Auspicious Dates and Places for The (11th) month of the Metal Rat 2021

Auspicious Dates and Places
The (11th) month of the Metal Rat 2021.
(07:00am 7th December to 17:46 5th January  inclusive)
as the Year of the Metal Ox turns to the Water Tiger.
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Hexagram 19

A 4 month                              is curious – in all sorts of ways.
A typical Rat Month              brings discussion
Where to be this month:       South West, North.
Default orientation:               Face North West.
Where not to be this month: North West, North East.
Favoured Animals:                 Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Ox.
Especially challenged:           Horse, Sheep, Dog, Tiger
The Hexagram (above):           19, Lin, Advancing, Earth over Lake.
Summary:                               exploratory, communicative.
3            1
2       4       6
7       9       5
Metal Rat Month Lo Shu.
The least we can do is wave to each other.
(Peter Hammill.)
Of all months the Rat is the one when we are most likely to socialise. Even if we aren’t attending office parties this year we are at least likely to be with family. That’s what the Rat is for: communication and connection before we return to the hurly burly. The sequence of the energies of the year has run its course from the stirring Wood of the Tiger last February via the hurry of the Fire Months and the cut and thrust of Autumn, to now, the time of conclusions. Now we talk. Even if only via a screen.
The Rat is the premier talker but also the keeper of secrets. This is yin and yang. The Rat on the Beam, high above the dinner guests as they exchange indiscretions, as well as the Chair of the Public Meeting. Rat has an agenda and if you haven’t, the Rat will tend to promote theirs. That makes this a month to engage but also one to consider your words before parting with them. And to listen.
Rat* is capable of the most profound communication. But may nonetheless not make regular use of that capacity. Water stands for deep feelings but not necessarily their expression.. And if we’re not sharing our true feelings we don’t know each other at all. Which is risky. What’s for sure though is that ultimately relationship is all there is.
See you in ’22.
Richard Ashworth 7a.m. 7th December 2021 
*(1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, December, every 12th day and midnight births)
The Month of the Metal Rat, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances dependent upon whether this Animal rules your Year, Month, Day, Hour or Life House.
Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#). Open mouth but also ears in what will be a talkative month.
Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) A blast of power till February opens. You can still dictate the order of things.
Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) If anything, over-powered, at a time when you need to slow down for a while. Avoid additional commitment for now.
Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) acknowledge resentment and take responsibility. Tap into the rising Tiger.
Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Empowered and emboldened for the time being. Take smaller risks. Begin to re-think 2022.
Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Quiet suits you this month; re-charge; it all works out.
Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Enthusiasm for your wilder designs is dampened. Probably for the best.
Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Interference likely; if you can’t avoid Christmas with the in-laws, approach it gingerly.
Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Play – 2022 tests you. Be ready. Know which Pillar is which.
Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) Hard to keep up; you did before, you’ll do it again.
Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) If the way is blocked, notice that it’s you blocking it.
Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) all a bit too much. Discern between opportunity and distraction; both likely this month. * Chinese Months start later than European ones. # You’ll need help or a Chinese Calendar for this.
Special Days in December:
Especially helpful
Friday 10th December Water Dragon, Ghost, Stable (2) **** Nostalgic.
Water Dragon made even more eloquent in a Rat Month; a day to draw lessons from the past. Don’t leap into action just yet. Do discuss to the nth.
Activity: Monkey SW3 (WSW around 240º) for company.
Magic in the air: Monkey, Rat, Rooster in any Pillar. Could crowd Dragons. 
Not so helpful.
Tuesday 21st December, Water Rabbit, Tail, Balance, (4) **** Dallying.
A glimpse of 2023. Focus is on the domestic with some serendipity and a taste of delayed justice. Could be romantic or at least poetic. Again April 7-9a.m., May 9-11a.m. & so on.
Hinders: Dragons, Roosters, those who won’t adapt.
Activity: Sheep SW (SSW around 205º) for helpful reflection. 
Where to locate in December
West, Intervention: Year Star:8; Month Star:6.
Both helpful Stars. 1:6:8 incorporates three beneficial Stars offering mutual support: the Earth of the 8 fuels the Metal of the 6 which in turn feeds the Water of the 1. Occupy, enhance with revelry; Dui the Trigram of the West likes a good time. Partaaaay.
Maximise: Water:prosperous 1:6:8. Add blue or bowl of Water change daily. 
Where not to locate in December
South East, Determination: Year Star:5 Month Star:3. Annual Wu huang. Moon (Dragon SE1) Money and other loss. Still a very poor place for anything fruitful.
Mitigate all year: t’ang lung.
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