You are currently browsing the monthly archive for May 2010.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Monday, 31st of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE ROOFTOP, fifth day of the week-long Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  The name comes from an asterism consisting of three stars:  one is the second brightest of Aquarius, The Water-bearer, and the other two are from the forelegs of Pegasus, The Winged Horse.  They form a flattened triangle, like the shape of a gable-roof.  This asterism has an ancient tradition linking it to funeral rites and burials.  As yesterday’s Lunar Lodge was known as “Tomb of the Sun,” THE ROOFTOP represents the time for human burials and memorial for the deceased.  A passage in the ancient Book of Rites ( 禮 記 Lǐ Jì) describes a funerary ritual in which the folded clothes of a deceased person were carried in a bundle up to the roof of the house, on the eastern side, and then across the apex of the roof, to be lowered down again on the western side.  This ritual was done in mimicry of the passage of the Sun, and in demonstration of the arc of human life.  It ritually ensured that the spirit of the deceased would pass on to its “tomb life” in the Northern Realm of the “Tomb of the Sun.”

This Lunar Lodge is fundamentally inauspicious for activities not harmonious to its funereal tone.  Opening a business (or making a start of any kind) is unsupported, and doomed to bad results, if not failure.  Legal proceedings, taking steps towards promotion, or expansion of business, are similarly inauspicious.  However, this image of the ritual “going over the roof,” seems to give permission for house repairs (particularly up on the roof), and for outdoor work of any kind.  Commerce and routine business affairs are favorable, but only in so far as they are truly “routine.”  The character with which THE ROOFTOP is written ( 危 Weí ) is a picture of a person on a high place, taking pains not to fall.  It is the same character as the Solar Index of DANGER, that being the character’s most common meaning.  Consequently, this Lunar Lodge makes the dangers of working high-up—or of any other kind, actually—safer.  Dangerous activities are therefore to be undertaken today, so as not to have to accomplish them under riskier, “unprotected” conditions.

The spirit animal for THE ROOFTOP is the Swallow, which can easily be imagined soaring and wheeling above the roof, and nesting under its eaves.  The Swallow is also an icon with a funereal meaning in Chinese culture.  In virtually all cultures across its extremely wide global range, swallows are the symbol of return according to the seasons, or return from long travels.  They symbolize happy and active community life, as well as diligence in parenting.  And of course, the elegance of their tapering bodies and long forked tails, along with the swooping and darting characteristic of their flight, make them instantly recognizable and enduringly memorable.  As they also return to northern climes with the warmer weather of Spring, one would have to have a hard heart and an anti-romantic spirit not to long for their return.

In Chinese culture, the Swallow holds a special iconographic place in the long-standing tradition of “burial clothes.”  These are a specially selected and prepared set of garments in which one is to be buried, which may be completed even decades before death is expected.  Having them completed is not regarded as unlucky, or morbid;  in fact, having them on the ready is regarded as increasing the longevity of their owner.  Swallows are a traditional part of the embroidery embellishing and beautifying these garments.  Like the passing of bundled clothes over the roof, they symbolize safe passage out of life, completing the arc of life, and achieving rest in death.  Whether it’s this practice which has resulted in the attribution to THE ROOFTOP, or the other way around, is unclear.  What is clear is that the Swallow depicts not grieving and sorrows, but well-wishes for the departing spirit completing its journey to the North, and provides an amulet of protection to those family members performing the funeral rites.

The Solar Index today is DESIGN, named for the second month of Winter in the agricultural calendar, when the Winter Solstice occurs.  Just as the Yang sinks down to its lowest, and is re-conceived by the depth of Yin, the DESIGN month is a time of low activity, and of the desire for warmth and comfort.  The character for this term ( 建 jiàn ) is a pictogram meaning “writing troop movements”, that is, “to draw up orders on how the troops are to be arrayed in preparation for engagement.”  In modern usage the word means “to establish,” “to design,” “to found.”  The first step in construction in ancient times was actually to trace the plan of the building on the ground.  Concrete foundations for smaller buildings on raw ground are frequently still begun in this way.  So draw out your foundation lines today.  Sink down, as if to your roots;  empower strategy and imagination, and let dreaming and planning launch the new cycle of .

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  These Twin Snakes are destined to have their day, and even your most sublimely diplomatic ministrations are likely to put you into more difficulty than your efforts will be worth.  Take the practical tack of staying as low to the ground, and as nimble on your feet, as you can manage.  Dangers are abroad, and collateral damage will be likely.  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring more confusion, but at least the operation of motives will be much more clear.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  For this one day, the Clan of Scales and Fangs will have the upper hand, and as the Twin Snakes are perfectly willing to secretive and well out-of-the-way, your path will be clear and unobstructed.  Disturbances around you will seem like trivial noise off in the distance, and if you keep your attention on your ultimate aim, your progress will be assured.  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring some irritations, but—if you’re willing to slacken your pace from time to time—will also bring help you to make more satisfying progress.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The motive of these Twin Snakes will seem to be to stop you in your tracks, and—though that’s not strictly correct—you’d be wise to play along.  Taking the day off will bring a number of benefits, not the least of which is to give the Clan of Scales and Fangs a reason to pause in quizzical uncertainty, and re-consider their ambitions.  Tomorrow’s Horse will put you back in Active Mode, and more than make up for any sense of “lost time” today.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  More than anyone, you have the ear of the Clan of Scales and Fangs, and an appreciation of the productivity of their mode of operation, as well.  With the Twin Snakes calling the shots, you’re no doubt going to be gaining good ground, and experiencing the practical effect of a bit of favoritism from the officials, whatever your game.  Enjoy your progress;  tomorrow’s Horse will be disrupting your piece of mind, not with obstruction, but with obfuscation.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  This is a rare condition, and the Twin Snakes are going to form a conspiratorial partnership, pushing you out of the lime-light, and taking over the terrain in which you normally get your way.  Still, “any progress is good progress,” and if you let the Snakes take all the credit, they’ll also have to shoulder any of the blame.  Tomorrow’s Horse will give you a position from which to express—if not to exert—your authority, and take your share of the responsibility for work well-done.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The Twin Snakes will be holding the Tiger at bay just long enough for you to take action, and hit your mark.  Your accuracy will depend, of course, on the care with which you’ve laid down your preparations, and the lack of delusion with which you’ve read the terrain.  You’ll have one more opportunity this Moon to correct any misses, but having made your attempt today, you will have to accept the reality of success or failure.  Tomorrow’s Horse will offer you an opportunity to make excuses, in the case of a failure to score, and to state the terms under which you wish to receive your profit, in case you hit a bull’s-eye.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The Twin Snakes will be taking you out, and putting you through your paces, today, and if you’ve not missed the opportunities in the last two weeks to savor the enjoyments of a slack days, when they’ve appeared, you’re very likely to enjoy the opportunity to show what you can accomplish, when the way is clear, and the directions are too.  You must be warned, however, that the Clan of Scales and Fangs loves running your machinery, but has a bit of an Attention Deficit when it comes to caring for it.  Plan on removing yourself from action at the earliest possibility, and spending the latter hours of the day in recuperation;  you will have deserved it, and if you don’t see to it, …who will?  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring you a day just as active, but push you not nearly so close to “break-down.”

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The artful cabal to be arranged by the Twin Snakes will be beyond even your mammoth capacity to decipher or accommodate.  Between the limitations you’ll find trying to interpret their Secretive Language, and the tense constrictions they’ll apply to the Tiger’s Patience, you’ll find very little space for the style of diplomacy in which you specialize, or for the influence your managerial skills might wish to exert.  Satisfy yourself with a seat on the side-lines, and wait for the dust to settle before composing your next prospectus;  during the Tiger Year, any “day off” is a good day for the Clan of Fleece and Horns.  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring your diplomacy back into fashion, and show you the value you can offer when you’ve just spent some time being both observant and inactive.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The Twin Snakes will be uniting their forces against the Clan of Stripes and Fangs, and will no doubt draft you into the movement, perhaps without you even realizing that you’re suddenly marching along to their beat.  The unavoidable evidence for you will be the sensation roughly translatable as: “Hey!  This is fun, isn’t it?”  This would be the moment for you to start worrying, except for the fact that tomorrow’s Horse will offer you an immediate re-direction of your energies, and offer you the chance to earn not punishment from the Big Guy in Stripes, but praise.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The Twin Snakes will be highly appreciative of your input, and exceedingly agreeable to your way of thinking;  so far so good.  But you’ll have to remember that their influence is temporary this year, and if you expect any rise in your reputation and good-reception to not be temporary, you will have to strive to make your statements and adjudications in terms broader than simple pragmatism, or more inclusive than pure self-interest, however well-justified.  If you start from practical considerations, and arrive at expressions that encompass Moral Principles and the Consideration of Others, you’ll have hit the demands of the day precisely.  Tomorrow’s Horse will show you the ways in which even the most clearly drawn Moral Principles must have the flexibility necessary to respond to changes of terrain and circumstance.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The Twin Snakes will be working their wiles in Stealth Mode, and even your keenest senses are liable to be misled.  If you spend the day in a state of caution tantamount to Functional Paranoia, you won’t hear any criticism from me.  But, in truth, I think you can afford to relax, and let the Clan of Scales and Fangs have their way for 24 hours.  Just don’t take any unnecessary risks, and don’t take appearances purely on face value.  Tomorrow’s Horse will remove the need for caution and skittishness on your part, and give you plenty of opportunity to feel frisky and friendly.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Metal Snake on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, which will reflect the Snake Moon’s reluctance to agree to the tentative pace of the Tiger Year.  The Twin Snakes will not be aiming to set your teeth on edge, but they’re very likely to be doing an excellent job of that, nonetheless.  Their secretive ways, and complete disregard of refinement as to morals or style, will show you a shadow of your own nature;  the more they obstruct your wishes, the darker your wishes are likely to become.  Take the simple path, and simply step back from engagement.  Your most powerful phrase for the day is very likely to be: “No, thank you.”  You won’t have to employ it for long, as tomorrow’s Horse will pour sunlight into all the dark shadowy corners, and show you your appetites for levity and excitement.

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

Just past the Full Moon, and by the third day she bears a shadow on the western side of her face;

And yet she still faces north, as if in obeisance to the North Star, and in honor of his dominion over Fate.

He is the Ruler of Destinies, and does not swerve from his position, or from his august purpose.

The Moon glides westward towards the mountainous rim, yielding to his authority;   her power comes not from constancy, but from change.

“Replacing roof-tiles may be high up, but that doesn’t make it lofty.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Advertisements

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Sunday, 30th of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE VOID, the fourth and central day of the Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  The asterism which gives its name to this Lunar Lodge is composed of only two stars, the second brightest of Aquarius, The Water-bearer, and the brightest of the small, dim, and not well-known Equuleus, The Little Horse.  As THE VOID falls in the center of the Northern Palace, it is associated with due north, and with the Winter Solstice.  In the oldest traditions, THE VOID was associated with death and burial, and was regarded as the “Tomb of the Sun,” because it marked the point in the year when the Sun was weakest, or “died” and achieved its rebirth.

The character with which it is written ( 虚  ) depicts a hill or promontory with tigers roaming on it.  This is an ancient image of a place with no people, and therefore “empty,” “void,” “deserted.”  Tigers also have a long iconographic tradition linking them with death and burial, and may be here the guardians of the Tomb of the Sun.  All these associations make it unsurprising that this is an inauspicious sign, suitable only for the most austere and solemn activities.  Neither frivolities such as gambling and flirtation, nor important legal or social pursuits, are supported by THE VOID.  Religious rituals (but not public ceremonies), solitude, contemplation, and stillness, all make proper use of the temperment of this Lunar Lodge.  ”Cautious Romance” is acceptable, because after the moment of the “Death of the Sun,” the Yáng will be rising.  It’s not a day to meet with or pursue romantic engagement, but the first questions can be well inaugurated:  ”Do you know, ….is he ….attached?”

The spirit animal for THE VOID is the Rat, naturally enough, since the Rat Moon always contains the Winter Solstice, and thus he points to the principal of resurgence implied in this Lunar Lodge.  The Rat is a Yáng animal, and though small and weak of body, he has cunning and intelligence, wide ranging interests, and an inveterate ability to gnaw through obstacles.  (“Rodent” comes for the Greek for “growing teeth.”)  The Rat is diligent, social, curious, and opportunistic.  When he’s not sleeping deeply, he will be bustling about locating resources, memorizing terrain and pathways, and evading the many predators who would pounce on such a nourishing little morsel.  Though the Winter Solstice is a time when humans must desert the world, the mind is still active, and much can be contemplated, re-considered, planned for.  Solitude and rest on such a day serve to nourish intelligence, refresh spirit, and reconnect understanding to nature.  From inactivity in this time, much will come.

The Solar Index today is SHUT, named for the first month of Winter in the agricultural calendar.  The character with which it’s written ( 閉  ) is a picture of a pair of doors, closed and barred.  This is the time when the weather grows cold, outdoor labors shrink to almost nothing, and the  slips down into quietude.   The whole natural world is in a state of cold, exhaustion, and rest.  Consequently, the proper pace of human life is interior, inactive, and aiming towards recuperation.  SHUT days are similarly times of deep recuperation and timely withdrawal from the outer world.  Only those who are born on a SHUT day should risk disturbing the when it demands to sleep!

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  You have much to gain from the friendly—if turbulent—influences of These Three today, but as it’s also a SHUT Day, you should be very cautious about how much of your own energies and resources you dedicate to the affairs of others.  Make sure to eat frequently through the day, and remember that your wandering thoughts may bring back gems of possibility with them when they return home.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will demand quick thinking, and a willingness to stay out of the way.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  With both the Dragon and Snake specializing in twisting and coiling today, you’ll be made somewhat uncomfortable if you don’t find a way to bob and weave in pursuit of your aims.  To keep your eye on your true direction, you’ll have to consider that things have multiplied in their complexity, and that the cross-winds to your trajectory will be requiring frequent re-calculation of progress.  You won’t take this as a reason to rejoice, of course, but it will produce good results, if you can just keep at it.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be smoothing your path again, and any winds blowing will be at your back.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  As the day is also SHUT, the potential for obstructive shenanigans usually resulting for you from the Clans of Scales meeting and mixing, will be of a scale that you’ll find more entertaining than interruptive.  Not that the Dragon still can’t make your attention sharpen, and the Snake make your hackles rise;  but the two of them together will also put you in your finest fighting-mind, and as long as you keep to the idea of “entertaining” yourself, you’ll find the opportunity they present strangely satisfying.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be more indirect in their challenge, and more serious in the problems they present.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  Your lack of congruity with the Dragon, and your affinity with the Tiger will place you in a more open position than you’ll find comfortable, and your only safe-haven will come from following the Snake’s example, and holding tightly to the pragmatics of your choices and actions.  If challenged, you’ll have to have some sort of explanation for your way of going about things today, and it won’t do to simply say:  “I thought it would be a good idea.”  On the other hand, stating clearly the End Result you’re aiming to accomplish—will more frequently than not—gain not only permission, but some direct and influential support.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be not be asking, they’ll be telling, and you’ll be absolutely charmed to listen.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  In order not to violate the low-key attitude demanded by the SHUT Day, you’ll do well to spend your time leaning on the auspices of the Snake, and remaining cagey in regard to the Tiger.  The energies necessary to do both of these at the same time are extremely small, and must be applied with dexterity and a light touch.  There’s a certain drama in barely tapping the ball, and sending it unerringly to its target;  show them all how easily it can be done.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will carry your purposes forward without much effort on your part, but the drama going on will have no part for you in the script.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  As it’s a SHUT Day, and the Dragon’s commanding authority takes precedence over your earthy wiles, the day will have a strange sleepiness to it for the Clan of Scales and Fangs.  Follow suggestions today, and in your actions, aim to err on the side of slowness and incompletion.  The Dragon is acting as decoy, in a way, and giving you a chance to correct your understanding of the map, and to alter your position in it.  Make adjustments, but don’t make a fuss.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will give you a sharply delineated opportunity to strike, and all you’ll have to do is make sure of your aim.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  This is a Turbulent Trio, and their alignment is usually rather disturbing;  however, as it’s a SHUT Day, and the Metal Stems are keeping alignment, the chances are quite good that you’ll find the day less on the restive side, and more on the restful.  Heed the Dragon’s authoritative command, and follow any instructions that come your way, to the letter;  all about you will have an unusual appreciation of your strengths and dedication, and will be presenting you with small tasks and requests, which you’ll find diverting, and no significant strain on your energies.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be threatening to give you a much more serious workout, and it will most likely be up to you to make sure your warm-down at the end of it is adequate.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  This is a Complex Trio, if ever there was one, and your considerations of balance and counter-balance will keep your head spinning through the day.  Fortunately, it’s a SHUT Day, and the Metal Stems will be keeping alignment, so you can engage the strategies of “Big Problem, Small Solution,” and “Try Less, Do More.”  The only remaining annoyance will be the fact that whatever your actions, you’re going to find somebody giving you “advice” on how “you could improve them.”  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be presenting you with not so much complexity, as confusion.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  The meeting of These Three is usually an affair of turbulence and tremors, requiring a large space to roll through in order to avoid slamming up against walls.  Today being a SHUT Day, however—and one ruled by Metal Stems at that—it will be a Battle Royale in Miniature that we’ll be observing.  Deftness and definition will be the orders of the day, and your contributions are not only well-suited to produce excellent results, the Dragon will be pointing out to you—with deftness and definition—exactly where and precisely when you’re expected to Do Your Part.  Trust your hunches, and lean on your native immediacy;  even the Glaring Gaze of the Tiger will not be able to disrupt you, as long as you make sure the sticks you’re throwing are Little Twigs.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will make similar use of your natural aptitudes, but will make sure that you’re having a more festive—if slightly less secure—time of it.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  This alignment of influences is usually a recipe for Big Things, and Bigger Noises;  but as it’s a SHUT Day—and leveled out by the Three Metal Stems, to boot—the dish being whipped up is more like a soufflé, to be served in a tidy little demitasse, with a cute little biscuit on the side of the saucer.  Even better, you’re to do the taste-test, and offer any suggestions you may have as to serving options, or accompanying beverages.  Consider carefully, and speak directly;  you have the opportunity to be influential in the creation of a Masterpiece, today.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be equally interested in your opinions, but you’ll have to be much more judicious in the way your phrase your statements.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  There’s usually a great deal of turbulence—not to mention, a terrific racket—when These Three come into alignment;  but as it’s a SHUT Day, for one thing, and the Metal Stems are providing a certain equanimity of action, for another, the Battle Royale we might have expected will be replaced by a Civilized Competition.  It’s as if two great armies came to meet, and instead of resorting to cannon-fire, let the matter rest on the outcome of a fencing bout.  You’re still advised to stay well-out of the way of the flashing blades, but a bit of lying-low will accomplish that.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be even less noisy—in fact, almost perfectly silent—and about three times more dangerous for Dogs.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Metal Dragon on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but it’s his flexibility and sleek elusiveness that will make him congruent with the Snake Moon, and a worthy challenge to the strength and boldness of the Tiger Year.  The complexities of the confrontation of These Three are usually more than even you can afford to get involved with, but as it’s a SHUT Day, and the Three Metal Stems are crystalizing the engagement of forces into a very programmatic and rational system, instead of a Crashing of Armies, we’re more likely to be treated to a fiercely waged competition of Marching Bands.  You’re perfectly safe on the sidelines, enjoying the fervency and noting details of arrangement and strategy;  but do not imagine you’ve a place on the field itself.  There’s a choreography to these things, and you didn’t make it to those rehearsals.  Tomorrow’s Twin Snakes will be much simpler for you to deal with, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find the day a happy one.

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

At long last, the Suffering Souls must pay their respects to King Zhuàn ​Lún​, ruler of the Tenth Court.

Weighing their merit, he sends them across a bridge to their new lives, and their new chances.

Bridge of Gold, for those who become Celestial;  Bridge of Silver, for human birth of fortune and ease.

For the rest, a cup of Forget-Everything Soup, and it’s over the Bridge of No-Help:  one more chance to learn to taste Bitter.

“Hospitality before business;  rest before renewal.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Saturday, 29th of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE MAIDEN, third day of the Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  This Lunar Lodge is named for an asterism composed of four relatively weak stars of Aquarius, the Water-bearer, and was originally connected to women’s duties indoors, once winter had set in.  The character with which it is written ( 女 ) means ”girl(s),” or “virgin(s),” or “woman (women),” depending on the context.  In this context, since it applies to the work of spinning, dying, and weaving, the Lunar Lodge is sometimes rendered as “The Weaving Maiden.”

This produces a mild confusion, however, as “The Weaving Maiden” ( 織 女 Zhī Nǚ is also the name of a separate asterism, not on the zodiac’s ecliptic, but well north of it, and on the eastern edge of the Milky Way.  It includes Vega, second brightest star in the northern sky, which is the embodiment of the daughter of the King of the Sun in the tragical story of “The Ox-herder and the Weaving Maiden.”  Over the many centuries of star-lore in China, the similarity of name and meaning of the two asterisms have caused both to be associated with the famous romance of the “star-crossed lovers.”

And in any case, the indications of this Lunar Lodge are as dark and sad as yesterday’s, striking a similar note of solitude and resignation to duty.  One difference is that THE MAIDEN is regarded as favorable to religious ritual (though not public ceremonies).  It is also a day when generosity is both appropriate and well-placed;  gift-giving and hospitality can be made with an easy grace, and will be received with respect and gratitude.  Among activities forbidden under this sign, sewing is noteworthy.  One might imagine that as part of the tradition of “women’s work” it might be favorable;  but since it involves cutting of the woven material, it is in a sense the opposite of producing the cloth, and therefore inauspicious.

The spirit animal for THE MAIDEN is the Bat.  Both “bat” and “blessing” are pronounced the same ( ), so the Bat ( 蝠 ) is a rebus for ( 福 ) “blessing,” “happiness.”  (The two characters share the same phonetic—that is, the right half of each character—which when written by itself means “a roll of cloth.”)  Bats are, therefore, ubiquitous in Chinese iconography, indicating the arrival of (or wish for) happiness and blessings.  The Bat, as an attribution to this Lunar Lodge, suggests a lightening of the sad story of the separated lovers.  They are, after all, re-united once a year on Double-Seven Day (the 7th Day of the 7th Moon), when all the magpies in the world are supposed to fly up to the heavens, and form a bridge for them.  The two cross over the Celestial River (as the Milky Way is called) and are allowed the “blessing” of one day of “happiness.”

The Solar Index today is OPEN, which relates to the month in the agricultural calendar directly following the harvest, from early October to early November.  The hard labors and tense worries of the year are largely past, and a season of festivities, congratulations, and camaraderie begins.  The only concerns for the near future have to do with preparations for the depth of winter, and its cold and storms.

The character for OPEN ( 開 kāi ) is a picture of a pair of doors swung wide.  The feeling of this time is adventurous, light-hearted, and free-wheeling.  The Chinese say, “Go out the door to find fortune!” and today certainly feels like the time to do it.  Normal constraints drop away, and new (though temporary) options are suddenly available.  After the harvest, the cleared fields offer little shelter for birds and other game, and hunting becomes opportune.  A sense of repose arises, as the wealth earned through long labors is safe in the granary.  It’s also, however, the time when bandits and thieves may feel that it’s finally worth their time to come calling.  The “open doors” are a welcome to friends to share in leisure and hard-won luxuries, but they are no barricade to wanderers who wish to crash the party, and pilfer a few valuables.  Keep a light heart, but also, a sharp eye.

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  Do not disturb the amorous engagement of the Rabbit and Serpent;  your suggestions are entirely undesired, and may give rise to irritations you’ll wish you’d not awakened.  Keeping mum, and sitting on your hands to keep from interfering—if necessary—are both to be regarded as auspicious.  Aside from these restrictions, this could be a very happy day;  time to yourself is to be treasured this year, after all.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will be calling you back into action, and “time to yourself” will not be on the menu.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  As you have the Snake high up on your speed-dial list, you’ll have easy access to the Rabbit Way of Things, and can help to smooth the flow of productivity by doing what you do best:  continuing to continue.  If you keep to your tried and true methods, the Rabbit will relax from his disaffection, and respond with true hospitality, even to the strangest of strangers.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will give you more of a challenge to quell, and demand more flexibility than you’re used to supplying.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  You won’t like the style with which things move forward today, but if you remember to look to motives and results, you’ll find the way to acquiesce.  Look to you own agenda, and select the item that has the most immediate practicality;  that’s not usually your primary concern, but it’s guaranteed to prove satisfactory—and even possibly, triumphant—under this rather rare condition.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will raise your ire, and also your attention;  if you get there without presumption, tomorrow may also raise your interest.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  If you took the suggestion of yesterday’s Tiger, and got a bit of rest, then today you’ll have that strangely psychic awareness of What To Do, which the Clan of the Long Ears are well known for.  If you didn’t get proper rest yesterday, then you should go forward with a bit of caution, as your hunches may be a bit off the mark.  Still, with the Snake Moon lighting your way, I’d place my bet on your intuitions.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will put you back in the glaring sunlight, and you’ll have to justify each of your choices with careful reasoning and clarity of purpose.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  With this Rabbit so well-lubricated by the light of the Full Moon, you’ll find him an elusive and ungraspable adversary;  you might as well surrender to the unworkability of the situation, and put things on hold, if that’s at all possible.  That being said, there’s a great deal you can accomplishment on the basis of getting things properly “set-up.”  Tomorrow’s Dragon will show you just the right direction from which to gently tap on things, so that they drop deftly into the proper slot.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  If your summon all your charm and seductive influence today, there’s very little you can’t accomplish.  The only requirement—or should I say, “restriction”—is to remember to honor the Tiger Way, and keep to the practicality of Remaining Fair to all concerned.  That’s not really part of your usual ethic, of course.  But it’s well within your range, particularly while you’re tipsy on the heady influence of the Way of the Rabbit—even if it is being represented by the darkest of that clan.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will lower your ambition and appetite, even while raising your accuracy, and correcting your placement.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  The darkness of this Rabbit will be perfectly counter-balanced by the Light of the Moon, and will thus inspire in you an inerrant awareness of where your actions will be most appreciated, and where your stillness will be most required.  This is not, however, a condition that will submit to your inquiries and demand for understanding;  in fact, the whole day—if you’re successful—will seem like a Great Mystery, full of accomplishment and satisfaction, but with no residue you could trace back to a Reason Why.  Satisfy yourself with good results, and don’t confuse yourself with a fruitless search for good reasons.  Tomorrow’s Dragon, on the other hand, will present you with missions and tasks, and back them up with clear and satisfactory justifications.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  This is a condition which doesn’t so much require your intervention as deeply appreciate it.  Whereas the Rabbit Way of Things usually includes a feet-on-the-ground awareness of the tasks to be dealt with, and a clear willingness to be available to instruction, under the trance induced by the Snake, they may need to have far more details dealt with than usual, and will heartily welcome and—more importantly, perhaps—support the orderly ministrations of the Clan of Hooves and Horns.  Take action first, and follow it with the question: “How does that work for you?”  90% of the day, you’ll get no response but: “Fine!  Fine!”  Tomorrow’s Dragon will be equally available to your actions, but will have a critical list of corrections in reply to your question.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  You’ll feel once again an open field for your dances and dalliances, and whereas this one is far less dangerous for you to enter than yesterday’s, it’s still not without its perils.  You can afford to be far more inquisitive today, and enter even completely strange circumstances with an expectation of some success;  but you must remain on guard for challenges to your presence, and—if you encounter them—be ready to make immediate departure, without even so much as an expression of apology.  As the pre-eminent Escape Artist, you may appreciate the day for its supplying a few opportunities for practice, should they arrive.  Tomorrow’s Dragon, conversely, will be drafting you to duty, and putting your hands on the kind of puzzle you were born for.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  This is a basically safe, but pre-eminently dangerous condition for the Clan of Feathers and Claws.  The safety comes from the fact that all the Bunny Business is going to be completely devoted to the diversions offered by Serpetine Seduction;  the danger comes from the fact that your presence on the field may be regarded as not only inappropriate, but as highly insulting, in which case, even your deep affinity with the Clan of Scales and Fangs will not earn you safe-passage.  Tread very lightly today, and save up your appetite for tomorrow, when the Dragon will put you on the opposite side of the ledger, and offer you some rare tidbits of opportunity and fulfillment.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  Most of the time, the Rabbit Way is highly responsive to your festive spirit of play, and deeply appreciates your call to action;  under the light of the Snake Moon, however, you’ll have to take a far more subtle path to achieve a satisfying connection with the Clan of the Long Ears.  I suggest a gentle nudge with your tender nose, and a tentative movement towards playfulness.  The more you depart from the more earthy attributes for which your Clan is famous, the less risk you run of startling the Blissful Bunny out of his Serpentine Trance.  Play it delicately today, and you’ll have the best of both worlds:  playful and productive.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will not be favoring you with access to either of those worlds, and you’ll be well advised to aim for “patient and pensive,” instead.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Earth Hare on duty today has an inward-turning spirit and a darkly contemplative nature, but will happily turn towards brighter possibilities, due to the sensual influence of the Snake Moon, glowing Full in the night sky.  As gloomy and anti-social as this Rabbit’s nature is, he’ll be quite agreeable to your suggestions, whether towards purpose or play, as long as you don’t ask him to snap out of the blissful glow of the Serpentine Trance in which he finds himself.  This is a delicate task, but you’re more than up to it.  Think of your actions today as those of a tenderly attentive parent getting a child out of their clothes and into their pyjamas without awakening them fully, in order to accomplish the change of attire.  If you don’t disturb the Altered State, you can use it to achieve all manner of things with the greatest of deft simplicity.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will, on the other hand, be neither inattentive nor suggestible, so you’d better prepare to be “accommodating.”

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

What is it that’s the same as yesterday?  Not the quality of the time, nor the rising of the Moon,

Nor the direction of the wind, nor the studious attention of the bees to the ever-alluring blossoms.

Heaven is above, Earth is below, and the uprising of vitality is like a well-spring of constancy.

Even death itself is their hand-maiden;  even demise and decay are cogs in the clockwork of their machine.

“The movement of the shuttle is simple;  the pattern of the weaving is complex.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Friday, 28th of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE OX-BOY, the second day of the Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  The character for this Lunar Lodge means simply “ox” (牛 niú ), and in the most ancient tradition, it was related to the time when the oxen were freed from their labor in the fields, and from transporting goods by wagon, because of the onset of winter.  It was also associated with the sacrifice of an ox—dedicated to the sun, moon, and stars—as part of the winter’s feasting, and to prepare dried meat for storage.

Naming this Lunar Lodge for the lad minding the ox (rather than the ox himself) comes from a later tradition linking this Lodge (and tomorrow’s) with the romantic story of “The Ox-Boy and the Weaving Maiden.”  In the old folk-tale, these two are separated by her disapproving father, the King of the Sun.  He places the unlucky lovers at distance from each other in the sky, on opposite banks of the Celestial River (as the Chinese call the Milky Way).  The astronomical results of this sad affair are represented by the bright star Altair, in an asterism actually called “Ox-Herder,” and the brilliant Vega, second brightest in the northern skies, in an asterism called “Weaving Maiden.”

In keeping with the sad theme of this story, THE OX-BOY is an unlucky day, particularly for diversions from duty, and relying on others.  Consequently, new beginnings, contracts, and ceremonial events are inauspicious.  The austerities of fasting, retreat, and stillness are suggested by the lovers’ punishment, and can yield better results today.  Romance is “not to be trusted” today, though flirting is actually favored.  It could be said this way:  if everyone knows it’s “only flirting” ….then no harm done!  Real estate negotiations might seem a strange addition to the favorable activities, but they are in one sense like flirting;  the “romance of the deal” isn’t sealed, until the deal is accepted and signed-and-dated documents are exchanged.

The spirit animal for THE OX-BOY is, of course, the Ox.  This is the animal icon par excellence of a life of hard work, borne with a good spirit, and without complaint.  The Ox has huge reserves of strength and stamina, and they make the Ox the foundation of whatever wealth can be brought forth from the land through labor.  The Ox, however, also has the winter-time away from the fields, and so he is also a symbol of serene solitude, and favors a life partly devoted to contemplation.  Through this attribution, THE OX-BOY is a day for resignation to duty, but in happy anticipation of the time when work will be over.

The Solar Index today is HARVEST, which is the name of the second month of Autumn in the agricultural calendar, from early September through early October.  It contains the Autumn Equinox, and represents the time when the vitality of the year distills to an essence;  the plants wither and grow stiff while the fruits and seeds grow plump and ready to drop from their stems.  The labors of humans at this time of the year are hard, and must be accomplished with speed.  The results of the harvest, however, fulfill the labors of the entire rest of the year, and are a source of great satisfaction and relief.

In most editions of the almanac, HARVEST days are printed in black, as their association with Autumn makes them inappropriate for weddings.  In terms of industry and production, however, HARVEST symbolizes the gathering in of the abundance of the natural world, and the fulfillment of human labor, in preparation for the sternness and cold of Winter.  This is a favorable sign for commerce in general, and for investing, borrowing, and lending, in specific.  It is not suitable for medical treatment in the Chinese traditions, as the  is going down and thinning, and though the shēn is ample, its presentation can be misleading.  Better to wait for a day, to determine a more accurate understanding of the patient’s condition, and to make an adjustment more likely to “take.”

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  As this Tiger turns towards napping grumpily, the pace of requirements and requests put to you will slacken, allowing you to get back to some Deep Thinking about the near future.  Your sojourn through the first half of the Snake Moon will have sharpened your sense of opportunism, and shown you quite clearly the state of your sentimental attachments;  apply your current information to formulate a new strategy to get benefit from the waning of the Moon, and to prepare yourself for the rocket-ship ride that’s taking off on the day the Horse Moon arrives.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be equally grumpy, and your “new strategy” should include spending the day lying low.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  The Tiger’s recalcitrance and grumbling will be of little concern to you, but you’ll appreciate the extra space his reluctance to come forward will give you.  Think of it as coming on a patch of perfectly straight, perfectly smooth highway;  the lower requirement to watch out for obstacles and impediments will make it easy to get your mental agenda put into good order, both in terms of priorities, and in terms of sequence.  If you’re accused of “staring off into space,” you and I will know what good use you’re making of the day.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be equally disengaged, but much easier to tease out of hiding.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  This Tiger is likely to take one look at the Snake Moon—now at its brightest—and spend the day in the back of his lair, growling and grumbling.  So when the curtain that says “Tiger” on it goes up, the space will be clear for you to jump forward.  Mind you, if you’re an Earth Tiger yourself, your appearance doesn’t need to be lengthy;  give ’em a good roar, and be off.  For the rest of the Clan of Stripes and Fangs, however, it’s a day to show what kind of gumption you’re capable of summoning.  You’ll not get a great deal accomplished, today, but your demonstration will be a valuable reminder to yourself, as well as all the others.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be equally low on initiative, but far easier to inspire to go along with a good idea.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  You’ll find it quite irresistible to follow this Tiger’s example, and locate somewhere comfy and safe to hole up and hide out.  Let your thoughts drift away from your regular concerns, and find some comforting way to symbolize your detachment and physical state of ease—hot bath, meditation in the garden, tossing a ball for the dog to run after, industrial-strength napping, you get the idea…  Tomorrow’s Hare will put a Strong Idea in your mind, and going forward with it will prove even more satisfying, if you’re coming into it from a bit of rest-and-recreation.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  For most, the refusal of this Tiger to come forward and get demonstrative will be a great relief;  for you, it will be exactly what you feel you don’t want to happen, and therefore, your natural instinct will be to stride to the back of his cave, grab him by his tail, and drag the poor fellow out.  This is not a fundamentally bad idea, but you are liable to get half way through, and find yourself wondering if you’ve bitten into more than you can chew.  I say: “once having stepped forward, keep going forward.”  But do remember the fact that energies that aren’t being used are not energies that can’t be used.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be just as grumpy and disengaged, and not quite so easy for you to challenge.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  You might imagine that such a reticence on the part of the Tiger would mean a greater field for you to play on, but that would be based on the folly of forgetting the Other Tiger, who’s patience you’re testing for the entire year.  Don’t let yourself get caught in a classic pincers movement;  consider the Earth Tiger as having retreated to a neutral corner, and leave well enough alone.  Even the slightest attempt to turn the situation today to your advantage, will have you discovering that this Tiger has gone to the back of the cave, but that it’s your cave he’s gone to the back of.  Put everything possible on hold for the day, and wait for tomorrow’s Hare, who’ll actually want you to take control.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  This Tiger’s dour spirit and grumbling disengagement will inspire in you a deep sense of belonging to those whom you admire, and a natural appetite to lower your activity as you raise your attentiveness.  If you’ve got any nurse-maid in you, today’s the day you’ll feel it coming forward.  Don’t hesitate to take up any tasks or errands that you think would lighten someone else’s concerns, but be assured that it’s your presence, and your state of calm, that are most rewarding.  Tomorrow’s Hare will suggest a similar demeanor on your part, but will bring much less ease of understanding.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  This will not really amount to an invitation for you to take over where the Tiger seems to be lagging back, but it will present you with a sense of Unclaimed Territory, and the freedom of spirit that arises when there are far fewer limiting factors than normal.  It will feel a bit like what you can do in a house before you move any of the furniture in.  Your actions may not be immediately acknowledged or rewarded, but they’ll not be obstructed, and they’ll definitely be observed.  Go ahead, and make your actions speak for you.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be equally reluctant to act, but far more satisfying for you to help out, and perhaps bring forward.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  The blank space left by This Tiger—while he’s grumbling and growling at the back of his lair—will present an almost irresistible opportunity to drop into it and start messing about.  It is lucky for you that it’s “almost irresistible,” however, as “dropping in” would be the only thing guaranteed to bring the Tiger forward, not just grumbling now, but in full Terrifying Rage.  Be judicious, pay no attention to that Snake Moon behind the curtain, and do your very best to lie low for the day.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be equally out of sight, but not nearly so immediately dangerous.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  Consequently, when the curtain that says “Tiger” on it goes up, it’s going to reveal an apparently empty stage.  This will inspire your curiosity, and perhaps suggest that you might profit from a bit of judicious Tiger Hunting.  I’d say that’s probably a good thing;  not because you’re going to find the Tiger—I’m really, really hoping that you don’t—but because his apparent absence gives you an optimum opportunity to re-calibrate your sense of the terrain around you, and to take notice of exactly where your presumptions have passed their Sell-By Date.  Tomorrow’s Hare is also going to be “apparently absent,” but making presumptions based on that appearance might hasten your Sell-By Date.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  A Tiger not “rising to take action,” is a Tiger who definitely appreciates having a Dog around, and while he will be slinking off to grumble and growl at the back of the cave, you can cheerfully take up your position at the front entrance, making Great Announcement of the Tiger’s unavailability to all passers-by.  And if you can manage to borrow the Tiger’s snoozing style for the day, nothing will go amiss if you take the odd Cat-Nap while you’re seeing to your duties.  Do plan on something sedentary in the evening, and an early night to bed;  when the Tiger is sleepy, Dogs dream In Stripes.  Tomorrow’s Hare will be similarly lackadaisical and unresponsive, but open to the gentler side of your inquisitiveness.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Earth Tiger on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will show no interest in rising to take action under the influence of the Snake Moon.  The affinity you share with the Clan of Stripes and Fangs comes partly from the fact that they alone are capable of “putting you in your place”—in the most satisfying sense of that phrase—without “putting you down” to do it.  Consequently, the reluctance of This Tiger to come forward with the usual élan and bravura, may leave you feeling a little deflated, and perhaps suffering the presumption that you’ve been ignored.  However, there’s a matter of great subtlety here for you to recognize today, and that is:  experiencing the space of the Tiger, without the Tiger taking up any room in it.  If you’ve ever thought you’d like to sneak into Buckingham Palace, just to sit on the Throne of England for a moment with nobody watching, then you will know exactly what I’m getting at.  Imagine yourself in Stripes, today, but mimic the Tiger on duty, and act like you’re “just a Pig, after all.”  Tomorrow’s Hare will be similarly withdrawn and testy, but easy for you to draw out and mollify.

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

Mr. House-of-Clouds was a great general, whose greatest misfortune was his greatest good-luck;

His army routed, he fled into the forest, and chanced to meet a Great Benefactor. Three days of study, and he rose to the Way.

At his birth, it’s said, he bore nine signs of divinity, and cried for seven days without cease.

But immediately thereafter, he spoke perfectly—beginning with a rhymed couplet, if you please!

“Simple inactivity is the most convenient form of meditation.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Thursday, 27th of May

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE LADLE, the first day of the week-long Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  This is named for an asterism of 6 stars, which so perfectly mimic the shape of Ursa Major, The Great Bear, that since that constellation is called “Northern Dipper” ( 北 斗 Běi Dǒu ), THE LADLE is called “Southern Dipper” ( 南 斗 Nán Dǒu ).  In antiquity, it was associated with the part of the year when grain stores were measured out (by the ladle-full), in order to properly plan for usage through the winter, and for payments made in grain.  Ten of the measuring “dippers” made one “bushel,” which is also a meaning of the character 斗 ( dǒu ).

This is an extremely auspicious Lunar Lodge, as might be expected from a sign concerned with “counting out wealth.”  It’s favorable for virtually all matters, from religious rituals, to excavation and construction, to political ambitions and accomplishment.  It is an indicator against nagging and over-indulging, perhaps because both will disturb the proper keeping track of the count.  The auspices of the day are quite favorable, and should not be squandered on such negativities.  ”When heaven sends a good day, don’t insult it with complaints.”

The spirit animal for THE LADLE is the Griffin, which is a rather loose translation for the original Chinese beast.  The Qí Lín ( 蜞 磷 ), as it’s called, is similarly mythological, and similarly composed of the parts of several different animals.  There is no exact equivalent in western language traditions, though it is most frequently translated as “unicorn.”  That’s understandable, perhaps, as one its animal components is the horse.  However, the Qí Lín has not one horn, but two antlers, like a deer, plus the scales of a snake, the head of a lion, the legs and hooves of a horse, etc.  In any case, like the Griffin, it’s appearance in the land is a beneficent sign of protection of the realm—and of its deserving rulers—and a harbinger of the greatest good fortune for all the citizens.  This underscores the highly favorable tone set by its Lunar Lodge.  As long as one can keep a cheerful and respectful attitude, the day is filled with good prospects.

The Solar Index today is COMPLETE, which is the name of the first month of Autumn in the agricultural calendar, from early August through early September.  This is the time of relaxation of growth and labor, and of the preparations for harvest.  The  of the year begins to shrink back, and the stalks devote their stored energies to the “completion” of the grains.  The vitality of the growing season is being invested into seed-form, partly to nourish the animal partners of the natural world, and partly to ensure that the plants can endure the coming winter, and renew life when spring arrives again.

This day in the Solar Index cycle is a bright indicator, partly because of the lightening of labor it represents, and partly because it captures the hopefulness of the coming harvest.  The character with which COMPLETE is written ( 成 chéng ) can also be translated “accomplish,” “attain,” “fulfill,” “succeed,” “become,” or “finish.” Seeing to the fulfilling of promises, and finishing the preparations for hard work soon to arrive, are both highly auspicious.  “Don’t delay until tomorrow what you can do today,” is very timely advice.  That “tomorrow” is liable to have little free time available;  in fact, “free time” may be the thing on shortest supply.

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  Both the Ox and Snake are capable of summoning your devotion to Getting Things Done, though for entirely different reasons.  In any case, their partnership today will have you scurrying about in your most productive mode, and making mental notes as you go about items to add to your agenda for later action.  Consequently, this is not a day to think about Getting Done, but to focus on whatever’s right in front of your nose.  By the end of the day, you might have swept up the Moon!  Tomorrow’s Tiger will give you a bit of relief as to busy-ness, and require you to put your thinking cap back on.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  As the Snake Moon summons your sense of easy going, and the Tiger Year supports your modest pace, this Ox will provide a perfect platform on which to test the functionality of your preferences, and to try out any new possibilities you’ve come across in the last week or so.  Take the day as an opportunity to Do Things Your Way, and observe the normal voices of objection drop into patient silence.  You won’t get too many days as congruent with your natural appetites as this one, so relax into yourself, and make good use of it.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will point out the logistical details that need to be settled before you can accomplish your current aims.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  This will feel for you as if there’s a Changing of the Guard at hand, and you’re finally being relieved from standing at your post.  Turn towards your favorite indulgences, and allow yourself a bit of a respite from your duties—particularly the tedious ones.  The Clan of Stripes and Fangs shows great power and muscularity, but also an innate sense of Timing;  today, that means featuring your deep ability to achieve repose, and to patiently wait for the Proper Time.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will arrive like a flash of dawn, empowering your boldness, decisiveness, and commanding authority.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  This Ox will give you good reason to believe that yesterday’s tensions and formalities have resolved into bland simplicity, and that the electrical charge in the air has been neutralized, leaving a certain lack of excitement or impending possibility.  As the energy around you drops to a much more ordinary and unremarkable level, you’ll find it much easier to examine the choices before you from the very practical consideration of your own mood and motives, without having to factor-in the influences of others.  If you can find which way your own compass is pointing today, I promise you that the rest of the Snake Moon will go much more smoothly.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will bring a settling of your mind, and a luscious opportunity to calm your body.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  Yesterday’s Rat may have helped you to command the Snake Moon’s attitude, but today’s Ox is going to be hogging it for his own purposes.  This will not be entirely bad for you, if can get past the sense of stodgy repetition it will bring on;  you have a Power Day coming up next Sunday, and if you pace your energies and thoughts today, you’re much more likely to peak correctly when it arrives.  Play the Cog-in-the-Wheel, today, and let your ability to Stand Out From The Crowd take a holiday.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will arrive with drama enough to make you feel that your true nature is being re-awakened, and bring the tedium to a very definite close.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  For you, this Ox Day will appear to be a “lucky turn” itself, and you’ll have no difficulty reading the options it will be opening up, or the directions through which it will be almost guaranteeing success.  Follow your whims, and test your luck today;  it will prove to be strong, as long as you stay close to the Ox’s steady pace, and don’t let your ambition or raw greed outstrip your wisdom.  Much can be accomplished today, but going for “just a little bit more” will show your aggressiveness, damage your reputation, and put you on the Tiger’s Short List for recriminations.  The benefits being offered you during the Snake Moon have not all played out yet;  don’t try to eat the entire banquet in one bite.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will give you reason to feel the need to draw back, and perhaps give you a glimpse of why you don’t want to end up on that Short List.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  As different in style as your nature and physicality are from those of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, you have a deep affinity in your common attitude for Getting To Work, and in appreciating the relationship between what you’re doing, and what’s being accomplished.  The Snake Moon, however, is altering your normal relationship somewhat, quickening the Ox’s tempo, and seasoning your willfulness;  consequently, you may find today to be one of those rare Ox Days you actually enjoy.  However, there is the danger that you’re only enjoying it due to the Snake’s powers of trance and persuasion;  you should remain aware that your energies are being taxed in ways that don’t truly fit your spirit or fulfill your sense of comfort.  Don’t be shocked, therefore, if you have a sudden moment of coming back to yourself, thinking: “What am I doing???”  You won’t be in any great danger, but you should plan on taking tomorrow easy.  Fortunately, that’s exactly what the Tiger arriving tomorrow will have in mind for you, and that won’t mean that you’ll have to spend the day “just standing around.”

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  Here, you’ll find yourself embarrassed by your complete lack of allies, and confronted by the willfulness of the Ox in ignoring your views, your needs, and your offerings of direction and advice.  If you feel like you’re trapped in a movie where you’re playing the ghost that nobody can see or hear, please remember that the plot always leads to the discovery that there is Someone who can attend to you correctly;  you just have to show some patience playing through the script until that scene arrives.  Unfortunately, the Someone is not due to make their appearance until Saturday, but at least tomorrow’s Tiger will have the whiskers to recognize—and the courtesy to acknowledge—that you are in the room.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  It’s to be hoped that you got a satisfying dose of Interesting under the auspices of yesterday’s Rat, because if the Ox gives you something similar, it will be entirely by accident.  Where keeping yourself occupied—not to mention, entertained—is concerned, you’re going to be entirely on your own recognizance.  Remember, however, the dangers of following the Snake Way in the Time of the Tiger, and don’t take “your own recognizance” to mean “anything you want.”  Your best course is to make yourself available to those around your as a help-mate for the day.  Even small tasks will have their delights, and you need all the friendly interactions you can find this year.  Do not waste time trying to get the ones you’re helping to listen to your complaints;  they won’t understand a word you’re saying.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will—not surprisingly—be a Mostly No Fun Day, and the less you’re running The Monkey Act, the better.  Get smallish today; be truly inconspicuous tomorrow.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  The Tiger Year usually gives the Clan of Feathers and Claws a deep sense that they’ve entered Terra Incognita, and a recurring suspicion that there’s Something Unknown going on around you.  Today will be a complete vacation from these misgivings, however, as your Best Friends, the Ox and Snake, keep the Tiger cornered for you, and allow you free range of the shop, snooping into whatever drawers or cubby-holes you might find interesting, and fingering through whatever stacks of brightly colored woven goods might catch your eye.  Indulge your wandering attention, because by the end of the day, it will empower a feeling of clarity and purpose that will help you settle the whole range of decisions that you’re now confronting.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will drag you back to Terra Incognita, but at least you’ll have your own inner compass nicely refurbished, and in good working order.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  The Ox and Snake have their own purposes to pursue, and they won’t mind dragging you along to accomplish them, whether that fits into your plans, or not.  Consequently, you’ll be well advised to consider your efforts and protestations to be completely irrelevant to the drift of the day, and not waste your energy trying to alter anything.  What isn’t Damned Annoying is going to be so full of tedium that it will feel like a hypnotic demand to: “Sleep…! Sleep…! Sleep…!”  Sinking down into Sweet Recumbent Repose, however, is not what these Two have in mind for you;  so bear up, and Just Be Bored.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will have a much more agreeable set of demands for you, and (happily…!), they will include: “Sleep…! Sleep…! Sleep…!”

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Fire Ox on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear.  Normally, the Ox is offensive to the Clan of the Curly Tail in the peculiar way in which he can demonstrate that you’re Not Worth Paying Attention To.  Mind you, he demonstrates this to almost everyone, from time to time, but Pigs do take it particularly hard.  Today, given the waxing of the Snake Moon, it’s going to be worse;  you’re on the slate to be given your come-uppance, and to be shown to be Not To Be Trusted.  Consequently, the less of yourself you try to be today, the less discouraging and demoralizing the whole sad affair will seem.  Mind you, it will be very easy to fall prey to the temptation to agree with the Ox’s pointed demonstration, and that’s no good, either.  So, don’t be down on yourself;  be less of yourself.  It’s a kind of a test really, but I trust that you’ll catch the zen of it.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will not give you the usual bounce available from the Guys In Stripes, but you’ll find a deep path to enjoyment arriving with him, nonetheless.

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

The Guest of the Cave, in a dream, saw it all—success, riches, power, adulation, domestic bliss—

Vanish at the hands of cruel brigands, turning satisfaction and security into dust and bitterness.

Awakening, he turned to the Dao, mastering his affinity for Internal Practice, and gaining the power to fly, as if in a dream.

I’d like to meet him, but not because of that:  I hear he’s fond of a pot of good wine, and a long evening of stories.

“Taking office is to be congratulated;  leaving office is to be celebrated.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Wednesday, 26th of May

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today, THE BASKET ( 萁 ), is named for the asterism that completes the week-long course of the moon across the Eastern Palace of the Azure Dragon.  The original meaning of the character for this Lunar Lodge was a “manuring tray” or “refuse basket.”  The gatherings held in it would be mixed with soil, discarded plant material, and lime—to lower acidity—and then spread on the fields as fertilizer, and used to sprout seeds and young plants.  (Composting is a very ancient practice!)  Much later, THE BASKET became associated with the harvesting season, and was thought of as a “winnowing basket,” used to separate the grain from the chaff by tossing it up in the air, allowing the wind to blow the lighter chaff aside, and the clarified grain to fall back and be caught again in the basket.  This later meaning may be a transposition of an earlier attribution:  among its many other ancient names, this asterism was also called “Mouth of the Winds” ( 風 口 Fēng Kǒu ), and ruled the Eight Winds, coming from the Eight Directions.

This is a very bright and favorable indicator for the day, which is perfectly understandable when one considers the favorable impact of this very human category of invention:  ”something to carry stuff in.”  The practical utilities of gathering, holding, storing, and transporting, which THE BASKET represents, all contribute significantly to agriculture throughout the year, and so this must be regarded as an auspicious image.  Through this attribution, the day is auspicious for mixing, carrying, storing, transporting in both the literal as well as the figurative senses.

The spirit animal for THE BASKET is the Leopard, smallest of the four Great Cats (tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard), but certainly the strongest for its size.  The Leopard’s ability to drag the kill up a tree, and wedge it into the fork of a branch for storage, is quite extraordinary.  They can do this with prey that are up to 45% of their own weight.  They’re not particularly picky hunters, and will stalk and kill with equal expertise anything from small rodents and birds, to large antelope and deer.  The elegance, power, and agility of the Leopard, make his connection to THE BASKET an indication that it signifies not just lightness and flexibility, but strength,  sturdiness, and a willingness to accept “whatever is offered,” as well.

The Solar Index today is DANGER, named after the third month of Summer in the agricultural calendar, from early July through early August.  At that point in the Solar Year, the sun is still close to its height in the day’s skies.  Temperatures are even warmer than earlier in the season, and provided there is enough rain or water for irrigation, the crops thrive in it.  However, lack of rain or lack of water in such heat could spell disaster.  The height of heat needs balancing cool.  This is similar to the quality represented by the DANGER day;  the energy is high, and full of potential for accomplishment, but it requires coolness of heart and calmness of action to yield its best results.

DANGER is written with the same character ( 危 wēi ) as the Lunar Lodge, THE ROOFTOP:  a picture of a person standing on the edge of a cliff or precipice.  In the case of the Lunar Lodge, this means “the caution necessary when working on the roof of a house.”  Working on the roof equals danger, as it were.  In more general use, the character can be translated as “danger,” “daring,” “awkward,” “precipitous,” or “tricky.”  This is actually a bright indicator, and is printed in red in most traditional Chinese almanacs, largely because it’s regarded as extremely favorable for weddings.  The excess of Yáng gives vitality and good luck to the couple, and a feeling of happiness to the ceremony and celebrations.  For practical purposes, and more industrial uses of the day, it’s still favorable, but so “close to the edge” that the pair of black dots in the Ming Li Tong Shu is offered as a warning.  It’s safer today to err on the side of under-doing;  just a touch too much, and all may collapse like a house of cards.

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  Follow your Clan-Mate’s example, and focus on pragmatic action, and working on problems that actually have solutions.  There’s a lot of emotional turmoil between the influences of Tiger and Snake, and plumbing those depths today will only put you in for a lot of risk with little reward.  Keep your thinking cap on, however;  out of every ten ideas you have today, at least one will be truly cunning.  Tomorrow’s Ox will lay out a heap of work before you, but you can count on it to produce reliable results.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  This condition makes a perfect balance for you to see to logistical details, and to feel the satisfaction of getting things well-ordered, and trimmed down to functional necessities.  Stay open to suggestions, however, as both the Rat and the Snake will be bringing you new options, and possibly new partners.  If you take new things up on a contingency basis, tomorrow’s Ox will give you a perfect opportunity to find out if they’re actually a good fit.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  If yesterday was a time requiring your restraint and solitude, today’s the time to show your sociable side again, and to keep your ear cocked for new information.  If you need advice or suggestions, you should make sure to get them in privacy—if not sworn secrecy—and plan on letting whatever you take on board season for a couple of days before you consider taking steps in actuality.  Your instincts will be strong and most likely accurate, but the strongest among them—your sense for timing—will tell you “not quite yet.”  Tomorrow’s Ox will make it easier for you to get your rest, and as a result, you may find you don’t need as much as you thought.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  The rules of social demeanor are undergoing a shift today, and you’re going to have to stay attentive to keep from getting confused, or causing offense.  You have clear affinity with Rat, Snake, and Tiger, but they’ll each be pulling you in a different direction, and arguing—at least a little bit—against the other Two.  Keep your responses to the formal and the non-committal, and you’ll do fine;  being pleasant to everyone is the first rule of etiquette, and you’ve got that down pat.  Tomorrow’s Ox will roll things out to a much more level simplicity, and make your next choices easier to recognize.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  If you succeeded in putting yourself on “Pause” yesterday, you can confidently spring into action today.  Both the Rat and Snake have influences they wish to exert on you, but you’ll have no trouble balancing their demands, and even playing them off against each other, if necessary.  Be careful not to over-bid your hand, though;  keep to the practical demands of the moment, and hold open at least two or three contingent outcomes you might have to follow-through upon.  By the time tomorrow’s Ox shows up, the contingencies will have settled themselves, and there’ll just be the relatively tedious task of fitting proper tabs into proper slots.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  The Rat brings you a renewed sense of possibilities, and a chance to restore your depleted resources, but you’ll have to make sure you go through a reasonable process of awakening your attention, and certifying your appetites, following the last two days of Keeping Your Head Down.  The more modest your aims, today, the more options you’ll end up with;  it’s not progress that’s most important for you, it’s positioning.  Tomorrow’s Ox will put you back in your full senses, and give you a clear path to stride forward upon, whatever you discover you’ve chosen to do.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  This is a very complex arrangement of influences working on you, but as long as you dedicate the day to taking them all in, rather than figuring them out, or—worse—trying to put them to use, you’ll get a great deal out of the complexity.  Normally, Rat Days are virtually indigestible for the Clan of Hooves and Mane, but under the perpendicular polarities of Tiger and Snake, the Rat Thing will appear properly constrained, not particularly threatening, and so clearly strange to you, that you may find yourself falling into Deep Fascination.  If so, just relax;  it’s only the Rat’s Natural Charm that you’re becoming acquainted with.  You don’t get to see it this clearly very often, so:  enjoy!  Tomorrow’s Ox will bring you back to your appetite for progress, and distance you from your favorite comforts.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  As you’ve had several opportunities over the last ten days to demonstrate the Power of Being Sheep, it’s about time you ran into a bit of a snag, and the Rat-and-Snake confluence will definitely fill the bill.  They’re not out to cause problems for you, or anything like that;  but the level of complexity they’re capable of cooking up will test your comprehension and hierarchical understanding to the very limit.  If you feel pushed back a bit, just take it as an opportunity to re-calibrate your sense of scale, and to re-adjust your idea of what sort of problem you can take on, and what sort you can’t.  Think of it as a seminar in Practical Discretion and Delegation, and start looking for a place on your crowded wall to put the new credential.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be presenting much more structural difficulties, and the best way to prepare yourself is to let your ambitions shrink down a bit today.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  For most, this Trio of influences is almost hopelessly over-complicated, but for your nimble wits and agile fingers, it’s going to present itself as a rather delightful puzzle.  Make sure you take it in a light-hearted way, and don’t turn what could be a bit of fun and diverting relaxation, into a Serious Mess.  It’s your thoughtlessness that’s at a premium today, and your instantaneous spontaneity that will demonstrate your value and charm.  And if that doesn’t sound like your birthday, Christmas morning, and the Fourth of July all wrapped up in single package, I fear you may not have been paying attention!  Tomorrow’s Ox will turn your attention towards practical matters—specifically, other people’s “practical matters”—and if you’ve not gotten heavy in your attitude, you’ll find dealing with them something of a delight, as well.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  This Trio of influences will be pulling and tugging in three different directions all at the same time, and if you’re not able to move quickly from one to another, you’re going to end up feeling either confused, or dizzy, or both.  Your quickness and accuracy, however, are completely up to the task, and my feeling is that the flickering comparisons between One Way, and Another, and Yet Another, will show you a quality of relationship that has eluded you for most of the year, so far.  Let your new understanding settle into focus, and run it through a few tests before you imagine yourself to have comprehended.  Tomorrow’s Ox will make things more settled and definite again, and offer you a clear platform for decision-making.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  This is far too complicated a set of inter-locking influences for you to find perfectly re-assuring, and the more you look into them for some notion of What To Do—or even, How To Feel—the less certainty of your position you’re going to end up with.  Look instead to the relativity in your relationships.  What does each person do for you?  What are you supposed to be doing for them?  How do you know you’re accomplishing your responsibilities?  These questions won’t have cut-and-dried answers, necessarily, but—like keeping your gaze on the horizon while the boat is heaving up and down on the waves—they may help you to settle your stomach, and feel what “level” means.  Tomorrow’s Ox will put you in a sleepy mood, but without giving you permission to respond to it in the way you’d like.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Fire Rat on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will earn him the respect of the Tiger, and some definite advantages under the Snake Moon.  Your broad range of appetites and interests will be of great advantage today, considering that the complexity of influence brought about by These Three will be driving most of your neighbors into distraction or dismay.  Let the Rat lead you into a light-hearted mood, and keep to your aloof attitude;  it’s much better for you to find the push-and-pull of different practical schemes Highly Interesting, and position yourself high up in the grandstand, than it would be to dash onto the field, making problems for the team you’re backing, and giving the refs more than enough reason to eject you from the stadium entirely.  “When at a spectacle, why not spectate?”  Tomorrow’s Ox will give you something rather humbling to deal with, and it’ll be easier to stomach if you’re “only someone in the crowd,” today.

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

Winds blowing high in the sky make the clouds stream into thin wisps, and ripple into wide patterns.

Under them, breezes flow across the fields of grain, setting them to dance and sway in waves, greener than any ocean.

If rain comes before the Summer’s Heat, we will hope that it is long, slow, and gentle.

Heaven keeps a bond with Earth, but holds no thought of The People as part of their pairing.

“If you go up on the roof, don’t take your worries with you.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Tuesday, 25th of May

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today, THE TAIL ( 尾 Wěi ), is named for an asterism of nine stars which also form the tail of Scorpio, the Scorpion, in western astronomy.  This is of course, THE TAIL of the Azure Dragon of the Eastern Palace.  As THE HEART represented the emperor and his palace, this Lunar Lodge represented the eastern wing of the palace, where the imperial family resided.  It was associated with the empress (embodied by one of its stars), the first rank of concubines, and the royal princes.  This image supports several of the activities for which this Lunar Lodge is favorable:  childcare, reliance on superiors, and rising in office (meaning, in the classical case, “in the service of the emperor.”)  Similarly:  domestic strife, undue emotionality, and over-indulgence, are all damaging to family order and harmony, and therefore are particularly inauspicious under this Lunar Lodge.

The spirit animal for THE TAIL is the Tiger, who is the complement to the Dragon, on the east-west axis.  Dragon-and-Tiger is a traditional icon of expertise in the martial arts, showing the complementarity of Yīn and Yáng in counter-balancing rotation.  Their polarity also illustrates the balance of Eastern (Springtime)  and Western (Autumn)  in fengshui practice.  The Tiger is Yáng in relation to most of the other Twelve Animals, but not to the Dragon.  In its attribution to this Lunar Lodge, the Tiger shows that it is Yīn (since it is terrestrial) in complement to the celestial energy of springtime and dawn, represented by the Azure Dragon.  Like the Tiger, an icon of boldness and honesty, this Lunar Lodge is regarded as free of impediments to the pursuit of one’s properly prepared actions, and auspicious for those with strength of heart and rectified character.  Avoid scheming and recriminations today;  the straight-forward path is best.

The Solar Index today is DESTROY, named for the second month of Summer, from early June through early July.  This is the agricultural month which contains the Summer Solstice.  In farming life, the work in the fields can turn to the destruction of weeds and vermin, since the crops have attained nearly their full height, and they can stand disturbance without being damaged.  Weeds have accomplished enough growth to be pulled up by the roots.  As they have not yet set seeds, they can simply be left on the soil to mulch, returning nutrients to the plants, and helping to keep moisture in the soil.

The character for DESTROY ( 破  ) can also be translated “break,” “solve,” or “spoil.”  This is the month when the Yáng reaches its peak, and its rise is “broken.” For the next 6 months, Yáng will be declining, and pouring nourishment into Yīn.  This alchemy is necessary for the crops to gather their  into useable fruits and grains, and for the year to renew itself in the dark depth of Winter.  Like this month, DESTROY days are appropriate for clearing away inessentials, beginning to give up the rule of Yáng, and yielding to the nourishments of Yīn.  Start turning towards ends and accomplishments;  the time for investigation, striving, and “the big push” is not over, but it’s beginning to fade.

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  There’s a line of interest for you today drawing you towards dealing with practical details, and another drawing you towards pleasant diversions, and it will be very difficult to pursue both of them.  My advice?  Lean in the direction of your enjoyment—even if it makes you feel a bit irresponsible—if only to justify taking up your labors with re-doubled energy tomorrow, when the Rat puts you in mind not just of practical details, but cunning strategy, as well.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  The Pig’s state of generalized objection will make smooth and steady progress rather difficult to accomplish, but not because he’s got different ideas.  Rather, it’s that he wants to make a show of his lack of willingness to “go along.”  His argument is going to be fruitless, but it will be rather entertaining;  since you’ve two quite productive days immediately ahead, why not take a pause and enjoy the show?  Tomorrow’s Rat will put you right back in the sweet spot of the Snake Moon’s graces, and you can spend the day chuckling about the Pig’s ineffectual antics.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  This is a condition when your inner feelings can get the best of your outer composure, and you’ll have to find some way to resolve the difference if you want to keep yourself from falling into an embarrassing over-commitment of force.  It’s a great day for you to take your exercise—particularly if you’re doing it solo—and a very bad day to try to handle anything that requires formality or diplomacy.  Don’t be afraid to let people think you’re “off in a corner, brooding.”  That might be the safest place, for the good of all.  Tomorrow’s Rat will put you back on the track of a worthy prey, and help you to follow that “inner feeling” without complications.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  Your contributions to the day are going to be both healing for all around you, and well-appreciated by anyone who’s actually paying attention.  You have the power to sap the energy out of the argument between Pig and Snake, and turn what could have been a slug-fest into a picnic, complete with lemonade, little sandwiches, and meaningless games.  Keep your attention on what you want to do, and don’t be shy about suggesting that everyone else try it, too.  Tomorrow’s Rat will be hosting a more formal tea-party, but as long as you don’t try to stay in charge, and you follow what seem to be the local rules, it could be equally as satisfying.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  For you, the Pig is almost always a noteworthy improvement over the Dog, but today’s is going to be in a highly wrankled and disagreeable mood.  Consequently, you’ll have to play a waiting game, if you don’t to magnify whatever snarls you’re still finding yourself needing to work through.  Sometimes, standing still is the best “going forward” one can hope for.  Tomorrow’s Rat will swing the gate the other way entirely, and perhaps you’ll benefit from spending today just getting ready for that.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  With the Pig fully supported by the Tiger Year, this is one day in the Snake Moon when you’ll not get much chance to make use of it.  Offering resistance, or even alternative ideas, will earn you no good results, and probably even more argument.  Since the next two days are going to be far more flexible to your ends, your best tactic for today is to do your best vanishing act, and leave people to argue with the air in front of them.  Tomorrow’s Rat will make it quite easy to realize the ways in which the storm has passed, and to make use of new conditions that have come to light, after the turbulence has moved on.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  The Pig is going to be channeling as much of the Tiger’s power and commanding boldness as he can pull off, and that’s going to make any situations that turn to open confrontation not only noisy, but potentially disturbing, if not actually dangerous.  There’s not much you can earn for yourself by putting your two-cents’ worth in, and you could very easily make things more difficult to resolve on their own.  Take the day, then, as an opportunity for the rare enjoyment of dashing off by yourself;  let the dangers you bump into be the ones you’ve got control of.  Tomorrow’s Rat will not bring much resolution towards progress or comfort, but it may very well entice you with an appeal to your curiosity about The Strange.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  Since the Pig and Snake are thus squared-off against each other, and the Tiger Year has definitely made its preferences known, you have the opportunity not to call off the battle, but to at least ensure that it’s a Fair Fight.  Taking the referee’s position this time will require the highest engagements of your diplomatic skills and gifts of force and persuasion, but if you pull it off, every one of the interested parties is going to be mightily impressed, and you’ll end up with yet another Merit Badge on your way to becoming a Tiger Scout.  Tomorrow’s Rat will bring some combativeness that you’ll have to take much more personally, but could be equally as profitable for you.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  With the Pig standing in one corner stamping and cursing at the Snake, and the Snake hissing back disapproval and disdain in the other, you have only one profitable position to take:  stay well out of it.  The Tiger has definite preferences in this skirmish, and you will have no safe place in it if you choose to enter the fray.  Stand in the corner making shadow puppets with your hands, and reciting nursery rhymes to yourself, if necessary;  but do not aim to call anyone’s attention to you.  Pouting will be allowed, but only if you’re the only one you’re pouting at.  Tomorrow’s Rat will be inviting you out of the corner, and handing you some very satisfying puzzles to resolve.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  The confrontations of Pig and Snake are usually guaranteed to be noisy affairs, and tend to disturb the actions of others for quite a distance.  And normally, you can afford to place your marker down on the side of the Snake, and start making taunting remarks towards the Pig.  During the Tiger Year, however, this is Extremely Dangerous, and I heartily advise against it.  Maintaining a fluffy-feathery demeanor through the day is the best way to guarantee not only your safety, but also your productivity;  you don’t want anyone forgetting that you’re not the Long Slinky Guy.  Tomorrow’s Rat will place you in a position of advantage for understanding, though not yet for taking action.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  Your affinity with the Pig and the Friendly Tiger will make you a clear partisan in the polarized tensions that will fill the day.  You’ll get your chance to express your own disapprovals and recriminations, but you should pay very strict attention to the Lines Not To Be Crossed.  This is the Pig’s fight, when you get right down to it, and your actions should be limited to moral support and cheer-leading.  You won’t have any trouble keeping awake;  in fact, you may find some difficulty in trying to settle down.  Making a lot of noise may help, but let’s hope you get through the day without leaving any actual bite marks.  Tomorrow’s Rat won’t calm you down much, but you will get an opportunity to recognize more clearly your Proper Responsibilities.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Wood Pig on duty today has a natural expectancy towards bright results, and the worldliness and drive needed to strive towards them, but will sense only obstruction and frustrated potential due to the impertinent interference of the Snake Moon.  With the Powerful and Friendly Tiger at your back, you’re very likely to take the Snake’s obstructions as not just irritating, but as a perfect justification to “throw down, and start heaving fists.”  In some circumstances, I must admit, such pugilistic behavior would at least seem to be completely justified;  but you must admit, the satisfactions of this course would be brief, and the repercussions would most likely be long, complicated, and extremely tedious.  So let me suggest, instead, that you take Your (probably perfectly justifiable!) Irritations as an excellent opportunity to rise to your haughtiest level of disdain, and simply refuse to dignify them with responsive action.  You’ll look much more impressive to all concerned, and you’ll aim yourself towards a much simpler time of it, for the near future.  Tomorrow’s Rat will be offering you a whole carousel of amusements, and you can ride around and around, demonstrating quite clearly how unaffectedly aloof you are from trouble, and how completely untouched you are by attack.

Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

To depart and then come back again is the way of the world, and yet it’s very difficult to remember.

When Grandfather says, “when I was a boy,” the youngest stares in wonder, unable to imagine what he might mean.

The older ones roll their eyes, then look towards the ground, trying to deflect the tedious moral, eager to return to play.

They do not see youth glistening in the old man’s eyes;  they cannot know how much the baby looks like his twin.

“Don’t bring a tiger into the house just to argue with him.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Monday, 24th of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today, THE HEART ( 心 Xīn ), is named for an asterism composed of three of the stars of the constellation Scorpio, the Scorpion, and includes the brilliant red star, Antares.  This asterism marks the “Heart of the Dragon,” (that is, of the Azure Dragon of the Eastern Palace.)  As such it represents the emperor, whose protecting emblem is the dragon.  The brilliant red star in this asterism gives it another name:  “Great Fire” ( 大 火 Dà Huǒ ).  This name is almost a redundancy;  it refers not just to the red color of Fire, but to the heart’s function as well, since that organ maintains the action of the Phase of Fire, and also bears the title “Emperor” among the Five Organs.  In ancient China, there were many regional festivals associated with this asterism, which included ritual bonfires to celebrate and encourage the increasing warmth of weather, and the increased activity in the natural world.

Days ruled by this Lunar Lodge are inauspicious for activities not devoted to honoring the respectful place of humans in the natural world, or the place of individuals within the imperial social and political structure.  Placing personal ambition before social duty and routine responsibilities is to be regarded as “damaging to the emperor,” and through him, damaging to the entire empire.  One could equally say:  “damaging to the heart,” and “damaging to the entire body.”  It is a favorable sign for distant travel—to the “far-flung corners of the empire,” as it were.  In pursuit of one’s routine duties, it is highly favorable today to request support and guidance from superiors, including through divination.

The spirit animal for THE HEART is the Fox, which in Chinese folklore has many iconographic meanings.  In the north, the Fox is a trickster, capable of invisibility, and devious in all his ways.  In some southern traditions, however, the Fox is an emblem of longevity;   through intelligence, collected teachings, and dedicated practice, the Fox is capable of living many lives—as many as a thousand—and eventually achieving immortality.  In this attribution to THE HEART, the Fox represents the height of human attention, which must be disciplined in order to reach its greatest accomplishments.  Devotion to ambition, or a “me first” attitude, may seem attractive and perfectly justified, in the moment;  but they only serve to cut off access to this higher road.

The Solar Index today is MAINTAIN, named for the first month of Summer in the solar calendar, from early May through early June.  This is the time in the agricultural year when work falls into a regulated rhythm, focusing on whatever minor matters may require attention to keep human engagement in step with the state of the crops and the conditions of the natural world.  The character for this Solar Index, ( 执 zhí ) can also be translated “hold,” “grasp,” ”guard,” or “manage.”  So the task at hand, at this point in the cycle, is to “grasp” what has been arrived at, and “manage” its natural progress forward through time, potentially to the benefits of a bountiful harvest.  Today it is auspicious to keep a watchful eye, a meandering path, and a ready hand.  Let the actions of the moment spring up in direct response to the conditions as they arise.  Proper solutions will be suggested by the problems themselves, and cannot come from some over-arching ideology, or from a pre-determined plan of action.

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  After focusing on your own agenda yesterday, you’ll be ready again to help others with theirs.  If you speak in terms of actions to be taken, and avoid your penchant for launching into a Lecture-Demonstration on the Care and Feeding of the Universe, you’ll have a very productive day, and gain renewal of some important friendships.  If you end up thinking you’re being bossy, just remember to smile, and ask: “What do you think?”  Tomorrow’s Pig will bring you a chance to unwind, and to drop the Heavy Burdens for a few hours.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  You might think that this condition opens an opportunity to come forward and make explanation, but in fact, that tactic is liable to lead to more consternation, not less.  Your own plans are going to meet with some whining obstruction, but if you lessen your pace in even the smallest of ways—and even if only symbolically—you’ll find the way is clear, and you might even enjoy the sense of pulling against something.  Tomorrow’s Pig will offer more diversions from duty than disagreements over direction, and you really ought to let the Pig win this one.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  As your position is slippery during this Moon, your best attitude to strike is one of unflinching confidence, and your best tactic is inaction.  If you can manage to reflect the Dog’s earthy simplicity, your mere presence will broadcast calm and clarity of attention.  Be careful you don’t follow the Dog’s temper, however, and launch into noisy objections over minor challenges.  Your silence is golden, today, and maybe stainless steel, as well.  Tomorrow’s Pig will arrive with a feisty temperament, and it’s your patient and prowling action that will be called for.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  While your proper spirit yesterday was “imaginary,” today’s will have to be “concrete.”  There is something of a gap between the sensibilities of the Snake and the Dog, and you’re the one who’s most likely to bridge the difference.  Keep your attention on what’s actually in the room—and who’s actually in the room, come to think of it—and don’t worry about the way things might or might not work out.  If you settle actual objections with actual solutions through the day, your affairs will get less problematic as you go.  Tomorrow’s Pig will present you with a congratulatory party, and perhaps even a medal for Actuality Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  Five or six days of fairly good progress for you will seem to have been Quite Enough by today;  at least, that will seem to be everybody else’s opinion on the subject.  Consequently, you’re due to feel some rocking of your boat, and taking action or stiffening your resolve will do nothing to settle things down.  Take the opposite tack, and simply roll with the punches.  You won’t feel them at all if you refuse to supply them with any resistance.  Let “Oh, I see!  That might be right!” be your mantra for the day.  Tomorrow’s Pig will relent quite a bit, but give you no opening to regain what seems like lost ground.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  This is a day for you to feature your most stealthy silence, and to just back off and re-group, if you can’t accomplish things out of the way, and out of sight.  You’ve made great strides forward in the last week, so perhaps you’re due a bit of a rest;  and anyway, any forward movement you could accomplish today, would only be setting you up for a serious Smack Down when tomorrow’s Pig arrives.  For today then:  less and less.  And for tomorrow:  even more less and less.  Display your mastery of the Art of Pacing.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  Since your middle names—as far as the Canine Clan is concerned—are “Trustworthy” and “Reassuring,” you may find yourself in the odd position of explaining virtually everything to virtually everyone.  If you feel a bit that you’re only “making it up,” then you’ll be right on the beam;  it’s not the truth people need today, but reasons to see the practical as believable.  Share your strength of heart, and do what you can to show the way forward.  Your instincts are very well attuned, in this condition.  Tomorrow’s Pig will bring back a sense of disturbance, and perhaps a turn towards anger;  be ready to make yourself scarce, if necessary.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  This condition will summon not so much your affinities as your predilections and preferences.  Go ahead and take charge, but be prepared to make use of your diplomatic skills more than your organizational acumen.  Some of the team members are going to be very interested in getting something off their chests.  If you can hold it together today, tomorrow’s Pig will give you a challenge worthy of your High Art, with every possibility of Great Success.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  As the Dog is ever on the side of the Terrible Tiger, and you delight in nothing so much as a tango with the Sneaky Snake, the battle lines will seem clearly drawn up for the day.  Playing it through with this alignment, however, would be a very weak use of the day’s potential.  Far better would be for you to mimic the Dog’s earthy and simplified view of the world, and the Snake’s ability to lie low and disappear into the background.  Not very dramatic, I know;  but as we’re rounding up to the Full Moon next week, you’d be very wise to leave yourself some room to maneuver, and for you, that’s the meaning of “dull.”  Tomorrow’s Pig will raise tensions quite a bit, and show you why “dull is the new black.”

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  Your attention is at its sharpest and most refined during this Moon, but you’ll have to be very careful how you use it today;  “truth hurts,” and the more accurate your statements and aim, the more likely they are to get you into trouble.  Conversely, some of your own actions and viewpoints could come into critical review today, but as long as you don’t take them as attacks—even if they are delivered with some vehemence—you could get true value out of looking more deeply into them.  So, “speak softly, listen softly,” and don’t be afraid to ask for more information.  Tomorrow’s Pig will bring a definite sense of tension to all your affairs, and redouble the importance of softness in your attitude.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  Your curiosity may be trailing quite a ways behind your state of alarm, today, and you’re just lucky that making a ruckus about it will seem perfectly natural to everyone around you.  But a soldierly and brusque attitude seems inappropriate and silly when it’s continued after the proper password is given, so take care to show your welcoming nature as soon as your anxieties have resolved.  “A smile from the heart erases offenses.”  Tomorrow’s Pig will demand from you a readiness not just to warn, but to defend;  don’t go into it without your senses alert.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Wood Dog on duty today has the charm of innocent curiosity, and an eager willingness to respond to orders, but will not take the Snake Moon’s sensual influence as either trustworthy or reassuring.  Finally, you’ll have the sense that someone is taking your side of the argument, and allowing you a bit of breathing space in making your defense.  This will feel like floating tentatively across a river, and finally reaching the place where your feet can reach down and feel the riverbed rising up under them.  Make sure you balance your aggressions with appreciations today;  they’re both probably correct, but one without the other will put you in a bad light.  Tomorrow’s Pig will either give you great satisfaction or over-whelming irritation;  I hope it’s the first!


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

Fire at the mountain-top, and the wide-ranging world can see:  what occurs in the moment is the center of attention.

At the base of the mountain, thunder echoes and fades, rumbling up into the sky, and down along the valley floor.

Like a traveler who has wandered too far, I feel light-headed, detached, insubstantial;

Until a little boy comes by, walking his dog, and asks:  “Is that your house?  Do you have a dog?”

“Routine is the root of longevity.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Sunday, 23rd of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE ROOM, named for an asterism of four stars, which form a line perpendicular to the ecliptic of the zodiac.  In modern astronomy, they’re part of the constellation Scorpio, the Scorpion.  In its attribution to the center day of the week-long Eastern Palace of the Azure Dragon, THE ROOM represents the position of the Spring Equinox.  The character for this asterism ( 房 fáng ) also means “house.”  It was also called, more poetically, “House of the Sun,” in the sense that at the Spring Equinox, the Sun crosses the ecliptic and begins to be visible in the sky longer each day than it is hidden through the night.  These four stars were also called “The Celestial Four” ( 天 四 Tiān Sì ), or “The Celestial Horses” ( 天马 Tiān Mǎ ), and were seen as drawing the shape of the chariot of the Sun.

The spirit animal for THE ROOM is the Rabbit, which in the Twelve Animal cycle is associated with the month of the Spring Equinox.  Rabbits and hares are symbols of fertility across the globe, and in Chinese culture further represent the balance of a gentle demeanor wedded to a warrior spirit.  The Spring Equinox rituals in ancient China made appeal to the Sun—crossing the skies in his warrior chariot, and moving towards his most extreme strength—kindly to show his gentle and beneficial face on the crops springing up in the fields.

This Lunar Lodge is therefore extremely advantageous for indoor work of any kind, and rites or ceremonies in particular.  As it represents the “center of Spring,” it is auspicious for new ventures, moving house, and taking of herbs for medicinal benefit.  The well-balanced but increasing Yang gives extra potency to such delicate or influential activities, and diminish the naturally inherent potential dangers that may accompany them.  Conversely, THE ROOM is awkward for finishing things (so untimely when the world is awakening and bounding forward in growth), particularly divorce proceedings.  Hurrying and impatience are inappropriate, and are regarded as likely to produce difficulties and mistakes.  The Yang is moving forward;  but like its increase at the time of the Spring Equinox, progress should be made only with “all deliberate speed.”

The Solar Index today is SETTLE, and represents the third month of spring in the agricultural calendar, from early April through early May.  This is the time when the previous two months of heavy labor show appreciable results.  The character for SETTLE ( 定 dìng ) is a picture showing “moving things until they’re in the right place in the house,” a jostling of things until they’re brought into the correct arrangement.  It could also be translated “fix,” “stop,” “determine,” or “arrange.”  It indicates a time when work can be eased off enough to reconsider the options for work going forward, and adjustments can be made aiming to capture the best benefit.

This is a time to re-tune the intentions laid down during the time of DESIGN, and make sure they stay responsive to the turnings of reality and chance.  As such, this Solar Index is a very bright indicator for the day.  As long as one can shake off any influence of nostalgic pride in “the way it was planned,” there’s still time to meet things as-they-are with creativity and engagement, and to yield great result.  But the brightness of the day comes partly from the fact that a great deal of the work has already been done.  Don’t drop back and re-design the whole thing;  jostling into position is what’s called for.

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  This is a tricky situation for one as broadly connected as yourself;  your understandings do not normally extend to great depth with the Clan of Feathers and Claws, and your loyalties to the Tiger will be stressed.  Play it low-key, and somewhat non-committal, by attending to your own business, particularly those items that have been hovering near the bottom of your agenda for far too long.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bring you a greater sense of resolution, and a return to your inner sense of understanding.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  With your Two Best Friends hosting the party today, it would be hard to imagine that you’ll not find yourself in your best mettle, and if you’re wise, you’ll make more play than profit out of your advantage.  A bit of frisking and larking about will not damage your progress one whit, and the more you demonstrate the power of your appetites today, the more you’ll be able to build their satisfaction into your future plans.  Tomorrow’s Dog will muddy your track a little, but will not sour the joys you attain today.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  Even though the Clan of Feathers and Claws holds innate affinity to the Serpent Way, there’s something about your scrupulous attention to Promises Given and Promises Kept that keeps the Rooster fascinated.  Consequently, you’ll have his adroit exactitude on your side of the argument today, as long as you aim to stop growling and prowling, and actually take action.  Don’t be offended if retribution is strangely Not Available on the menu. Tomorrow’s Dog will put you back in your familiar comforts, but may drag you into some arguments you hadn’t counted on having to deal with.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  The ardent and amorous attentions that the Snake likes to shower upon you will go missing today;  and that’s a good thing, because they will be busy diverting the jabbing insistence of the Clan of Feathers and Claws from messing with your peace and pleasure.  Don’t disturb the balance:  make a solitary day of it, and do most of your work in the purely imaginary realm.  Tomorrow’s Dog will be offering you a very practical basis on which to go forward, and to see clearly how the progress should properly be read.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  With these Two Benefactors of the Clan of Scales and Claws on duty, there’s not much you’re going to be justified in complaining about.  Just make sure that you’re doing proper delegation of tasks, and not trying to hog all the attention, and things will go swimmingly.  If you put your trust in others today, you’ll do yourself the benefit of lightening your load, and give those who support you the blessing of accomplishing a Job Well Done.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bring turbulence, and a challenge to your position that resistance will not resolve.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  Your affinity with the Clan of Feathers and Claws is going to give you the keys to the car, and a wide-open set of possibilities as to where you’re going to be able to drive it.  Make sure before setting out, however, that you’ve done your Due Diligence;  check all the meters, and kick all four tires, before you buckle up, and hit the accelerator.  You’ve got some fancy driving ahead of you today, but let’s have the crowd cheering at your delicacy and determination behind the wheel, rather than shrieking in alarm at your death-defying brinksmanship.  Tomorrow’s Dog could have you limping back into the pit for some serious repairs, and wondering how many laps you’re going to end up losing.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  This is not a condition of great personal satisfaction, or even of personal pleasure, for the Clan of Hooves and Mane;  but it is eminently appropriate for all manner of attentions to your physical, economic, psychological, and medical welfare.  If there’s something that others have told you that you need to deal with, today’s the day to drop your understanding of things, and honor theirs.  Mind you, there’s no fault in insisting on Another Opinion;  in fact, I advise you to get a couple of them.  But when you get consistent advice from all quarters, you’ll find it much easier to give up arguing or delaying.  Tomorrow’s Dog will help to resolve your mind, however you’ve resolved to go forward.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  This Partnership of Artful Interveners has the magical knack of reversing the deleterious effects of the Meddling Monkey, and in fact, revealing the way in which they can be seen as a hidden bonanza of benefits.  In order to get their best work, however, you’re going to have to step out of the management position, and satisfy yourself with occupying the chair of Demonstrator Model.  Secretly, you deeply enjoy this kind of indulgence, but you never feel comfortable settling into it, unless you’re adamantly ordered to do so.  Therefore, I say unto you:  Get Into The Chair!  There;  don’t you feel much better, now?  Tomorrow’s Dog will have you back at your desk, organizing everything for everyone, and humming to yourself while you do so.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  While still basking in the Artful Glow of the Snake’s attention, and with your day-old memories of Monkey Madness still fresh in your mind, today’s Rooster has a very clear and socratic technique to apply, which will make it lucidly clear, exactly what it is you’re after, and which thing you have to do first in order to start getting it.  Think like a baby, rather than like a barrister, and you’ll find the entire procedure as enjoyable as it is illuminating.  And remember:  There Are No Wrong Answers.  Tomorrow’s Dog will show you the duller parts of what’s ahead of you, as well as the power of responding to the order: “Sit.  Stay.”

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  One of the gifts brought to you by the Amiable Snake is a rather soft quality of attention, matched with a sharp exactitude of approach, which both harmonizes with your attention to detail, and complements your “line ’em up, knock ’em down” style of action.  Let the tasks of the day come to you, independent of what you think you ought to do, and think of the rapid-fire action you’ll easily fall into as recreation, rather than responsibility.  If you can operate without trying to understand Your Own Mind, the results will be surprisingly comforting, and alarmingly excellent.  Tomorrow’s Dog will throw a critical light on your accomplishments, but if you can continue to stay out of Your Own Mind, they may just do you some good.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  You may find yourself wincing through the day, in response to a wide variety of minor complaints and major criticisms.  But remember that the Tiger Year is drifting in your direction, and one of the attributes most clearly demonstrated by the Clan of Stripes and Claws is:  Waiting For The Right Time.  For you, sadly, that time is not today.  Try not to growl in public.  Tomorrow’s Dog will put things back on your time-table, and growling will be not only justifiable, but effective.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Water Fowl on duty today knows what he wants and how to get it, and will find his ambition soaring with the support of the Snake Moon.  If you succeeded in summoning your sense of humor as a deflecting shield yesterday, you’re going to have to put it down very carefully today.  As the Snake is sinking you deeper into your physical awareness, and making you feel queasy and uncertain, the Rooster is going to be pulling you up into your mind, and making you feel fuzzy and uncertain.  Keep breathing;  if you try to deal with both of them at the same time, you’re very likely to find no reality in their partnership, at all, and that’s going to have you slipping back into goofy hilarity.  If you can stay calm, you’ll find they pass on easily enough, without you having to make much response at all.  Tomorrow’s Dog will reward your restraint and patience with a dose of the Pleasures of the Concrete.  (I can’t promise “chocolate,” but it will be very like “chocolate.”)


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

The generosity of Heaven and Earth brings forth each season in its time, and fosters the vitality of growth;

The summer air is lush with warmth, the sky takes on a richness in its blues, its hazy grays, its twilight glows.

Do not be hard-hearted.  Do not pout like a demanding child, insistent for support, but without respect.

Make an offering today to the Spirits of the Soil:  breathe deeply, stare for a long time, smile into the world before you.

“Conclusions are fictitious;  hurrying is procrastination.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Saturday, 22nd of May


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Master Mouse Says:

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE ROOT, the third day of the Eastern Palace of the Azure Dragon.  It’s named for a group of four stars forming a trapezoid, which are part of the western constellation of Libra, the Scales.  The character for this asterism ( 氐 ) originally depicted floating plants dangling their roots into the water, eventually reaching bottom, and making attachment there.  This image also implies its more modern meanings of “sinking down,” “bottom,” “base,” “foundation,” “fundamental.”  It was also called “Celestial Root” ( 天 根 Tiān Gēn ), that is to say, the “Celestial Root of Spring,” as the next day in the Eastern Palace is associated with the Spring Equinox itself.  In the picture of the Azure Dragon, it figures the powerful shoulders and forearms of the celestial beast.

The spirit animal for THE ROOT is the Badger, which likewise has powerful shoulders and forearms, and also specializes in crouching (i.e, “sinking”) down, and digs underground, to “the root.”  Badgers of virtually all species are famous for their physical strength, their solitary habits, and their gruff—not to say, “vicious”—response to being disturbed.  This is a highly suitable image for the quality of THE ROOT, which is an inauspicious Lunar Lodge for all social and legal interactions.  Its only productive capacity is in the furtherance of medical health;  it’s a highly appropriate day to receive a doctor’s assistance and advice.  In keeping with the Badger’s preference for solitude, the day supports spiritual retreat, fasting (and other austere practices), and (sadly, perhaps) finalizing divorce.  The Badger’s stubborn nature suggests the favorability of the day towards the taking of vows, or adopting of new resolutions.  Perhaps on account of the Badger’s physical strength, and because of his close association with his burrow, this is regarded as an auspicious day to move house.

The Solar Index today is LEVEL, the character for which ( 平 píng ) could also be translated “even,” “balanced,” or “calm.”  It implies a certain sense of placid boredom, which (to the Chinese way of thinking) is essential to healthy and proper conduct, if one wishes to achieve the deepest, sweetest, and most lasting end results.  LEVEL is the quality of the second month of Spring, from early March to early April, when the weather begins to warm appreciably, and the sweetness of the season starts to make itself visible.  The high labor of the previous month continues, and can be applied to the actual planting of crops.  Keep up your drive today, and focus on following through with the intentions and actions of yesterday.  Don’t push too hard;  drama is only distracting, and you’re going to need the same “level” of exertion tomorrow.  Sounds “boring,” maybe, but:  ”Just keep up the good work.”

.

Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  These Two can weave a web of complexity that only the Master of Mazes can navigate;  in case you were wondering, that would be you.  Don’t be afraid to take the lead in sorting things out, and in adding a dose of sober conservatism to the energetic soup;  restraint will be difficult to accomplish, but explanations and apologies can do wonders, even if they’re not in response to your misdeeds.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will be less taxing, but you should keep yourself busy resolving Old Business.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  The Monkey’s antics will be strangely fascinating to you, complete with a running commentary from your Friendly Neighborhood Snake;  you’ll be able to get a bit of work done in spite of the distractions, but the more you take entertainment value out of the day, the more speed you’ll achieve.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will bring the blessing of feeling that very rare condition, Relaxing Into Work.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  You’ll have to summon your humility to keep from imagining that These Two have designed the day’s frolics simply to annoy you;  and if you feel the need to slink off into a dark corner to sulk, you’ll be completely forgiven.  Don’t bother trying to express yourself in No Uncertain Terms;  they’ll only take it as an opportunity to tease you some more, today.  Tomorrow’s Fowl, on the other hand, will take your protestations/curses/complaints/advice in earnest, and help you to do something with them.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  As well-satisfied with the blandishments of the Snake Moon as you may be, you may therefore take the entry of the Monkey as a disconcerting interruption, and feel a slight deflation of your Serpentine High.  However, the blank space that the Clan of the Long Tail so frequently produces around you, will help you to tune-in to your intuition, and if you find a quiet place from which to use it—that’s not going to be as simple as it sounds, I’m afraid—you’ll find your results eerily accurate.  Plan on considering them deeply through tomorrow—without acting on them, that is—as the Fowl coming through will be tossing some temporarily insurmountable objections in your way.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  Your affinity with both of these Carousing Conspirators will give you several advantages through the day, and you’ll not have to think too far afield to find ways to make use of them, either as diversion or demonstration.  Most on-lookers are going to be a little awe-struck, and some will be virtually stunned;  it’s up to you whether you want to use the time to Accomplish Without Obstruction, or to polish your reputation by being the One Who Explains It all.  In either case, be gracious, be quick, and be authoritative;  piece of cake, really, for the Clan of Scales and Claws.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will create more order, more agreement, and even more advantages for you to soar upon.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will be redoubled under the encouragement of the Snake Moon.  When the Monkey shows up, it’s very easy for your Goofiness to come along, and it’s sometimes very difficult to get it back into the Toy Box.  You can count on at least 80% of the day to be Pure Fun, but if you’ll have to be careful not to discount the other 20%;  that’s the part where you have to take some responsibility for What’s Going On, and show a leadership role.  The Judge is not really going to think much of the argument that goes:  “Well, it just kind of happened…”  Show your conservatism today, and tomorrow’s Fowl will reward you with a Judgement in your favor.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will be redoubled under the encouragement of the Snake Moon.  With the Snake’s seductive ability to convince you that what’s in front of you is exactly what you Want To Do, and the Monkey’s deft hand in leading you through it, you may find yourself experiencing a rare form of exhilaration, and achieving a Personal Best in at least a few of the shenanigans they get you into.  Go ahead and lean into things today, and enjoy letting yourself crank up into the red-zone for a bit.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will have you up on the lift, if necessary, for full diagnostics and repair, and a bit of cosmetic improvement, as well.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  These Two are so well suited to each other in ability, temperament, and attunement, that you could probably win the league championship through their efforts alone, as long as you could keep them focused on the game, instead of on planning practical jokes, and keeping the rest of the team doubled-up in hysterical laughter.  So, lower your expectations a bit, and raise your willingness to take charge, and you’ll have a 50/50 chance of Great Success.  But bring your imagination to the fore, or they’ll have you stripped and taped down to a bench before you can get your whistle to your lips.  Tomorrow’s Fowl—fortunately—will arrive equipped with scissors—just in case—and help you put things back into good order, >snicker-snack<…

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  You’ll be feeling as bouncy as a pup released from confinement, and as powerful as pure thought.  Try to act somewhat grown-up about it, though, if only because:  somebody ought to.  The Snake is running something of a diversionary tactic for you today, deflecting the glaring constraint of the Tiger Way, and leaving you to explore your own inclinations, and follow your own whimsy, in a way you haven’t felt so clearly in over a year.  Be aware that you are acting wack-a-doodle, and you’ll find an inner sobriety that will last far beyond today’s antics.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will be asking for your explanations, and there’s a good chance you’ll surprise even yourself when you cough them up.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations of the Snake Moon.  Trying to get productivity out of these Two Merry Miscreants would be “as easy as herding cats,” so you’ll be far wiser to aim to get some entertainment value out of them instead, even it what they’re up to at times looks as meaningless as wet clothing going around and around in the window of a dryer.  Still, there will be items to be rescued from the hurly-burly, and placed into the proper slot, and that will be surprisingly easy for you.  Aim for small accomplishments, and you’ll have a good time at it.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enable you much better to see the Big Picture, and to lay things out as you want them to be.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  These Two come together every now and then just to demonstrate to you—as far as you’re concerned, anyway—that there is such a thing as “too much fun.”  Try to be gracious in your state of annoyance, and make a game out of your ineffectual attempts to keep up with the break-neck pace.  It may all seem like being mock-charged by a band of four-year-olds, and then actually tied to a chair, but if you keep your good humor, you’ll find it’s also actually fun to Play The Game.  Tomorrow’s Fowl is liable to stalk into the room like an outraged parent, blaming you for all the wreckage;  but the punishments meted out certainly won’t be more than you’ve already been put through today.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Water Monkey on duty today has an agreeable self-confidence and an acrobatic level of creativity, which will both be redoubled under the stimulations and encouragement of the Snake Moon.  Now, there’s no love lost between you and either of these Two Merry Miscreants, but the combination of them together is liable to blow your circuit-board, and put you into a high state of senseless hilarity.  So, relax your attention, and settle into your body, and ride the wave through to the shore;  “Heaven favors fools and babies,” and the more you agree to both categories today, the safer you’ll be.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will have a much more rational and sharp-tongued attitude, and then the difficulty will be to stop laughing.


Text © Robert Fenwick • The Fenwick Academy • (831) 471-0388 • Words to the Wise:

In the House of Thunder, the arrival of Wind brings abundance, expansion, increase.

The world rolls towards the new dawn, and when the day has passed, the night rolls westward to rest.

Let the shimmering leaves signal their joy in being blown about;  let the birds hop and pose among the branches.

Lift the water from the well, and let it splash like sunlight out of the old bucket into the new, over-flowing.

“Silence may not be explanation, but it’s very good preparation for it.”

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com/

Click on Dragon for Ming Li Tong Shu Online

.

Thursday begins the Lunar Week:

CONSULTING SERVICES

For Charts and Tong Shu Subscription • http://www.tongshu.com • The Fenwick Academy (408) 963-9988

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 187 other followers

SUPPORT THE BLOG !

You can make a donation directly through your PayPal account by sending funds to:

thefenwick@earthlink.net

To make a donation by check, send to:

Robert Fenwick
P.O. Box 612455
San Jose CA 95161-2455

Thanks for your help!