Friday, 8th of April
Master Mouse Says:
The WATER SNAKE on duty today has a sober demeanor, conservative ambitions, and a soothing coolness of style which will prove congruent with the Dragon Moon, while capturing the fascinated attention of the Hare. This Snake may be more competent than anyone to act as go-between for the Dragon and the Hare, and to balance the considerations of philosophy, power politics, and pragmatism. For your own purposes, it’s wise to lean most on pragmatism, and to place practical needs above ideological stance; what can be accomplished is fundamentally more significant than the way your actions will make you look to outside observers, on the one hand, or to those with whom you may be contending, on the other. If something doesn’t express forward movement before too much more of the Dragon Moon has elapsed, you may feel as if you’re holding your breath to make a point: it’s showy alright, and seems to indicate great dedication to principle, but ultimately you’re the one who’s going to pass out from lack of oxygen. Look for ways in which you can take the lowly position in which the Snake specializes, and you’ll find passages that offer far less obstruction to your progress, keeping your ambitions well-rooted in the ground beneath you, and your efforts more dedicated to results than to your favorite idea of yourself.
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Talk to the Animals
Born in the Year of the Rat: The Snake on the watch will dedicate himself to mollifying both the Dragon and the Hare at the same time, and you’ll end up in the spotlight, if only to make it more possible for him to work behind the scenes and out of public scrutiny. Take up your visibility with glee, and follow your hunches about what to do with it; you have a great deal to tell the world today, but you won’t know until well after the sun goes down which part of it was taken as meaningful, valuable, and influential, and which part of it as just Darn Good Entertainment. Don’t stress your health; what you lose today in energy or practice will be extremely difficult to make up for until much later on. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you should consider all you say to have the force of Story-Telling.
Born in the Year of the Ox: The Snake on the watch will dedicate himself to mollifying both the Dragon and the Hare at the same time, and your style of continuous pressure and unflappable mood will be looked upon with admiration and envy by those who wish to take benefit from the resolution the Snake is about to broker. Taking time to try to instruct others in How To Do It is probably not going to be an efficient use of your opportunities, but it would be very satisfying nonetheless, and will gain you some friends for the future, and more admiration in the present, as they find out just how difficult what you make look easy is. Don’t rely on your bosses, and don’t trust your assistants; you’re the one who should be acting hands-on today. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and if you simply lean more into your own independence, you’ll add to the effect without stealing the spotlight.
Born in the Year of the Tiger: Normally, the entrance of a Snake on the watch causes you to brace for impact, or at least to lie low in suspicious anticipation of difficulty; since this one’s arriving to dedicate himself—almost exclusively, as it happens—to achieving some functional agreement between the Dragon and the Hare, I can’t imagine that you won’t feel, instead, some (very justifiable) relief, and a sincere desire to help out. You’ll need to stay responsive to circumstances and demands around you, if you wish to help things unsnarl at the deeper levels, and while this may not be your favorite style of action—particularly as it will mean biting your tongue instead of growling out complaints when you see something questionable being proposed or enacted—you’ll find yourself perfectly competent to maintain your external composure, and highly thought-of in making the demonstration of such Smooth Social Skills. Trust your understanding of your bosses, and be extra gentle with your assistants; your presence by itself expresses your protective urges. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you’ll have to put more attention on guidance, instruction, and control if you want to keep moving forward correctly.
Born in the Year of the Hare: With the Snake on the watch arriving to broker an agreement—or at least a some sense of congruence—between Team Rabbit and the Clan of Scales and Claws, you’ll feel a definite drop in that burbling sense of anxiety that’s been troubling you, a slight rise in your hopefulness that “things will work out,” and an upwelling of confidence in your own position and access to the resources that could Make The Difference. Some of them are outside of you, and will require your attention to request and manage successfully; but most are within you, and have only been “unavailable” because you simply forgot to remember that they were there for the asking. Take this, then, as a day to bloom, and to demonstrate how competent you are at using your natural talents with poise, planning, and perseverance. If you start feeling tired, you will need to take some rest. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you’ll discover what you’ve committed yourself to.
Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Snake on the watch will be perfectly happy to be instrumental in brokering a deal between your side of the argument, and that of Team Rabbit, and it will benefit you greatly to take him up on the offer. Unfortunately—while it doesn’t need to amount to a painful process—this will require that you put your Big Boots on, and step up to the podium for your deposition with every intention of dedicating your full energies to the task at hand. Fortunately, your famous Luck is with you today, and you’ll find the exertions both exhilarating, and about 93% effective in accomplishing what it seems you were aiming at. And since the other 7% will accomplish what the Snake had in mind, I’d say it’s a banner day for Team Dragon, after all. Don’t worry if you feel a bit anxious; worry if you don’t feel a bit anxious. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and put you in the driver’s seat.
Born in the Year of the Snake: With your Clan-Mate on the watch dedicating himself to brokering some sort of agreement between Team Rabbit and the Clan of Scales and Claws, you’re going to find yourself in the cat-bird seat, indispensable to the goings-on around you, and able to steer things pretty much in whichever direction you feel might be productive, profitable, or just a bit of fun. Problem is, the more you put your position to use, the more you’re going to discover just how much is at stake, and how dangerous to your ambitions a momentary lapse in attention, or a slight miscalculation of force, might be. Stay cool; you’ve got this handled, and it only requires that you decline to move into desperation for you to demonstrate the fact. You’re not in complete control, but then: the fish on the end of the line ought to be difficult to play into your net, or where’s the delight going to come from? Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you’ll have to play him with a gentle hand and a knowing smile.
Born in the Year of the Horse: The Snake on the watch is going to have most of his attention taken up by the rather thorny task of bringing about some agreement—or at least an experience of some Natural Congruence—between the Redoubtable Rabbit and the Dynamic Dragon. Fortunately for him, his skills are almost taylor-made for the purpose; fortunately for you, he’ll have to put some of his attention on you as well, if only to make display of his goodwill and effectiveness in Getting Good Results. Consequently, you can feel perfectly comfortable in your penchant for “making friends and keeping them,” and in the true delight you take in Helping Out. Don’t worry about what decisions you’ll have to make; your friends are going to be quite clear about that. If their requests complicate your schedule, just as for a few minutes to sort it out; borrow their cell-phone of computer, if you need to. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you may find it necessary to restrain your competitive instincts.
Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Snake on the watch is slinking in to act as peace-maker between Team Rabbit and the Clan of Scales and Claws, and while you might imagine that this means he’s going to be poaching in your pond, and stealing your usual thunder, the truth is, he doesn’t really want to generate any notoriety for himself—preferring to act behind the scenes and out of the public eye—and will therefore highly appreciate it if you step in as Designated Diplomat, with all the gold braid and medals on your chest, handling the press corps, and answering questions about how all the “delicate negotiations” are going. This is such a brilliant device the Snake has hit upon to bring some solution to the loggerheads at which the Dragon and the Hare find themselves, that I can’t imagine you thinking that taking a fronting position on his behalf is beneath you, or that—being presented with such an optimal opportunity to make a Gracious Showing of your p.r. skills—you’d even think about turning it down. If you find it convenient to delegate some tasks to others—might be very helpful, today!—do that while in High Visibility, too. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you’ll be taking over the Snake’s low-profile position.
Born in the Year of the Monkey: It’s easy for you to expect the Snake to arrive as Dedicated Playmate, eager to whip up your enthusiasm, and help you improve (some would say, “complicate“) everyone else’s life. Today however, the Snake on the watch will have his hands full with the delicate negotiation process he’s signing up for, aiming to get the Rabbit and the Dragon to come to some sort of accommodation, if not an outright agreement, as to their further—and, it’s to be hoped, more productive—progress for the duration of the Moon, and towards the completion of the Year. His dedication will not leave you feeling out-of-the-loop, however, as he’s going to be handing you Things To Get Done, one after another, for pretty-much the entire day. Since they will all be hand-selected to match your skill-set—though you might not recognize that fact as each of them arrives—your entertainment and satisfaction have been fairly-well guaranteed for the day. Don’t worry is some of the results seem not to be up to your own standards; everyone else will still think they’re “phenomenal.” Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and your enthusiasm might arrive after all, but bringing its own problems with it.
Born in the Year of the Fowl: Normally, you can expect a modicum of deference—if not outright favoritism—from the arrival of a Snake on the watch; but today’s is going to have his attention so taken up with the task of brokering an agreement between Team Rabbit and the Clan of Scales and Claws, that you may very well feel that he’s giving you the cold shoulder, and leaving you to your own devices for the day. This will be doubly troubling if you’ve been waiting for the complementary favoritism you’re used to receiving from the Dragon to kick in, and found yourself coming up dry there, too. But if you think about it, just getting the Rabbit’s attention diverted from you and your aims might be gift enough, in and of itself, to amount to one day’s “favoritism” from both of your Best Friends, and to sponsor gratitude—if not outright joy—on your part. As for “your own devices,” apply them to small tasks, and without calling any attention to them, and you’ll have a very productive day. Both your bosses and assistants want to help out, so give them permission to answer the phone for you and make small decisions in your stead, and do your work in the back lab. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and both your confidence and your affability will rise.
Born in the Year of the Dog: The Snake on the watch button-holing both the Dragon and the Hare, and sequestering them in some private room somewhere, in which he can cajole them into seeing eye-to-eye on enough to emerge with some public statement of accommodation (if not outright agreement) as to their mutual progress for the duration of the Moon, and towards the completion of the Year. As a result, you’re going to receive the mixed blessing of Diminished Threats from the Dragon’s side of the equation, and Deflated Thrills from the Rabbit’s. Even if you feel as if that sticks you with the position of Door Guard outside the “delicate negotiations,” you’re going to have to take it with a smiling countenance and a willingness to be of service. Anything less will only delay the end of the deliberations, or mean that when the Important Parties emerge, the Dragon’s going to be more irascible, and the Rabbit’s going to be more irate—neither of which conditions will serve your interests, or enable your happiness and satisfaction. So assume that where you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be, and take up the motto: “Look happy, be happy.” If that doesn’t work for you, just “Look happy” will do as far as everyone else is concerned. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and you’ll indulge your abilities to display both.
Born in the Year of the Pig: It’s very difficult for you to find a reason to feel sanguine about the arrival of a Snake on the watch, but today’s may very well supply you with one. He’s here to enforce a sort of truce between the Dragon and the Hare, and (it’s to be hoped) broker some sort of agreement between them, upon which everyone’s expectations for the duration of the Moon may rise. While you may not agree with the style or demeanor with which he’ll breeze into his presumed office, you’ll have to admit that he’s at least more balanced in his relationships with the Two Parties than you are, and though that doesn’t come from also being more unbiased towards them, he’s far more likely to achieve a workable result than—say—you would be. You will no doubt have your ideas about how the sequestered proceedings should go, and I suppose there would be little danger in you slipping them under the door in a series of Little Folded Notes throughout the day—you might find it satisfying; they won’t read them—but fundamentally, this is not your gig, and you ought to keep your own ideas and viewpoints to yourself. On the other hand, “a Pig alone is always in good company,” and a bit of solitude might do you a world of good. Tomorrow’s Horse will bring buoyancy and hopefulness back into fashion, and your self-confidence will do you no harm whatsoever.
Words to the Wise:
Long life is one thing; old age quite another. To keep the limbs supple, the flesh full of blood,
The five organs flowing with qì, one must make a practice of growing younger, and yield up one’s maturity.
“Never too late to admit one’s faults, and change one’s ways,” is an ancient aphorism;
Reaching the end of one’s natural days is as sure as one breath following another, as easy as making a baby smile.
“On new travels, pack your hope in your bags, but carry your caution in your sleeve.”
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