the Metal Dog. How will Metal Dogs like me fare during this year of the Wood Sheep? I guess it just takes a bit of getting used to. I’m just more familiar with Western astrology than with Chinese astrology.
Even so, I decided to do some research and convene with my Cosmic Cabinet. I have asked for their Divine guidance so that I could take some notes about each Chinese sign’s fortune during this Year of the Wood Sheep which officially started last Feb. 19, 2015. Please take note that the date of the Chinese New Year changes per year, so if you were born in January or February, consult a book like “Suzanne White’s Guide to Love” or “The New Astrology – A Unique Synthesis of the World’s Two Great Astrological Systems; The Chinese and Western,” also by Suzanne White. This is so that if for example your birthday is on Feb. 3, 1981, you don’t go about thinking that you’re an early-onset Rooster (Feb. 5, 1981-Jan. 24, 1982) when you’re actually a late-breaking Monkey (Feb. 16, 1980-Feb. 4, 1981).

After convening with my Cosmic Cabinet, here are our combined notes about the fortunes of each of the 12 Chinese signs during this year of the Wood Sheep (also called Goat or Ram):

RAT (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) This will be a good year overall for you. When it comes to love and romance, there is a possibility that a third party would be involved. In terms of career, do your best to get along with your boss and keep a low profile at work. This is not yet the best time to change jobs. Take care of your health.
OX (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) This might be a difficult and challenging year for you. While this year also brings the heaven money wealth star to your sign, signifying money, this does not mean that you should overspend. Don’t delay getting your health check-ups. Observe proper diet and exercise.
TIGER (1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) This year would be relatively smooth-sailing for you, with no major challenges or adversities. The auspicious love star is in your sign, so there are good possibilities about new love relationships. You will get ahead in your career or business, plus your health puts you in tiptop shape.
RABBIT (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) This year will be highly profitable for you. You may see an increase in salary or an opportunity to invest in property. You need to socialize more yet at the same time be careful about what you say. Married Rabbits obtain a peaceful home environment. Health improves and adds vitality.
DRAGON (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) This will be a highly powerful and emotional year for you so you may need to learn how to communicate your feelings better. Master Hanz Cua suggests that Dragons do good deeds like praying and going to church to increase their good luck. There is strong love luck, an opportunity to find a better job, and no major health problems.
SNAKE (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) The wisdom and career luck star are in your sign, making this a good year for taking an exam, getting insurance, and property investment. Your success in your job depends on how well you meet the demands of your boss and clients. There will be mostly short-term romances this year. Drive safely.
HORSE (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) There is a need for teamwork and collaboration in many aspects of your life this year, especially in your business or career. Wealth-wise, things may seem a little bleak, but at the same time, your strong love luck kicks in, even making this a lucky year to get married. Definitely a year of major changes!
SHEEP/RAM/GOAT (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) This will be an excellent year for you, especially in love and relationships. Career and business will flourish. However, you still need to avoid arguments, keep a low profile and share your plans with friends and family. Don’t delay getting that full medical checkup.
MONKEY (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) You will be lucky in love, in ascending the corporate ladder, or in starting your own business this year. You are warned, though, to avoid risky, short-term investments. This will be a year of high energy, enthusiasm, and activity. Still, make sure that you get enough sleep. Believe me, you’ll need plenty more sleep this year to balance all that excitement.
ROOSTER (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) With proper planning and organization, it is still possible for you to make the most of what could be a challenging year. There could be problems in your relationships, health, and legal matters. Keep a low profile, strategize, and pray more frequently to enhance your luck.
DOG (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) The good news: single Dogs will find partners. Not-so-good news: backstabbing, jealousy, and gossip in the workplace. Avoid these unproductive acts. The helping hand star is in your sign so use your public relations skills to attract helpful friends. You also have a strong fame and recognition luck this year.
BOAR/PIG (1946, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) For you, everything is new this year: experiences, acquaintances, and places to visit! This could be a very strong, profitable year for you brought on by strong business partnership luck. You do need to socialize more, and make sure that your partner does not mistake your patience for being aloof. Good health is with you.

That concludes our forecast notes for all the 12 Chinese zodiac signs in the Year of the Wood Sheep. I would like to thank my Cosmic Cabinet for helping me with my research. Oh, and don’t forget that the lucky color for this year is green!

So wear green, and lots of it. It’s for good luck, my dear.

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How do you perform a ritual of visualization of intent? in this week’s MANILA MAIL issue

Pilipinasblitz Forever

The metaphysical column by Bles Carmona

For the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014


All right, we may have missed the opportunity to set goals during the New Moon in Capricorn last January 1. However, with the New Moon in Aquarius coming up on January 30 and the Chinese New Year being celebrated the following day, the Universe is giving us another chance to lay out our plans for the rest of 2014.

One reason why we fail to follow through on our plans is that we haven’t really developed a clear picture of what we want. A lot of self-help books urge readers to write journals to chronicle their emotions as they work toward realizing their goals. Others advise readers to cut photos from magazines about what they want, like for example a new car of the exact model and make if that’s what they want to buy, or a picture of sexy supermodel if they want to lose weight, and then post these collages on their refrigerators or where these cutouts can frequently be seen.

Now let me share a method that has worked for me. I don’t use it often. In fact the last time I used it was 8 years ago, when a few months after I did it I won first place and a hefty cash prize in an international poetry contest, had my poetry book published, and was declared one of the Centennial Awardees at the 2006 Pistahan Festival in San Francisco.

Well, I guess the time has come for me to revisit this method together with all of you who are willing to do the work this year. Taught to me long ago by my youngest sister, who is in many ways my staunchest supporter and benefactress, and who is in possession of a spiritual maturity beyond her years, this method is called a “ritual of visualization of intent.”

Let’s break that down: “ritual” means that there will be certain steps to follow, “visualization” means that images will be involved, and “intent” is simply something positive and beneficial that you want to come true in your life.

A couple of caveats: First, you must be sincere and act only for the highest good of all concerned. We have a saying in the magical world: And may it harm none. Second, never visualize this ritual with any specific person or name in mind. You’d be better off with a general sort of goodwill wish or desire for yourself or your loved ones.

Now let’s answer the question: How does one perform a ritual of visualization of intent?

Step 1. Gather materials to represent Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. Be creative in gathering a symbol for each element. For example, lighted candles can represent Fire. As a nod to the Chinese/Lunar New Year of the Wood Horse, you can get the Knight chess piece to represent Earth, since wood springs from the earth. A friend of mine who tried this ritual told me that he used an inflated balloon to represent Air. A small bowl of water or a bubbling mini-Zen fountain can represent the Water element. Make material choices that have the most personal significance to you.

Step 2. Gather your writing materials. Writing is the basic step to concretizing your thoughts in the material plane. The color of your paper should symbolize faith, hope, and strong belief for you personally. To me, this color is either yellow or gold. The color of the ink in your writing tool must signify quick action. To me, this ink color should be red. But then again, your personal preferences may be different.

Step 3. Find a space free of clutter and people. Draw an imaginary circle of protective white light around you.

Step 4. Light the candles. Begin with this chant as you gaze upon and let your hand linger above the materials you gathered to represent each element: “I am born of fire, I am blessed by fire. I am born of air, I am blessed by air. I am born of water, I am blessed by water. I am born of the earth, I am blessed by the earth. So I image, so let it be.”

Step 5. Close your eyes, concentrate, and breathe deeply several times. Let your emotions be serene and let your intuition guide you freely. What you’re waiting for is a clear image to form in your mind. Take your writing materials and describe what you see. Make sure that you write nonstop with neither hesitations nor erasures. For example, if your intent is to meet your soul mate, you may write something like: “I see him walking beside me by the lake. We are holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes. He pulls me closer to him and he kisses me tenderly. He tells me simply that he loves me and that he has been waiting for me all his life…” Note that everything is written in the present tense. It’s as if everything is happening right now.

Step 6. After you are done with your writing, express your thanksgiving to the benevolent Source of your vision. Fold your paper into the number of times which to you symbolizes quick action. (Suggestion: the famous astrologer Linda Goodman swears by the number 9 which corresponds to Mars, the planet of energy, action, and swift decisions.) Keep your folded piece of paper in a place where it will be undisturbed for a long time.

Step 7. Forget about the ritual you have just done. Let faith take over and let the Elements and the Universe do their work. Trust that everything is in the process of becoming!


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Happy New Year: It’s all good!

A blessed and prosperous 2014 to all of you, my friends!
***January 1 is the day of the New Moon in Capricorn itself, and you know by now how New Moons are auspicious for new beginnings, fresh starts, and new goals to be set. If you want your hair to grow out faster, you could try having your hair cut during the New Moon too… just snippets from the edges, though, like maybe 1/2-1 inch trim.
***Meanwhile, the 2014 Chinese New Year a.k.a. the Lunar New Year, doesn’t begin until January 31. In the Chinese calendar, this is already the Lunar Year 4712, the Year of the Wood Horse.
***For Western astrologers, the start of the astrological year doesn’t happen until the vernal equinox this year on March 20, when the Sun enters Aries. Western astrologers all over the world then celebrate International Astrology Day (IAD 2014) and hold conferences and community activities around that time. San Francisco Bay Area astrologers, in particular, will gather once again for IAD 2014 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in SF on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10 am-8 pm, for a day full of speakers and a wine reception at the end of the day, with good wine generously sponsored by the business empress Esther Wang-O Lau (of Empress Investments International LLC, EmpressInvestments.com). This IAD 2014 conference is a joint effort among the National Council for Geocosmic Research-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NCGR-SFBAC) headed by Steve Pincus, the San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS) headed by Ian Waisler, and the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN). The theme is about “Astrological Visions: Navigating the Waters of Change,” with a special emphasis on Neptune, since it’s in the early degrees of Pisces, the sign it rules. A post-conference talk by creative/avant-garde astrologer Michael Lutin is scheduled the following day at Fort Mason, and his theme will be “Weird Visions.”
***In short, a Happy New Year to all of us, regardless of when we actually celebrate it! It’s all good. Sending you healing light, love, and energy, BLES
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