Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator, is as accomplished in the mysteries of Chinese Astrology as he is in the esoteric secrets of the West. In this new article (delayed somewhat by a major computer meltdown), Malvin discusses the meanings of the Chinese Year of the Rooster in 2005. The Chinese New Lunar Year began on February 9, 2005, in association with the New Moon in Aquarius, but the effects for all of us cover the whole of the twelve months ahead.
Happy New Year, my Friends!
Life is full of surprises at times—and sometimes we get some good ones. I went along to a birthday celebration for one of my Aquarian friends last weekend—at least, that is what I thought I was attending. The evening was going along well and it was a good gathering with some of my closest friends here in Adelaide. It was your traditional summer party with the barbie, beer, South Australian wine—all the Aussie trimmings—and a fire going in the wheelbarrow (Well, it has been a bit cold here for February.)—and then there was the surprise.
Since I had just been made a dinkum Aussie the week before (been neutralized, as I had it described to me), my friends had all conspired without my knowing and decided to make my new citizenship truly official. I got put in a chair center stage, was presented with all sorts of Aussie icons and memorabilia, had to listen to tributes from each of them as I was made to generally feel both embarrassingly uncomfortable and truly blessed to have such great friends. It was an evening I will not soon forget! Now I have to figure out what to do with all this strange stuff—some of which I will never use (Anyone want a jar of Vegemite?). Of course, I know the real reason for the surprise was to take the heat off the birthday gal. Folks with Leo rising, as she has, don't really go in for those sorts of things, you know? (You're not fooling anyone, guys!) But, if this was to be an indicator for the coming lunar year, then it should be a very good year, indeed. It was certainly a great way to start the Western year!
At A Crossroads
The solar year for 2005 has already commenced and we find ourselves at crossroads in so many areas of life. We have a new US administration installed now. The Tecumseh curse is upon us and we wait with bated breath to see if the president will finish his term. Uncertainty with financial markets increases daily. There have been some major earth changes since the holiday season with the tsunami in the Pacific, hundreds of unreported earthquakes and more and more volcanoes becoming active. The weather patterns over the past few years continue to be unsettled, and people seem to have less and less time with more and more heaped upon them. Will it ever stop? Will there be a respite in the lead-up to the much-awaited epochal change of 2012 as marked in the Mayan calendar?
Well, the Chinese New Year always offers a change of pace to us Westerners. We always tend to see it as a quaint sort of celebration, complete with dancing dragons, colorful displays, great food and fireworks shows. In reality, though, the chart for the lunar New Year shows a lot about the subjective state of affairs for humanity and the world in general, and it is no less accurate than Western methods of prognostication. So, instead of a Western-style monthly forecast this year, I thought it would be better to see what is in store for us this lunar year of 2005 and to give us a peek at a virtually unknown (to the West), but no less effective, side of the grand Art of astrology.
This lunar New Year started on the 9th of this month at 7:29 AM China Coast Time (CCT). As many people already know, this is to be the Year of the Rooster, the "Rooster Crowing at Noon". Every year we hear what the Chinese year is supposed to be, yet we take little notice of it. The Chinese have a system of 12 animal signs, in a similar manner to our 12 western zodiacal signs. But, that is where the similarity ends. The Chinese signs do not equate in any great degree with the Western zodiac, nor do they correspond to any Western constellations, either. Their system is actually a numerological system, of which I will not go into the mechanics here. Suffice it to say that the cycle of the 12 “animals” is actually a veil and popularization of a deeper, more esoteric system of divination, and that the cycle of 12 is only one of many such cycles that the Chinese use.
What we hear about with the animal sign for the year is actually a denominator of a particular phase of the Chinese Great Year of 12 years. It is a cycle related to Jupiter and the particular phase of their year in which we now find ourselves is the 10th one—one that is called “Yu”. What follows is excerpts from the tutorial of the upcoming Chinese astrology program my friends at Esoteric Technologies and I have been developing. This is a deeper exposition of the phase of the Great Year this year represents. It should give more a lot more detail than what we normally get from the “parlor table” Chinese astrology and show a bit more of what Chinese astrology is really all about:
As you can see, you don't get this sort of information from popular books on Chinese astrology. Just as with the astrology we know from Western books, this system has its orthodox interpretations which are the ones everyone hears, and an esoteric counterpart such as this excerpt, defining the real nuts and bolts of the system. Reference is made in the preceding excerpt to 4 separate Pillars in which the Rooster can appear. These are the Hour/Day/Month and Year Pillars. It is the Year Pillar after which the year takes its name.Read part two of The Year of the Rooster, where Malvin continues his discussion in the light of the Four Pillars, the combined element of Water, Rains and Springs and other little known, revealing secrets of Chinese Astrology.
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