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Monkey’s on Fire

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, so you get another chance to tackle a new year’s resolutions, another chance to start over again, another chance to hope for better luck, richer prosperity, and a more lustrous future.

We are now in the dawn of the year of the monkey, assigned to the earth element fire.  If the monkey was not spunky enough, this witty, intelligent, resourceful, curious, and self-preserving animal is deemed with an extra boost of hyperactivity.  This creature, rambunctious like a wild child, more clever than the proverbial fox, has been given the gift of flames this year- a combination of manipulation and energy that is inherently unstable, careless, extremely flammable.

If you are not careful with how you play, you will get charred.  I am sensing that this year will either be extremely fun and fortunate, socially and personally enriching, or it is going to quickly get out of hand, like carefully stacked dominos that fall over in a slight breeze.  I am not sure this is the year to gamble; this is the year to outsmart, investigate, and plan.  Don’t get too carried away with the joke, be mindful of the spark waiting to be ignited like a match at the gas station.  Don’t get out charmed, be careful of the power behind a seemingly innocent game.  Things are deeper than they appear, the dualistic nature will be carefully hidden in the simplest of games.

You don’t need luck this year, you need wisdom, foresight, and a cool demeanor to put up a fair fight with this feisty energy.

Goodbye Green Goat

The Lunar Chinese New Year is almost upon us, a mere 17 days away.  The year ends February 7th at midnight on the dot.  There is roughly half a month left to relish in the year of the goat, or sheep, depending on who you ask.

There are 12 animals in the zodiac, and each one gets to shine for a year.  We are currently stationed in the 8th slot, after the horse and awaiting the monkey.  In addition to assigning an animal, each year is rotated through the 5 earth elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.  2015 is the year of the Green Goat/ Wooden Sheep.  Green is connected to wood through the green in trees.

The sheep is considered a lucky animal because it doesn’t have to do any heavy lifting around the farm; it gracefully grazes on green grass as the days roll passively by.  People born in the year of the goat are said to be gentle, mild mannered, tender, sympathetic, generous, and to have good health.  The Sheep/Goat is considered a female animal, and therefore embodies traits such as romance, art, creativity, and beauty.  This auspicious animal is believed to have balance, harmony, and prosperity.

The Wood element is seen as benevolent, producing fate, nobleness, blooming, flourishing, growth, and renewal.   People born in wooden years tend to be ethical, compassionate, social, adaptable, practical, and organized.

2015 was predicted to be one of appreciation and reflection, a quiet respite after the previous year of the horse (galloping through time and space causing ruckus and upheaval).  This year was to take on the traits of this gentle animal, this calm and passive creature that has an easy life.  2015 was a time to breathe in the calm spirit, to acknowledge all that you have, to see the beauty around, to have the time to embrace creativity, to find art in your daily life.  Since much tension has been dispersed this past year, it was a good year for peace, to mean longstanding issues, or to break out of negative spirals.  Stop the chaos and start to stabilize, that was the motto for the year.

There are precious few days left, so you better hurry up and find your calm.