Creative Anarchy: Dragon Month Bulletin

Auspicious Dates and Places
The (3rd) month of the Fire Dragon 2023.
(09:21 5th April to 02:33am 6th May inclusive)
in the Year of the Water Rabbit.
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The Joyous
 Hexagram 58*


A 6 month                                       is about leadership.
A typical Dragon Month             is chaotic, the storm followed by calm.
Where to be this month:             at the centre of things.
Where not to be this month:     North West, South East
Favoured Animals:                       Monkey, Rat, Rooster
Especially challenged:                 Dragon, Dog, Rabbit.
The Hexagram* (above):              Dui The Joyous, Lake over Lake; enjoy – carefully.
Summary:                                      (ultimately) a time of freshness

5             3
4       6       8
9       2       7


*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. 

Fire Dragon Month: Productive anarchy.

The Dragon is a law unto himself. They’ll obey the rules if those rules suit them, they’ll even agree to be part of a team as long as they’re in charge. They can, as you might guess then, engender jealousy and other passions which often surprise them. But the truth is that the first lesson for the Dragon is not to toot their own horn. So with Dragons like Boris Johnson and Vladimir Putin prominent, the international scene will be fraught with mistrust and double standards this month. As will the kitchen, the bedroom and the boardroom. Often this dynamic leads to a time of chaos and conflict, followed by resolution of issues that have been contentious some while.

This is unlikely to be a peaceful month. You may have noted there are several pretty dire days and some unhelpful locations. The Dragon however does not stand for a lasting state of disorder. The storm now brewing will shake things up and move on, leaving things in very different shape. The Dragon is the time before the storm when the build up of pressure becomes too much to bear. The tempest hits and washes away without discrimination. Structures to which we are attached whether social, commercial or political may be bent to breaking point. The ground upon which we stand may indeed crack. The point of crisis may well be the week following the Solar Eclipse during the New Moon of the 20th.

Is this the dynamic every Dragon Month? To a great extent yes but more stubbornly so during a Fire Dragon. Because Fire dries and makes the yang Earth of the Dragon more solid just as the oven solidifies clay, the Fire Dragon is not keen to compromise. Those born in a Fire Dragon year such as 1976 often know this of themselves. They stick – sometimes literally – to their guns. Though they are like all Dragons, healers and teachers they are often slow to recognise their own wounds. This is a time of healing chronic damage but not, at least before the last fortnight, one of peace..

However much we think of ourselves as masters of our fate, truth is we are each spinning alone in darkness upon an imaginary chunk of mud. That is the nature of the human condition. Every Dragon Month offers that revelation: we have control only as far we limit our reality. And the ongoing opportunity to mould that mud any way we choose.

One such opportunity might be my Ze Ri Date Selection Weekend  April 29th/30th via Zoom.

© Richard Ashworth 2023 

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

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Chaotic, crowded, with breaks for the cool-headed but not for overstretching..

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Seeking and possibly finding a teacher may be the month’s main task.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Uneasy respect. Accepting support and input leads to successful completion

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) In many respects more than you expected.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) A time of your greatest eloquence for some time.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) Being yourself is especially powerful. Cosmetics not so much.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 82, 94; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Uphill climbing, best keep moving just the same.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) Less understood than usual, not that that need hold you up.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#).
In power, a month of effective strategising.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Reach may exceed grasp. So let go.

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Envy button pressed, try not to get lost in it.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) Scavenging, scrounging for scraps is the alternative to trusting. Your ship’s on its way.

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

Saturday 8th April, Fire Monkey, Foundation, Stable (3) a head start.
Fine for Water placement. If the base is steady, build from there. Creativity may follow playfulness. Discuss to the nth.
Favours: Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Snake, playful children.
Special favour: Wood(44) Fire(56) Monkey; Wood(64) Dragon; Earth(89) Metal(41) Snake & those who join to cooperate..
Activity: Rat due North keeps options open. 

Not so helpful
Wednesday 19th April, Fire Sheep, Wall, Balance (5) consider position.
The day of sidekicks and assistants. Advances today tend to stay that way. Seek promotion etc but don’t expect that to materialise just yet. Take stock on the 29th.
Caution: Rat, Ox, actions speak louder……
Activity: Horse due South for further Fire.
A Helpful Location
South, Bright Future: Year Star: 8 Month Star: 1 Moon (Horse)
8:1 Metal joins these two Stars and may support abundance and windfalls as the seasonal energy grows ever more fiery. Outcomes are likely to be very public. This may make the otherwise unpropitious 23rd a favourable day to the South.
Avoid: Wood e.g. plants & flowers.
Not so Helpful
South East, Determination: Year Star: 3 Month Star: 5. Sun (Dragon SE1).
3:5 is not helpful. If your front door is South Eastern, now is the time to pack it with Metal: Metal stuff – ideally not instruments of torture – windchimes (6 pipe Metal is best) coins, discs, white décor. The 3 is yang Wood and so technically clashed or controlled by Metal, the 5 drained by it. South East is bullish and mischievous all year but this is probably its darkest hour. Special attention to the Eldest Daughter and the rights of the working woman; Metal will tend to join the team for now. More cooperative in May.
Mitigate: Metal – drains the power from the mischievous 5; t’ang lung .
© Richard Ashworth 2023

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