January 2019 Monthly Feng Shui Tong Shu Almanac

January 2019 Almanac (Tong Shu)
January 2019 12th Month Yi Chou (Yin Wood Ox)
Starts from 5th January 2019 to 3rd February 2019

A Chinese almanac (Chinese calendar) or `Tong Shu’ ‘Tung Sing’ is based on the lunar cycle, providing a guideline that either promotes or advises against certain tasks being undertaken on certain days depending on the combination of the Heavenly Stem and the Earthly Branch. Virtually every home in Asia will have one of these and refer to it daily, it tells you when to do and not to do certain jobs or events. Below you will find the September 2017 Monthly Feng Shui Tong Shu Almanac.

The year an individual is born into consists of two elements. The first is the stem. The ten Heavenly Stems are the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal in their yang and yin state. This essence of an element is indicated in the last number of the year one is born.  0 (metal yang), 1 metal yin, 2 (water yang),  3 (water yin), 4 (wood yang),  5 (wood yin), 6 (fire yang),  7 (fire yin), 8 (earth yang), 9 (earth yin).  For example, if one is born in 1941, the last number of the year is 1 and therefore the heavenly stem of this person is metal yin. The second is the branch. The Twelve Earthly Branches are the twelve animals of Chinese astrology: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The essence of the individual element is; rat (water yang), ox (earth yin), tiger (wood yang), rabbit (wood yin), dragon (earth yang), snake (fire yin), horse (fire yang), sheep (earth yin), monkey (metal yang), rooster (metal yin), dog (earth yang) and pig (water yin). Let’s take 1962 is the year of Yang Water Tiger (yang wood).

The person’s year elements are yang water and yang wood. You can follow the table below to find out the earthly branch of your birth year. The stem and branches express each other in a 60-year cycle in terms of the five elements in their yin and yang states. Use the Almanac below daily to help you in selecting the most auspicious days and times for activities and events such as renovations, travelling, opening a business and even a good day for mending your tools.  As for choosing a favourable date for a wedding, it is advisable to consult a Ba Zi professional because it is the earthly branches of the year and the day of the chosen year and of the individual that is taken into consideration. In former times, once the many characteristics of a building site had been considered, auspicious dates had to be chosen carefully for the actual building tasks in order to ensure harmony. The almanac is published annually and mainly consists of:

  • An update on the annual energies of the Nine Palaces of a property and the three annual afflictions according to the Xuan Kong system of Feng Shui.
  • A ‘Huang Li’ or imperial calendar recommended days to proceed with or avoid certain tasks and projects during the year. There is a section dedicated to recommended days for ‘spring cleaning’ before Chinese New Year.
  • Favourable or unfavourable days according to an individual Year’s Pillar of the Four Pillars ‘Ba Zi’.

An example would be if you were planning to sign contracts in January 2019, you would choose 2nd, 6th etc. Or if you were to have a wedding, you would pick 4th, 5th etc. and avoid the days of 7th, 10th etc. The Almanac is taken very seriously and used daily by all the staff of the Feng Shui Store and especially Michael when he consults, teaches and travels.

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Let’s take it a step further. It can work to a person’s advantage if the hour and the month of the year are also in harmony with the person’s earthly branch. I must stress that this is only a general way of making the best of the situation with the limited information that is provided here. A more complete and precise analysis of a person’s best timing requires a much more in-depth interpretation of the individual’s “Bà Zi” (Four Pillars).

The Tong Shu Almanac is now available on software although we will still be updating monthly almanac free of charge as we have always done for the last ten years. 

Now say that the day is an auspicious one for you and you want to start a new business, you would choose the good days to open a business from this almanac, you may want the door opening ceremony conducted or sign a contract on the hours that are compatible to you. If for example, you are a dog, the most compatible hours from the chart below would be (5am – 7am), (11am – 1pm) and (7pm – 9pm). Now, even if it is not a good day, at least try to use the good hours for important things.  Below is a table that offers the corresponding compatibility of the twelve earthly branches. If you do not know your Chinese animal use the chart below.

Animal

Best times of day (Compatible branches hours)
Rat

11:00pm – 12:59am 01:00am – 02:59am 07:00am – 08:59am 03:00pm – 04:59pm
Ox

01:00am – 02:59am 09:00am – 10:59am 05:00pm – 06:59pm 11:00pm – 12:59am
Tiger

03:00am – 04:59am 11:00am – 12: 59pm 07:00pm – 08:59pm 09:00pm – 10:59pm
Rabbit

05:00am – 06:59am 01:00pm – 02:59pm 07:00pm – 08:59pm 09:00pm – 10:59pm
Dragon

07:00am – 08:59am 03:00pm – 04:59pm 05:00pm – 06:59pm 11:00pm – 12:59am
Snake

01:00am – 02:59am 09:00am – 10:59am 03:00pm – 04:59pm 05:00pm –06:59pm
Horse

03:00am – 04:59am 11:00am – 12:59pm 01:00pm – 02:59pm 07:00pm – 08:59pm
Goat/Sheep

05:00am – 06:59am 11:00am – 12:59pm 01:00pm – 02:59pm 09:00pm – 10:59pm
Monkey

11:00pm – 12:59am 07:00am – 08:59am 09:00am – 10:59am 03:00pm – 04:59pm
Rooster

01:00am – 02:59am 07:00am – 08:59am 09:00am – 10:59am 05:00pm – 06:59pm
Dog

03:00am – 04:59am 05:00am – 06:59am 11:00am – 12:59pm 07:00pm – 08:59pm
Pig

03:00am – 04:59am 05:00am – 06:59am 01:00pm – 02:59pm 09:00pm –10:59pm

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10 thoughts on “January 2019 Monthly Feng Shui Tong Shu Almanac

    1. Hi Sofia,

      Foods like Ginkgo nuts, for example, represent gold ingots and are said to be full of auspicious luck for fertility. Black moss seaweed is a beautiful dish and is symbolic of prosperity. A whole chicken, a desirable addition to the feast, is also symbolic of wealth. Dried bean curd is placed on the banquet table to symbolise happiness and luck. Lotus seed is seen as another fertility symbol and signifies having many offspring. Nian Gao is a traditional sweet, steamed glutinous rice pudding; when you eat this dish, you will aid growth and abundance.

      You can read more about this here https://www.fengshuiweb.co.uk/advice/newyearchinese2019.htm

      Kind regards,
      Daniel

    1. Hola, Marta. Le pedí a nuestro desarrollador web que agregue de nuevo la opción de traducción, que debería realizarse a principios de la próxima semana.

      Saludos cordiales,
      Daniel

  1. Hi
    Thank you for posting the Almanac. I have an interview on 28th Jan and I am a rabbit (Jan 1988) I was wondering what advise can you provide for being successful in my interview. Much appreciated in advance.

    Thanks
    Monica

    1. Hi Monica,

      I would wear your enhancing colours. Shades of reds, peach, burgundy, maroon and pink. Any colour that has a fire look to it. Enhancing colours are the element colour that assists you and this case fire creates earth.

      Good luck with the interview!

      Kind regards,
      Daniel

  2. Thank you for you free information every year . I always enjoy reading it. Every year I follow your 12 monthly- month by month, free almanac with San Niang days, though I don’t see this almanac this year? I am moving states , within Australia on the 10th January and I am a bit worried about the day. thank you again for your posts:):)
    Anna Oddestad

    1. Hi Anna,

      I have checked on my laptop and phone and the Almanac is showing up for me; could you please try again and let me know if you are still having problems.

      Good luck with your move, Anna!

      Kind regards,
      Daniel

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