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Happy Candlemas/Imbolc and Chinese New Year

With spring beginning to slowly emerge, the next few days are very interesting astrologically and magically. I always think that astrology is like a satnav in the heavens, built into our reality as a guidance system. Under the Chinese system, moon based, February 5th   this year is New Year. The Year of the Earth pig. Imbolc/Candlemas is the pagan celebration of the new life of spring, looking forward to the year ahead. What a wonderful combination!

Year of Earth pig

Despite common perceptions, a pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity. People born year of the pig tend to be hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding.

So despite what is going on in the world, it should hopefully be a good year. Earth pig year is a year that should be devoted to welfare of family, rest and reflection and of finishing projects. Unsurprisingly, earth years are connected with stability and the land. We will have to see!


 This is a pagan festival celebrating the stirring of new life, hope and rebirth. It is a time to let go of the past and look to the future. Another sort of New Year. It also honours Brigid the pagan goddess. Imbolc was absorbed into Christianity as Candlemas, Brigid, it is said became St Brigit.

So honour the Earth and nature, look forward to a hopefully more stable, prosperous, and peaceful year ahead.


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



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?