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Tuesday, 31st of August


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

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE BEAK, the sixth day of the Western Palace of the White Tiger.  The asterism for which this Lunar Lodge is named is a tight triangle of three stars, in the northern portion of the constellation Orion, The Hunter.  For the Chinese, the figure of Orion was taken as a great general, and the three stars of this asterism were taken as his head, called by the term “Mouth,” as a sort of nickname.  In antiquity, the tortoise was an emblem of the military;  strategic considerations always included divinations taken by crackling tortoise shells in a ritual fire, and interpreting the resulting cracks across the shell.   Consequently the character used for “mouth” is the one used for tortoises and turtles, i.e., “beak.”  The character for it ( 觜 Zǔì ) can also mean “lip” (of a vessel or pitcher) or “spout” (as, of a teapot.)

Before the era when the 28 Lunar Lodges were formalized as a system used in the daily calendar, THE BEAK was part of the next asterism in the cycle, THE TRIO, which will recur tomorrow.  Having been separated from that Lunar Lodge, THE BEAK represents the “decapitation” of the general, and is regarded, partly on that account, as inauspicious.  It might be more accurate, however, to read this “decapitation of the general” as meaning the separation of the general from his army—wisdom or strategic power, cut off from force or capacity.  Or perhaps, it could be taken as pointing to his distinction from his troops, in rank and authority.

Like yesterday’s auspices, THE BEAK favors relying on superiors, and not relying on subordinates;  this places the burden of responsibility squarely with the commanding officer.  In an extension of that image, caring for children and medical treatment are also favorable.  The military tone also appears in the auspiciousness of virtuous conduct, and of religious rituals and ceremonials.

The spirit animal for THE BEAK is the Monkey, which is an animal that features prominently in Chinese legends, story-telling, and theater.  The Monkey King, Sūn Wùkōng ( 孫 悟 空 , literal meaning: “Grandfather Apprehend-Emptiness”), was a great magician and meddler in the affairs of both demons and gods.  As a popular figure of myth and story, he embodies the highest accomplishments of cleverness, daring, impudence, and unconventionality.  In one legend, Monkey even assaults the combined forces of the Jade Emperor, Xī​ Wáng ​Mǔ​, and the rest of the celestial pantheon, and emerges victorious.  Perhaps it is this kind of general who should be separated from his troops;  he would be far too dangerous, even to his commanding emperor, to be allowed to lead an army.  (Especially an army of Monkeys!)  This sort of acumen must be kept under close watch, and on a short leash, and may frequently earn at least symbolic punishments.  Under this attribution, the auspices of the day are negative, as if to prompt caution under this sort of danger.  The Monkey symbolizes the highest of abilities, but also an appetite for creating disorder and inconvenience, if not kept within bounds.

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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.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  Your range of options will narrow today, and you’ll have to follow the Ox’s dedication to simple results, pushing forward with more intensity on whatever pathway you were able to set yourself through yesterday’s experiment in accommodation and persuasion.  Still, if you take the steps before you as matters to be gnawed through, you will make some progress without the risk of over-taxing yourself, and have some Real World Results on which to base your next step when the Double Tigers arrive tomorrow, to narrow your options even further.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  While this Clan-Mate of yours has little interest in festivity or social diversions, his business-like attitude towards the requirements of the moment will help to settle the Monkey’s nerves, and balance his imaginative and zig-zag approach with a hefty dose of Realism.  The narrower set of options this determines for the day will suit your temperament just fine, and as long as you remember that your slower progress comes from an aim to produce security of result—rather than from stiff obstruction, or from an added load to carry—you can appear to be more serious than you are feeling, and feel more light-hearted than will be noticeable to others.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will sweep aside some of the Monkey’s willful interruptions, and open up a longer-term view of the direction you’re heading.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  This may be the most dour and drab member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, but his tough-hided dedication to a narrower range of options—not to mention his capacity to completely ignore the annoyances and interruptions of the Monkey’s petulant impulsiveness—will still allow you a day of more calm and relaxation than you’ve been able to count on for almost two weeks.  Follow the Ox’s social style, and decline invitations to get out in public, particularly if they would mean mixing-and-mingling, or making yourself available to inconsequential chit-chat.  Today’s a day for re-charging your battery, and that’s almost always done best when you’re on your own, and in private.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will sweep aside the Monkey’s diversionary tactics, and strengthen your vision for the remainder of the year.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  For most, the entry of this most dour and drab member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns will mean a sense of narrower options, and a need to “stand and wait,” very much like what most people feel when riding an elevator to the 48th floor.  For you, however, the simplicity and thoroughness of this Ox will allow you to sweep aside diversions, and to conceive of your situation in the most imaginative of terms, showing you options you hadn’t considered, and allowing you to test them against the setting of your Inner Compass.  You won’t be able to put any of them to the test of Real World Application today, but by the end of your considerations, you’ll be well-prepared for tomorrow’s Double Tigers, who will reward your musings by showing you the power of Doing Less.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  The dour and drab style of this member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns will put a damper on your appetite for Dramatic Entrances and Definitive Determinations, and force you to follow along on his trudging pathway, doing everything methodically, without the invocation of imagination, and strictly “by the numbers.”  Even your ability to invoke the Monkey’s powers to surprisingly well-shaped results will count for nothing, as this tough-hided Ox will be ignoring the Monkey on all counts.  Settle in, then, for a bit of boredom, and don’t waste energy trying to get things to swerve in a more satisfying direction.  Fly up into your imagination, if you wish, but don’t expect to be able to share your cloud-gathering with anyone else, let alone put it on the road to see what Real World results it could demonstrate.  Save your energy and your ideas for tomorrow, when the Double Tigers will sweep aside the Monkey’s jittering interruptions, and demand that you stand on your own ground, and under your own flag.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  For most, the entry of this most dour and dull member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns will have a soporific effect, removing the possibility that excitement, dramatics, or imagination will add some interest to the day;  it will seem to them as if they’ve entered a long tunnel on a slow moving train, with nothing to observe outside the windows but invariant darkness.  For you, however, the sleepy atmosphere they’ll be slumping into will rouse your attention, and make your free movement more appropriate, and your range of options satisfyingly more clear, even if more narrow.  You’ll have a hard time getting those around you to join in your perky clarity, but as long as you work around that fact, you’ll be able to smoothly pull off almost any whim of interest that should occur to you.  Don’t over-extend yourself, however;  tomorrow’s Double Tigers will sweep in like sunlight pouring in through the windows once the tunnel’s been exited, suddenly and with no patience for Improper Activities.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  Your sense of freedom will be as limited as your narrowed range of options, as this most dour member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns comes on the watch, carrying forward yesterday’s momentum with not a shred of imagination, and zero interest in jazzing it up with a bit of “hot-dogging.”  If you can recognize that this situation is temporary, then you won’t find yourself infected with the Ox’s apparently depressed attitude, or feel that you need to kick down some walls, just to test your strength and preferences.  If you can also trust in the time-limit of your confinement, you might find something productive to put your strength into;  it will help you pass the time more quickly, and show you some of the details missing in your understanding of the machinations of yesterday’s Rat.  Just don’t expect your labors to leave you a chance to show your creativity;  even the most artful of your exertions are going to feel like “painting by numbers.”  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will sweep aside the Monkey’s influence, and reaffirm your appetites and intentions for the remainder of the year.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  This is the most dour, drab, and dull member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, which—as far as you’re is concerned—makes him “dull-squared.”  He’s going to be diligent in carrying forward whichever direction things were left in by the Rat’s wide-ranging negotiations, and he’ll be pursuing that direction without imagination or diversion.  He will tough-hidedly deflect any attempts to add changes of speed to his stolid momentum, and will be perfectly disinterested in changes of course, however “easy to accomplish” or “more efficient” they might seem to you.  Consequently, you’ll have to give up the advisory role you could play yesterday, and take up a position with all the other passengers on this slow-moving train.  Give yourself the day off on matters of advice and influence;  grab a pillow and a blanket from the over-head storage compartment, and cuddle up with yourself as best you can, while the view out the window flows by, as featureless and uninteresting as a prairie in the dark.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will arrive like the shock of dawn, sweeping aside the influence of the Monkey’s obstructive interruptions, and giving you a glimpse of the landscape we’re headed towards.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  This is the most dour and drab member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, and while some of his Clan-Mates will respond in Very Interesting Ways to your insistent curiosity, he will react to even your most investigative proddings with barely a flinch, and the stolid continuation of his previous course;  he’s that tough-hided.  You might expect that his indifference and lack of outer sensitivity would prove frustrating, and that his refusal to show responsiveness spells a day of boredom and jittery itchiness for you and your creativity.  But the truth is that you’ve been mightily stressed by your passage through the first half of the Tiger Year, and the Monkey Moon—far from alleviating the stressors—has sharpened the spotlight shining on you, and intensified your need to Do Something, especially at those times when you’ve got no confidence in what that Something should be.  So you’ll find it strangely reassuring and restful, that the Ox is deaf to your complaints and demands, and perfectly dumb in his reaction to them.  Take his silence and unswerveability as gifts, and take a day off from Doing.  “Riding along” will be very healing for you;  if you can’t do nothing in your body, at least let yourself “do nothing” in your mind.  This will also be the perfect preparation for the entry of tomorrow’s Double Tigers, who will sweep your effectiveness aside, and require you to accept the limits of your expertise.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  This is the most dour and drab member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, and for most this will mean a day of slow, boring progress, full of the kind of interest you feel staring out a train window into pitch-black darkness, and the kind of creativity you get to experience when filling all the tedious little boxes in a Paint-By-Number painting.  In this regard, you should consider yourself very fortunate, for you’ve been invited up to the Engine on this train, and will have the singular opportunity of tweaking the dials and levers, trimming the engine’s efficiency, and being instrumental in whatever small changes of speed, mechanics, or route that the Ox’s plodding continualism will allow for.  I think you’re going to find that the delicacy and precision necessary to match the small range of allowances and alterations, will be quite to your liking;  and as long as you don’t imagine that you’re painting an “undiscovered Da Vinci,” the sensation of “filling in boxes” will prove highly relaxing.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will give you more of the sensation of travel by jet airplane, and you’ll be wise to mind the instructions about seat-belts.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  This is the most dour and drab member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, and while you’re always up for something “new and interesting,” the stolid continuity of purpose and direction that he’s dedicated to maintaining today will prove somewhat reassuring, and allow you to feel that the airy abstractions tossed up by yesterday’s Rat, may have achieved something concrete, testable, and trustworthy in the Real World of hard floors and comfy cushions.  That, at least, is what you’re in for until about ten in the morning, anyway;  shortly after that, you’re going to start feeling that you’ve had quite enough of this Good Thing, and that some diverting activities, like Fetch-and-Carry, or the old stand-by, Challenging Strangers, would be sweet.  Alas, even these sweet simplicities are not to be available.  You’re just going to have to settle into your location—whether that’s “hard floor” or “comfy cushion”—and drone on through the day.  Don’t over-exert yourself;  the Ox will take your offered energy and make you stick with it, whether that would be healthy for you, or not.  And besides, you’re going to want to save some for tomorrow, when the Double Tigers will arrive to sweep the Monkey’s distractions aside, and reassure your appetites and intentions for the remainder of the year.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Water Ox on duty today is both somber and sedate, having little attention available towards the wider world, and will still be capable of demonstrating strength of purpose against the distractions of the waning Monkey Moon.  This is the most dour and drab member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns, and while you have a certain appetite for dullness, and a kind of curiosity about the various purposes to which the Clan can be put to productive use, there is a limit to both, and this Ox certainly tests it.  Perhaps you can take some satisfaction from the directness with which he will apply his capacity for slow-and-steady pace to see forward the net result of the Rat’s patient and creative investigations, but you can be sure that whatever direction the Ox has been pointed, he’s going to do nothing but go in that direction all day long.  Consequently, if there’s some point of dis-satisfaction for you, you’re just going to have to summon your patience, and put up with it.  On the other hand, if you can rest into the freedom your lack of ability to influence anything can supply, you could have a very satisfying day “doing nothing important,” and devoting yourself to whatever inconsequential socializing that will allow.  Even on a long elevator ride, there are ways to fill the time.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will arrive to sweep aside the Monkey’s interruptive obstructionism, and give you a double dose of comedy-and-drama.

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

Like the wrinklings of a rumpled blanket, hills arise at the edge of the broad prairies;

Beyond them, mountains stand, rounded still, but massive and challenging, as casual as slumping giants.

Behind them, rocky peaks, and peaks above peaks, bear perpetual snows, harbor the permanence of ice.

Towering higher, snowy clouds mount up, airy and passing, flighty companions to the landscape in its rest.

“For some conditions, boiling your own herbs is half the treatment.”

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Monday, 30th of August


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

The Lunar Lodge for today is THE NET, fifth day in the week-long Western Palace of the White Tiger.  The asterism for which it is named is made up of nine stars in the modern-day constellation, Taurus, The Bull, including eight of the stars which make up the face.  The easy to spot “V” shape of these stars, for the ancient Chinese, depicted the forked branches of a frame which held the webbing of a net, and the ninth star, the end of the handle by which it would be held.  Aldebaran, a brilliant red star (which marks the glaring right eye of Taurus) is the end of the left branch of this handled net-frame.  In its original form, the character for THE NET ( 畢  ) is a clear picture of this sort of handled net.  But it also was used to mean another item, with very similar shape.  That was a sort of ritual “shovel” (used like a small tray, but with a handle) on which meat was offered at the end of a rite of sacrifice.  This accounts for the current common usage of the character to mean “to end,” “to finish,” “to complete.”

This asterism was also called “Heavenly Mouth” ( 天 口 Tiān Kǒu ), partly because it represented the position of the Tiger’s maw in the imagined shape of the celestial beast, but also because the part of the Autumn it was originally associated with included frequent downpouring rains.  They fell “as if pouring from heaven’s mouth,” as the saying goes.  This part of the season also included increased hunting, both for game to fill the larders for the winter, and for the removal of dangerous beasts from the countryside—hence, THE NET.  Since the granaries were now full, another range of important activities was the repair of armaments, and equipping and posting of soldiers, put on guard in preparation for defense against bandits and marauding foreigners.  Brigands and foreign invaders, after all, were much more likely to launch an attack, now that there was actually something of value in store to steal or capture.

The attribution to hunting translates in the modern world to all matters of study, research, investigation, or any other kind of  ”searching to collect.”  (This may give it rulership over “the inter-net” on two counts, come to think of it.)  In addition, it’s favorable for rituals and ceremonies, partly because of the ritual item depicted by the character.  On account of its defensive and martial attribution, THE NET suggests proper military demeanor in relation to work and duties.  It is inappropriate for deserting or abandoning—one’s post, that is—and meditating is far too close to “sleeping on duty” to be auspicious.  Also, relying on superiors is favored, relying on subordinates is not;  a good general makes himself personallyresponsible of his troups, and does not allow himself any presumptions about their abilities, preparedness, or welfare.

The spirit animal for THE NET is the Crow, which in Chinese iconography is a symbol of the Yang, and of the benefits the natural world offers humankind.  In one of the creation myths of Chinese tradition, ten magical crows flew off to bring back light and warmth to the world, but they each brought back a whole sun.  The heat started to destroy the world, so an heroic archer shot nine of the crows, leaving the one we have now in the sky.  The Sun’s emblem, therefore, is a magical three-legged crow, one leg each symbolizing sunrise, noon, and sunset.  Crows are inveterate collectors, and perhaps that’s the strongest connection to this Lunar Lodge.  In keeping with the Crow’s lucky association with the Sun, THE NET is regarded as an auspicious indicator for the day.

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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 to 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 when simple jostling into position is what’s called for.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  Your task today is clear:  to restrain the Monkey’s rampant willfulness and to encourage the Tiger’s sober wisdom.  Between these two, you’ll have very little room to pursue your own immediate aims, but if you can pull off the stroke of diplomacy called for, everyone will be singing your praises, and you’ll be dancing a jig in celebration of the Great Feat.  Pay no attention to those who say, “It’s unlikely,” and give your all to the possibilities that come from Hopefulness Married To Imagination.  Your defined arguments can be carried forward best with a soft voice, and whisper in the ear;  you understand tenacity better than anyone, and creativity better than even you fully understand.  Tomorrow’s Ox will give a solid push to the directions you’ve determined today, and lend proof to your persuasions.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This most well-balanced member of the Clan of the Round Ears has a soft spot for you and your purposes;  give him even the weakest support, and he’ll gladly exert himself to make sure that your path is more smooth, and your progress forward, all but assured.  What he requires from you is only that you keep to your normal preference for steady progress, and that you don’t meddle in his careful diplomacies, or mutter about “benefits not really earned,” or who “should be working harder.”  Take it as given that your needs will be met with, and show a cheerful face to the world.  Tomorrow’s Ox will arrive to certify the Rat’s arrangements, and make you feel that all’s right in your world.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This is the most well-balanced member of the Clan of the Round Ears, and his indulgence for your interests and position should by now be a fore-gone conclusion.  His problem today, is to balance the Monkey’s taste for thoughtless meddling against your Clan-Mate’s requirement for a peaceful lack of disturbance from which to select the action to be taken.  This is clearly a delicate position for one so lacking in physical might as Mr. Mouse, and if you wish to empower his interest in a Diplomatic Solution, you’ll have to agree to consider some compromises, and to look at Realities through the lens of Alternate Contingencies.  Let yourself be persuaded to some flexibility, and the Rat’s High Logic will see to your success;  insist on Your Way, and you’ll be left to the Monkey’s Mercies for another ten days.  Tomorrow’s Ox will lend muscle to the Rat’s Mental Magic, and give you full justification to let your exertions abate.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of the Round Ears has a delicate task to accomplish:  he’ll be attempting to bring the Monkey’s willful meddling into harmonious alignment with the Tiger’s insistence that he be allowed to make decisions without external interventions.  If this seems like a matter beyond your interest in complexity, let that be a sign that you can forward the potential satisfaction of the Rat—as well as your own—by staying out of the whole set of deliberations, and refusing to be drawn into the negotiations of a Final Resolution.  That being said, it may be highly instructive for you to take an active interest in the Rat’s artful maneuverings, and to consider the ways in which his Mental Wizardry matches your Social Skill.  Sit on your hands, and keep your lips together;  much will come of your silence and inaction, today.  Tomorrow’s Ox will add momentum to the direction the Rat can accomplish, and show you how to place yourself for the remainder of the waning Monkey Moon.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This is the most well-balanced member of the Clan of the Round Ears, and he has a deep and fully-realized appreciation of your Skill-Set.  His task today is both delicate and difficult:   trying to counter-balance the Monkey’s insistence on quick action against the Tiger’s demand for lengthy consideration.  As you have long experience and deep wisdom where both are concerned, it won’t be long before the Rat calls on your talents.  Don’t hesitate to make you view well-understood, but try to match the delicacy and light-touch called for;  one word will be better than a hundred, and where your power might suggest itself, most likely mere implication will be more effective.  Above all, take a mollifying role:  neither the Monkey nor the Tiger needs more urging;  it’s compromise and imagination that will bring forward the best results.  Tomorrow’s Ox will put his shoulder into whatever results can be accomplished today, and you won’t have much control of his muscularity and drive.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This most well-balanced of the Rats has a dry and well-considered appreciation of your power to harvest results according to your own best interests, but also a solid conception of your ability to see the larger picture, and to aim for results that will improve the entire ecology of your sphere of action.  His task is quite delicate:  trying to balance the Monkey’s nimble willfulness against the Tiger’s desire to come to Decisive Action without outside influence.  Your thoughts and interests can be guaranteed to have their airing, if you align yourself with the Rat’s attempt at neutrality, and look for the ways in which your ambitions most deeply harmonize with everyone else’s.  If this sounds too altruistic for your taste, consider the results without the diplomatic interventions of Mr. Mouse:  continued lock-up, and more inaction on the Tiger’s part.  Be practical, and join the Rat’s Diplomatic Mission.  Tomorrow’s Ox will lean into whatever results the Rat has rendered, and will be highly partisan in the ways the new directions can benefit you.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  If you got some healthy exercise over the last two days—not to mention, a sense that your understanding was well-attuned to your environment—you’ll have to hope that there are some “left-overs” today, to see you through the Rat’s watch.  He’s got a very delicate and difficult task set in front of him:  trying to balance the Monkey’s insistent meddlings against the Tiger’s demand not to be meddled with.  While he’s carrying on abstruse negotiations between these two diametrically opposed parties, Mr. Mouse is liable to offer you offense by acting as if he’s intentionally trying you leave you completely out of the conferences.  Strictly speaking, this may actually be true.  But if you’ll accept that the mutterings and whisperings going on today fall out of your range of interest, perhaps you’ll see that your best action today is “inaction,” and that the Rat’s apparent slight is only an attempt to leave you out of something you’d find boring or distasteful if you were included.  Stay attentive, but take the day off;  “they also serve who only stand and wait.”  Tomorrow’s Ox will apply diligent labor to the Rat’s results, and though you won’t like his pace, at least you’ll get the opportunity to feel that you’re helping out in concrete ways.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  Even though this is the most well-balanced and internally authentic of the Rats, he’ll have plenty of use for the line of logic you could bring to his task, which is both difficult and delicate.  To wit:  he’ll be aiming to bring the Monkey’s insistence that movement take place, into harmony with the Tiger’s demand that any movement be selected freely, and without outside influence.  If this sounds to you like the proverbial “Irresistible Force” and “Immoveable Object,” then you understand the Rat’s problem exactly.  Your sociological view, and your preference for “win-win” solutions can be valuable supports for the Rat, but you’ll have to make sure that you offer them as alternative possiblities, rather than force-feed them as The Best Possible Solutions.  The Rat’s angularities towards both Monkey and Tiger are different than your own, and you’ll have to give him precedence if you wish your contributions to be helpful.  Be gracious, and let Mr. Mouse carry the burden of success or failure today.  Tomorrow’s Ox will carry forward whatever results the Rat can arrange, and whereas you probably won’t like his style, you’ll have to agree to his command and control of progress.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  Under most circumstances, a Rat coming on the watch is the signal for you to relax, and to let out your inner impulses, whatever the prior restrictions and limitations may have been.  In this circumstance, you have a different condition to uphold:  this most well-balanced of Rats will be doing a very delicate Dance of Diplomacy—aiming to ease the qualms of the Tiger—and asking of you only that you relent from your natural tendencies to stick your fingers into any crevice available, just to find out “what’s in there.”  The Tiger has fully registered the insistent demands of the Monkey Moon, and may very well be on the verge of Demonstrating Direction, but if you thwart the Rat’s careful negotiations, your safe-passage through the rest of the Moon—not to mention, the rest of the year—may be in doubt.  Keep your hands to yourself, today, don’t speak out of turn, and aim to be the very model of Social Propriety.  The Rat can get you some Big Results, but not if you’re insisting on getting in his way.  Tomorrow’s Ox will put some momentum into whatever direction the Rat has accomplished, and your task will be to go along, in “whatever direction” that proves to be.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This is the most well-balanced member of the Clan of the Round Ears, and while you may not agree with his style and nonchalance, you’ll have no trouble recognizing the difficulty and delicacy of the task he’s signed up for:  aiming to harmonize the Monkey’s insistence on pestering the Tiger towards movement, with the Tiger’s insistence that any movement be decided upon without outside interference.  The techniques you might try to get this Hard Nut to crack are no doubt different than the Rat’s, but as he’s got the watch, the sensible thing for you to do is to remain silent, and to keep your fingers crossed.  If the Rat succeeds, everyone will gain benefits;  if he doesn’t, you’ll have a chance to bring your notions forward tomorrow, when the Ox puts momentum into the equation, and when steering him will be your prerogative.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  This is the most well-balanced of the Rats, and while you may not be comfortable with the depth and breadth of his voluminous speechifying on matters of Angle of Approach and Theoretics of Operant Modalities, you’ll have no trouble recognizing that the task at hand today is his problem, and not yours.  Consequently, while you’re eternally available for any support and encouragement the Tiger may require, you will be entirely forgiven if you aim to take the day off from your usual duties, and lounge somewhere comfortable for the duration.  Mind you, leaving your normal post entirely would be a Bad Idea:  Mr. Mouse may have a simple task or two for you to complete, and it would prove most embarrassing if you turned up a.w.o.l.  Tomorrow’s Ox will apply diligent effort to whichever direction the Rat has arranged, and you had best agree to go along with it, whether you’re muttering in complaint, or not.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Water Rat on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, and a romantic nature towards the world at large, but will have to add adroit diplomacy to his humane optimism, if he wishes to soften the strain between the Monkey and the Tiger.  Even though this is the most well-balanced of the Rats—and therefore the most competent to the task—you’ll thank your lucky stars that it’s him taking up the task of the day, and not you.  To wit:  he’ll be saddled with the extremely delicate and difficult role of brokering an agreement between the Monkey—who’s insisting that the Tiger move—and the Tiger—who’s insisting that any movement must be made completely without outside demand.  Whatever your affinities and enmities between these two, it will come as a matter of satisfaction that it’s the Rat’s creativity and diplomacy that’s being tested.  Pull up a chair, and have a glass of your favorite beverage within arm’s reach;   you’re going to fully enjoy watching the day’s proceedings.  Just don’t be surprised if Mr. Mouse pulls something out of a hat, and leaves you stunned in astonished approval.  You’ll enjoy that too, come to think of it.  Tomorrow’s Ox will put muscle behind the Rat’s maneuverings, and give you a place on the line to add your energies, if not your enthusiasm.

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Even though the rocks declare their permanence as a matter of honor, they do not understand the water’s perpetuity;

The hardest cannot withstand the onslaught of the softest, over the length of unending time.

The patient warrior thinks nothing of burying weapons under a grassy hill, waiting years for the time to ripen;

When one’s comrades are of like mind, overwhelming force can spring from the fields like grass sprouting in spring.

“If your commander is wise, he knows your troops are weak;

if your commander is weak, the strength of your troops is to no purpose.”

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Sunday, 29th of August


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The Lunar Lodge for today is THE WATCHERS, central day in the seven-day Western Palace of the White Tiger.  It’s named for the asterism called in western astronomy Pleiades, The Seven Sisters.  In ancient China, this group of many stars (six are visible clearly with the naked eye, seven—or more—are visible only under extremely clear conditions) was associated with the setting sun at the Autumn Equinox.  The original character ( 昴 mǎo ) is a pictogram composed of the sun above a closed door;  it signaled the time of the end of the Yáng of the year, when the time of the sun “closed.”  As the precession of the equinoxes gradually shifted the zodiac further and further from this alignment, the character became simply the name of this asterism, and lost its astronomical association with “the sunset of the year.”

In the later traditions, it became known as the “Eyes and Ears of Heaven,” representing the watchfulness of the stars over human affairs—hence the translation here, THE WATCHERS.  Its auspices, from antiquity and in later eras, are dark.  Whether representing either the close of the “sunny” half of the year, or symbolizing the all-seeing judgement of Heaven, it signals a time when the actions of humans are clearly perceived, accounts are tabulated, and deeds for good or ill are tallied.  Under either attribution, it is unfavorable for ambitious or productive undertakings, and forbids construction, ceremonies, legal proceedings, and family gatherings.  On the other hand, it is auspicious for actions demonstrating virtuous demeanor and attitude, and supports both divination, and attentive planning for the future.

The spirit animal for THE WATCHERS is the Cock, whose sharp eye and sharp beak make it both accurate in assessment, and exact in attack.  Similarly, the “Eyes and Ears of Heaven” are regarded as unerring in their attentions, and faultless in their retributions.  Under the old attribution of this Lunar Lodge to the Autumn Equinox, the Cock is perfectly suitable, as the roosting of the chickens coincides each day with the dying of the light at dusk, just as the Autumn equinox is the “dying of the light” of the Sun’s season in the year.  In either case, this Lunar Lodge is no time to play “risk and dare” with one’s moral duties and social responsibilities.  Better not to engage, than to risk one’s errors being noted, judged, and punished.

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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.”

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, and what he lacks in the Loyalty and Perseverance shown by yesterday’s Dog, he more than makes up for in Ferocity and Resourcefulness.  As he takes up the Dog’s position, between Tiger and Monkey, your capacity to capture opportunities on the fly will be of no avail, and your efforts in minimizing the Monkey’s more irritating qualities will be ignored by all concerned.  You might as well take this as a day off from ambition and productivity;  settle back, and prepare your yourself for tomorrow’s Rat, who will endeavor to re-establish more diplomatic resolutions of difficulties, and will require your clearest thinking and most adroit speech.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, and though he can’t summon anything like the mass and muscle that you can, in regards to the Monkey he’ll more than make up for any of those lacks through sheer ferocity and resourceful determination.  He’ll be teeter-tottering between trying to eradicate the Monkey’s insist interruptions, on the one hand, and trying to restore the Tiger’s damaged composure, on the other.  The result for your aims will be a treacherously unstable pathway, with a lot of sharply shifting winds, most of them perpendicular to your course.  If you focus more on maintaining your balance than on pressing forward at any cost, you’ll not waste energy that will be much more productive tomorrow, when the Rat arrives to call all interested parties to the bargaining table, and sees to it that your way is made much less eventful and productive.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, and true to his Friendly Affinity to you and your interests, he’ll be stepping in to occupy the position established by yesterday’s Dog, and taking up a defensive position between the Monkey and your Clan-Mate.  While he’s not got anything like the muscularity and power that the Clan of Stripes and Claws can display, he will more than make up for that lack by his demonstration of ferocity and resourcefulness.  And as pressed to the edge as you may feel by the Monkey’s insistent interruptions in your purposes, the entry of the Pig is certainly strong enough to allow you some breathing room, and some justification to feel your “old self” returning.  In addition, the small size of his presence may seem so incongruous in relation to the scale of his Dedication to Defense, that the whole notion of the Monkey’s attack may strike you as quite funny.  Let that be the Pig’s gift to you today, to see that there’s wisdom in responding to humiliation with a strong sense of humor.  Tomorrow’s Rat will bring a more diplomatic set of skills to the whole Monkey Problem, and require you to consider Contingencies and Compromises.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This most competent of the Pigs will be assuming the position occupied by yesterday’s Dog, and striking a defensive posture between the Monkey and the Tiger.  He may not be the equal of the Dog for Loyalty and Perseverance, but he can acquit himself even better through his Ferocity and Resourcefulness against the insistent interruptions of the Pesky Monkey.  Your affinities with both Pig and Tiger will have you correctly aligned with them, before you can even think about it, even though your understanding of the Whole Monkey Problem might seem a bit lacking in details and focus.  Plan on staying well behind the Line of Engagement, and sidle up to the Tiger as he gains some relaxation.  Getting closer to the action will bring the risk that your temper might flare, and that will only de-fuse the Pig’s presentation of his demands.  Tomorrow’s Rat will endeavor to bring a diplomatic spirit into play, and you’ll be wise to spend much more time listening and considering, than talking or objecting.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, and though he might be small in stature, and refined in tastes, he’s able to summon an extraordinary scale of ferocity and resourcefulness when it’s not only his Friend’s interests that are being thwarted, but his own, as well.  Your capacities to constrain and channel the Monkey’s abilities, and your style in rousing the Tiger to action, will not be appreciated or tolerated.  Your public statements on almost any topic are liable to lead to jeering denouncement, and your most clearly phrased arguments will be twisted into shambles, and hurled back at you with sneers.  Better to take three steps back, and hold all your Sage Words for tomorrow, when the Rat will arrive to suggest more diplomatic avenues towards resolution, and your request to speak will be among the first he recognizes.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, and while it’s the Monkey he’ll be aiming his ample ferocity and wide resourcefulness towards, he’ll have plenty available for you if you express your normal affinities, and take up the Monkey’s side.  As you’re also on the Tiger’s list of Suspicious Characters, perhaps you’d prefer to stay off the battle-fied, and find somewhere cozy and private to spend the day.  It would be just as well;  even your most clearly presented arguments will be taken as conniving machinations, and your most judiciously well-balanced actions will be seen as self-serving and unfair.  Save them until tomorrow, when the Rat arrives to re-establish a more diplomatic style, giving you a proper platform for your Big Ideas and Directness of Action.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, and though he’s going to be teeter-tottering between his aggressive stance against the Monkey, and his tender ministrations towards the Tiger, you’ll easily recognize that he’s got matters well-enough in hand for you to lower your state of readiness, and to raise your interest in recreational pursuits.  If you pick up on the tension between the Pig and Monkey more than the relaxation the Pig is instilling in the Tiger, then you’ll want to put some energy into active exertion, build up a sweat, and take a lingering cool-down.  If, on the other hand, if it’s the Tiger’s repose that touches you, you can be sure that “a little nap” won’t last long, and will give you enough of a boost to stay perky and sociable well into the evening.  Tomorrow’s Rat will endeavor to re-establish Diplomatic Links, and your contribution to the talks will be to take up a neutral position, and “stand by.”

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  As this is the most competent member of the Clan of the Curly Tail, you’ll feel quite reassured that he can take over the position occupied by yesterday’s Dog, striking a defensive posture between Monkey and Tiger, and giving you the freedom to step in with assistance, or step out to make commentary, as you see fit.  Your affinities with the Pig make you most likely to offer assistance, but as you have an intimate understanding of the Monkey’s strengths and foibles, it might be more structurally valuable for you to maintain a presumption of neutrality, the better to see things forward to a satisfactory solution for all concerned.  In either case, put your attention on creating organization behind the Pig’s ferocity, and you’ll also see the way to tighten up those loose “first-draft results” you were able to accomplish yesterday.  Tomorrow’s Rat will aim to re-establish Diplomatic Negotiations, and there will be plenty of use for your over-view of the problems as they now stand.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  As this most competent of the Pigs has long decided that you’re Not To Be Trusted, and his fierce determination to Get His Way will be all the stronger for the backing the Tiger will bring him, it would be Very Wise for you to decide that this is the day to take three steps backward, and re-group.  There’s really no way for you to massage your actions into greater acceptance, or to reframe your speech into greater intelligibility.  The best speech will be “no speech,” and the best action will be “no action.”  But there’s a secret gift in the Pig’s insistent confrontation, which he probably did not intend:  if you can discover that Taking Action is not always the resolution to problems, and that it can be a problem in and of itself, then the difficulties and discomforts of the day will have been well worth it.  Tomorrow’s Rat will arrive to get things back onto a more diplomatic basis, and all he’ll ask of you is to allow it to be someone else who’s Taking Action.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  Even though this is the most competent of the Pigs, he’s so reliant upon Resourcefulness to accomplish his wide-ranging aims, that—in so pitched a battle as he’ll be throwing at the Monkey—if you have information or advice to offer, he’ll be all ears.  Since you have such an intimate comprehension of the Monkey’s strengths and foibles—and indeed, share some of his predilections in style—your input will be not just well-appreciated, but highly effectual in helping to arrange moratorium of the Monkey’s insistent interruptions in exchange for the Tiger’s return to willingness to act.  Don’t hesitate to offer your assistance or directions to others, but make sure you continue to take a back-seat role;  you don’t want to find yourself on the Line of Engagement the Pig is establishing today.  Tomorrow’s Rat will attempt to re-establish Diplomatic Formulation as the “path to peace,” and you’ll do well if you aim to listen and consider, more than speak or object.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This most competent of the Pigs will slip quite naturally into the position established by yesterday’s Dog, striking a fiercely defensive position between Monkey and Tiger, and aiming to give the Tiger enough breathing room to regain some of his composure and confidence.  As your affinities for both Pig and Tiger are well-established and virtually unshakeable, you’ll feel in a very physical way, both the Pig’s rising animosity towards the Monkey’s insistent interruptions, and the the Tiger’s rising muscularity, even though he’s experiencing it by virtue of his relaxation and repose.  If you take up a post for the day along those lines, just make sure you’re closer to the Tiger than the Pig.  Tomorrow’s Rat will attempt to re-establish Diplomacy, and if you don’t find the resulting talk confusing, it’s very likely at least to seem boring.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Metal Pig on duty today is truly savvy concerning the ways of the world and the full range of human appetites, and has a crispness of style and a depth of substance that will aim to thwart the Monkey’s machinations and reframe the Tiger’s confidence.  This is the most competent of your Clan-Mates, and though he’s not able to summon the great muscularity and power of the Tiger when taking up a defensive posture against the Monkey, he can more than make up the difference in ferocity and resourcefulness.  For you, the lines of battle will be clearly drawn, and your greatest task of the day will be to remember the power of operating with those attributes in the reverse order:  “resourcefulness,” and then “ferocity.”  Remember also to look about you for support and relief;  just about everyone is fed up with the Monkey’s insistent interruptions, and you’ll find a wide range of offers, if you just give them a chance to bring their skills and view-points forward.  Finally, make sure you’ve checked your accomplishments three times today, before you start crowing about them;  the Monkey loves to put you into embarrassment through your own self-certitude.  Tomorrow’s Rat will aim for diplomatic resolutions of hostilities, and you’ll get to sit back and let others occupy the Front Lines.

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Duke Zhang, God of the Jade Emperor's Palace

Duke Zhang, God of the Jade Emperor's Palace

Duke Zhāng bears the keys to the Jade Emperor’s Palace, commands demons in its defense, presents offerings before the throne.

If it’s “peace and tranquility” you’re making petition for, he’s more than happy to carry forward your request.

He requires no bribes or special obeisances;  only an honest heart, and sincerity in your intentions.

Picture him seated on his Chair of Office, his dais floating on a pillar of fragrant smoke.  Be true, and light your incense.

“Big mind, great virtue.”

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Saturday, 28th of August


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The Lunar Lodge for today is THE STOMACH, which takes its name from an asterism of three stars from the region of the constellation Aries, The Ram.  These three stars used to be called Musca, The Fly, but that designation is regarded as obsolete, and they’re now considered as part of Aries.  Different classical authorities also referred to this asterism as Vespa, The Wasp, and Apis, The Bee, illustrating that it was not just the ancient Chinese who used various names for the same groupings of stars.

In any case, for the ancient Chinese, these three stars formed a triangle with a sharper apex than the three stars of “The Treasure Mound,” the previous asterism on the zodiac’s ecliptic.  Whereas that group suggested the beginning of the harvest, the sharper peak of this asterism suggested a higher pile of grain at the end of the harvest, and therefore signaled the time of the completion of the harvest, the storage of grain, and the wealth for the empire that it made secure for the rest of the year.  The character which is used to write it now (胃 weí ) means “stomach,” or “digestion,” which is both a homophone for an obsolete character meaning “granary,” and also an alternate name for this asterism, in part because it pictures THE STOMACH of the White Tiger of the Western Palace.

This Lunar Lodge is (not surprisingly) equally as auspicious as yesterday’s.  It’s regarded as universally beneficial for important public events and affairs, and is specifically favorable for putting things into safety or storage.  Construction and excavation are appropriate, as they are a necessary part of creating safe storage spaces.  Even burials take benefit from this sign, partly as it is associated with the time in Autumn just before the equinox—when Yīn will turn stronger than Yáng—and partly because the grave is in one way a kind of “granary of ancestral ,” the placement of which (so as to properly benefit the living descendants) is a major part of the traditional use of fengshui principles and techniques.

The spirit animal for THE STOMACH is the Pheasant, the most widespread species of which, the common pheasant, is originally from China, and has been introduced and naturalized to many other parts of the globe.  It has become, therefore, a ubiquitous emblem of Autumn, as it appears in cleared fields after the harvest, gleaning fallen grains, and clawing and pecking after insects which have been made easier to find.  The golden pheasant is another species from China which, in spite of its brilliant and intense plumage (in the male) is extremely difficult to see in its natural terrain.  Though its flashing jewel-colors make it look “like a treasure,” through most of the year it’s safely hidden away in the undergrowth of the woods and forests.  The Pheasant is a natural enough attribution of THE STOMACH, not only because it’s appearance in Autumn, but because its meat has a special nutritive quality:  it is one of the few foods which is dispersed in digestion equally through all of the  meridians in the body.  On top of that, it’s not only auspicious, it’s also delicious!

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The Solar Index today is FULL, named for the first month of Spring in the agricultural calendar, from early February through early March.  While the onset of Spring, in the Chinese sense of the seasons, does not bring abundance of flowers and balmy weather, it has a vitality and promise which must be taken when offered, if the greatest results are to be obtained from the farmers’ labors towards the distant harvest.  Many plants are not ready to be placed in the soil, but still there’s much activity to be seen to.  The lengthening days make working more and more productive.

The FULL day offers this same opportunity to “get things going,” so as not to miss warmer and more fertile conditions when they do arrive.  The character for FULL ( 满 mǎn ) also has the meaning of “entire.”  This day calls for whole-hearted commitment of mind and resources, and for the “gung ho spirit.”  This phrase ( 工 和 gōng hé “work together”) was, incidentally, brought into usage in the English language by the U.S. Marines, who picked it up from the Chinese in the Pacific Theater of operations during W.W. II.  To coin yet another Marine usage, it’s a good day to “see the hill,  take the hill.”

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most quick-witted and easily intrigued member of the Canine Clan, and he’ll be bouncing around so rapidly, trying to keep himself between the Monkey and the Tiger, that you may find yourself hard-pressed, just trying to keep up with him.  Focus on simple results as solutions for limited problems, and give up trying to make several things happen at once;  you can make your best contributions by matching the Dog’s appetite for efficiency, and letting complexities slide.  Tomorrow’s Pig will add satisfactions to your day, but won’t supply much traction for your productivity.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  As quick-witted and inventive as this Dog can be, he’ll be aiming more to lower the stress produced by the Monkey Moon than to whip up new ideas to pursue.  For your purposes, the efficiency he likes to maintain will smooth your pathway, even as it helps to soften the atmosphere of irritation the Tiger has fallen into since the Monkey Moon began.  Plan on doing most of the work, yourself;  part of the Dog’s “efficiency” involves a knack for minimizing his own duties.  If others claim you’re “rushing ahead,” you’ll get more done by easing off on your pace.  Tomorrow’s Pig will sharpen the Monkey’s Mischief, and throw some cross-purposes onto your path.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This member of the Canine Clan has such a neat balance of wily cleverness and sagacious maturity, that you’re liable to feel that your Awaited Reinforcements have arrived.  In truth, his main aim will be to provide you a bit of buffering against the irritations of the Monkey Moon, which will allow you to settle your spirit somewhat, and regain your rational balance.  Don’t be concerned if it seems there’s a lot going on around you;  the Dog will keep moving in whatever direction necessary to stay between you and the nimble Monkey.  Focus on the depth of your will, and the lithe muscularity of your capacity to take action;  you won’t be required to take steps today, but at the very least, you ought to be considering them in concrete terms.  You’ll be surprised at how a mere change of attitude affects those around you.  Tomorrow’s Pig will sharpen your awareness of the Monkey’s Mischief, and show you a point-of-view from which it’s more humorous than humiliating.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  Even though this is the most quick-witted and clever member of the Canine Clan, his earthy attitude will give you a sense of deep reassurance that simplicity and sanity have returned to support your view of the world.  He’s going to be quite active, trying to maintain a protective position between the discomforted Tiger and the nimble Monkey, and if you want to stay in the sweet-spot of his attention, you’ll have to aim to be equally willing to move.  Direction will be less important for you than distance, and you’ll know which thing to pursue because it’s the one that just popped up in your mind.  Don’t worry if you think this will make you look distracted and disorganized to any onlookers;  there’s a Dog-Logic operating here, and you can be sure that from the outside you’ll look both agile and efficient.  Tomorrow’s Pig will allow you to settle down somewhat, if only to join the Pig and Tiger in staring down the Meddlesome Monkey.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most quick-witted and clever member of the Canine Clan, and he can sometimes find intrigue, and “an angle of understanding,” in your presentations, where his Clan-Mates would find only meaningless flash and bluster.  He will, however, be too busy—maintaining a position between the Tiger and whatever angle the Monkey is trying to attack him from—to aim his interest in your direction, today.  Consequently, you’ll just have to settle on the efficiency he insists on aiming for, as the most you can get out of the day.  If that seems like too dull and unambitious a prospect for you to be satisfied with, you might want to take that as justification for snoozing through it:  your presence and engagement will most likely not be missed.  Tomorrow’s Pig will sharpen the Monkey’s attitude, as well as the Tiger’s responsiveness, and put you in a position requiring your greatest diplomacy.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most quick-witted and clever member of the Canine Clan, and though he’ll have his attention focused on maintaining a buffering position between the currently-sedentary Tiger and the ever-nimble Monkey, he will have just enough free attention left over to keep an eye on your potential to add difficulties to his day.  Consequently, you should aim to match the Dog’s affection for efficiency, and put your attention on maximizing your effort-to-profit ratio, without any cutting of corners, and clearly passing over any opportunity to improve your numbers at the expense of someone else’s.  You might be able to get away with a Me First attitude some percentage of the time, but if you’re caught out today, you’ll put yourself in a defenseless position tomorrow, when the Pig arrives to threaten the Monkey—and all his friends.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most clever and quick-witted member of the Canine Clan, and though he’ll be dedicated to providing some protective buffering by maintaining a protective position between the discomforted Tiger and the Monkey’s nimble and annoying jabs, his intelligent good-humor will raise your spirits, and inspire your sense of optimism and forward movement.  As the Tiger takes benefit from the Dog’s efforts, you may also gain a clearer idea of what the future would look like, if you had your Three Wishes made available to you.  For you, this makes for a day perfectly suited to exercise, social affairs, and strengthening family ties;  just make sure you get a little time for day-dreaming, as well.  Since it’s a Dog Day, that could mean “dreaming while napping in the day-time.”  Tomorrow’s Pig will sweeten the Tiger’s disposition, while thwarting the Monkey’s flexibility, and give you a deeper appreciation of your physical strengths.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This being the most clever and quick-witted member of the Canine Clan, you’ll find ample reason to appreciate his protective spirit, as well as his nimble ability to continually re-position himself between the Tiger’s reluctance and the Monkey’s insistent jabs.  This will make the day seem Highly Active, but since the purpose of all the movement and change will be to re-establish some state of peace, it will fit well into your view of the world, and open space for you to make progress on your own pet projects.  Don’t count on making maximum headway, however, for the Dog will also be dropping some unexpected tasks into your in-box;  they won’t be difficult to fit into your schedule, but they will keep you connected to the Big Picture, while making it difficult to accomplish refined results with any accuracy.  Aim for “big brush-stokes” and “first-draft” results, and you’ll have an extremely satisfying day.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be thwarting the Monkey’s little attacks, and allowing you to sharpen your resolution and tighten-up your results.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This most clever and quick-witted Dog will rise to his highest levels of Loyalty and Protectiveness, aiming to shield the Tiger while he gathers his dignity, and insisting on flummoxing anything with Nimble Fingers and a Long Tail.  If you think your speed and mobility can be counted on to make accomplishments for you in this situation, you will be underestimating the agility and dedication of this member of the Canine Clan.  Better to lie-low for the day, and let your past actions speak for themselves;  in the short term, this will give irritations you may have caused time to soften into past memory, and in the long term, it will give you a chance to re-imagine your chances for ultimate success and re-invent the directions from which it can be approached.  Tomorrow’s Pig will sharpen your thoughts, and show you the flaws in your current thinking.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most quick-witted and clever member of the Canine Clan, and under some conditions he can be so intellectual and inventive as to seem to you to be not just a Different Breed, but an entirely Different Species from the rest of his Clan-Mates.  His responsiveness to your point-of-view will be somewhat limited today, as he’ll have his work cut out for him, trying to maintain a protective position between the Tiger, and whatever direction the Monkey’s mobility gives him from which to continue his attack of pestering jabs.  If it seems that you have some contribution to make, you must make doubly-certain that you don’t insert them before you’ve dealt with your own situation and troubles;  the Dog will not have much patience for your style, and unless your stance is pristine and perfectly well-balanced, you’ll only end up looking foolish to everyone around you.  Tomorrow’s Pig will aim to thwart the Monkey in every way possible, and will actually be eager for your input.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most clever and quick-witted of your Clan-Mates, and he’s going to be dedicating himself to creating a protective shield for the discomforted Tiger, bouncing around wildly to block whatever direction the Monkey’s insistent jabs may be coming from.  Thus, if you were counting on a day demonstrating that perfect Canine Balance among Activity, Nourishment, and Recuperation, you’re going to be a little disappointed.   In point of fact, you’re going to have to settle for “two out of three,” though at least you will probably have your pick between the second two.  If you’re not getting the Recuperation, however, at least make sure that your Activity is leading to it being made available to someone else.  Tomorrow’s Pig will take over Defensive Operations, and raise your hopes for satisfaction in the future.

Born in the Year of the Pig:  The Metal Dog on duty today has a bright attitude, a quick grasp of essentials, and a bone-deep reliance on the power of repose, but he’ll find himself pestered by the maneuverings of the Monkey Moon, while endeavoring to ease the attitude of the Tiger.  This is the most clever and quick-witted member of the Canine Clan, and that makes him easily the most fascinating to your way of thinking.  He does have the unfortunate trait of relying on nimbleness and last-minute accomplishment—which can damage your sense of repose, and lead you to excessive worry—but there are those times when even these more troublesome characteristics strike you as Admirable Attributes, and this is such a day.  The Dog will be devoting himself to maintaining a buffering position between the discomforted Tiger and the insistent and annoying jabs of the Monkey;  in order to match the Monkey’s agility, he’s going to have to demonstrate a lot of action, and not much apparent order.  However, in so far as the net result may be an improvement in the Tiger’s attitude, I think you can afford to take the day as entirely positive, and perhaps to devote yourself to minor civilities and casual conversation.  The question, “May I offer you some tea?” captures the spirit perfectly.  Tomorrow’s Pig will take a more aggressive attitude towards the Monkey, and give you reason to get your hackles up.

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

Wu Heng, this year's Tai Sui Star

General Wū Héng passed out of his great military career, and answered the imperial summons to civil duty,

Demonstrating as much will in bringing minds together, as he had formerly for “knocking heads together.”

Dedicated to justice, devoted to serving the people, demanding reverence to the Way of Heaven:

How could he not be raised as high as the office of Tài Sùi?  In purple-trimmed robes he presides through the Gēng Yín Year.

“Money’s like water:  it likes to be moving.”

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Friday, 27th of August


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The Lunar Lodge for today is THE THREAD, which takes its name from an asterism of three stars of the western constellation Aries, The Ram, which form a shallow “v” shape.  In ancient times, this shape was seen setting in the west just before sunrise in Autumn, with its apex pointing downwards (“v”), making it look like a harvesting basket.  This signaled that the time for harvesting had arrived.  One of its alternate names was “The Treasure Mound,” as at the same time of year it appeared just after sunset in the east, with the apex pointing upward (“^”), so as to look like a pile of heaped up grain.

The modern character for this asterism ( 婁 loú ) is a rarely used verb meaning “to trail along” (like a train dragging behind a gown) or “to thread together,” “to collect.”  Other ancient (and now archaic) characters for the asterism depicted a woman with a bundle of grain or a basket on her head, or a woman outside an enclosure or field, with two men working in it.  These variations were pronounced the same, and had similar pictorial meanings.  They were different ways of “spelling”—that is to say, “drawing”—the same word: “harvest-time.”

Consequently, this Lunar Lodge is regarded as extremely favorable for a wide range of productive and commercial activities.  Since it has association with the first fruits of harvest, it indicates a time of growing wealth, and the near end of labors.  Most modern almanacs do not mark it as particularly appropriate to weddings or religious celebrations, but that is most likely because of its special value towards other pursuits.  The more traditional commentaries claim that marriage on such a day will ensure wealth and comfortable living, and that ventures begun on the day of THE THREAD will bring maximum profits.  Under this “harvest-time” image, relying on helpers is inauspicious only because they are already going to be busy, that is, they will be laboring to bring in the wealth of the fields.

The spirit animal for THE THREAD is the Dog, which has such a long history of association with humankind, that he may reasonably make the claim of being the first “domesticated” animal.  Under one modern theory, wild dogs became linked to humans through long generations of scavenging off their refuse.  The less timid and more calm among them gradually became more and more comfortable with their human neighbors, better fed, and yet again more comfortable, until humans became comfortable enough with them to strike up more formal and friendly relationships.  There is much to suggest the accuracy of this theory.  Recent genetic experiments with foxes, for instance, have proven that just breeding selectively for calmness of temperment and lack of aggression (over as few as 8 generations) produces offspring that not only act more domesticated and friendly—like dogs, that is—but also look like dogs:  strong and unusual variegation in coloring, larger and flopping ears, “puppy-like” behavior towards those giving them food, etc.  They even bark!

In any case, and whatever the true nature of our histories together, by now they are intimately intertwined.  Dogs, particularly in traditional Chinese life, are intimate members of family life, guarding the yard from strangers, keeping vermin at bay, protecting the children, and cleaning up stray bits of refuse.  (Still at it!)  In Chinese astrology, the Dog is representative of loyalty, nobility of purpose, earthiness of style, and the wisdom of taking the laziest way possible that still produces good results.  The Dog adds to this Lunar Lodge an emblem of civilized repose, a readiness to do what’s called for, and an easy willingness to “fit in,” and follow along.  To the “work together” spirit called for to accomplish the harvest, the Dog adds a perky sense of enjoyment, and a reminder that the true value of labor lies in its ability to ensure access to comfort and repose.

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The Solar Index today is DIVIDE, named for the third month of Winter in the agricultural calendar, from early January through early February.  The character with which it’s written ( 孫 chú ) can also be read as “remove,” “subtract,” “separate,” “exclude,” “discard,” or “to end.”  As Winter draws to a close, the days slowly lengthen, and the grip of Yīn relents.  As the Yáng rises, activity rises with it, and earnest labors for the upcoming Spring must begin.  Inclement weather focuses the work on what can be done indoors: repair of equipment, making of clothes and implements, separation of grain to be used in planting from that to be kept aside for food.  The DIVIDE day captures this energetic quality, and favors separating the important from the unimportant, the immediate from the delayable, the public from the private, the practical and efficient from the frivolous and wasteful.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  As much as you may be affected by the Monkey’s zig-zag style, or the Tiger’s stolid reticence, you’ll have to take the Rooster’s arrival as a reason to let things roll along, without aiming for corrections, or insisting on new opportunities being taken advantage of.  That being said, there’s a great deal this member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws can help you accomplish, by virtue of his grasp of what the Monkey typically skips over, and his acumen in deftly nudging what was left out of line, back into proper position.  Take the small-scale view, and add your energies to the little things that can be completed with minimum effort.  It’s a day when your low-to-the-ground view is more important than your high-in-the-sky imagination.  Don’t miss an opportunity to express your appreciation and enthusiasm, but be brief and to the point.  Tomorrow’s Dog will ease the Tiger’s attitude, and give you a broader field in which to be influential.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  The Rooster’s inveterate grasp of the Monkey’s style, and his recurrent attention towards filling in what the Monkey has left out, will do a lot to round-out the frustrations you’ve felt over the last three days, and give you once again a sense that there might just be some sanity left in the world.  This member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws has a particular knack for applying an optimistic attitude to the range of disparate successes the Monkey has left on the field, and producing thereby, the necessary connections to allow the whole thing to hang together as a Unitary Result.  As he can do this without romanticism or glossing over faults, he’ll reassure your sense that your diligence through the Monkey Moon will produce good results, as long as you keep your emotions dry, and your common sense functioning at high revs.  Take it as a presage of what the Fowl Moon may be bringing you, if you like, and apply a cheerful attitude to the steps in front of you.  Tomorrow’s Dog will do a lot to soothe the Tiger, and make it clearer to you what your labors are going to consist of, over the next ten days or so.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws has a cheerful attitude that springs not from romantic idealism, but from a crisp understanding of his talents in relation to the task at hand.  In your case, the task the Double Monkeys have left him is primarily to ease-off the pressure you’re feeling, and open up the range of options you can consider as current practicalities.  Consequently, unless you have an overwhelming need to Settle Scores today, you can count on your blood-pressure going down several ticks, and your mental attitude regaining that confidence that comes from trusting your own energetic resources, and understanding the relationship between your muscularity of response, to the scale and seriousness of the problems in front of you.  The more you can minimize your activity today, the more effectively the Rooster will be able to make his accomplishments.  It’s very like acupuncture, really:  you need to lie still in order for the needles to go in correctly.  If you can also calm your spirit, you may be surprised that they go in with almost no sensation at all, and that your inner response is even more deepening to your state of calm.  Tomorrow’s Dog will allow your good-humor to rise a bit, and give you a few reasons to remember how useful you can be in the world.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  This is a delicate balancing act the Rooster has to bring off, and as far as you’re concerned, his movements will be so tiny, and his use of language will be so arcane and confusing, that it might all seem like meaningless mumbo-jumbo or ritualized quackery.  If you take your troubled inability to summon a common-sense understanding of what’s going on as a reason to Stand Still, then all will go forward quite smoothly.  This is one of those situations in which Doing Nothing is not only the best thing you can do, it’s also a Great Gift to those around you, as it will let the turbulence that has muddied some waters over the last week, settle out into Sharper Clarity.  Never mind that once the waters have cleared, it may seem to you that there’s nothing to see in them;  your certainty will return tomorrow, when the Dog arrives to soothe the Tiger’s tensions, and show you what your inactivity has allowed to spring up like so many new shoots.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws also has an optimistic spirit that springs not from romantic hopefulness, but from a crisp understanding of his talents in relation to the task at hand.  In this attribute, he’s perhaps the most harmonious in relation to your Clan;  you’ll find his delicacy of movement well balanced by his broad buoyancy in style, and strangely Dragon-like.  If you keep close watch on the microscopic scale on which he’ll be working, you’ll notice small ways in which you can forward his rather tricky task, applying force and substance to the Monkey’s residue, and implication and invitation to the Tiger’s cautious positioning.  But more fundamentally, this is a day for you to step back and allow the Rooster to work;  calm yourself, breath deeply, and if you make suggestions or comments, let them spring from you appreciation of the way things are already going.  If you do so, you’ll find yourself prophetic as to the way things are ultimately going to work out.  Tomorrow’s Dog will take soothing the Tiger to be his main task, and will have no interest in your in-put, whether it’s appreciative, or not.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  As delicate and demanding as his task will be, this member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws will be working at such a miniscule scale, and with such delicate discrimination between Too Little and Too Much, that most will be mystified at his actions, and perhaps even dubious that anything is being accomplished at all.  You, however, will not take his buoyant good-spirits as hucksterism, or his refusal to delegate authority as a Control Issue;  you’ll see his minimalist management of the Monkey’s residue as a masterful linking of apparently disparate parts into a functioning whole, and his tender cooing into the Tiger’s ear as an example of Hypnotism As High Art.  For your best benefit, it will be fundamentally important that you add as little spin to the Rooster’s artfulness as you can, and that you allow him to select what bon-bons he’ll be able to toss to you, for you pleasure and profit.  Put yourself in Active Response Mode, and wait for your buttons to be pushed.  Expecting that you too will be put into trance, would not be a bad idea, either.  Tomorrow’s Dog will aim to lower the Tiger’s state of tension, and get him comfortable in his body again, and you should take that as an opportunity to dial your ambitions back.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  It’s frequently the main task that a member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws must take up, to resolve the disturbances kicked up by the previous Monkey, and to aim to link the various piles of rubble and residue he may have left behind, into a coherent and meaningful whole.  In this light, there’s no more auspicious Rooster than this one, to follow the Double Monkeys and bring not just clarity and order, but also explanation and—it’s to be hoped—comprehension, back into the mix.  Since he also has to see to the Tiger’s state of tension, and aim to get some relaxation going, it will be fundamentally important for the rest of us to minimize our exertions, if only to allow him the space to operate.  For your part, such inactivity will also give you the mental attitude necessary to tune into the Chicken Logic that’s driving the day;  seeing the small differences being used to achieve big results today, will bring you some retro-active explanation of the more rambunctious Monkey’s style, and show you the ways in which what looked meaningless and purely accidental, was actually part of his Crazy Wisdom in bringing forward your best.  Tomorrow’s Dog will get the Tiger’s Wisdom back inside his skin, and allow you a bit of time to kick up your heels in celebration.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws also has a buoyant attitude that would smack of romantic optimism, if it weren’t accompanied by a deep ability to recognize pattern, and a constant dedication to make linkages where empty space appears, stitching together a comprehensive whole where others see only piles of disparate rubble.  Consequently, this is one of those rare opportunities for you to stand back and watch someone else accomplish a Grand Plan, with artistry, intelligence, and thorough diligence.  Of course, you’ll be perfectly free to conceive of alternatives as to sequence, positioning, or technique, but as the Rooster’s task is so delicate, you’d hardly think it appropriate to barge in without invitation, giving a hands-on demonstration of your suggestions.  If turned to for assistance, or for comment, that’s one thing;  imagining yourself with the Beak and the Plumed Tail, that would be quite another.  Tomorrow’s Dog will take, as his main task, to cheer up the Tiger, and you’ll meet no objections if you wish to take up all his other jobs for him.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  We’re all quite fortunate that it’s the brightest and most optimistic of the Clan of Feathers and Scales who arrives to follow up on the Double Monkeys, but for you, there’s a special value in his unromantic good-nature, and his cheerful attention to detail:  for the kind of game you and your Clan specialize in, there’s no better coach or commentator.  Only this one has a broad enough grasp of actualities to recognize the scope, boldness, and ambition of your actions;  only this one has the tact and delicacy to point out your accomplishments and failures in such adroit order, and in such perfect balance, that you can see their correlative meanings spelled out, as it were, in Fully-Global 3-D.  Consequently, while you could get a lot accomplished today while the Rooster’s working his Chicken Magic, it might be more structurally important for you to take at least a little time to look over your actions and your approach, seeing their origin points in yesterday’s hits and misses.  You’re very likely to achieve a new level of insight as to what you were trying to do, even if you didn’t know it at the time.  Tomorrow’s Dog will be trying to get the Tiger settled down to an earthy level of satisfaction, and won’t have much patience for your inventive experimentation.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  You’ll see quite readily the delicacy and tact that will be required of your Clan-Mate to bring off this little trick;  it’s something like trying to juggle a ping-pong ball, a three-foot tall teddy-bear, and a chain-saw, all at the same time.  Still, as this Rooster has the most optimistic attitude, and no romantic delusions about risk-to-failure ratios, it would not be overly confident on your part to take the position that Team Chicken is going to register another Big Win today.  As your contribution to the cause, however, it would be very wise to let this Star Player have the ball, and to aim to take a Supporting Position, yourself.  No doubt, you’ll get to put a few points on the board—did I mention this Clan-Mate is also the very soul of generosity?—but your best benefits from the day will come from simply letting things go forward, without worry or condescension, and as if your victory was a Fore-Gone Conclusion.  Tomorrow’s Dog will apply his optimism towards trying to cheer up the Tiger, and won’t thank you for crowing about your way of doing things.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  Having weathered the frightful levels of activity and rambunctious irreverence brought through by the Double Monkeys, you’re no doubt ready for some Rest-and-Recuperation, in which you can settle your spirit, and re-assert the simplicity of your aims and requirements.  Unfortunately, that time—though it’s already on the schedule—does not fall on today’s calendar.  Instead, you’re going to be pressed into service by the Rampaging Rooster, to do your part in clearing away debris, up-righting furniture, and making a diligent inventory of all items needing to be repaired, replaced, or re-positioned.  Probably, “your part” is going to seem needlessly large, and perhaps unfairly apportioned to you;  but there’s no real point in complaining—unless listening to yourself mutter is somehow soothing.  Bear up, and appreciate the Relative Calm;  tomorrow’s Dog will enter to re-assure and cheer the Tiger, and you’ll get some of the R-and-R that you feel is due you.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Earth Fowl on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them boldly to settle the Monkey, and very judiciously to appeal to the Tiger.  You, more than most, will appreciate how Poetically Apropos is the arrival of this member of the Clan of Feathers and Claws, so perfectly suited to the delicate task that falls to him, and on the heels of the Double Monkeys, too!  His optimism and buoyant spirit is unflagging, his artful grasp of the whole Monkey Problem is time-tested, and his tender delicacy when dealing with something as potentially explosive as an Irritated Tiger is a case-study in proper timing, preparation, and technique.  For your part, the confidence you can place in this Master Chicken will give you leave to adopt a leisurely attitude to almost every matter that crosses your attention, and will allow you to take a calm and optimistic attitude yourself, in assessing the tests and travails of the last week two weeks, and in re-designing your strategy more safely to traverse and exit the remainder of the Monkey Moon.  Do your best to keep your hands to yourself, today, and not to offer assistance or comment too freely;  if you keep quiet and serene, musing inside yourself, it will make people wonder about you, and grant you their hushed reverence, and their deeper appreciation.  Tomorrow’s Dog will aim primarily to cheer up the Tiger, and you’re liable to get the happy task of seeing to menu, place-cards, and party-favors.

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The Royal Mother of All the Gods has very simple tastes, and they don’t include a lot of pomp and pageantry.

North of the North Star, beyond the grand thrones, far beyond the intricate screens and curtains of silk,

Where the rustling of Celestial Edicts cannot be heard, where the kow-towing of petitioners won’t disturb her attention,

She has a little garden, and there, her little tea-room.  The water’s boiling, even now, if you’ve been invited to pay a call.

“Music must be based on the pulse of the heart.”

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Thursday, 26th of August


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The Lunar Lodge for today is THE STRIDE, first of the seven days of the Western Palace of the White Tiger.  It’s named after an asterism of fifteen stars, most of which are part of the constellation Andromeda, The Chained Lady.  The fifteen stars appear to delineate two legs held apart, and therefore were seen to depict the action of stepping forward, or of bracing oneself with legs “astride.”  To the ancient Chinese both of these implied a condition of “accommodation to difficulty,” and the Lunar Lodge is consequently regarded as being mildly inauspicious.  It’s an awkward day for construction or excavation, and particularly risky for new beginnings, adventures into unknown circumstances, or distant travel.

The shape of the asterism also can suggest the shape of the sole of a sandal or shoe;  the star where the “legs” meet together, is taken as the pointed toe of the footwear.  THE STRIDE therefore has the interesting attribution of ruling shoes, boots, socks, and leggings or trousers.  Making them, shopping for them, repairing them, are all to be undertaken with confidence and towards satisfaction and success.  By extension, clothing in general, and textiles at large, are also under a favorable star on this day.  As is common for weakly inauspicious Lunar Lodges, taking medicine is appropriate, and both gossiping and socializing are to be avoided.  However, routine activities of study or research are benefited by the mild caution added to the day;  caution with expenditures and a general attitude of thrift will be highly effective under this Lunar Lodge.

The spirit animal for THE STRIDE is the Wolf, which like the White Tiger of this week’s Celestial Palace (that is to say, “quarter of the sky”) is an emblem of danger in the natural world.  Among the Twelve Animals of the Earthly Branches, only the Tiger is above humans on the food chain.  Similarly, the Wolf is such an icon of danger and warning, that the character with which it’s written, 狼 ( láng ), also means “cruel,” and “fierce.”  The inauspiciousness of this Lunar Lodge is thus based on “caution, but for the right reasons.”  Keeping to the main path, and ways that are already known, will lead to the best results.  If you stray “into the woods” who knows what you might have to confront?  Be wise, and drop arrogance (and any desire to tempt danger) before you see the huge white fangs under snarling lips, and the glaring eyes measuring out the distance to your throat.

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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 .

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  You’ll have little choice but to join forces with the Double Monkeys, and do your part to instill the principle of change across the board.  Events are liable to unfold very quickly, and you may feel that all you have time for is stamping out fires, but if you focus on the direction you’d like to see the situation at large develop, and remember the phrase “I’ll be with you in just a minute,” your capacity to strike to the heart of each problem will see you through.  For this one day, you should give up your inveterate willingness to be accommodating, and just issue orders.  You can start offering any necessary apologies tomorrow, when the Fowl enters to help you tighten up the Monkeyseffects.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys will be presenting you with complexity-times-two, and though you might not wish to admit it, in at least some ways, the Sheep’s annoying insistence yesterday will have helped them into an alignment that at least allows you some readability.  You’ll have to bring your patience to the game again, but if you keep your awareness open, you’ll be able to catch the odd event already moving in your direction, and snag a momentary free ride.  Remember your long-term aims for the year, and keep steering towards them, regardless of which ways the Monkeys are bumping you.  It’s likely to feel like “all fit-and-starts,” but at the end of the day, you may be surprised at how far such Tiny Boosts have taken you.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will smooth over your rough edges, and enable you to stitch together a plan for the rest of the Moon.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  You’ll be somewhat out-numbered by the Double Monkeys, and will have to follow suit with your Clan-Mate, jumping from one position to another, hoping that you’ll find one that offers even a modicum of comfort and poise.  Clearly, staying out of the public eye would be a good choice, but if you can’t achieve that, you should at least appreciate that your agility and muscularity will be demonstrated to all, in no uncertain terms.  Once the Monkey Moon has passed, you’ll get back much more of your ability to pick-and-choose, but for now you should resign yourself to having lost it.  On the other hand, the Monkeys may be demanding movement, but it’s probably also true, that they don’t really care in which direction you go.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will smooth your sensibilities a bit, and help you review your recent embarrassments and discomforts to see if you can harvest from them some information and planning.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys are going to be devoted to Getting Movement out of the Tiger, and while you might be willing to accommodate in his stead, the complexity they bring to the day will mean you have no obvious choices, either to choose or to avoid.  You might imagine that a quiet moment would help you make a more cogent or well-informed selection, but this is going to be “complexity-squared,” and the more you aim for calm and clarity, the more frustrated you’ll find yourself.  Better to just mutter under your breath, and keep on moving.  The Weird Thing will be that if you succeed in “going crazy”—in that Monkey Madness sort of way—you’re very likely to find that you like it.  Sometimes, after all, getting enlightened is very close to “going out of your mind.”  Tomorrow’s Fowl will not bring you any explanations of your trajectory, and you’re likely to feel that offering your resistance to movement is your only option.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  This situation could be described as Monkey-Times-Monkey, and it clearly will mean that the day follows the principle of “complexity-squared.”  It shouldn’t take you long to realize that you’re one of the few prepared to deal with it on that basis, and to step forward to direct traffic, even if that means setting up a yellow-tape perimeter, and warning everyone to watch for falling debris, and for rubble blocking the usual routes.  For you own purposes, the high level of activity and the general level of consternation will bring you some advantages:  it’s easier to maneuver around people when they’re standing still, in stunned silence.  But your greatest accomplishments will lie in helping Team Monkey to instigate change, and to invite movement, in whatever direction it can be accomplished.  It’s not that final directions are being accomplished, today;  it’s that the Tiger’s log-jam needs breaking up.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will help you to sort the rubble into meaningful piles, and to be influential in the selection of that “final direction.”

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys are going to be knocking balls every which way across there court, in an effort to shake the Tiger out of his recalcitrance to Movement, and if you have a few to toss into their sport, they’ll take it as a sign of your affection, and your devotion to their kind of Fun.  Be selective in adding complexity to their game, however, or you could find yourself so buried in Good Results, that you can’t really make use of any of them.  With your perpetual intention to achieve Practical Results, you should keep your eye open for the steps others take in the direction you see as Most Workable, and offer them immediate reward or encouragement.  A few such words offered in support today, will earn you many votes-of-confidence over the next six weeks.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will devote himself primarily to drawing organizational clarity out of the Monkeys’ exuberant displays, and will give you several great opportunities to profit from them.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys are going to be playing a very high-caliber game today, and their invitation to you to join in will probably seem irresistible.  There is a problem, however, as very few besides them are well-informed about the Rules.  That shouldn’t be too surprising, since one of the Rules is: “Rules may be changed or amended at any time without notice.”  So consider this to be Pure Play-Time, and give up hopes of acquitting yourself well in Competition;  sport there will be, but points and trophies—if awarded at all—will seem to be given out on a purely whimsical basis.  Still, you’re due for some Free Exercise, and if you can deal with the “complexity-squared” nature of the day, you could have a Really Good Time.  Don’t look for your usual Play-Mates, however;  imagine yourself the new kid in the neighborhood, and take everyone you meet as a potential team-mate, subject to some sparring, and a little assessment of where you think you might best fit in.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will bring a Rule-Book along with him, and you might even find yourself earning an award you didn’t realize was being played for.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys will take it as their job to overwhelm the Tiger with reasons to Step Forward—or perhaps that should be expressed:  to “Get Off It.”  To this end, their rather rowdy play today will follow the principal of “complexity-squared,” and will take all the diligently aligned potentials you might have arranged yesterday, and toss them around like so many ping-pong balls.  Don’t waste any time or energy in protest, or in trying to keep things well-aligned.  If you have any interest in getting more movement out of the Tiger, then you should readily recognize that your set-up yesterday was simply to make this kind of Monkey Madness more available.  If you expressed your Nature with honesty and directness, trust that the mayhem taking place today will result in General Benefit, once the Monkeys are done, and some tidying up can take place.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will accomplish exactly that, and give you great opportunity to salvage the results that are most important to your cause.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  Your Clan-Mates are going to dedicate themselves to the torment of the Tiger, insisting through dint of the Unpredictable Complexity they’ll be stirring up, that he recognize his current position—whatever that is—as untenable, and take steps towards a different one—whatever that might be.  You’ll have no difficulty dealing with this sort of free-wheeling Change For Its Own Sake, but you should remember that “more doesn’t always equal better,” and be very judicious in the ways that you add your complications to the mix.  You have several friends around who could be very helpful to your aims, if you just turn to them, every now and then, to ask: “what do you think…?” Your sport is very unlikely to be dampened, and your aim is very likely to be improved.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will help you to improve your game immensely, if you can sit still long enough to go through the videos, and attend to their critique.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Monkey’s game is at its best when Unpredictable Possiblities are what’s being tossed around;  when the Double Monkeys are on the field, their style could be described as “complexity-squared.”  Consequently, you’ll be at your wits’ end if you’re trying to keep up with all the events of the day, and if you want any sort of sanity at all, you’ll have to be doing your triage on-the-fly, selecting which things to ignore, which to table, and which to deal with as life-threatening emergencies.  Don’t worry if you think you’ll look to those around you, as if you’re confused or overwhelmed;  they’re going to be so busy with their own triage process, that they’ll have no time to even notice your difficulties.  Accomplishing clarity in any one detail will no doubt be impossible, but if you can keep an idea of the over-all drift of things—even if that feels more like:  “hallucinate an idea”—then you’ll be in excellent position to welcome tomorrow’s Fowl, who’ll help you re-assess your results, and bring order back out of chaos.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys are going to express their displeasure at the Tiger by impertinently insisting that he recognize that it’s Time To Move.  To that end, they’ll be lobbing complications and minor emergencies from every which direction, without seeming plan or apparent trajectory.  In truth, their plan is to confront the Tiger with “complexity-squared,” with no idea as to which direction he’ll move;  only, that he must.  For you, this adds up to Too Much Going On, and you won’t be able to count on finding a safe-harbor, or on the guardianship you normally rely on friends in Powerful Places to offer you;  you’re just going to feel caught out in the rain-storm, hoping that it doesn’t turn to hail.  If you can go this far into the moment, however, you might find that since Hunkering Down doesn’t seem all that available—and wouldn’t be very effective, anyway—perhaps you should take up Splashing About about as your modus operandi.  If you’re already wet, after all,  why not just get muddy?  Tomorrow’s Fowl will scrub you clean and dry, whether you’re ready for it or not.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Earth Monkey on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and with the seasoned support of the Monkey Moon, he’ll display a staunch insistence towards the Tiger to demonstrate movement and change, whether it seems well-considered, or not.  The Double Monkeys are going to be throwing Unpredictable Possibilities into the Tiger’s path, and if you’re hanging on to your Favorite Certainties, you’re only going to find them ripped out of your hands, and tossed across the lawn, like so many pieces of patio-furniture caught up in a high wind.  You might think you can enter the fray with your rain-gear on, and show Team Monkey that you can make a good showing on this field.  But if so, you’re operating under a misunderstanding:  the game they’re playing is not according to The Rules, it’s with The Rules themselves.  Unless you’ve got an appetite for “complexity-squared,” you’ll do very well to find someplace to hide out, letting the storm pass without intervention.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will bring you clearer weather, and a chance to assess damage, and re-assess your landscaping.

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Is it fire on a mountain-top, seen at some great distance, or simply the light of a coming new day?

Appearances flicker and fool the eye, the wind shifts suddenly and without prior notice.

When strength is offered to the worthy, they can accept or decline, but they cannot ignore.

Proper preparation gives no insurance of success, but an omen of ten tortoise-shells cannot be disobeyed.

“Plan with daring, execute with caution.”

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Wednesday, 25th of August


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The Lunar Lodge for today is THE WALL, last day of the Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  Its name comes from the shape delineated by the two stars forming the left side of the grand square in the constellation, Pegasus, The Winged Horse.  The full name of this asterism is “The Eastern Wall;” the other side of the grand square is the “The Western Wall,” which is an alternate name for THE HOUSE, yesterday’s Lunar Lodge.  This indication is even more favorable than yesterday’s, as it points toward the ending of winter, and symbolizes the turn of the seasons towards the renewal of life, and the happy warmth of receiving the first rays of the morning sun.

These associations make it favorable for all sorts of activities:  commerce and the expansion of business, artistic expression and accomplishment, indulgence in luxuries and sharing them with others, and negotiating or fulfilling of contracts.  Since it’s associated with the time just before Spring begins, it’s not a time for making promises, or for throwing out things (which might prove necessary or useful once the change of the time has been accomplished.)  Like the days just before Spring, which are filled with anticipation and preparations for celebration, there is too much energy abroad on such days to make retreat, meditation, fasting or other austerities suitable.

The spirit animal for THE WALL is the Porcupine ( 豪 猪 háo zhū ), which means literally “bristled pig.”  This is perfectly harmonious with most European languages, in which the various versions of “porcupine” usually mean literally “thorny pig.”  Another term for the Porcupine is 箭 猪 ( jiàn zhū ) meaning “arrowed pig.”  The character for “bristled” also means “brave,” “heroic.”  Covered in hundreds of sharp and stiff long spines (or “arrows”) such a beast can afford to act brave.  When pressed by attack, they actually move towards the attacker, in order to wound them with their spines.  Even braver would be the predator who tries to take him as prey!

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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!

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  The range of options brought in by this Sheep will satisfy your intellect and sense of creativity, but you’ll find as you work through them that they boil down to one thing:  following along with whatever the Sheep has in mind.  Your protests for other pathways to be followed will be listened to, but strangely they will be rendered as steps towards what was already on the boards to start with.  Don’t take this too hard;  it’s just that the Sheep will be striving mightily to grasp the Monkey Moon at its height, and turn its course towards calmer conclusions.  Take it as an opportunity to rest:  tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will give you more to exert control over than you might have wished.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  As the Monkey Moon achieves its peak, most will be grateful for this Sheep’s hands-on style and managerial competence;  you’re more likely to find the exertions brought forward today to steer the Monkey—towards calmer and more cogent results—to be far too little, far too late.  There’ll be no point, however, in even pointing that out;  better to keep quiet, and focus on letting your temper simmer rather than coming to the boil.  You’ll be able to devote some energy towards your own progress—as the Sheep will be too busy with the Monkey-Tiger problem to try to ruin your day by drawing you into his plans—but you should be satisfied with just making sure that your plans don’t “run off the rails.”  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will show you why some of the Sheep’s attitude was called for, and how you can apply your strengths to his directions.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  It’s rather fortunate for you that this member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns arrives to help the Full Moon sweep through;  he’s got enough grasp of the Monkey’s manner to exert a bit of control, but not enough similarity to your style to cause the Monkey to go into lock-up.  For you, this also means that it’s an excellent day to step backwards, and to let other forces and attitudes come into play.  You may not have a lot of exactitude in your understanding of what’s actually being attempted, but if you use just a little of your famous willingness to wait to see how things work out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the relatively magical results.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will have their own kind of Magic, of course, and “staying out of it” will be beneficial for the opposite reason.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  We’re rather fortunate to have this member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns arrive to “shepherd” the Moon through its peak, and towards its ultimate resolution in two weeks’ time;  his competence is unquestionable, and his willingness to take a hands-on style will give him a good chance of constraining the Monkey’s jittery inventiveness, and bringing forward the kind of stimulation that will finally rectify the Tiger’s reluctance to Take Steps.  For you, standing back and watching it all take place would prove fully satisfying, but I’m of the opinion that the Sheep will find some important tasks for you to take up, in order to support his agenda.  Therefore, it will be helpful if you don’t load yourself up with too long an agenda of your own;  leave your time and energy as available as is convenient, to be devoted to the needs and requests of others.  You’ll find such tasks both enjoyable to accomplish, and very informative to go through.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will have plenty for you to assemble, but won’t do you the favor of including anything like a Set of Instructions.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  This highly competent member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns will be catching your drift, and doing what he can to catch, as well, the momentum of the Full Moon as it sweeps through, tweaking it and shifting its trajectory just enough to hope for much better net results when the Moon completes in two weeks’ time.  Unfortunately, the Sheep’s understanding of how you would accomplish such a mission is a bit flawed, and he’s got such strong ideas of his own, that he’s not going to be paying much attention to your Corrective Influence, or to your wishes to step in a show how it should be done.  There’s no harm in making your statements, and clarifying your positions today, but having done so, you’d be better off crossing your arms, rolling your eyes, and just letting the Sheep get on with it.  If there are some important matters left out of the Sheep’s managerial efforts, so much the better for you:  tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will double-team your instructions, and demonstrate the efficiency of your way of “how it should be done.”

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  Your sense of delight in the Monkey’s trajectory may be squelched a bit today, as this member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns arrives to “shepherd” it towards a more elegant and efficient result than you—or the Monkey—have in mind.  Still, as long as you’re not insistent about the suggestions and minor corrections you’d like to make, you’ll find that the Sheep has plenty of space available in which you can make an effect, and make sure that not all of the “efficiencies” going forward come at your expense.  Remember that the Sheep’s competence comes from dealing with small details from the point of view of the Whole Picture;  fit your details into his over-view, and you’ll achieve easy success.  Then again, there are two more weeks at your disposal before the Monkey Moon’s close, and anything you can’t fit in today, will very likely have a more appropriate time to be included, partly due to the Sheep’s hands-on management today.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys, for example, will be available to toss back almost any ball you lob across the net at them, and to thank you most handsomely for the favor.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns has a very hands-on style, and a refined sense of his own competencies, so the task he’ll be taking up—to tweak and turn the Monkey’s trajectory towards more elegant and efficient results—has a very good chance of success.  His efforts, however, will divert him from the sort of Direct Attention he finds satisfying to aim towards your purposes and state of comfort.  If you can stomach this little slight on his part, and step back out of the mix of things a bit, there will be times during the day when your energies and ideas will be asked for, considered quite attentively, and most likely put instantly to work.  Due to the Sheep’s deep intuition about your abilities and state of readiness, I’m quite confident that such requests will fit perfectly into your sense of timing, and that your contributions will clearly be Highly Indispensable to the day’s good results.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will not make requests of you that you’ll find so convenient, but you may like the “verve” they have to offer, particularly if you can put up with the lack of “organizational skills” that comes along with it.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  As this Clan-Mate arrives to catch the Moon at its peak, and takes up the task of tweaking and turning its trajectory towards more elegant and efficient results, you’re going to find yourself sharing the hot-seat with him, catching a shower of problems on the fly, and juggling them into the proper boxes, slots, and positions, much to the amazement of any by-standers who don’t understand your abilities to deal with Overwhelming Complexity with grace and aplomb.  Do not complicate the task with commentary, explanation, or instruction;  the Monkey has set a wide array of possibilities in motion, and it’s the resolution of them that will settle questions and confusion, today.  Of course, full “resolution” might only be aimed at, and can safely be scheduled for any time in the next two weeks, before the Monkey Moon makes its exit.  In any event, it’s the artistry of your abilities that will impress, and you should aim to give them all a Good Show.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will meddle with your results, but if you’re even half the manager we all believe you to be, that will have been part of you plan from the beginning.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  In comparison to your strengths in dealing with complexity by striking with directness and immediacy, the strengths of the Clan of Hooves and Horns all seem to smack of cool consideration and bloodless patience.  Strangely though, in the right circumstances, this strong distinction in style wreaks a calming and steadying result in your attitude, and you find yourself perfectly willing to allow the Sheep his approach to the problems as they have assembled themselves.  This is exactly your situation today, and though you’re still deriving support and empowerment from the Monkey Moon, the very best thing you can do with them today, is to hang back while this Sheep—perhaps the most competent of the bunch, and certainly the most “hands-on” in approach—works his wonders.  Take the affairs of the day as if they are intended to offer you instruction, and you’ll find yourself not only rested, but very well-informed, before the day’s through.  That will be highly auspicious, as tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will put you in the hot-seat, and give you full back-up to Make The Magic Happen.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  For most, the glittering competence in this Sheep’s ability to coax and bump the Monkey Moon into a more elegant—and some would say, “sane”—trajectory, will have them staring with wide eyes, and perhaps open mouths, in amazement that so many issues and technicalities could be dealt with in such a smooth and definitive style.  For your part, while you may find the Sheep’s demonstrations exemplary, you won’t find yourself lapsing into stunned wonder;  you’ll be far too interested in absorbing each detail in the Sheep’s technical armament, and summoning questions as to view-point, tactics, and methodology of application.  If you can wait until the Sheep can catch a breather, you’ll find him more than willing to discuss these all with you, and to enhance your own competence at dealing with the Monkey’s Mischief, and bringing forward the Monkey’s Magic.  Keep your eyes open, and don’t let the temptation to take action get in the way of your instruction.  When the Double Monkeys arrive tomorrow, you’re going to need every bit of the Sheep’s Style to add to your own.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns is perhaps the most competent—and certainly the most “hands-on”—of the bunch, and will be applying his extraordinary ability to take the Big Picture and make it make sense from the point of view of each Tiny Detail.  His purpose will be to grasp the Monkey Moon at its still point, at the height of its arc, and to nudge it in the most artful of ways, ensuring that its trajectory can be completed to the benefit of all, and to the satisfactory resolution of the whole Monkey-Tiger Thing.  From your point of view, this is likely to make the day look to be full of way too many details and technicalities to be attractive;  but you’ll notice—as soon as you step back out of the way of the hurly-burly complexity—that each thing seems to be settling itself, by itself, with minimum concern or intervention from you.  Take it as a “day off,” if you like, but do keep your attention on the activity;  the Sheep really appreciates it when you applaud.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkeys will, if anything, make it seem like there are more things flying about the room, but that will not mean you get another “day off.”

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Fire Sheep on duty today has all the verve, diligence, and organizational skills necessary to step in, take charge, and see that things get done, but will find it a challenging task, offering control and guidance to the Monkey Moon, without constraining the leap of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Hooves and Horns will have very definite ideas about the problems of the day, and how to deal with them:  the Monkey Moon needs re-adjustment, and that moment of pause in its trajectory when the Moon is Full and ready to turn towards resolution, is exactly the right time to achieve it.  Consequently, this most competent of Sheep will be devoting his attention to grasping the Monkey’s Mischief and turning it artfully towards Monkey’s Magic, and will have not too much extra attention to point in your direction, or too much available energy to offer to your purposes.  Still, if he can do something to settle the whole Monkey-Tiger Thing, perhaps that would be enough get you through the day with a smile on your lips, and some extra spring in your step.  Take the simple course through the day, then.  Offer, but don’t insist;  get into the rhythm, but don’t push.  Tomorrow’s Double Monkey’s will arrive to make their “push,” and to test the Sheep’s accomplishment.

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

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“Rising-high” and “lying-low” balance each other, and bring composition to the landscape.

When sickness or disability limit actions, sending for help is the proper thing to do.

When responding to summons for support or benefit, the right thing to do is to answer without delay.

“Lying in bed can be a High Art;  enjoyment of living can be a Great Work.”

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The Lunar Lodge for today is THE HOUSE, next to last in the week-long Northern Palace of the Black Tortoise.  The asterism for which it is named is composed of two stars of Pegasus, The Winged Horse.  They form the right side of the large square that’s usually taken as the horse’s chest.  For the Chinese, this square formed the confines of a ritual enclosure, and the right side of it was the “Western Wall,” which it was sometimes called.  In ancient tradition, an enclosure was made of four “walls” of earth and cut saplings, within which a ritual pyre was constructed for a sacrifice to the gods before the end of Winter.  The square of stars then, does not depict a house, per se.  For modern understanding, it would be perhaps more accurate to this image to use one of its other names:  ”House of Fire,” “The Encampment,” or “The Enclosure.”  But the character used for this Lunar Lodge is the common one for “house” ( 室 shì), and this is the way it’s referred to in modern almanacs and common speech.  Indeed, capped by yesterday’s “roof,” the four walls, holding a fire, fulfill completely the rudiments of what humans need in a “house.”

The association of this Lunar Lodge with the close of Winter (and the promise of the coming Spring), and the image of the ritual offering to the gods (both the construction and the fire), make this a sign of extremely good auspices.  Beginning activities or businesses (particularly, beginning construction), holding weddings and their celebrations, moving house or business, and—as one might expect—performing religious rituals, all derive benefit from the energy and timeliness of the day.  In keeping with its association to ritual actions, THE HOUSE is a time for maintaining the “middle way.”  Thus, both avoiding social interaction at one extreme, and over-indulging at the other, are inappropriate.  Yesterday’s Lunar Lodge having been so favorable to burials and taking risks, today is devoid of such auspices.

The spirit animal for THE HOUSE is the Pig.  This seems quite natural, since the character for “household,” or “family,” ( 家 jiā ) is a picture of a dwelling with a pig inside it.  Then again, ritual celebrations and offerings (at least in the domestic sphere) are virtually required to include pork.  The Pig means prosperity and proper hospitality, and adds, to the uprightness and good demeanor necessary in the “House of Fire” ritual, the warmth of social welcome, and the strengthening of community relations and friendliness.

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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.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  Your powers of creativity and invention will go for naught today if you can’t boil them down into easily assimilated summaries;  this Horse will gladly accomplish almost any task that satisfies his interest, but he’s easily confused by layers of complicated justification and explanations of counter-balanced intent.  Express the truth of your heart, and make your requests both direct and simple.  Laughter, and the willingness to take yourself and your aims lightly, will win the day.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will bring complexity back to your list of options, but you’ll need to be satisfied with following, rather than leading.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This member of the Equine Clan has an inerrant ability to find the proper position from which to make his most powerful responses, but in this condition that means that he’ll be bouncing all over the map, accommodating both the Monkey’s zig-zag style of movement, and the Tiger’s rhythm of long pause followed by lightning-quick bolts of action.  None of this is going to suit your appetites, and yet you’ll have to find a way to stomach it.  Remember that “complying without agreement” is a perfectly honorable stance to take, and don’t let your temper get too close to the boiling point.  There will be moments when the Horse is going at your pace, and in your direction, and you should treasure them;  for the rest of the time, your stamina against obstruction will see you through.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will be quite busy managing the Monkey Madness, and will have no patience for your demands or requirements.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  Your personal considerations will do you no service today;  it’s Net Results that will matter.  If you’ve gained anything from the Monkey’s mounting assault, you should have a much clearer understanding of the difference between what you’re willing to sacrifice in order to maintain the viability of your aims, and what you’re not willing to sacrifice under any circumstances.  This highly energetic member of the Equine Clan—always among your greatest supporters and most highly valued allies—arrives to take your orders, and run with them;  make sure that they are clear, concise, and suited to Accomplishment In Actuality.   Grasp the moment, and rise to the highest ambition of your resourcefulness.  Make at least a symbolic declaration of what you’re after, and a visible gesture pointing towards the ultimate accomplishment.  You’re not free of embarrassing entanglements yet, but lounging in them will gain you nothing.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive to help you manage the Monkey’s Mischief, and point out the range of unrealized assets you have at your command.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This highly energized member of the Equine Clan will give the Tiger a resurgence of ambition, but he won’t do much to clarify your aims.  If you take his model, and strike out into the world in a spirit of recklessness, you’re liable to find yourself charging forward with the battle-banner, but not followed by any of the supposed troops who should be following it.  On the other hand, if you apply the same boldness and willingness to apply exertion to your domestic scene—where you well-understand the Rules Of Engagement—you’ll have everything lined up and squared away well before dinner time.  From then on, it will be nourishing food, happy stories, and maybe some after-dinner drinks until late into the night.  Do not take people at their word today;  it’s very likely that you don’t understand what they’re trying to say.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will be diverted in dealing with the Monkey’s Mischief, but will still find some uses for your devotions towards Correct Social Order.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This member of the Equine Clan matches both the Monkey in volatility, and the Tiger in strength of heart.  Consequently, you’ll have an avenue to influence both, through your deep-seated respect for the Horse’s command of The Actual, and for his willingness to raise commitment to meet the demands of The Occasion.  As far as the Tiger is concerned, the Horse will arrive to give him back his assurance;  as far as you’re concerned, the Horse can be directed towards much more concrete results.  Lay down very clear instructions, and do not get suckered into offering logical justifications or tactical explanations;  there’s nothing this Horse likes better than a Mission Statement, and if you deliver it with your characteristic authority, and deference to demonstrable ability, he’ll snap it up and get busy, forthwith.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will be much less easy to manage, and may bog you down in all those “justifications” and “explanations” you couldn’t fit in today.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This member of the Equine Clan is eminently suited to the task of the day:  to satisfy both the Monkey’s agility and aggressiveness of appetite, and the Tiger’s demand to demonstrate action, on his own resolve, and in his own time.  For your part, you have such an intimate understanding of what makes the Horse tick, that you can count on being able to guide him through his paces with ease, aiming the Monkey towards longer-term results, and cleverly finessing the Tiger’s reluctance into a leap he must make, in order to maintain honor and escape further embarrassment.  Do not take a larger or more public stance than is strictly required;  the Horse’s accomplishments are all about Concrete Results, but you will stay in command of them only if you stick to the field of Implication and Intentionality.  Your psychic link with the levers of power is perfectly arranged;  don’t screw it up by waiving your arms and yelling, “Look what I can do!”  Tomorrow’s Sheep will be pre-occupied with managing the Monkey’s taste for mischief, and you may feel that you’re not getting your proper quantity of attention, as a result.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This Clan-Mate of yours is the flag-bearer for Commitment to Mission, but it’s part of his reputation that said “Mission” had better be one that captures his interest, if you expect him to sign up.  Still, between the thrill of the Monkey’s mastery of immediacy, and the Tiger’s confident muscularity, it would be hard to imagine that he won’t find something interesting to stimulate his fascination, and give him full justification for Marshaling Resources.  For your part, you have only to look about you with even the vaguest curiosity, in order to find a task needing your shoulder to lean into it, or to discover a duty that’s been left lying around, unclaimed, to pick up and put into its proper motion.  Don’t worry about differences between Temporary Effect, on the one hand, and End Result, on the other;  the Monkey and Tiger are still wrangling over these questions, but they’ll both benefit from your talents at posting some Concrete Accomplishments on the board.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will devote the greater part of his attention towards managing the Monkey’s Mischief, but will have enough intelligence to help you tune your work towards your own satisfactions.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  As we’re at the peak of the Monkey Moon, the arrival of this most energetic member of the Equine Clan could be quite auspicious for your purposes and style;  but the condition brings with it the added responsibility of the Great Efficiencies that your exertions and attention could render, should you choose to make them available.  This Horse has exactly the right amount of volatility to match the Monkey’s agility, and the right spirit of true-heartedness to match the Tiger’s intention to “let Right be done.”  But balancing the two directions will require tact, delicacy, and a comprehension of the whole ecology of Action and Response.  Thus, you’ll have your work cut out for you, today, if you take up the Great Work of managing the Monkey’s Mischief against the Tiger’s Truthfulness;  but since you’ve also got the Horse’s Heroism, I can’t imagine you could let such an opportunity to demonstrate your skills pass you by.  Keep your cool, and don’t forget the power of Under-Doing;  tomorrow’s Sheep will bring you more authority, more command of the Monkey’s nimble fingers, and more comprehension of the Tiger’s need to leap.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This member of the Equine Clan has more pure energy available for instantaneous release than his Clan-Mates, and you’ll therefore find him extremely comfortable with your style and agility.  On the other hand, he does have some prior dedications to the Tiger’s predilection for patient consideration, and for willingness to wait for the Proper Time.  On balance however, I’d say that your nimble inventiveness outweighs the Tiger’s austere command, and that you’ll find yourself flying forward in space as soon as you summon the merest notion of the direction in which you wish to fly.  Be judicious, therefore, in what you let your mind wander into;  if you find a Genie In A Bottle, you don’t want to waste two of your Three Wishes on account of sheer lack of focus.  If you give this Horse his head—and let things go forward today, “as they will”—you’ll get a clear snapshot of the direction the Tiger is running, now that the Monkey Magic has forced him to leap.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will be partially dedicated to making sure the Horse’s exertions do not go for naught, and you’ll benefit greatly yourself, if you take it as a time to take instructions on board.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This member of the Equine Clan is highly appropriate to this “split attention,” as his volatility matches the Monkey’s agility, and his true-heartedness is so congruent with the Tiger’s wish to appear honorable, above all else.  In terms of pure activity, the complex interplay of These Three will leave you little place for contribution or influence;  but in terms of pure curiosity, their weavings of poise-against-power, and muscularity-against-musing will have you completely fascinated.  We’re still two weeks away from the Fowl Moon, when your contributions will gain great traction, and when your understanding of the Way of Stripes will meet their Litmus Test, so make use of the Horse’s influence, and take careful note of the Demonstration of Character that he’ll foment from both Monkey and Tiger.  At the very least, you’ll find artful uses for the information you witness in action today, before the Monkey Moon finishes its course.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will be devoted to bringing the Horse’s accomplishments successfully across the finish line, and will be happy to offer you an exclusive interview to discuss his methods and tactics.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Fire Horse on Duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to spit his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  This member of the Equine Clan has the greatest access to Sudden Exertion, and the highest threshold of Acceptable Pain;  consequently—as thrilling as it will seem to have the Tiger’s confidence restored, and to feel that the Monkey’s instigations have some machinery on which to work themselves out—the day could be a bit harrowing for your more domestic and sedentary appetites.  Accept this then, as an opportunity to “see the quarry, and give chase,” and don’t worry about whether you’ve been given permission to run, or even clear instructions as to your proper mode of conduct if you do “run the quarry down.  In truth, the day’s more likely to be all about exertion for you, and the question of Concrete Results will be something you’ll be perfectly comfortable to leave to the Horse to lay claim to, and to the Tiger to assign purpose to.  Do make sure you eat enough, and don’t be embarrassed if you find yourself grinning for no particular reason whatsoever.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will round things off to a comfortable “warm-down,” and give you leave to lighten your load.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Fire Horse on duty today has tender sensitivities to his surroundings, and an excessive willfulness where his rights and appetites are concerned, but he’ll have to split his ample resources of energy and strength in order to balance the stimulations of the Monkey Moon against the restraint of the Tiger Year.  As close as your affinities are with the Tiger, his friendship with this particular member of the Equine Clan can produce a mixed blessing;  you’ll feel quite relieved to find the Tiger back on his mettle, and eager to express his confidence again, but more than a little disturbed at the apparently crazy degree to which the Horse is willing to exert himself, for no particularly sane reasons, whatsoever.  Fortunately though, you have a wide enough comprehension of energetics and “inter-personal wave-dynamics” to see that the “crazy” attitude of this Horse is curiously appropriate to the Monkey’s volatile and mischievous nature, and may be the perfect modulating influence to bring the Moon into balance with the Tiger’s trajectory.  The Full Moon on display tonight will represent the turning point for the Monkey’s power, just as the Monkey Moon itself represents the beginning of the end for the Tiger’s regime.  Let’s not hasten their completions, but you—more than most—can appreciate the complexity and flavor of the tensions beginning to work themselves out, and savor that moment when the Peak has happened, and the Resolution has been brought into view.  Cheer the Horse on then, and share in his excitability, even if you’re doing it from the safety of the race-track’s viewing pavilion.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will see that the Horse’s results are certified, and will ask for your counsel and advice to maximize their on-going results.

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Heaven is light above the mountains, and never oppresses with restraint or limitation.

Earth below is boundless in support, and does not complain of burdens or heartless indifference.

When civilization was offered to humankind, it came with a stipulation:  “Do not forget the whole.”

Infants remember this, and the old re-learn it:  “Let the fingers find cracks;  let the mind find connections.”

“Make something big by making many things little.”

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Monday, 23rd of August


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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.

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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.”

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This Snake’s self-confidence could easily drag you into difficulties between Tiger and Monkey, and you should let caution and conservatism be your watch-words.  Until the Full Moon has passed on Wednesday, even your most cogently worked out compromises could be taken as self-serving connivances on your part, and it will be difficult to talk your way out of any punishments or other negative repercussions coming your way as a result.  State your position in the starkest of practical terms, and be very wary of conditions that seem to demand immediate response;  if you must respond, the first thing you try should be a resounding “No.”  Tomorrow’s Horse will help the Tiger to regain his confidence and poise, and you’ll have to think in very simple terms if you want to help out.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  The sort of mischief the Monkey likes to get into is a source of continual delight for the Snake, and this member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs has enough self-confidence to think little of the Tiger’s irritability.  Only you have the inertia and stamina to take the potential for explosive disagreement this produces as High Theater, and the wisdom to float through the imminent difficulties with grace and humor.  Any difficulties arising will clearly seem like Somebody Else’s Problem, and the more the Snake inspires confrontations, the more the resulting entanglements will drag things out of your pathway.  Try not to take too much satisfaction from the difficulties of others—Schadenfreude, the Germans call it—and focus on ease of movement;  the Snake’s delight in mischief could lead you off your own path if you don’t insist on remaining touchless and free.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be all about business, but you won’t like the pace he’s setting, or the track he wants to take.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs has a great deal of self-confidence, and will easily underwrite the Monkey’s wild imagination, without concern for your feelings or your conservatism where comfort and Appropriate Timing are concerned.  The arrows in his quiver are all labeled Practical Considerations, and you’re going to feel pinned to the target by more than a few of them before the day is through.  If you don’t want to end up a “sitting duck,” you’re going to have to summon your greatest flexibility, and your willingness to let things go down “a little bit wrong.”  These should be considered as Tactical Retreats, however, and can have the benefit of demonstrating to you which of your holdings are negotiable, and which are Not To Be Lost.  Keep moving backwards, rather than stand and fight;  you’ll be gaining the high ground again tomorrow, when the Horse arrives to put steadier terrain under your feet.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs also has an ineradicable belief in himself, and in his own artful cunning, and since he’ll be finding the opportunity to Make Mischief with the Monkey virtually irresistible, you should count yourself quite lucky to be on his good side.  He’ll be slinging Practical Considerations at the reluctant Tiger, like a hailstorm of water-balloons, and the Tiger will have to dance about in the most ridiculous fashion in order to avoid them.  Something about the Snake’s good-humor and the Tiger’s agility will convince you that there would be benefits coming your way if the Tiger starts acting this nimble, but for his own reasons, instead of in order simply to escape embarrassment.  Try to remember this lesson as the Monkey Moon goes into its waxing on Wednesday;  you’ll have several opportunities to give good counsel thereafter, and the deeper your certainties, the more benefit you can contribute.  Tomorrow’s Horse will give the Tiger a chance to regain the high ground, and you a chance to shore up your domestic situation.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This will produce higher potential for your aims to be realized, but it will bring also the requirement that you do what you can to keep the Tiger’s discomfort from becoming the Snake’s main aim.  The Clan of Scales and Fangs is nothing if not devoted to pragmatics, and your interventions today should be about reminding everyone that Practical Solutions are the order of the day.  You’re in a position of power during the Monkey Moon, but that time is almost half over;  use the Snake’s grounding to certify the honorability of your demands, and the Tiger will have to follow through with them, even after you’ve lost the high ground.  Tempers may flare today, but you shouldn’t regard that as a Bad Thing, per se;  on the other hand, you should do whatever is necessary to keep your temper in check.  Tomorrow’s Horse will give advantage to the Tiger again, but he won’t be able to make much use of it under the Full Moon.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This Clan-Mate of yours enjoys the psychological advantage of an unshakeable belief in his own powers, and will be so entranced by the strength of the Monkey Moon, that he may lose sight of the practicalities of his actions.  If his joy grows rampant, the chief aim for the day may not be Forward Movement, but rather:  Tiger Teasing.  For your part, you should keep your attention tightly nozzled-down to practical matters, and avoid the temptation to harvest points against your supposed enemies, or those who are even rightly due a comeuppance.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities for a good laugh—some of them, it must be admitted, at the expense of others—and there’s no need to pretend that you’re not having a good time;  but the Monkey’s strengths will be frittered away if you don’t use the peak energy available to you today to set up longer-term accomplishments, and leave the Tiger some avenue of convenient escape.  It’s moving the Tiger that you actually want to accomplish today;  simply penning him in would be a hollow and very short-lived victory.  Tomorrow’s Horse will lend his strength to the Tiger, and allow you secretly to aim which way that strength is utilized.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  If it weren’t for the Tiger in the mix today, the Snake and Monkey would simply be ensuring that you have a festive and fertile day of exertions and satisfactions;  since the Tiger is, however, the subject of the Snake’s machinations, you’ll also have the feeling that your enjoyments are diversionary, and that they’re more about keeping you from something, than about fulfilling your happiness, per se.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to distrust the Snake’s coaxing and encouragement;  there’s are Practical Considerations that he’s forwarding today, and ultimately they may benefit everyone as the Tiger Year goes forward.  But you should be cautious about adding Carefree Willingness to the Snake’s entertainments;  a little modesty and restraint on your part will ensure that you’re not perfectly exhausted at the end of the party.  That’s important because tomorrow’s Horse will arrive to help the Tiger regain a comfortable footing, and you’re going to want to have enough energy and clarity available, to feel that you can be an asset to the team.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs is full of belief in himself, as well, and will take the strength of the Monkey Moon as a perfect platform to demonstrate the fact publicly.  Consequently, he may verge a bit beyond his primary purpose of pinning the Tiger down with Practical Considerations, and indulge his fascination for Pure Power by doing a bit of merciless teasing while he’s got the Great Stripéd One in a position of weakness.  For your purposes, the Snake’s attention to structural necessities and concrete acutalities will seem Highly Germane;  his interest in Tiger Teasing will seem puerile and counter-productive, and will clearly deserve to be forestalled, if not completely eradicated.  Your greatest strategic advantage in the situation is your grasp of the Monkey’s willingness to be immediate;  express your interest in practical solutions, and ask for demonstrations of how they would work.  The Snake will take kindly to your interventions to “snap him out of it,” and the Monkey will show you the side of the Tiger that needs re-adjustment before the Moon is through.  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring enough certainty back into play for the Tiger to relax somewhat, and for you to gather your resources for the second half of the Moon.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs will enter the day with the clear purpose of pinning the Tiger down to Practical Considerations, but he’ll very likely find the opportunity to tease the Great Beast too delicious to pass up.  As the temptation will be partly empowered by the strength of the Monkey Moon, you should take it as part of your job today to keep the Snake on point towards pragmatics, and to find other ways of bringing festivity and enjoyment to the day than those that will result in Angry Tiger Syndrome.  Consequently, you must do everything in your power today to keep things fluid and open to alternative outcomes;  constricting the Tiger is structurally necessary in order to get him to “escape” in the direction you’ve left open, but boxing him in entirely, is not going to prove productive in the long run.  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring enough movement with him to reassure the Tiger, and to allow you to see which way the Tiger’s “escape” is taking him.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs also has such an unshakeable belief in his own powers, that he’s very likely to take the strength of the Monkey Moon as sufficient justification not only to pin down the Tiger with a shower of Practical Considerations, but to avail himself of the opportunity—now that the Tiger’s stuck for the moment—to tease and taunt him, just for the “fun” of it.  Your position—as has been so frequently the case so far in the Tiger Year—will be to act as a sort of referee or ombudsman, certifying that the truth is being told, but cutting short any sort of recreational use of advantages of power or position, which would only make the ultimate aims of the day less likely to be achieved.  The Tiger might be penned up quite correctly, but if he’s not left a convenient direction in which to “escape,” then instead of fostering his movement, we’re just going to end up with him in a more angry mood.  Tomorrow’s Horse will bring reassurance back to the Tiger, and show you the way he’s going to run in his “escape,” at least for the rest of the Moon.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  The Clan of Scales and Fangs don’t have to exert themselves much to raise your suspicion and enmity, and this member is so self-confident that simply showing up is quite enough to make you furl your brow, and crouch down defensively.  On top of that, his chief aim for the day will be to box the Tiger in with Practical Considerations, demonstrating with his carefree way of doing so, that he doesn’t care a whit whether it’s an enjoyable experience or not.  As much as your affinity with the Way of Stripes will guarantee that you really don’t enjoy the Tiger’s humiliation, you’ll have to allow it to be carried forward.  The Tiger Trap has a convenient flaw built into in, allowing the Tiger a direction of “escape,” and once he’s discovered that, you’ll discover that there’s been no harm done, and perhaps some great benefit made more possible.  Tomorrow’s Horse will arrive to give some advantage back to the Tiger, and to show us all which way his “escape” will have him running for at least the rest of the Moon.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Wood Snake on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, but will have to use all his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to lead the Monkey forward without raising the ire of the Tiger.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Fangs also has a supreme belief in his own judgement and powers, and will not shrink for the task of pinning the Tiger down with a very lengthy list of Practical Considerations to which he must be held accountable.  Many of these are going to sting your awareness, as well, for they will point to your propensity to rely on the Tiger’s indulgence, instead of owning up to your responsibilities and commitments.  When it comes to your capacity for Creative Re-Framing and Narrative Invention, the Tiger may be willing to give you a pass, but the Snake’s not about to.  But don’t take the experience more harshly than it’s intended:  the Snake’s true purpose is to box in the Tiger enough that moving in any direction will display its allure, and we’re all going to benefit from that result.  Tomorrow’s Horse will add energy to the Tiger’s “escape,” and show us which direction he’s chosen to run, at least for the duration of the Monkey Moon.

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The Sun grows weaker day by day, though it still bakes the fields, and scours the sky of clouds;

At dusk, the light fades slowly, and the bulging Moon stands low above the eastern hills.

The birds soar off towards their roosts, slipping like noiseless shadows through the trees.

Darkness arrives in silence, then deepens to the appearance of a few stars, the chirruping of the many crickets.

“Wisdom is borrowed from the old, to be repaid to the young.”

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Sunday, 22nd of August


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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.

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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.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  As the Monkey Moon is still waxing, the “tempting diversion” today will be to throw down a trump card, and challenge the Tiger to give up his restraint and offer proof of his powers.  Your position will be delicate, but as you’ll have cards to support the Dragon’s hand, you’ll not be able to finesse your way through this one.  Take the honest route, and call things as you see them.  Brutal honesty will earn you the Tiger’s respect, and as long as you’re under the Dragon’s protection, you’ll probably not even get roared at.  Be as clever as you dare, and strike forwards for your own aims;  those of your friends and associates will fall quite readily into close second place.  Tomorrow’s Snake will be looking for practical advantages, and require you to shore up your defensive positions.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This darting member of the Clan of Scales and Claws will make a bold foray towards the Tiger’s defensive posture, and jab at him enough to elicit some demonstration of the Tiger’s True Powers.  As we’re all getting a bit testy waiting for such a display, the Dragon’s ploy could prove both effective and satisfying towards your aims.  Of course, you’ll have to be the one to supply the follow-through, and push matters farther down the road;  but at least you won’t have to nudge this Dragon out of the way to do that.  Keep your eyes peeled for small turns that are moving in your direction, and get behind them to push, as quickly as you can.  You won’t like the day’s atmosphere much, but you can still profit by it.  Tomorrow’s Snake will make your efforts both more convenient, and more profitable;  they might even be more fun.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Claws is the one who specializes in darting in to strike the center of the target, and then disappearing in a puff of smoke.  As you’re the target today, you’re definitely going to be feeling the test that the Dragon’s got in mind for you.  You’ve had plenty of time to consider and ruminate over the last five months, and the Dragon has had enough of your dithering and delaying;  he’s demanding some action, and will be pestering you all day for you to produce it.  Since he’s gathering some of his confidence from the waxing Monkey Moon, you shouldn’t imagine that you need to settle your mind that what you’re doing is The Right Thing before taking steps;  this is a condition where even that is liable to feel Fundamentally Wrong to you.  Go ahead and show your stuff;  if it proves embarrassing later on, you can always declare that you were “acting under duress.”  Tomorrow’s Snake will make you equally uncomfortable, but at least the issues will have to do with What Works, rather than whether you like it or not.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Claws will be turning his flexibilities and access to power towards the Tiger in no uncertain terms, darting in to demand some action—or at least clear declaration of intent—and then swooping back up into the clouds as quick as a flash.  His needling won’t be aimed specifically at you, but you’re liable to find them disturbing and threatening, in any case.  The smoke and mirrors of the Dragon’s artful harassment will make you aware that the comforts of your situation, and the security of you plans, could all vanish just as quickly, if the Tiger makes a big-enough leap.  Most probably, the changes won’t be all that severe, but you have every right today to feel defensive about them.  Don’t insert yourself between Scales and Stripes, then, and leave yourself out of the politics in your situations today;  you’re not being asked to make changes, in any case, but it might be valid to make a mental list of those things you’d quickly grab to take with you, in case you did have to make a quick dash out of the building.  Think of it this way;  having an Emergency Plan will help to settle your mind.  Tomorrow’s Snake will settle your mind in other ways, and show you the benefits you could gain if the Tiger does get off the line and get going.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  The fact that the Monkey Moon is still waxing will nourish your Clan-Mate’s wise puckishness, and make him bold enough to stride into the Tiger’s lair, and punch him on the nose.  His purpose will be more strategic than bellicose;  he’s fed up with waiting for the Tiger to demonstrate his power to make change, and this is simply the most direct way to get his attention on the matter.  Even so straight-forwardly aggressive an action won’t lead to prolonged wrangling, however:  the Dragon’s going to vanish into mist before the Tiger gets over the shock of the moment.  While that’s taking place, you’ll have excellent opportunity to be equally as direct and to the point, and should avail yourself of the chance to put forward your wants and desires, particularly if you can put them directly under the noses of those who can actually do something about them.  Ask for all the power you think you can handle, and then get out of the way to let them consider the worth of your requests.  Tomorrow’s Snake will make negotiation of outstanding points perfectly convenient, and help you recognize if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This Dragon has a light and flexible style, but he can still deliver quite a punch;  in truth, he’ll be taking it right into the Tiger’s Inner Sanctum to do just that, before vanishing into the clouds again.  While the Tiger is reeling, and clawing around for something to hit back at, your advantages will be obvious, and your opportunity to strike will be quite wide-open.  I must, however, advise caution and patience;  the Monkey Moon is still waxing, and until it’s on its decline, you will not be entirely able to view the repercussions of direct action;  until then, you’re running the risk that short-term gains might limit your long-term accomplishments.  Let the Dragon be the active force today;  you should remain calm, cogent, and well-collected.  Your satisfactions should come from an audience position, not from up there in the fight ring, getting your shots in.  Tomorrow’s Snake will bring a tighter circle of options for the Tiger to deal with, and a better practical basis for you to help cinch them in.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  As the Monkey Moon is still waxing, this rather flighty and darting member of the Clan of Scales and Claws will feel emboldened to express his displeasure with the Tiger’s tedious reluctance to take action, and will be swooping in, unannounced, to poke him right on his be-whiskered nose.  The Tiger, of course, will be in a state of shock for a split-second, which is just enough time for the Dragon to vanish in a puff of curling clouds.  Thus, there won’t be prolonged hostilities today;  just a sort of Warning Shot across the Tiger’s bow.  Though it will sting, there’ll be no damage done—well, except perhaps to the Tiger’s sense of complacency. This thunder-clap of a daring action will provide a shock for you, as well, but it will come with a thrill of adrenalin;  much is to be done before the year is out, and you’ll hear the klaxon of alarm signaling, beginning to muster the forces which must be mobilized in order to accomplish it.  Until the Monkey Moon begins waning, you won’t receive any orders as to your place or function in the plan the Tiger has been hatching, but you should take some satisfaction in the realization that the time for Tepid Patience is coming to an end.  Tomorrow’s Snake will bring you a spirit of hopefulness, though it will probably not be clear what it’s devoted towards.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This somewhat light-weight and casual member of the Clan of Scales and Claws will take the waxing of the Monkey Moon as enough justification to dart boldly into the Tiger’s Inner Sanctum, to deliver a sharp punch right on his big be-whiskered nose.  You might imagine that this would be the onset of Heavy-Duty Mayhem, but the truth is that the Tiger will be in such shock at the sheer audacity, and in such embarrassment at having been caught napping, that the Dragon will just have time to curl up into a cloud of vapor and disappear, before any response can be made to his Daring Attack.  You’ll feel, quite naturally, that something is amiss, and that something formerly well-balanced has been damaged or broken;  don’t, however, waste your time and energy looking around for the source of your disturbance, or for someone to eject from the team as the Likely Culprit.  The truth is that the Tiger has spent already five months in Solemn Consideration of “duties and options,” and it’s not just the Dragons who are fed up with waiting for some decisive actions—and yes, that group includes even you.  Try to be a shock absorber for the tremors of the day, and reassure yourself—and anybody else who might need to be told—that “breaking eggs frequently leads to omelets.”  Tomorrow’s Snake will show you some practical pros and cons in your situation, and allow you to formulate some critical analysis regarding the Tiger’s Delays.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This member of the Clan of Scales and Claws shares your weakness for turning “can do” into “ought to do,” and so you’ll understand better than anyone how the waxing Monkey Moon is stimulating him to take bold and dangerous action.  To wit, he’s going to dart to the back of the Tiger’s Cave and deliver a very direct blow, right on the nose of the Great Stripéd One himself, before glaring at him puckishly, and vanishing in a puff of smoke.  The Tiger will be in immediate shock and embarrassment, of course, but will have no recourse other than to take this affront as a Wake-Up Call to the impatience the rest of us are feeling at his five months of delay in demonstrating his great powers to Work Change.  For your part, you should let the Dragon pull off this bit of daring-do by himself;  but you should also recognize in his style and tactics the strength of your own Monkey Magic.  As the Moon crests and begins to wane, your position will become more powerful, and you will be able to strike your blows as well.  Tomorrow’s Snake will let you practice your own skills of Darting Attack, but you should focus more on the Artful Vanishing.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  Emboldened by the waxing Monkey Moon, this lithe-limbed member of the Clan of Scales and Claws will pull off a sneak attack on the Tiger, darting to the very depths of his Inner Sanctum, and punching him right on his great triangular nose.  You’ll recognize the directness, exactitude, and jolt of the attack as something you yourself could have pulled off—if you had the craziness of mind to conceive of such a thing—and you may feel a vicarious thrill at the Dragon’s boldness and execution.  The truth is, Dragons are not the only ones fed up with the tedious patience the Tiger has insisted on demonstrating, delaying for a full five months any demonstration of the power to Work Change that we all know he’s capable of.  If you feel that way, I can only advise you to smile in secret, or to laugh and applaud at significant distance;  the Tiger’s going to be in a gruff mood after suffering this little sting—and great embarrassment—and while he’d catch nothing but a wisp of cloud if he tried to bite back at the Dragon, he’d have no trouble swallowing you whole.  Tomorrow’s Snake will be heckling the Dragon mercilessly, but he’ll be doing it with Statements of Truth, which you’ll find it easy to support.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  The waxing of the Monkey Moon will strengthen the courage of this Dragon’s convictions, and he’s going to launch a commando raid on the Tiger, catching him snoozing in the deepest depths of his Inner Sanctum, and landing a sharp punch right on the end of his nose.  His message having been delivered, this Artful Dodger of a Dragon will grin wryly, wink slyly, and vanish into a curling cloud, before the Tiger can even catch his breath.  The discomfort this will throw the Tiger into will not be a pretty sight—talk about “adding insult to injury!”—but really, there’ll be no harm done, except of course to the Tiger’s ego and complacency.  For your part, such embarrassments to the Great Stripéd One you feel deeply and personally, and not just because they seem to signal damage to the great support and friendship he offers you.  But the truth is, the Tiger has been extremely indulgent in his reluctance to take Dedicated Action, and just about everyone is fed up waiting for him to show his power to Work Change.  Soothe yourself in whatever ways you feel might be comforting today, don’t take any unnecessary risks, and let the Tiger resolve his feelings in private.  Tomorrow’s Snake will raise your ire more than the Tiger’s embarrassment, but you should still plan on quieting your soul, and restraining your actions.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Wood Dragon on duty today is highly engageable, and capable of great vision and enthusiasm, but a little short on following through, and on resisting the tempting diversions of the moment.  This is the most flighty and least mighty of the Clan of Scales and Claws, but like a brigade in lighter armor, he’s got powers of flexibility and audacity that have make him a force to be reckoned with.  As if to prove the fact, he’ll be drawing encouragement enough from the waxing Monkey Moon to throw together a little commando sortie, darting into the very depths of the Tiger’s Lair, and punching him quite abruptly on his Big Triangular Nose.  This sort of challenge can lead in some cases to a Battle Royale, but this Dragon, being a Master of Escape as well, will be vanishing into a puff of smoke before the Tiger can summon a worthy counter-attack, leaving the Great Stripéd One to consider the meaning and import of so daring and embarrassing an attack.  It’s to be hoped that it doesn’t take him long to realize that it’s merely a Wake-Up Call, and that his snoozing self-satisfaction hasn’t erased the growing annoyance felt by Nearly Everyone Else, by virtue of his reluctance to demonstrate the powers he holds to Work Change, though he’s had already five full months to do so.  The Dragon’s effrontery is liable to put you into a mild state of shock, as well, but you’d be wise to stay perfectly private in your protestations of outrage;  the Dragon’s more than capable of coming at your nose today, too.  Tomorrow’s Snake will make direct attacks at your complacencies, and perhaps require you to wince at the realization of some painful truths.

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Far to the east, there’s a gentle set of rounded hills, golden as grain, with marshes set at their feet.

Farther still, towering peaks harbor the last of the winter’s snows, and streams trickle weakly down to the lakes.

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