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Monday, 28th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE HEART;  the SOLAR INDEX is DESIGN.


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

The WOOD TIGER on duty today has a cagey but uncomplicated nature, demonstrating in the clearest way possible the attributes of patience, boldness, and fairness which will counter-balance the Tiger Moon’s detachment and the current indecisiveness of the Hare.  Where Tigers are concerned, it can be difficult to tell the difference between “patience” and “detachment;”  where one seems composed, and will respond to a bit of prodding only by turning an indolent eye to glare at you, another’s constraint may mean the slightest interruption will be responded to with lightning-fast and devastating retribution.  Err on the side of caution then, today, and make use of the omens recommending tentative steps, ensuring enough lack of decisiveness to leave plenty of alternate routes available, should the one you’re testing out prove to be more hazardous than would be wise to pursue.  Make sure, also, to maintain a scrupulous sense of upright and open-handed behavior;  sneaking and skulking will not match up to the Tigers’ capacity for silence and stealth, and will only lead to diminished results farther along in their trajectory.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: Your capacity to reconnoiter the landscape is in very good shape today, but you might have difficulty remembering that the image you’re holding of it in your attention is not the same thing as the landscape itself.  Trust in the fact that nothing is a continuous as the presence of Change, and lean more on your ability to respond quickly and inventively, than on your ability to remember the way things were arranged the last time you looked.  The Tiger on the watch will find you as charming as you can remember to prove your friendly behavior to be valuable, but you’ll have to be the one supplying accommodation, if the matter comes into question.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, but you’ll need to stay on your toes to find the way properly to fit in.

Born in the Year of the Ox: After yesterday’s pause in the action, you’ll have a renewed sense of where you’re trying to get to, and will no doubt have spent some of the Down Time composing a new battle plan for your tactical exertions.  Remember the first thing taught in Strategy and Tactics 101 at any reputable military academy:  “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”  If you take your new plan for arraying your forces and timing your assault for granted, you’re going to find yourself completely ill-equipped to supply the supple changes and strategic shifts necessary to carry forward towards the ultimate goal.  Since you have your eyes more firmly on the horizon than almost anyone around you, you’ll only need the merest of reminders not to get snagged on Past Decisions, and to derive your fluidity of forward momentum instead, from the dictates of Future Destinations.  And now that you are reminded, I’m satisfied that you’ll know what to do!  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and as long as you’re willing to shoulder the responsibilities they’ll want to burden you with, you’ll find it easy to negotiate your way through.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: Your Clan-Mate on the watch has the irrepressible ability to bring forward your taste for camaraderie and social harmony, and though you’ll also have your keen intuition going for you, it would be dangerous for you to imagine that they are the same thing, or would lead to the same results if you were to separate them, and follow their courses individually.  Above all, be wary of events appearing in alluringly pretty packages, as they are very likely to contain some rather ugly facts, once you get them open.  This doesn’t mean you need to avoid them entirely, but it does mean you should avoid investigating them while still in the public eye, and equally, decline dragging them home before you’re quite sure what you’re dealing with.  You’ve got a Guardian Star over you today, but let’s not take silly chances.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’ll find them strengthening your tactical judgement and your ability to put on an impressive showing.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Tiger on the watch will be stimulating your appetite for social relaxation and friendly competition, but the Tiger Moon will make you a bit concerned that your wishes not be countermanded, and that your sense of the way things ought to go does not become a bone of contention.  Consequently, while the day does contain high possibilities for Universal Enjoyment in Rabbitland, you’ll have to accept the somewhat vexing necessity of wearing two hats:  one as Social Concierge, keeping things running with effortless camaraderie and casual flow, and the other as Chief Bouncer, ready to supply a short, sharp word in the nick of time to keep small misunderstandings from turning into a complete dust-up.  If you can fit in some attention to your financial concerns, you’ll find both hats helpful in rendering you leverage, and aiming you towards profit.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and if you can avoid acting solely out of your confidence (some would call it your “obstinance”), you’ll share in them as well.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: With the Double Tigers playing Good-Cop-Bad-Cop, you’ll have your work cut out for you for the day.  Whether that means picking your story and sticking to it, or lawyering up and standing on your right to say nothing at all, will largely depend on how big of a mess you think you’ve landed yourself in.  In either case, keeping a scrupulously affable demeanor is key:  there’s no point in compounding your troubles by tossing Attitude into the mix, and as long as you’re going along as Good Citizen, you’ll protect your interests as well as you can, and perhaps get a bit of information out of your interrogators, if only by noting the questions they don’t ask.  You don’t have a lot of leverage available today, but even so:  if you keep your Inner Composure, and follow your hunches, you may end up earning the Advertised Reward by the end of it all.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’ll have to resist the temptation to spike the punch, or stick pins in the balloons, or both.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Tiger on the watch is one of the easiest for you to deal with, ultimately, but that can still mean that you’ll have to stay on your guard.  The Rabbit’s Route is still undeclared, and you’ll find it difficult trying to draw any leverage for your interests from that quarter.  Your best options for the day amount to throwing little test scenarios into the area in your view, just to see who makes motion, and who remains perfectly undisturbed.  The very worst thing for you to do would be to aim for a big result, just because it seems that no-one else is likely to.  There’s a big difference between choosing not to take action because it would be impractical, and declining to take action because you’d find it distasteful or overly difficult;  but suffice it to say, going for the Big Deal would put you in a position where you’d meet both objections, at the same time.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’ll find yourself a devoted student of both.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Tiger on the watch will do nothing for you quite so much as stimulate your access to your own energies, giving you the sense that yesterday’s respite was merely prelude to you actually getting out there and Doing Something.  So far, so good.  But the other Tiger will be holding a cool eye on your activities, and—tolerant as he may be of all things Equine—he’ll expect you to maintain certain proprieties of scale and caution, and not to let yourself run amok, like a fidgety-legged youngster running out onto the playground at the first instant of the Recess Bell.  Your prescription for the day then is to seat your activities in your most mature understanding of your capacities, and make them answer to the highest demands you can place upon your control, your grace, and your sensitivity to others around you.  If this still sounds a bit burdensome, just find someone you think can advise you as you go through your paces;  the results are going to be impressive, even if you’re not Perfectly Satisfied with them.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and while their Backyard Barbecue might not seem to be your cup of tea, you have a very good chance there of striking up a Very Special Acquaintance.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: There are times when your penchant for organizing the talents and tasks of those around you proves to be a bit vexing, and today, I’m afraid, is going to be one of them.  Central to the problem is the fact that the Tiger on the watch will allow you plenty of attention to your own Good Sense, and to your commitment to using it with High Efficiency, but he’ll be masking your ability to read your surroundings, and—more importantly—the responses of others within them.  It might seem to you as if everyone has slipped into Striped Suits and disappeared into the undergrowth.  Follow the other omens, then, that augur for limited action, and make the day a test of your own compass’s accuracy, by itself.  Doing little (particularly in just this Minding-My-Own-Business way) gives you a very good chance to attract the notice and support of an important Higher Up.  You may also turn up a Little-Known Fact that you can turn to your financial advantage.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’re going to know exactly what to do with both of them.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: As strange as it may seem, considering that there are a Couple of Tigers on the prowl, you have agile access today to the vast majority of your rather impressive list of Abilities and Attributes.  On that ground, you might think that this is the day to demonstrate your celebration of Freedom From Tigers by swinging down suddenly out of the unknown, and tweaking one of the Stripey Guys right on his nose.  Give that possibility another half-thought, however, and you’ll bump into the other access you have today:  your awareness that one of the things you most learned from the Tiger Year is that you don’t actually all that much enjoy the drama of finding yourself face-to-face with Threatening Jaws, even if you did put yourself there on purpose.  Apply your Big Talents to small things, then, and bask in the enjoyment of Great Power applied at Proper Scale.  See, you did learn something last Year!  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and though you’ll be more curious about the possibilities they’re holding on offer, it’s the complexities you should be more concerned about.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Tiger on the watch is much easier for you to correctly make observation of than his Clan-Mate, under whose tutelage you so diligently labored last Year.  Consequently, your senses will be well-attuned to the fact that the scale of action suggested by the Big Guys in the Striped Suits is well-beyond your tastes, if not perfectly beyond your ability to respond to.  Fortunately, the other omens for the day make it more than convenient to seat your attention in those skills of which you are Absolutely Confident, and to apply them to the scale of reach and result that suits your whim of the moment;  i.e., anything small, deft, and exact.  Of course there are times when the Grand Gesture or the Vast Accomplishment are within your means;  but this—I think you must have heard?—is the Year of the Hare, and those times are going to be few, and far between.  Practice the Art of the Miniature today, and smile.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’ll be wise to share common interests with your Higher-Ups.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Tiger on the watch today is perhaps the one in his Clan most able to sponsor your true appetite for Diligent Labor, and to give you the honest awareness that once you espy the thing you are really after, you’re willing to go through Hell-And-High-Water to get to it.  This aspect of your character is an Open Secret to many who feel they’ve made close observation of your nature and attributes;  that is to say, they might see that it’s there, but they can’t recognize it.  This is the Year when you’ll open their eyes to what’s already obvious, and find them uttering:  “Oh!  That’s what that is!…”  The task for you, however (and today’s Tiger makes this very easy for you to see, as well) is to realize how sharply you can hone your attention, and how deftly you can place your feet, so that your aims can be accomplished not with a great rollicking galumph, but with a delicacy of approach, and a sublime efficiency of touch-to-task.  Follow the omens of the day that advise Thinking Big and Acting Small;  you’re going to find Luck by doing so.  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’ll get a lesson in stealth and stalking.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Tiger on the watch is such a Tiger-ish Tiger, that he’s sure to bring out the most jovial and jocular attributes in your nature, and make you feel like reveling in all the characteristics and complexities for which you and your Clan are famous.  If you were to feel that you could reach out and touch the face of the Moon, just because you just thought of it, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.  More valuable to you, however, would be to turn your attention to the way in which your high feelings at times escape the imagination of those to whom you wish to channel your ever-buoyant generosities;  and to recognize that where you’re certain, they may still remain needing to be convinced.  Put your mind then, to the (relatively) small and practical matter of Building Your Case, and plan out a course of attack with which to assail the Walls Of Doubt.  They’re not very big Walls, as it happens;  but you’d certainly not want to make a Sloppy Job of it, would you?  Tomorrow’s Double Hares will share common interests in relaxation and conviviality, and you’ll be quite happy to find yourself caught between the two of them.

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

When welcoming the God of Wealth and Treasure, one beckons with incense, wine-cups, and flowers;

Pyramids of oranges, paper ingots-of-gold, and red-papers to be burned in thanks bestrew the altar-table.

Clap hands and bow, with careful respect;  but be sure to have the faintest of smiles on your lips.

When asking for favors—even from the Officer duty-bound to dispense them—one mustn’t risk request being taken for complaint.

“At the heart of Winter, the mind must turn towards Spring.”

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Sunday, 27th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE ROOM;  the SOLAR INDEX is SHUT.


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The WATER OX on duty today is both somber and sedate, with little attention available towards the wider world, and will be perfectly contented to let any initiative to be carried forward come through the deliberate composure of the Hare, or the casual detachment of the Tiger Moon.  The darkest of the Five Oxen will have no trouble suiting his mood to the wintry pause suggested by the SHUT Day, and will happily take his place indoors in the relative warmth and stillness of the stable, where nourishment and repose are both available.  Follow the lead of this recumbent and constrained Trio, and leave your schedule as blank as can be managed;  the New Moon arriving next weekend will prompt the Hare to start making choices and indicating directions, but until then any actions taken will need to stay open to reassessment and re-adjustment, and may in fact only lead to results that will need to be scuttled altogether.  Since the day is convenient for rest and recuperation, why not limit the amount of reconsideration you might be saddling yourself with, and restore your energies at the same time?  When you come to a red light, put your foot on the brake, let your engine idle, and stop the forward motion even in your brain.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: Even at Full Pause it’s difficult for you to get your thinking to take a break, so it might be more reasonable for you to take the suggestion of the Ox on the watch as a message to limit your physical activity to a bare minimum;  make sure that you’re eating small, numerous, and nourishing meals, and give yourself permission—while your body is at rest—to float way up out of your body, to evaluate your modus operandi from a kind of Waking Dream State.  The value of waiting for the Hare to make some solid demonstrations goes double for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some Judicious Fine-Tuning of what’s in the hopper now, and some Wild Brain-Storming of what might work for you in the future.  When in doubt, look at something much, much older than you are.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, you’ll need to be paying attention to what they have in common.

Born in the Year of the Ox: While your Clan-Mate on the watch is going to be happy just standing around, we can’t really expect you to match his model of immobility perfectly;  unless, of course, it so happens that you’ve been aiming for a bit of time-off for a while now, in which case you’ll find his demonstration as welcome as a Gas-Food-Lodging sign on a long highway road-trip.  If you can’t get into an exit lane—or if want to keep making “good time,” anywayat least act like you’re trying to conserve fuel, and allow yourself the pleasure of easing up the hills, and coasting down the other side.  If you’ve got someone with you who’s not so concerned with the making of progress, perhaps you could delegate them to pull refreshments from the picnic basket in the back seat, and hand them to you at a convenient pace.  You’ll do it your way, in any case, of course, but my advice is to stop and give your legs a stretch;  I think you’re really going to enjoy a bit of exercise that’s not dedicated to Getting Somewhere.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to tell the difference between reading the map, and reading the landscape.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: You’re one of the few who has the sense—even though he has yet to come forward and declare them—that you can be confident what the Hare’s plans are likely to be, once they are finally announced.  Consequently, the staid and sedate stance the Ox on the watch will be taking may seem a bit ill-timed for your purposes, and a bit obstructive to your need to prowl around for evidence that your guesstimations of the Rabbit’s Route are in fact correct.  Far be it from me to argue with your well-seated inner urgings;  but I would like to point out that there’s a 50-50 chance that whatever you’re most curious to look into today might be nothing but a mirage.  If you pounce on it, you’d be wise to do it with enough playfulness that it will not prove embarrassing when it’s only a play of light you’ve been so intently stalking, and with enough sense of your own composure, that the pounce could be followed immediately with an indifferent yawn and bit of a cat-nap.  When in doubt, sharpen your Claws.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to pay equal attention to your comrades and your conjectures.

Born in the Year of the Hare: Of all those around you, you will probably have the easiest time in following the Ox on the watch into contented repose, seeing to the comforts of your domestic life, attending to all those around you as if they were Honored Guests, and satisfying your own appetites with a whimsical indifference to propriety, pomp, or presumption.  If at the bottom of things, however, you do feel a slight misgiving—a sense that there’s something needful to be dealt with that you just can’t put your finger on—chalk it up to the imminence of the New Moon, when the Rabbit Regime will arrive with the Pomp and Propriety so reasonable to disregard today.  It’s not that you need to be doing anything in particular in preparation for the arrival;  in fact, it might be the Perfect Preparation to allow yourself to attend to:  nothing in particular.  Soon enough, you’ll be charged up and ready to run;  for now, pick a ROOM, and simply enjoy being there.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to focus again on the difference between the Civilian-in-Charge and the Commander-in-Chief.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: On the face of it, you might feel that the example put forward by the Ox on the watch is something you’re perfectly ready to buy into, and—as long as you get good signals—turn around and immediately double your investment.  Given the value you’ll find in under-playing your strengths during the entire Year, I’d be very happy to find that this is as far as things went for you today.  But I have the sneaking suspicion that once you reach Repose you’re going to have a hard time not sliding right on through and bumping into Reconsideration.  As it happens, I’m also happy to give you my permission—for what that’s worth!—to let your inner wheels crank around at high speed, as long as you aim for them to go on long enough that the calculations at the end of it spit out a Very Small Action for you to install as Sufficient Adjustment.  If you can do that, you’ll find that Big Results come from your Tiny Tuning, and that you’ll have built up your physical energies in the process, as well.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to keep a smiling display of yourself in order not to disturb your inner confidence.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The stillness and sobriety of the Ox on the watch will fit perfectly into your need for a moment of calm in which to consider the range of evidentiary facts you’ve gleaned so far this Year—since the Happy Hare made his entry—and in which to pose for yourself the decision making channels through which you’ll be able to make your choices of timing and strategy—once the New Moon has arrived, and said Hare begins to make actual demonstrations of his intent, speed, and trajectory.  Though he may not have displayed the fact yet—indeed, he may not be aware of the fact yet, himself—you’re going to be high on his list of Interesting Options;  so you will not need to summon as characteristically broad an array of approaches as you normally might.  In fact, just one will be perfectly adequate:   Just Showing Up.  Still, it will keep your attention sharp to go through your usual mental regime—think of it as Calisthenics For The Mind, perhaps;  and besides, as far as the Clan of the Long Ears is concerned, you’re quite sexy when you’re doing Deep Thinking.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll do well to focus on the difference between what you can’t do, and what you don’t want to do.

Born in the Year of the Horse: It’s one of the curious congruities between you and the Clan of Hooves and Horns, that you both know how to return to the comforts and calm of the stable, as long as you feel that the timing is right, and your refreshments and repose there have been well-earned.  Of course, that sense of timing is also one of the chief points of friction between your two Clans;  still, the Ox on the watch has it correct today, and I’m fairly confident that you’ll feel that in your bones.  There could be nothing sweeter for you on such a day—when you’ll feel the energetic tides ebbing away—than to find yourself in a cozy spot, among cozy friends, and following the dictates of the moment without attention to previous plan, and with perfect equanimity as to who looks like they’re leading, and who looks like they’re following.  If a sudden bout of exercise breaks out, I know that we can trust you not to make it the main event of the day, but to follow the dictates of your unmatched physical sensitivities, and to return to your former stance as soon as comfort points you there.  When in doubt, just change the direction you’re facing;  it will be as refreshing as changing to a new suit of clothes.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll have to focus on the difference between how much distance you’d like to cover, and how much you’ll be allowed to.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: You may very well feel agreement with the demonstration the Ox on the watch is making—choosing a conservative and conservationist attitude in harmony with both his nature, and with the omens of the day—but that doesn’t mean you’ll be perfectly happy following his example.  In your case, Comfort is going to lead to Consideration, and Repose is going to lead to Re-Consideration.  Even though the Hopping Hare has yet to make a clear or declarative presentation of himself, his motives, or his intentions, your affinities with the Clan of the Long Ears give you every right to trust your intuitions where these matters are concerned, and the more you don’t find yourself with actual labors to see to, the more you’re going to find yourself thinking of ones you’d very much like to get to.  Your discomforts will not come from any unmanageability or unwieldiness of these Mental Gymnastics, but from the fact that without some actual lab results to base your theoretics upon, it will be difficult to test your various ideas, and virtually impossible to arrive at an Optimum Plan.  But take heart:  perhaps the fact that your work will have to remain Virtual for the day, will open up new possibilities in your imagination, and give you a level of artistry in welcoming the Rabbit that might surprise even yourself.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to tell the difference between what you do know about yourself, and what you don’t know about others.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: Even the most gentle and well-reasoned suggestion that you should take a bit of rest can easily seem like an affront to your spirit of curiosity, as if someone were not simply inviting you to take your ease, but demanding that you sit on your hands and Be Quiet.  Still, the Ox on the watch has such a convincing manner, and his attitude is so well-suited to the omens of the day, that even you may find it quite appealing to think that Doing Nothing will be a very useful occupation with which to busy your nimble fingers and supple mind.  If you find yourself roaming about the room in your leisure—instead of lingering in bed or snoring contentedly on the sofa—do make sure that you’re not disturbing the rest or quiet of others around you.  Your instincts are strong today, and you’ll find it extraordinarily easy to take the attitudes and interests of those around you into account, if you simply aim to do so.  Also, be extraordinarily careful handling items belonging to someone other than yourself;  your Lucky Touch will not serve you well there, today.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll have to consider the difference between your vast competencies, and the places where you don’t like to apply them.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: For your good friend, the Ox on the watch, the choice to abide by the darker omens of the day will spring from the harmonies of his own spirit, and from the rest he’s earned so well from his long labors and diligent determination.  For you, the situation is similar, but comes from a different well-spring entirely.  None of us can say for sure—at least not until we’re past the next New Moon—exactly what the Rabbit’s Regime is aiming to include, or guaranteeing to accomplish;  but you have the added problem of not being sure that even after the Official Announcement, you won’t be just as confused and in the dark as you are right now.  For you then, the Rest and Repose can be taken as a happy opportunity not to select some direction to go in, and a happy freedom from any instigation or stimulation that you might otherwise feel you’d have to respond to.  “No news is good news,” as they say, and perhaps, “no direction is a good direction,” as well.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to focus on the difference between what’s too big to be dealt with, and what’s Just Your Size.

Born in the Year of the Dog: As unlikely as it might sound, the example of the Ox on the watch will be a bit difficult for you to follow, even given the darkening omens for the day.  It’s not that you’ve lost your taste for Rest and Recuperation, or that you’d find no comfort in a cozy spot out of the way of traffic and bad weather;  it’s rather that your dozing dreams are liable to be filled with Rabbit Tracks leading off into the enticing distances, and your waking awareness is going to be fixed on that point in the near future when the Hopping Hare is due to make his actual appearance.  Satisfy yourself, then, with a merely reduced state of excitement and exasperation;  a bit of rest today will come in quite handy once you see the Rabbit Run—and even if you’re not really in a state of True Repose, at least you can feel that you’re getting your appetites aligned with Proper Timing, and that may be something far more valuable than you can realize at present.  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll have to pay attention to the difference between how much you want what you want, and how little you actually have to do to get it.

Born in the Year of the Pig: With your broadly-ranging and widely-accepting appetites, you’ll of course have no difficulty following the example of the Ox on the watch in settling into comfort and calmness for the day, recharging your batteries, and renewing your interests in the manifold pleasures and self-multiplying challenges that the world you inhabit has to offer.  For true delight, though, put your attention more specifically in the body you inhabit, and follow its promptings for exercise, nourishment, indulgence, or rest, moment-by-moment, as you glide through the changing light of one hour transforming into the next.  Even though your confidence in the Rabbit’s Regime is still largely conjectural at this point, it is also largely accurate, and growing;  place your confidence in yourself, as well, and nourish it with relaxation.  When in doubt, pick up a book instead of a fork.  (It could be a cookbook, though!)  Tomorrow’s Double Tigers will make it difficult to tell the difference between composure and constraint, and you’ll need to tell the difference between the confidence you have in yourself, and the confidence you’ve earned from others.

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A peaceful island sits poised in a surging sea;  a solid mountain is surrounded by the depths of a lake.

The known appears like a refuge for the weary traveler, and a perch of rest from the challenges of doubt.

Take your comfort there, and let the fetters of goals and choosing fall away.  Do not strive.

Yet what wild bird alighting on a peak does not fly onward?  Once exhaustion falls away too, why tarry there?

“Light is the heart carrying money to the bank;  lighter still, returning home.”

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Saturday, 26th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE ROOT;  the SOLAR INDEX is OPEN.


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The WATER RAT on duty today has a rational approach to problem-solving, but a romantic nature towards the world at large, and adds a sensible, even-tempered, and humane optimism to the comforting composure of the Hare, and the confident restraint of the Tiger Moon.  The field is unobstructed for any investigations or musings you should like to pursue, but you had better keep them to a human scale, and avoid the temptation to formulate long-reaching or grandiose plans.  Small things will easily mesh together into functional harmonies, but grand ones are likely to turn unwieldy and difficult to steer, or fail on account of not having enough time available to pull them into a finalizing shape.  While it’s an excellent day in which to touch base with contacts and friends, most matters are in a high state of flux, and will not start to reveal their true forms and clear movements until after the 5th of March, when the Hare Moon begins;  until then leave your options open, and—as far as is conveniently possible—your time and energies relatively uncommitted.   If you’ve got free time, consider spending it in an activity you rarely make time for;  there’s Luck in the air, and it would be sweet to find it dropping into the slot of a favorite enjoyment, and yielding an accidental perfection you couldn’t have arranged yourself, even if you’d tried.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: Even though it’s one of your Clan-Mates on the watch, you’re slated to have a rather rough idea of what you’d like to do today, and very little chance of putting a lot of force into it, even if you were to try to polish it into a more recognizable form.  This failing will actually redound to your benefit if you dedicate your energies to meandering and musing, rather than making or managing.  The Rabbit will be in a yielding and agreeable mood until the end of the Tiger Moon, but that doesn’t mean you should be growing assertive, or trying to put your own agenda forward before you’ve properly assessed the lay of the land, and the drift of the forces moving upon it.  Your delights today will come through your willing responsiveness to small surprises, and the less you try to second-guess them even before they display themselves, the better.  The best thing for your health is to stop short before you’ve gone too far.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you should take the pause to quietly review your Current Operating Strategy.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Rat on the watch is going to be in a good-natured mood, and—if he’s wise—not trying to wrench it into any social or political advantage;  you’ll feel his stimulating influence in the way his scuttlings and scoutings suggest what might be possible just up ahead, and while that might make you feel as if you should be putting on some steam and raising your speed, it would be wiser simply to take notes, and apply what intelligence you can glean today to the formulating of Plans For The Future.  The traction available to you is unreliable, and you wouldn’t like the sensation of spending a lot of energy in order to make very little actual progress.  Keep your attention on the horizon, and do most of the work in your brain, where imagined lines can be drawn, erased, and re-drawn, with virtually no expenditure of labor.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be happiest coasting.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Rat on the watch—partly due to his being in a slightly weak position—will be playing his cards conservatively, and aiming to display his good-natured willingness to offer deference to grander forces than he can raise, and to be of service to anyone with an appealing idea for Momentary Fun.  It won’t take you long—partly due to your being in a slightly strong position—to come up with a few suggestions, and offer them in the friendliest of ways, if only to fill in the slot of expectation.  You’ll have a very strong intuition about which direction will yield the most enjoyment, but your delight will come from keeping your Psychic Awareness to yourself, rather than by trying to steer your comrades or conditions into compliance with your hunch.  In most social circles, you’re going to look like The Adult in the room, so don’t hang back if required to settle an argument, fill in the missing explanation, or supply a bedtime story.   Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll have to settle for exerting your patience against your drives.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Rat on the watch is in a relatively weak position, and since he’ll most likely have no delusions to the contrary, your commandingly strong position will give you extra control in following your whims for the day.  Your success will come down to the ability to balance your sense of what needs to be fulfilled and accomplished, with whatever strategies and tactics seem to be available for the tasks at hand;  it will seem a little like being both the Civilian Officer making the policy decisions, and the Military Commander choosing in which way to try to bring them into fact.  If it turns out to be a condition producing more pressure than results, remember that there are many more options available today than normal, and that if you put down one approach, you can easily pick up another.  Also, don’t be afraid to try something a little bit crazy;  it’s very likely to work like a charm.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll only be happy if you’re taking Life As It Is.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: As irritatingly boring as the Rabbit has proven to be for you so far this Year, the Rat on the watch has a little bon-bon for your enjoyment:  Problems!  Not the kind of problems that make you feel like you have to move around on the sofa a couple of times before you can find a comfortable position in which to read, but the kind of problems that make you think: “Holy Cow!  This is is a problem!”  Now, any difficulty large enough to make you believe your full range of talents and flexibility will need to be brought into play can be counted on to give you the thrill of meeting a Worthy Challenge, and while the ones you’ll meet today will certainly seem to be of that scale, I’m going to have to advise you to plan only on recognizing them, and not to plan on squashing them flat as pancakes, or rounding them up into a playpen like so many lions turned into kittens.  Satisfy yourself with the adrenalin rush, and with the stance you’ll have to take in order to keep things from flying into disorder.  Exertions on your part are not what’s called for;  Powerful Posturings are.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be happy making big effects with small actions.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Rat on the watch is in a slightly weak position, and—while it’s rather complicated to explain just how this is so—he’s going to be dragging you into a bit of a power vacuum of your own.  The Rabbit is still toying with the idea of considering your apparent proposals, but not about to come to any decision as of yet.  The Tiger is chaperoning your courtship, and is still looking you over with penetrating suspicion, and unflinching gaze.  The Rat has some clever ideas for you to consider, but can’t find the acceptably polite way to get you off to the side to impart them to you.  You’re going to be under scrutiny from all sides, and while most would find this disconcerting, you’re going to be thinking: “Great!  I’m surrounded:  I’ve got ’em right where I want ’em.”   Since no-one’s doing anything beyond looking, let ’em look.  Smile innocently, and cock your head slightly to one side:  patience looks quite fetching in Scales.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be happy patiently laying plans.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Rat on the watch will be in a slightly weak position, and his tactical decision to do as little with it as is possible, will put you in a slightly awkward one.  Instead of being able to observe his constant maneuverings as a way of gleaning more information about the Mysterious Rabbit, you’ll be left viewing a blank screen, and wondering whether it’s going to stay that way, or if your persistence in continuing to stare at its emptiness will eventually prove interesting or informative.  Now, while continuing to stare would guarantee that you don’t run into any trouble, I don’t think it’s necessary for you do so;  count on no evidence of any import making itself available to you, and turn your attention from what you might learn, to what you already know.  The day’s not going to hold any opportunities for you to take influential action, in any case, and the more you come to terms with the facts as they already stand, the more ready you’ll be to examine the Rabbit directly, once he decides to make himself available.  That’s coming up shortly, by the way, so you won’t have long to wait.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be happy recognizing yourself in your circle of friends.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Rat on the watch is going to be in a slightly weak position, and it might seem strange, but I’ve got a notion that this may do the trick in convincing you what an eminently powerful position you’ve got for the duration of the Rabbit’s Regime.  While you’re quite used to getting a Potent Argument on almost any point of contention between you and the Masterful Mouse, you’ll find him unaccountably agreeable to your every suggestion today, and curiously compliant with whatever proposal you wish to bring forward.  You might suspect at first that this is some conniving tactic on his part, designed to wedge you into a compromising position from which he can take advantage;  but after a few test cases, I’m fairly certain that you’re going to become rightly convinced that you’ve got the upper hand, and can play it whichever way strikes your fancy.  I’m counting on you to do it early enough in the day that you forestall the danger of damaging your own results by leaning so much on defensiveness, that you can’t play forward to your full ability.  Once you give up countering imaginary feints, you’ll be able to get down to focusing on Actual Contributions.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be unhappy with Big Plans and No Traction.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: Now that the Tiger Moon has gone by enough to demonstrate that it too is leaving, you’ll no doubt be coming into the memory of what it was like—”back in the old days”—when you could count on your lightning speed and magic-making dexterity to grasp and carry away almost anything you set your mind to capturing.  Normally, any member of the Clan of the Round Ears would be quite pleased to support your Memory of Mastery, and would be goading you into trying it on for size again, if only to help prove that Stripes are “out,” and Long Things are “in.”  Unfortunately, however, the Rat on the watch is in a weak position today, and ill-disposed to extend you any advice, energy, or encouragement.  You’ll be left to your own recognizance, and—if I may stand in for my Clan—I’d like to suggest that your situation as well may be slightly under-powered, and better made use of to inspire Strategic Consideration, than by trying your hand at Tactical Engagement.  Your instincts are strong, but until the Rabbit makes more full display of himself, you really don’t know what you’re grasping after, or what sort of follow-through you’ll have to supply, should your grasp meet its goal.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be quite happy not to have put yourself in a tangle.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Rat on the watch is in a weak position today, and will be demonstrating the wisdom—hoping you’ll take careful note!—of not pressing forward towards any advantage while conditions are so ill-disposed to supply guarantees of success or safety.  If you run the brief little calculation of comparing what the Rat might have done with what he seems not to be doing, the result you’ll arrive at will be something that looks quite a lot like what you would have done in his stead, had you been given the chance.  Fortunately, you’ll not have the chance to make the substitution;  what you’ll be looking at—however clear it seems to you—is a function of your Fowl Formulas, and will be of little avail as you make you way through the Rabbit’s Regime.  Thank your lucky stars for your lack of traction, and continue to grant yourself more permission to be confused.  The Rabbit Moon is arriving within a week, and the source of your confusion will at least start to take on some dimension and density.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you can be happy not knowing which way to go.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Rat on the watch will be erring on the side of caution, and aiming not to take chances in a situation where his position is so obviously under-advantaged, and his knowledge-base is so unsettlingly incomplete.  Fortunately, these limitations will certainly not apply to you, and you’ll be free to range as widely as your legs and interest will take you, confident of the liberal allowances the Tiger Moon is quite happy to grant you, and thirsting after some sighting of the Hopping Hare, however brief or inconsequential it might be.  Whatever consternation you might feel at the incongruity between the sheer amount of energy that has arisen for you since the Rabbit made his mysterious entry, and the complete lack of clear purpose into which to channel your rampant enthusiasm, you’ll have the whole day to see if you can work some of it off through purely physical exercise, and through the hounding down of whatever items you find on your day’s agenda, which I’m sure you’re going to go through in record speed.  You’ll feel intuitively in which order to take them, but—if you’d like my advice—I think you should let yourself get warmed up before you take on The Big One.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be quite happy if you can just take a slightly easier pace.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Rat on the watch will be in a slightly weak position, and while yours is still so powerful—braced on the one side by the allowances granted you by the Tiger, and on the other by the generous favor offered you by the Rabbit—it will seem an easy presumption to make, that you should step into the breach, offering that directorial leadership to the day that the Rat seems unwilling to put forward.  Don’t be too hasty;  while it’s true that you do have an unerringly accurate grasp of the Rabbit’s Rules, it would be a far stronger tactic on your part to wait until information is requested by others, than to start spouting off like a docent on a museum tour, or to wait long enough for those around you to gain some sense of what they don’t understand, before you start explaining it all for them.  It really all comes down to a sense of proper timing on your part, and while it will require a touch of patience, the zest of your own sense of anticipation will more than make it enjoyable enough to make sense to you.  Tomorrow’s Ox will be quite happy standing still, and you’ll be happy just to feel that you’re in your own skin.

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The scholar went to sit with the teacher, bearing many questions;  calling for tea, the teacher filled a cup to over-flowing.

In alarm, the scholar cried out:  “Master!  It’s already full!”  “Yes,” was the reply.  “Empty it, and I will pour again.”

The first meaning of such a story is obvious, the second takes a bit of wisdom to apprehend.

What I would like to know is:  which one of them was the first to fall over laughing about it?

“Tea for the wedding ceremony, wine for the celebrations.”

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Friday, 25th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE NECK;  the SOLAR INDEX is HARVEST.


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

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 resources that will give great delight to the Hare, and draw great confidence from the Tiger Moon.  This most brilliant of the Five Pigs will bring a casual and cosmopolitan atmosphere to the enjoyment of almost any activity or consideration you might come across, and will lead forward the buoyant and comforting aspects of the Hare with artfulness and aplomb.  Follow your curiosity, and don’t be afraid to display either your ignorance or your expertise;  questions asked and answers offered will have the rare opportunity of striking to the heart of the matter, without shattering the unifying mystery within which an increase of information produces not intellectual arrogance, but the wisdom of humility and awe.  Look to the accomplishment of your personal comforts, and don’t be surprised to find them satisfied in even the most public of circumstances;  the Pig knows how to travel anywhere, and still to feel perfectly at home.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: The congruence you feel with the Pig on the watch has much more to do with action than with ambition, and as long as you don’t test it by taking too seriously the Hare’s invitation to strike a relaxed and inattentive attitude, that congruence will see you floating happily through the day.  You will, however, have to keep a sharp awareness of the difference between what you want, and what is available for the taking;  working with what’s on offer in order to transform it into what you’re actually after will be both difficult and somewhat dangerous, leading more easily to marred results and wounded feelings, than to lasting satisfaction or further productivity.  Gratitude for the way things are—without suggestions on how to improve or develop them—is your best stance to take, both for strategic and tactical reasons;  you’ll learn a lot about yourself if you simply notice what you’d like altered, instead of aiming to alter it.  If asked to offer your insight or solutions, however, don’t hold back;  your inventive creativity will gain you high admiration, and show you some new ways in which you can be happy being different from those around you.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’d better remember to add a hefty dose of Good Manners.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The domestic and public pleasures being offered by the Pig on the watch will be intended for everyone to partake of, and since there’s not much you’ll be able to satisfy yourself by plowing through while everyone around you is in such a relaxed and festive mood, you may as well relent and join the party.  Mind you, no-one is going to put up any serious obstructions if you continue to toy at some problem you’ve got stuck in your mind, or if you keep a note-book handy through the day to jot down any sudden solutions that spring into your awareness;  sometimes the whole point of this kind of turning away from diligence and towards dalliance is that it cracks open the rigid box you’ve been thinking within, and allows a new angle of light to fall onto your considerations.  On top of that, it’s quite healthy for you to rediscover, from time to time, that even “dalliance” for its own sake can remind you what all the work is for to begin with;  if you can’t get a taste of that today, I’m thinking we may have to schedule an intervention for you, or put you in contact with a Workaholics Support Group.  Listen, laugh, linger:  it’s good for you.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and while you’ll feel your engine revving, you won’t find much traction under your wheels.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: It will be easy for you to catch the infectiously festive and casual spirit of the Pig on the watch, but while others around you will be taking the opportunity to drop their attentiveness and lounge in their own Delight Of Choice, you’ll find yourself almost embarrassed by the rise in your own internal requirement to make sure that everything goes well, and to guarantee—as a matter of your own comfort and satisfaction—that you don’t fail in the expectations you’ve so well trained us all to hold for you.  As long as you catch also some of the Pig’s healthy laissez-faire attitude, and allow yourself a bit of lee-way in your normally demanding standards, your attentions will be well placed, easy to fulfill, and greatly appreciated by all those around you.  But at the Pig’s Party, you should consider yourself both the Maitre D’ and the Bouncer, ready to take charge of the agenda and keep it moving successfully forward, or to threaten any of the attendees—who’ve had a bit too much of the free-flowing cheer to maintain their own sense of good order—back into a state from which they won’t disturb anyone else’s enjoyments.  Maintain your vigilance, then, and we’ll see to it that someone brings you treats from the banquet table, and a glass of bubbly from the bar.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and your wisdom and impartiality will make you look indispensable to anyone in doubt.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The festive and casual air of the Pig on the watch will seem to you both magical in its implications and masterful in its applications, but there will be the small problem—once you realize what an honorific offering he’s making to you and your Clan—of feeling embarrassed not to have a well thought-out means of demonstrating your gratitude, or of fearing that at some point in the day you’re going to be called upon to give a speech explaining what exactly it is that we’re all assembled to celebrate.  Before you fall into something like an At-School-In-My-Underwear Dream about it, let me assure you that we all know what the point of the Pig’s Promulgations is—this is, after all, Everybody Loves Rabbits Day—and that if you do find yourself with all eyes on you, all you have to do is say,  “Welcome! Enjoy!” and get back to pursuing your favorite satisfactions, yourself.  Undoubtedly these will include roaming about the party making sure that everyone’s plate is full, and no-one’s glass is empty, and seeing to it that all the most interesting and enjoyable people have met each other.  Take up these burdens lightly, and don’t forget to get something to eat yourself.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’ll have to balance Management Strategy against Military Style.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The cheerful and inquisitive attitude to the Pig on the watch will extend an invitation to attend and enjoy the casual festivity he’s hosting for the day;  but—as you’re not exactly a charter member of the Hare Appreciation Society—if might be wise for you to avoid the embarrassment of having to put on a party mask for the affair, and simply make your day as private and uninvolved as you can.  Mind you, your spirit of theatricality would make it possible for you to put in a good appearance among whatever social circle happens to require your attendance;  but you’re going to feel like you’re working at the party, or working to make it look like you’re enjoying the party, or—Worst Case Scenario—looking like you’re working to make it look like you’re enjoying the party.  If you can’t summon the ambition to pull off a really convincing performance, and can’t also promise yourself a quick appearance and a relaxing recuperation at home, you have my permission, at least, to feign illness and send your regrets.  If you must make your appearance, at least take some pleasure in how well you’re masking your boredom and disinterest.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’ll feel you’ve got your hands on some problems worthy of your skills and interest.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The sort of festivity the Pig on the watch is arranging in celebration of Everybody Loves Rabbits Day is carefully designed to look extremely casual, and is scrupulously arranged to ensure that all in attendance feel they are both welcome and well-prepared for.  However, as far as you’re concerned, all the attendees are going to feel more like interlopers than Greetable Guests, and the Pig’s masterful ministrations are going to seem to you to be both fussy and controlling.  Set aside, then, your expectations that you might get to work your will on any of the members of the extensive guest list, or that you might arrange a Private Moment with the Honored Hare;  put your attention instead on gathering as much information as you can from the way things express themselves through the day.  The Pig—at the very least—holds a few secrets about the Random Rabbit which you may not have gained even an inkling of so far this Year, and the relaxed and easy-going atmosphere will put everyone off their guard, and likely to display attributes they most frequently put energy into masking.  Then again, you may not realize how much the Pig’s attitude makes yours seem Sensually Mysterious, and if you find yourself encircled by curious admirers, what could be wrong with imparting to them a small dose of your Cool-Hearted Wisdom?  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and if you feel like you’re the one being studied, at least you’ll be able to relax and enjoy it.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Pig on the watch will be exerting himself most masterfully to create a casual and relaxed atmosphere, in which everyone equally can roam about in the free and easy expression of their curiosities, and within which conversation and conviviality will demonstrate the breadth and depth of his investment in Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and in his desire to make a big deal out of not making a Big Deal out of it.  For you—while you’ll certainly appreciate the invitation to the festivities, and the chance to feel so graciously included—this will all be far too concise and compact an affair to allow you to feel comfortable.  And while you might imagine that, at the very least, you could gain some important knowledge about the Guest of Honor—a speech he’s to give, perhaps, or even a chance to meet him face-to-face—the very strange thing about the event the Pig is hosting is that the Happy Hare is only to be referred to, and not to be pointed out.  If you therefore feel a bit put out at the demands of having to show up on time, and in proper attire, without the benefit of a reasonable or justifiable purpose for it all, I don’t think you should feel you’re responding inappropriately.  But think of it this way:  perhaps part of the Pig’s purpose is to celebrate the mysterious nature of the Rabbit, and to point out the way in which you can’t point him out—at least, not yet.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’ll have to balance what you don’t know against what you can’t accomplish.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The festive and casual air of the Pig on the watch will seem to you both magical in its implications and masterful in its applications, but that won’t keep you from noticing all the many little ways in which the arrangements could be improved, or the effect of them could be heightened, if only the proper touch was added, or a slight adjustment in timing were brought into play.  You know the Pig well enough not to fail to suspect that you’re always on the top of his Guest List precisely because you can always be counted on to bring your Aesthetic Eye along with you to his events;  and if you don’t think that he’d enjoy it very much if you simply refused to stand on ceremony, and made your contributions to The Cause as you see the needs and necessities arising, then you don’t know the Pig quite as well as I’d imagined.  You may not have much to do with setting the agenda for the day, but you can rock out once you set your mind to accomplishing it.  The Pig will undoubtedly have set aside some Special Treat for you, to be delivered before the close of the festivities, and to express his Very Special Appreciation.  To which I can only add:  Enjoy!  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’ll find yourself balancing critique against contribution.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: It will be easy for you to catch the infectiously festive and casual spirit of the Pig on the watch, but while others around you will be taking the opportunity to drop their attentiveness and lounge in their own Delight Of Choice, you’ll be very foolish if you follow their example.  The Pig has no interest in supporting the wilder curiosities of your irrepressible nature, and if you take the invitation to celebrate as an unlimited option to play As You Will with all the decorations and delectables, you’re going to find yourself in disgrace, and very likely in detention.  Opt, instead, for the Socially Conscious contribution, and devote your very respectable powers to the observation of those around you, aiming to support their next need almost before they even know of it, and to satisfy their every whim with that flashing speed and mysterious dexterity that make us all so awe-struck when you make clear demonstration of them.  Even if it feels a bit presumptuous that you should seem to be volunteering to act as Serving Staff for the event—when you were clearly on the Guest List—you’ll gain applause at your magnanimity, and perhaps a special note of thanks from the Pig.  And at the very least, such selfless ambitions will put you in the special attention of the Happy Hare, and though—strangely—he won’t be making an appearance at the celebrations, he will be watching them quite closely.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’ll have to balance your intuitions against your interests.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: It might come to you as a bit of a shock, but you’re quite high on the Guest List of the festive but casual affair the Pig on the watch has ordained in celebration of Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and if you choose to attend, you’re going to be even more surprised to find that you quite enjoy yourself.  Now, under most circumstances, social events make you unusually aware of how it is that you’re appearing to others, and put you in mind of all the little appurtenances of Correct Behavior, Proper Speech, and Improper Timing, that can prove to be pitfalls to your enjoyment, or damaging to your sense of confidence.  Strangely—perhaps it’s something the Pig has put in the punch—you’ll feel an unnatural sense of ease and flow in your manner today, and if there’s something wrong with your social skills or conversational conviviality, it will only be that you can’t quite make out why things are going so smoothly, or how it is that you’re having such an unaccountably fantastic time.  If the Pig’s ministrations seem eerily artful in the way they counter-balance your disturbance with your delight, chalk it up to the Magical Mastery he brings to bear in order to honor the Happy Hare, and allow yourself to lounge in it;  you couldn’t have a better introduction to what you should be doing under the Rabbit’s Regime.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and while you’ll see quite clearly what your tastes would suggest, you won’t be able to do much beyond suggesting.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Pig on the watch will be exerting himself most masterfully to create a casual and relaxed atmosphere, in which everyone equally can roam about in the free and easy expression of their curiosities, and within which conversation and conviviality will demonstrate the breadth and depth of his investment in Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and in his desire to make a big deal out of not making a Big Deal out of it.  For you, this is a description of a Party In Paradise, and though your appetites will not get you into any trouble where the host or other guests are concerned, you’ll be very happy with yourself if you counter-balance them by assuming a bit of that sophisticated restraint with which the Pig always charms you, simply by displaying it so elegantly and with such effortless ease.  If you were hoping that the day’s event were going to turn athletic and vigorous—allowing you perhaps a glimpse of the Hopping Hare, and a chance to dash after him in Hot Pursuit—let me be the first to advise you that such is not to be the case.  While the day will be celebrating the Random Rabbit, he’s not actually scheduled to put in an appearance.  Save you Rampant Enthusiasm for another day, and make a good showing of your unsurpassable ability to Lounge Effectively.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’re likely to get some of that exercise you were hankering for today.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The sort of festivity your Clan-Mate on the watch is arranging in celebration of Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, is carefully designed to look extremely casual, and is scrupulously arranged to ensure that all in attendance feel they are both welcome and well-prepared for.  For you, such a glossy appearance will be quite clearly an illusion only, and though you’ll feel a distinct lack of leverage over the flow of events, or the behavior of the guests in attendance, that won’t need to damage their enjoyment or your satisfactions, in the least.  It’s a bit like setting up a random interaction of parts—say, 15 or 20 wind-up toys set to their individual mechanical activities on a single table-top—and then watching with great interest how things develop.  Whether the results are comical, tragical, or merely unforeseen, the sheer complexity of the affair will make it well worth your fascinated interest.  Set things up, stand back, and prepare to be entertained;  don’t hestitate to dash for the table-top, however, if one of the machines, I mean guests strays too near the edge and threatens to crash onto the floor.  This is a celebratory day, and no-one will want to spend it crying over a broken wheel, or a smashed-in nose.  Tomorrow’s Rat will balance ambition against amiability, and you’ll have to balance your wisdom against your will.

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The wind is howling again in the treetops, strong and steady, as if to claim that it will never cease;

The sound is ominous and forbidding, as huge as thunder rolling across a great lake, or waves roiling across a great sea.

We humans are weak, and can only trust in the truthfulness of our own hearts and minds;

We must take our comfort from the classic text:  “Not even Heaven can make it rain forever.”

“One with no personal regard for the body is not fit to influence the empire.”

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Thursday, 24th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE HORN;  the SOLAR INDEX is COMPLETE.


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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 be on his feet and running, due to the stimulating charms of the Hare, and the confident support of the Tiger Moon.  It might be a good idea to dedicate the day to movement for movement’s sake, as the Dog’s energies will seem focused, but will very likely prove difficult to keep in one alignment of purpose.  Even so, a great deal of the Hare’s nature will demonstrate itself under the excited pursuit of the Dog, and keeping an open eye for new opportunities and and an open ear for fresh information will prove to have been very good uses of the day, once the Rabbit Moon arrives next week.  Plan on eating lightly through the day, and save time for a lingering meal in the evening, once your duties are accomplished, and your cell-phone has been turned off.  The public world will be quite enticing today, but your domestic comforts are what will make all the rambling and roving seem most worthwhile.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: The Dog on the watch will look to you to be just a teensy bit—shall we say?—”hyper-active,” and a little too compulsive in pursuing the appetite of the moment to be trustworthy.  Still, his attitude will be infectious, and if you find yourself acting distracted or over-excited about matters that you normally take in stride, it would be a good idea to get some time by yourself, during which you can practice your favorite breathing exercise or physical calisthenic;  once you’ve gotten some of that excess energy worked off, and let your pulse rate drop a notch or two, you’ll see that the Dog’s darting directions are not entirely erratic, and that his experiments in Hare-Hounding will provide some valuable data for you to add to your own research.  Look for The Obvious that you had somehow overlooked, and don’t be hasty to draw conclusions or to formulate theories;  the Rabbit is a bit simpler than you probably understand, and the Dog will help you see that more clearly.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and you’ll have to remember everything you know about Rats to get through it happily.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Dog on the watch will be in hot pursuit of anything bearing even slight resemblance to the Hopping Hare, and while he’s not likely to capture his quarry, that won’t put a damper on his excited quest, in the least.  To you, the resulting trajectory he’ll be tracing out will look more like the random and rampant weavings of a spider on the verge of a nervous breakdown, than the sensible race-course path that you would regard as more effective if one wished—as you don’tactually to Have That Hare.  Rely on your own self-determinations to see you through the day, and you’ll find the fact that the Dog seems to be criss-crossing your path to be no more of a hindrance to your continued progress than would those erratically laid spider’s webs.  For once, it will make sense to everyone in the room that you’re going at your pace, and that everyone else will simply be needing to make accommodations to the fact.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and it will do you a great deal of good to take off your work-boots and put on a party hat.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: Most of the work you were able to accomplish last Year was primarily preparatory in nature, and the results of it are due to arrive sometime during the Rabbit’s Regime;  by way of some demonstration, the Dog on the watch will display what might seem to be a highly choreographed set of antics, drawing together the major themes of your diligent labors, and tying them with brightly colored ribbons to the appetites and end results that they have been designed to satisfy.  The result will not look particularly artful;  the Dog will look a bit like he’s tangled himself up in his own leash.  Still, your spirits are going to be flying high at the sight, and as soon as you can stop chuckling to yourself, you can start helping him untangle himself.  This is a very important day on which to restate your expressions of purpose and appreciation—especially to yourself:  the Dog is making the Rabbit show his nature, and pointing out the way for you to complete your work.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and you’re likely to be pressed into duty as Master of Ceremonies.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Dog on the watch is going to be dashing “hell-bent for leather” at anything with Long Ears, and while that won’t put you in any dangers, it will mean that you’d better give yourself a light agenda, and have a good pair of running shoes on hand.  At this point in the Year, it will do you good to have a bit of pressure on you, and to feel that everywhere you go, you’re attracting attention.  Don’t burden yourself unnecessarily with ideas that there’s something wrong with your appearance, or that you are an object of mockery or ridicule;  it’s just that the Dog is making it clear Who is leading the parade this Year, and everyone around you will want a touch of that luck that you so obviously possess.  It’s much more important that you accept the spotlight today, than that you have something entertaining or important to present to all the onlookers while you’re so well-illuminated.  Smile and wave, and then point to what you think is “entertaining or important,” and don’t be surprised when all eyes follow your gesture with gleeful willingness.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and while you will be asked to make a speech, you can make it short, simple, and to the point.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The excited dashings and dartings of the Dog on the watch will make him look for all the world as if he’s attempting to master the sort of twisting flexibility and sudden changes of direction that you and your Clan are famous for;  undoubtedly, this will bring a wry smile of pitying approval for the Poor Pup, so dedicated to catching one of the multitudinous Hopping Hares he imagines he sees around every corner, and so unable to pull off the feat.  His path will seem highly erratic, and his sense of purpose will seem fractured, as he will be distracted by the flashing appearances and disappearances of his Quarry on every angle of the terrain.  Take this as a minor annoyance, and don’t imagine that he’s doing it in order to annoy you.  Take it as an entertainment, and take note—by virtue of his persistent Hare-Hounding—as to where in the terrain there be Rabbits, and where there be Naught.  Such information will prove highly useful once the Tiger Moon comes to its end.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and you might consider staying at home, rather than attending the celebration.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Dog on the watch is going to be in a rampant state all through the day, devoted to sniffing out the Hopping Hare, and aiming to set him to running, the better to have reason to dash off after him in pursuit.  While the energy he brings to the day will prove useful to your pursuits, his single-mindedness will not produce simplicity of direction;  rather, he’ll be criss-crossing your path with consistent irregularity, and distracting you from whatever plans you’ve laid out, and whatever quarry it is that you’re trying to capture.  Worse, he’ll be constantly spooking the Hare, and making your attempts to put on a Good Appearance seem like a mere Window Display:  elegant perhaps, but ultimately static, and much less interesting than the mayhem going on in the street.  Still, however erratic the Dog’s actions will seem, they will present the advantage of offering to you a clear display of the Rabbit’s positions-of-hiding and tactics-of-evasion;  the Dog may fall for them, but once you see them, you’ll be that much wiser to the Wascawy Wabbit’s Ways.  Keen your attention, and plan on taking notes.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and if you plan on going to the festivities, you’d better plan on acting Highly Mature, and not on having a Good Time.

Born in the Year of the Horse: There’s something a bit wrong—as far as you’re concerned—with a Dog that runs every this way and that, hell-bent for leather and panting in excitement, even though there seems to be nothing to be running for, and—more importantly—no-one to be running with.  Such will be the condition of the Dog on the watch, and if you find yourself drawing back in quizzical consideration, perhaps it will help you to know that what he’s “running for” is to Hound Down the Hopping Hare, and the fact that he never quite seems able to do so, will have no effect on his eagerness whatsoever.  Take his erratic course as a display of his Utter Joy in finding so clear an opportunity to exhibit his own nature, and take the display as a gesture of his friendship and admiration to you and your Clan.  You won’t want to join him in his running—I shouldn’t think—but that doesn’t mean you won’t get enjoyment out of watching him run the course, however zig-zag and pointless it may seem to you.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and while you’ll certainly receive an invitation to the festivities, I can’t promise that you’ll enjoy yourself there.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Dog on the watch is in an even more powerful position than you are, and—given the preferential treatment that the Rabbit is going to continue to make available to you—that’s saying a lot.  So it may prove somewhat mystifying to you that he’ll chose not to get down to business—certifying the list of True-Hearted Wishes he’d like the Rabbit to deliver to him, and making arrangements for timing of deliver—but instead, to dash about wildly, panting and pouncing, and zig-zagging every which way, as if to display his Perfect Joy at having a Hare to Hound Down, and the unobstructed opportunity to do so.  Pass over the (obvious) critical comment that “now would be a good time,” and join in the Dog’s Merriment.  You’ll have to calm him a bit (and yourself, no doubt) if you wish to get anything productive out of the day.  But it wouldn’t hurt you to get a bit giggly yourself, and to remember that you always find “Fun” in “Functionalism.” Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and while the festivities will bring you some extra duties, I can’t imagine that you won’t thoroughly enjoy taking them up.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Dog on the watch is going to be demonstrating the most exuberant and energetic aspects of his nature, and if you’ve convinced yourself that the only things that the Canine Clan are interested in is Food and Lodging, you may be astonished to see this one dashing about in such a zig-zag way that it might seem he’s auditioning for honorary status as a Monkey.  The apparent purposelessness of his erratic display may seem unnerving to you;  he’s so happy to have a Hare to Hound Down that he’ll be running after one even when there isn’t actually one there.  But you’ll find the confidence he enjoys—by so rampantly demonstrating his nature—entirely admirable;  it may make you wonder if perhaps you too should not be questing after some things with Long Legs.  If your own enthusiasm does rise, then it will be important for you to find something energetic to devote it to;  much less important is whether that “something” proves to be profitable or productive.  The Dog is giving you a Lucky Touch today, and the more randomly you feel you’re testing it out, the more delightful and distinctive your results are likely to be.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and if you decide to attend the festivities, you’d better dedicate yourself to making sure that everyone else has a good time there.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The wild meanderings of the Dog on the watch will look to you like nothing so much as a variety of Mental Disease, displaying itself in zig-zag movements towards no particularly obvious goal, and in a gleeful pursuit of what appear to be shadows and blank spaces.  Now, the style of the Dog’s movement—I’ll grant you—is going to be erratic, and the object of his energetic display is not always an article fixed in some location in time-and-space.  But you’ll do quite well to note carefully where he stops, and in which direction he starts again, because he’s chasing that most mysterious of quarries, the Hopping Hare, and what you don’t see or understand directly, you can learn to accommodate by interpolating from his actions.  This is a principle that will serve you well throughout the Year, and the Dog’s exuberance will make it convenient to observe and easy to practice.  Keep your feet in one place (whenever you can) and let your mind do the meandering.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and if you’re quiet and unassuming, you may be surprised to find that you belong at the festivities.

Born in the Year of the Dog: Your Clan-Mate on the watch is going to be in an absolute delirium of joy, dashing about to and fro, and following every whim of interest and every wisp of fascination, whether strictly justified by the facts of the terrain in which he finds himself, or not.  For once, even you may come to some realization of how annoying it can be to have an instance of Perky Puppy Syndrome criss-crossing your purposes for the day, and making it both difficult to concentrate, and almost impossible to maintain order.  While it would be cruel and heartless to insist that the Happy Hound leave off his celebrations entirely, perhaps there will be some way for you to insert your more sober and stately virtues into the zig-zagging that’s driving everyone (okay, not really “everyone“) to distraction.  You don’t need to fall into a dour or dark mood, or anything like that;  but perhaps you could pretend to do so, just enough to let everybody get back to work.  After work:  well that’s a different story!  Think of it as a “growl now, grin later” program.  Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and if you attend the festivities, you’ll have to remember your “sober and stately virtues,” if only to keep yourself from over-eating.

Born in the Year of the Pig: While the exuberance and exhibitionism of the Dog on the watch will seem entirely justified in your eyes, it’s very likely that the duration of his celebratory antics, and the persistence with which he seems to ignore the boundaries of propriety in carrying them out, will both disturb and annoy you.  There will be little point in trying to find some way in which to discipline him into More Correct Behavior;  and if it occurs to you that Obedience School might be a necessary option to enact, it will also occur to you that sometime last year was the preferable time to look into it.  Under the circumstances, you’ll have no choice but to allow the Happy Hound the pleasure of displaying his excitement at having found a Hare to Hound Down, and to take the fact that he’s running wild—even though the Hare hasn’t really even been sighted yet—as reason for Being Mirthful rather than for Getting Mad.   Tomorrow’s Pig will be announcing Everybody Loves Rabbits Day, and while it’s true your Clan will be sponsoring the festivities, you won’t find it easy to exert any control over the behavior of the attendees.

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The light of dawn is clear and cool;  the sunlight strikes across the pavement, making sharp shadows;

By the time of noon, the brilliance of the sky suggests opening windows, taking in the springtime air.

Dusk brings a chill, and a thought of extra blankets for the night’s comforts;  darkness falls, and candles are fumbled for.

By the flickering light, a moment of repose;  approaching divination, how sweet to find there are no questions.

“Pass the corner to find out:  is this a wall, or an entire house?”

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Wednesday, 23rd of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE CARRIAGE;  the SOLAR INDEX is DANGER.


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The EARTH FOWL on duty today has a mature grasp of proportionality and a brilliant mastery of precision, but will have to use them very judiciously not to arouse the Tiger, and rather tenderly not to offend the Hare.  The Hare has yet to reach the state from which his aims can be recognized and pursued, and this Fowl is just well-balanced and attentive enough to realize it;  he won’t be taking any bold steps, or making any elective commitments, and neither should you.  If something strikes your notice as a remarkable fact, you’ll do well to take at least 2 more looks at it—from different angles, if possible—before you believe your eyes, and certainly before you make public statements on the matter.  Shapes will be ill-defined and fuzzy, and your first notion of what they mean or amount to will most likely come more from your own ideas than from what you’ve got in front of you.  Don’t lean on your presumptions, and you won’t find yourself embarrassed when they fall through, or transform into cloud-forms you only thought were solid.  Take small steps, and aim to make slow progress, and you’ll get through the day’s difficulties without putting your larger plans in jeopardy.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: Your grasp of the facts is reliable today, but you’ll put yourself in greater danger than is strictly necessary if you try to interpolate them into a broader map of the terrain than is actually justified by your direct experience.  Don’t trust your imagination, and don’t allow yourself to believe that the current pattern demonstrated by the recent past can be counted on to continue into the future.  While you’re most likely not in any true peril, any sense of insecurity should be honored, at such at time when even the Fowl on the watch is unwilling to take chances;  a great deal of new information will come forth if you remain still and non-committal, but now is the time to collect it, not to try to test its truth or relative importance.  Enjoy taking it all in, and don’t go beyond fulfilling the tasks which are actually required of you.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, but you’ll have to remain attentive to filling in the holes in your knowledge.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Fowl’s insistence on playing things close to the chest will suit your nature perfectly, and the slow and well-placed steps he’ll be taking will make you feel that your taste for Plodding Progress has finally come into fashion.  While your assessment that the world has finally fallen into agreement with you is a matter of the moment only—coming more from the affinities borne towards you by the Fowl on the watch, than from their true influence on all the others around you—that shouldn’t dampen your good feelings, and it might even put a smile on your lips while you lean into the tasks you’ve got laid out for the day.  Anyone working around you or with you is certainly going to notice the improvement in your mood, and for once they may be able to find just the right way to suggest a way to help you which won’t meet with a brusque rebuff, or “No, thanks.  I’ve got it handled.”  In fact, allowing for a bit of support or assistance to make your work easier might prove more than helpful;  your normally indefatigable stamina is as strong as usual, but allowing yourself to lean on it more than necessary could lead to health complications.  “Many hands make light work,” as the saying goes, and for you today, they might make you see an easier path towards productivity.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and while you may find his perkiness slightly annoying, if you rely on your own confidence, your continued progress will be assured.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: Where caution and patience are required, you easily come forward “in spades;”  the Fowl on the watch will be insisting on both, and you’ll have no trouble either in coming into agreement, or in making the slow pace they require feel like an asset rather than a hindrance in carrying your plans to fruition.  Silence is more powerful for you than speech today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t say a lot by showing what you can do.  You’ll find the sharpness of your gaze perfectly harmonized by the Fowl’s attention to detail, and while he may not be able to see clearly through the fog, you will;  take your time, make your patient assessments, and when the time comes, don’t be afraid to pounce.  Put your contractual partnerships high on your list of places worth your attention:  those on whom you most rely for support and encouragement will need your support and encouragement today, and you won’t have to second guess yourself in supplying them.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and your self-assurance and expressiveness will be at a new height.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The wise lack of confidence shown by the Fowl on the watch may give you pause, and make you wonder if perhaps you should be more confused than you rightly think you are.  While the Fowl should not be trusting his apprehension of the drift or (as yet quite weak) definitions of the Rabbit Year as they have so far presented themselves, the very worse thing for you to do would be to regard his qualms and questioning as a good basis for you own assessments, or to take them as a reliable reference point from which to shape your aims.  Your progress may seem a bit stalled today, but that’s no reason to mistrust your fundamental certainty in your own nature, or to hasten to brush away any small misgivings by shoving a Complete Make-Over into place to replace them.  If you feel you’ve lost your sense of placement for a moment, think that it comes from having strayed for the day into a Hall of Mirrors, where reflections are reflecting reflections, and where the point is to fall into fascination with the Infinite Regression of your own images, not to figure out whether any of them is real.  They aren’t;  you are.  Trust in the things you know you have to do, and get to them.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and you’ll feel as if you’ve moved from the Hall of Mirrors to the Big Top, where you’ve been nominated Ringmaster.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: When the Fowl lapses into indecision or seems to be suffering from a lack of information, your natural inclination is to enter boldly to make up the difference.  While that instinct is laudable, following it today will only cause unnecessary complications, and may likely put your largest strategies in jeopardy of Complete Collapse.  This is a situation in which you must scrupulously follow the Fowl’s lead, and mistrust any sense of confidence you may have in opportunities to be taken, or grand gestures to be made.  It’s not that your view will be fundamentally wrong, or that your over-arching strategy is ill-conceived or needing foundational adjustment;  it’s rather that the tactics which will work today require close assessment of what’s provable and immediate, and will not allow imagination to replace Thorough Investigation and Corroboration of Facts.  If this seems to put a damper on your enthusiasm, that’s all to the good;  until the Rabbit comes to his clarity (sometime after March 5th), your enthusiasm will make a poor compass-point from which to steer.  Trust instead your ability to Maintain Mystery, and your interest in Artful Alignment.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and if you’ll take him as Clown rather than Contender, even you might enjoy his antic display.

Born in the Year of the Snake: Under normal circumstances, the appearance of any Fowl on the watch is a signal that you’ll have extra information being made available to you, and greater leverage with with to make use of it.  Under the Rabbit’s Regime, however, you’ll most usually find that the opposite is more likely to take place, and that the Clan of Feathers and Claws has more need of your support and guidance than its members will be able to repay in favors or favoritism towards you.  Since the Fowl will resist any but the most minute and well-considered steps to be taken, you’ll find that broad and commanding influence you’ve been enjoying shrinking down to near-zero, and the best thing for you to do is to give up any sense of control entirely.  The calm of the day will do you good, and may actually prove so delicious that you’ll find yourself surprised that you didn’t insist upon it from the outset.  Get some good old-fashioned exercise today;  you’re going to really enjoy working hard to end up right where you started.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and while his confidence may seem a bit annoying, his vitality will not.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Fowl on the watch is in a very weak position, but at least he has the good sense to know it;  consequently, the slow and cautious progress he’ll be insisting on will come not from fear or tension, but from sober attention to detail, and to the very respectable concern for distinguishing fantasy from fact, and for determining where solid footing can be found through a little judicious testing.  While this pace will not prove satisfying to you in its own right, it will make it quite obvious how successful you can be when you rely on your wisdom in reading your environment, and your sensitivity in finding the way to use care in placing yourself within it.  The more you base your actions on what you know today, the more momentum you’ll feel you can build up, and the more your position and your accomplishments will achieve more stability and security.  You won’t get to satisfy much of your appetite for Artful Self-Expression, but if you put your attention on what you feel you’re learning, there will be more than enough enjoyment there to keep you happy.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and while you may find his confidence a bit intimidating, you’ll find his vitality a pure joy.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The sheer pace of improvement you’ve been experiencing since the Happy Hare arrived—both in the way your range of options has transformed, and in the way your confidence in managing that range has returned in full form—might make you greet the hesitancy and caution of the Fowl on the watch not with irritation or impatience, but with gratitude for the chance to slack off a bit, if only to catch your breath.  Matters around you have been displaying new opportunities with a multiplying complexity that even you may have been finding it difficult to keep track of, and while it’s not fundamentally important for you to stay on top of them—the Rabbit’s going to keep rewarding your talents however you take his generosity—it will be good for your peace of mind to think small and slow, just for a day.  Much has been tossed up into the air;  it’s perfectly justifiable to allow yourself to sit back and let at least some part of it to settle into place All By Itself.  If you must fiddle with something, make it your financial accounts;  your judgement there will be so accurate and on the mark, it will seem spooky.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and you’ll have to supply a calming influence if you want to make use of either.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Fowl on the watch will be diligent in making use of his sharp vision, and frustrated to find that it does him almost no good at all.  Fortunately, he’s a sober enough character to recognize that the nature of fog is that it shows you that you can’t see, and instead of raising his ire, any reticence he must observe will simply raise his caution, and lower his appetite for speed.  Under these conditions, you have a penchant for supplying the Fretful Irritability that the Fowl is avoiding, and if you sink into that choice, you’ll certainly find a lot of material to work with.  On the other hand, you could just as easily match his careful observance of articles emerging from the mist of imagination and demonstrating themselves in trust-worthy and solid fact;  if you take this route, your wary intuition where What Is Unknown is concerned, and your deft and artful grasp when What Is Known finally reveals itself, will put you on the very Throne of Advantage, and justify your reputation at being the Peerless Prestidigitator and Master of Magic that your fame proclaims.  Your option, really;  I’m just sayin’…  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and while you may find his vitality a bit intimidating, you’ll find his confidence absolutely infectious.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: While the close and careful inspection of what’s clearly within reach will be insisted upon by your Clan-Mate on the watch, it will neither challenge your capacities, nor seem to you in any way ill-advised or burdensome.  Consequently, you may find that instead of re-doubling your misgivings where the Haphazardly Hopping Hare are concerned, the slow and delicate pace of the day allows your confidence and composure to rebound, putting a smile back on your face, and allowing you once again to display that cheerful civility that is the hallmark of your social demeanor.  If you come to some moment in which you think it is challenged, you’ll do very well to pretend that it’s still quite solid;  maintaining some shadow of the sensation—even when the justification for it seems to have vanished back into the mists before you—is the surest way to follow your own trail forward, and recover your good graces in fact.  Be gentle with others, and gentler still with yourself;  the slow way forward is best, and will keep your from letting your sense of your progress get the better of your sense of yourself.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and while you won’t be able to match them, you’ll certainly be able to find the way to make use of them.

Born in the Year of the Dog: As your energies and enthusiasm are rising under the Rabbit’s influence, the slow and cautious attitude taken by the Fowl on the watch may seem a bit incongruous to you, unjustified by the facts as you see them, and inappropriate to the wealth of Obvious Options you see strewn around you like so many play-toys dumped out of a box.  As high as your appetites for dashing about may be, you won’t be able to satisfy them quite yet, and the tentative steps the Fowl will be taking won’t give you much reason to feel that anything of much importance on your agenda is going to be attended to, let alone accomplished.  Relinquish your own aims to The Cause, and take your happiness from the chance to renew your friendships and refresh your store of stories and gossip;  this is a great day for Hanging Out, and you may be surprised how long it’s been since you last remembered to put time into the practice of that Art.  You won’t be faulted if you let your inquisitiveness rise, and do a bit of nosing about in others’ business;  but remember to keep Friendship as your arbitration point, and to be careful not to put your comrades in anxiety or to cause them to shrink to defensiveness.  Your interest may be so on the mark, that you strike a tender spot before you realize it.  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and you’ll need to supply the soberness and maturity, just to keep things proportionate and in balance.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Rabbit will be referring to you on a fairly continuous basis through the Year, leaning on your wealth of experience and balanced judgement to help guide his progress through opportunities and difficulties as they present themselves;  and though you may have come already to enjoy the sense of control this gives you in the accomplishment of your own agenda, and in the way you can exert your generosity towards others by guiding them through their own, I can’t help but think that the slow pace and meticulous parsing of detail that the Fowl on the watch will be insisting on, won’t bring a complementary enjoyment that you’ll easily settle into.  True, it will mean that you relinquish that sense of control, and fall to some degree out of that Glow of Gratitude you bask in when your ample and renowned generosity is demonstrating itself;  but you’re the first to admit that too much of even a Good Thing is still “too much,” and whenever satiety is coming near, is very nice to take a break, and “clear the palate.”  Put your attention in the experience of the moment itself, today, and be the model for James Taylor’s famous aphorism: “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”  Tomorrow’s Dog will bound in with a great deal of confidence and vitality, and though you’ll find them both a bit annoying, you’ll undoubtedly find a way to put them to good use.

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The Springtime grows bright and yet the cold of Winter makes another appearance, as if too sad to depart;

In the grey light of the hour before the Rabbit takes the watch, the wind is still, as respectful as a silent mourner.

On the pear-tree’s branches the buds are plump, but tight, and no hint of greenery makes appearance.

The plum blossoms are ruined, their petals scattered;  it’s unreasonable, but my heart is over-flowing.

“The ox may care about destinations, but the wagon-wheel doesn’t.”

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Tuesday, 22nd of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE WINGS;  the SOLAR INDEX is DESTROY.


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The EARTH MONKEY on duty today is well-centered and well-organized, and while ever-eager to pursue possible advantages, his trepidation at the Tiger Moon coupled with his uncertain curiosity at the indeterminate ways of the Hare, will put most of his attention on balancing likely opportunities to move forward against likely reasons to retreat.  The Monkey’s vacillations will leave something of a power vacuum at the heart of the day, quite favorable for small-scale tasks and routine duties, but a little too untrustworthy to allow bold actions or grand gestures to be taken with utter confidence.  If you have enough confidence—or better yet, conviction—in your own strengths and position, certainly great results will not be impossible to achieve.  But you’ll need to borrow the Monkey’s agility to keep accommodating your stance to the shifts of ground beneath your feet, and his sagacity in the face of overwhelming threat to properly recognize the moment—if it should come to that—when withdrawal is the only reasonable option left to you.  For best results, keep a light-hearted spirit, and don’t be loud in declaring your intent, unless you’re willing and capable of acting entirely on your own recognizance and independence.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: Your affinities with the Monkey on the watch will make it easy for you to find a position at the center of the action, and if you end up with an advisory role there, you can be confident that your advice will at least be listened to, if not scrupulously or instantaneously followed.  For your own purposes, you should err on the side of conservatism, and regard each step you take as a diagnostic testing of the waters;  if you plunge in full bore you’ll have some likelihood of grasping the difficult prize, but your losses should you miss will be close to devastating.  With so much of the Rabbit’s Regime yet to be fully decided—let alone announced—such caution as this implies will not limit your opportunities when chances bring them more favor, and will save you from having to re-earn the good graces of the Clan of the Long Ears.  Aim to make your appearance as gracious and yielding as you can, and don’t be surprised or offended if you hear yourself being described as “cute.”  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and the more you stick to what you know best, the better.

Born in the Year of the Ox: Never one to be thrown into alarm by the declaration of an Official Power Vacuum, your prospects for the day will rise due to the Monkey’s weak position, and his lack of boldness in trying to improve it.  You’ll find it quite easy to keep your hand on your own rudder, and perhaps a bit stimulating to feel that the cross-winds are allowing you to do a bit of Active Sailing, constantly trimming your sails to slight shifts in speed and direction, and cutting through the waves with confident forward momentum.  Normally, such delicacies of labor—and the odd necessity to make sudden shifts in your attention—put you in a foul and frustrated mood;  but the Monkey’s loss will be your gain, where intentionality is concerned, and you’re due for a bit of uncharacteristically satisfying “hot-dogging,” if you have any mind for it at all.  Don’t worry that your higher-ups are going to find your frisky behavior impertinent:  they’re going to find it Highly Impressive.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and the more you keep up your friendly insistence on progress, the easier everything will be for everyone.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The tender and tentative position in which the Monkey on the watch will find himself will rouse not your usual ire, but rather a wry smile;  when an opponent is so clearly down and overcommitted, you’re the last one to feel it apt to strike while advantage presents itself.  Your noble restraint will do you credit, and bring you added benefits if you marry it to a friendly willingness to offer direction to those—and there are going to be a lot of them—who find the intentions of the Hopping Hare either somewhat difficult to make out clearly, or mystifying in the extreme.  You yourself may not have a well-delineated notion of what the Rabbit’s Course will look like either, but you’re never disturbed by the sort of indeterminate patience he has so far demonstrated this Year.  Arrange yourself comfortably, strike a knowing look, and wait for the questions to appear.  I did mention there are going to be a lot of them, didn’t I?   Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and when questions appear, it will not be your answers that are being asked for, but your demonstrations.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Monkey on the watch will have all the high intentions and sweet demeanor of yesterday’s Sheep, but—where you’re involved, at any rate—he’ll be able to summon none of the managerial mastery or diplomatic grace required to pull off anything with such smoothness or subtlety.  Perhaps, if you have plans in the mix, it would be best to give them a day of rest;  certainly, if you press them forward, they’ll sour your apprehension that “things are going swimmingly,” leaving you with the chance of regarding yesterday’s results as illusory.  This would be a shame, for it’s today’s results that are weak and diaphanous, and if you’re merely patient, they’ll vanish away like smoke upon the face of the air.  By Thursday—in any event—it’s the Sheep you’re going to be founding your beliefs upon.  Give up confidence then, today, and think of the Monkey as being in charge of an “intermission:”  he’s still got some entertaining surprises up his sleeve, even if they are going to prove Entirely Ephemeral.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and the more you think some burdens are appropriate to take up, the less complication you’ll induce for everyone.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: For you, the weakness of the Monkey’s position will add strength to your own, and you may find that his darting tests of one possibility after another bring forward strategically valuable information;  even if he’s unable to make any use of such daringly-gained intelligence, you will have some immediate—and even more future—uses for it, and you should therefore aim to put yourself within the sphere of action, and to keep your eyes and ears open.  You might also find it helpful to keep some sort of notepad available in which to make judicious remarks to yourself for later perusal;  it’s not that your memory will be untrustworthy, but rather that the sequence of events will be just as important to remember as the events themselves, and the more you have that carefully documented, the more confident you’ll be in your ultimate assessments.  Don’t forget to remember that it’s the Big Picture you’re trying to piece together, and the Big Problem that you’re (eventually) aiming to resolve.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and you’ll have to quash your ambitions and enthusiasm in order not to make a Big Mistake.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Monkey’s hesitations and lack of firm commitment will open the path for you to take definite and bold steps, and to “strike while the iron is hot.”  Still, since your courtship of the Happy Hare is still in its initial stages, and the Tiger is maintaining full rights and privileges as Chaperone, you’ll be very wise to make your moves with all decorous deliberation, and to maintain that reverence to the rules of etiquette and propriety that you’re by now, most likely, tired of hearing me mention.  Be confident, clear, and forthright in your Statements of Intent, and no-one will be able to hold them against you;  withhold any significant items on your Personal Agenda, and you’re likely to find later that they’ve become Deal-Breakers.  If you got any lessons in style or technique from yesterday’s Sheep, today’s the day to try them out yourself;  your interest in Mastery of Management has never been higher, and for once, no one’s going to notice or care if you seize the controls, and show everybody what they’re actually capable of accomplishing, when just the right kind of leadership and control are applied.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and you’ll have to step out of the Control Booth to take advantage of them.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The hesitancy of the Monkey on the watch to dedicate himself to a single line of attack, and bear through with it, will leave you with plenty of room to make choices for yourself, and to apply yourself to whatever tasks seem most convenient, most needful, or both.  With the Hopping Hare still caught in his loops of Considering and Contemplating, and the Monkey so unwilling to act decisive, it’s the friendly influence of the Tiger that you’ll feel most strongly;  his support will certify your intuitions, and protect your confidence, in almost any endeavor you undertake.  Don’t take brief moments of confusion or cloudiness as anything serious;  there will be small ripples of disturbance jostling you as you make your way forward, but they will pass without much effect, as long as you don’t drop your attention from your aims, or stop to wonder whether the Monkey’s darting-and-dashing style is something you should try.  Be at harmony with yourself, and let the rest flow around you like water around a boulder in a stream.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and as long as you don’t let Fear Of Mistakes take you over, you’ll be making some Big Steps, yourself.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The hesitant Follow-Through that the Monkey on the watch will be making of yesterday’s Lovely Launch will no doubt prove a bit disappointing, as if—after your Clan-Mate made such a fine show of How It’s Done—the Monkey seems dedicated to providing a Negative Example.  If you copy his natural style and find yourself darting about, trying to find which of the many options available is the one that will Do The Trick and put things back in proper alignment with your aims, you’ll end up not only exhausted and frustrated by the end of the day, but feeling foolish for having fallen—”one more time!”—for the Monkey’s Madness.  Take, instead, a sober and resting attitude, as if this sort of tossing of what was carefully arranged is as necessary to your purposes as that of a salad is to the proper dispersal of the dressing amongst the other constituent ingredients.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and you’ll find the net effect elegant, refreshing, and Quite Delicious.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The tentative and non-committal style your Clan-Mate will be demonstrating will do nothing to help you sort out your own choices and “best directions for likely success,” but if you take that as a given, and remove yourself to a Contemplative part of your own mind, you’ll find that the lack of opportunity for Demonstrated Result is compensated by an increase awareness of what you’d like to do—and in fact would do—if only circumstances were not making your pursuits so ill-favored.  This is not a recognition lightly to be disregarded;  your talents are so broad, and your true interests so varied, that many times the greatest thing standing in your way is the inability to read your own True Heart.  It’s because you can’t quite do what you want today that you have a heightened chance of recognizing the distinction between doing something because you can—and do it well—and doing something because you want to—even if you can’t yet do it well.  Be easy on yourself:  the more you let yourself look foolish, the wiser you’ll become.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and if you’ll agree to follow small ambitions, you’ll not find the circumstances difficult at all.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The hesitant actions of the Monkey on the watch will prove a boon to you in your own hesitant assessments of the Kwazy Wabbit;  each little blunder the Monkey must suddenly retreat from will give you one more point of information about the confusing terrain in which we find ourselves, now that the Clan of the Long Ears has taken power.  You’ll have to summon an almost military style of precision to do this correctly, but if you take a passive stance, and aim to deal with necessary matters in as reactive way as you can—rather than pro-active, you see—then you’ll find that each little knick-knack the Monkey accidentally jostles off its shelf falls not crashing to the floor to break, but softly into your shopping basket, ready to be totaled up and paid for when you head to the cashier’s counter.  At this rate, each item will prove to be a bargain.  And just in time, I’d say:  tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and you’ll have to behave like One Happy Customer in order to do the same.

Born in the Year of the Dog: As if to counter any grim feeling you may have developed that there’s something fishy about a Year that starts out so encouragingly for you, the Monkey on the watch arrives to put little dings and dents into your fenders, and throw some mud onto your bumpers and hub-caps, as well.  Fortunately, he’ll be so tentative and hesitant in whatever accidental collisions he may induce, that nothing serious or long-lasting is liable to result, and you’ll have everything buffed out and shiny again by Thursday, or Friday at the latest.  Take your irritations in stride, and think of any paperwork you have to fill out, or demonstrations you have to put forward, with the same kind of confidence one can only earn by having something (finally) Go Wrong.  The new coffee-table isn’t really yours, after all, until it’s got some little mark on one of its legs;  the car hasn’t really been fully “adopted” until you’ve found something wrong in its function or appearance, and taken the steps to have it fixed.  “Flaws make a thing real,” and you’re going to need all the reality you can get your hands on, if only to keep from believing that the blessings the Happy Hare is bringing you must mean you’re “only dreaming.”  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and you’ll be calling the body shop for an appointment to deal with those damned little dents.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Monkey on the watch is going to be in a pitiable state, actually, too hesitant to do forcefully what would work, too indecisive to keep his hands off what can’t work, and too timid in his conception of himself to be able to tell the difference.  Nothing in the sadness of his appearance, or the idiocy of his weak-willed attempts at progress—let alone success—will do anything to soften the fundamental irritation you feel at his meddling and ineffectual display, however.  If you find your ire rising to Military Proportions, imagining armaments with which to wreak retaliative destruction, and battalions of forces to capture and command the field, sweeping it clear of occupation or obstruction, I—for one—would not be surprised.  However, I’m counting on your eminent sense of fairness to call off the attack, and for you to marshall not your Righteous Retribution, but your temper.  Your victory is already a foregone conclusion, and if you’re going to enter the fray with Superior Forces and already on the High Ground, surely you can afford to be magnanimous in your triumph.  Do collect the Monkey’s sword and armor, however;  no point in taking chances!  Tomorrow’s Fowl will aim to make small steps while in difficult circumstances, and what you lose in Control, you’ll recapture in Enjoyment.

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Circumstances lead to change, change to considerations, considerations to doubts, doubts at last to questions;

When the King wishes to know, the courtiers must strive, and the count of the tortoise shells is no object.

Scour the rivers and the streams, wipe them clean even of that proper kind for regal divination.

A pity to go to such exhaustion;  water is of water, and no pool does not flow on again, towards one direction, or towards another.

“The strong one climbs up to office, the wise one settles into it.”

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Monday, 21st of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE BOW;  the SOLAR INDEX is MAINTAIN.


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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, and will find it exhilarating that the Hare is actually quite happy to allow him to do so.  Count on the Clan of Fleece and Horns to offer generosity in all directions, as a sort of celebration in coming finally to a position in which the combination of artistry, diplomacy, and managerial skill are both appreciated and well-supported.  If you have issues that your own efforts have proved less than successful in accomplishing, you owe it to yourself to back off from your striving to resolve them, if only to find out if the indulgence and generosity of this most competent and willing of Gifted Goats can’t get them sorted out for you.  Keep your attention on ends, and be as liberal as to means as your personal ethics and moral sense will allow;  the Sheep is nothing if not pragmatically inventive, and if you “go along” he’s very likely to see that you “get along.”

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Born in the Year of the Rat: Those aspects of the Rabbit’s Regime that you find mysterious and mystifying are points of deep understanding where the Sheep on the watch is concerned, and even though you may have some cavils at the programmatic approach he’ll be suggesting for the day, you’ll be much better off swallowing your pride along with your Good Ideas, and letting things roll forward As They Will.  The Sheep is in an extremely powerful position—having diligently mastered the austere compulsions of the Tiger Year, and resting as easily as he does in the Rabbit’s Good Graces—and it will be silly of you to imagine that your complaints and criticisms will either be necessary or well-regarded.  Zip your lip, keep your hands in you pockets, and try to smile as you follow the dictum:  “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  The Clan of Fleece and Horns have captured the empire, and for this one day you’re better off offering full obeisance.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will make you a favorite at court, but you’ll still find yourself shy of much influence.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Sheep on the watch will be in an extremely powerful position, and your streak of obstinate independence will neither put you into much favor, nor give you much traction should Resistance and Rebellion suggest themselves as reasonable stances to take.  About the best you can hope from the day is a reaffirmation of your beliefs in your own choices, and in the directions you’ve chosen to dedicate yourself to accomplishing;  as for the rest of the world, you’ll be far better off taking an non-obstructive attitude, as if to allow them all “enough rope to hang themselves,” ignoring any options (you might think you see) to point out the failings of approach or tactics that make the efforts of others look either laughable or tragic.  Your understanding of the Hopping Hare is fuzzy at best, and if you allow the Sheep an unimpeded opportunity to express his comprehension, even you may find yourself muttering: “Well, that’s not a bad idea, after all.”  Your silence and apparent consent today will make any grudging acknowledgement on your part far less embarrassing to have to admit.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will give you leave to express your own managerial options, but you won’t find them as immediately productive as you might have wished.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Sheep on the watch is in a very powerful position, partly due to his intimate comprehension of the Rabbit’s style and purposes, and partly due to his capacity to forego confrontation in preference for the efficiency of leverage, and the power of diplomatic implication.  As if it weren’t enough that these are areas of technique and tactics that you find somewhat beneath your interest, the Sheep has done such diligent study of the Way of Stripes and Claws—passing agreeably and attentively through the austere requirements of the Tiger Year—that you’ll find yourself completely outfoxed by his presentations of What’s Undeniably Fair, and his demands that you make you make good on What You’ve Promised.  Throw your hands up, smile broadly in unabashed agreement, and go along with everything today as it presents itself;  the Sheep insists on everybody coming out ahead, and if you can agree to regard the beautiful little red ribbon he’s thrown around your neck as a (purely symbolic) leash of Unbreakable Chains, you’ll be able to smile in satisfaction at the end results of the fabulous fiction.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will be far weaker, and will prove no challenge to your own powers of diplomacy.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Sheep on the watch is in a very powerful position, and while yours is not weak, it suffers from a lack of certainty as to direction and influence.  It’s not that you can’t render a result in the conditions around you, it’s much more that you are still toying with what results you think you’d actually like to dedicate yourself to accomplishing.  The Sheep suffers from no such indeterminacies, and if you’ll simply hand over the car-keys and let him take the wheel, he’ll demonstrate in no uncertain terms hows well-earned his intimate reliability and comprehensive trust-worthiness are, where the Clan of the Long Ears is concerned.  The only possible disturbance you could bump into—under such favorable conditions as these—is the vague sense that you’ve not really earned the benefits and abundance, as it feels like you’ve really done nothing at all to accomplish them.  Be gracious as the receiver of the Sheep’s generosity, and simply smile in satisfaction;  your own generosities are both famous and (this Year) well-resourced.  No doubt it will not be long before you find directions in which to pass on the results of the Sheep’s beneficent effectualism.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will be expressing his lack of management skills, and you’ll most likely find yourself in a struggle to get the car-keys back from him.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Sheep on the watch is in an extremely powerful position, and will have no difficulty in being so bold as to take the Regency of the Rabbit’s Regime, as confidently as a battle-proven royal uncle wresting the orb of state from the hands of his newly-crowned infant-nephew, the Emperor.  So strong is his position that he’ll make the bold move of nominating you Chancellor of the Empire, granting you apparent powers to express your will without limit, and to govern your affairs as you see fit.  Be wary:  the true purpose of the Governmentally-Gifted Goat is to make sure that your actions remain obvious to his over-view, following the dictum: “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.”  If you don’t wish to complicate your position within the Sheep’s ploy, you’ll have to follow along by pursuing your own aims fully as if you’re to be granted full license to accomplish them.  But be artful:  under-do your exertions, and don’t give reason for your actions to be seen as challenging or as aimed at usurpation.  The Sheep is not the only one who has a mastery of the Governmental Game.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will help you re-balance your aims to your opportunities, and give you the patience to consider the strength of your efforts as more important than the evidence of their immediate effects.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Sheep is in an extremely powerful position, able to exert his influence over the Happily Hopping Hare without even raising an eyebrow, and competently taking charge of all affairs without reference to scale or significance.  Fortunately for you and your purposes, the Clan of Fleece and Horns shares your deep belief in pragmatics, and your powers and predilections will therefore be well-respected, and—as long as you agree to “play along”—well-rewarded.  It will not be too much of a disappointment, I think, for you to discover that the high status the Governmentally-Gifted Goat is allotting you, is largely for purely ceremonial effect;  if you aim to exert it, I think you’ll find that it’s a paper title you hold, and that the jewels encrusting your diadem are little chunks of colored glass only, very pretty to behold, but not worth sacrificing your Theatrical Grandeur in order to pry out of their settings, and place them on the jewelers’ scales.  Take a regal pose for the day, and bide your time;  the Rabbit Regime will be going through a couple of re-shuffles over the next 6 weeks or so, and you’ll have you chance at your share of the Crown Jewels before that’s over.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will give you the chance to more accurately assess your own will to power, and to lay out a few political maneuvers of your own.

Born in the Year of the Horse: If you’re looking for a Universal Translator to clarify the incoming messages from Long Ear Central, you couldn’t hope for a better one than the Sheep on the watch will present;  his competence and comprehension of the ways of the Hopping Hare are unquestionable, and his affinities to you and your purposes are so solid that any imagination on your part that he’ll leave you out of his deepest considerations is just silly.  Relax then, and trust in the Masterful Management the Governmentally-Gifted Goat has to offer;  there’ll be plenty enough asked of you by way of energetic contribution to keep you from feeling restive, and plenty enough by way of clear rewards to make you more sure of your position in the Rabbit’s Regime.  All matters are not due to be settled today, but if you’ll summon your confidence and apply your strong shoulder to whatever Heavy Weight might need to be nudged aside, you’ll be more than satisfied enough with a feeling of Definite Progress, to take a more comforted and comradely attitude to the Year we’ve so newly begun.  Tomorrow’s Monkey may weaken your self-assurance a trifle, but will raise your confidence in Worthwhile Work towards Worthy Goals.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Sheep on the watch is in an extremely powerful position, and—I don’t think this will come as a shock to you—will be in an uninhibited mood to make complete and undeniable demonstration of the fact.  So jovial and jubilant will be the attitude of this most brilliant and bold of your Clan-Mates, that he’s not liable to grant even you much liberty to exert your own powerful problem-assessing or decision-making talents in the flow of the Grand Gesture he will be aiming to make.  Of course, the happy result of his placing you—relatively speaking—”on the side-lines” will be that you’ll not need to make any such exertions, and you’ll thereby find that your agenda is being met with, and your purposes are flowing forward, as if they were the very wheels on which the Parade of Pleasure and Profit is rolling.  You may as well relax and get used to the facts:  the Rabbit will be dedicating himself to your support, and there’s just very little you can do about that it.  Take the blessings your Clan-Mate offers as down-payment on the rewards you’ve been spending the last two Years earning.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will more than justify any misgivings you might still be feeling, and will demonstrate that those “blessings” will not require you to sacrifice your desire to Take Charge and Take Names.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Sheep on the watch is in an extremely powerful position, and—while he’s not dedicated to the idea that the best way of demonstrating the fact would be either to show you what he can do for you, or to display what he could do to you—he’ll have no difficulty in coming up with an array of tasks and puzzles to which you are supposed to apply yourself, and a small list of Very Attractive Rewards which he’ll be dangling just in front of you to keep your attention on focus, and your interest fully engaged.  If you think the tasks themselves are a little beneath you—or not quite justified by the recompense you’re supposed to be earning by making them your responsibility—then you’ll have to consider the Sheep’s point of view:  recognize that while you might have “better things in mind” for your own purposes, you will have to admit that there’s no-one else around who can handle these with such aplomb, such dexterity, and such surety of result.  Keep the Sheep happy, and agree to make a Contribution To The Cause;  you’ll love the applause, and those dangled rewards will be nice to get your hands on, too.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will put you in position to make your own choices for yourself, and you’ll have to keep your wits about you not to damage your own results.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Sheep on the watch will be in a very powerful position, and—you’ll be happy to hear—he will not be satisfied by anything less than a result ensuring that everyone gains benefit from his Appreciable Influence, and that no-one finishes the day feeling unattended or bereft.  Consequently, you have every right to expect your own share of the Governmentally-Gifted Goat’s largesse, and to hope for some explanatory notes to arrive along with your pay-outs, that may help to guide you along the Rabbit’s Random Route.  Pay close attention to whatever offerings and invitations you may find placed in your path today;  the Sheep is confidently knowledgeable about your particular requirements, and will be hand-selecting tasks and rewards to suit your abilities and tastes.  Your job will be to recognize what clearly has your name on it—whether or not the shape and size look familiar to you—and to sign for the package, and rip the wrapping off it.  From there on, you’ll be on your own recognizance, but if you supply the willingness to go forward, the Sheep will supply the reasons to smile.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will offer you ways in which to follow your intuition in order to demonstrate your competence, even if your rational process seems left out of the deal.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Sheep on the watch has both a comprehensive grasp of the Hopping Hare’s purposes and predilections, and an empirically-tested knowledge of what you’re most capable of and most interested in.  Consequently, while you’re not going to be allowed to lounge about, dreaming lazily of Magical Lands where one kind of cushion carries you wherever you wish, and another kind brings to you whatever sort of toy or delicacy you might desire, you will find the Sheep most generous in demanding from you exactly the kind of exertion you most enjoy, and handing you—almost before you can think to demand it—exactly the kind of treat that you most hunger for.  This will be one of those mysteriously satisfying days in which the Sheep has taken care of everything already, and you need only show up in order to earn your fair share of the fun.  If you feel that the whole world is extending its hand to give you a comforting pat, please regard your gleeful gaze and a broad grin of satisfaction as your full repayment of the favor.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will give you plenty more hoops to jump through, but there won’t be quite so many comforts or rewards on the other side of them.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Sheep on the watch has such undeniable competence in reading what the Hopping Hare is after—even, sometimes, before the Hare understands it himself—that all sorts of matters that have seemed like marbles wandering across the Chinese checker-board, looking for a slot to fall into, will be taking their rightful places in methodical order, and demonstrating the structural basis on which the Rabbit Regime will roll forward, once the Rabbit himself comes to a better knowledge of his aims.  For most, this will look like a kind of Managerial Magic the Sheep is pulling off, as if taking such a position of unchallenged power has enabled him to induct meaning, where before there were only questions and doubts.  But—as you so deeply understand both the Randomly Roaming Rabbit and the Governmentally-Gifted Goat—it will all make perfect sense to you, and the more of the Sheep’s marvels you witness, the more your own confidence and repose will mount up.  Don’t worry if you feel that you’re being left in a Job without a Function;  as far as the Sheep is concerned, you’re the Supreme Court and the Lord Chief Justice rolled up in one.  Maintain your dignity and your disinterested reserve:  when important matters come to the fore, it’s to you that they will be referred.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will challenge your dignity, and make you think of trading in your judicial robes for a button that says Field-Marshall on it.

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The generosity of Spring is over-flowing, even as winds bring rain, and thunder brings renewal.

Flowers make their brave display, well before the bees grow in number or the birds arrive to nest;

The snows as they melt reveal sprouts already rising, hopeful beginnings striving towards light.

The season is still new, and the year comes forward like a toddling child:  who wouldn’t hold out a welcoming hand?

“When the noble ask you to dine, it’s a sin to eat too little, a danger to drink too much.”

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Sunday, 20th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE BIRD-STAR;  the SOLAR INDEX is SETTLE.


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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 find his ample resources of energy and strength stabilized by the Tiger Moon, even as his self-certainty is dampened by the Hare.  In whatever way you can, make your way in the world without haste or speed, allowing a sense of wonderment in what appears around you to fill your attention, and to give you a sense of the drift in which you’re flowing, even if you feel you can’t properly determine its course, or calculate its eventual ends or destination.  It will be quite easy to find reasons to feel sociable, and to agree to the suggestions of others, even though it will be quite difficult to turn connections with others towards what you might think is the profitable or productive direction.  If there is a road before you, then the most reasonable thing is to “go straight ahead on the road,” with a willingness to take in—and perhaps linger over—whatever views and vistas it may make available.  If you’re “mid-way along the pathway,” then you must accept that each turning may present a moment to reconsider your purposes and aims, each crossing an opportunity to re-dedicate yourself to your own instinct for playing choices against chances.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: The strength and scale of power that the Horse on the watch will be bringing to the day are well-beyond your capacity to match or master;  while he’s in a less-than-confident condition learning to accommodate the intimate strangeness of the Rabbit Regime, it’s best for you to take the day as an opportunity to stay out of the action, gleaning whatever information you can from the sidelines, and saving your input and energies for a time when they’re likely to lower confusions—rather than raise them—and to produce progress you can easily read and respond to.  You don’t have to refuse invitations with brusque denials, and in fact the more graciously you reply, the more support and consideration you’ll receive from those around you;  but this is a day for you to practice restraint and modesty, and to express your reticence to involve yourself beyond what is strictly necessary, and to satisfy yourself with an acceptable minimum.  It’s quite marvelous what permission a warmly stated “no, thank you” can earn you.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, but you won’t find it easy to whole-heartedly agree to them.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Horse on the watch will be more likely to test your patience through sluggishness than through strong-headedness—which is strange, because where the Clan of Hooves and Mane is concerned, its usually you who are the one aiming to slow things down to more productive continuity—but while he’s cooling his fires in order to accommodate the Rabbit’s soft but insistent guidance, your capacity for orderly progress, one step surely following another, will appear both reasonable and highly trust-worthy.  Take on the advantage you’ve unaccountably accomplished with a counter-balancing sense of responsibility for the well-being and comfort of those around you, and you’ll find yourself gaining reassurance yourself from the Rabbit’s Resourcefulness, and earning points for demonstrating your capacity to Work Well With Others.  Be most gracious, however, with your contractual partners;  they are taking up your slack in ways it will be virtually impossible for you to see.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, which you’re likely to find fussy, redundant, and unhelpful.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Horse on the watch will be rather unable to express the normal range of Happy Options he likes to present, and—as he’ll be so taken up with the questions the Rabbit is leading him forward with—perhaps your best response would be to consider yourself to be a fountain of Confidence and Camaraderie, taking on the burden of ensuring that things don’t slip off the rails, even though you’re not given much choice or influence over where the tracks seem to be going.  If you feel this is reducing you to a level of mere cheer-leading, I’m afraid I can’t really disagree;  still, with so much of the Year still in the planning stages, and so many of its options still jostling for position against each other, perhaps you can take some joy in being the one to wave your arms and yell out:  “Keep going!”  Those In Charge are certainly going to notice your willingness to make the contribution, and they’ll be totting up your points for later reward.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and you’ll have to summon your willingness to Take Orders in order to get through the day.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The grand scale of Physical Possibilities that the Horse on the watch will suggest to you will raise the scope of your aims, and tease you with an ability to press up against the outer borders of your imagination, and tantalizing you with a chance to cause your hopefulness and optimism to billow up to the skies.  Unfortunately, such cheerfulness towards the future will have to be tempered by the focus and energy it’s going to take you to settle the Horse’s spirits, and to curry his willingness to plant his feet on the ground, and begin to do the actual work.  This is not as simple as it might sound;  while the Horse is happy to find himself In Harness, the way you’re liable to approach him with it is going to be somewhat disconcerting, and between his rearing up, and your dashing about, there’s liable to be a great deal of time and energy wasted.  Summon a clear picture of what you want, and move slowly enough towards it that you don’t lose the image in your mind.  The Horse’s sensitivity is “tunable” to your brand of psychic broadcast, but you’ll have to keep re-adjusting your antenna to make sure you’re broadcasting clearly.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and the pleasures and profits of the day will roll out almost as if you had nothing to do with them.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Horse on the watch will be in some consternation trying to interpret correctly the Rabbit’s suggestions and instructions, and aiming whole-heartedly to move towards the pleasures and rewards that seem to be on offer.  As you read the situation as clearly as a map, it will be obvious to you exactly what needs to be added to the Rabbit’s directives, to make them digestible by the Horse;  but if you want to produce real contribution, you’ll have to give your advice sotto voce, and well out of notice of the Hopping Hare.  He’ll misinterpret your additions entirely, and if you give him an opening, he’ll fall into disagreement and a perpetual loop of correction and re-correction that will produce no progress at all, and will likely drive the Horse into a state of quizzical frenzy.  Take on your most meek and modest guise, and aim to do so little that you feel you’re merely mouthing the words, or simply imagining the actions you wish to imply.  The Horse’s sensitivity is quite magical, and if you don’t add to the physical confusion, such wi-fi connectivity will prove astonishingly effective.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and though it may look as if he’s nominated you Chairman of the Board, you’ll find the job comes with some serious restrictions.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Horse on the watch will have plenty of energy available to apply to Some Direction, but he’s going to be quite flummoxed trying to interpret the Hopping Hare’s erratic pointing and prodding, and unable to settle on a way to fulfill whatever it is that the Rabbit is making all the fuss about.  This is a condition in which you can shine as Indispensable Go-Between, and if you apply yourself to the task, you’ll find that it will take you no time at all to translate the Rabbit’s Route into a version perfectly agreeable to Equine Equanimity;  as soon as you demonstrate your influence, the day will go forward like clock-work.  Put most of your attention on freeing small points of friction, and less on keeping your hands on the steering-wheel;  once they tune into each other’s frequencies, the Horse will have a bone-deep understanding of the Rabbit’s intended course, and will have very little trouble accommodating it.  The difficulties themselves will be small;  it’s only the potential for significant misunderstanding that is great.  You might not get much immediate pay-off for your efforts today—aside from the broad grins of approval, that is—but future rewards will be lining up, and what you’ll learn will prove to be invaluable.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and they will include unequivocal evidence of the powerful position he so clearly sees you occupying under the Rabbit’s Regime.

Born in the Year of the Horse: Your Clan-Mate on the watch is not going to be able to do much to settle your own misgivings concerning the direction the Rabbit seems to be so ardent about establishing, but so indefinite in coming to a firm decision on, and so ineffectual at communicating even the range of options under consideration.  To suggest that you need to supply some patience will be only stating the obvious, and given the tantalizing powers that you’ve got on tap, ready to put into gear, “patience” is the least thing you may feel you’ve got available.  Consequently—if you’d like to lower the pressures you feel the Rabbit is putting you under, and express your capacities in a way that’s both a relief to your sensibilities, and a productive contribution to The Cause—you’re going to have to do a bit of thinking Outside Of The Box.  It will help if you keep your attempts small in scale, but you should try taking suggestive stabs at what you think the Proper Direction might be, and keep your eyes open for signals of agreement or approval;  if you feel as if you’re in a game of charades, casting about wildly for the right gesture to elicit the proper word from your team-mates, then you’ll have caught the right spirit to follow, exactly.  Give the Rabbit plenty of options, and don’t be afraid to “suggest” the thing you’re pretty sure he can’t mean to want;  that will—more likely than not—prove to be what he actually does.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and you’ll be able to relax into instructions that are designed to be easily-followed.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Horse on the watch is going to be in state of consternation and confusion, quite willing to apply himself to the Task At Hand, but quite flummoxed in his attempts to figure out what the erratic indications of the Hopping Hare can possibly mean to convey by way of wishes or instructions.  Your intimate comprehension of what the Rabbit is after is, of course, exactly what the Horse needs to refer to, and you’ll find that even the mildest sort of gesture on your part, the softest phrasing of explanatory language, will break the log-jam and put things into motion as smoothly as a broad river flowing graciously on to the port where the river meets the sea.  Be careful not to over-exert yourself;  you’ll have many such important positions of Indispensable Influence presented to over the duration of the Year, and it’s not a good idea to set a bench-mark of tapping your deeper energies until they’re actually required.  Save something in reserve for when The Task warrants Trumpets and Trombones.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and even you will have to follow along with the way things have been laid out for you.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The state of confusion in which the Horse will find himself today—as he tries in vain to interpret the erratic excitement of the Hopping Hare as a set of instructions to be followed, or a net direction to be pursued—will put him in just the sort of condition where your deft control and quickly-correcting influence can be most effective, and can most easily prove its value towards Actual Accomplishment.  So far, so good.  There’s another problem, however, and that is that you haven’t got the slightest idea what it is that the Rabbit is gibbering on and gesticulating wildly about, either, and so if you don’t find a non-obvious approach to the Horse and his difficulties, you can only be adding to the problem.  This is where you get to put on your Wacka-Doodle Hat, and show the worth of that quirky thinking which so frequently drives others to Helpless Hilarity or Demented Distraction.  If you’ll only put the grasping of The Weird at the top of your agenda, you have a very good likelihood of hitting on the solution to the puzzle, and it will go off like the proverbial light-bulb turning on above your head.  From there, it will seem as simple can be, and there’ll be nothing to deal with but the round of applause.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and though you might have some objections to the job you’ve been assigned, you will have to agree that it’s exactly the sort of thing you do best.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: As weak as the leverage the Rabbit is willing—or able—to grant you this Year, the arrival of the Horse on the watch can do nothing but diminish it further.  There’s going to be a great deal of jockeying to-and-fro, attempting to achieve some ill-defined and poorly-understood position from which something equally ill-defined and poorly-understood task can be taken up.  While your skills of recognition are supreme, even they are not up to this kind of Inchoate Nonentity working itself up to trying-to-be-happening.  If you feel that you’re in the strange position of watching a fish trying to knit itself out of a spool of barbed wire and a pile of bicycles, let me assure you that you’re not going crazy;  that’s actually very close to an accurate assessment of what seems to be going on.  I have an unusual tack to offer you here:  if you drop into a mindless and unreasonable friendliness—as if you discovered that you like quite a lot of the Whole Universe, and you’d like everyone to know about it—an even stranger thing is likely to happen.  Smile at the world, beam out your unjustifiable confidence, and try to stay out of the way:  fishes are going to start achieving the Most Amazing Things.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and he’ll be kind enough to include some reasonable reasons for you to smile.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Horse on the watch is going to be in an Officially Alarmed State, trying to figure out what the Hopping Hare—who will be in an Officially Excited State—is gesticulating and babbling on about, so full of intention, and so empty of information.  Now, you like a good reason to Hop About as much as anyone I can think of, and if Excitement is what’s on the marquee, you’re almost always the first to dash to the head of the line to buy your ticket.  But with just a little bit of attention to that Caring Loyalty you’re so famous for, you’ll see that the Horse is in rather an uncomfortable position here, and could benefit from any calm and composure you could bring to his situation.  Your job today, then, is to smooth and settle, and you’ll have to take a rain-check on the Jumping Up And Down, even if it does seem a pity to waste the Rabbit’s Exuberance.   Believe me, there will be plenty more of that becoming available as the Year progress.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and you’ll be the one feeling “smoothed and settled.”

Born in the Year of the Pig: The consternation demonstrated today by the Horse—so willing to apply himself to some direction, and so unable to figure out whether the Rabbit’s even got one—will seem like a very simple matter for you to resolve;   so simple, in fact, that you’re in some danger of misinterpreting its ease (from your point of view) as meaning that dealing with it lacks any sense of urgency, and that the resolution—”such a small thing, really”—can be delayed until the whim of convenience happens to strike you.  On the surface, of course, this is an entirely justifiable stance;  but at deeper levels, you must consider the Bad Mood the Rabbit can drop into if his well-spring of buoyancy is exhausted, and also the amount Raw Damage the Horse can inadvertently cause if roused into a higher and higher state of desperation.  Looking at it even briefly from this perspective, I have every confidence that you’ll move in short order to make your expression of The Obvious, and bring the Two Parties into smooth and orderly agreement.  This isn’t the Most Fun Thing you’ll ever get to do, but once it’s accomplished you’ll find you can more easily (and more safely) get back to Those That Are.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will arrive with organizational charts and neat time-tables, and while you may not end up in charge of them, you’ll certainly be at their center, if only as a point of reference.

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High winds gradually come to their stopping, and the sky lapses into a clean and clear silence;

Long rains gradually exhaust themselves, and the dripping eaves tap out the smooth rhythm of their satisfaction.

The world has had its bath again, and the water drains away to the sea, leaving everything shiny and brightened.

The Sun enters the morning like a conquering general, clad in the ceremonial armor, ready to dispense rewards.

“A letter read:  a debt to be paid.   A letter written:  an investment made.”

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Saturday, 19th of February

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is THE WILLOW;  the SOLAR INDEX is LEVEL.


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The WOOD SNAKE on duty today has an incisive curiosity, and deep confidence in the power of the present moment, and will easily show enough of his flexibility of style and stealthiness in demeanor to successfully evade the irascibility of the Tiger Moon while carrying forward his amorous investigations with the Hare.  Follow the Snake’s artful willingness to evade or avoid, and meet any obstacle you cannot easily slip around, by considering a full retreat followed by a re-alignment of your attention to a completely different angle of approach.  The Hare is presenting many new possibilities which may not have their relative values plainly in view, and single-mindedly dedicating yourself to one of them before having investigated the rest would not just be silly, it would be counter-productive.  Departures today are more likely to be important than arrivals, and leaving something behind will not necessarily mean relinquishing it—or losing access to its value—on a permanent basis.  Pick something to remain happy about, whether slight or significant, and keep that in the forefront of your mind;  the world is full of marvels today, and a bright and buoyant disposition is the proper way to attract them.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Snake on the watch will be summoning the Rabbit’s interest to almost the same degree that he’s finding himself fascinated by the possibilities the Rabbit is presenting—which are quite obvious to anyone with the simple presence of mind to notice.  If you think of these two parties as representing your charming craftiness (on the Snake’s side) and your sentimental generosity (on the Rabbit’s), you’ll find their dancing together for the day brings you a deeper understanding of your position under the Rabbit’s Regime, and suggests a wider array of choices than you might have thought were going to be available.  Don’t be afraid to employ quirky ideas, and take some delight from being able to set yourself to a task and work through it.  The Tiger is offering you protection for the duration of this Moon, but you’ll have to summon your confidence in order to make use of it.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’ll be wise to stay off to the sidelines.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Snake on the watch will display his usual partiality for your interests, but as he’ll have his attention locked on the Hopping Hare, you’ll get better use of his support by presuming its effects, rather than demanding examples of its benefits.  If you manage to remain this confident, you’ll find an unaccountable ease in the day, as your preferences clarify themselves in your own attention, and the gestures and efforts of others align themselves to you interest as if through a kind of Personal Magnetism you’re radiating.  This is an optimum condition in which to show your Gracious Magnanimity, and any way in which can offer your support or energy to the needs of those around you will be clearly noticed, and deeply appreciated.  If you hear one of your parents chattering to you in your own thoughts, pay close attention:  it’s your ancestral lineage on the line.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and the stability that your willfulness in moving forward gives you will be easily noticed by all.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: In his attempts to charm and call forth the Happy Hare, the Snake on duty will be much less irritating to your efforts than you’ll probably expect, but you can only help yourself by keeping a low profile, allowing the Snake’s attention to flow around you without engagement.  Even if this makes you feel a bit odd or un-Tigerly, it won’t really affect your potential for enjoyment through the day;  there’s no condition—after all—in which a Tiger feels more like a Tiger, than when concealed in silence, making careful observation of the goings-on from a position of Perfect Invisibility.  Put your deepest attentions on your own concerns, and your own comforts;  the world of others—family members in particular—is distant from you, and your efforts outside of yourself will seem unaccountably meek and inconsequential.  Put extra attention into your appearance today;  it will protect you from your own gullibility.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’re likely to find yourself acting as chaperone—or perhaps, as referee.

Born in the Year of the Hare: Whatever storm-fronts seemed to have blown in carrying yesterday’s Dragon, they will have blown past today, revealing the Snake in his most sunny and warm state of attention.  While it will be an utterly charming option to drop everything, and to take advantage of the sudden options that make themselves available, you should be forewarned that what you begin today is liable to take several days—if not several weeks—to roll through to completion, or at least to some sort of ongoing equilibrium.  That’s not a piece of advice to avoid entanglements—they’re going to be not only attractive, but highly rewarding—but rather to consider the scale of what you’re getting yourself into, so that it doesn’t become a problem later on, simply out of an initial misunderstanding.  If you’re invited on something like a date, you’re really going to have to say “Yes,” but that doesn’t mean there can’t be some coy vacillations back and forth, before you announce your acceptance.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’ll have to get clear about what you will put up with, and what you won’t.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The degree to which the Snake finds himself enthralled by the Rabbit’s offerings will be fairly-well matched by the degree in which the Rabbit finds delight in offering him more;  this can redound to your benefit if you agree to let them wander off together, arm-in-arm, without adding your input, or attempting to accomplish something out of eye-line and ear-shot of whatever forces seem to have been obstructing your aims.  Take the day as an opportunity to recharge your attitude and to re-align your ideas;  the Snake’s flexibility is an echo of your own, and if you spend the day simply circulating your “that was then, this is now” attitude—instead of trying to apply it somewhere—decisions will clarify themselves, and you’ll draw your Luck to you with effortless ease.  Keep up your attention on money-matters;  you’ve got solid instincts there, today.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and if you can make your actions smaller than you usually like, you can have great influence.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The charms of the Happy Hare are going to strike you as Entrancingly Delicious today, and if you think you already understand what options have been made available to you since the New Year began, your Clan-Mate on the watch will be running some investigations that may make you realize how seriously you’ve been underestimating your Good Fortune.  Don’t be too aggressive in helping him rifle through the day and its little surprises;  your charm derives from your composure and wisdom—rather than from your enthusiastic drives—and if you want to impress the Hare with your intentions, they’ll have to remain understated and self-assured.  If you feel a bit strapped-in and buttoned-down, think of it as coming from a strikingly impressive military uniform you’re wearing, helping you to maintain a martial sense of strategic poise and crisp execution;  it will play off to great effect when your face suddenly softens into a broad grin, and you show the ardor of your interest.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and your job will be to keep everything friendly and proportionate.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Snake on the watch has such a bone-deep understanding of what makes you tick, that even though his attention is going to be fairly-well devoted to the charms of the Enchanting Rabbit, he’ll have no trouble in smoothing your experience of your surroundings for you, and in making you feel as though you’ve been invited along for whatever ride he’s planned to take for the day.  Your problems are still going to be tapping on your forehead, but much more softly;  and with such diversions as the Snake will be making available surrounding you, it will seem perfectly reasonable to let difficulties stew in their own juices for a bit, just to see if they don’t come to some resolution because you’re not paying them close attention.  Do pay close attention to your contractual partners:  they will need your assistance, and you’re in exactly the right state of mind to give it straight-from-the heart.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’ll have to make use of some Crazy Wisdom in order to make sense of the day.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Snake on the watch is going to be so dedicated to capturing the attentions of the Happy Hare, that you may find yourself feeling a bit shut-out, as if wandering the halls outside the main Conference Room were the only action available to you.  Any such sense of being distanced from the main stream of importance is only an illusion, however, and while you may be in fact somewhat on the sidelines, your impact on the proceedings will only be enhanced by the fact that you’re not stapled to some location in the thick of things.  The delicacy and refinement that you can bring to your supportive and initiative actions are at their height, and if you ever thought of yourself as Master of Leverage, today is a day to demonstrate that title to the world, arranging Grand Results from the application of Tiny Alterations.  Put some attention on your finances today;  but do not put yourself in a position where you could be accused of Gambling.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’ll get to show the effectiveness of your softer sides.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Snake on the watch is so cognizant of your purposes and powers, that even though he’ll be consumed by his interest in All Things Rabbit, he’ll find it necessary to keep you close at hand and within his sphere of attention, if only to find it convenient to get you to handle the many things he won’t have the attention to properly see to himself.  Consequently, even the relative confusions you’re confronted by—from the Rabbitish point-of-view—will congeal into a sort of game-board of pieces to move, handles to grasp, and buttons to push, giving you reassurance that there might be some Reason in the Random Rabbit, after all.  If you take the day as an opportunity for Exploratory Play—rather than for Exemplary Work—you’ll be enjoying yourself almost as much as the Snake and Rabbit are, and keeping yourself from attacking the game-board with such earnest effort that you break something before you know quite what you’ve got your hands on.  Stay deft, and think “light.”  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and your appreciation for The Weird will be your best weapon.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Snake on the watch is running a diversion for you today, and though he’s doing it more for his fascination with All Things Rabbit, than for your specific benefit, that won’t keep you from being able to take a bit of a breather from the Random Rabbit’s confetti-storm of consternation and confoundment.  First, get some time away from others where you can ply yourself with a few creature comforts;  you’ll find this sort of time extremely healing for the duration of the Year, and the Snake is the very best concierge to help you arrange it.  Second, consider the tasks before you as military puzzles, requiring flexibility when selecting strategy, and boldness when initiating tactics.  You’ll need some time—preferably, on a regular basis—to consider things as if they were matters on a game-board, just to stay sane while passing through the Kwazy Wabbit’s Wacka-doodle World.  It’s only a Time Out, but you’ve earned it, you deserve it, and I—at least—insist that you should take it.   Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’ll be astonished at how powerful Simply Acting Friendly can be.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Snake will be muscling in between you and the Happy Hare today, half to investigate what you seem to be so fired-up and frisky over, and half to see if he can rouse the same sort of interest as you’ve been able to raise over there in Rabbitland.  Now, there’s the deep potential for you to take this intervention as a Personal Insult, and to fly into a defensive rage, stomping around and growling vague threats, while working your energies up to a pitch you could actually do some damage with.  I would like to counsel—instead—that you take the Snake’s impertinent advances as reason to consider yourself Properly Challenged, and that you make use of your rising ire to prepare Your Game-Plan, and start getting warmed up in a spirit of Fair Competition.  You don’t yet understand—I’d be willing to wager—how lofty your aims should be this Year, and the more you feel as if you’re up against a Major Adversary, the higher you’ll lift your gaze.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and you’re going to be drafted as Sergeant-at-Arms, charged with making sure everything stays friendly and running in good order.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Snake on the watch is going to be so whole-heartedly devoted to the Enchanting Rabbit, and so thoroughly enthralled with trying to attract his responding attention, that you may feel—with some justification—that the day is going forward with no-one on duty at all.  Certainly, you’re unlikely to feel that despondent disgust that so frequently characterizes the entry of the Clan of Scales and Fangs into your otherwise frolicsome and composed awareness.  And if you feel, instead, a lofting of your General Well-Being, or a deepening of your Universal Confidence, I can only advise you to sit still with them, and enjoy them without engagement;  the Snake is still abroad, and if you stir, you’re sure to run across him.  Aim for simplicity, inaction, and a contemplative repose, however, and you may think that while the Snake is “pitching woo” at the Happy Hare, it’s you he’s brought the box of chocolates for.  Tomorrow’s Horse will be testing his will against the Rabbit’s willingness, and your senses of Proper Form and Gracious Order will be appreciated by all.

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

Late in their long age, the high-rising mountains are at last worn down by rain, heat, cold, and gravity;

Their craggy peaks slump down to hillocks, covered over by the soil and crowned with forests and flowers.

Gradually, gradually, all things sink down in the same way, and reach towards their rest.

How delightful, then, that the Spring takes power from the droop of Winter, that lingering chill only makes the blossoms more bright.

“Old memories in new places are Yīn;  new memories in old places are Yáng.”

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