Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology Update: April 2021

April 4th takes us into the month of the Water Dragon, the last month of spring and the third month of the Ox year in the Chinese solar calendar. In the Flying Star Feng Shui chart, monthly star 3 of arguments, associated with the Thunder trigram, takes center stage, indicating a month when conflicts can easily arise. Read the second half of this update to learn how messages contained in the monthly trigram can guide us in turning a potentially argumentative month into a peaceful one.

The month’s heavenly stem, Yang Water, can provide us with cosmic guidance for the month ahead. Associated with powerful oceans and seas, Yang Water tells us to trust our survival instinct and err on the side of caution at the same time. Go with the flow instead of fighting the waves of change, but also recognize when to retreat and shelter. Water is the element of fear and anxiety – we will have to discern whether it’d be wiser to rise above our fears, or if it’d be safer to acknowledge and listen to our fears in certain situations.
The Dragon, one of the four Earth signs in Chinese Astrology, is the in-between sign that transitions us from spring to summer, from Wood to Fire. The Dragon helps transform any growing pains we may have experienced at the beginning of the year into joy when summer arrives. Thus April is a time of adapting to recent changes. As mentioned in my 2021 Year of the Ox outlook and March update, more countries and cities would be gaining momentum in their vaccine rollouts in March. With more businesses opening up, many of us are readjusting to an updated new normal. We may have discovered that our lifestyle and habits have changed more than we realized over the past year and that it will take more courage to step out of the comfort zones we’d established.
Take notes of how you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this month, especially if you’re not familiar with your natal chart. The Earth element in the Dragon will help provide grounding and centering to those whose charts lack Earth and Metal, and calming to those with lots of Fire in their charts, while others with plenty of Earth element in their charts may feel sluggish.
Signs that have affinities with the Dragon are secret friend the Rooster and allies the Rat and the Monkey. Those with these signs in their chart can expect a more collaborative month ahead, with support from their friends and family (though keep in mind that other signs in the natal chart may contribute to a more challenging month.)
Those born in the year of the Dog, the sign opposite the Dragon, would be wise to take extra caution and avoid risky ventures this month. If you have a Dragon in your chart, April is a month to be conscious of self-sabotaging behaviors. Practice self-reflection and self-forgiveness.
April 2021 Feng Shui
In the Flying Star Feng Shui chart for April 2021 above, the numbers in green are the annual stars for the current year (good until February 3, 2022), while the numbers in blue refer to April’s monthly stars (good until May 4th, 2021).
The flying star number in the center of the chart, whether it’s an annual or monthly number, and the associated trigram can give us hints of the general moods and themes of that period.
This month, monthly star 3 rules the center of the Flying Star chart. The trigram associated with the monthly star 3 is Zhen, the Thunder trigram, which is of Yang Wood element. Conflicts and arguments can easily arise and escalate with star 3 in the center. Let Wood’s high frequency energy of compassion be your guide whenever you encounter anger or aggressiveness.
The solid Yang line at the bottom of the Thunder trigram below two broken Yin lines indicates that Heaven has the power to intervene on earthly matters, which can be sudden and out of our control, just like the nature of thunder. Whereas the previous month’s Wind trigram implied that whatever changes or chaos occurring in the environment throughout the month were the direct consequences of our own actions, this month we may experience various kinds of divine intervention.
This month’s most productive sectors are the North, Northeast, and East sectors. These are the sectors with stars of current, future, and distant prosperity. Do your daily activities in the North sector to activate the monthly star 8 of prosperity, but take note that the annual star 2 of illness is also in the North. Check in often with the state of your wellbeing, and leave the sector if you start feeling unwell. Monthly star 6 of power and authority “flies” to the Northeast sector, which is one of the year’s best sectors blessed with annual star 9 of joy and future prosperity. If your office is here, this is a productive month to pursue your career aspirations. Monthly star 1 of wisdom and distant prosperity occupies the East sector, which together with the annual star 4 of academic excellence make for an ideal study, office, or creative space.
Keep the Southeast and West sectors quiet in April. These are the sectors where the annual 5 and monthly 5 reside, respectively. Take extra precautions when it comes to your health if your bedroom or front door is located in these sectors, especially the Southeast, which has the annual star 5 of misfortune combining with the monthly star 2 of illness. April’s flying stars also tell us to stay vigilant if you live in the Southeast region of a geographical area. For example, the SE region of the US encompasses Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Southeast Asia is also another area to watch this month.
Use the center and the Southwest sectors with caution. The argumentative energy in these sectors can lead to temper flares. As mentioned in my 2021 Feng Shui outlook, be aware of your emotional state when using the Southwest this year, and leave the room temporarily if you start feeling angry or irritable.
Reinforce all doors and windows located in the South sector, visited by the monthly 7, and the Northwest sector, where the annual 7 resides. Take care of handling sharp objects if your kitchen is located in one of these sectors.
*Although there may be remedies to lessen a sector’s negative energy, the best solution is to simply avoid using the sector, or keep the area as quiet as possible and respect whatever energy is visiting there, especially if you’re not familiar with your home’s natal energies as you may accidentally activate a negative natal star. If you do have to spend time in the area, keep your activities there minimal. Common sense also applies: for example, it’s a good idea to have doors and windows reinforced if they’re located in a sector affected by star 7 of robbery.
Contact me here if you’d like to identify and activate the auspicious sectors in your living or office space and subdue the influences of inauspicious stars to help optimize your family’s wellbeing. I also recommend getting a strategic life reading, which provides you with a blueprint for manifesting your highest potentials.
**If you have had a Feng Shui assessment done, consider getting an annual update. The annual stars are strong in influence and can highly affect the well-being of the home’s occupants. A proper Feng Shui analysis always takes into account the floor plan of a home, its location, direction, external and internal environment, and the year the home was built, as well as its affinity with the residents’ natal charts.
Just like we spend time on self-care as part of our life’s self-work, there is major “home” work involved once you’ve had your home professionally Feng Shui’d. Knowing your home’s natal energies brings full awareness of how your immediate environment can positively influence your life.