Malvin Artley concludes his discussion of the Chinese Year of the Yang Wood Monkey. Malvin also publishes a regular astrological newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking the link at the end of this article.
The main problem with this year lies at the grassroots levels of political life - the small community and the individual. In the mundane Pillar analysis, these are indicated by the Day and the Hour Pillars, respectively. The Day Pillar has Yang Metal as its Element and the 1st Branch (Rat) as the phase. True, there is the possibility and, hopefully, likelyhood of many new things beginning at those levels, but there is more than meets the eye here. Those readers who are familiar with how the Chinese system of Elements works will know that Metal controls Wood, so we could say that there is the possibility that small communities can bring a lot of pressure to bear on governments this year, which is true. But, the states - which have dominion over the communities - are ruled by Yang Fire, which controls Metal. Also we have the added problem that Wood feeds the Fire, and thus increases the ability of the states to control the little guys. To put this in modern terminology, there is the distinct possibility that this year will see the ascendancy of the increased control at the state level over the lesser communities. This would happen through legislation at the national level or through direct imposition by the national ruling body. The savior in this situation is that most Western societies "elect" their officials, and in order to effect change at a national level, there has to be a fundamental change in thinking at a grassroots level and the will of the people to effect a change. There are so many possibilities in this regard that I will not even try at a conjecture.
Year of Regime Change...?
Suffice it to say that there is likely to be a regime change in the US and very likely in the UK as well, or - at the very least - a curtailing of the activities of the present ones. George Bush is coming up for the transit of Saturn over his Sun, which is the "president-buster" transit. The eclipse in May conjoins the Beau Blair's Sun and it will not be long before Saturn perches itself on John Howard's Sun - not to mention an end to Arnie's California dreamin' in a couple of years. And a good time will be had by all! The problem is that all this does little to bolster public confidence. The fact is that we are all going to have to make some fundamental choices this year about how we live our lives, especially in the middle part of the year. I reiterate - this is going to be an amazing year of change in the world. If it is not, then there is something very wrong with our attitude and with the way we are doing things.
There are a couple of final things regarding the day of the New Year that bear a look. First off is the Day Indicator, which gives the general tone of the day in terms of luck. Since it is connected with the day, then it also has a bearing on the general luck of the small community (councils and neighborhoods) for the year. The Day Indicator for Chinese New Year is "Shut", which is always painted black in Chinese almanacs. For most events, it is generally considered to be a day of misfortune and evil. It is, however, a great day for funerals, erecting memorials, saving and hoarding, beginning a diet, making resolutions, dealing with correspondence and advertising - in short, indoor activities and ones that do not require one to bring things to fruition. It is, therefore, a day for making starts and for storing things away. In addition, the Day Constellation is that of the Wolf, which happens to be the darkest of the animal constellations. It represents the official who extracts money unfairly from the people. It is also a day upon which travelers should beware. Building is said to be the only auspicious activity associated with this constellation but, given the Day Indicator, maybe even this should be given a miss. All the indicators are that the common people of the world are going to have to watch out for themselves and their neighbors and communities will have to band together in order for the full benefit of the tremendous energies of the Year Pillar to filter through. The governments of the world must be called to task this year through the will of the people.
The one Pillar I have not addressed is the Hour Pillar and, in fact, I cannot. The reason I cannot is that it will be different throughout the world for the commencement of the New Year. The Hour Pillar shifts by a factor of one for every 30 degrees of longitude. There are several websites that deal with the 4 Pillars if you are interested, and a simple search of the web will point you in the right direction. This last Pillar represents the common person on our planet and children in general.
As for the zodiacal chart for the year, there is quite a lot there, but it mainly supports what has been outlined. Earth and Metal are in harmony for the year figure, indicating a further indication for the success of building projects and public works. It is also a good augury for the Olympics and for athletes in general. Metal and Water are harmonious, indicating mining projects should fare well and that the digging of watercourses would be well advised. On the other side of that, Earth and Water are in discord, indicating disturbances in weather patterns, farmers and miners maybe entering into disagreements or that one of those groups will be favored over the other, a tendency for people to be too pliant regarding the loquaciousness of politicians and that there is a danger that people will find it difficult to maintain their center because of miscommunications or outright untruths. The Earth Planet (Saturn) is retrograde in Xiu 22, indicating a fortunate time to build, take exams, to be industrious in the garden, digging ditches and watercourses (again) and that all work in progress must be completed. All manner of electrical and electronic devices will also be well posited for growth this year. There is so much there, but this letter is already starting to get long.
Unstoppable Catalyst for Change
Finally, we get to the part that most of you have been waiting for - the forecast for the spiritual part of the year. Most of what we have covered thus far is the mundane aspect. Spiritually, this is a year of reaping benefits and of building upon foundations laid sometimes long ago. It is definitely a year of possibly profound inner and personal expansion. It is a time when we are all called upon to use whatever artistry and creativity we have in our nature to further the general welfare and the greater good and to actively promote the concordant messages of brotherhood and community. We could say that such a message is always in effect - and it is - but it is particularly pronounced this year and is capable of bringing about some amazing results. If you have any creative abilities this is very much the year to use them, foster them and to expand upon them. Believe this year that your wildest imaginings can come true - you never know what can happen--and the power of a good idea, rightly placed and fostered, can be an unstoppable catalyst for change. A simple turn of phrase, a picture, a song, or any manner of human creation can move entire nations. "Be ye as the mustard seed..."
In conclusion, then, be decisive. Be direct. Let your neighbors know you are there and that you have something to offer. Be inventive. Be enterprising. Be creative. The things we set in motion today will bear fruit for years to come and in ways we often do not imagine. In short, be the delight of your Soul and show the joy you have in living as a Soul - in the world but not bound by it. You only have everything to gain by doing so, and so do your family, friends and community. This is the year of the ascendancy of the Soul, and there is naught that can stop its progress and growth other than our own inaction or inattention. Just as the plants cover our world with their beautiful tapestry of green, food and wonderful useful materials, so the Soul fills our lives and the world with its bountiful gifts from the higher Worlds - the very stuff of Life itself. Revel in the truth of your own true nature and, by all means, share the wealth around! See you to it, as I will for myself, for you are your only Master and the divine architect of your own destiny. Much happiness and joy to you all!
Happy New Year!
(and do pay a tribute to your local Dragon)
17 Jan 2004
Return to start of The Year of the Monkey.
Aries, the Ram
Taurus, the Bull
Gemini, the Twins
Cancer, the Crab
Leo, the Lion
Virgo, the Virgin
Libra, the Scales
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Sagittarius, the Archer
Capricorn, the Sea Goat
Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Pisces, the Fishes