Tiger Bulletin: A Month of Herding Cats

Auspicious Dates and Places
The (1st) month of the Water Tiger 2022.
(04:58 4th February to 22:42 5th March inclusive)
in the Year of the Water Tiger.
Public Bulletin
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Hexagram 11

A 2 month                                    focuses on relationship.
A typical Tiger Month            gets things going.
Where to be this month:       East, South West, South East.
Default orientation:                Face North West.
Where not to be this month: North, North East.
Favoured Animals:                   Tiger, Horse, Dog, Pig.
Especially challenged:            Monkey, Snake, Rat, Dragon
The Hexagram (above):         12 Tai, Peace, Earth over Heaven, Communion.
Summary:                                    get back in the game.

1       6       8
9       2       4
5       7       3

Water Tiger Month Lo Shu

The Month of the Water Tiger
So now a Water Tiger Month opens a Water Tiger Year; a double dose of restless yang Wood and a foreshadowing of the year itself which of course is full of problems global, social and domestic that call for urgent attention. You can observe the changes day by day as the month wears on. They may offer some inkling as to the progress of the whole year. But it’s a year and month of big challenge.

The Tiger is fierce, patient and farsighted. Tiger Mother is for instance a byword for tough love. The Tiger is yang Wood which means it moves fast and much, in between periods of stillness. The Tiger’s time is first and second thing, when rest turns to motion. We prepare for and enter the day and by some accounts the Year, with the Tiger. Expect rapid movement and rapid change this month and expect it to be reflected in the year as a whole. This year we solve, mitigate or ignore the twin challenges of climate change and inequality, two puzzles which may distil to the same essence.

The Tiger sits in the North East which is where the most powerful energy originates this year, like a gale blowing South West. The term usually employed for the presiding Animal is tai sui or Great Year, a year, if you will, of twelve years. Just as the Tiger Month marks the return of vitality and birth, so a Tiger Year ends the long Winter of the last three years. We are emerging into light and motion. Optimism is not beyond reach.

As this Month and Year are Water Tigers, Wood predominates. Water gives birth to Wood, allows it to grow, for the limbs to flex and journeys to proceed. We know our plants are alive because they are moving, that is growing. This is true only of Wood: animals don’t grow forever, stones and ponds don’t grow at all. Wood is in constant motion, feeding on Water, the resources of the Earth and the Fire of the Sun.

The centre of the luo shu (or magic square) of Year and Month hold respectively the wu huang or 5 Yellow and the motherly 2. Some read this conjunction as sickness. Best anyway to stay away from centres, HQs, capitals and the tai chi. Has there ever been a more clear indication from the universe to work from home if you can?  Nonetheless I’m more inclined to focus on the 2’s nurturing and concern, she is yin Earth, the Universal Mother.

And on the sheer power of the 5 Star. The Tao doesn’t appear to have a moral or indeed any other kind of viewpoint, so damage is surely not what the wu huang represents. The 5 is more like a nuclear power station: we want warm Water but best not sit on the reactor. Translated for domestic use: face the tai chi but don’t occupy it.

The Hexagram* common to Year and Month is Number 13 Tong Ren, Union of Men, a call to assembly and common purpose. That’s the only way we’re going to get through this.
Monthly Book of Changes Interpretation Workshops start early March. Join us.
Richard Ashworth 3rd February 2022. 
*ie specific to the Water Tiger rather than all Tigers.

The Month of the Water Tiger, Animal by Animal:
These generic forecasts carry different nuances 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#) Fully charged; start making plans that take you into 2024. And act upon them.

Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99; births in March*, 5-7am & on certain days#) Demanded of; perhaps overly but rising to it takes you places you had only dreamed of.

Dragon (1952, 64, 76, 88, 2000; births in April* 7-9am & on certain days#) Yield to make progress; truth is at premium.

Snake (1941,53, 65, 77, 89; births in May*, 9-11am & on certain days#) Waking from slumber empowered. Pick up the threads. Some hindrance.

Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90; births in June*, around midday & on certain days#) Fully powered; use power wisely and ensure its longevity.

Sheep (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91; births in July*, 1-3pm & on certain days#) If you enter with good intentions so will everybody else.

Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92; births in August*, 3-5pm & on certain days#) facing into the prevailing wind; tack and you progress.

Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93; births in September*, 5-7pm & on certain days#) You may feel kind of irrelevant; you’re not but you may be distracted.

Dog (1946, 58, 70, 84, 96; births in October*, 7-9pm & on certain days#) Directed, focused: run!

Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95; births in November*, 9-11pm & on certain days#) Full steam ahead; expect support, serendipity and the legacy of your best behaviour.

Rats (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96; births in December* 11pm-1am & on certain days#). 3rd party disputes. Easy to waste time. Unhelpful distractions.

Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97; births in January*, 1-3am & on certain days#) Time to rest & trust as the year unfolds in ways that are hard to scry. Breaks come & go, pay attention.
* Chinese Months start later than European ones. # You’ll need help or a Chinese Calendar for this

Special Days in February:

Especially helpful

Sunday 13th February, Fire Rooster, House, Danger (4) **** Risky.
Quid pro quo; don’t price yourself out of the market but don’t sell yourself short either.
Activity: not today.
Special Favour:
Earth(89) Metal(41) Water(53) Snake
All Oxen,
All Dragons, the flexible.
In any Pillar

Not so helpful.

Monday 7th February, Metal Rabbit, Bow, Remove (7) ***** Hurried.
Yin Wood in Yang Wood Month & Year – just too much. Danger of overwhelm. Do as little as necessary & be kind to yourself.
Activity:     NW for assistance.
Favours:     no one much.

Where to locate in February

East, Ambition: Year Star: 3 Month Star: 9. Sun (Rabbit E2),
Young men flourish this month, especially Pigs and especially here in the East where Wood is at its purest. Kuas 3, 4 & 9 probably gain most: promotions, accomplishment and recognition. Again settle here to get a job done; rise early, decorate with Wood i.e. live plants – three is a good number. Add Water, even a fountain and perhaps blue décor) plus Wood e.g three leafy plants. Don’t overheat.

Where not to locate in February

North East, Wealth Star: Tai sui (Tiger) or Year Star: 8 Month Star: 5.
As tricky as the North East gets this year. You should only be occupying NE2 or NE3 (ie approx 40-65º NE) anyway. East Group decamp South, West Group South West. There will nonetheless be days of great creativity here this month, principally the 5th & 23rd.
Reduce negative impact: with t’ang lung, Chue cure for the wu huang.
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