Year of the Wood Goat

Goat-1-The-leapRoger Dean

Happy Chinese New Year of the Yin Green Wood Goat !

Chinese Lunar New Year accompanies the second new moon after winter solstice.  

Goat years are full of art, beauty, luxury and style.  Romance, abundance, creative gifts and artistic muses proliferate.  Painting, sculpture, music, singing, dance and literature are ideal pursuits.

Goat years emphasize tolerance, whimsy, dreams and drama.  Schedules are often interrupted by romantic daydreams, goats prefer to do their own thing in their own time.  Goats can also tend toward being pessimistic and overly sensitive, cranky and sulky.

Goat years enhance relationships and permanent bonds for sheep is emotional in nature.  Upsets may occur for this very reason, for sheep are sensitive.  Goat years deliver affection, kindness and consideration for they enjoy company and fellowship as well as entertaining. 

Yin wood goats tend toward worry and anxiety.  Note this and take steps toward meditation and stepping out into nature to soothe frayed nerves.  Dive into creativity and self-expression, keep your engine running clean, for sheep years are sensitive years.

Duty and obligation are strengthened, as is taking responsibility for yourself and those in your herd.  Consummate networkers, goats immerse and entwine well with others to the point of clinging.  They are at times manipulative, yet also loyal to a fault.

Goat years enhance adaptation and improvisation both at work and home.  Sheep nourish: the herd, the earth, their loved ones.  Strong Yin influence drives navel gazing, personal improvement and physical, mental, and spiritual attunement into high gear.  

Four Pillars of Destiny here.

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Quick draw for all to contemplate for Year of the Goat
Collective force:  Struggle and risk with both self and others.  Is it just and necessary?
If so, deploy all your strength, use iron discipline, strategic skill.  Perseverance and justice are necessary in order to maintain control.  Remain courageous and understanding – foster a sense of unity among your allies. Be patient and forthright.

Gung Hay Fat Choy !
Gneiss Moon Astrology

Four Pillars of Destiny

February 10
Chinese New Year
Year of the Water Snake begins

In Chinese Astrology, The Four Pillars of Destiny relate to the four components that create a person’s destiny or fate.

The Four Pillars of Destiny are:
Year – Representing the Society Palace and your ancestors
Month – Representing the Parents / Childhood / Siblings Palace
Day – Representing the Marriage Palace
Hour – Representing the Children Palace

:::::: Traditional Four Pillar Charts include ::::::

Ten Heavenly Stems – the element
Twelve Earthly Branches – the zodiac animal of the year, month, day, hour of birth (giving eight characters)

Ten Heavenly Stems are the yin and yang components of the Five Elements:
Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire , Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water, Yin Water.

The Twelve Earthly Branches are the twelve animals of the Zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

The Four Pillars of Destiny are:
Year – Representing the Society Palace and your ancestors
Month – Representing the Parents / Childhood / Siblings Palace
Day – Representing the Adult Life / Marriage Palace
Hour – Representing the Children Palace

Chinese astrology has much depth, your chart is determined not only by your animal year, but also inner animal signs assigned by month, and secret animal signs assigned by hours of the day.

Secret animal signs are the truest representation of self.

Each hour modifies and shapes the personality – is it the rays of sunlight or the reflective moon rays present at the time you were born that influences your psyche.

Bruce Lee was born in the hour of the dragon, in a metal dragon year – double dragon is extremely powerful, very auspicious. (click on Bruce to read his western natal interp)

See the chart below for the hour of your birth, find your zodiac animal, and apply the traits to yourself.

You may also follow the guide below for your birth year and apply the same traits to yourself, according to your year of birth.

Hour / Year of the

Rules the hours between 11am and 1am.  Charming, intelligent, outgoing. Sociable – yet conceals and hides, is cautious with money.  Rats have a talent for writing, storytelling, and are very clever. Careful, creative, accumulative; low: lustful, hoarding and doubting.

Rules the hours between 1am and 3am.  Serious and solitary, built to last, endurance strong.  Cautious, steady reliable and restrained, you are hard-working and strong-willed. Strong speakers with natural authority and self-confidence.  Patient, persevering, receptive; low: obstinate, methodical and focused.

Rules the hours between 3am and 5am.  Intense, outgoing and impulsive, loves doing things and being active.  Wants to win in the game of life.  Self assurance strong, self-reliance also strong, very driven. Wise, compassionate, benevolent; low: short tempered, proud and aggressive.

Rules the hours between 5am and 7am.  Reflective, quiet, discreet and moderate in all things, you have good manners and excellent artistic instincts.  You require privacy and zen to function well. Gentle, friendly, intelligent, diplomatic; low: discordant, fickle and furtive.

 Rules the hours between 7am and 9am.  Strength, determination and ambition strong. Unpredictable, outspoken and extremely lucky, you have good health and vital physical energy. Proud, aggressive, powerful; low: uncompromising, opinionated, arrogant.

Rules the hours between 9am and 11am.  Wise and philosophical snake is intuitive and reflective.  Snakes are private, patient, they gather strength gradually to achieve goals, knowing instinctively when to strike. Mystical pursuits strong, they are intuitive and insightful.  Financially savvy, diligent; low: vain, jealous and egotistical.

Rules the hours between 11am to 1pm.  High energy levels, decisiveness and a gift for communicating makes horse a natural public speaker.  Forward thinking and futuristic,  horses are daring, self-confident and adventurous.  Needs to keep moving towards goals. Sociable, keen-sighted, high-spirited; low: overly talkative, easily angered.

Rules the hours between 1pm and 3pm .   Artistic and sweet, goats are tolerant, whimsical and easy-going, dreamy and dramatic.  They resist following schedules and prefer to do their own thing. Graceful, obedient, faithful; low: timid, pessimistic and sensitive.

Rules the hours between 3pm and 5pm. Charming, mischievous, and friendly, yet suspicious. Entrepreneurial gifts strong, popular and persuasive.  Witty and gregarious with comedic timing, very resourceful.  Ingenious, curious; low: susceptible, impulsive, scatter-brained.

Rules the hours between 5pm and 7pm.  Discipline strong, hard-working and patient over the long haul.  Efficient, extroverted, with a streamlined, direct approach to life. Sensible, no-nonsense way of living and co-operating. Likes quality over quantity. Visionary, versatile, clever; low: selfish, poor concentration, ostentatious.

Rules the hours between 7pm and 9pm.  Loyal, dutiful, but also often overly watchful and pessimistic.  Will sacrifice if the cause is great enough.  Reasonable and fair, they are steadfast to those they love.  Honest, loyal, respectful; low: stubborn, assertive, demanding and anxious.

Rules the hours between 9pm and 11pm.  Honest and able to take life as it comes, you accommodate others to keep the peace. Reclusive and sensitive, you can over indulge yourself and those closest to you.  Caring and solitary, they are vulnerable and often naive.  Ability to accumulate material wealth strong.  Serious, just, good disposition; low: reckless, impatient and inflexible.


handy form can compute your Four pillars for you.  It will also provide the Heavenly Stems – which you can use for further interpretation below.

Yin – Passive, introverted, reactive
Yang – Outgoing, expressive, aggressive

  Fire helps Earth, is helped by Wood – hinders Metal and is hindered by Water.
  Water  helps Wood, is helped by Metal  – hinders Fire and is hindered by Earth.
  Wood helps fire, is helped by Water – hinders Earth and is hindered by Metal.
  Metal  helps water, is helped by Earth – hinders Wood and is hindered by Fire.
  Earth helps Metal, is helped by Fire – hinders Water and is hindered by Wood.

Earth is associated with the periods between seasons, stability, reliability, productivity.  They are faithful, idealistic, and highly ambitious. Wise and practical, they are good leaders, using common sense to arrive at solutions.  They are often quite serious.  If they feel loved and appreciated, they will return the same love and appreciation to others.

Fire is associated with Summer, mid-day sun and the color red.  Dynamic and restless, they are aggressive leaders filled with energy and passion.  Their magnetic personalities draw many friends.  They tend to be impatient, enthusiastic, quick messengers.

Water corresponds with Winter, North, nighttime.  Water represents reflection, sensitivity, and imagination.  Water represents philosophers and thinkers. They are clever, scholarly and often have multiple professions. They are guided by feelings, and believe in keeping their secrets to themselves.

Metal represents Fall, West, the setting sun.   Metal corresponds with strength of will, fixed viewpoints and values.  The nature of metal is to define and strengthen – metal rises to prominence because of these traits, they are the blade.  They are orderly, principled and balanced. They are clear-headed, yet rigid, stubborn and reluctant to compromise.  They tend to speak candidly, and are often blunt.

Wood corresponds with spring, the rising sun and the east.  Wood represents quick expansion and growth, creativity through simplicity.  They like to be busy, work diligently, and value teamwork.  They excel in organizing, networking and project building through co-operation with others.  They are kind and generous, but may have a quick temper.

This is a general compatibility chart – of course this is basic, only by years – much more is needed for an accurate interp.
I offer it up for fun.

Live Long and Prosper
HaPpY 2013 !

You have been chosen.

Moon into Libra 12:35pm

Last night I watched Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and found myself wanting  deeper character and script development.  It was a good story but many things I was curious about were abandoned, never explored in the depth I hoped for. 

Raise the Red Lantern (above) still clocks in as my fave after years.  Visually rich, each scene framed to perfection – even the sounds of the lanterns being hung sticks with me. The women in the movie are emotionally rich, passionately breathing their solitary viewpoint into a tangled viper’s nest of multiple wives, jealousies, friendships and betrayals.

Each wife eagerly awaits the nightly lantern lighting and the loving attention it signals.  You have been chosen.  Food, wine and sex is forthcoming…
Is very Moon into Libra, yes…?
Emotional fluctuations between a house of wives, all revolving around choice.


I wanted to explore the concept of Laotong or bonded kindred sisters that Snow Flower described.  Chinese women, the Laotong or “Old-Sames” relationship was the most precious friendship bond. This was a more rare and formal relationship between women. A woman could only have one Laotong, and the bond was for life. (wiki)

Chinese astrological profiles of the girls were used for matching them, followed by the signing of a sealed legal contract.  Laotong often created a shorthand written language called Nu shu to communicate through written correspondence, a language only their sister could understand.   Fascinating !

I have Merc in Libra at MC and tons of Scorp energy, so secret signals and communiques are obviously way cool.  In fact, the sisters in Snow Flower wrote messages on the reverse folds of a fan.  Fans were once commonly held by fashionable women, and were an extension of body languageFlipping your fan closed meant irritation while fluttering was flirtatious.

Snow flower was married well due to her tiny lotus feet, a creepy Chinese tradition of foot binding that was at one time very attractive and desirable for the upper class Chinese.  I looked up the pictures and numbers – freaks me right out ! 

In the 19th century, some 40–50% of Chinese women had bound feet; for upper class women, the figure was almost 100%.   It is estimated that more than one billion Chinese women had their feet bound from the late 10th century to the mid-20th century.  Thankfully that torture was banned long ago, click on the link for more.

Horrifying – makes my Neptuner square Venus /Jupiter cringe !
Mars in Sag too – ugh !

Happy Libra Moon . . .

Year of the Neptune Dragon

January 23 2012 – February 9, 2013 
Year of the Water Dragon of the rain

Yang Dragons are protectors of the East.  They are associated with spring,  green/blue, the elements wood/water.  They control the rivers, rains and storms.  Naga (sanskrit for serpent-like creatures) protected Siddharta, Guatama (the Buddha) from wind and rain for seven days.

Visionary, outspoken Dragons (Chen) are blessed with vitality, health and enthusiasm.  Self-sufficient with a strong power of will, Dragon is a particularly lucky sign promising health, wealth and happiness.  Dragons are witty, restless, freedom-loving and secretly enjoy shocking others with their eccentric behavior.  Dragons are incredibly perceptive, imaginative, intuitive and drawn to the inexplicable.  Dragons are original, admired and loved but they often prefer to remain at a distance.  They are rational yet their actions are most often driven by instinct.  Dragons are flamboyant, unpredictable, assertive and crave the limelight.

Dragons are especially compatible with Monkeys, Rats and Snakes.
Famous Dragons: Salvador Dali, Charles Darwin, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde

Water as an element is receptive, passive and reflective and flows around  obstacles.

Water (in frozen and liquid form) covers 75 % of the Earth’s surface.
The human body is 70 % water, blood 80%‚ brain 75%‚ liver 96% water.

Water conducts electricity which makes it the medium of bio-electricity in all living things. The Water Dragon known as the electric eel can produce up to 1,000 volts with a current up to one ampere.

Electrolytes become ions (click here for more on ions) in water and conduct electricity.
 Drink plenty of water – especially in Water Dragon years in order to maintain electrolyte balance within the body.

Water Dragons are shape-shifters, revered and worshipped in the east- they are protective, humane and benevolent benefactors.  Water turns Dragons protection towards matters of the heart and emotions of fellow human beings.  Water Dragons are naturally drawn to metaphysics and intuitive arts.  Water Dragons advocate justice, are humanitarians and are more willing to share than other Dragons.  Water Dragons are optimistic and see things objectively.  They know the ring of truth and are fluent communicators, open to new ideas and experiences.

Year of the Water Dragon and Neptune is going home to Pisces in February ? !
WoOo HoOo !
Sounds great to me !  (click here for Neptune info)

Happy Chinese New Year !!


Year of the Manimal

Found these wonderful photographs by Daniel Lee  today.
 These are two examples of his amazing photographic representations (via computer manipulation) of each Chinese Zodiac MANimal.  Please click on the link to Daniel above to see them all, they are fabulous !

 We are now in the year of the Rabbit until January 23 of 2012, when we will enter the year of the dragon.
Dragons are creative, free, uninhibited, naturally confident and showy.

 2012 will be a Water Dragon year which will make dragon more perceptive and patient.  They are likely to be highly involved with others, and advocating justice.  Water dragons are drawn to visionary metaphysical works.

(click here – in depth post on Water Dragon year)

Neptune (film, inspired art) is trine Venus ruled Libra today, the Sun is shining there on the house of artwork (Saturn is conjunct Sun and rules work- Venus rules art) and beauty.  Perfect example of Neptune (film) in the sign of Aquarius (the odd portraits, inspired photography via computer manipulations) !
Enjoy the photographs ~