Fire Rabbit month, Wood Horse year.
March 6th 00:09am.
Big Light, Big Heat.
The placid yin Wood of the Rabbit can be an anti-climax after the drama of the Tiger that opens the year. It’s a bit like the time after a tropical dawn. The Sun rises almost instantaneously, a flag hoist aloft, everything is suddenly light. Then it just stays light while we wake and wash and dress and prepare ourselves for the day. Not so exciting. Every single cranny bathes in the light as it spreads but there is little sign of the raw violence of the Tiger. On the other hand, soen, the Wind the embodiment of yin Wood, is all these delicate qualities and as the Book of Changes has it, ultimately adamant. Don’t underestimate the Rabbit. He may be modest but he has influence.
As for the Fire of this Rabbit; traditionally the red Rabbit was a manifestation of a just ruler.
So extravagant metaphor to one side, what does all this mean for those of us living through this year of illumination?
Here are some answers: the Year is ruled by Fire and this Rabbit especially is fuel to the Fire. Whether the focus of the year proves in retrospect to be Russian expansion, LGBT rights, peaking markets, climate change or something else again, it comes gently into light now. Come June the issues will be clear and the process well under way but now they’re subtle. The same kind of thing is true of our own lives. It’s a time to pay close attention.
The Rabbit in the Rabbit Month.
The Rabbit (1963, 1975, 1987, 1999) enjoys the company of other Rabbits. So the Rabbit is generally comfortable during its own month. Comfort however, may not be the most creative experience. The Rabbit is the networker of the Chinese Zodiac; it likes to know exactly where it stands with everyone else. But the safety of familiarity may take up time that might be spent pushing for new frontiers. Better? Worse? Who knows what these words mean?
Tiger Month Animal by Animal.
Poses no threat to the Tiger.
Colludes with the Sheep in avoiding risk.
Gives the Pig backbone,
Fires up the Dog.
Resists the Rooster, who may need to develop respect.
Can fleece the Dragon – if the Dragon allows it.
Fuels the Horse but may never receive appropriate credit.
Is often wary of the Rat, who can just be too much.
Puzzles some Monkeys, who expect to do all the puzzling themselves.
Appears (but generally is not) fair game to the Snake.
Draws upon the Ox’s heightened awareness.
The Rabbit Pillars. How Rabbit are you?
Birth in the Rabbit hour (5-7am): home-loving children, goals whose common feature is security.
Birth in the Rabbit month (March*): working from a place like home.
Birth on the Rabbit day: safety first.
Birth in the Rabbit year: passive, stable, home-loving, friends in high places.
* Caution, the Chinese month generally starts and finishes a few days after ours.
Where to do what, when and why.
This month’s lo shu is the 7, to do with interruption. It’s a month when many events can most usefully be seen as interludes in bigger ones: the Winter Olympics with its political side-shows is the first part of the Olympics proper; the Olympics themselves, an aspect of the ongoing chest beating of nations. If we get it right, this is the month of the timely intervention. If not we may appear unable to mind our own business or worse (and less truthfully) think that’s true of everybody else.
Hint: anything that appears to apply to everyone else is likely to have its source closer to home.
On the 17th: aim to be in the North East of whatever space you are in. Additionally (or instead) make the North East as noisy and bright as you can all day. This rouses assistance and supports good reputation.
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Richard Ashworth©, early in the month of the Fire Rabbit, March 2014.
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