Chinese New Year 2005 [part three]
The Rooster Crows at Noon
Malvin Artley concludes this fascinating article on the Chinese Year of the Rooster by looking at its potential effects and by listing some famous "Roosters" by Year and Day Pillar.
This year is a Yin Wood year, marking a time of reflection. Yin animal signs are always accompanied by Yin Stems and elements, so the reflective, nurturing side is brought more to the fore this year. Such a statement will seem a bit difficult to take given the tone of the present US and Australian administrations, but we may indeed see a more moderate and conciliatory tone with them, especially if the will of the populace is brought to bear. Wood is an element associated with growth, starts, bearing, creativity, a more rustic approach to things, environmental issues, agriculture, electrical work and the general care of children. We may see advances in childcare this year and legislation for the protection of children throughout the world. We should also be mindful of any anger that comes up because it would have deleterious effects upon the associations with wood just mentioned. Anger is the emotion that “harms” Wood.
The Green movements generally took a pounding in the polls in the US and Australia, which would not seem to bode well for the Wood element this year, but last year was a Yang year, although Wood as well, and people were more concerned about the economy and security issues than they were about the environment, unfortunately. Little do governments seem to realize that inattention to environmental issues eventually undermines our security in a way that no war or amount of money could ever fix. Still, we are doing better about these things than we have in the past. The element associated with the Rooster phase this year is Metal, indicating an inner strength seeking expression, attention to health issues, a vigorous approach to life, along with a general trend toward more eloquence of expression. Metal rules orators, so we can expect more than our fair share of speeches as things heat up over the year. This also marks a year where it will indeed become more necessary for the voice of the people to be heard, and hopefully people will speak up increasingly as the year goes on over all sorts of issues that hold us back from a fuller expression of the higher aspects of our humanity. This particular expression of this Rooster is of interest, though, and it bears some examination.
The Rooster Crowing at Noon describes a phase wherein, although things may have been well thought out, they are often not welcomed. Change is not always a friend to people under this expression. It is an admonition to pay attention to correct timing and presentation around ideas. There has been many a great idea that has fallen by the wayside because it was either before its time or came along too late or because it was presented in an ineffective or in the wrong manner. The Rooster is a showy expression, much like a model on a catwalk. Presentation and timing will be everything this year. Feminine countries, such as the US, will be strongly affected by this dynamic this year as a result. Russia and Brazil are also feminine countries of note. This dynamic applies to both populations and governments alike, and it will be of great interest to see how these sorts of issues are handled in the coming year. The combined Stem/Branch element is of interest, too, because it shows the way in which the energies represented in the Pillar are most effectively utilized and also how they will express as a whole.
The combined element is the Water of Rains and Springs. It is an element that generally brings hope and joy, refreshment and new growth, renewed vigor and recovery from debilitating illness. Water is always associated with communication, deep reflection, intuition and telepathy. Herein lies the hope for the best expression of this Pillar. If people will first take the time to sit down and reflect deeply upon that which is needed for the greater good and then communicate it amongst the most effective parties for getting issues addressed, then a lot of good work can get done this year. However, if people speak at the drop of a hat, give knee-jerk reactions to things and generally do not take the time to consider outcomes, then many fine ideas will fall upon fallow ground. This is only the barest sketch of the Year Pillar for this year and we still have three more to describe. But, perhaps we can begin to see how these things can indeed be descriptive of events and people.
It might be of interest to take a side track here and look at some of the people born on these years. Every sixty years we have this combination coming around, and the people born on those years say quite a lot about those years and what they produce. We cannot go into particulars here, but this list may be suggestive to some readers:
1885: Chester Nimitz, Bess Truman, Hedda Hopper, Otto Klemperer, Niels Bohr
1945: (These are some of my faves) Mickey Dolenz, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, Keith Jarret, John Fogerty, Carly Simon, Aung San Suu Kyi, Jim Davis, Steve Martin, Van Morrison, Jose Feliciano, Henry Winkler, Neil Young
Continuing, and very briefly rounding out our look at the Pillars for the Yin Wood Rooster year, in the Month Pillar we find the Yang Earth Tiger, which is Wood in its expression-The Tiger Climbing the Mountain-and which has as its combined expression the Earth of Ramparts. This beautifully describes the tone of governments in the US and Australia at the moment. Earth is the most conservative of the elements. It is unyielding, stubborn but circumspect, naturally gravitates toward affairs of state and is naturally connected with mineral resources-mining and oil, in other words. The Ramparts Earth describes administrations who will harp upon dangers outside of boundary walls (national borders), who barricade themselves against all perceived threats and who will constantly advise that it is unwise to stray from the chosen course of action. "Stay the course!" will be a constant catch-cry from governments this year, as well as the continued warnings against threats of all kinds. In fact, that is likely to be ramped up this year (earthly puns intended). The Tiger Climbing the Mountain refers to resolute pursuit of goals, the defeat of all enemies, many obstacles to overcome, but that success will eventually come (as long as it comes this year). It also points to the need for diplomacy, since allies in times of struggle and those who have opposed one in the past can be of great benefit at the right time.
The Day Pillar is defined by the Yang Wood Rat—The Rat on the Roof—which is also a Water rat, expressing itself as Gold From the Sea. This greatly supports the populace, and since this Pillar refers to important people and national identity—especially as it relates to the collective expression of the populace—then we have an interesting dynamic set up. With the Day and the Year Pillars we have a complimentary pair and one which is mutually supportive. This is an insurance against a government coming on too strong and ram-rodding things through to the detriment of the people. Wood controls Earth in the Chinese system and if the Month Pillar becomes too strong we can expect to see special personages come along who will offset some of the Earth excesses. The Rat is a very clever sign, and as a Yang expression it can bring some very interesting types of force to bear on a situation. The Rat on the Roof defines a dynamic wherein leadership qualities come to the fore and such people will be highly admired and respected. It shows a profound sensitivity and great creativity of mind. The true genius of such people may not be fully known at the time, since they might have to keep their gifts concealed. All told, though, such people will have the hearts of the masses in their hands and will be able to rally people in a way that governments cannot. They will shout their ideas from the rooftops above the din of the media and into the minds of people everywhere. This is a combination that gives motivational ability of a high degree. Gold from the Sea denotes a treasure such people can bring that is quite unexpected, almost like it is washed up on the shore, and it comes from profound depths of being. We will also see countries do this very thing as well and we may have some startling examples of leadership from communities and smaller countries throughout the world. In all, it promises to be a dynamic and fruitful year.
This brings us to an interesting consideration with regard to the Day Pillar. In the chart of an individual, the Day Pillar represents the most intimate and personal expression of people. It corresponds with the degree of the Sun in Western astrology, so astrologers will immediately see the implications. It is the unique psychic quality of the individual. But, it is also a quality that the person has to learn in fullness in that particular life, whereas the Year Pillar is a quality already bestowed by the ancestors. The Year Pillar in an individual's chart represents extended family, ancestors and the world at large. So, it may be of interest to note some actors and actresses who have the Rooster as their Day Pillar and see what we can glean from that:
Alan Alda, Ann Magnani, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Bill Bixbey, Brooke Shields, Carrie Fisher, Cindy Williams, Fredric March, Madeleine Khan, Daniel Trevanti, Jackie Coogan, Joan Fontaine, John Derek, Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe, Mia Farrow, Jan Michael Vincent, Myrna Loy, Orson Wells, Patricia Neil, Paul Lynde, Peter Ustinov, Sidney Poitier, Steve McQueen, Vincent Price, Yves Montand, Burgess Meredith, Cliff Robertson, Cindy Williams, Ron Zeigler
Of interest to note is that the Rooster is not the most predominant animal to appear in the Day Pillars of thespians. The most common ones are the Rat, Horse, Tiger and Pig. But, these people all exuded style in some way and many were certainly penultimate show business people. In fact, many of these people are show business legends. More than a few of them were also known to have exhibited bad timing and/or presentation at times and a few of them met untimely deaths.
Continuing, this leaves us with the Hour Pillar, which will differ according to one's location, so it would be pointless to go into it here. The US and Australia by themselves would express 6 different Pillars in this regard, for example, since the lunar year begins at the time of the new moon of Aquarius and not at local clock time. Hopefully this gives one a better idea of what is involved with Chinese astrology and what to look for in the lunar year to come. As always, there is a lot more that could be added, but this will suffice for now. If you have something you have wanted to put forward as an idea, though, this would be a good year to do so. Advertising should do a booming trade this year, and we can expect some real gems from that industry over the next 12 months. Whatever you do, though, make your voices heard. And if people will not listen and you know the time is right, stand up in your local forum or on the nearest fencepost and crow away at the top of you lungs. Someone is bound to hear you. And if nothing eventuates, at least you gave it your best shot and hopefully put on a good show in the process for all who were watching. So, make sure you have on your best costume, that you have the attention of your audience and let them know that they will absolutely miss out if they do not listen to what you have to say. The world depends upon the genius we can all express. Let us be certain that we give it our best presentation!
Happy Chinese New year to you all! (Do have a spot of Yum Cha.)
13 Feb 2005
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