Auspicious Dates and Places
The (2nd) month of the Wood Rabbit 2023.
(04:31am 6th March to 09:21 5th April inclusive)
in the Year of the Water Rabbit.
Public edition
Zhong Fu
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Inner Sincerity
Hexagram 61*

A 7 month                                        is deceptive.
A typical Rabbit Month                 features conciliation.
Where to be this month:               North, facing a favourable direction
Where not to be this month:         tai chi, East
Favoured Animals:                        Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Dog
Especially challenged:                  Rooster, Dragon, Snake, Ox.
The Hexagram* (above):              Zhong Fu Inner Sincerity, Earth over Lake; dig deep.
Summary:                                      a time to accommodate.

6       2       4
5       7       9
1       3       8
Wood Rabbit Lo Shu

I’m talking Ze Ri, The Ancient Chinese Art of Date Selection via Zoom at the IFSG Summit on Saturday March 18th, followed by a 2-Day Zoom Workshop the weekend of April 29th/30th, incorporating all the material from previous Date Selection Workshops plus new material and touching on forecasting. Join us.

*I am now listing the Hexagram corresponding to the particular month in question rather than the generic Tidal Gua. Put simply, Zhong Fu corresponds specifically to a Wood Rabbit rather than to just any Rabbit. 

Wood Rabbit Month: Complaints department is open.
“To everything there is a season” Ecclesiastes 3 1-8.

The Rabbit is all about rhythm and timing. As I was saying last month, sometimes we recognise that perfect moment to speak, sometimes we don’t: too early and it can fall flat, too late and the conversation has moved on. Something similar is true of music. Legendary keyboard player Herbie Hancock tells of a bum note he played once with Miles Davis’ band. In the dressing room he apologised, expecting repercussions from the notoriously inflammable Miles. Davis simply shrugged, telling him that there’s no such thing as a wrong note, only changes that are not contained.

In 2023 we need to be aware of the bum note. There will be changes that are hard to contain. The volatility of international politics – possible escalation in Ukraine, a burning world and massive inequality – is clear but it’s easy to forget that the global reflects the local. Dominant themes of Rabbit months as well as years include the need to respect rhythm, that is to say appropriate timing. To everything there is a season. And that’s as true of a casual phrase as of a peace negotiation. Say it when it matters. Button the mean lip.

And then there’s the notorious Ingratitude Penalty. Because it is centrally a misunderstanding between Rat and Rabbit, expect the penalty to emerge in a big way this month: among families there may be mutual recrimination, the offspring confronting the parent and vice-versa. It’s valuable to remember that there is nothing as disempowering as blame. When we blame we absolve ourselves of responsibility. It may nonetheless be a stage we have to pass through. Best be gentle.

Some years ago I worked with a very powerful if dominating white witch. One day her 20-something son rang to tell me his girlfriend was pregnant and that he planned to disappear and get as far away from his mother as possible. What did I think?

“If you don’t learn the lessons of this you will have a daughter just like your Mother.”

“And if I do?”

“You’ll have a daughter just like your Mother.”

For one person to ruin another’s life, both must have given up on responsibility.  And as far as the child-parent relationship goes, they start as our co-complainants, they grow into our accusers. Tread lightly this month, I should.
© Richard Ashworth 2023  March 6th 2023.

The Month of the Wood Rabbit, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances dependent upon whether this Animal rules your Year, Month, Day, Hour or Life House.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) Very much at home in this month of settling domestic affairs. Avoid blame, especially historical.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Drawn upon, put upon, perhaps even set upon. Not for risk-taking.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Some fuel, but little overflow.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Underpowered, tack into the wind.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) You are included all year.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Opposed indirectly – not that comfortable.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) Direct opposition may make for disappointment. Your job is to keep to commitments.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) You’re in pole position all year but especially this month.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) More free hits, expect movement in unexpected directions. Helping hands reach down.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#).
Expect complaints. You may have to listen, you don’t have to agree.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) A demanding month calling for respect of duty.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Mobile but slower than before. For now.

* Chinese Months start later than European ones.
#You’ll need help or a Chinese Calendar for this.

A Favourable Day
Wednesday 15th March Water Monkey, Basket, Initiate ***** (6)  serendipity.
Water Monkey encourages talk. This Basket is under the tail of the Dragon who is reckoned to poop gold; could be overwhelming good fortune, Stand back! Maintain ongoing discussion as today may offer resolution or at least a peace offering.
Activity: Earth & Water to tai chi.
Most fortunate: Wood(44) Fire(56) Monkey, Water(72) Rat, Wood(64) Dragon, Earth(89) Metal(41) Snake

Not so favourable
Sunday 19th March, Fire Rat, Void, Receive (1) *** still
Technically a Separating Day when the seasonal qi has been exhausted. Less sprightly, less creative than you may have anticipated. Energy may feel low. Rest, consideration, manifestation and relief are all appropriate. Rejected ideas return for re-examination. And not just ideas.
Activity: Dragon SE1 (ESE around 136º) for creativity.

Where to locate.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 2 Moon (Horse)
8:2 Double Earth – one yin one yang, makes for fixed positions. One man’s consistency is another woman’s stubborn. These Stars indicate growth, accretion, increase. In ordered surroundings it may be wealth and possessions that grow; in disorder possibly morbidity. Stay active, illuminate and be ready to add Wood to make good use of the situation.
Avoid: Wood e.g. plants & flowers.

Where to avoid.
West, Intervention: Year Star: 6; Month Star: 9. Sui po, Annual & Month san sha
9 highlights and emphasises, 6 tends to the aggressive. Both Stars can represent paternal power and hence, predictably don’t get on. There’s tension here, a Fire/Metal clash. That’s tradition versus brilliance but also calculation versus gut feel; realism versus magical thinking, a difference that can be hard to call. There’s real progress here if male parties can cooperate with mutual respect. Otherwise probably not.
Encourage: with Earth e.g. an amethyst geode or an older woman. The Ba Zi – what is it?

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