Sunday, February 14th marked the Chinese new year and for this event my kung fu class got together and held a renewal ceremony. During this event, everyone was given a handout that had an interpretation for the new year written by Dr. Maoshing Ni. I’m not going to use this as an area to express my personal feelings on Chinese astrology, but there were some parts that I thought were pretty interesting and seemed to go along well with other things happening in the sky through a Western astrological perspective.
“In Chinese astrology, the Tiger is a dynamic and powerful sign. Its nature is unpredictable, courageous, and powerful. Therefore, the year of the tiger is usually associated with change, making 2010 likely to be a year of transformation globally and personally. Those who understand the nature of the tiger should have the flexibility to adapt to changes and take advantage of the opportunities that arise.”
Really, the only thing in this paragraph that’s of any interest is the part about the year of transformation. I would normally say that Pluto in Capricorn is an obvious sign of fundamental change in some way, but I don’t really think it’s fair. Pluto is going to be in Capricorn for quite sometime, not just for the year of 2010. However, one thing that’s different is the Square that’s going to be off and on between Saturn and Pluto this year.
“In the Chinese calendar, 2010 is represented by the elements of metal and wood. The elemental interaction is symbolized by an axe cutting down a tree. What this means is a potential for more conflicts on the world’s political stage. It is a more combustible year resulting in increased military engagements. It is therefore critical for leaders of the world to exercise calmness when dealing with confrontations and seek peace and harmony as the ultimate objective in any interaction. The imagery is akin to clearing a forest or the undergrowth in a field for planting or removing the wreckage after a storm in a process of rebuilding. Therefore this year is about transforming your life courageously and harnessing the power of the tiger to actualize your dreams.”
This doesn’t sound like a very excellent elemental symbol. One thing that’s not really mentioned, but I think may be important is that the symbol seems to suggest a triump of industry over the environment. Anyway, the conflicts on the world’s political stage is peraps the more interesting part of this whole paragraph. Perhaps it’s the sextile of retrograde Saturn and Mars casting to their places of detriment, or maybe it’s Uranus’s quick ingress into Aries, but strife seems to be well in the air.
“In 2010, the economies around the world should stabilize and improve, with more optimism from the Tiger. The conflicting dynamics of the metal and wood elements shall spark more volatile times ahead for both the economy and the stock market.”
I actually thought this was pretty interesting. I had thought for some time that when Jupiter moved into Pisces and Saturn moved into Libra the economy would improve. I can’t remember who said it, but I read in either Benson Bobrick’s The Fated Sky or Nicholas Campion’s The Dawn of Astrology that the state of the world could easily be foretold by the state of the two outermost planets. So, hopefully after Saturn turns direct and gets back into Libra, the situation will improve.
After that, Dr. Maoshing Ni goes on to discuss the various diseases that he feels we should be on the defense of due to the elemental qualities of the year. The Metal and Wood illnesses fit very nicely with Mercurial respiratory, Saturn skin and obstruction, and Jupiter’s everything.