Year of the Metal Tiger

Suzanne White’s prediction for year of the Metal Tiger:

All Tiger years are turbulent. Political unrest, coups d’états, and catastrophes may strike during these action-packed years. On the other hand, for many, Tiger years represent luck incarnate. Tigers are lucky beasts. Keeping a Tiger person close by or in your very home will protect you from fire and theft.

This year prudence is advised in all new undertakings. During a Tiger year, nobody should leap before he examines either venture or adventure. The Tiger, though noble and honorable, endows his years with uncertainty. He tends to court danger and espouse change. Tigers never know where they might pounce next.  In Tiger years, from time to time the the rest of us to face head-on collisions with our own enemies. When we least expect that calamity, it surges out of nowhere. Much strength may be required of us during these testy times. Best way to deal is not to anticipate disorder or worry about what might happen next. Prepare for the worst. But think positively.

After the jump, the rest of her prediction and some other ways to celebrate and honor El Tigre Chino!

Hang on tight and enjoy the ride

Suzanne White’s prediction cont:

Two of Metal’s main emotional forces are melancholy and romance. I see Metal as Wagnerian. Metal people must guard against a tendency to wallow in nostalgia. A certain murky gloom can permeate the atmosphere in Metal Tiger years. We must remain optimistic and perceive adversity as challenge. These years, rife with sudden modifications and reforms of the status quo are salutary for people who know how to hold their own in unpredictable situations, calamity and upset. For those who panic or are squeamish about altering old habits or modifying their approach, Metal Tiger years can be plenty disruptive.

Advice?  WATCH YOUR STEP.  You must eye exactly the spot where you plan to place your best foot forward in Tiger years. Stay alert to your own foibles and monitor impulsive gestures. Be tactful. Play it safe if you must.  But don’t denigrate those who don’t. Above all, keep a cool head in the face of unsettling events. Brother-in-law walks off with the family jewels? Storms hit your area causing blackouts, floods and property damage? Kids fall ill at school and you can’t reach them in a blizzard? Neighbors dig up your trees and replant them on their property? A thief tries to enter through the bathroom window while you’re in the shower?

All manner of surprising events and harrowing moments will pepper your upcoming Tiger year. Pretend you’re on a roller coaster. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride. If you adore surprises and thrive on revolutionary ideals, this turbulent year promises to be fun and games. For those of you who long for everything to  remain as it always was: comfy, cozy and warm enough for your taste, fasten your seat belts and get ready to encounter some dicey moments ahead.

Gung Hey Fat Choy

From Chinese New Year:

A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s day. The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change … out with the old and in with the new!

The events that occurred during New Year’s Day may impact your life for the rest of the year. Be careful in your actions. Be selective with what you eat. Greet people who will bring you joy. To ensure a prosperous and healthy year, you should enhance and stimulate positive energy flow at home, at your business and at work.

Chinese New Year – the basics

From Chinese New Year for the family:

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. The communal feast called “surrounding the stove” or weilu. It symbolizes family unity and honors the past and present generations.

Shooting off firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year. On the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, every door in the house, and even windows, have to be open to allow the old year to go out. All debts had to paid by this time. Nothing should be lent on this day, as anyone who does so will be lending all the year. Everyone should refrain from using foul language and bad or unlucky words. Negative terms and the word “four” (Ssu), which sounds like the word for death, are not to be uttered. Death and dying are never mentioned and ghost stories are totally taboo. References to the past year are also avoided as everything should be turned toward the New Year and a new beginning. If you cry on New Year’s day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even though they are mischievous.

While many Chinese people today may not believe in these do’s and don’ts, these traditions and customs are still practiced. These traditions and customs are kept because most families realize that it is these very traditions, whether believed or not, that provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.

Big Ups to the Fijians

Part of my Seattle family looks a lot like this. Thanks so much for your love and support. It takes a village clan.

Beware of El Tigre Chino. Rowr!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Margo
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 15:53:38

    I’m a metal monkey, so I will clang away happily in the wake of the tiger.

    P.S. There’s a wee surprise for you over at my LJ. Peace!

    Reply

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