Chinese New Year 2010 Part Two
The Year of the Iron Tiger,
"The Tiger Leaves the Mountain"
Our esoteric astrologer and Chinese Astrology expert Malvin Artley looks at the meanings of the Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2010. Tiger years are traditionally ones of great change and innovation, and we will see some of that this year. The Chinese New Lunar Year begins on February 14, 2010, in association with the New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius, but the effects for all of us cover the whole of the twelve months ahead.
I trust all of you had a very happy New Year celebration and were no too sore-headed the next day. What awaits us this year? The times are unsettled to say the least and people are wary. We have not seen this level of economic instability in many decades and such uncertainty usually carries the winds of great discontent. I know friends and their families who struggle and have trouble keeping work or even finding work. Economic troubles, if prolonged, also carry the seeds of insurrection and war as frustrations rise to the boiling point. Hopefully we have learned from the past and will not see fit to go down such a path this time around. Tiger years are traditionally ones of great change and innovation, and we will see some of that this year. However, to gain a prospectus of what this year will bring we need to look at the conditions leading up to it. Looking back at the year just past, I stated the following in the Chinese New Year letter for the Ox last year:
“Ox years are notorious in recent history for being bad years financially - and it certainly does not look to be an exception this Year of the Ox. The market will be anything but 'bullish' this year. Doom and gloom aside, there are some very positive things to commend the Year just started and we may very well see some things turn around in a positive way. As we will see... Earth Ox Years have generally been ones of consolidations, new starts and the institution of social programs. That does not mean that financial issues will necessarily be better, though. Social programs and new initiatives cost money, and it will take a few years before things begin to stabilize on that front, I think.
..... In summary, then, we have the following synopsis for the dynamics of the Year of the Earth Ox:
--consolidation of national and state groups
--financial legislation and consolidation of financial sectors in society
--advances in commercial media and transport
--major governmental initiatives in social welfare and economic reforms
--huge natural or accidental disasters, especially with regard to regions or cities (financial losses and loss of life)”
What did we see, then, with regard to the preceding points?
- —consolidation of national and state groups
- The only major development in this area was in the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon within the EU. Bolivia also granted its indigenous people the right to self-rule, and as well we saw the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
- —financial legislation and consolidation of financial sectors in society
- This was a big year and a continuing saga of several crises: The worldwide automotive sector meltdown, with bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler in the US, the Russian financial Crisis, the Icelandic Banking Crisis, the Subprime Mortgage Crisis in the US and the general worldwide financial crises. In general, we saw massive bailouts worldwide, especially in the US, with debt that will take many years to downgrade, possibly a generation. Unemployment figures in the US are still at around 10%, the worst it has been since the mid-70's, when it hit 9%.
- —advances in commercial media and transport
- In terms of commercial media, the best-known advance, perhaps, is Avatar, the film which has captivated the world. Film media has reached a new height with computer animation. There were no significant advances in transport. We saw the launch of the World Digital Library by Unesco, but also the death of Michael Jackson (which was not an advance, but was a huge media event and caused some of the biggest internet activity in recent times).
- —major governmental initiatives in social welfare and economic reforms
- The big story here was the Obama administration's attempt to introduce health care reform and the storm of controversy it produced. As well, one can consider that the economic bailouts were an attempt to stabilize the public and to calm fears of a total meltdown, which has somewhat worked in the interim, though we will have to wait to see the effects down the road. This year will be the deciding year for many of the efforts at economic and social reforms, although the ideas were introduced in 2008/2009. Concerns over global warming are beginning to become political fodder, though the legislation around that will largely be seen in the future as a tax grab by various governments and not a real attempt at reform. The Rudd government's (Australia) Carbon Trading scheme is a case in point.
- —huge natural or accidental disasters, especially with regard to regions or cities
- OK. 2009 was a big year with this one: The Black Saturday Fires in Australia, the L'Aquila Quake,
the Air France crash, the Yemeni Flight 626 crash, the Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crash, Typhoon Morakot, the Samoan Islands tsunami, the Sumatra Quake and the recent terrible Haitian Quake. Though there were no 'accidental disasters' with regards to regions, there were the three major air disasters, all three of which resulted in the deaths of nearly, if not all, on board.
Are we better off since the year of the Ox? We will have to wait and see. Things have picked up in Australia since about December of last year, but the general feeling about the place here is a wait-and-see attitude. Businesses I do work for are not hiring, though they are beginning to spend a bit on infrastructure as money starts to come in a bit. As expected, people are nervous and tight-fisted with money, perhaps rightly so. Yet the governments are telling people and companies to spend and for the banks to lend, much of which is falling on deaf ears. It is very difficult to go against human nature, as people in hard times tend to opt for the safe bet and the lowest common denominator. So, on the one hand we have a nervous public and business sector and on the other hand governments that are scrambling to clean up the causes for the mess we are in—overspending, faulty lending practices and poor fiscal policy.
In part three of this article, Malvin examines the Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2010. Malvin explains the astrological energies and outlines the nature of the Tiger in Chinese Astrology, drawing out the examples of Tiger years in the past, showing how they apply to this one.
Read part three of The Chinese New Year, the Year of the Iron Tiger
Quotes and text are taken from the software The Imperial Astrologer, courtesy of Esoteric Technologies. www.esotech.com.au. Graphics and koans courtesy of the same. All text in the program is by this author.