When I was teaching ESL, Ben from Hong Kong slipped me a little read envelope of coins. I was on the periphery of celebrations. We put up decorations but no fireworks or new years eve meal. The full house cleaning didn’t happen either, although we did for Jan 1st New Years.
This is the year of the wood Horse. So I guess this image would be more fitting:
Each lunar birth year has a ruling animal and element. See a chart by years.
There are also signs rendered based on the month, day and hour of birth that have ruling elements. In English terms, “there are also animal signs for each month, known as inner animals, signs for each day, called true animals, and animals for each hour, or secret animals.” [source] The hour of birth has a certain prevailing energy. For examples,
“Horse: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., named wu shi (time period of wu). The day is flourishing with the sun high above. Other animals are lying down for a rest while the unconstrained horse is still vigorous.”
Each two hour period has a ruling animal. Your birth hour aligns with that spirit under the system. So you could be horse in all the grids but more likely are a mix of various thus explaining why all horses aren’t the same much the same as western horoscope get into modulating born under the whatsit star or constellation.
As with any prediction, keep it vague enough and willing people draw themselves into the scene. I’m by Chinese zodiac a water rat. Animals are given more respectful connotations than you might associate:
People under this sign are usually smart and wealthy and will work for success. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others. Rat girls have a flair for cleanliness and tidiness. They are clever and adorable, personable and materialistic. They are also by nature thoughtful, sensible, judiciously and curious.
They are usually timid, lack of concentration and stability. They are in need of courage introspection, principles and responsibility. The do not look authoritatively, incapable of assuming a leading position. They stick fast and refused to be influenced. They are easily guided only by their private interests. They have natural goodness but look unpolite. They are also iobstinate and selfish. They are likely to speculate and they profess their greed as a virtue.
The human wants narrative, ability to predict and capacity to control. It also wants models to flex and not be too known. Surprises keep us alert. But not too much surprise.
For example, if we went into a sauna and came out and looked like the sign, a 16-year-old naked white or asian girl with a-cup breasts and hair long enough that it had been growing half our life, under 5 point lighting, that would be perhaps too much flex for the investment of trying to control how we feel. I would rather like to do a composite overlay of the average clientele and their advertising posters. A day with massage wouldn’t hurt either.
Quote: “Our poetry is the realization that we possess nothing. Anything therefore is a delight (since we do not possess it) and thus need not fear its loss. We need not destroy the past: it is gone; at any moment it might reappear and seem to be and be the present. Would it be a repetition? Only if we thought we owned it, but since we don’t, it is free and so are we. Most anybody knows about the future and how uncertain it is.” ~ John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing