Goat Tell It On The Mountain

Anyone needing additional indications that Chinese (PRC) foreign policy might be influenced by feng shui principles would want to know about a recent festive event on the Sino-Indian frontier:

Chinese and Indian frontier soldiers exchanged New Year’s greetings in a joint celebration near the western part of the border area, in a move aimed to enhance mutual trust between the guards.  China is confident in maintaining long-term peace along the border, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, noting the two sides have launched a series of cooperation and communication mechanisms in recent years.

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Although this may be good news for Chinese and Indian border guards, it’s not necessarily welcome tidings for would-be Tibetan refugees hoping to trek across the Himalayas to Dharamsala. The Chinese already have a policy of shooting whatever moves along the mountain trails, and the Indians aren’t exactly thrilled about having new residents in the neighborhood. Mutual trust, cooperation and communication mechanisms between China and India won’t make things any easier for the beleaguered Tibetans.

But that’s somebody else’s problem: for Comrade Eleven and the Central Kingdom, the paramount objective is to minimize the potential negative impact of feng shui Big Sha in the Year of the Goat. This means that problems in the South-Southwest must be avoided at all costs:

Each year, one of 60 Heavenly Generals in charge of assisting the Jade Emperor takes a turn at assuming the role of the Grand Duke (Tai Sui), and his appointment commences on the day of the “Lap Chun”.  Tai Sui is believed by Chinese to be a powerful Earth God who oversees matters that take place on Earth.  The goal is to appease Tai Sui at all times, since his mighty power affects various zodiac signs in different ways each year.  The penalty for offending the Tai Sui can come in many forms of misfortune, including ill health, accidents, career setbacks, financial loss, or personal injury involving loss of blood.

It is a common Chinese practice to pray to the Tai Sui at the start of a lunar year, to seek to be spared from harm and avoid ill feng shui winds or obstacles in life endeavors. The Tai Sui this year is in the South-South-West at 210 Degrees. Avoid facing the Grand Duke or disturbing him by “moving earth” in this region.  Keep an area affected by Tai Sui as calm and quiet as possible. This means keeping noise from any source to a minimum.

Perhaps it is merely a coincidence that the western part of the Sino-Indian frontier is located in China’s South-Southwest. Or maybe not.

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In this feng shui context, Uighurs in Xinjiang Province should also modify their situational awareness:

In 2015 the Five Yellow Star lies in the West.  This 五黄灾星 & 三煞 is the catastrophe/ disaster star that represents just about any negative development that you could possibly imagine.  It brings with it loss of money and physical danger and a run of bad luck.

Is there a silver lining in the feng shui dark clouds gathering over Xinjiang Province?  Possibly.  The traditional feng shui cure for Medium Sha such as 5 Yellow is to place a string of six coins in the affected area, thus increasing the influence of the counteracting Metal element. Perhaps this means that Comrade Eleven will increase investment in the area in order to improve the lives of masses.  That’s what his father would have done.

 

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