2011 Wellbeing Astrology Magazine Cover
Dean French

Dean French

This 2011 article examines the Chi energy of the Yin Metal Rabbit year, going in-depth into predictions for each Chinese Astrology Animal Zodiac as well as each of the Feng Shui directions using multiple Feng Shui schools.

Chinese Astrology for 2011 - Year of the Yin Metal Rabbit

In 2010’s Wellbeing Astrology Magazine I outlined how you can determine your ‘Day Master’ and Four Pillars Astrology chart, as well as how to determine the basic relative ‘strength’ of your Day Master. Rather than forcing you read the same information this year, you can read 2010’s article to get the basics of Chinese Four Pillars Astrology.

This year we’ll go a bit deeper and have a look at the twelve ‘Lifecycle Palaces’ and the Shen Sha for each Day Master.

The Lifecycles are based on the concept that a person is conceived, born, grows up, reaches their peak, ages, dies, then goes through the whole process again. The Chinese terms for these are – Toi (womb/conception), Yung (gestation), Chang Sang (birth), Mo Yuk (bath/washing), Koon Tai (attire/clothed), Lum Kun (coming of age), Dai Wong (prosperity peak), Shua (aging), Bang (sickness), Sai (death), Mao (tomb) and Chua (repose/wait).

This particular calculation looks at where a Stem fits into the cycle of Elements when compared to the Branch (Animal Sign) that appears. If we look at 2011, which has Xin Yin Metal and the Rabbit, the Lifecycle is Chua or repose. This means there is no life for Xin within the Rabbit, Xin has to wait patiently for it’s time to come.

The Shen Sha (literally translated as gods and demons) are an ancient set of calculations that were mainly made through observation rather than pure logical thought based on the Five Elements. They represent the people, situations and types of energy a person can attract to themselves the most easily.

Before we begin on the ten Day Masters, let’s check the interaction between Branches for the year. The Rabbit (Mao) is the centre of the East and therefore a cardinal sign/direction and it is pure Wood Qi. It can be involved in 3 types of Combination, Fire with the Dog; Wood with the Tiger and Dragon; and Wood with the Pig and/or the Sheep.

This means that if you have the Dog, then the Rabbit will combine with it to form Fire so the Dog will no longer be Earth, and the Rabbit will no longer be Wood, they will both transform into Fire. This is great for Day Masters that like Fire and dislike Wood.

If you have the Tiger and the Dragon together on your chart, then you will end up with the strongest Wood combination. Great if your Day Master needs Wood, but it can be very bad for those that Wood is harmful to.

Similarly, if you have both the Pig and the Sheep on your chart (or either one), you will have an extra amount of Wood energy to work with.

The Rabbit is direct clash to the Rooster. If you were born in a Rooster year, then there is a likelihood of relocation. If you have the Rooster on your Month Pillar, then there will be plenty of problems with family and relatives. Rooster on the Day Pillar indicates spousal problems if you are married, or it can also mean getting married if you are single. The Rooster on the Hour Pillar indicates problems with children, or if you have no kids then, problems at work.

There are also Harm and Damage formations that the Rabbit is involved in. These are most likely to bring frustrations and short-term obstacles rather than create big shifts. If you have no Jia or Yi Stem or Tiger anywhere in your chart, then the Rabbit and Dragon Harm each other rather than forming a combination. The Horse and Rabbit together will have a similar effect. If you have either of these situations, then just be prepared to work a bit harder than usual to get what you want.

Lastly, but certainly not the least is the Rat-Rabbit ‘Three Penalty’. Penalties are an interesting formation because they can indicate both good and bad occurrences, sometimes simultaneously. The Rat is Water Element, and the Rabbit is Wood. If these are supportive for your Day Master and are good for you, then the Rat-Rabbit Penalty is most likely to bring you unexpected good luck and a certain amount fame.

If these Elements are bad for your Day Master, then the Penalty is likely to bring bodily harm. If you have the Rat on your chart and the Elements of Water and Wood are bad for your Day Master, then then take care when driving, climbing ladders, hammering nails etc.

This article was written by Dean French in June 2010 and Originally published for Gold Dragon Feng Shui.

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