Annual Forecast and Feng Shui Remedies for 2008 – Yang Brown Earth Rat Year – Tiger Sign

If you were born in the Year of Tiger (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998) as per Chinese Astrology Horoscopes, know your Destiny in 2008 in your Career/Business, Health, Wealth, Harmony, Love and Studies. Be aware of your strengths and be warned of the negative energies that you may have to face, to plan your strategies well ahead. Get to know the Feng Shui Enhancers and Cures that can help you, too.

Annual Forecast & Feng Shui Remedies for 2008 : Wu Zi, Year of Yang Brown Earth Rat – Tiger Sign (Chinese Zodiac)

The Chinese Zodiac Astrology is ancient, interesting, accurate and loved by millions across the world. The Chinese Zodiac is based on cyclic concept of time : a cycle of 12 years, repeated again and again. The 12 Years are associated with 12 Celestial Animals : Rat (or Mouse on Mongoose), Ox (or Buffalo or Bull or Cow), Tiger, Rabbit (or Hare or Cat), Dragon, Snake (or Serpent), Horse, Goat (or Sheep or Ram), Monkey, Rooster (or Hen or Cock or Chicken or Phoenix), Dog and Pig (or Boar or Hog). The animal names occasionally differ with the Oriental Country they originate. The Chinese Yearly Horoscopes are basically built around these 12 Animal Signs.

Your Chinese Astrological Zodiac Animal Sign is directly based on the Chinese Lunar Year of Birth that you were born. The Chinese New Year is mobile and could start anywhere between 21st January and 20th February, depending upon the year. If your Date of Birth falls into any of the following Chinese Lunar Years, then, because you are born in the Year of the Tiger, you are symbolically identified by your Celestial Animal, the “Tiger” :

From 08 Feb 1902 to 28 Jan 1903

From 26 Jan 1914 to 13 Feb 1915

From 13 Feb 1926 to 01 Feb 1927

From 31 Jan 1938 to 18 Feb 1939

From 17 Feb 1950 to 05 Feb 1951

From 05 Feb 1962 to 24 Jan 1963

From 23 Jan 1974 to 10 Feb 1975

From 09 Feb 1986 to 28 Jan 1987

From 28 Jan 1998 to 15 Feb 1999

In Chinese Hsia Calender, 2008 is the 4705th year and significantly, is also the fifth year of the New Feng Shui Land Luck Cyclic Period 8. The forthcoming new Chinese Lunar Year is from 7th February 2008 to 25th February 2009. The next Chinese New Year, Ji Chow, the Yin Brown Earth Ox will begin on 26th January 2009.

Enjoy the Annual Forecasts and learn about the suggested Feng Shui & Crystal Remedies that you may need for the coming “New Lunar Year 2008 : Wu Zi, Year of Yang Brown Earth Rat” :

CAREER

Not an easy year. Stick to what you know and do not get into challenges. Do not act on impulse but be patient. Rush and risk should be fully avoided. Respect and accept the ideas and suggestions of your friends and well-wishers. Certain scheming, shady, wile characters are “eyeing” you this year. Wear an Evil Eye Beads bracelet and carry the genuine, energized photograph of the White Tiger for your protection. Those who are employed will fare better than those who are self-employed. If you are an employee, lie low with your fantastic ideas and get prepared to toe the line of the rest. There will be frequent travels and gruelling hours of work – accept it bravely and consider it as a ground work for better times. Ignore hurting sarcasm and destructive criticisms. Keep to yourself and avoid complaining to superiors about provocation, as it could lead to their displeasure and ire. If opportunities of learning and/or training come your way, grab them. Some of you might get a change in working environment but this is not the right time for career switch. Many of you will relocate home while some of you may even migrate. The situation will be uncertain and will keep changing frequently. Things will turn around when they look most promising or most frustrating. Display the statue of Frog on Elephant or Monkey on Elephant in the North for career stability and carry a set of 3 Rising Dragon Coins for success luck. Guard against the betrayal from a trusted one – seek the blessings of the Mentor KuanKung and his protection. Those working in medical line, designing and professional sports will do better than the others. So will the insurance dealers, real estate agents and financial consultants. The self-employed will face many a hurdle and become battle-weary. There will be continuous challenges, pressure and attacks from the outside. Labor disputes and disharmony in the working environment will haunt you. Plan and work for long term goals to avoid disappointments. Install the statue of the Green Tara for overcoming the obstacles, exclusive Sacred Geometry Yantra focused on solving Labor Problems and carry the Fortune Flower Coins for the much needed success luck.

MONEY

Average money luck can be expected. Those who get paid by the volume of work they do will get a major increment in their income. However wage earners will have to manage with just their regular income in spite of their added work loads. You should be able to pull through the year without any significant problems if you put a reality check on those extravagant spending of yours and have a tight control over your budget. Do not indulge in large purchases right now but wait for better financial times. Your gambling luck is down, so avoid impulsive involvement in the stock markets and lotteries. Do not go for new loans and do not don the role of a guarantor this year. Display the Brass Five Element Pagoda Tower to avoid heavy financial loss. Carry a set of 3 Batlock Coins for some increase in cash flow.

HEALTH

Physical strain and mental instability will be causes of major concern. Lack of rest and sleep will eat away your inner resources. Relax, rest and sleep as much as possible. Timely intake of food is essential. Drive carefully with road safety in mind. Accidents and injuries while travelling are highly probable. You may try to pre-empt the destined bloodshed by voluntary donation of your blood or by getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist. Those with past illness should watch out for possible relapse. Carry a set of 3 Sau Health Coins to address health concerns and MaZhu Travel Safety Plaque with you. Take care of the elderly family members living with you.

LOVE

Your emotional detachment, loneliness and self-induced depression will sow internal tensions in the family harmony and instill cracks in the marital harmony. Even the smallest quarrel will magnify into deep misunderstanding. Some could even face separation. Control your temper and be more tolerant and caring. Place the statues of Male QuiYong on Dragon and Female QuiYong on Phoenix in the South West of your bedroom and keep a set of three Harmony Coins under your bed, before the problem gets out of control.

STUDIES

Focus fully on your studies and ignore the disturbing events happening around you, especially in your family. Try to differentiate between dream and reality at least now. It is an year of mobility and you may feel disoriented. Avoid getting into arguments of any kind and learn to live with the divergent views of others. Do not meddle into others’ love affairs and be sensitive to others’ feelings. Remember that the most important aspect of your present moment is nothing but marks and ranks. Installing the Dragon Head Turtle carrying Pagoda Tower in the North East will help you in this. Females born in 1986 should ban romantic thoughts and be determined to preserve their integrity and chastity, at all costs. Carry a set of 3 QuiYong Coins to instill discipline.

Compatible Sign for 2008 : Goat

Auspicious Direction for 2008 : South West

Auspicious Color for 2008 : Greyish White

Auspicious Number for 2008 : 8

Wealth Gods to pray in 2008 : Mi Le Zu Shi, Zhong Tan Yuan Shuai

NOTE ABOUT REMEDIES : The above analysis has suggested some remedies/cures for reducing the impact of negative energy and has recommended certain enhancers for increasing and improving upon the beneficial energy of the year. For the remedies/enhancers to be effective, they should be cleansed, energised, blessed and programmed not only for the particular individual/family but also for the specific purpose/problem. They should also be placed in the indicated location, to derive the maximum benefit. Any or all of these remedies can be reused for the forthcoming new years, but they may have to be repositioned according to the specific new year.

St Trinian’s – PartyOn

The original St Trinian’s films produced by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (who also composed the St Trinian’s school song – reproduced below), form a chronological quartet and like so many films of the era were produced almost to formulae during what was considered to be the golden age of the Ealing Comedy.

The quartet began with the Belles of St Trinian’s in 1954 and all four films, plus a poorly received 1980′s revival were based on a series of cartoons by the British cartoonist Ronald Searle. Searle’s cartoons were inspired by the real-life St Trinnean’s a ‘school for young ladies’ in Edinburgh and now part of the University of Edinburgh campus.

Searle’s cartoons often depicted a dark humour with cartoons often showing dead bodies of murdered girls or those who had succumbed to violent tem sports – this spirit of groups of schoolgirls running riot became one of the mainstays of the films. Much of this riotous behaviour centred around girls drinking, smoking and gambling.

The famous ‘gymslip’ uniform worn by pupils in both the cartoons and the later films is thought to have been based on that worn by James Allen’s Girls School in Dulwich, South London which was attended by Searle’s daughter Kate.

In the films the younger girls, who all appeared to be in the fourth form, wrecked the most havoc and were the most aggressive. These fourth formers are the most closely related to Searle’s original cartoons. The older girls, the sixth formers, were portrayed as sexually precocious to such a degree that they were considered controversial with scenes of sixth formers disappearing behind the proverbial bike sheds for a bit of Ealing Comedy ‘slap and tickle’.

The typical St Trinian’s sixth former had managed to convert their shapeless gymslip into something incredibly sexy for the period. Skirts were worn short and dark stocking bands were always to be seen, the gymslip had a tailored look emphasising the busty hourglass figure and long legs that represented the ideal woman of that era.

Apart from their place in the history of the golden age of the Ealing Film Comedy, St Trinian’s is remembered in one of two basic ways. Either it’s for hordes of young girls running riot and causing havoc or it’s the sixth formers behaving coquettishly and causing whiskers to twitch (think Terry Thomas).

Britney Spears in her video for her ‘Baby, One More Time’ record wore sexy schoolgirl attire that is very similar to that adopted by the sixth formers in the original St Trinian’s films.

Party on; St Trinian’s. Why not follow Britney and adopt a School related theme for your next party. You can make it as wild as you like either aiming for a traditional school day theme or alternatively opt for a ‘skolldayz’ disco. Whichever theme you choose you will have ample scope to integrate the St Trinian’s sixth former’s approach to your costumes!

A St Trinian’s also makes a good hen night or girls night out theme, but we would suggest that there is always one teacher with can ready to both keep the girl’s in check and also to keep others at bay!

Lastly, the school song accredited to Sidney Gilliat (1954);
Maidens of St Trinian’s; Gird your armour on. Grab the nearest weapon; never mind which one. The battle’s to the strongest; might is always right. Trample on the weakest; glory to their plight.

St Trinian’s St Trinian’s; our battle cry. St Trinian’s St Trinian’s; will never die.

Stride towards your fortune; boldly on your way. Never once forgetting; there’s one born every day. Let our motto broadcast; “get your blow in first”; she who draws the sword last; always comes off the worse.

Financial Meltdown – The End of a 300 Year Ponzi Scheme

Panic struck on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged a thousand points between July and August, and commentators warned of a 1929-style crash. To prevent that dire result, the U.S. Federal Reserve, along with the central banks of Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, extended a 315 billion dollar lifeline to troubled banks and investment firms. The hemorrhage stopped, the markets turned around, and investors breathed a sigh of relief. All was well again in Stepfordville. Or was it? And if it was, at what cost? Three hundred billion dollars is about a third of the total paid by U.S. taxpayers in personal income taxes annually. A mere $188 billion would have been enough to repair all of the 74,000 U.S. bridges known to be defective, preventing another disaster like that in Minneapolis in July. But the central banks’ $300 billion was poured instead into the black hole of rescuing the very banks and hedge funds blamed for the “liquidity” crisis (the dried up well of investment money), encouraging loan sharks and speculators in their profligate ways.

Where did the central banks find the $300 billion? Central banks are “lenders of last resort.” According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s “Economic Review”, “to function as a lender of last resort [a central bank] must have authority to create money, i.e., provide unlimited liquidity on demand.”1 In short, central banks can create money out of thin air. Increasing the money supply (“demand”) without increasing goods and services (“supply”) is highly inflationary; but this money-creating power is said to be necessary to correct the periodic market failures to which the banking system is inherently prone.2 “Busts” have followed “booms” so regularly and predictably in the last 300 years that the phenomenon has been dubbed the “business cycle,” as if it were an immutable trait of free markets like the weather. But in fact it is an immutable trait only of a banking system based on the sleight of hand known as “fractional-reserve” lending. The banks themselves routinely create money out of thin air, and they need a lender of last resort to bail them out whenever they get caught short in this sleight of hand.

Running through this whole drama is a larger theme, one that nobody is talking about and that can’t be cured by fiddling with interest rates or throwing liquidity at banks making too-risky loans. The reason the modern banking system is prone to periodic market failures is that it is a Ponzi scheme, one that is basically a fraud on the people. Like all Ponzi schemes, it can go on only so long before it reaches its mathematical limits; and there is good evidence that we are there now. If we are to avoid the greatest market crash in history, we must eliminate the underlying fraud; and to do that we need to understand what is really going on.

The 300 Year Ponzi Scheme Known as “Fractional-Reserve” Lending

A Ponzi scheme is a form of pyramid scheme in which earlier players are paid with the money of later players, until no more unwary investors are available to be sucked in at the bottom and the pyramid collapses, leaving the last investors holding the bag. Our economic Ponzi scheme dates back to Oliver Cromwell’s revolt in seventeenth century England. Before that, the power to issue money was the sovereign right of the King, and for anyone else to do it was considered treason. But Cromwell did not have access to this money-creating power. He had to borrow from foreign moneylenders to fund his revolt; and they agreed to lend only on condition that they be allowed back into England, from which they had been banned centuries earlier. In 1694, the Bank of England was chartered to a group of private moneylenders, who were allowed to print banknotes and lend them to the government at interest; and these private banknotes became the national money supply. They were ostensibly backed by gold; but under the fractional-reserve lending scheme, the amount of gold kept in “reserve” was only a fraction of the value of the notes actually printed and lent. This practice grew out of the discovery of goldsmiths, that customers who left their gold and silver for safekeeping would come for it only about 10 percent of the time. Thus ten paper banknotes “backed” by a pound of silver could safely be printed and lent for every pound of silver the goldsmiths held in reserve. Nine of the notes were essentially counterfeits.

The Bank of England became the pattern for the system known today as “central banking.” A single bank, usually privately owned, is given a monopoly over issuing the nation’s currency, which is then lent to the government, usurping the government’s sovereign power to create money itself. In the United States, formal adoption of this system dates to the Federal Reserve Act of 1913; but private banks have created the national money supply ever since the country was founded. Before 1913, multiple private banks issued banknotes with their own names on them; and as in England, the banks issued notes for much more gold than was in their vaults. The scheme worked until the customers got suspicious and all demanded their gold at once, when there would be a “run” on the banks and they would have to close their doors. The Federal Reserve (or “Fed”) was instituted to rescue the banks from these crises by creating and lending money on demand. The banks themselves were already creating money out of nothing, but the Fed served as a backup source, generating the customer confidence necessary to carry on the fractional-reserve lending scheme.