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Year of the Water Dragon!

Year of the Blue Wooden Horse January 1, 2014

Five Chinese Elements - Diurnal Cycle

Five Chinese Elements – Diurnal Cycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Promises to bring good times and a happy and prosperous 2014!


The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people‘s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).

People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.

They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers.  They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

China Zodiac Animal - HorseHoroscope and Numerology Elements
Earthly Branch of Birth Year: wu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): huo (fire)
Yin Yang: yang
Auspicious Directions: northeast, southwest and northwest
Lucky Colors: brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 6, 5
Lucky Flowers: calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Best match: tiger, sheep, dog; Avoid: rat, ox, rabbit

Celebrities Born in the Year of the Horse
Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Genghis Khan, Emperor Kangxi and Yongzheng of China’s Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911)

Fortune Foretelling in 2014
Overview: It is their order to encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian), a year to offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune. In 2014, their fortune in all aspects will be fluctuant which requires their great cares. They may stress out, in which case they are suggested to self-adjust by talking more to others or taking part in group activities. Upon any difficulties, they should be strong to overcome them all. If they treat people around friendly and behave righteously, they will smoothly get through the year.

Career: Horse people are easily offended this year even for trifles, and seem not to keep a harmonious relationship with colleagues. Sometimes they doubt themselves too much, gradually short of confidence. When finishing a task, they ask people around to confirm again and again. In this case, it is suggested to be confident and talk more to family instead of complaining to colleagues. Just keep a low profile, get along well with boss and be careful of tricks by mean people and then they will make some achievements in job.
Wealth: Their financial fortune will be unstable in 2014. It seems that there will be much unexpected cost. Thus to make ends meet comes first When managing money matters, they should consider accepting others’ suggestion. It is necessary to be careful to make any investment. Businesspeople should make a full scheme before making a large amount of investment, because the market will be changeable in the year.
Relationships: The fortune in love life for horse people will be just so-so. If they would like to get married in the year, it is strongly suggested to select an auspicious date according to the dates of birth of the bride and the bridegroom, or they will suffer a lot in marriage. Singles may meet several people that they have feelings for, but none of them are doomed to be their Mr./Ms. Right. If standing in dilemma, they’d better refer to the idea or suggestion of their relatives and friends. Husband and wife will argue a lot in the year, to avoid which communication and mutual understanding weighs. For all lovers, mutual trust is the secret for an everlasting relationship.
Health: As they offend “Taisui” this year, they may suffer some discomforts. Some insidious diseases like dermatosis may happen. To avoid that, they’d better have a full physical examination. Besides, they also need to be careful to avoid unexpected injuries by knives and others sharp items. Females should pay attention to problem in urinary system and males need to care more about their stomach. Adjusting their emotions and traveling outside will help with their health as well. They also need to remember not to eat too much for each meal.


CHERRY JEWEL, a fantasy, action-adventure set in feudal and modern-day Japan December 7, 2013

Cherry Jewel Book Cover 11242013 Ebook Cover 2f


Book Two of the Epic Fantasy Adventure Series, LEGENDS OF THE DEMON SHAPESHIFTERS Available December 24, 2013


Book One of


Andean Hillstar cannot forget Hinata Murakami after she meets him through the magic of a dragon orb.

In Japan a secret society of magic exists. Hidden behind the world of humans. Populated with shapeshifters and immortals. Where the son of a feudal warlord, with a heartbreaking past; a young woman, searching for the father she never knew; and the loss of an ancient talisman holds the secret to saving the creatures of the earth from a terrible fate.

Cherry Jewel is the exciting first volume in the epic fantasy adventure, JEWELS OF THE RISING SUN that will leave you spellbound and yearning for more!

Novel Excerpt:

The attic!
I leaped to my feet and crossed the room in seconds to shove open the door. Years ago, when ‘Uela stayed here, I would come upstairs and crawl into her lap. As ‘Uela rocked me back and forth, stroking my hair, I wondered what might lurk behind (the trapezoid door’s) peculiar shape.
“’Uela,” I asked in my tiny child’s voice, “Are there monsters in there?”
In answer she took me by the hand and shoved open the door that, even then, creaked eerily on its hinges, as if something wicked hid in the dark recesses beyond. Together we looked at the room filled with stacked boxes and old stuff.
On that day, I remember, sunshine filtered through the dirt-smudged windows on the far wall while a musty scent assaulted my nose and burned my eyes.
Sweet ‘Uela with her salt and pepper hair and dark chocolate eyes assured me. “I would not want to spend much time in this sort of place, but, no monsters lurk the this attic’s musty corners.”
“What about at night, ‘Uela?” I still remember my child’s voice trembled in a whispered tone, afraid that speaking too loud would give us away.
“Not even then,” She gave my head a gentle pat of reassurance.
I looked up to see if there might be secret fear registered on her soft, sun-bronzed face. Instead I found her stern gaze aimed toward the room beyond. Her head cocked just slightly to one side, as if she had something else she wanted to say, but thought better of it just then.
When I first moved upstairs, I had shoved ‘Uela’s rocking chair, that made me want to sob every time I looked at it, up against the attic door, because frankly, that door and the room beyond still gave me the creeps just to look at it. But after this latest, awful argument with Mom, that same odd door now looked like the best place to start searching for anything that might tell me more about my dad.
I was eighteen, after all, and no longer afraid of monsters. Right?

End Chapter Excerpt

Click here to PREORDER your copy of CHERRY JEWEL at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/382586

In the meantime you can read TENGU PRINCE, Volume One of the Epic fantasy, action-adventure series: LEGENDS OF THE DEMON SHAPESHIFTERS

Create Space Book Cover Kindle Version


for the month of December at


During a time of civil war, Kenshi Sanada is born the son of a powerful warlord. He has parents who adore him and the respect his clan until one night when a rival clan attacks his family castle, murdering everyone who does not manage to escape, including Kenshi’s own parents, who are murdered right before his eyes. Barely escaping with his life, he is spirited away by the king of the tengu. The shape-shifting raven leads him to the hidden mountain retreat of a sect of mystic warriors, mountain priests who practice the magic of Shugendo.

Ten years have passed. The time has come for Kenshi to leave the mystic’s protective lair and face his demons in the world beyond. But the fiend that shattered his life and now haunts his nightmares is not human and neither is Kenshi Sanada, at least, not completely human. More than a bad dream, the creature wants Kenshi dead.

In Legends of the Demon Shape Shifters, Book One, Tengu Prince, nothing is as it seems. Shape-shifting creatures, both good and evil, populate the magical world of feudal Japan. And a young man could pay the ultimate price for a deadly rival spawned in the mists of time. This riveting first volume of an epic fantasy adventure will leave you stunned and begging for more.

Chapter Excerpt

Above the canopy, thunderheads crowded the night sky. Below, Magatsu waited beneath the ever-growing clouds. Hidden in the shadows of tangled branches, he crouched between the trees where he watched the castle, the one he and his followers would soon attack.

A cruel smile tugged at his lips. Concealment was always best, a surprise attack preferable.

Wrapping the black robe closer about his shoulders, he kept his eyes focused on the target ahead. Though pathetic in its weakness, the human form he embodied, for the moment, served its purpose. The creatures he must abide had little tolerance for anything outside their own existence. So he became what they needed, what would make them feel the most comfortable and the easiest to influence to his way of thinking. In that way, he controlled the situation.

The plan had worked before. And so it would again.

End Chapter Excerpt


Marvels of Japan August 10, 2013

Guardian in Todaiji, Nara

Guardian in Todaiji, Nara (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marvels of Japan

The third and last Pinterest link for anyone interested in Japanese culture. This is the quintessential link for Japanophiles from me to you. Enjoy!


Jazzy Japanese

JJay Bartlett by latoya


Here is a really fun link to another of my oriental Pinterest pages. It takes a love for all things Japanese to a whole different place. Enjoy!


Heavenly Dragons A Pinterest Board

Eastern Dragons

Heavenly Dragons A Pinterest Board

Lately, I have started using Pinterest and have found it a lot of fun! Here is one of my links that I thought followers of my Oriental wordpress blog might enjoy.


Traditional Japanese Attire

Filed under: Japanese Culture — LediaR @ 5:48 am



And Now Some Tasteful Japanese Aesthetic…. June 1, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — LediaR @ 10:49 am

Originally posted on The Urge To Wander:

Tokyo’s kitschy English signs, like the ones I linked to yesterday, are purely for the consumption of the young wannabe urbanite.

The signage in smaller towns, particularly in the well preserved old towns, adhere to the spare, subtle norms of Japanese aesthetic. Elegant and beautiful, quite like the artful plating of their food, or the simplicity of their gardens.

I found these creative signs enchanting. The last one outside a restaurant had a mechanised figure holding a menucard. Touristy perhaps, but cute :-)

Sabi or the appeal of natural patina and aging, is an integral component of Japanese design, and is evident in these beautifully textured signboards.

Donut Sign - Kyoto, Japan

And I love the stark vernacular appeal of this patently Western import :-)

Until next time…..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!

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