Chinese Niu (牛)
According to The Sequence of the Universe
(《皇极经世》), formulated by Shao Kangjie (邵康节),
one of the top I
Ching masters in Chinese history, year 2009 corresponds
with the 20th I China diagram: Observation (风地观), in which
the wind (Wood in Five
Agents) blows across the land (Earth in Five Agents).
In this regard, it is a year when one needs
to exercise extra cautions against making rash decisions
and taking hasty actions; on the other hand, it is also a
good time to undertake appropriate investigations, examinations,
evaluations or deliberations, and to set up strategic preparations
for the actions in the coming Tiger year.
Some contemporary Chinese I Ching masters believe
that in this year we may be able to witness a great cultural
progress, while facing many difficulties in business
sectors that are heavily associated with Earth element.
Further, as 2009 is strongly featured with
yin Earth in both its celestial stem and terrestrial branch,
the energy of Fire will slowly deplete, which could help
cooling down some conflict hot spots around the world.
The collective destiny of a family, a nation
and the entire world works in a way similar to how an individual's
fate is decided. It only reflects what would come to us if
we do not alter our customed course of actions.
New Year Traditions