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Chinese Astrological I Ching Reading for the Year of Fire Monkey

by Raphael Simons

Chinese lunar new year comes on February 8. This year it is Fire Monkey. It is the 32nd year in the 60 year cycle. Every 12 years is a Monkey year, each with a different element, 2004 being Wood Monkey year, and 2028 being Earth Monkey year.

The signs for the beginning of the new year are as follows. The year is Fire Monkey; the first month is Metal Tiger; the first day is Metal Monkey; and the 11th hour, the time of the new moon in China, is Fire Pig. 

The chart brings out Imposing Authority deity, meaning that heroic forces for good and evil are active in the world this year. The nature of Imposing Authority breaks down barriers, is adventurous, takes big risks, takes the lead, and is war-like. It points to risky and unstable economic conditions, violence, and technological breakthroughs.

The chart contains several clashes, and a sharp split down the middle, showing a lot of strife, and anticipated, but surprisingly dramatic shifts in power into the second half of the year.

An I Ching hexagram was derived from the year, month, day, and hour, these being the 32nd year, 1st month, 1st day, and 11th hour, respectively. The calculations give us Hexagram 28, line 3.

Hexagram 28 is Daguo, Great Preponderance. The ridgepole sags to the breaking point. Action must follow. Pressure is mounting, The force is reaching the turning point. This hexagram is good in spring, bad in fall.

Line 3 The ridgepole sags to the turning point. Bad luck. Matters have gone too far. If those who work evil push ahead heedlessly, it will collapse on them. The zodiac sign of line 3, Rooster, is weak by the season, and, by the hexagram represents Imposing Authority; it suggests vain posturing. Imposing Authority shows up in both the astrological chart for the new year, and in the I Ching hexagram derived from it. It is a great sign. Rooster is further weakened by the signs of the day and month. It loses strength. It’s time to take courage and act. This is not a time to lay back. The Metal of Metal Monkey day puts a dragon in line 3, confirming that it is a good time to act. There is a fight brewing in the world. Heroic actions will be taken. Power is coming to a turning point. There is something decisive about this year.

Raphael Simons, an internationally recognized expert in Chinese astrology and Feng Shui, lives in NYC. For information about his work, visit www.raphaelsimons.com

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