Malvin Artley has been a practising astrologer for more than 10 years. He is an
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aspects of Chinese occultism. He has done extensive work with Chinese
astrology and the cycles they use and seeks to synthesize the great
Western and Oriental systems on such matters.
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Chinese New Year 2009 [part 3]
The Year of the Yellow Ox, "The Ox in the Byre"
The section of the article by Malvin Artley looks at the dynamics of the Ox Year and explores its darker side. This is an Earth Year, displaying the underlying action of Saturn, an Earth-Element Planet.
In summary, then, we have the following synopsis for the dynamics of the Year of the Earth Ox:
- consolidation of national and state groups
- financial legislation and consolidation of financial sectors in society
- advances in commercial media and transport
- major governmental initiatives in social welfare and economic reforms
- huge natural or accidental disasters, especially with regard to regions or cities (financial losses and loss of life)
In all of the above, we see the underlying action of Saturn, the 'Earth' Planet (Element).
When we combine the above points with the italicized main points in the story of 'Patches', we see that 2009 will be another year of big change, especially with regard to finances and governmental intervention in financial affairs. In the latter part of 2009, I would expect to see some natural or accidental disasters, especially from late September onward. That is when the Sept. 2006 eclipse is activated by Saturn and Pluto. This is not going to be an easy year, but many initiatives should be put into play this year that will greatly benefit the world in the years to follow. It is said that the Ox is conservative and good with money, but as I was saying to a good friend last night, Oxen tend to be cautious with money because of a sense of lack and because of necessity. Care with money is learned under the influence of the Ox. It is a nascent ability of the sign, not a developed one. With the following points, then, we will flesh out the complete dynamics for this Ox year.
The Dynamics of the Year of the Yellow Ox
To begin with, this Year of the Yellow Ox started on a North Node solar eclipse – normally thought by the ancient Chinese to be an ominous start to a year – but this eclipse had Jupiter as its lord. In addition, Jupiter will transit the eclipse point in less than a week (2nd) and, being a North Node eclipse, it will mark the year as one of beginnings and eventual expansion, however large or small. So, if you have planets or angles within three degrees of the sixth degree of Aquarius or Leo, you should have something quite good come into your life, all other factors being favorable. In addition, this year is what is termed a 'double-bright' year, meaning the year starts before and after the Li Chun (commencement of spring on Feb 4th). This is considered to be a most auspicious sign and it favors the success of all sorts of projects.
Fire and Earth predominate this year, and excessively so, to the point where the water element is non-existent in many charts for the Chinese New Year throughout the globe. In a word, the Earth will be hotter and the earth-changes we have seen will be even more pronounced this year, especially toward the end of the year. Certain areas of the planet, like Australia, will be very dry and others will have extremes of precipitation.
What the Elemental setup means is that the Earth Element will completely dominate the Water Element. Water types will feel the pinch this year, whether the Water Element is found in the Year or the Day Pillars. That being the case, Fire will not be controlled and I think we will see some runaway situations involving every thing concerning heat (Fire): spirituality, aggression, overstimulation, massive fires and heat waves (we already have the worst one in 100 years here in the south of Australia with several days over 42º [108ºF] ). The Earth Element, being fed by such Fire, though, will be emboldened, and that may be just what is needed in the world if positively applied in order to get the financial sector back on track. It is not a year to shrink from what must be done. It is a time for bold and decisive action in many areas of life, even though such action goes against the grain of the normally placid Ox temperament.
The Darker Side
We need to stop and take a look at the darker side of the scenario before us now, for there is a hidden foil to the plans of the US's and many other administrations world-wide. I said in last year's that the Neocon (conservative) agenda would be defeated in the election, and it was, but I also saw that it would just go underground and possibly try to regroup for future action. The lack of the Water Element in the chart for this year indicates a secretive agenda working behind the scenes. Indeed, there is a crying need for transparency in government, given the past eight years, but there are other forces in Washington and elsewhere who are still working to further their own conservative agendas. The conservatives still wield a large amount of political clout in the US. It is those forces that will throw a wrench in the works of the Obama administration. There are some stubborn issues still about that will be difficult to displace this year. We can expect to see a great deal of stubbornness in certain quarters as a counterpoint to the progressive plans of the Obama administration. It is the conservative forces that exemplify the Ox in this year – resistant to change, distrustful of anything new, etc. You get the picture. It may seem for the moment that everything is in its proper place now in the political arena, but the capacity for sudden reversals and necessary changes of plans is there very strongly and will be evidenced largely as a result of the conservatives. Obama and Co. will have some fights on their hands, just as Truman did with the Fair Deal.
Another side of the Earth Element is that it is very resistant to any sort of change. Saturn is like that. As with the year just past, also ruled by Saturn, karmic accounts will come due all year. However, as we have seen from history, this year will be more about consolidation and movement forward based upon that rather than some sort of revolutionary or evolutionary change, which Rat Years can bring. The pairing of the Rat and the Ox (and they are a natural pair in Chinese astrology) is said to be one of 'construction'. In other words, this is a pairing of years that will alter the course of history somehow and put new structures into play. We saw the changes that needed to be made during last year. This year it is time to roll up the sleeves and get to work. Like the Ox, it is a time of taking on the collective and individual burdens and bearing them through to completion. We had the same sort of scenario in the years 1948/49 with the reconstruction of the world after WWII. It was a lot of work, but the social structure of the world at large was brought into the modern age, feudalism and empire was ended in the world to a large degree, there was much more and better cooperation between nations and a greater sense of human dignity and rights because of all the chaos that preceded those years. We can see much the same sorts of outcomes over the next decades as a result of the changes and resulting new initiatives put in place in this Ox year. We need to remember that these two years (2008/9) will set the tone in a big way for the fifty-eight years to follow. Saturn is a pivotal planet and it both brings things to completion and sets new things in place as a result. Saturn teaches us about cause and effect.
There is a lot more that could be said, but you will hopefully get the gist of what the year is about. There is a file I am happy to send you if you want to see what the year holds for you personally on a monthly basis. In general and if you know your animal sign for the year, Snakes, Rats and Rabbits will fare pretty well this year, all else being well. You are compatible with the Ox. Roosters will have a bumper year. Ox years are one of the best ones for Roosters. On the other hand, Tigers, Sheep, Dragons and Dogs will have a tougher time of things this year. The Ox is in conflict or tension with those signs. This will be a particularly rocky year for Horses. It is said that the Horse fears the Ox, and this year is likely to bring up a lot of fears for Horse types. How that plays out is an individual matter, but generally speaking, the Horse is too pushy for the Ox and the Ox will not be bound to the Horse's demands or schedules. Horses would do best to seek out other Horses, Tigers or Sheep this year for solace and companionship.
In part four of this article, Malvin concludes his examination of the Year of the Ox with a discussion of the Elements and some key dates.
Read part four of The Chinese New Year, the Year of the Yellow Ox