Chinese New Year 2010 Part Three
The Year of the Iron Tiger,
"The Tiger Leaves the Mountain"
Our esoteric astrologer and Chinese Astrology expert Malvin Artley looks at the meanings of the Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2010. Tiger years are traditionally ones of great change and innovation, and we will see some of that this year. The Chinese New Lunar Year begins on February 14, 2010, in association with the New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius, but the effects for all of us cover the whole of the twelve months ahead.
What can we expect to see in the Year of the White Tiger, then? In surveying past White Tiger years, the following patterns have stood out:
- Revolutionary tendencies and insurrections in the political arena.
- Advances and major accidents in transport
- Attempts at imposing or strengthening draconian legislation
- Advances in media
- Resurgence of the working classes and antitrust legislation
- Overhauls of political and economic systems that are oppressive or do not work (with a consequent reactionary front from those who would rather keep those systems in place)
- Explorer's instinct and entrepreneurial spirit will be to the fore.
- New products come out in White Tiger years that tend to become 'old standards' later
Some examples of the above from past Iron Tiger Years are as follows, though the list is actually very condensed:
- The world's first copywrite legislation (Britain's Statute of Anne)
- The Boston Massacre, which culminated in the American Revolution in 1776, the discovery of Botany Bay (now Sydney Harbour, leading to the first European settlement in Australia)
- The July Revolution (the downfall of Charles X of France due to economic and religious unrest), Belgian Revolution (which led to the establishment of Belgium as a sovereign state), November Uprising (Polish uprising against Russian rule, also known as the Polish Insurrection), the Book of Mormon first published and the formalization of Mormonism, 1st commercial passenger train, which ran between Liverpool and Manchester, the invention of the sewing machine, the first meeting of the National Negro Convention, with the expressed view of abolishing slavery, the signing into law of the Indian Removal Act in the US.
- The Sherman Antitrust laws (anti-monopolistic legislation), the New Scotland Yard, United Mine Workers Union, Jim Crow laws began to be hardened into place (the terrible segregationist laws in place in the US for many decades), a flurry of tornados that wreaked havoc, the British Steamship wreck, along with many other steamship wrecks in that year, the Massacre at Wounded Knee (one of the last great tragic episodes of the Indian/American wars)
From the preceding, we can expect to see economic unrest growing this year. There are a series of eclipse activations around the middle of this year, coupled with the Saturn/Uranus oppositions and Saturn/Pluto square. The mid-year looks to be fairly unstable and volatile, especially politically and economically. We will see what comes up. There is growing racism in the world, especially as a reaction against immigration policies in western nations. Half of the younger generations in Italy, for instance, are said to be quite racist, and there is a strong streak of it in Australia as well, not to mention other parts of the world. That racism will add fuel to the fire of any economic unrest, as immigrants will be seen to be taking the jobs of 'natives'. Tigers are known to be rather strongly opinionated and sometimes racist, and this year will see some of that being more strongly pronounced. Unfortunately, some people will play on that sort of thing to get their own agendas across, and there are a fair number of elections taking place this year. Elections, especially in the US and Australia, will be very hotly contested and the conservative elements in those countries will be out in force.
'Iron' in Chinese astrology is equivalent with justice. Venus is the Metal Planet and is said to rule over the administration of justice, military pursuits, weapons, all things metallic (such as metal refining and so forth), the 'sorting of the sheep from the goats' and retribution. Past Iron Tiger years have borne these types of energies. One of the great things about Tigers is that they rise up against injustice, and this year will see that magnified. It is not a year to be faint-hearted. Last year the admonition was that there be no disharmony between family and business (the Subprime Mortgage Crisis was a classic in that regard - dodgy business practices destroying the home lives of millions of Americans). This year the admonition, from the story, is “It is vital to face opposition to plans”. The thing is parties on all sides have their own plans and agendas, so we have a sort of 'cosmic setup' here for confrontations and showdowns in many areas of life. One of the most famous in recent Iron Tiger years on the world stage was the Korean Conflict, which started in 1950, and still we posture.
Tigers are big on alliances, but they also like doing things in secret. The Korean Conflict was both a covert and an open conflict, with strong alliances formed on both sides. We can expect the same sorts of things this year as well. The big difference between this year and past Iron Tiger years is the ubiquity of the internet, however. It is not so easy to keep things secret these days. Phones now are connected directly to the internet and all one has to do is point the camera in the phone, click and send around the world. People have to be very careful. I expect to see big challenges to privacy and legislation for privacy this year. Full body scanners are in the news now, for instance, and you can bet your bottom dollar that some of those images will make their way onto the internet, causing a public storm. Cyber warfare is a big possibility this year, too, and we are already hearing rumblings of that sort of thing out of China and other places. He who controls information rules the world, or so the saying goes. Tigers are vigilant, though, and we can expect new security measures to come out as well as increased attempts at hacking. In many ways this Iron Tiger year will be more subtle, more mental, than those in the past. Much will go on beyond the public eye.
One of the things that interests me most, however, is the possibility of inventions and new ways of doing things, for which Tigers are renowned. Tigers are pioneers and are always on the cutting edge of what they do. Metal is about inventiveness, standing up for oneself and the entrepreneurial spirit. Colonel Sanders was an Iron Tiger and Kentucky Fried Chicken, his brainchild, (KFC) is a household name now. When I was in Chengdu, China recently there was not a McDonalds in sight, but there was a KFC standing right in the middle of the electronics district of the city. I guess the Chinese love their fried chicken, too. Expect to see new products and entrepreneurial chains born this year, ones that will last far into the future. When you think of Iron Tiger products, think of things like cardboard boxes, sewing machines, Pepsi Cola, peanut butter, hamburgers and beloved iconic comic strips or films. Tiger types buck the trends of the day, are experimentalists and are totally unafraid of try new things. It is exactly the sort of energy we need to bring us out of the doldrums and to carry us through to better times. From my forthcoming book on the Four Pillars, what follows is an extract on the character of Tiger types, which applies to the year as well:
“Some people are born to lead, the rest to follow. The Tiger is a natural leader in any field of life. Being a loner or individualist by nature, the Tiger knows very well and from frequent experience the old adage that says, “It is lonely at the top.” This is not to say that Tigers are lonely types or that they will have few friends because, in fact, they often have many friends and they make good friends themselves. It is said in traditional Chinese astrology that one is very fortunate to have a Tiger as a friend as they will fight for you when the chips are down, besides which they are very lively and stimulating companions
Tiger types will do what they have to do to achieve their aims. They are very good at working behind the scenes and many times people around them will be surprised when the Tiger moves on a plan that may seem to have gone by-the-by, but had actually been decided upon some time before in the Tiger's mind. The sudden attack is a forte with this type, and competitors had better beware the calm exterior that often belies a foment of activity or shrewdness beneath the surface. In business Tigers are very adept at directing others to achieve success. In so doing, they can make spectacular progress themselves because they can form strong loyalties with coworkers and people they mentor. They are very shrewd operators and there is always a plan working its way quietly in the Tiger's mind, waiting for that opportune moment to find application or fulfillment.
Wood, being the native Element of Tigers and Rabbits, gives an expansive view and a need for space. It also contributes greatly to the creative instinct and gives a lot of drive in that direction. Tigers have tremendous presence when they are engaged in their work or activities and Wood gives them their sense of uprightness, fairness and honesty. There is a tremendous integrity with most Tiger types and they would rather go without than to go against their ethic or sense of fairness.
Being natural rulers, they will never sit for long in a subordinate position. If the Tiger is found in the Hour Pillar it often inclines the native to leadership and pioneering spirit in the arts. By Day the Tiger will endow the native with strong leadership qualities, especially in social circles. One always knows where one stands with one who has the Tiger as the Day Pillar. In the Month Pillar, the family of birth has played a very strong role in guiding the life of the native. As a result, Tigers by Month will play a very strong guiding role in all their close relationships. Of all the Pillars, the Month Pillar marked by the Tiger makes for the best personal motivators or trainers of just about any other sign. The Tiger by Year is very strong in the arts, especially the performing arts and they make for a formidable presence on any stage, whether theatrical or political. Interestingly, some of the great poets have been Tigers by Year.
Tigers are always independent and love a challenge. Hence, in whatever walk of life in which they are found they will be known as innovators, pioneers, instigators or even firebrands.....”
Famous Iron Tigers: Agatha Christie, Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame), Ho Chi Minh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Groucho Marx, Anthony Fokker (Fokker aircraft), Boris Pasternak (Doctor Zhivago), Colonel Sanders (KFC), Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Hegel (philosopher), Mark Spitz, Natalie Cole, Julius Irving, Helen Clark (PM of NZ), Bobby McFerrin, William Hurt, Peter Frampton, Jay Leno, Stevie Wonder, Bill Murray (actor), Tom Petty, John Candy, to name but a few.
Other Famous Tigers:
Year: Enrico Caruso (Hour as well), John Coltrane, Miles Davis (Day as well), Queen Elizabeth II, Karl Marx, Marilyn Monroe, Maximilien Robespierre, Upton Sinclair, Sun Yat-Sen (Hour as well)
Month: Tsarevich Alexis, Evangeline Adams, Eddie Arcaro (jockey), Harry Belafonte, Alexander Graham Bell, Andre Breton, George Frame Brown, Richard Burton, Robert Burton, Paul Choisinard, Lawrence Durrell, Galileo, Francis Galton, Jean Harlow, George Harrison, Rex Harrison, Patty Hearst, Victor Hugo, Edward Kennedy (Hour as well), Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Taylor, George Washington, Alfred Witte (astrologer, Year as well)
Day: Otto von Bismarck, Edward Broadbent (Canadian politician), Prince Consort Albert, Henry Ford, Mohandas Gandhi, Ernest Hemmingway, Adolph Hitler, Jimmy Hoffa, Michael Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, Vivien Leigh, Richard Nixon, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Butler Yeats
Hour: Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Reinhold Ebertin (astrologer), Queen Victoria, Arthur Fiedler (orchestral conductor), Francois Mitterand, JP Morgan (Day as well), Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra, Richard Wagner
In concluding, there is so much more that could be said, but what I have laid out here pretty well encapsulates the year and the energies the Tiger brings to bear. From the element count which follows at the very end of this letter, we see that Wood, Earth and Metal predominate. It will be an aggressive year for business and inventiveness. There is not so much emphasis on inspirational matters (lack of Fire) and the negative side of things is that there will be a fair amount of secrecy this year (lack of Water). It is a year of people tending their private affairs and getting on with things.
More than anything else, this is 'The Year of Getting Real', as I have dubbed 2010. If you have plans for your life, see where the opposition to those plans are and face them squarely and honestly. Realize that 'There are always those who disagree, but the design is sound and it is time to act decisively' especially if you know the design has come from within. And finally, it is time to 'Put valuable resources to good use.' Really, most of us are rich beyond the imagination of a great many people in the world. If we cannot make good with what we have, then our imagination - or lack of it - is our biggest problem. We need to expand our horizons, look outside the square and apply ourselves. The only thing impossible of attainment is that which we cannot imagine. Lastly, if you are so inclined, spare a thought for the few remaining tigers in the world, and check the link below:
It is a brave new year. Embrace it for all it is worth!
In love and friendship,
21 Feb 2010
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Quotes and text are taken from the software The Imperial Astrologer, courtesy of Esoteric Technologies. www.esotech.com.au. Graphics and koans courtesy of the same. All text in the program is by this author.