The Chinese New Year Spring Festival will be celebrated for the next two weeks, until Feb. 8, the full moon Chinese Lantern Festival. Chinese astrology, based on the moon/lunar cycle, begins at the second new moon after winter solstice (Feb. 2, Groundhog Day) and ends with the Lantern Festival two weeks later at the full moon (Feb. 18).
2011 is the year of the white metal rabbit. We are to look at the inner nature of rabbit and for the year, adopt those virtues – graciousness, sensitivity, gentleness, concentration, diplomacy, culture, manners, a state of being reserved, scholarly, participation in study and intellectual activities. Rabbits are non-competitive and non-aggressive. A rabbit environment contains peace and comfort. This care of the environment nurtures others. We are to emphasize small details, be attentive to color, sound, design, balance, good food and conversation. The lifestyle of a rabbit is conservative and security is important. Rabbits are serious, persevering and very capable, calm and compassionate, charismatic and tactful, cautious and able to be trusted. Everyone will need tenderness. These are tall orders for humans.
Rabbit years (of birth) are 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011. Famous rabbits include: Albert Einstein, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Pope Benedict XVI, and Julian Lennon. Rabbits are devoted partners in relationships. The Year of the Rabbit focuses on family, home, diplomacy, artistic pursuits and creating goodwill and right relations, which bring forth peacefulness. Internationally, nations may turn inward, close their borders, protect against intrusions by other countries and ideologies. It will be a year of delicate business dealings in which complex negotiations and diplomacy will be necessary.
ARIES: Great opportunities, improvements and advantages continue to occur in your life and so your ambition for success spirals. Progress is assured if you pace yourself and are eager for others’ success along with your own. But most important to determine your effectiveness will be completing all jobs and fulfilling all promises. So be careful what you begin and promise.
TAURUS: You have energy, ambition, desires and aspirations to achieve a high level of leadership helping people understand how to create a group mind, work together and build true community with the template of sharing at the center. People, certain ones, learn from you by watching you. Therefore, it’s not good to constantly hide away behind the scenes, not answering your phone anymore. God’s calling, actually.
GEMINI: You continue to want to break away from your regular life. This is so strong within you that I don’t know how you’re coping with it anymore. There are possibly very deep belief systems keeping you from making a change, even temporarily. Would you know what these are? Perhaps a bit of pondering upon this would help. The reality is you’re free. And the call is clarion clear.
CANCER: Are there difficulties and tensions being experienced within certain relationships? Are there conflicts arising either externally or internally with those close to you or perhaps with friends? If this continues for too much longer, the roots of the difficulty will either get lost or become concretized and hurts will not be able to be healed. Something’s off balance. You need (to see, hear) the whole truth. Then you need to accept it. You can.
LEO: Are you in touch with family? Are you entertaining a bit here and there? Are you called to be creative while tending to a segment of society that many don’t consider important? Are you gathering slowly around yourself a group of like-minded people to help in this task? Something with a wise one, something cultural catches your attention. You will think back into the past for a while, about relationships and certain trees.
VIRGO: You seek practical solutions to a creative problem. To do this, you step into the future, find ways to work that are unusual, innovative, original, modern and novel. Be careful in your daily movements and with health. There’s a vulnerability that can create inflammation. Turmeric, curries, East Indian foods, dahls, kitchari – all are beneficial for your well-being now. Make all working conditions easy for everyone.
LIBRA: If someone were to observe closely in order to write a story about you, they would see that you have created a strong ethic around the principles of justice, equality and cooperation. However, they will also see that there are areas in your life that are still waiting for you to incorporate these virtues. Libras want peacefulness in their lives. Do you know how to create it? It begins with the intentions for goodwill, everywhere, with everyone. Someday, yes?
SCORPIO: How does your home feel to you these days? How does it look? Home is your foundation as a child and later as an adult. It is your refuge. It is a place to leave and a destination to come back to. Is your home providing these? Do you sense the need for a new home, one that encompasses community (living)? What duties keep you away from home? What new foundations, based on future trends, do you need for you to feel home? Where is home?
SAGITTARIUS: Sagittarians could definitely get pregnant this year. Not just or only with a child, but pregnant with a new state of awareness, gestating and growing larger as each week unfolds. This state concerns creativity, children and romance. Things happen this year unexpectedly, without warning, popping up here and there when you’re not looking. Perhaps new artwork or a new book is due (to be painted, written, published or contemplated). Something’s coming.
CAPRICORN: A very interesting situation is beginning to occur with you and will continue for the next six months. You’ve been called to serve. In whatever area or capacity you find yourself, this is your area of service and serving. What you will learn in the coming months is that while serving others, you must not forget that you’re also serving yourself. You are learning more and more. Something will occur concerning where you live – something good and beautiful.
AQUARIUS: You possess an extraordinary amount of knowledge and artistic endeavor. This coming year even more will arrive. You will be busy learning how to organize and classify, discriminate and categorize what data is needed for the future, and what to eliminate. It may feel like chaos. Know that chaos is the first step toward a new harmony. Connections with others will increase. Love will, too.
PISCES: Perhaps for the first time you are beginning to be in touch with the cycles of the seasons. You are beginning to feel the different levels of hope within the energies of each sign, each month. You are becoming aware of the wisdom of the earth, the kingdoms, the interconnectedness between earth and heaven. Not intuitively, but in your body. Your values change and expand, so does your self-worth. A star above you shines.
Risa is founder and director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in the Ancient Mysteries tradition
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