Inside the Storm: Fire Tiger Bulletin

Auspicious Dates and Places for
the (1st) month of the Fire Tiger 2024.
(16:37 4th February 2024 to 10:21 5th March  inclusive)
in the Year of the Wood Dragon.
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Jia Ren
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Members of the Family
    Hexagram 37

A 5 month                                      is often hard work.
A typical Tiger Month                   features rapid even violent, change.
Where not to be this month:        tai chi, West, North
Where to be this month:               East, South West.
Favoured Animals:                         Tiger, Horse, Dog, Pig.
Especially challenged:                   (in order) Monkey, Snake
The Hexagram* (above):                Jia Ren, Members of the Family, Wind over Fire.
Fan the Flame.
Summary:                                      Jockeying for position.

4       9       2
      5       7
8       1       6

Fire Tiger lo shu

*I am now listing the Hexagram corresponding to the particular month in question rather than the generic Tidal Gua. Put simply, Jia Ren corresponds specifically to a Fire Tiger rather than to just any Tiger.

Inside the Storm
the Month of the Fire Tiger

You have to pay to get out of going through all these things twice.Bob Dylan

By now everything is up and running again. The Tiger brings fresh energy following the torpor of the Ox Month. Projects that have been put to one side pick up. Truces and ceasefires, settlements and adjournments are mostly history. There are leaves on the acers and buds on the hazels; I’m told that a hazel rod (for dowsing) must be picked while the leaves are “smaller than a mouse’s ear” which indeed they are.

And of course a new Dragon year is starting; the Wood Dragon like all Dragons makes for activity. This is set like all Dragon Years to be an unsettled time and the Tiger hits the ground running. Best not to expect peace at home or abroad.

Meanwhile the mischievous Yang Metal 5 Yellow Wu Huang Star joins the 3 Yang Wood Star of the Year in the centre of this month’s lo shu or magic square. The 3 is a bull in a China shop, the 5 tends to make things worse. This month disputes pick up again following their winter layoff. 3 can be macho in a deeply unconscious manner. Best to watch for that within and without.

What may not be immediately obvious however is that the niggles and upsets of 2024 are more stubborn and more grudging than those of 2023. The Dragon is technically “poked” when it rules a year. So provocation is more easily assumed. And this applies not merely to Dragons but to us all and especially Dogs and Rabbits. And it leaves us with the option of being provoked or not. We do have a choice. As do our leaders. Provocation is a question of viewpoint.

The month Hexagram is Jia Ren “Members of the Family” which, as Hexagrams do, goes through six changes in the course of the month. The 4th of these, covering the week from the 21st to the 26th of February, is Tong Ren sometimes called “Union of Men”: this is the time that peace might be negotiated. There is a sliver of hope.

The new Stem and Branch or Pillar is the Fire Tiger.  Tigers are fierce, bold and visionary as a rule. Typically they are patient. And they never forget: not a slight nor a favour. We are all karmic loaded guns at the best of times, special care this month.

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

Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98; births in February*, 3-5am & on certain days#) Not an easy year as others progress. Next couple of months are the best for you to make your mark.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) Overwhelm may loom. Trust. Home’s best.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Big tasks that you may be reluctant attend to. Gotta get started.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Could feel a tad remote. This too shall pass.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Early acceleration. Think ahead, plan, consider alternatives.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) You may feel pushed into places you’d prefer to avoid.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) Directly opposed. A good time tp rest up.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#)A chance to get your act together before it matters too much.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 82, 94; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Pulled and pushed. Time to get flexible.

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) Safe to follow up ambitious plans.

Rat (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#). Get (or put) it in writing now as the spoken word may be variously interpreted.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Surrender to the rhythm.

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

A Helpful Day
Tuesday 6th February, Metal Rat, Wings, Open (1) *** frankness & disclosure
Metal Rat is about truths that are hard to spit out – whether out of squeamishness, compassion or fear of consequences – all of which probably boil down to the same thing. Not for scarpering or beating around the bush.
Activity: Dragon SE1 (around 134º ESE) to be appropriate to the moment.
Opening up assists: Monkey, Rat, Dragon,Ox, also those born on a Water or Earth Day who are reckoned to attract abundance within four months if they use the day constructively.
Schtum: Horse, Sheep

Not So Much
Thursday 15th February, Earth Rooster, Dipper, Danger (1) ***** expensive wisdom.
Travel likely and hazardous. Not the day to trumpet. Venture nothing too important. Time out maybe.
Activity: SE for accuracy.

A Helpful Location
South West, Accumulation: Year Star: 9 Month Star: 2 Moon (Sheep).
9:2 supports public exploits of women. Locate here in 2024 for desirable publicity. Favours Dragon, Rat, Horse, Snake, those born on a Metal Day. Great Advantage at kun (around 220º SW2)
Power up: Fire; e.g.bright light.

Not So Much
West, Intervention: Year Star: 5 Month Star: 7 Year Wu huang.                                         The West is not a great place for a door or a desk during the Wood Dragon Year, especially right now. Exit, evacuate. Not even Water alleviates this combination and Wood & Fire exacerbate. Younger women best elsewhere.
Adjust: t’ang lung addresses the 5.

Note: Directions are from the tai chi (ie heart of the property) Feng shui is a very personal thing, so generic advice needs to be applied with awareness of the underlying energy.

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