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Happy Mid- Autumn Festival !

blackmooncakeThe legend behind the Mid Autumn Festival varies but they all surround a handsome couple: Chang Er and Hou-yi. Hou Yi is the ancient hero who, under the order of the gods, shot down 9 of the 10 Suns that suddenly appeared in the skies causing disasters and chaos on Earth. After Hou Yi successfully completed his task, he met a beautiful young lady named Chang Er and the pair fell in love very quickly and got married.

The gods were very pleased with Hou Yi and rewarded him with an elixir of life so the he and his beautiful wife could have immortality. However, an evil man found out about the elixir, murdered Hou Yi and forced Chang Er to give up the elixir. Chang Er was devastated by her husbandโ€™s death and retaliated by drinking all of it. It is said that, after drinking the elixir, she became so light that she floated away into the skies towards the Moon. The Moon is known as “Moon Palace” by the Chinese and is described as a cold and lonely place. Chang Er chooses to live there because it is the closest to Earth, where she lived with Hou Yi. Legend has it that those who witnessed Chang Er floating to the Moon noted that she was most beautiful on this night. Subsequently she became known as the Moon Goddess who will bestow blessings and beauty on those who worship her. As a tradition, new toiletries and cosmetics are placed together with other offerings on the altar for her blessings on this night.

Celebrating Mid- Autumn festival, or the Moon cake festival, is still very popular today. Food that is synonymous with the Mid-Autumn festival is such as โ€œMoon cakesโ€ and pomelos. Traditional Moon cakes were filled with lotus seed paste and egg yolk only but today the filling in the moon cake can vary and the cake comes in all shapes and sizes. Pomelos are fruits that are harvested in Autumn in some parts of China and thus symbolize plenty and abundance.

It is a tradition to gift your friends, employer, clients and relatives moon cakes just before Mid Autumn festival. Reunion dinners or family gatherings are organized. In ancient times, dinners were served on the balcony, patio or in the open where people could recite poetry and gaze at the moon. It is an exciting time for children because, as part of the tradition, they are given lanterns to carry and play with in the neighbourhood.

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October 2012’s Zodiac Predictions

RAT
This is yet another good month for you. You are in the position to be of envy as you seem to have the Midas touch at the moment. However, you must watch your attitude at work and try to improve your interpersonal relationships. Money energy is average but you will managed, with your luck and determination, all will be well.

OX
This is a month of changes where everything will seem unclear, causing you to become indecisive. There will be a situation that will challenge you to change or kick an old habit. As old habits die hard, you must try to keep the determination to change even if it feels like very little is achieved. Relationships with loved ones will go through a sensitive time; conflicts are indicated.

Tiger

Energy fluctuates more drastically this month. You will feel restless and easily irritated but it is the perfect time for personal contemplations. Give yourself a few quiet and restful days to help you balance your energy. Money energy is fair. Work will go through a stressful time. For personal safety, moderate sports activities this month.

RABBIT
The energy of this month will be rather sluggish: events and plans will take a much longer time to unfold. For your own transformation, you will need to go through a quiet but watchful period. Find ways to feel more secure this month. Stay optimistic and keep your vision on what you wish to achieve. Avoid all money risks.

DRAGON

This is the clashing month for your zodiac and that can be uncomfortable for many Dragons. Zodiacs that are clashing should always look after their personal well-being and safety. Work will be stressful and you will be more impatient, but do try to avoid confrontations. An increase in responsibilities is likely but, on the flip side, some will see job promotion.

SNAKE

This is a humpty-dumpty month where events will twist and turn, so it is best to be flexible and not get too absorbed in the process. There is inner work to be done that will benefit you. If you have been waiting for things to happen in your career, it is time to realise that you must first make firm intentions and set your visions. New projects and signing of contracts should be delayed to a better time. Gather more information to help you improve your lifestyle.

HORSE

This is a mixed energy month in general but it may be one of your best months so far. At work or business, your hard work has come to fruition. Things are finally working in your favour. Wealth or money is positive this month. Use this time to focus on how you wish life would be. Create a vision for your goals and be firm about them. Joyous occasions are indicated.

GOAT

This month’s energy is draining. Keep your personal health optimal and keep yourself happy by doing what you love. Mid-month, you must stay determined to fine ways to be in focus and balance. B assured that you will find the support you need at this time. Money energy is fair. You will see some positive changes later in the month.

Monkey
A busy month is indicated. You may feel a little unsettled this month as energy seems to move in circles. Do not try to understand it, but watch the momentum, as it will come to a point where energy will suddenly pick up and turn events around for you. Keep a positive outlook at work and be open to new suggestions.

ROOSTER

This is probably one of the most difficult months for you. Energy is not flowing in your favour. Work or business may not be giving you the results that you wish right now but, if you can wait it out, it will even out later. Be careful that you do not allow yourself to be talked into something that you will regret later.

Dog
This monthโ€™s energy is clashing with the annual ruling zodiac and it can be turbulent. Some of you will be more affected by the energy than others. For your own personal safety, avoid adventure type trips or risky sports. Work place can be chaotic. However,a good money deal or venture are indicated

Pig

If you have been looking forward to a quiet month, this is just not going to be one of them. Work and social life will keep you busy. Something in your environment is upsetting you, perhaps it is time to call in your renovator and do some home improvement. At work, steer clear of any conflicts and power play.

Tarot Wisdom 15th Sept. 2012

The Star if upright is a wish card.

In this instance it is in reversed.
Does this mean you will not get your wish?
Well, the good news is no!

The message here indicates the state of returning to the womb.

If you have been going through a rough patch and feeling lost.
This card indicates that regardless the bad the situation has been, it will stop here.

Allow energy to recycle by detaching your emotions and wait for the resolution to appear.

Let go of the need to struggle.

With Blessings
Clarice Georgia V Chan
International Feng Shui Master, Author and Divination Specialist