Auspicious Dates and Places for The (8th) month of the Wood Rooster, 2020.

(13:12 7th September to 05:15 8th October inclusive)
in the Year of the Metal Rat

Public Bulletin

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Hexagram 20

A 1 month supports communication of all sorts.
The typical Rooster Month demands perfection. Whatever that means.
Where to be this month: Tai chi.
Where not to be this month: East, South.
Favoured Animals: Snake, Ox, Dragon.
Especially challenged: Rabbit, Dog, Pig, Sheep, Rooster.
The Hexagram (above): 20. Kuan Watching. Wind over Earth. Intervention as necessary

Special attention this Month: Learn Ba Zi in 2020/21

Summary: Beware the self-righteousness that is neighbour to self-awareness.

9 5 7
8 1 3
4 6 2
Wood Rooster
The Month of the Wood Rooster, 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#). Rat meeting Rooster is technically a “break-up”, the yin Metal of the Rooster is not quite enough to fuel the Rat, making for a certain frustration this month. Reach may exceed grasp especially in relation to arguments. Walk away.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Ox and Rooster both possess the qualities of yin Metal, upfront in the Rooster, hidden in the Ox. Principally that’s perfectionism. Remember that it’s always perfect and it’s always imperfect.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Little clarity for the fierce and often ruthless Tiger with their long memory. Who did what to whom, when and with which is not helpful information. Really.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) Rabbit’s direct opposition to the Rooster (yin Wood to yin Metal) tends to entail letting down or being let down; this is no time to sign contracts.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Rooster empowers Dragon at the risk of seduction. Go with it if it works for you. Keep talking. No secrets.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) You can work with the Rooster (and with the Ox). Don’t get too clever though. Especially don’t overthink; do complete and move on quickly. Ox days especially fertile (see weekly bulletins)

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Still uphill but in a different way, The Rooster is a bit too much for you probably: both a rival and engaged in entirely separate endeavours. Be huge and above it. Least said, soonest mended.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) Slow because separate. Your various teams aren’t reforming just yet. You’ll just have to do it on your own. Could be tedious.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 70, 82; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Half measures, so much is kind of half-baked for you this month. Relax and enjoy; you’re not climbing Everest for the time being.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) Stay away from mirrors; your deepest pitfall is vanity and there’s always someone faster, stronger and indeed prettier. That’s yin and yang btw.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) A quiet time which is probably what you feel like right now. If you’re moving house, be appreciative of your destination. Gratitude will pull you through. That and heightened awareness. Gullibility is the pitfall.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) Pigs are still finding their feet. They’re at the end of your legs. Look down. Move one in front of the other.

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

Seeking the Higher Ground
This Wood Rooster Month – a few Notes.

This is a month of display; the Rooster is yin Metal, that is to do with correct proportion and the visible. What they call these days “the optics” are likely to be of central concern, personally and globally. There is however in Roosters generally and the Wood Rooster in particular, an aspect of broken commitments. Conceptions of beauty, cosmetics and the fashionable are up for inspection.

The uneasy Hungry Ghost Moon, the 7th of the Lunar Year, spans the time till the 17th. This is the time of those, living and dead, who are forever in search of more: more money, more power, more attention, bigger houses, greater influence. They believe in shortage, zero-sum and games of win-lose. In Chinese tradition the Hungry Ghosts are fed with sweets and tidbits, much like Santa’s reindeer. In these times of contained panic those who still walk the Earth are seeking the higher ground. In a dozen different senses.

The Rooster marks a kind of early New Year. This is when schools go back and the holiday season is over. It often feels like a time of regrouping. If you are reluctant to return to work, school, the office or supermarkets, consider whether all of that needs a re-think. That may be what Lockdown was for and it’s not over yet. A groove becomes a rut over time.

This is a 1 Month. You’ll find the 1 of Water, communication and emotion at the centre of September’s lo shu or magic square. This Star represents Kan The Abyss, pitfalls and the need to express. Like Water, Kan is forever in motion. This is a shifting time when little ground is firm.

The Annual San Sha, Three Calamities or Three Inconveniences traditionally foul things up where they land. In 2020 they are to the South. This month the chaotic 5 or wu huang joins them. There’s little to be done when both appear together at this time of year. Avoid. And by extension this is no time to seek the limelight. The Rooster will bring attention if this is your time. Receive.

This month’s Hexagram from the Yi or Book of Changes is Wind over Earth, Kuan, Watching and Waiting. This is a time of seeing and being seen; watch your step. Be who you are in public and private.

Where to be in September.
Summary: perspective.
Tai chi, Home, the centre: Year Star: 7 Month Star: 1
The 1 Water Star drains the scurrilous 7 Metal. What does this mean? Something like the sting is taken out of discourse. It’s a definite improvement on the poison in public life and the hazards to health and well-being that have characterised this 7 year. 7 is the fake news Star, the spiteful briefing Star, the deliberate misunderstanding Star. The 1 puts this into perspective. So if 2020 has been a trying year for you so far under these headings, bring to a head and beyond with a little Water and by activating or occupying this area. By activating I mean introducing vibration in the form of light noise or motion. Occupation is the most effective method though.
Enhance: add Water; a bowl changed daily will help, a removable Water fountain even better.

Where not to be in September.
Summary: nasty.
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 2 Month Star:5. Annual san sha
Nasty. The year-long san sha or “Three Inconveniences” is harnessed by the yang of bright sunshine. Which of course is not liable to be forthcoming now. Avoid locating or exiting this way unless it’s extremely sunny.
Mitigate: Metal: a 6-pipe Metal windchime or better, t’ang lung*.
* We can supply these.

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