The Chinese have a unique calendar system that provides us with information about prevailing elemental influences at any given point in time. It makes use of the five elements – water, wood, fire, earth and metal – and their cycles, to determine the various aspects affecting the world.

In Chinese astrology the Pig has many attributes that make up its character. The Pig is honest, simple and reliable. He is also an easy going personality, yet with a strong loyal streak.

2007 is the year of the Fire Pig and it is influenced by two elements – fire and water. This coming year is represented by the image of Yin Water sitting below Yin Fire. In accordance with the destructive cycle of the five elements – Water conquers Fire. Therefore, they are elements in conflict with the Water yielding the most influence as it is in the foundation. This elemental relationship represents a time less peaceful than 2006, with tensions, agitations and unrest. These two elements together can also bring about more accidents involving trains, air travel and shipping. There is also the possibility of fire disasters and explosions.

The Yin Fire sitting atop the Water Pig symbolises a year of struggles. However, the wood hidden within the Pig indicates new beginnings and the possibility of ‘something better to come’. The Pig also brings with it, in general, more travel than last year.

The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of sixty years. So, the last time we experienced the year of the Fire Pig, was in 1947. The second world war was over and yet, we could see 2007 as a little more turbulent. Whilst history tells us that overall, there was more co-operation in 1947, the Cold war between America and Russia began as did the battles between Pakistan and India.

The industries likely to perform well during the year of the Fire Pig are those related to the elements of Earth and Metal. Some of the industries related to the Earth element are Mining, Property, Insurance and the Chemical sector. The Metal industries such as Skincare, Machinery and Hi-tech/Computer businesses ought to see strong activity. The Wood industries; e.g. fashion, textiles, publishing, paper, forestry – will be productive but not as strong as in 2006. In general, the stock market will fare well from about February until June/July. Nevertheless, investors would do well to be cautious after this point.

The businesses most challenged during the coming year are those of the Water and Fire elements such as shipping, communications, entertainment, and airlines.

Traditional Chinese medicine is also based on the five elements and their cycles. Fire rules the heart whilst Water governs the kidney. However, Yin Fire in particular, also represents the brain, eyes and nervous system. Consequently we may see an increase in health issues relating to anxiety, depression, insomnia and even an increase in obesity. As a result, we need to pay attention to heart and mental health issues this coming year. It is also vital that this year, everyone gives their health greater consideration. Improving the immune system should be a top priority in the event of any widespread epidemic.

During 2007 there will be a clash that occurs for people born in the year of the Snake. Therefore these people should wear the symbol of the Tiger for protection. It also means that Snake people may feel restless and want to move house, change career and travel more – however, it is recommended to not travel in the Northwest direction.

For those born in the year of the Pig it is also advisable to carry or wear a Tiger pendant or charm.

With respect to Feng Shui you will find a troublesome influence coming from the Northeast bringing with it difficulties and obstacles. If this part of your home or business is very active; e.g. entrance, family room, passage or living area then this energy needs to be dealt with by placing an all-metal wind chime or bell in this area particularly during the months of February, August and November. The Centre will require a string of six meta coins to be placed in this area, and this is particularly important if this is the kitchen or a major thoroughfare.

Finally, do not sit with your back against due West whilst working. It’s also advisable to not carry out large-scale construction work in the Northwest for the coming year, as this is the location of the ‘Grand Duke’. Place a Dragon Tortoise to the Northwest should your home face this direction.

Author of this article is Juliana Abram who is one of the leading Feng Shui consultants in Australia having been traditionally trained in Hong Kong by Chinese Feng Shui Master Raymond Lo.

Juliana specialises in ‘Flying Star’ Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of destiny.

Juliana runs her own Feng Shui consultancy ( see ) and her own online Feng Shui store ( see ).


In this modern world, we are surrounded by a lot of ‘noise’, like those from traffic, media, crowds, technologies and every source that produces noise that demands our attention. Therefore, modern people hardly have time for silence.

But as we are all spiritual in nature, amidst these noise, how can we able to hear the spirit within us communicating to us? It is for this reason that no matter how busy we are, we need to find personal time for some quiet moments with our spirits at the deepest level. It allows us to disconnect from the distraction around us and this will improve our spirituality.

Through these quiet moments, we allow ourselves a chnace to open our hearts and minds fully so that we can connect to the universe spiritually. Listen to the rhythm of your heart and listen to the quiet voice of truth whispering in the silence. Lets enjoy the silence.

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February 26, 2007

Dear Maria Duval,

I never had luck like this in my life. The next day I hit a three digit number $1390.00, two days later I hit $1280.00, then four days later I hit for $360.00 and eight days later I hit for $1800.00. I never had luck like this in a lifetime . I have also hit for several $120.00. I love it, I love it, I love it. You can write this in any paper you want to.
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February 26, 2007

Hi, The pendant sent to me by Maria Duval is spectacularly beautiful and effective. I was literally surprised that it happened the very day I received the pendant. My friends called me and insisted to go with them to a local casino. Not having any money I was reluctant to go; but they insisted and let me borrow a hundred dollars ($100.00) from them. Needless to say, we were in the casino less than a half hour and I won seventen hundred dollars ($1,700.00). I was wearing this beautiful pendant around my neck. My skepticism has been eroded and I want to thank Maria Duval most profoundly; Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…

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There is a lot more to astrology than the star sign predictions you see in magazines and papers.

According to Hindu mythology, the knowledge of Astrology, Yoga and various other ancient skills was handed down by the Gods to the Sages of the time.

The basis of astrology is that the behaviour of man is affected by the planets, i.e. the Sun, Moon, Mercury Mars etc, and when a person is born, the position of the planets at the time of birth has fundamental impact on the person’s life.

The key to astrology is the astrological chart or the horoscope. Each person has their own chart based on the time and location of their birth. Even a difference of 5 minutes can result in different charts, and also people born at the same time but in different countries can have different charts.

It is the astrological chart that is used for making predictions about a person. The chart consists of 12 houses, each representing an area of life, for example the 10th house represents a person’s career. Hence predictions can be made about different areas of a person’s life like career, marriage, windfalls, health etc by inspecting the planets within each of the corresponding houses on the chart.

Now you may be asking how the predictions can be made. Well as mentioned earlier, it all depends on how the planets were positioned when you were born. Based on the positioning, different planets will exist in different houses causing different effects which could either be good or bad for the house in question. So for instance you could have the Sun and Mars placed in your 10th house which is your career house. This positioning could mean that you will have a high flying career or it could mean that you will have a really bad career. Also because the planets are constantly moving in and out of the houses, your career could go through highs and lows in your lifetime. Similarly the positioning of the planets in all the other houses will influence other areas of your life.

Now the actual interpretation of the astrological chart varies, i.e. if a planet is in a certain house at a certain time, different people may give different interpretations, for instance one person may say something is bad and someone else may say the same thing is really bad. But you have to bear in mind that astrology is not an exact science, and astrological interpretation should be taken more as probability guide rather than as a surety. For example if you have good planet positioning in your 10th house then there is a probability that you will have a good career, not a surety.

Now you may think that the above is all a pile of cobblers, and that there is no value in astrology. But think again. The basis of astrology is how planets affect you. Now the planets affect the tides, and a human being is made up of a lot of water which could be influenced by the planets in the same way that the tides are. Hence the planets could be affecting a persons personality (mood and behaviour) causing the person to respond in certain ways and hence influencing the outcomes of various events. Again remember, it is not being said that astrology is giving you a precise prediction for the future, but that astrology is providing possibilities for future outcomes, depending on a person’s behaviour which could be influenced by the position of the planets.

Ending on another interesting point, a person born in a particular month may not be the star sign that they think they should be according to general media. For example some one born on the 30th March who according to common understanding should be an Aries, may actually not be an Aries. Again depending on the astrological chart, they may be classified as some other star sign, maybe a Leo or Gemini or some other sign. So you may actually not be the star sign you think you are.

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Congrats to Michael from Wales, UK, for winning quite a big amount of money in sports pool. Here is his testimony expressing his gratitude to Maria Duval.

Dear Maria,
I followed your instructions so far I have won 2 x £10.00 on the Lottery and £17,027 on the Football Pools I’ve never had so much money in my life.
I’ve been able to pay all my outstanding bank loans and other bills and finish off my mortgage. I’m going on holiday for the first time in six years with a little left over.

Michael A.
Wales, UK

For the sake of privacy, I will not display the full last names of those submitting their testimonies. This is very personal stuff and I want to thank those who leave their stories here as comments. I have taken my liberty to copy it as new posts hope you are okay with that. One more note, it’s really heartfelt for these people to share their personal victories and tributes to Maria.

I think it is good to see so many Maria Duval fans who write in to me expressing their gratitude for her help in their lives. I will be posting this one from Denmark.

I have found true love. “You better believe how lucky I am at the moment! I have found true love. I’m no longer on my own and I now look forward to life. Your first talisman has helped me. Your help means everything to me.”

T.C., Sorø, Denmark

It’s good to see people benefit from her service not just about money aspect, but also about other areas like love, relationship and careers.