Malvin Artley has been a practising astrologer for more than 10 years. He is an
accredited member of the American Federation of Astrologers.
His primary focus over the past 25 years has been on the sciences as they express occultism and with bridging work between the two. His
special interests are the human subtle energy system and all
the chakras, or energy centres, physics and technology, astronomy and all
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.
Malvin lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He also works in the engineering trades and sends out periodic emails about astrological happenings and developments. Click here to subscribe to Malvin's periodic letters.
Chinese New Year 2009 [part 4]
The Year of the Yellow Ox, "The Ox in the Byre"
This is the conclusion of Malvin Artley's esoteric analysis of the Chinese Year of the Ox in 2009. He examines the Elements and argues that Any plans put in place last year will slowly and steadily build if they were based upon sound ideas, for the Ox will not tolerate shaky foundations or slipshod thinking. This will be the year of the financial sector, and the Ox has a lot to commend in terms of getting it back on track and firmly so.
As far as the Elements go, you can figure out your Year Element by the following:
- Wood years end in the numbers 4 & 5, so 1965 was a Wood Year, for example.
- Fire: 6 & 7
- Earth: 8 & 9
- Metal: 0 & 1
- Water: 2 & 3
So, from this, Fire and Earth types will do very well this year, and probably did so last year. Metal types will find a great many benefits coming to them and should feel supported. It would be a good year to start an entrepreneurial venture, for instance, if the capital can be worked out. Water types will suffer this year and will feel the weight of discipline or circumstance upon them. It will seem a hard slog, but a lot of self-knowledge can be gained from whatever happens this year for you. Wood types, if they apply their considerable creative energies, can make some money this year or have some good successes. Earth is the 'Money Element' for Wood, which implies that Earth is the Element through which they are able to make best application of their energies. It is the Element and medium through which they are best enabled to grow and bear fruit.
In summary, then, this Year of the Yellow Ox will be one of rebuilding and establishing new foundations – ones which will carry us securely into the future. In this year we all need to be mindful of conflicts between business and family. Oxen build steadily and for the future. Some very good outcomes can be produced this year, although there will still be changes and reversals of direction. Those changes will be planned this time, however and as the dust settles we may well see the financial sector rebuilt upon much more solid foundations. The general outlook, then, is that things are in their proper place now and that outcomes will be positive and assured, at least eventually. Any plans put in place last year will slowly and steadily build if they were based upon sound ideas, for the Ox will not tolerate shaky foundations or slipshod thinking. We have all seen what that has brought us, especially in finances. This will be the year of the financial sector, and the Ox has a lot to commend in terms of getting it back on track and firmly so.
There are two dates that stand out as being significant for me in terms of opportunity and growth that both took place in Earth Ox Years. The first one took place on 11 Mar 1889 when the North Carolina legislature issued the charter for the foundation of Elon College (now Elon University). The town that was established around that school was where I grew up and I went on to graduate from the school. That was one Ox Year consolidation that has stood the test of time and has benefited thousands of people – students and public alike. The other one took place on 26 Jan 1949 – actually three days before the start of that Earth Ox Year – which was when the first Australian citizenship ceremony took place. It was appropriate that it took place in the Rat Year, marking the beginning of a new cycle, but we might say that it was in the transition between the years. I became a citizen of this wide, brown land in 2005, and thus a citizen of two great countries. That is another move toward consolidation of a people that has held great benefits for all who have partaken of it. We should look for more such things in this year as well.
I mention the latter date because Australia Day (26 Jan) was also the start of the Chinese New Year this year. A sixty-year cycle has been completed. I went to a citizenship ceremony the other day with a group of friends. The head Geshe of one of the Buddhist centers here was taking an oath of a different sort that day and a bunch of us went to witness it. In all, twelve people became Australian citizens in that ceremony, virtually all of different nationalities. It is not every day one sees a Tibetan Buddhist monk taking citizenship vows, though – and on Chinese New Year either. After all the awards and ceremony they also had a group of Chinese come in and do the Dragon Dance, set off fireworks to cleanse the place of malevolent spirits, present a traditional Chinese dance for the New Year and then we all tucked into a Chinese banquet – all provided by the Unley Council. It was a fine moment of multicultural exchange and the Geshe seemed quite pleased with all the celebrations after the ceremony – especially the fireworks.
It is my sincere wish that all of you have a happy, productive and much better year than the past few have been. May this Year of the Yellow Ox see many of the sorts of things in past such years come to pass. Though the labor might be difficult at the moment, much of great beauty can be born in this year if we can come together in a true spirit of cooperation, compassion and generosity.
Happy New Year to you all,
28 Jan 2009
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