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Reality of the Chinese New Year – Earth dog


Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle, which can fall anytime between January 21 and February 20, this year it is Friday 16th February. It its the year of an Earth dog. How is it all worked out?


The Chinese have a traditional  animal zodiac, or shengxiao which means ‘born resembling’. These include ox, horse , tiger, snake, monkey etc. They are arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years. This year it is the year of the dog. All people born within this year then are supposed to be born with characteristics of the animal, as does the year itself. Some year are better than others, both for us and the world at large! Dog years are ones to think of defense. We have to look after our country, business or home. It is year good for health and love will tend to be faithful (dog like). A person’s characteristics are said to be determined both by the fixed element of their zodiac sign and the element of the 12-year cycle they were born in. The exact definition of each depends on which source you look at.


It is more complicated than that, of course, because the years themselves are subject to one of the five Chinese elements. These are, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These themselves have characteristics to put into the mix. Not only that but they run for two years. First showing the yang(male) characteristics of the year then then the ying (female). 2018 is a yang year. This is a ten year cycle. There are 60 possible combinations- so each year is different. A person’s characteristics are said to be determined both by the fixed element of their zodiac sign and the element of the 12-year cycle they were born in. E.g., a Metal Dog (born in 1970) has a personality with aspects associate with both Metal (12-year-cycle element) and Earth (fixed element).

Earth Years

In theory these will emphasize the “earthy” characteristics, such as practicality, feet on the ground, solidity etc. My own personal astrologer, H, has a different prediction for this year though. She sees that it is the start of a very dynamic decade. Chaos, instability, revelations, destruction, end of an era, secrets brought to light. Who is right? Well only time will tell!

Anyway HAPPY NEW YEAR Marian



The Reality of I ching

When looking at all the aspects of the forces that interact to give us this reality, I am always fascinated by what I call the great satnavs. That is, those disciplines such as astrology and numerology etc which seem to have been put there to help and guide us to make the most of our lives. The question is then, why are they there? Does this indicate a pre planned or designed existence ( indicating a designer of some sort) ? Or are they just encoded in the physical mathematics of the random construction of the universe. Of course, if we are just holograms in computer simulation as some people suspect, they may just be part of our programing.

Anyway, in filling in my gaps I noticed that one of those that I had not mentioned was the discipline of I Ching.

I Ching

Also known as Book of Changes, this divination tool is thought, by some, to be one of the oldest books in the world. It is a book of wisdom, embracing and distilling ancient thought and the philosophies of Taoism and Confucianism. Every thing is seen as a balance between Ying and Yang, the opposite and complimentary forces in the world.

To access this oracle you must have a question that you want answered firmly in your minds.  Then you can either cast Yarrow sticks (50) in quite a complicated ritual or more simply with 3 coins. The thought is that either the book itself or some other universal power will guide your choice. This is quite a complicated process as with the numbers cast indicating old or young ying or yang, being used to build up charts or hexagrams. These are actually consist of two trigrams or sets of 3.  The meaning the of  hexagram  comes from the interaction between these trigrams. For instance Heaven is three short horizontal lines in a stack. Fire is one horizontal line with broken line above topped with another horizontal line. Heaven above fire means T’UNG JEN – companionship. Fire above heaven is TA YU – abundance.


There are 64 possible hexagrams and the interpretations do vary slightly according to which translation used. There is also something else called moving lines. If you throw something called old yang or old ying (certain numbers or combinations) these refer to the concept of change. Other hexagrams may have to be drawn to interpret these properly. So quite a complicated interpretation requiring a good level of skill or practice.

Some people, of course, just open the book at random and take their answer from that. I do know of  people who would not dream of starting a new enterprise without consulting the I Ching first!

Aspects of Reality

I ching can be seen as one of the great Satnavs, a guidance system to help uses through life. Why is should be there, or why it works so well is another intriguing aspect of our reality.


Chinese astrology

Astrology is one of what I call  the great SATNAVS which seem either to have been put there to guide us by a designer of some sort, or just to be a factor of the mathematical construction of the universe.

Unlike western astrology, Chinese astrology is based on the cycles of the moon. It is another very rich and complex system.  Buddha is said to have called all the animals to him. Only 12 came. These were the rat, ox, tiger, cat/rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep/goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each was given a year to express its personality.  If you are born in a particular year you share the animal characteristics.

For instance, the Sheep year is one of peace, diplomacy and humanitarianism. The arts and love are both well devoured. Also the Rat and Ox both appreciate hard work. Rat at a project’s inception, and Ox as it goes through to completion. It may then be auspicious to start building projects in a Rat year and have Rats working for you at the beginning of a project.

So it is a matter of the year in general and your birth year animal in particular. Some years are thus more auspicious than others, depending on what you want to do that year.  As animals you may be compatible or incompatible with people that you interact with. Tigers can have problems with monkeys and be compatible with dogs and horses. Horoscopes can be very important for marriage and partnerships. They will often be looked at to see if the marriage will be auspicious.

As the lunar cycle does not fit exactly with the solar calendar, the Chinese new year begins on a different date in January or February each year.

For individuals then the significance lies on the interplay between their birth year animal and that of the particular year in question. Your own birth animal year should provide the best opportunities for you to flourish. Each month also relates to one of the symbolic animals. The variable calendar does make this harder to quantify though.

To complicate matters each year also has one of 5 elements associated with it. Wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element last for two years. First showing ying and then the yang, positive and negative characteristic of every element. For instance, fire is energy and excitement but can be dangerous. Each animal year then has an element attached which may alter its characteristics. A wooden sheep year may be different from a fire sheep year.

Chinese astrology is  differently based from western astrology, but just as complex and seems to be just as accurate. The skill of the practitioner is vital in proper interpretation.

Aspect of reality

As ever, I ask not does this work in practice, but why should it work? What does it say for the underlying structure of the universe that it exists at all?

How could it all work- Astrology

AstrologyA couple of weeks ago I asked how people thought that Astrology actually worked. Well, as ever, the  universe seem to give me the answer to the question as soon as I asked it.

I was very lucky to receive a wonderful book for my birthday We’Moon 2016. Reading the introduction, things were put into words that I had long instinctively understood, but not articulated.

Sandra Pastorius,the author, asked, Is Astrology another Quantum Quandary?.

” Astrology and Quantum physics challenge the sciences. They both pose perplexing quandaries about how interactions between things can occur without apparent cause and effect, and about the vital role that human attention plays in the emergence of phenomena into reality.”

One of the laws of  Quantum physics law shows that we are  all fundamentally interconnected.

Also as Sandra said, ” Astrology evolved with the recognition that living things respond consciously to the pulse of celestial rhythms”

Not the whole of the answer then..but the beginnings of an insight into how things actually work!

Aspects of reality

Is astrology a satnav put their by an intelligent designer of some sort to help us with life’s decisions?

Or is just fundamental to the energetic construction of the universe?


The reality of astrology

AstrologyHappy New Year to you all. My gut instinct is that it will be an interesting one, but I will leave any predictions to the very clever astrologers out there!

The interesting thing to me is, not if, but why does astrology work? Well the answer, of course, depends on the true nature of our reality.

Aspects of reality

Is it a sat nav system put there by an intelligent designer or God of some sort, to help humanity? Is it just a function of the mathematics encoded in the construction of the universe? Or are the patterns it reveals just chance?



Astrology and Karma?

AstrologyWouldn’t you know it! Having decided to finish my Karma thread and move on to re-incarnation, someone made a comment that opened up a whole new area of thought on the subject.

Aqua man (mike) on G+ thanked me for my last post and mentioned that he had got into Karma via astrology. I then ask him how.

He said “Saturn in the natal chart is the main significator of karma. If it forms a difficult aspect, especially to the personal planets, this shows difficult karma incurred from bad living, usually from previous life. Saturn was known in western astrology as a malefic planet.It is known to cause delays,frustrations, burdens, suffering.Wherever it is placed in the birthchart difficulties occur.  7th house; personal relationships, 10th; career. etc,etc. No one has a perfect life and Saturn shows the sphere of life where difficulty lies. If well aspected, these difficulties are understood and accepted, and life gives the person tools to deal with negative circumstances, if badly aspected, life will not and the person will find the same themes repeating in their life. This is only a summary”.


Aspects of reality

-Astrology can indicate the Karma from past lives.

2-If this is true then the assumption is that we have lived many lives.

2- It also indicates a universal balance which Karma helps to maintain.

karma 2


Astrological wisdom

AstrologyAs a December 31st baby I always think of every New Year as a new beginning. Like many others I cannot resist looking at the astrological predictions for my “star sign” Capricorn. Generalized predictions are always a bit unsatisfactory as the true picture does depend on other factors such as actual time of birth as well as date, after all our lives are as individuals and not just one of 12! I always think that astrology is not meant to be an absolute predictive mechanism, but more a satnav warning you about hazards and  showing you the best routes through the year.


The moon and astrology


In my moon sequence of posts I am looking at all aspects of how the moon affects out lives. Last week I looked at moon science. This week I am asking why the moon should affect our lives Astrologically. Future posts will look at the moon as a Goddess and moon magic.

Astrology and the moon. One of the interesting ways that the moon is supposed to affect humanity is in its use in astrology.

Western astrology uses the position of the sun, planets and other heavenly bodies at the time and date of your birth, to predict your characteristics and give you a star sign.(eg Taurus, Capricorn etc) In general terms, readings of the heavens on a daily basis for that sign can then be used to give on going guidance. Astrologically, the moon is said to show the characteristics of your subconscious mind and some say soul or spirit. It is also much concerned with emotions.

Chinese astrology is, of course, based on the cycles of the moon.

Both systems are not, as I once believed, to predict any fixed future, but seem to be set up – like a satellite navigation systems- to show us the way though life and point out any potential hazards or best paths in our lives.

Why should these systems work?

At base we are nothing but beings made of atoms in combination. We are held together by the energies generated by these atoms. We are energy beings living in a world of energies, gravitational, electromagnetic and biochemical, to name just a few. We live in an energy matrix. On one level, our thoughts are nothing more than biochemical energy. The moon is the nearest heavenly body to us. Its gravitational energies are very strong. It is entirely logical that those energies will affect us. Astrology can be seen as a way of quantifying this effect.

 The whole story?

Could the moon affect our lives in this way? Energetically, for reasons stated above, it must have a effect on us all. Could this effect be quantified into the astrological systems? Or does the existence of astrology itself seem to hint at a bigger picture of reality?

Aspects of reality

  • An intelligent designer of some sort created the system of sun or moon based astrology to help humanity.

  • The quantified astrological effects just reflect the underlying physics or mathematical codes embedded in the creation of the universe either at random or by deliberate design.








The reality of Astrology and racing drivers

  Astrology and racing drivers

A couple of weeks ago we were at the Spanish Grands Prix in Barcelona. Between support races  I casually  looked at the drivers info in the programme, and I noticed patterns in their dates of birth.

For instance, with 22 drivers on the grid, 4 were born in January, 5 in April and 6 in August. These rest were just singles, with 2 in July. There was no May, September, November or December birthdays. I promised myself that when I was back at my desk that I would investigte further, and see if there was a patten in their astrological signs. Which signs made the best racing drivers?


The reality of palmistry

Over these last few weeks I have enjoyed looking at those arts and skills  that seem to either predict the future, or seem to act as guidance systems , or  sort of satnavs, to humanity. in doing this I have gained increasing insights into how the universal forces are said to work. The last of these arts that I will look at for the moment is palmistry. This can be also known as Chiromancy and is another ancient and much practiced skill.  As usual my questions are; What is it? Where does it come from? How do you do it? and how could it possibly work? What does its working mean for reality?