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march 22 2004 - into the year of the horse

I WAS FEELING A LITTLE DOWN THIS NOONTIME, AS THE COOL GREY RAIN FELL OUTSIDE, AND I PONDERED THE FINANCIAL MESS I SEEM TO HAVE GOT MYSELF INTO, AND WHICH I CAN'T SEEM TO ESCAPE. I was feeling in need of counsel, so I checked out this Oriental wisdom site: Chinese Astrology. The site talks about how 2003 was the Year of the Goat, and that Goat years tend to involve wild spending and financial irresponsibility, and whimsical actions. Amazingly it sums up the way I lived 2003 -- the way I walked out of my job and tried to live as a freelance English teacher, my whimsical and irresponsible trip to Iceland, and so on. I reckon every period of your life has a purpose, and while things sometimes don't make sense when you are living them, in retrospect you can see what the big picture was all about. Here were some of the calls about 2003, the Water Goat Year:

General Overview of Water Goat Year February 1, 2003 through January 21, 2004 February 1, 2003 heralds in the Year of the Water/Black Goat "Gui Wei" Most signs go into a state of "relapse," taking inventory and even doing some "damage control."

Relief is in sight during 2003, as the Goat/Ram who's essence is "propriety" brings a more relaxed and yielding year. Goat years are more "delicate," artistic, capricious, and full of "whimsy". Inspired by harmony, and feminine -Yin (balancing out the male +Yang of the previous Horse year), Goat years are creative, imaginative and ingenious!

Art galleries, forms and colors, and extravagant spending prevails. Rather indifferent to the rules of society, the Goat is the most inconstant of the zodiac years. Irresponsible? Undisciplined? Eccentric? Absolutely! But also more peaceful, creative and adaptable. Goat years leap from one imaginary cloud to the next, seeking novelty, beauty, and the path of least resistance.

A feminine -Yin year of intuition, finesse, and good taste. As the hot-headed Horse year releases it's hold, the tranquillity-loving Goat offers elegance, delicacy, and the more aesthetic things in life. The down-side is a risk of becoming lost in fantasy, brooding and lack of responsibility. Bills go unpaid, mundane work is detestable, and dependency on wealth and comforts abound. A lack of organization and resisting routine in all it's forms, also constitutes un-punctual Goat years.

The good-news is that the Goat's "live and let live" attitude will be helpful in resolving conflicts brewed up in the previous Snake and Horse years. The Water element, which is with us again this year, has no form of it's own, and is forced to conform and take on the shape of what contains it. A lazier year, more dependent and changeable -- where outward appearances can be deceiving. All must avoid the sleeping, muddy waters of delays and inactivity.

While continuing to move closer to the ideals of spiritual oneness, we must continue to contend with our share of intolerant, provincially minded dictators. Similar to the barbarians of the past (Hitler, Stalin, Tse-tung, Napoleon, Idi Amin, Po poi, and Genghis Khan) our generation must contend with the likes of un-evolved extremists such as Bin Laden, Sadam Hussein, and the brutality of the North Korean government... Like all narcissistic conquerors who assume they are entitled to rule and to intimidate by some divine right, these dictators must be harshly dealt with like the petulant tyrants they are. We continue through the painful stages of a woman in labor, to be free from the stranglehold of despotism and tyranny.

Uneven distribution of rainfall, and some areas may suffer from flood (lower areas) or drought (higher elevations.) No food shortages, but the cost of living could increase drastically. Capricious Goat years also tend to bring rather dramatic shifts in government, politics and distribution of wealth. Expect the unexpected this year, and know that not all things are as they seem on the surface. Just as disaster seems eminent, deliverance and rescue arrives at the 11th hour. Best results are attained by remaining flexible. These changeable astral aspects stabilize after Fall/Autumn of 2003.


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