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Malvin Artley continues his examination of the Chinese Year of the Dog in 2006. The Chinese New Lunar Year begins on January 29, 2006, in association with the New Moon in Aquarius, but the effects for all of us cover the whole of the twelve months ahead. This article concludes with a full Four Pillar Analysis of the outcomes for the year, along with some famous "Dogs"!
We noted in part one that this will be a very Yang year. The driving force behind the Year Pillar is found in the Day Pillar, which in this case is the Earth Horse. There will be powerful personages and small groups (Horse) working behind the scenes this year to manipulate people and situations toward their own ends. We could say this sort of thing happens all the time anyway, and it does, but it will be much more pronounced this year. The established powers in the world have taken a bloody nose in 2005 due to disasters in public relations and scandalous behavior by people lower down in those administrations (the legacy of The Rooster Crowing at Noon). This sort of thing has been quite noticeable in the US and the UK and those administrations are seeking some way to bolster their flagging power bases. They can feed off the collective, however, because Fire feeds Earth in the Chinese system (Dog=collective in this case).
The Horse in the Stable
The reading for the Earth Horse (Horse in the Stable) is of interest. It means that “there are problems in unfamiliar situations and it is better to remain close to home and to tend issues there”. There is also a strong desire to protect one's self and property under this influence. So, those people behind the scenes will be working hard to keep things concealed and to 'watch the back door' as events unfold throughout the year. There is a rising tide of public opinion – especially in the US – to bring the troops home from Iraq, for example, so situations and stories will be engineered to keep public opinion toward staying the course in the war on the one hand, and of bringing them home on the other. The Horse as an animal can be quite manipulative when outcomes warrant it.
On the other side of the coin, there will be some powerful citizens to appear on the world stage that will challenge the powers in place [“a leader offers benefits to join with him”, from the oracle] . This is represented by the Earth Horse, too. On the whole, we will see the special interests making a firmer play for the favor of government agencies in 2006. It will be very interesting to see if the rich and powerful make concerted moves to shore up their financial and power bases. Powerful people and governments of all persuasions will vie for influence and power in a way that has not been seen for some time. All governments in the world are represented by the Month Pillar, which is 'The Tiger Leaving the Mountain' (again, a powerful animal). The public will have a great deal of control over governments, however, since Fire rules Metal (the Tiger is a Metal Tiger in this chart). The public will control through its voting capacity and through its dissent against unpopular decisions on the part of governments. It is a relatively balanced chart from the Chinese Elemental point of view, so the Year will be a rather interesting one from a political perspective as all parties involved jockey for position – especially with congressional elections looming in the US.
Commerce Will Suffer
Commerce will suffer this Year. There is no Water in the chart except in East Asia and Australia. Water rules commerce and communications to a large degree. Mining and chemical works will suffer this year for the same reason, because Water rules both of those sectors. Asian and Australian economies will fare better than most other economies in the world this year. Many service staff will get the golden handshake. Metal is under stress in the chart and Water as a Chinese Element is non-existent in most areas of the world in the chart for the year. On a happier note, farmers will benefit somewhat in 2006 because they will find a lot of support from the public. Here in South Australia we are already seeing this in a crisis with local egg farmers. People are rallying and buying the local product, although it will be a long road. All of the professions will thrive this year. Fire rules all the professional classes, and we will see some rather interesting dynamics with the legal profession exercising checks and balances over the governments of the world. The time to watch for that is from April through August. That will be the most effective time for grand juries and royal commissions into matters of state.
Wood is not strongly marked in the Year of the Fire Dog. Wood rules artists, professional technical workers (specialist trades) and electrical workers. Only New Zealand will have Wood marked to any great degree, making it the artist's haven in 2006. Even so, times will be a little more difficult for the arts. Elsewhere we can look for governments to cut funding for the arts. We can look for this to be another hot year, too, since Fire is in the ascendancy. Vegetation will suffer and people would be well-advised to fill their houses and properties with artwork and verdure. It will be a brilliant year for anyone pursuing a professional or managerial career. The peak times for those areas are the spring and summer of the Northern Hemisphere. Governments will also have a tendency to roll back funding for environmental causes, as if it were not bad enough already. Metal (Month/governments) controls Wood (which does not appear in most Chinese charts for the New Year).
Construction and Infrastructure
2006 will be a good year for construction and the bolstering of infrastructure, however. Earth rules such activities, and the constellation that rules the Day is the Horse. Since the Day represents the master controlling energy of any event or life, the Day Constellation is quite important as a background dynamic for the Year. 'Horse days' are usually not seen as good for anything but construction, so there will be an overriding emphasis upon that activity for the year. However, the housing market has been tipped for a slide in 2006. It will be a buyer's market by the end of the year, so any construction will be focused largely upon public works. The implications for the Horse Day are for major emphases upon team activities and enterprises, the surfacing of deep-seated prejudices, tyrannical people appearing, revolutionary tendencies and difficulty in relating to the opposite sex, whichever one's gender. All social functions are favored under such auspices, though, so 2006 will be a big year in sports.
If you want to see how the year will manifest in terms of character, we have only to look at the lives of some famous people. We commonly call a person's animal sign by the animal shown in the Year Pillar, but the true, inner person is shown by the Day Pillar animal. Let us have a look at both types of 'Dog' – the inner (Day) and the outer (Year). Some famous 'Dogs” in the Year Pillar are as follows: Brigitte Bardot, George Blake, Philipe I of Castille, Winston Churchill, Edward IV of England, Charles IX of France, Louis XI of France, William Porter (O' Henry), Herbert Hoover, Horace Howe, Victor Hugo, Augustus S. Owsley III, Jack Kerouac, Sophia Loren, Curzio Malaparte, George McGovern, Thomas More, William H. Sheldon, Robert Silverberg, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles XII of Sweden.
Some famous 'Sleeping Dogs' of international fame are as follows: Wilhelm Canaris, Agostino Chiqi, Bill Clinton, Steven Foster, George McClellan and Alexander Woolcott.
Famous Aussie 'Dogs' are Andrew Fisher, Andy Gibb, Barry Gibb, Barry Humphries, Bob Downe, David Oldfield, Deni Hines, Donald Eckersley, The Federation of Australian Astrologers, Gary Humphries, Glen Singleman, Ian Thorpe, Kamhal, Neil Kerley, Rosemary Hemphill, Sir Joh Bielke Peterson, South Australia, Tania Zaetta and Wolfgang Blass.
'Dogs' by the Day are: Brett Whiteley, Captain Charles Smith, the Crown Casino, David Helfgott, Dennis Dunstan, Greg Blewett, Jan Konrads, Jeff Kennett, John Williamson, Julie Nihill, Kylie Minogue, Maurice Gibb, Neil Kerley, Robin Gibb, Robyn Archer, Rowena Wallace, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Steve Bracks, Stuart O'Grady and Tony Roche.
Finally, we should be mindful of two background energies for 2006. First, there is a little-known system of divination that is a compliment to the I-Ching, the auspices which for the year read as follows: “Tetragram 9: Branching Out – The greatest things are accomplished with kin, not alone.” The Dog Year is all about community, finding kinship with others, with sharing experience and with fidelity and loyalty in our circles. Thus we can see that the tetragram just-mentioned is in perfect accord with the Year of the Dog. In the times to come we will know with certainty that the time for doing things alone – the days of the 'rugged individualist' – are over. Secondly, the Nine Star Qi number and trigram (4 and Sun, resp.) point to the fact that major decisions will have to be made this year on many fronts. 2006 will be a great year of clarification in every area of life. Most especially, though, it will be a year dedicated to family, to the renewal of ties with friends and for a new look at old loyalties. The Dog is all about groups.
Take plenty of time for yourselves this year, and spend a lot of quiet, quality time, both alone and with loved ones. There is a lot of healing to be done and had in 2006, especially after the wild ride that was 2005. I hope your sojourn this year with family and friends brings you joy, wealth and contentment – as well as a lot of fun. Do try to get some rest in between all the parties, though!Blessings,
26 Jan 2006
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