Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Year of the White Rabbit

From the depths of earth to heights of Saturn
We’ve solved all riddles, turn after turn
Break every chain, our ignorance burn
Except the riddle that fills the urn.
  Omar Khayyam

Growing up in the Orient I never noticed how much it influenced me. Everything I’ve learned or practised seemed logical, ordinary and universal…until I moved away – to the West. Suddenly the names of the favourite poets and foods sound exotic to my own ear (Rubaiyat or Domloma, anyone?...), some of daily habits acquired a quirky flair…

My quirkiness peaks around New Year, when I bury myself in Chinese astrology prognoses. See, I am not superstitious at all; I don’t mind black cats, empty buckets or spilled out salt. Does believing in horoscopes equal being superstitious? Chinese astrology looks pretty scientific to me: it is based on the traditional astronomy and calendars.

According to Chinese astrology, a person's destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets at the person's birth along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person's time of birth and Zodiac Sign. The most commonly known signs of Chinese astrology are the 12 signs of the Animal Zodiac.  They originated outside of china, supposedly in the northern central Asia.  These 12 signs derive not from the 12 months of the year, but from the 12 years of the Jupiter cycle (Jupiter takes approximately a dozen years to complete one orbit of the sun):

Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996)  Positive: Influential, sociable, imaginative, and charismatic. Rat people will always stay loyal to their friends.  Negative: Power-hungry, gossiping, indiscreet, and meddling. These individuals don't always plan for the future.

Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997).  Positive: Diligent, stable, and possesses a strong sense of purpose. These people build long-lasting friendships. Negative: Stubborn and bigoted. Ox people aren't often flexible.

Tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998).  Positive: Brave, strong, charismatic, and benevolent. Tigers are risk-takers and true adventurers.  Negative: Impetuous and hot-headed. These people aren't good at taking orders from others.

Rabbit (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)  Positive: Tactful, intelligent, caring, considerate, and virtuous. Rabbit people don't like conflict.  Negative: Pedantic and secretive. These people can appear a little cold and distant at times.

Dragon (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) Positive: Successful, proud, lucky, and enthusiastic. Dragons are determined people and able to inspire others. Negative: Rigid and easily infatuated. Dragon people don't like routine.

Snake (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) Positive: Intuitive, wise, perceptive, and compassionate. Snakes prefer the finer things in life. Negative: Lazy and extravagant. These people may have a problem with depending on others.

Horse (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)  Positive: Popular, engaging, refined, and persuasive. Horse people are hardworking and independent. Negative: Selfish and unscrupulous. These individuals may be rebellious and shun the advice of others.

Goat (or Sheep or Ram) (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) Positive: Sensitive, imaginative, and well-mannered. Goats are peace lovers who don't like disagreements. Negative: Pessimistic and tardy. These people can let others take advantage of them too easily.

Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)  Positive: Very inquisitive, curious, and witty with leadership qualities. Monkeys are popular people. Negative: Deceitful and self-absorbed. These individuals can be childish and drawn to mischief.

Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) Positive: Enthusiastic, dignified, and resilient. Roosters are well-organized and good time-keepers. Negative: Bossy and pedantic. These people are often a little too outspoken and hate being criticized.

Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) Positive: Intelligent, loyal, fair, and constant. Dogs are always willing to listen to others' problems, and to fight for a good cause. Negative: Cynical and tactless. These people don't always forgive easily, especially those who cross them.

Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)   Positive: Gallant, kind-hearted, and sincere. Pigs rarely lose their temper and always try to avoid arguing. Negative: Materialistic and pig-headed. These individuals have a problem saying "no" -- to people, and to food!

Aha! You looked yourself up, didnt you? So what is your sign? I am a Goat, plus a Piscean, plus a Pine (in druid horoscope).  Usually I forget a few days later all the smart suggestions made by the stars, but the process of discovery is quite fun, I tell you. 

2010 is passing under the sign of a Tiger - a Yang Metal year, and it's a year of much activity, drama, changefulness, crisis, and unpredictability. Tiger years are associated with political and social instability or upheaval, and thus 2010 was expected to be challenging and turbulent overall. So, wasnt it challenging and turbulent overall? You betcha! 
 Moon rabbit No.8 by Randi Antonsen
2011 year is the year of the white metal Rabbit. It symbolizes diplomacy and is actually starting February 3.  After a rather difficult year, the coming 2011 year of the White Rabbit promises to be very interesting in all aspects of our life: less changes will take over our real world and mass changes will happen in every sphere of life that stand on an inner level. In other words a lot is going on behind the scenes (no news here, I suppose).

To me stars predict a mixture of good and bad luck in 2011 (sure, good luck alone would be too much to ask, heh?) Stagnation at work, law suits, turbulences in personal life, and bad health. Ehhhh, thanks a lot! Did I mention I am not superstitious? So, everything will be fine. 

Lets see what 2011 has in store for us. I wish you all good health and good luck! Happy New Year, everybody!


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