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Thursday, 31st of March

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


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The WOOD FOWL on duty today has a modest and attentive nature, and a sober style that’s a bit perturbed and deflated by the obstruction of the Twin Hares.  As a result of his rationalist’s assessment of his very weak position, he’ll crumple down to a very low profile, and offer virtually no target for objection or confrontation.  The Twin Hares, for their part, will recognize both the imminence of the close of the Moon, and the blank space left by the Fowl’s judicious refusal to contend, as worthy reasons to conserve their own forces, and will decline either to advance or retreat.  While this doesn’t really amount to them “sulking in their tents, refusing to come out,” it does mean the day will have an austere atmosphere, in spite of the brighter indicators offering hope of buoyant energies and strong results.  Aim for simplicity in your view, and not caution, but care, in your movements.  Leave as much as you can unstirred and unshaken;  there’s a strong day coming tomorrow, and you’re giving affairs an empty space in which to shape themselves up, in preparation for it.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: Whatever affairs you find must be dealt with today should be undertaken with an air of friendly formality and diplomatic distance.  Your more aggressive qualities can easily blow the Fowl’s cover, and give cause for the Twin Hares to think of defensive retributions, even if there’s not really much they should make defensive retributions for.  On the other hand, if you think of the day as a race in which you’re required to carry an egg in the bowl of a table-spoon as you run, you’ll do just fine.  You’re quite talented at these dexterity-meets-attentiveness tests, and you just have to apply yourself to get good results.  Try not to choose any rich or unfamiliar foods to eat;  they’ll slow you down and make you drowsy.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll have to kick into higher gear.

Born in the Year of the Ox: If only on account of your natural affinities with the Fowl on the watch, you’ll have to be careful to match his austerity program, and neither to offer what you think of as “assistance,” not strike out with renewed energy towards your own goals.  You’re in a social situation today, and it’s got some rather prickly complexities;  if you don’t want to make your road much more steep and difficult later on, you’ll have to submit to a day of careful attention and willingness to make subtle adjustments as you go.  This won’t be terribly difficult, but it’s likely to be more annoying than satisfying.  Consider it as a way in which you can carry some of the brunt of the Fowl’s difficulties for him.  Don’t be afraid to do something puckish, or to crack a joke from time to time;  you don’t have to play the part of The Heavy to get through the day successfully, and others will appreciate your gestures of ease and levity.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and if you follow his style, you’ll gain some of his energy.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The collapse of confidence demonstrated by the Fowl on the watch will do nothing to weaken yours, and though the Twin Hares may take it as a signal to back off and stand down, you’re more likely to feel that an unexpectedly blank space deserves some exploring.  In spite of your connections to those of the Rabbit Persuasion, and your lack of connections to the Clan of Feathers and Claws, you’re in a very good position today to be the Field Judge of their lack of competition, if not quite the Peace-Maker in their ongoing quarrel.  Spread your good-feelings and your good-will around, but don’t be too disappointed if those around you don’t instantly take them up from you model.  You’re actually attempting something quite difficult to accomplish, but you don’t have to look like you are;  and there’s certainly nobody around better equipped than you are to attempt it.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll be a bit stretched placing yourself at the service of both parties at the same time.

Born in the Year of the Hare: It will be very easy for you to take the non-appearance of the Fowl on the watch as some kind of Clever Ploy or Feigned Retreat, designed to put you off your guard and at a disadvantage;  it will be even easier for you to mimic the response of your Twin Clan-Mates, and to fall into heightened defensiveness, hunkering down into whatever you consider to be a safe place from which to expect an assault on your impromptu entrenchment.  While there’s no harm in either of these presumptions, I hasten to point out that they’re fundamentally off target;  what’s actually going on is Nothing At All, and you can just as easily take the day as an Enforced Truce as an opportunity to wax paranoid.  Since it’s your Clan that’s got the high ground here, perhaps you can find it in your boundless goodwill to be the first to send a little note across the embattled (or un-embattled, depending on how you look at it) field, inviting the other Observers-of-Truce over for tea and cakes.  The chat will be very interesting, I promise you.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and inspire your self-certainty and willingness to take action.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: As low as the Fowl on the watch will wish to lie—on account of his confidence having fallen even lower—your certainty in your situation, and in your power to deal with it, will be clear, high, and free of doubt.  It might seem that the proper thing to do—simply on the basis of your root affinities and antagonisms—would be to swoop in and rescue the poor Fowl, and give the Twin Hares a tweak on the nose for good measure.  You are not, however, famous for your wisdom for nothing, and you’ll see with equal lack of doubt that such an heroic use of your vision and capacities would be both ill-timed and unnecessary;  the Fowl is in a secure position—albeit a weak one—and risking mixing it up with the Bunny Boys is exactly what he’s trying to avoid.  Consequently, you’ll see what you should be doing, to wit:  as close to nothing as is comfortable, from a distance high above the un-embattled field, where you can keep your over-viewing angle with serenity and ease.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll have to take pains not to become entangled in their festive little fracas.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The model set by the Friendly Fowl today by lying low will be of no difficulty at all for you to appreciate, approve, and copy—Lying Low being one of your most well-practiced arts;  and even though his reason for doing so in regards to the Twin Hares is not something you need to share, it will make perfect sense for you to diminish your profile and dim your prospects, if only to give him the sense that you’re willing to keep him company.  Curiously, while hiding out inspires caution and defensiveness in the Bunny Boys when they catch him doing it, they take it as reason to heighten their interest and deepen their dedication when they see you demonstrate the art.  So at one and the same time, you’ll be disarming them from their irritations with the Fowl, and enchanting them in their interests with you.  Well done!  Happy Hiding!  (By which I mean, of course:  “Showing Off!”)  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll have to exert yourself, but not by joining their race.

Born in the Year of the Horse: What with the Fowl on the watch striking a discreet position somewhere in the landscape, and endeavoring not to give it away, and what with the Twin Hares taking his disappearance as a sign of warning rather than victory, you’ll find the field between them open and unoccupied, and available for whatever explorations or exercises you might wish to fill it with.  For most around you, the blankness of the space is itself a good reason to strike a defensive attitude every bit the equal of the Fowl’s or the Twin Hares’;  your sensitivities to space, energy, and time, however, will convince you almost immediately that what they’ve left open is much more a playground than a battle-field, and if you make use of it, you’ll convince everyone else of the fact as well.  As lowering the social tension in the atmosphere can only make it more likely that your friends will come out to play with you, I have no hesitancy at all in advising you to get out there and show them how it’s done.  Get one of your friends to be time-keeper;  if you don’t have regular breaks called, you’re likely to end up exhausted.  Satisfied, alright;  but still “exhausted.”  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll find yourself perfectly willing to go along for the festivities.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: Your affinities with the Twin Hares will make  you wince to see them taking a semi-paranoid attitude at the Fowl on the watch, as he declines to make much of his expected appearance, hiding instead in some fold or fortification in the natural landscape, where his safety and composure are much more assured.  It will be quite natural for you to point out to the Bunny Boys that they’re being a bit over-cautious, and while going on a hunt for the Missing Rooster is not really called for, relaxing a bit in the accidental truce would probably be a Very Good Idea.  It’s going to take more than a few words and a simple gesture to talk them down from their anxious defensiveness, but leaning a bit on your friendship and understanding, and just a little bit more on your artfulness and invention when dealing with these delicate sorts of social snags, I’m sure you’ll acquit yourself with your usual triumph.  Isn’t it grand being in the Year of the Hare?  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll be holding the flags for their Festive Foot-Race.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The hunkering down of the Fowl on the watch will only make the Twin Hares stiffen in their defensive preparations for the attack he’s not about to launch;  this is fairly reasonable if you grant that the certainties they presume in his character and motives (which give rise to their paranoid responses) are well-seated and time-tested, even if in this particular case they’re mistaken.  In your case, the Bunny Boys have no certainties on which to base their action or inaction, and you’ll find yourself in the very rare state of being able to stride about pretty much wherever you want to (even right up to and into their bristling fortifications) without passport or preparations.  If you were to take the opportunity to get everyone to lower their weapons, and to relax instead of reload, you’ll be doing us all a great favor;  on top of that, I’m pretty sure the Twins have some tea-and-cakes to share, even if they are in camouflage and carrying field rations.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and give you the confidence to follow your own course.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: While your Clan-Mate on the watch is only confronting the Twin Hares for the day, you’ve been having to do so—in one condition or another—for the entire Hare Moon.  If you’re more than a bit confused, and somewhat leaning towards exhaustion, I hope that you can take it as a sign that you’re actually doing the Proper Thing, and that your misalignment with the forces around you comes not from your Assessments or Actions, but from your Nature.  When you’re in a foreign country in the tropics, after all, you should expect to be slightly ill-informed and sweating, at one and the same time.  In any case, it will come as some relief, I think, to witness the model your Clan-Mate is offering for your more comfortable behavior, and I urge you to copy it to all exactitude.  There’s very little you could do today by making yourself clearly visible—aside from bring problems down on you, that is—and with the Hare Moon so close to its departure, it’s a small price to pay for your increased composure.  Decline the Big Task;  take up the Small Solution.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll want to do Your Own Thing, if only to stay well out of their way.

Born in the Year of the Dog: Perhaps it’s because of the nearing departure of the Hare Moon, or perhaps it’s only because with the Fowl on the watch taking a low profile, you feel he’s finally stopped getting in the way of your view of the Fabulous Bunny Boys;  but the blank left by his failure to appear will be filled with vaulting enthusiasm on your part, and a gathering of your forces, as if to assault the bristling bunker in which the Ravishing Rabbits have sequestered themselves for the day.  None of this is a mistake;  if you’ve been paying attention, you already realize that tomorrow’s going to be a Go For It day, and that the spring-loading you feel mounting up today will help you go off like a shot from the very starting-gun that signals the beginning of the festivities.  If you spent the day creeping closer to the Hares’ position, no-one would blame you;  I should inform you, however, that creeping isn’t strictly necessary, since they’re paying no attention to you today, at all.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll start forward in (I’ve got my fingers crossed) good order.

Born in the Year of the Pig: From your point-of-view, the semi-startled stillness observed by the Twin Hares yesterday upon catching sight of the Enigmatic Monkey, will blend seamlessly into the semi-paranoid defensiveness they take up, due to the completely unexpected non-appearance of the Fowl on the watch.  Your proper response to both states of immobility should be roughly the same (though, of course, for two different reasons):  cheerful nonchalance.  Today, it’s true, you’ll have to remember to call out the password as you approach the Bunny Boys in their bristling encampment, but I’d be willing to bet my best suit that they’ll welcome your appearance with gleeful smiles (once they’re done with the pro-forma frowning, anyway) and happily serve you tea-and-cakes for your troubles.  The Fowl, of course, will be very grateful to see you running Diversionary Tactics on his behalf.  Tomorrow’s Dog will charge the Twin Hares with alertness and enthusiasm, and you’ll get to make friends with The Big Problem.

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In the long blue hour before dawn, the Moon floats like the shard of a pearl on an expanse of azure silk;

As if giving away her pale radiance, she fades into the brightening sky, curving towards the sunrise,

And yet fleeing towards the mountain-ridges, far to the West, where darkness has flown on before her.

The Jade Rabbit must pound forever under the cassia boughs, even if he remains unseen.

“Offering thrice shows proper hospitality;  declining twice shows proper deference.”

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Wednesday, 30th of March

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


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The WOOD MONKEY on duty today has a timid and indecisive nature, but also harbors a well-spring of curiosity for seeking out new problems and new solutions.  The Twin Hares will not know what to make of his inquisitive inactivity, and the Monkey, for his part, will take very little sense from the half-startled gaze of the Twins, as if perhaps his doubled-vision means there’s something wrong with the way he’s looking at the world.  All this has high value for anyone who treasures the moment of meditation, and should be left as undisturbed as possible—in just the way that, seeing a little bird alight on a bough very close to your deck-chair, you remain still and relaxed, the better to observe him.  If you must take action, there’s no harm in that;  if someone arrives to disturb you, there’s no damage in it.  The bird’s going to fly off eventually, anyway.  Stay in your own skin, within the flow of what’s around you:  it’s astonishingly easy on a day like this.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Monkey on the watch has two choices:  putting his fingers into every crevice he can find, or sitting mindlessly wherever he happens to be located, half-considering what to do next.  If he takes the first option, you’re going to find yourself Highly Preoccupied with keeping things from getting knocked over or shoved accidentally out of alignment;  if he takes the second, you’ll be free to follow your own agenda of business, with—of course—the risk of giving him ideas about copying your model, leading to the whole Fingers And Crevices Thing.  This is a dilemma, isn’t it!  Better then to copy his model, and try not to go beyond “half-considering.”  If you do take actions, aim for those that remove or forestall further actions.  Your power to say No is all charged up and ready to go;  just don’t over-use it.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and you’ll have to feature your knack for Friendly Formality.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Monkey on the watch has led you into a proverbial china-shop of delicately loaded and potentially explosive complexities, and the more simple you make your actions and attitude in response, the better for all concerned.  In spite of the other indicators for the day, this is not the time for you to inaugurate anything, or even to suggest that you might be interested something besides Things As They Are.  It won’t be difficult for you to carry off the charade of bland enjoyment;  in fact, doing so might provide you reason to feel a true friendliness springing from your mere pretense of it.  Declining to engage with others will produce nothing but disturbance, so you should regard that direction as closed to you;  still, Luck will be with you if you consider yourself as Just Browsing, and coast on through the “shop” with others following along in your wake.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and you’ll have a chance to create diversion in order to lighten the mood.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Monkey on the watch will almost certainly take a meddlesome attitude where you’re concerned, and even if he’s in an extremely weak position (which he is) and you’re in an extremely strong one (which you are) it’s always surprising just how deftly he can select the moment to throw a twig at your rump, just when it will cause you the most disturbance.  It will do you no good at all to snarl at him up in the tree-tops, and your best tack is to saunter off with as much dignity and nonchalance as you can muster, and aim to slip back into hiding by blending-in in that artful way of yours.  This Monkey has a short attention span, and if you refuse to fall into High Drama with him, he’s very likely to find some other target for his twigs.  This is not a good day for exercise, but you shouldn’t just be lying around, either.  Saunter, saunter, saunter.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, but if you dip into your ample store of self-certainty and magnanimity, you’ll find plenty to spread around.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Monkey on the watch will have little choice but to meddle with your affairs in a rather vexing way, or else to leave them so entirely undisturbed that you may think that it’s your social position that he’s challenging, cutting you out of your own circle of friends, and making you think that all your work so far has suddenly become ignorable.  Both of these results are, of course, entirely illusory, and are produced only by his manipulation of your expectations and your willingness to be responsive in order to succeed.  Don’t fall for it;  take a soldierly attitude, keep your eyes straight forward, and don’t give any of the little brats tugging on your uniform reward for trying to disturb your Standing At Attention.  You can broadcast your anger, alright;  but if you take any action to demonstrate it, you’re the one who’s going to suffer for it.  The Monkey’s got a short attention-span;  surely you can wait him out.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and you’ll have to dip into your self-assurance and goodwill, and be the one to take the first action.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: Your view towards the Twin Hares is, of course, critical;  but it’s not dismissive.  Your view towards the Monkey on the watch is favorable and basically tolerant;  but it’s not so liberal as to have no limit.  This puts you in the strange condition of taking the Rabbit side of the argument—for once!—and you’re going to have to maintain strict observation of the little brat with the Long Tail, to make sure that he’s not getting himself tangled up in his own investigations, or reaching up to pull down a carefully stacked display of glassware upon himself.  You may have to surrender any progress on what you’d rather be doing instead, but rest assured that your diligence in dealing with this Other Matter will be well-observed, and highly appreciated by those around you.  You haven’t had as good an opportunity as this to demonstrate why everyone should be glad you’re on their team, since the Rabbit Regime began.  Keep calm;  you look fabulous when you’re calm.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and you’ll know exactly what to do about it.

Born in the Year of the Snake: Your competence to deal a problem soars when it’s being supported (or induced) by Monkeys on one side and Rabbits on the other;  but you’ll have to show up with your chest bulged out, your arms akimbo, and your cape rippling in the wind on this occasion.  The Monkey on the watch is in a rather undemonstrative condition, and—while he’s the clueless one where the Twin Hares are concerned—the Bunny Boys are going to be in an awful state of worry and fretfulness, trying to figure out what his inaction might portend in their near future, and worrying about Gathering Storms and Devils They Don’t Know.  Sweep in with an air of grandeur, and promise all that you’ve “got it handled.”  You’ll have a catalytic effect on the whole scene, and the sighs of relief will be audible.  As to what you’ll have to actually do to fulfill your promise:  I think it’s pretty much going to amount to “showing up with your chest bulged out, your arms akimbo, and your cape rippling in the wind”…!  Oh, and grinning.  Turns out, the grinning is very important to the over-all effect.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, but your ample confidence will fill-in any gaps without difficulty.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Monkey on the watch is truly clueless where the Twin Hares are concerned, and under most circumstance the fact that he’s likely to Just Sit There could be taken as a Good Thing.  Unfortunately the Bunny Boys are going to take it as a signal of Impending Disaster, and if something doesn’t give, they’re likely to start up some Monkey Madness on their own.  While it’s not strictly as if you would be “coming to the rescue,” it is true that your natural confidence in movement, and the fascinating sight you make when you cross the Monkey’s line of sight, can offer everyone a way out their stiffening cautions, and back into flow again.  All you have to do is follow your own tastes and inclinations, and make sure that everyone can get their view of you doing so.  Whether you pick something flashy, or it strikes you that the most common thing in the world suits your mood, will be entirely unimportant.  Just make sure that it is what you want to do, and not what you think someone else wants you to do.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and everyone will be looking to you for leadership, rather than simple diversion.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Monkey on the watch will be mystifying the Twin Hares, and while the stillness they fall into will look like a No Problem Situation, it’s still fraught with the likelihood that something explosive might come out of it.  If you want to keep your affairs on an even keel, you’ll have to dip into your broad competence where the Clan of the Long Tail is concerned, and make sure that you keep a close watch on the potential for Monkey Meddling to break out.  On the other side of the equation, the Bunny Boys may transmute their rising worry into a willingness to Knock Heads, and so you’ll be busy on that front as well, using whatever rhetorical skills you can muster to talk them down.  None of this will be particularly difficult for you, but you should count on it keeping you quite busy through the day.  If that means you have to leave your own agenda unattended to, please believe me when I say that you wouldn’t have made much satisfactory progress on those items, even if you did have enough time and attention to pay to them.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and your artful knack at problem-solving will shine forth.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: Your Clan-Mate on the watch is doing you an Extraordinary Service by showing you what it looks like when you “look, but don’t touch.”  You should mark the demonstration well, and forestall any counter-demonstrations with a quick reminder to yourself that when confronted with a Well-Matched Pair of Rabbits, you don’t really know what you’re looking at.  Consider what a hugely explosive condition you might be risking if you let your natural curiosity get the better of your cautious optimism;  your natural timidity will then kick in like the Early Warning System it is, keeping you from doing things like putting forks in electrical sockets just because it looks to you like they might fit.  If you can follow this simple shift of attention—from “What is that over there?” to “Hmmm…..>yawn<….”—then you’ll discover a Largely Unknown Secret about your nature and your life:  if you get yourself to where you already are, you’re very often Perfectly Happy there.  If you discover that, start telling all the other Monkeys, will you?  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and your power in doing something gracious will be at its height.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: There’s going to be a rather tense stand-off between the Monkey on the watch and the Twin Hares, today.  Well, “tense” is a misleading term, I suppose;  it’s going to look tense, alright;  but the problem is, it’s actually a slack stand-off.  Neither the Monkey nor the Bunny Boys are going to have a clue what it is that’s staring back at them (without any inherent threat, mind you), and if they don’t come up with some kind of explanation to satisfy themselves (even a purely fictional one would do), each side is likely to Do Something just to relieve their prickling uncertainty, and that could lead to confusion, disorder, and mayhem.  Strangely, your presence is going to provide the resolution of this incipient conflict, and whether it’s because the Rabbits do know how they feel about you, or because with you on the scene the Monkey suddenly does make some sense, you should be quite open—and even flamboyant—in your demeanor, speech, and action.  You shouldn’t regard yourself as in a powerful position because of your heightened notoriety (you’re not), but if you imagine keeping disasters from breaking out as a “power,” I’d be the first to nominate you for Super-Hero Status today.  Just make sure that you appear, make your effect, and vanish with a >whoosh< up into the sky;  if you hang around too long, the press will start asking awkward questions.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and you’ll have to keep your burdens from ruining your composure.

Born in the Year of the Dog: Things are going to go deathly still on the Rabbit Scene today, and while that may very well heighten the speed at which your inner energies are revving, you will have no chance to pop the clutch, drop into gear, and race after anything with Long Ears, as they simply will not be running ahead of you.  The issue is that the Monkey on the watch will have captured their disturbed fascination, and will be doing so little with it, that the Bunny Boys will take his disinvolvement as signal either that he’s planning something quite dire which he doesn’t want to reveal, or that he’s taunting them with inaction while staring them down, just to thumb his nose at them.  Neither of these assumptions will be true, of course, but there will be no talking them down from their rising ambition to get over there and rip it up with the Cheeky Monkey.  There really is no contribution you can make to disarm this explosion-in-the-making, and if your energies rise to the point where they’re about to damage your inner mechanisms, you’ll have to find something Perfectly Pointless to expend them on.  Pick something you don’t really care about, but that will benefit somebody you do care about, and the day won’t be a total waste.  Do not simply plow into your exercise regime;  doing too much there today could set you back, rather than move you forward.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and your confidence will rise as a result.

Born in the Year of the Pig: There will be a stillness settling over the day, like the stillness on a battle-field before the battle commences;  and if you want to ensure that “battle-field” remains only a simile—instead of breaking out into actuality—you’ll have to recognize your ambitions to impress the Twin Hares with how many skills you have, and how much you wish to make them available, and decline to pursue them, simply standing off on the sidelines somewhere, observing how much is not happening.  The issue, of course, is that the Monkey on the watch is going to be caught in a sort of Accidental Staring-Match with the Bunny Boys;  each side is going to be quite unsure how they got into it, and quite innocent of actual threat or animosity, and yet the longer it goes on, the more the uncertainty will seem distasteful, and the more “threat and animosity” will slip from imagined possibility to Concrete Certainty.  Well, here’s a skill you can demonstrate to all concerned:  wave at each side, and act like everything’s Perfectly Normal.  The more you display your cheerful nonchalance, the more your every action will de-fuse the explosive potential around you.  Not a bad job, actually, and well within what you regard as the enjoyable part of your skill-set.  Still, take a dutiful (rather than indulgent) attitude about it:  you’ll have the same job tomorrow, and since it will be a bit more difficult to pull off, you’ll benefit from the practice you get today.  Tomorrow’s Fowl will enter with an awkward lack of confidence, and you’ll have to be careful not to over-do what works today.

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The Monkey gazes into the mirror held up by the Mirrored Rabbits, and finds no image there.

If he reaches out to touch the glass, or rattles the pair who seem to hold it, he’ll only cause confusion.

If he sharpens his curiosity by refusing to reach out, Heaven will rain down blossoms, further to distract him.

The Old Master I studied with demonstrated this every day;  thirty-five years and I’m still fumbling about, deep in his reflections.

“Dawn arises, it doesn’t need to be invented;  sleep comes, it can’t be manufactured.”

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Tuesday, 29th of March

Today’s LUNAR LODGE is  THE TAIL;  the SOLAR INDEX is  SETTLE.


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The WATER SHEEP on duty today has a cautious attitude, and can easily get bogged down in details, preferring to take action only after lengthy consideration of all counter-balancing influences.  As conservative and painstaking as this Sheep can be, his unprepossessing style and careful attentiveness will offer some reassurance to the Twin Hares, and help them to absorb the counter-influences to their own ideas and sensibilities which they’ve had to come up against over the last three days.  Aim for minor progress and allow yourself a pace that will insure you don’t skip over any of the steps that guarantee a tight and correctly balanced result.  There’s little place in the path towards satisfaction today for haste, desperation, or rank ambition;  take a humble stance, and demonstrate the power of the small-and-complete.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: Even though you may find plenty of options you’d like to bring forward against the rather taut style of the Sheep on the watch, since he won’t do much more than give them a cursory glance before declining to consider them further, you might as well keep them to yourself.  If you settle that matter early in the day, you’ll find there are plenty of your attributes which will fit smoothly into the schema the Sheep has laid down, and that your interest in applying refinement to each step along the way is equal to what he’s asking, and a source of both your own satisfaction, and the gratitude of others.  Don’t be afraid to go to new places;  travel is good for you today.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and keep you busy holding things together.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Sheep on the watch will appear passive enough for you take his slow pace as a bow to the Clan of Hooves and Horns, but it will be a mistake for you to think that he’s actually offering you any deference;  he’s just as likely to call a temporary halt from time to time, as he is to continue in the measured pace you find preferable.  Still, as long as you demonstrate some willingness to put up with small delays, you’ll smooth the accomplishment of the resolutions that he thinks make them necessary, and you’ll get back to your preferred progress that much quicker.  If you do have a Fundamental Objection, you’ll have to be creative in the way you present it;  the closer to clowning-and-craziness you think you’re appearing, the easier it will be to get the proper attention.  Immediately thereafter, however, you’ll need to present your case in terms of practicality and efficiency in order to win the argument.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, but if you remain amiable and responsive, you’ll trick him into aiding you in your affairs.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Sheep on the watch will be guiding things along at such a slow and careful pace, that you might feel what he’s requiring of you is simply your patience;  however, since that pace is all about making progress—albeit at a snail’s pace—you’ll find it difficult to take a relaxed position in which you can apply your version of patience with any repose or satisfaction.  You’ll have to keep moving along as the day progresses, and you’ll have little control over what is to happen when.  It will help a great deal, then, if you’ll keep your attention on the net result that you’re after—if only because it will keep the Sheep’s managerial meddlings from seeming to be empty torments designed more to raise your ire than to settle your affairs.  Follow the Sheep’s baton, and you’ll find yourself making sweet music;  bring forward your adamant objections, and you’ll find yourself snarled in nets.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and torment you with boundless duties.

Born in the Year of the Hare: Even if you’ve been eager to make some dramatic progress towards your goals for the last few days, it seems to me that you’re going to find the patient and perfectionistic style of the Sheep on the watch both satisfying to comply with, and comforting to follow.  If you fully adopt both his pace and his refined quality of attention, you’ll find that you’re able to address each of the many hurdles and impediments in front of you as a single concern, and aim to accomplish Big Results by dealing with small steps, one after the other, and in quick succession.  Be careful and focused when you come to each new condition, but don’t feel you have to linger over it, once your result has been achieved.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and test your temper with complexity.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The cautious and detail-obsessed pace which the Sheep on the watch will be demanding, will capture very little of your enthusiasm, but—even if only on the basis of taking up a challenge—you’ll find it intriguing if you rouse your spirits and do your best to follow along.  If you can keep your scope of attention on small enough differences, you’ll find that each new step downwards in focus opens a completely new range of options, and you may find yourself grinning to realize what the Sheep Style has been about all along.  You won’t find many ways to apply your new understandings to the over-view approach you prefer, but it is, after all, valuable to discover An Alternative, even if you never plan on making use of it yourself.  Trust your helpers, but not your supervisors;  the former will see exactly what you’re doing, the latter not at all.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and you’ll be scrambling to keep progress on its proper rails.

Born in the Year of the Snake: You may feel that your cool calculations and hot desires are sufficient out-riggers to keep you level and on course as you paddle your canoe faster and faster towards the heart of the Great Lake with which the Rabbit Regime has presented you, but you’ll take great advantage from giving the Sheep on the watch the benefit of the doubt, and agreeing to hand over some control and do things his way for a while.  If you can stay attentive to the needs of the moment, and surrender the notion that Faster Means Better, you may be a bit embarrassed to have pointed out to you how many Truly Significant Details you’ve been leaving out of consideration;  it will be a simple matter to see to them under the Sheep’s guidance, but you’ll have to let him set the pace, and put up with him stapling you in place until each detail gets a Pass under his taut standards.  You’ll be very happy with the results, and you can get right back to paddling.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and you’ll get to put on your Super-Hero Costume and come to the rescue.

Born in the Year of the Horse: For most of those around you (Rabbits excepted) the snail’s pace established by the Sheep on the watch will fall somewhere on the spectrum between Needlessly Cautious and Annoyingly Fussy.  For you (like the Rabbits) it will seem to come as a respite from the confusions and conflicting demands that have troubled you over the last few days, and go a significant distance towards convincing you that you may catch the drift of the Whole Bunny Situation, after all.  Pay close attention to what you’re being asked to do, don’t be afraid to ask questions until you feel you have a confident grasp of what that is;  and—above all—don’t attempt anything at the outset with your Full Force.  If you marry the delicacy of attention the Sheep is supplying with a delicacy of energy on your part, truly miraculous results will come forward.  Don’t aim to please yourself, today;  aim to serve the goal you’re after.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and challenge you to spring from your spirit.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: Even if the slow-cranking pace of your Clan-Mate on the watch doesn’t suit your temperament as much as you’d prefer, you’ll see the structural value of settling small details before they can produce damage or delay, and have no trouble throwing yourself whole-heartedly into microscopic attention and miniscule action.  Keep talking while you work;  even if you feel you’re just chattering to fill empty space, a great deal of what you have to say will prove Highly Informative to those working alongside you, and you may be surprised—should they follow their interest up by asking you questions—at what you have to say, that you didn’t yet know you thought.  Make sure to make A Moment out of each completion, and don’t hesitate to take the lead when a break for diversion or nourishment is called for.  This is a day to remember that many bricks make big walls, but each must be laid one-at-a-time.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and test your willingness for speed instead of patience.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Sheep on the watch will be paying close attention to details, and keeping a sharp eye on the clock;  if you think you’ll be able to balance your boredom with the snail’s pace he’s setting, by finding something More Interesting or Highly Forbidden with which to divert yourself, you’ll only be setting yourself up for a sharp smack on the hand as you reach out to put it where it doesn’t belong.  You’ll be allowed to do a bit of pouting in response, of course, but as that will only make it more difficult to follow along on the chain-gang you feel you’ve been shackled to for the day, I can’t imagine that you’ll indulge your wounded feelings for very long.  Once you fall into the rhythm of the Sheep’s glacial pace, I actually think you’re going to enjoy yourself;  but you’re still going to reflect on the day as “kind of a waste of time” when it’s over.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and test your ability to keep your delight from leading you into difficulty.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: While the snail’s pace of progress the Sheep on the watch will be enforcing will seem a bit too far on the cautious end of the spectrum—even for one so comfortable in dealing with small distinctions and careful alignments as you are—but at least the glacial slowness of each step being addressed, examined, assessed, engaged, resolved, tested, and signed off, will give you some sense of a breather in your passage through Bunnyland, and may even give you hope that you might, eventually, learn to Speak Rabbit well-enough to order a meal and not end up with a bicycle-in-a-box and a set of hieroglyphic instructions on how to assemble it.  Your intuition is still functioning, but it will be damaged if you let irritants get the better of your good sense;  don’t let your temper rise, or you’ll lose that cheerful affability that the Sheep takes as meaning that you’re still working with him, instead of against him.  Above all, don’t avoid doing something on the basis that it seems irrational;  the Sheep is a competent translator for you, and when he’s stated it three times, you can be sure that’s actually what he means.  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and you may find yourself a little more useful than you’d actually like to be.

Born in the Year of the Dog: You can usually rely on the Clan of Fleece and Horns to be perfectly responsive to your needs and demands—even though they’re also perfectly capable of making sure they get you to apply your abilities and diligence in response—but you’ll find the Sheep on the watch today has a very tight schedule to keep to, and none of it includes dealing with your whims or shenanigans.  Consequently, you’ll have your own “abilities and diligence” to aim wherever you want to aim them, and you’ll have to see to your own “needs and demands” by yourself.  Since most around you—most particularly the Ravishing Rabbit—are going to have signed up for the Sheep’s slow-moving assembly-line approach to the day, you’ll either have to go off on your own, or agree to the Sheep’s Dictum, and satisfy yourself with progress at his pace.  That would not be a bad option;  who knows, you might placed on the assembly-line next to the Rabbit!  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and you’ll have to run fast just to stay in the same place.

Born in the Year of the Pig: If you were successful in taking a laissez-faire attitude to the Horse’s confusion upon finding himself confronted with all the chemistry equipment crowding the Twin Hares’ laboratory, you’ll find that the Sheep on the watch has—like the eminently competent assistant that he is—already arranged everything on the lab bench, ready for you to enter grandly, deliver the lecture with authority and aplomb, and set off the experiment to dramatic—and let’s hope not too seriously explosive—effect.  Don’t miss the opportunity to make small adjustments to the set-up, or on the other hand, pass over an opportunity to comment on how well things have been done for you.  Your questions, instructions, warnings, and commendations are all equally powerful today, and—though you should aim to be terse and to the point—you should not be silent when you have something to say.  Stay doubly attentive if you call someone up from the audience to assist you!  Tomorrow’s Monkey will trouble the Twin Hares with diversion, and taunt you with your own appetites.

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When strong words stand on mastery of action, only the drunkard thinks of arguing with them.

The Fate of things is determined by Heaven, and fulfilled by the righteous answering of Earth.

What the stars hang from has long been mysterious, and so we coin the name Unknown of the Sky.

If you wish to live long, then maintain mystery;  there’s a court in Hell for those who point a finger at the Big Dipper.

“Lay out the brushes quickly;  grind the ink slowly.”

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Monday, 28th of March

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


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The WATER HORSE on duty today has great strength of heart but flickering intention, and will have a hard time finding enough confidence to take the strides forward he would find satisfying, or building the smooth trajectory the Twin Hares would find reassuring.  There’s plenty of goodwill between Horse and Hare, but also plenty of room in which misunderstanding or confusion can arise;  lean on their mutual dedication to the future, but make your steps forward tentative, if only to make sure that all parties involved can make their statements of concern heard. You won’t need to respond completely to all objections or worries, but you will need to give them time to echo away and turn a bit stale in the flow of time, if you don’t want them to snowball into more serious difficulties.  Aim to go around problem patches, if possible;  this is not the day to insist on a “straight through, up-and-over” approach.  Delicacy will bring forward whatever toughness of will is available;  sensitivity will foster conviction in the worth of agreed upon aims.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: The Horse on the watch will have his own ideas about how to serve the needs and requests of the Twin Hares, and even though your critique of his offered approach might be solid, and your ideas for adjustment or re-consideration might be brilliant and worth giving a try, there’s not much you’ll be able to do to make yourself heard today, and even less you can do to make sure you’re correctly understood.  Save your energy, and humor those around you in whatever plan they seem to be testing out;  if you can offer anything, it should be the adding of your voice to the conservative consensus, voting for less dedication of resources until trials demonstrate that a workable direction has been found.  If you can use the time to lay down preparations for your Clever Plan to be taken up in the future, do so privately and without asking for assistance.  That may be wasted time, as well, however, so don’t put more energy into it than you’re willing to see go down the drain.  Do not neglect the duties others are counting on you to fulfill, however pressed for time you might feel, or however well you might convince yourself that such details could be sacrificed without anyone caring;  they do care, and they will care.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and you’ll have to find satisfaction by aiming to match his pace.

Born in the Year of the Ox: You’ll see fairly clearly the sort of problems which the Horse on the watch will take most seriously, and though you won’t agree with the style with which he approaches them, you will have to give him the respect to aim to resolve them in his way.  From your point of view, the Twin Hares will seem to care nothing about such matters of style or selection, but in truth, the Horse will look to them like he’s “onto something,” and they’ll be far more likely to favor his approach over yours—however dithering or uncertain his may look to you—and your surest way of avoiding unnecessary impediments will therefore be to “just go along” with the choices and misdirections that others around you dictate.  Continue to press for your solutions to be tried;  there will be enough vacillation going on to make it possible for them to be noticed, taken up, and put to trial.  But don’t count on receiving any praise if they prove successful, and don’t count on the simple fact that they work to mean that they won’t be chucked aside rather arbitrarily in favor of another alternative, however ineffectual it might be.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and you’ll have to “choose your battles,” if you wish to have an effect.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Horse on the watch will be firing on only a few cylinders, and looking around furtively for a mechanic who can give his engine a basic tune-up.  Since you understanding his needs so clearly, and you have confidence in your reading of the track the Twin Hares have him running around, it will be perfectly easy—and perfectly natural—for you to step forward to fill the bill.  You won’t need many more tools than a flashlight and an adjustable wrench, as the main thing the Horse is missing is confidence in his sense of direction;  don’t hang back when you can see that what needs to be said is:  “Yes!  Go ahead!”  It might help a lot to add “I’m right with you!” as soon some movement is demonstrated.  Don’t worry if you begin to feel that you’re just acting as puppet-master of someone else’s actions;  it’s still them that will be doing the Heavy Lifting, and they’ll thank you heartily for the moral support.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and you’ll have to keep remembering the purpose, for which the patience you’re asked to demonstrate is actually necessary.

Born in the Year of the Hare: Between your attitude and that of the Horse on the watch, you’ll find plenty of reasons to think:  “What the hell is going on here?”  But if you want to get past that expression of consternation (there won’t really be much you can do to reach an actual answer to the question), you’ll have to remember the congruence between the gentleness of your affections and the sensitivity of the Horse’s awareness of the world around him.  If there was ever a time to feature the soft-and-fuzzy approach everyone assumes is the main pillar of your nature, this would be it;  whatever value you might imagine you could render out of showing how stiff your Will can be, or how fierce your Determination is under the proper circumstances, neither of those demonstrations today will do anything but cause more lock-up.  You may not make a lot of headway—certainly not as much as you think you’d need in order to feel confident in your course—but if you dedicate yourself to your gentleness, at least you won’t have to spend the entire day trying to re-gather your forces, just so you can start over again at Square One.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, but at least each step will build some of that confidence you’re missing today.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: Your natural ability to take command, in those situations where the Clan of Hooves and Mane seem to require it, will not fail you today;  but since the Horse on the watch will be in such an extreme state of dither, you’ll have to stay responsive to the needs of the moment, however rapidly they might shift or change.  Fortunately, this sort of attentiveness is something you learned to maintain at about the same age as you learned to walk, and the day will not pose any real challenges for you, as long as you follow the pace set by those around you.  On the other hand, the simple fact that it’s not a challenging day for you might itself be present something of a challenge, in which case, you’ll need to remember that in circumstances like this, your tactical responsiveness is the best way to achieve longer-term success.  If you’re confident of your over-all strategic goals, then you’ll take slow-going—or even momentary retreat—in your stride.  Above all, make sure you’re not allowing yourself to look bossy;  there’s a fine line between “clear orders” and “arbitrary commands,” but it’s a clear line, nonetheless.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and if you’ll enroll in his seminar, you’ll find his meticulous approach highly educational.

Born in the Year of the Snake: Your view is so congruent with both the Horse on the watch and the Twin Hares he’s striving so ineffectually to accommodate himself to, that it may seem at first glance that the problems presenting themselves to you today must simply be coming from tiny misalignments, or from the kind of misreading of a message that springs from the mere deletion of a comma.  The truth of it is that the fracture runs far deeper than you’ll be able to see on the surface, and if you want to hold things together, you’ll have to go forward on the assumption that nobody understands the way out of These Difficulties but yourself, and that if someone is going to take charge and get things worked out, you had better be speedy in volunteering yourself for the job.  Simple statement of your instructions will be valuable, and an aimiable, reassuring manner will be virtually required;  but if you keep your attention on the state of those around you, you’ll find that you’re more than qualified for the job, and will find it rather satisfying to have driven things to safety and (small) success.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and you’ll need to put your tactical flexibility at his disposal.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The mysteries of the Clan of the Long Ears are many and highly varied—as far as you’re concerned, anyway—and the vacillating and compass-less actions of your Clan-Mate on the watch will do virtually nothing to alleviate the sense of confusion you’ve found yourself sinking into under the Twin Hares.  This sounds like bad news for the day, but actually it’s good news:  if you can face your confoundment directly, and give up assuming that it’s that which needs to be dealt with, you’ll find that part of the mystery in your relations with the Bunny Boys springs from how well you operate under their gaze, without knowing what-the-hell you’re doing.  If you can take this view, the tentative pace of the Horse on the watch will seem both judicious and appropriate, and you’ll be able to fall right into stride with him.  It’s perfectly fine if you feel eery or awe-struck, but don’t imagine that those feelings need to be dealt with, either.  Keep up your (slow) momentum;  the rudder on your sailboat doesn’t do anything to steer the vessel if you’re not actually moving through the water.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and your actions will begin to make much more sense.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: You might have recently bumped into the notion that if things keep improving this rapidly this Year, pretty soon you’ll run out of any difficulties at all to keep you from getting bored;  if you have, then the problem presented by the Horse on the watch and his flailing attempts to relate “correctly” to the Twin Hares will reassure you that (at least so far) there are still plenty of opportunities around worthy of your problem-solving skills and your dominating managerial prowess.  Given your understanding of the Way of Rabbits and Hares, and the open communication channels you maintain with the Clan of Hooves and Horns, you might think you can make short work of the Horse’s consternation, putting him on the “right” track without difficulty or delay;  I hope it won’t come as a shock to discover that the situation is not that simple.  This is going to take your diligent involvement, and if you had your own agenda to work through, you’re going to have to sacrifice at least a few items on it, if you want to keep the disturbance around you down to a dull roar.  But you can afford to take some disappointing results today;  tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and you’ll find plenty of space in which to accomplish Artful Follow-Through.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The tentative and vacillating style of the Horse on the watch will put most around you into vacillations of their own, as they try to second-guess the steps he’ll take next in his ineffectual accommodations to whatever it is he’s imagining the demands of the Twin Hares might be.  For you, however, his stop-and-go indecisiveness will open up plenty of opportunities to make use of your lightning-quick reflexes, and to show the value—as only you can so well—of taking action without the requirement of careful consideration before the fact.  In truth, it’s such attempts at “prior consideration” that are getting the Horse all tied up in his own thoughts, and hobbled with his own intent to “do the right thing.”  You have some chances of making such a clear demonstration of the way out of his quandary that he catches the knack, straightens up, and starts to fly-right;  but I wouldn’t bet on such a happy outcome.  It will be better if you just take it as you job to clear the flotsam and jetsam from the machinery as you see it passing by on the conveyor belt.  The work might be bit boring, but the astonishment of all the onlookers will be a source of pride and great delight to make it worth your efforts.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and your only satisfactions will come from hunkering down and taking his dictations.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: If it’s a bit unbelievable that the Horse on the watch is almost as confused and confounded by the Whole Rabbit Thing as you are, perhaps the consternation he’ll be demonstrating today will go a little way towards convincing you that it’s nonetheless true;  at the very least, you should take some satisfaction from realizing that you’re not the only one who looks towards the Way of Rabbits and Hares and sees an inchoate code of Wacka-Doodle Nonsense.  Well, to be fair, the Horse’s attitude is not quite that extreme;  but his potential for Total Lock-Up, in the face of the mysterious demands the Twin Hares seem to be making, is every bit the equal to your sense of obstruction and cluelessness in facing them yourself.  Fortunately, you have some armaments that the Horse is lacking:  1.) your have you wits about you still; and 2.) your intuitions (if you can get yourself to pay attention to them) are quite strong.  Calm yourself, and attend to your inner feeling about the outer world and its current challenges;  you do know which way to go, and if you’ll match the Horse’s tentative state of progress, you’ll—quite happily—be able to fine-tune your progress as you go.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and fine-tune your ability to “go with the flow.”

Born in the Year of the Dog: You can normally rely on any member of the Clan of Hooves and Mane to respond quite favorably to your confident excitement, and to follow with great interest and bounding heart the direction you set off in with your happy-go-lucky enthusiasm.  But today, the Horse on the watch is in a rather special state of distraction, and you’ll not find him very attentive to the splendid list of things you’d like to interest him in, nor very capable of responding with his usual camaraderie if you were able to capture his attention.  He’s got a thorny difficulty he’s trying to work through:  he’s confronted by the Twin Hares, who seem to want something, but are making no explanation of what that something might be, or of how to accomplish it, whatever it is.  You, of course, are at the opposite end of the confidence scale where Rabbits are concerned, but there’s no point in trying to get him (or anyone in the world today, actually) to see things from your point of view.  Take the loyal and friendly stance you’re so famous for, and humor him in his tentative style;  it really does represent the sum total of his available flexibility, today.  You will be able to guide him, but only by taking equally careful steps, and certainly not by Dashing Ahead.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and your lack of speed will be counter-balanced by increased control of your progress and resources.

Born in the Year of the Pig: For most who run into difficulty because of the consternation demonstrated by the Horse on the watch, it will seem that the resolution of the problem could only come through helping him out of his confusion, and enabling him to make some sense of the rather vague indications of the Twin Hares concerning what they wish or expect him to do.  You, however, are wise enough in the characteristics of all around you to realize how fruitless any attempt to help the Horse to “make up his mind” will be, and will turn your attention—quite naturally—towards the Bunny Boys, instead.  As far as you’re concerned, it’s not that the Horse needs to come to some New Understanding, or that the Twin Hares need to find a New Language into which to translate their statement of intent;  it’s rather that the confrontation between Horse and Hare is—as it were—designed to slow things down to a crawl, and that it’s the very complexity of their “dis-communication” that should not be tampered with, if it’s to be allowed to yield it’s proper, natural, and healthy outcome.  Your job, then, is to radiate confidence in Things As They Are, and to broadcast reassurance that the flow of Time is perfect, and—in any case—inescapable.  As much as you enjoy this sort of position of Authority, you’re going to like even better turning out to have been Perfectly Correct.  Tomorrow’s Sheep will make a virtue of slow-going, and your position of Authority will turn into a position of Command.

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Even when all propriety is observed, every righteous step forward brings closer the moment when progress will be fulfilled,

And turning back will become the only option;  not to yield at that point is like “destroying the village to save it.”

When the Moon has made her glorious arc into the cool hours before dawn, she turns her bright gaze backwards, to the East.

The sky brightens and her elegance fades into a pale shadow:  this is the nature of beauty, and the beauty of drawing near.

“For a long journey, pack slowly.”

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Sunday, 27th of March

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


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The METAL SNAKE on duty today has a dark and brooding attitude, and an appetite for solitude rather than involvement, but will find himself charmed and warmed by the Twin Hares, even as he charms and cools them in return.  You can trust your intuitions where your inner desires are concerned, but neither the Snake nor the Twin Hares will support your interests in the outer world today.  The other indicators point towards work indoors, of course, but the more you put your energies towards simply rectifying what seems out of place, the less complexity and confusion you’ll bring down on yourself.  Working slowly enough to maintain a meditative awareness of your movements will help you keep from draining your strength unnecessarily, and deepen your sensual appreciation of the ordinary and repeating rhythms of daily life.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: The Snake on the watch will be maintaining an unusually cordial attitude in honor of the Twin Hares, and your job will be to fit in without trying to exert your own preferences.  Fortunately, this will be quite easy for you to accomplish, and if you attend to the needs of others ahead of your own, you’ll find yourself both well-rewarded, and personally satisfied with the results.  Be careful not to fall into the mistake of trading speed for quality;  there’s a world of patience around you today, but you have to slow down in order to recognize it.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll have to suppress your Fix-It Attitude.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Snake on the watch will be cooling and slowing most of the activity going on around you, and rather than feeling much of the soporific effect yourself, you’ll find your gaze towards the point on the horizon, which you’ve long-since selected, only growing sharper and more focused as obstacles seem to disappear.  Speeding up slightly will be an attractive option, but you should be careful not to put your excess energy into more velocity, until you’ve assured yourself that you’re fulfilling all of your social duties and responsibilities.  Others will not be expecting you to show such diligence in their relationships with you, and you’ll not only get extra appreciation from them, you’ll find your diligence a source of great personal satisfaction.  Let money matters slide for the day.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll need to give others the benefit of the doubt.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: While the Snake on the watch has his attention completely absorbed by the Twin Hares, and they in turn seem captivated by his interest, you may feel as if a whistle has been blown, and everybody but you has cleared the pool.  Fortunately, the omens for attention to the Interior World will serve your constantly recurring appetites for solitude and independence, and you’re due for a very satisfying sampling of each.  Strangely, it’s sometimes easiest for you to feel On Your Own when you’re on a prowl out in public;  if your wanderings take you there, make sure you don’t go beyond such bland courtesies as “How are you?” and “Are you finished with this?”  If you express deeper interest, you’ll only find yourself bored with the answers, and your counterparts offended by your disinterest.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll find your social powers once again in demand.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The Snake on the watch will give you the definite sensation that things are slowing down and cooling off, and that will probably make perfect sense to you.  What you’ll have a harder time understanding is the way such attention makes your attitude to the work you have at hand broaden and shift into a different gear:  you’re going to be very sharply devoted to fine differences and exact alignments, and finding it uncharacteristically easy to take those steps which you would usually avoid as too embarrassing, or not part of your skill-set.  Go ahead!  Be bold about it!  Just don’t lose touch with that cooler, slower speed the Snake is making available;  it’s where the Magic springs from today.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll find success more with your softness than with your strength.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: Though, of course, he’s not doing it specifically for your benefit, the fact that the Snake is so completely subsuming the attention of the Twin Hares will be something that you can easily turn to your advantage.  It might feel as is a great white sheet has dropped over all the aspects of the Rabbit Regime that you find dull or meddlesome, allowing you to project your own sensibilities like a movie cast onto a blank wall or window shade.  Remember that “it’s only a movie,” and you’ll find your musings today extremely inventive, and so well-attuned to The Big Problem that you’ll have every right to assume that they’re closer to prophecies than to wishful dreams.  Special note: When you already know you’re right, what is the point of arguing about it?  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll need tactical flexibility more than strategic command.

Born in the Year of the Snake: Your Clan-Mate on the watch will set a pace for the day that will definitely suit your tastes, and make it easy to make use of your skill-set, but since the object of his attention is the Twin Hares, you’re going to find it surprisingly difficult to keep your own cool-headed and stealthy attitude in facing them.  Your thoughts will be flying on the wings of your desire, and your actions rolling on the well-greased wheels of your passionate intent;  what will be missing is anything like a braking system, and you may feel that your ability to steer is difficult to locate, as well.  Not to worry;  your trip through Bunnyland is more like an amusement park ride than a exploratory expedition.  You’re not as responsible for what actually happens as you are use to being;  relax, and enjoy it.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll need to act like the adult in the room.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The slow and cool attitude which the Snake on the watch is bringing to the day is perfectly complemented by the warm and quirky attitude of the Twin Hares, and while for most around you, this means a day of lowered expectations and duller responsibilities, for you it means a sharper awareness of what you might do to make your contribution, and a simpler idea of how you can best go about it.  Don’t be afraid to volunteer yourself for the actions others seem to be trying to avoid getting saddled with;  you’ve got plenty of energy in store, and your will to make use of it is going to be clear and well-aligned.  Don’t, however, offend the Snake by violating his preferred pacing;  the slower you go, the more you’ll feel the camaraderie and support of those you’re working with, and the happier your outcomes will be.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll be examining the blurred line between Mystery and Mastery.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: As much as you understand the style and preferences of the Snake on the watch, and as completely as you feel yourself able to serve the needs of the Twin Hares, you’ll find there’s very little space for you to demonstrate any of your expertise in the tight space left over, once they have locked eyes and started moving towards each other.  It’s not that you’re going to be left powerless and forlorn;  the Twin Hares are going to be sweeping you along in their wake for the rest of the Moon, almost without you having to do much at all to support them, or to ensure your proximity to their favors.  Rather, it’s that you’ll just have to trust in their beneficent attitude where All Things Fleeced are concerned;  if the Snake is giving the dancing lessons, and the Twin Hares are getting to lead, that leaves you only with the options of Following Along, Looking Graceful, and Smiling Radiantly.  I say:   do all three.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll have to exert yourself to make sure he doesn’t get confused between the two.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: Normally, when a Snake comes on the watch, you can count on a day of heightened energies, wide-open opportunities, and a strong chance of getting yourself into some kind of trouble;  this Snake, however, is going to be so fascinated by the Twin Hares, and the miraculous options with which they seem to present him, that his usual penchant for catching your eye and winking will be completely undemonstrated.  If you multiply the sense of forlorn disappointment this might give you with the mystified curiosity you already feel in regard to the Twin Hares, I worry for what the equation might yield.  Assume, instead, that your position is floating because the Snake is relying on you to maintain your Undedicated Flexibility.  Most likely, he won’t be able to offer an in-depth explanation of the Bunny Boys, or of why he finds them So Damned Delicious, but he will have rewards to offer you for—as it were—holding his coat while he dances with them.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and your quickness and creativity will come back into demand.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Snake on the watch will be in a sort of trance-state today, fascinated by the Twin Hares, and apparently completely inattentive to the affinities that lead you to count on his support and beneficent attitude.  Indeed, it’s likely that you’ll feel more open and exposed than usual, as if the Snake were pointing you out to the Bunny Boys as a trophy he’d collected and brought forward as their play-thing or target for the day.  Don’t dwell on the supposed betrayal you could easily read into the situation;  sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight.  As long as you know you’ve been sighted, it will be an easy thing to Play Dumb, and Play Along;  your acquiescing smiles will get you far more than your Fix-It Attitude.  It won’t hurt, of course, also to remember to duck;  just come up smiling afterwards, if only to show that you’re still “in the game.”  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll have to follow your hunches in order to keep up.

Born in the Year of the Dog: By now, you may have gained the understanding in the Year of the Hare, that “to pursue the Rabbit, you must become the Rabbit.”  If that sounds to you like some kind of mumbo-jumbo mind trick, the Snake on the watch today will be giving you some concrete examples of the way in which it’s Hard Fact.  In a way, he’s offering you lessons in Thinking Backward:  1.) locate goal;  2.) locate step just before reaching goal;  3.) locate step just before step 2;  4.) repeat recursively until present location is reached.  Whatever it is you’re after, today’s the day to try assuming that you’re—in a sense—already triumphantly there;  for the rest of the Moon, you can work backwards from that assumption.  Oh, and there’s a mantra that goes along with this practice.  Repeat after me:  “Ah-ha!”  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll have to approach your cause with care.

Born in the Year of the Pig: As competent with complexity and confusion as the Clan of the Curly Tail might be, you’re going to find the tension between your enmity with the Snake on the watch and your affection for the Twin Hares (who are the object of his penetrating attention) more than you’re comfortable trying to deal with.  It would be bad enough if it were only the Snake who’s attention was completely captivated;  but the Bunny Boys, for their part, are going to be locking eyes with Ol’ Sneaky-Scaley, and paying no attention at all to your protestations or advice.  If only for your own peace of mind, then, I can only advise you to find your own concerns to occupy yourself with, and to make the day as socially uninvolved as is at all feasible.  “There’s nothing happier than a Pig at home,” is a worthy adage, and you’ll do well to demonstrate its truth today.  Tomorrow’s Horse will balance doubts in the present with hopes in the future, and you’ll find your command of complexity has come back into fashion.

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The wave rolls forward, but the water has only gone up and down;  the form and the flow marry and separate seamlessly.

If you think you’ve gotten ahead, you’re wrong;  if you find you’ve fallen behind, you’re mistaken.  Take a broader view.

The sparks fly upwards like companion birds ascending to Heaven;  it’s only because of their nature that they do so.

The ashes slump down like the defeated, hoping only perhaps to be united with the ancestors;  that’s in their nature, too.

“Stand on one foot, step forward with the other.”

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Saturday, 26th of March

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


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The METAL DRAGON on duty today possesses brilliance of style and elegance of manner, but neither his powerful flexibility nor his sleek elusiveness will impress the Twin Hares.  They will probably take the frequent stops he requires as nothing but rank obstructionism, even though his true motive is to add his potentially valuable critique to their plan for progress.  Similar misunderstandings will likely fill the day;  give the Dragon the benefit of the doubt, and give up the possibility of building momentum in exchange for the reassurance that can come by checking the veracity of small concerns and objections.  Most will prove to be false alarms, but the few that do not will save you valuable time and effort by removing impediments while they’re still relatively easy to deal with, or—worse—before they have a chance to develop into true emergencies.  Most of the omens of the day support this sort of caution;  don’t be afraid to take the time to look below the surface, even if you feel a bit silly doing so.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: Your affinities with the Dragon on the watch will put you in a bad light if you’re not more than unusually attentive to good manners and a soft style of approach.  Assume that you should take everything about twice as slow as you’d like to, and if dealing with others, plan on having to spend extra time doing some hand-holding, or providing careful explanation of your motives.  Don’t let anyone else handle what you can deal with yourself, unless they clearly have the superior expertise.  You might imagine that you have a Lucky Touch where money is concerned today;  sadly, it’s only an illusion.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and your capacity for offering warmth and service will help you fit in.

Born in the Year of the Ox: It will be hard for you to see the value the Dragon on the watch is trying to bring to the Twin Hares’ newly discovered sense of purpose, and as irritated as they’re going to be acting, it will be easier for you to take their side of the argument.  Assume that you’re going to be in a state of disruption for most of the day, but take some joy in the fact that none of the impediments to your progress will be all that massive or time-consuming;  your disturbance will come more from the frequency of having to stop to deal with things, than from the duration of any one of the pauses.  As there’s not much you can do to alter the structural roughness of the path in front of you today, you might as well invoke that tolerance for which your Clan is famous, and trust that what you lose in time today, you’ll gain in efficiency during the rest of the Moon.  If you’re looking for Friendly Diversions, look to your Higher-Ups.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and you’ll get your goal back in your sights.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: In any face-off between Dragons and Hares, it’s the Hares you easily take sides with;  and yet, if you’re honest, you have to admit that the Dragons always give you a good run for your money, and frequently bring out your True Strengths better than anyone else can.  Perhaps for today, then, you should retain scrupulous neutrality, and enjoy your capacity to park in your Patience.  As dramatic as the language around you may be, the process of working through what the Dragon on the watch will be bringing forward is going to require both delicacy and persistence;  let it be him that supplies them, while you wait for the path in front of you to clear.  If called upon for assistance or reference, be bold and decisive, and then step back as quickly as you can;  you’ll see easily exactly what needs to be done, but your power today comes from waiting.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and your taste for solitude will strengthen.

Born in the Year of the Hare: You may be in no better mood than your Twin Clan-Mates, on account of the Dragon on the watch, with his fussy list of Necessaries to work through, but at least you may be in a better position to put his obstructionism to some use.  There are hidden treasures in the terrain about you, which you’ve not had time and attention available in the last couple of weeks even to imagine might be there;  you won’t have to give up your grumbling or complaining to do so, but since you’re not getting to do what you want to, you may as well do some idle digging around while you’re stopped or stalled.  It will be good for you to feel that at least you’re expending some energy, and if you come upon one of those gems, you’re going to feel sheepish discovering that the Dragon ought to get some of the credit.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and bring forward in you Strange Powers.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: Even if only because of the sheer irritation value your Clan-Mate on the watch is bringing to the day, your words and actions are going to be under closer scrutiny, and open to more heart-felt criticism.  Fortunately, this is not a circumstance you’ll find it particularly difficult to work with, and—as long as you don’t make the resistance you run into Part of the Problem—your knack for inventing judo moves as you twist and turn towards your successes, will enable you to use objections against themselves, and to accomplish your ends with heightened efficiency.  Don’t add to your troubles, however, by failing to take a warm-hearted and receptive tone with those you’re working with;  if you want to get the thorn out of the child’s foot, you’re going to have to calm them down first.  And be cautious of letting your temper fly free;  it will be very tempting to let it loose, but very, very difficult to deal with the repercussions.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and give you both leverage and energy to turn back towards The Big Deal.

Born in the Year of the Snake: Whenever a Dragon comes on the watch, he always brings with him the option of playing your Good Cop against his Bad Cop;  you’re in optimum favorability to employ this tactic today.  Your assessment of your circumstance is spot-on, your clarity about your strategic position is unclouded, and your fortunes for the rest of the Moon—indeed, for the rest of the Year, as well—are destined to rise.  Lower your exertions to the bare minimum, and let the Dragon do the work for you;  if you’re turned to for advice or support, be terse and direct—particularly if that can make you seem more mysterious—and don’t fail to make it clear that you’ve got no hostilities you’re seeking to resolve or to exercise.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and you’ll charm them with your attentiveness and intensity.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The confidence in his own manner that the Dragon on the watch will bring to his task in confronting the Twin Hares will soften your apprehensions, and give you plenty of reason to feel that you’re Right As Rain.  But on the other hand, your weak understanding of the Rabbit Regime has gained more traction since the second passage of the Triple Hares, and you’ll share with them their sense that Going Forward is what’s wanted, and that the Standing Still that the Dragon is demanding—even if it is only intermittent, and very possibly for Very Good Reasons—is both difficult to stomach and easy to complain about.  Still, if you check your track record, you’ll have to admit that there are very few times when following the dictates of the Dragon proved not to be worth it, and if you’ll summon some patience for your own impatience, you’ll see his Wisdom demonstrated again today.  Social time with those you work with, by the way, will help you do just that.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, lightening your load at the same time as he focuses your energy to deal with it.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: While you won’t enjoy the interventions and delays insisted on by the Dragon on the watch any more than will the Twin Hares, at least you have the advantage of not being in his line of fire, and will therefore be able to see some small uses to which you can apply the stalls and stillness he’ll produce through the day.  If there weren’t such a word as “multi-tasking” already, you’d have to invent it in order to describe the mastery you’ll put on display in those little moments of pause.  Don’t allow yourself to get snagged on larger scale considerations, or to fall into worrying about the Big Picture;  this is a day for “dusting the details,” and if you fall instead into the rhythm of it, you’ll become the demonstrator model of “whistling while you work.”  You know what to do.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and you’ll have to relinquish some control in order to make some progress.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: Your well-known affinities with the Clan of Scales and Claws will make everyone assume that you’re taking the side of the Dragon on the watch today, whether you agree with his stop-and-start approach to dealing with what he sees as the Twin Hares failings, or not.  Since you won’t be able to second-guess his timing, or his choice of issues to make a Big Deal out of, you’ll have to take a soft-edged and smiling position in response to them, radiating—as best you can—the social message:  “I’m sure this will work out just fine!”  Of course  you may have some doubts, yourself;  but this is not the time to indulge them.  You may not understand entirely what the Dragon is trying to accomplish, but that comes from the mysteries surrounding the Clan of the Long Ears, rather than from your lack of faith in what a Dragon—once aroused—can accomplish.  Look at your track-record, and you’ll find plenty of proof for the practicality of following the Dragon’s Wisdom.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, leaving you a little uncertain of your course, and casting about for guidance.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: As will frequently be the case during the Rabbit Regime, the Dragon on the watch today will be offering you some cover, drawing fire from the Twin Hares on account of his insistence that they not gloss over what he sees as Glaring Faults in their approach, and Huge Gaps in their reasoning.  Well, some could say “lack of reasoning;”  but let’s pass over that for the moment.  Take a bland and blissful attitude, aiming to convince anyone who meets your gaze that you’re only going along for the ride, and have no interest in handling either the maps or the steering wheel.  You’ll find the Dragon eminently capable of getting you to your destination—whatever it might be—as if he were either reading your mind, or at least as if he is, in fact, psychic enough to recognize the destination you would have wanted instead, if only you understood Bunnyland as well as he.  Dress comfortably, pack a light lunch, and sit in the back seat;  I hope I need mention no proscriptions against “back-seat driving.”  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and put you back in the spotlight for his own purposes.

Born in the Year of the Dog: Now that the Triple Hares have passed by and laid down a trail you can follow with both ease and delight, it will come as a bit of a downer that your Old Nemesis insists that there is a long list of Small Details that need to be dealt with before you can rev-up and peel-out.  Strangely, once you get over the initial disappointment in not getting to make a Dramatic Dash out of the day, you’ll find it highly convenient to have him to blame for the fact that you’re not running hell-bent-for-leather towards you don’t-quite-know-what.  The tracks laid down by the Bunny Boys are not going to vanish in the next instant, and you’ll easily be able to pick up on them as soon as you can find a convenient time in the not-too-distant future;  for today, mollify the Dragon by taking his dictum as a given, and letting your attention do some wandering.  There are some details of the freshly-published Rabbit Rules that even the Twin Hares don’t know about yet, and the fact that they’ll be so devoted in casting their attention and objections towards the Dragon, will make it highly likely that you’ll sniff some of them out.  Watch, and learn.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and you’ll find those Rabbit Tracks still fresh and undisturbed.

Born in the Year of the Pig: In any confrontation between Dragons and Hares, nobody has to guess on which side your partisanship will fall;  but as much as you share the Twin Hares’ anger at having to deal with the petulant and petty details the Dragon on the watch insists much be attended to, there’s very little you’ll accomplish either by announcing that fact, or—worse—by inserting yourself and your (no-doubt sensible) reasoning into their argument.  Your own arguments with the Clan of Scales and Claws are always more successful—not to mention, safer—when there’s no third party around to witness either you or the Dragon making points or yielding ground.  With both the Bunny Boys intent on expressing their displeasure, and fully attentive to what you have to say on the matter, your best course is to step back, put your hands in your pockets, and keep your lips sealed.  If this makes you feel sheepish, or incompetent, or ungenerous, please accept my advice to be more gentle with yourself;  your discretion is one of your least appreciated assets, and one of your most valuable today.  Tomorrow’s Snake will calm the Twin Hares and cool the atmosphere, and you’ll want to remain uninvolved to protect your own interests.

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In matters of boldness or defense, it’s the large rat who has the advantage over the little mouse;

But when delicacy is called for, or the ease of execution of the clever plan makes caution hard to hold,

Far better to be tiny, far more lucky to find many places to hide, smaller crevices to slip into.

Progress may mean only “going forward,”  but success must mean “arriving safely,” even if without fanfare or triumph.

“Your belt may look down on your shoelace, but not after you’ve tripped and fallen to the ground.”

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Friday, 25th of March

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


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The EARTH HARE on duty today has an inward-turning attitude and a contemplative nature, but will soften his sometimes dark and recalcitrant mood to join in conference with his Twin Clan-Mates.  The other indicators for the day are favorable for the over-all purpose of their convention today:  to settle upon the alignment of their intentions for the rest of the Year, and to begin to make them plain and recognizable.  Take the day as an opportunity to read what they are publishing as a set of new omens, and to recast your own intentions to understand and accommodate the Way of Rabbits and Hares.  Over the remainder of the Hare Moon, there will no doubt be a couple of codicils to the statement they are putting the finishing touches on today, and you may find yourself having to appeal for adjudication from time to time over the rest of the Year;  but once the Hares have completed their concurrence today, you can regard your awareness of them as sufficient to make your choices, and count on them coming forward correctly to state their case if the choices you make are, in fact, ill-conceived.  Make yourself available to the generosity of the Hare, and receive it as gratefully as you do the glow of sunlight rising at dawn in the freshness of a new morning.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: Consider your agenda for the day as fully subsumed by the need to read and re-read the contract which the Triple Hares are proposing you sign with them;  it will require your constant diligence not to allow your aggressive ambitions to outstrip your ability to consider your social environment, and not to allow your cleverness to gain the upper hand over your good manners and responsiveness.  These principles will be easy to practice today;  there’s no point in considering yourself a kind of copy machine—able to spit out facsimiles, day after day for the rest of the year—but the more you take the version of yourself you feel today as benchmark for your behavior over the rest of the Year, the more you’ll appreciate what the Way of the Rabbits and Hares is making available to you, and find yourself more correctly able to receive it to support your happiness and success.  Practice the Way of May I, Please, and Thank You, and don’t forget to look others in the eyes when you’re talking or listening;  though they’ll appreciate the practice, this is more important for your benefit, than it is for theirs.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll have to summon your highest levels of diplomacy.

Born in the Year of the Ox: Very little of what the Triple Hares express to day as their edict for the remainder of the Year will come as a surprise to you, and so you’ll take their alignment together as a kind of favor to you personally, enabling you to make simpler accomplishment of your purposes, and giving you a clearer appreciation of the intentions behind their actions—and their failures to act.  You can count on their generosity to remain a bulwark of your satisfaction for the rest of the Year, but you’ll have to remember that the twists and turns that they force you into from time to time, may very well be necessary in order to more efficiently traverse their terrain;  when laying down level tracks, the shortest distance between two points is very frequently not a straight line, after all.  The Hare will do everything he can to keep you level and moving forward this Year;  you’ll only have to supply a bit of leeway and flexibility to allow him to do it.  Trying to remain cheerful wouldn’t hurt either, even though on some days (like this one, perhaps) that might a bit more like a job than a spontaneous upwelling of spirit.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll have to submit to a slow-down while some blockage is cleared from the track ahead of you.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The edict of the Triple Hares will have a very short section on the involvements and restrictions they’re proposing that you sign up for:  basically it says, “Do as you will.”  Having earned a bit of a respite by your dutiful service last Year, the Hares would like nothing better than to arrange your sabbatical from responsibility for the remainder of theirs;  consider it the deep bow they make to your unerring sense of honor, your over-whelming boldness, and your astounding patience in the face of both the insults of the outer world and its inconveniences, and the ranklings of your inner world and its perpetually rotating whims.  You’ll need to consider their offer, of course, in the light of the challenges which the Dragon will be offering you at the end of the Rabbit Regime;  but the Hare knows you well enough to enable both your deep repose and your delighted recreation this Year, and you really ought to follow your own feelings in taking access to them both.  Working hard is not at all forbidden, but it would be slightly insulting to the Way of Rabbits and Hares to pursue it when you don’t actually want to. Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll get some practice at balancing your patience and your boldness.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The assembly of your Clan-Mates in such numbers must be taken as a moment of Signal Importance to your grasp of the duties and delights you’ve taken up by virtue of arriving in the Year of the Hare;  you’ve toyed with possibilities long enough since the Tiger passed the mantle to you and your Clan, to have a deep understanding of how wide-open the new possibilities actually are, and how fundamental your awareness and responsiveness are to their actual accomplishment.  It won’t be long after you begin to peruse the particulars of the statement they’re publishing today before you start smacking your forehead with your hand, as your eyes light up, and you hear yourself intoning the words:  “Oh!  Right! ….Of course!”  The world is a Perfectly Safe Space for you today—as long as you keep your attention focused on it, that is—and you should wander around marveling at its complexity and its openness to your presence.  Take up its generosities, and channel them to all the others around you;  this will be as easy as rolling off a log today, but you will have to make sure that your feet hit the ground first, as you do it.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll have to attend to both the spirit and the letter of his critique.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The alignment of so many of the Pesky Hares might seem like a road-block to your progress, but one of such small scale that it will be hard to take very seriously.  Whether it should be taken seriously, or not, is largely a function of your own attitude.  The document they’re proposing for your signature will be arriving page-by-page through the day, but most of the pertinent clauses—where you’re concerned—amount to a set of agreements requiring you to maintain your neutrality in most matters, and to take a strict Non-Interference Pledge on all the others.  As obstructive to your very respectable authority as such a position as this would put you might seem—really, it’s more like a non-position, isn’t it?—this is an expression of the Hares’ generosity;  they are quite aware that your duties and responsibilities will rise dramatically once the Rabbit Regime has run its course, and they want to make sure that you’re properly rested (and perhaps, just enough bored) in order to “rise dramatically” at that time, as well.  Look at the Big Problem, and consider the scale of solution you’d like to summon;  take all this Year to lay down your preparations, and your success will be re-doubled thereafter.  Of course, you can also simply take the day—and the other 300-and-some left—to lodge your objections and try to exert your “very respectable authority;”  but do you actually like being hampered by ankle-high brambles, or the sensation of trying to run through hip-deep water?  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll need to have considered your words very carefully before you speak them.

Born in the Year of the Snake: By this point in the Year, it should be obvious (if not yet, perhaps, perfectly convincing) that the Hare really, really likes you, and that his arrival has signaled the beginning of the Bright Arc of your rotation through Time.  Technically, it’s due to last 7 years, and though that’s the optimistic assessment—dependent upon your proper responsiveness to the requirements each of the years will place before you—I have every confidence that you’ll rise to the tests, and acquit yourself brilliantly.  Coming as it does after 5 years of the Dark Trials, this new period should be greeted with uplifted hope, and refreshed ambitions, and the alignment of the Triple Hares will go a long way to make that demonstration readable and undeniable today.  Trust their generosity, and believe in the appetites they are whetting;  the time may not be right for Direct Action, but it’s perfect for making sure that your alignment is true, and that your preparations are properly going forward towards their completion.  The Rabbit Regime will ask of you some counter-balancing sacrifices and flexibilities;  your job is be be sane enough to consider them, and rational enough to hand them over with good feeling.  Note: This is not quite as simple to do as it might sound.  Again, however:  “I have every confidence.”  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll need to be careful not to get saddled with the job of Go-Between.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The alignment of the Triple Hares will offer you the clarity that can come from seeing enough copies of one document, to feel confident that slight deviations of spelling or syntax were, in fact, intentional, and to give you reason to assume that—having read them over for comparison—you have the general gist of their meaning and import.  Certainly, you’ve been paying enough attention to the weird and quirky aspects of the Rabbit Regime for long enough to grasp that its not safe for you to make assumptions about how it operates—or doesn’t operate, as the case may be.  But in demonstration of the generosity upon which the Way of Rabbits and Hares is so deeply grounded, the Triple Hares wish to make it clear to you today that as long as the assumption you’re making is that you “kind of get it,” they’ll have no difficulty themselves in making up any distance your approximations leave uncovered.  It’s well known that you don’t like such ambiguities, but when you’re in a Foreign Land, you need to trust in your Nature, assume that you’re Not Fully Informed, and add a lot of gracious smiles to your hopeful gesturing.  The Hares are smiling back today;  trust them, and they’ll smile most of the rest of the Year, as well.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll have to resist the temptation to take his remarks as welcome certainties.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: While those about you are mummuring and muttering to see the Triple Hares having arranged such an artful alignment, you’ll be thinking to yourself:  “About time.”  And while others are poring over the evidence the Hares are publishing today, seeking for the keys by which to understand the document of its presentation and the details of the agreement to which they’re being asked to sign, you’ll be already phoning the booking agents to arrange for the Book Tour, and checking numbers to see how soon the paper-back version should be released.  Confidence in the generosity of the Clan of the Long Ears must sometimes be built up slowly—but not by you. Perhaps the only needful value of the Hares-In-Assembly for you today, is the congruence of everyone else’s view to your own.  Trust in that accomplishment today, and use it as the benchmark of your actions for the rest of the Year.  You do know what to do, and you do know how to tell others what to do;  it only remains to make sure that you’ve pulled every single aspect of your Artful Diplomacy out of mothballs, and to promise yourself that you won’t deny yourself the joy of developing and fine-tuning a few new tricks and techniques, as you go forward.  Whatever it is today, Go For It.  Whatever it is this Year, Do Likewise.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you should plan on developing at least one of those “new tricks and techniques.”

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The assembly of a larger number of Hopping Hares won’t do much for your inherent understanding of their Nature, or for your creative certainty in finding the way to make use of their Very Valuable Attributes, should you ever—in fact—discover with any confidence exactly what those might be.  Still, there’s nothing you like quite so much as a Really Good Puzzle, and in most circumstances that word, “Good,” almost always includes the sense of “Difficult.”  On such grounds for consideration, the Way of Rabbits and Hares excels;  not only is it complex in its simplicity—or simple in its complexity, depending on how you look at it—the net result of your deeper and deeper investigations is liable to produce such intricate enjoyment, that you’re very likely not to object to the fact that you’re really no closer to Understanding at the end of any of your artful and inquisitive experimentations, than you were at the quizzical beginning.  Summon your cheerful agreeability today, then, and let the experiments begin!  Remember the Scientist’s Dictum:  “We’re interested in better answers, but we’re more interested in better questions.”  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll need to make sure that your experiments err on the side of gentility and gentleness, in order not to risk any over-doing or offense.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: You’ve been under a Lucky Star during the entire Hare Moon, not entirely because the congruence of the Twin Hares has given you a stereoscopic view of what you’re up against this Year, and enhanced both your field of resolution, and your depth-perception within it.  You can therefore regard the Triple Hares not as an amassed troop of Enemy Forces, but as a redundant reiteration of your Good Fortune in coming to Bunnyland, and as a line of stewards linking arms and effectively ushering you in the Proper Direction for the duration of your passage through it.  This is, after all, the Year for you to take your Inner Path;  as long as you remain confident in the powers you usually find so effective in the Outer World, you’ll find the trek you have to make full of land-mines, low hanging obstructions, and entanglements in barbed wire—and that’s not even mentioning the punches and jabs the Rabbits and Hares will feel called upon by duty to deliver to your nose.  If, on the other hand, you take it as your task to question your certainties, the Hares will shower you with blessings, all the more infuriating to those (untrustworthy) certainties, because—or course—you won’t really understand how or why they’re doing so.  Repeat this exercise:  shrug your shoulder, roll you eyes upward, and say, “What do I know?”  Try it today, and it will make Very Good Sense to you.  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll be able to test the power of not adding your remarks.

Born in the Year of the Dog: With the Twin Hares aligning with their Clan-Mate, and multiplying themselves into Triple Hares, you’ll be experiencing the meaning of the phrase “an embarrassment of riches,” and wondering how you’ll ever get yourself to move if you cannot resolve the question, “Which direction first?”  As convinced as most will become by the end of the Year of the Rabbit’s Generosity, you need no convincing at all;  the mere presence of a quarry, so Worth The Effort to pursue, has awakened your sleeping appetite for labor, and put you under the influence of the boundless energies produced through your complete mental comfort with taking boundless amount of physical rest.  Now that the Happy Hares have resolved their determinations for the Year, and you can be sure that others will begin to recognize the generosities the Clan of the Long Ears will be extending to them, you can regard yourself as “at your liberty” to pursue your ambitions where they lead you, and expend your forces to within an inch of your life.  Not that the Bouncing Bunnies are eager to put you into jeopardy!  But they are as eager for The Chase as you, and are perfectly devoted to the idea of putting you to The Test.  Ready?  Steady?  Go!  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll need to do some sniffing-and-snooping to find your proper placement.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The astonishment some will feel, discovering the Twin Hares multiplying themselves into a Trio of Hares, will be counter-balanced by a sense of foreboding as to what sort of craziness the increase in number might mean.  For you, none of the brash demonstrations of the Clan of the Long Ears which have been made since they assumed their office for the Year, contained much surprise;  though, of course, the grandeur and promise such demonstrations contained was not lost on you, in the least.  Now that the Happy Hares have hammered out their Mission Statement for themselves, and will begin to publish it in more readable form, you’ll find that your task shifts from reassuring others of the generosity and wisdom of the Way of Rabbits and Hares, to making individually attuned comments to each one who appeals to you, informing them of how they Fit In to the current state of affairs, and how they can best attune themselves to the “generosity” and how they can best absorb the “wisdom.”  The Pig View is, on the whole, far more digestible than the Rabbit Riddle to more than one likes to admit.  Borrow their Mysterious Generosity and add it to your own;  the brief document they are publishing today will need pages and pages of commentary from you if it’s to achieve its true purpose and its broadest reception.  I did tell you that you were going to enjoy this Year, didn’t I?  Tomorrow’s Dragon will offer a critical editing of the Hare’s statement of intention, and you’ll need to compose your thoughts instead of publishing your comments.

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Transformations make the world, and constancy confounds it:  to go forward must many times mean to make a retreat.

Just past the Center of Spring, and the winds are arbitrary, bringing first sunny skies, then clouds and cold.

If the rain holds off, a blaze in the fire-pit will remind us of the concentrations of Winter;

If not, we’ll raise thanks that the soil is nourished, and that we need rain-gear, instead of snow-shovels.

“Speaking in silence is clear;  thinking in silence is meaningful.”

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Thursday, 24th of March

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


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The EARTH TIGER on duty today has a gruff demeanor and a highly secretive style, and will prowl cautiously in wary regard against any threats to the composure of the Twin Hares.  It’s another good omen for the long-term prospects for the Year that the darkest of the Tigers is on guard for the SHUT Day, in preparation for the final convention of the Triple Hares tomorrow.  The day holds some promise for new beginnings, but they should be regarded as coming from the blank repose which the SHUT Day suggests.  If the Year has brought you smiles so far, your inactivity today will ensure that they are written into the agenda published by the Triple Hares tomorrow, near the top of the list.  If darker worries have troubled you so far, this is a day to let the settle, re-pool, and rise up fresh tomorrow, with a new plan of approach and new awareness of the Way of Rabbits and Hares, and how to accommodate it.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: You’ll have to remain dutiful to the Tiger on the watch, and observe carefully the requirement to keep low and out of sight.  It might surprise you to find such restrictions enjoyable, but as long as you pay attention to your home-life before any other concern, and make sure to eat often enough to keep your engine humming properly, you’ll feel a rise in your confidence and your generosity as the day progresses.  Don’t under-estimate the amount of rest you think you need.  If you can sleep longer, do so;  if you can sneak a nap, do so.  Set an alarm if you need to wake by a certain time, as your body may countermand your inner clock, and leave you unconscious longer than you intended.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and for you that will mean maintaining energetic responsiveness.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The sense of quiet insisted upon by the Tiger on the watch will do nothing to impede your progress, or indeed, to weaken your work ethic.  Instead, you’ll find the weaker energies of those around you flagging, and the complexities they sometimes bring to your style of approach drifting away, leaving you with the happy possibility of Just Going Forward.  If there’s something out of line or dissatisfying in your progress today, it’s a sign that your aim deserves some readjustment, or that you’re not attending to a part of your own agenda.  Take a fair-witness review of your practices and gullibilities;  if you’re attentive, you’ll see exactly what small changes might be needed.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll feel your compass-point come to true alignment.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The demand made by your Clan-Mate on the watch that restraint and inactivity be the orders of the day, will apply even to you, though I can’t imagine that you’ll take the news with anything but a long stretch, a sly smile, and a lengthy snooze.  The more you indulge your twin tastes for Lingering and Lounging, the more you’ll make use of the opportunity to sweep away any inner misgivings or disturbances which have troubled you so far this Year, and to prepare yourself—quite properly—for the edict of the Triple Hares, whatever its conditions and terms might include.  If you must be active today, don’t count on solid results coming from your exertions;  they’ll only be helping you to boil off excess energy.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll gain freedom from any sense of enclosure.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The enforced rest which the Tiger on the watch is imposing on the day—if you’re able to observe it correctly by diminishing your physical exertions—will bring you an increase in your inner activity, as you busily shuffle possibilities and practical approaches, trying out different arrangements of tasks to timing, and pleasures to procedures, but in mental form only.  As restive and ready to get to some actual work as this may make you feel, you can consider the brain-work you’re doing today as being of Primary Importance to the proper resolutions expected tomorrow when your Clan-Mates align, and actualities will declare themselves in a starker, and less dreamy way.  Stay social responsive today, but don’t try to accomplish much, particularly if you think you’re doing it to benefit someone else.  Wait until tomorrow, when the Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and your ability correctly to read orders will rebound.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The blank of opportunity, which the Tiger on the watch will be enforcing in order to benefit the Twin Hares, will do nothing to widen your options or to put you in a happier mood.  As much as you may feel the necessity to make adjustments, you’ll find the needful articles difficult to locate, and even more tricky to try to install correctly.  Better to let yourself rest in restlessness, than spend a lot of energy fruitlessly searching for Fundamental Resolution.  On the other hand, the blank will mean that you have much more freedom to re-organize your inner awareness, your domestic matters, and the attributes and appurtenances of your work-life which are For Your Eyes Only.  These areas have probably suffered from an enforced neglect since the Damned Rabbit came in, and you should take the chance to deal with them as a bit of Good Luck.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll feel your grasp of The Big Problem finally align with your tastes and your spirit.

Born in the Year of the Snake: For your purposes, it’s a Very Good Thing that the Tiger on the watch will be enforcing a No-Try Zone for the day;  your fortunes are secure for the Year, whatever the Triple Hares may dictate tomorrow, and as your awareness of their appreciation and support has grown over the last 6 or 7 weeks, you may have lost the sense of your inner compass point, and neglected to fine-tune your appetites to your new opportunities.  Take the day as a time-out, and let your former ideas drop away from your current attention;  you’ll see quite clearly what you wish to aim for during the remaining duration of the Rabbit Regime, just as you’ll see (equally clearly) that today is not the day to strike out towards success.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and your Willingness and Willfulness will come together into alignment with your Will.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The enforced No-Try Zone, which the Tiger on the watch will be so diligent in maintaining, will be welcomed by most as a heaven-sent relief from whatever bouncing confusions they’ve experienced so far during the Rabbit Regime.  For you, however, the drop in activity around you will only suggest a broader freedom becoming available in which to pursue your own interests and whims, without the danger of putting yourself at cross-purposes to those of others, and without the worry of having to constrain yourself to unfamiliar social protocols or agreements.  The Tiger holds you in such high regard, that I can’t imagine him getting petulant if you wish to do a bit of frisking-about, or even if he finds you in zealous labor;  still, just to be friendly in return, perhaps you wouldn’t mind keeping your actions well-organized, and considering the possibility that what you’ve already accomplished might be enough for the day.  This is fundamentally not a day, after all, in which More Is Better.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll find yourself in perfect harmony with their plan, without necessarily knowing why.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: Towards most around you, the Tiger on the watch will be casting a glaring eye in order to ensure that the demand he’s making to Back Off and Stand Down is strictly observed;  in your case however, he’ll be liberal enough to allow you some small exertions, if they’re both judiciously considered and deftly applied.  Perhaps this attitude comes from his confidence in your intimate relation to the honored Twin Hares;  perhaps it comes from the fact that he understands your capacities to act effectively well within the strictures of deportment he’s demanding for the day.  Whatever the case, don’t let your grasp of the Big Problem seduce you away from the limited scale of influence he’s allowing you;  sometimes the Big Effect you’re after comes from shifts measured in inches or millimeters.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll feel your sense of duty aligning perfectly with your taste for Proper Control.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The Tiger on the watch is demanding that repose and recuperation be the watchwords of the day, and in your case he means them in CAPITAL LETTERS, whether you find that they fit your inner urges and outer opportunities, or not.  Fortunately, it seems to me that you will take his imposition of a No-Try Zone with as much sense of relief as most of those around you who have still some misgivings about what the Whole Rabbit Thing amounts to, and who may be just a little stressed from having so much experimental data collected, which has yet to drop into any slot that gives it meaning.  You won’t find it difficult—or dangerous—to keep busy today, as long as you look to assist others in accomplishing their (hopefully) limited agendas;  if you think you’re going to make progress on your own, you’re only going to find your nimbleness failing you, and a Big Guy in Stripes glaring down at you.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll find your Agreeability aligning with your Aggressiveness.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Tiger on the watch will be demanding that everyone Back Off and Stand Down for the day, and—since this respite is enforced for the benefit of the Twin Hares—this means that even the smallest violation of the principal on your part will be both Highly Visible and Highly Irritating.  If you stand your ground, and have Very Good Justification for your actions, you may get permission to proceed;  but the safer course would be simply to delay your exertions, and to make any demonstrations of your presence more about your location and condition, than about how you’re attempting to change them.  No matter what you attempt—in any case—you’re not going to reach satisfactory completion of it today;  why not leave off the attempt, and wait for more proper timing?  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll see your Intuition align with your Intensity and your Intelligence.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The command of the Tiger that everyone observe a No-Try Zone for the day will, of course, be something you have to take to heart, and exert yourself to observe to the letter.  Since the purpose of the Tiger’s edict of restraint is to honor and service the current deliberations in which the Twin Hares find themselves embroiled, it will seem perfectly natural for you to take the opportunity to be within such close range to your quarry, and yet to act perfectly indifferent to their Intoxicating Allure.  As of tomorrow, all things will change, and the game will be a-foot;  let your senses sharpen today, as you let your body rest, and plan on dashing off like a bolt from a cross-bow once the signal is given.  Staring at the Rabbit is fully to be allowed, as long as you remember that the Tiger is staring at you.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and your appetite for labor will skyrocket.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The Tiger on the watch is laying down strict limits on exertion and effort today, and while most around you will be heaving a sigh of relief and dropping into repose right where they stand, it may take some time for you to resolve yourself that the Tiger really means it, and—more importantly—really means you, as well.  No harm is liable to come through your delay in following the day’s proper protocol, but the longer you wait, the more brusque will be the Tiger’s insistence that you do comply.  Assure yourself of the appropriateness of your own relaxation, and get busy with a re-assessment of what you’ve found to be workable so far this Year, and a consideration of what direction you’d prefer the Way of Rabbits and Hares might lead us for the duration.  If you make a guessing game of the direction things are likely to turn, I’m betting you turn out to be Highly Accurate.  Tomorrow’s Triple Hares will set the template for the rest of the Year, and you’ll find that your Sacrifices align with your Self-Assurance.

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The cold of Spring is not like the chill of Winter;  it teases and taunts, promising to relent, and then refusing to depart.

When the brightness of the season is upon us, and yet the omens are for pause, the heart is in a quandary, the spirit cannot rest.

If it’s true that sadness can lead to good fortune, it will take true perseverance to make it so.

If the summons to audience will in truth arrive, then the minister has already set the messenger to his task.

“Learning how to acquire is not so useful as learning to do without.”

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Wednesday, 23rd of March

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


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

The FIRE OX on duty today has both liveliness and stability, and easily recognizes how to take advantage of lucky turns when they appear, as well as how to finesse difficulties by remaining both thick-skinned and patient.  As the Twin Hares come to the completion of their conferencing, the Ox will serve their needs by doing what he does best:  continuing, stabilizing, and maintaining dedication to long-term aims.  Harmonize with his sensibility by avoiding the tantalizing dramatics of falling into argument or emotionalism, and by welcoming the opportunities to enjoy the rhythms of repetitive motion and the certainties they bring.  The other indicators for the day imply that many new opportunities will become visible, but they should be noted rather than chased after, and appreciated as part of the passing landscape rather than as justifications to sacrifice what progress has been made in order to turn into new—and uncertain—directions.  Let the Ox’s docile nature calm your spirit, and his great stamina will help you move towards your goals without exhausting your energies.

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Born in the Year of the Rat: The Ox on the watch will help you lower your level of stress, but only if you fall into his style of creativity, which rests on the wisdom of boredom as a test for correctness of pace, and the power of repetition as a mode of making progress.  Calming and soothing the Twin Hares will be beneficial for everyone today, and the less you invoke inventiveness and press forward your Clever Ideas, the less likely you are to put yourself at cross-purposes to their deliberations.  If this feels like a requirement that you “dumb-down” your abilities, take some reward from your friendships.  Your friends just like you, after all;  they don’t require you to Be Brilliant at them to justify their affections.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll have to put yourself in his service.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Ox on the watch will make it easy to feel the propriety of your style to your purposes, and give you confidence in both your course and your progress;  but the temptation such a sense of congruence will bring you is to imagine that you might do well to pour on a bit more fuel, optimize your efficiencies, and squeeze a bit more speed out of your engines.  While this would not guarantee disastrous results, I can’t recommend it as a course of action.  The Twin Hares are in a delicate state at present, and the more of The Same they feel around them, the more satisfactorily they’ll bring their conference to a close.  Take pride in what you’ve accomplished, and believe in the pace you’ve already set;  the Year is long, and no-one understands how to make full use of its duration better than you.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and what you don’t gain in speed you’ll gain in clarity.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The slow repetitions of the Ox on the watch will help you settle into the confidence of your own strengths, and the ownership of your own appetites, which are hallmarks of your Clan.  You’ll feel plenty of energy available to pursue whatever curiosity crosses your mind, or to investigate the movements displayed by others within your view.  However, when it comes to “available energy,” you—more than anyone—know that just because your power is present doesn’t mean it has to be put into action;  expressing your authority and demonstrating your choices simply by remaining still and composed will guarantee that you don’t risk damaging the calm that the Ox is offering the Twin Hares, or adding to the complexities they’re already holding under consideration.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll have to supply your own self-restraint if you want to help him.

Born in the Year of the Hare: The continuity of action and smoothness of pace which the Ox on the watch will be diligent in maintaining, will be aimed at supporting your Twin Clan-Mates in their deliberations;  but for you, they will only supply you with more energy and willfulness with which to pursue your own aims.  Perhaps that will fit well into the Ox’s plan;  perhaps your investigations and tastes for productivity are part of the laboratory process through which the Twin Hares are coming up with their decision.  In any case, I feel perfectly confident in giving you the green-light to follow your appetites at full speed, as long as you consider that they may be far larger than can be fulfilled in the scope offered you in one day—most particularly, in this one.  If you don’t get everything accomplished, be happy that you’ve left some to be done on another day.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and make it difficult for you to ignore the Most Important Questions.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: There’s plenty of reason for you to feel misgivings about a combination of forces between the Ox on the watch, and the Twin Hares he’ll be endeavoring to serve;  however, as the Ox’s influence will be almost universally calming, and his simplicity of style will be eminently clear to you, both in aim and in trajectory, you have better reason to take his offering as a gift to you, as well.  The blank you’re feeling is one you can feel free to write in, and if you’ll take a look around, you’ll see that there’s an Easy Way to pass successfully through the Rabbit’s Regime which the Ox is demonstrating, and which you may have had sufficient experience so far this Year to take as Worth Copying.  Of course, it won’t help you express your full Nature, but as this is a preparatory Year for you—preparatory to the Dragon Year, that is—perhaps you can see the wisdom in “squatting low to jump up high.”  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and will inspire your interest in getting yourself organized.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The calm engendered by the Ox on the watch will serve your purposes in two ways.  First, he’ll be helping the Twin Hares resolve themselves and compose their declaration (very soon to be published!);  and second, he’ll be lowering the noise-to-sound ratio around you, making it possible for you to do some Deep Thinking, and to spring more confidently from a clear assessment of your terrain and a resolved recognition of your place in it.  Trust you appetites as well as your sense of discipline today;  if your mind turns in quirky or unconventional directions, think through the consequences of taking such a course, and believe what your rational process enables you to realize.  Your practical view is on the mark today, and while movement will be forestalled, rectifying direction will be enhanced.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll have to endure the tension of seeing what to do, and not being able to do it.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Ox on the watch will be doing nothing out of the ordinary for him, but your sensitivity to your environment will make it so clear that his action is perfectly appropriate for the proper support of the Twin Hares, that you’ll feel perfectly comfortable adopting his pace and style for the day, supplying your ample energies and buoyant spirits to help him in his worthy task.  As long as you can take it as your job to Follow Along, you’ll find that even things which would normally prove shocking or disconcerting are merely intriguing and note-worthy;  harmonizing with the Ox’s pace will give you access to some of his composure and unswerving attention.  Don’t be disturbed if brief flashes of irritation appear;  they’ll pass just as quickly as they arise, as long as you put your attention back on the Ox’s stability.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and give you a secure space in which to pursue your own agenda.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: The Ox on the watch will be so clearly acting in service to the Twin Hares that—even though it will rankle your nerves, and set your teeth on edge to do so—you’ll simply have to agree to his style and pace for the day.  “Slow-and-steady” seems like such a low bar to aim for when one has the broad capacities to consider, understand, and optimize that you do;  still, the last thing you (or almost anybody) will want to see is the Rabbit Mind coming to its decisions from a state of emotional upset or rational incapacity.  Swallow your pride, and put your brilliance back in its protective case;  your ambition for the day should be to Fit In so well that you imagine you’ve started to look big and bulky;  if you also feel a bit less intelligent, then that just means you’re doing a Really Good Job, and should give yourself a Gold Star.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and give you the pleasure of being able to make small adjustments to achieve big results.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: The sort of stability and calm which the Ox on the watch will be enforcing for the day might make you think that you’re going to be mad with boredom by lunchtime, and ready to set fire to something by the middle of the afternoon.  However, the purpose of the Ox’s diligent regularity will have a fascinating effect:  it will put the Twin Hares into such trance of meditative calm that you’ll find yourself more captivated by his effect than irritated by his means of achieving it, and you’ll have no difficulty putting yourself in harmony with his aim, and in complete support of his style.  It’s always a good thing when you can allow the Ox to have this influence on you, and as long as you don’t expect any rewards from the exercise today—beyond his trance effect happening to you too, that is—you’re going to get a very salutary dose of it today.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll have to take cover by working on someone else’s agenda.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The Ox on the watch will be aiming his stabilizing influence towards the benefit of the Twin Hares, but that won’t keep him from making sure that it also offers you a handy amount of cover and protection from the ever-present and impossible-to-predict dangers posed by the leadership of Team Rabbit.  “Slow and steady” will be the watchwords of the day, but they’ll leave available renewed opportunity for you to add the complementary values of “quick and intermittent.”  Keep your eyes open for those opportunities;  you may have lost confidence in your natural taste for expressing the power of exactitude—since it doesn’t really work as well under the Rabbit Regime—but the Ox is declaring it suddenly (and briefly) Back In Fashion.  Trust your instincts today, and smile broadly when they come up roses.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll be twice as visible as a result.

Born in the Year of the Dog: The Ox on the watch could easily fill you with foreboding of a Very Long Day, full of Too Much Work to be enjoyable;  however, since his regularities and stabilizing effect fit so smoothly into the calm needed by the Twin Hares at this point in their communal deliberations, your response to his (rather) dull demands is much more likely to be something close to Perky Jubilation.  It will be easiest for you to make rational sense out of this very uncharacteristic outcome if you spend the day in contact or in close proximity with your best friends;  when you’re with those whom you feel most affinity with and affection for, it makes perfect sense to you to enjoy the slowness of the hours, and the easy rhythms of performing the repetitions of The Usual.  Get some exercise today;  it’s going to seem unaccountably satisfying and easy to Do Your Reps.  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll get to practice your Pointing.

Born in the Year of the Pig: The placid space and easy rhythms engendered by the Ox on the watch will make it perfectly appropriate for you to feel that you can let your mind roam without sacrificing either your effectiveness or your efficiency.  Of course, he’s making these effects available primarily to benefit the Twin Hares in the completion of their deliberations, but—as you can easily see that this sort of simplicity and non-interference is exactly what they need—it will seem perfectly logical to you that you should take your own benefits from them.  Your internal compass will therefore be quite well-attuned, and you should not be surprised if your interest leads you into some investigations which you’d normally regard as beneath your wisdom to pursue, or too extreme for you to find palatable.  If others are observing you, you may find yourself hard-pressed to come up with a convincing explanation;   in a pinch you can try: “I’m just feeling weird today!  Aren’t you?”  Tomorrow’s Tiger will protect and pacify the Twin Hares, and you’ll have to settle in and let him.

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The Goddess of Mercy embraces the Nine Worlds, pouring forth the Golden Elixir without preface or pause.

When she comes to visit, it’s as if a great dignitary has arrived to share a simple meal and a cup of tea.

One prepares with a sense of impending embarrassment, and the trepidation of acting by mistake.

Then, pouring out the tea, it’s not clear:  whose hands are these holding up the teapot?  Whose hands holding out the cup?

“Great pleasure in wandering;  great joy in returning home.”

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Tuesday, 22nd of March

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


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The FIRE RAT on duty today has a feisty spirit, but understands the power of flowing-along in response to actual conditions, which will mean applying some judicious self-restraint in respect for the Twin Hares.  Even if your head is filled with ideas for the future—as is likely to be the case—it’s far more sensible, appropriate, and well-grounded to dedicate the day to dealing with the exigencies of the present.  Moving at less than your personal speed-limit is also advisable;  speed suggests haste, and haste will open the door for thoughtlessness, which will not only lead to accidents and missteps, but threaten the balance of your social interactions.  If possible, minimize your social face—just to be sure—and if you cannot avoid mixing and mingling, remember to be both polite and attentive.  You may not be able to accommodate all that’s asked of you, but you should still strive to make it clear that the requests have been heard.

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Talk to the Animals

Born in the Year of the Rat: Your Clan-Mate on the watch may make you appear more aggressive than you intend, and make you feel justified in acting more opportunistic than will actually be helpful;  dial your attitudes back a few notches, and try to channel his capacity to “flow-along.”  The more you strive for military terseness and precision in what you’re saying and in the actions you’re taking, the safer your position will be.  The Twin Hares are completing their conferencing this week, and you should try to remain at their service by leaving your schedule more open than usual, and by placing your inventiveness on furlough.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you should eagerly offer your help.

Born in the Year of the Ox: The Rat on the watch will be a bit less active than his appetites will suggest, but he’ll still take pains to offer you preferential treatment for the day, if he can.  Assume that he’s being successful enough to clear your path ahead of you as you move along it;  if you don’t apply any bursts of speed, you’ll be able to keep a steady pace, and if your mood doesn’t lift on account of it, I’d be very much surprised.  Be cautious with money today;  it will be hard to get back whatever you lose track of.  If you’re working with assistants, ask them for their Weird Ideas, and listen closely;  they will bring you advancement and profit.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, but you should aim for more care rather than greater speed.

Born in the Year of the Tiger: The Rat on the watch will be straining his capacities in trying to mesh his appetite for productivity with the sort of restraint necessary to avoid disturbing the Twin Hares;  you’ll most likely feel the tension of his polite aggressiveness in the air.  If you’re in public circumstances, it will be obvious that there’s a gap of consciousness operating which you could easily endeavor to fill in;  if you feel like you’re operating as a Universal Translator Module as a way of making up the difference, you may have to sacrifice your own agenda for the day, but you’ll earn the appreciation of all around you.  Don’t be afraid of being blunt;  the quicker the truth is told, the sooner resolutions will be found, and the happier everyone will be.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll get your hands back on your own agenda.

Born in the Year of the Hare: To whatever degree the Rat on the watch is able to dial back his aggressiveness, he’ll be doing it to leave the Twin Hares in peace, and to support their final considerations of planning and future commitments of purpose and energy.  It will be fairly unavoidable that the gap he’s aiming to leave open will be filled in your attention by the enlarged sense of what you have on your list to accomplish for the day, and of what you feel you should be aiming at for the duration of the Year.  If you end up feeling over-burdened, that will only mean that you’re not accessing the many hands around you who would gladly offer their services;  turn to them and ask.  Don’t miss meals today;  you need the time to nourish the body, and it will help you settle your mind.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll feel plenty of diligence and drive.

Born in the Year of the Dragon: The Rat on the watch will be so pains-taking in avoiding anything that would disturb the Twin Hares, that he’ll not be able to offer his usual boost to your plans and comforts, and will—on the contrary—very likely need to press you into service, asking you to look into more menial aspects of function than is your usual expertise.  What will be needed is a diagnostic overview, and on that ground at least, your expertise will be quite appropriate.  But don’t be afraid to dig in and get your hands dirty:  you’ll wreck the argument of those who claim that you’re “too above it all,” you’ll very likely enjoy getting your fingers into the works, and you’ll almost certainly find out something new that will prove to be valuable once the Twin Hares finish their conferencing.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll feel plenty of opportunity to move towards The Easy Way.

Born in the Year of the Snake: The Rat on the watch will be straining his social powers to the limit, aiming to repress his willful eagerness to stride ahead so as not to offend or disturb the Twin Hares in their continuing deliberations.  Your sense of The Practical alone would be enough to suggest that you should drop your own agenda for the day in order to offer him assistance, but as the Hares are the subject of your continuing fascination, your offering to be of service will also have the poignancy of your own pleasures and benefits urging you on.  The Rat will not be either surprised or offended to see you taking up his slack, so walk in smiling and get to work.  Put most of your attention on separating what needs to be dealt with immediately, from what clearly doesn’t.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll feel a surge of command, control, and bold thinking.

Born in the Year of the Horse: The Rat on the watch will be under strain trying to hold himself back from what he’d really like to do, and trying to figure out what the Twin Hares would prefer instead.  He’ll consequently be even less able than normal to try to explain to you what his actions imply, or demonstrate to you how he intends for you to fit into them.  Fortunately, he’ll be using much less of the darting and dashing that you can so frequently find confounding, and if you just take a friendly attitude—assuming that “things will work out”—both the attitude and the assumption will prove themselves to be appropriate.  Leave your assistants to their own devices;  you’re in a mood for micro-managing today, and it won’t prove to be helpful.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll feel an obvious invitation to step in and help out.

Born in the Year of the Sheep: Neither the restraint the Rat on the watch is attempting to apply, nor his purpose in using it, will impress you very much;  indeed, his attempts to avoid disturbing the Twin Hares are going to look so off the mark that you’ll have a hard time keeping yourself from turning carping and critical in almost any circumstance you should find yourself having to deal with.  Your one safety valve will lie in letting your imagination go hog-wild crazy, and in forestalling your critiques by offering Weird Solutions, instead.  Pay very close attention to the details of what you’re looking at, and be willing to get little or no credit for helping things work out, and you will be quite astonished at how effective you assistance has been.  If your gesture goes unnoticed and unlauded, at least you and I will know where the Secret Touch came from.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll have to agree to be agreeable in order to express yours.

Born in the Year of the Monkey: You’ll notice almost immediately that the Rat on the watch—far from being able to offer you the indulgence and guidance he so frequently likes to—will be so hard-pressed to balance his own appetites against the peace and repose he feels he must foster in service of the Twin Hares in their continuing deliberations, that he’ll instead be turning to you for your expert capacity to come up with the Right Thing and the Right Time.  While this may look like an invitation to take up Someone Else’s Burdens, I’m quite certain that you’re going to take delight in doing so.  You’ll have to put most of the items on your own agenda aside for the day, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you’ll find plenty to occupy your attention and to give you the satisfaction of having shown—once again!—in how many circumstances you prove yourself to be Indispensable.  If you stay on purpose with this helpful attitude through the day, you’re almost certainly going to be given Special Rewards after sunset.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll have to act under his orders.

Born in the Year of the Fowl: The delicacy of constraint the Rat on the watch will have to come up with—in order to balance his (somewhat rampant) appetites against the need for peace and composure he feels the Twin Hares are expressing—might be a true test of his mettle, but for you, the sort of fine-tuning and attention to detail it will require are well-mastered arts.  You’ll therefore have an opportunity to make yourself useful, and to strike an unusual harmony with the Way of Rabbits and Hares, simply by offering to step in and help out, any time you see someone floundering with what for you is a very simple task.  Do not try to turn it into an Educational Opportunity, today;  the more mysterious your powers seem, the more they’ll be appreciated.  You won’t have lots of such opportunities to display your value and expertise so clearly this Year;  make the most of this one.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll only enjoy yourself if you fall into harmony with his work ethic.

Born in the Year of the Dog: Most of the labor the Rat on the watch will be putting himself into will be on his insides;  he’ll be fighting mightily against his somewhat rampant appetites, in order to favor the peace and composure he feels will benefit the Twin Hares in their continuing considerations.  For you, this will leave the sense that the Orders of the Day have been posted early, and they contain one phrase:  “Do what you want.”  Now, if you can channel a bit of the Rat’s cleverness, you’ll see that this is not quite as simple—or as liberal—a set of instructions as it might at first appear.  “What you want,” after all, is a chance to get after the Hares, and to find what fascinating and fortuitous new locations they might lead you to;  but the Rat’s estimation will serve you well too, if you’ll invoke it by leaving them alone for the day, and finding the Something Else that will serve your own appetites, and allow you to express your exuberance without repercussions.  This amounts to a prescription for No Rest and lots of Playful Recreation.  (Some of it might even turn out to be inadvertently productive!)  So: Enjoy!  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll find plenty of space to “win friends and influence people.”

Born in the Year of the Pig: Normally, the arrival of a Rat on the watch is a signal for you to celebrate your own accomplishments, and to dedicate the day to casual enjoyments while productive plans take care of themselves.  Today’s Rat, however, is going to seem uncharacteristically disinterested in supporting such self-indulgence on your part, and will be unable to join you in following your whim of the moment.  Since his inattentiveness to your preferences comes from an attempt to supply peace and composure to the Twin Hares in their continuing deliberations, it wouldn’t be a disservice to your own aims to form an alliance with him in this purpose;  assume his relatively inactive stance, but when you see what Must Be Done, just jump to it.  You’ll surprise everyone by so quickly springing to action, no doubt, but after the astonishment, you’ll see broad grins on their faces.  Tomorrow’s Ox will have plenty of room to express his productivity, and you’ll find room to investigate the fun you can have in further surprising people.

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