Sunday, December 9, 2007

Unlucky Me In Chinese Astrology Reading...

Susan Wind
Birth data: Saturday, September 15, 1956 3:45am
Your Chinese Astrology Signs:
Year:Fire Monkey
Month:Fire Rooster
Day:Wood Rooster
Hour:Earth Tiger

The Chinese say the three great blessings of life are luck, prosperity and longevity. In Vietnamese the words are Phouc Loc Tho. Statues representing The Three Blessings stand at the entrance of the Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon, Westminster, California. In fact the locals' popular name of the mall is Phuoc Loc Tho. Chinese culture is rife with methods for maximizing all three of these blessings in a person's life. The process begins, however, with the framework provided by Chinese astrology. For thousands of years charts have been consulted prior to weddings, marriages, pregnancies and other important occasions. Dates were adjusted and relationships consummated or dissolved in order to insure the greatest chance of receiving the Three Blessings in fullest measure. These techniques were once available only to the emperor. Now all people have the ability to discover their fate in terms of The Three Blessings. And, with this reading, you now have it too.

Your Three Blessings Reading:
This reading is based on your Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth. From ancient times, the Chinese have believed that certain parameters of your luck and fate were set at your moment of birth. The Chinese are not strict determinists, however, and do believe people can use the information in their charts to improve their lives. It's useful, for example, to know whether you can expect to be lucky and which of the Three Blessings are involved. Then you can prepare in order to maximize the benefits of instances of good luck while minimizing the negative effects of those times when no or bad luck prevails. As you go through your reading it is important to think in terms of patterns and to look for recurring themes. Human beings and their lives are complex, so no one comment can tell everything. The following reading has been prepared using carefully selected indicators. Ten are used for each of the three blessings, Luck, Prosperity and Longevity or Health. Luck varies according to time and area of life. By one indicator you could thus be very lucky and another unlucky. This is not a contradiction but, rather, a reflection of the variability principle ruling Luck. It can come and go. It can vary according to age. It can be positive in one area and negative in another. Unlike Luck, the second blessing, Prosperity, is relatively fixed. That, however, does not refer to timing or the amount you might achieve but rather to your potential for achieving it. It might happen quickly or rather late in life. Or, your financial situation could fluctuate throughout life. Finally, within the parameters of your Fate, you have wide latitude to determine your final outcome. In this reading the third blessing, Longevity, is expanded to include Health in general. This is logical since Health is a significant contributor to Longevity. It also gives you additional insight into your Fate. An outline of your reading follows. As you can see it is divided into three parts, one for each of The Three Blessings. Luck, although one of the three, is the first among equals as it directly affects them all. It is thus the first blessing to be discussed.

Your reading consists of four parts
4.General Conclusion

Each part of this reading contributes valuable information to help you discover your fate and luck. By now you might be coming to the conclusion that many factors go into your chart. And, indeed, there is a lot more to Chinese astrology than simply determining a person is a Dragon or a Horse, reading a few lines, and thinking you’ve learned all there is to know. Even this reading contains only a portion of what Chinese astrology can reveal. Furthermore, your chart can only tell you about a particular opportunity. It is up to you to take advantage of it. It is up to you to wisely use your strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Likewise, you must make an effort to capitalize on opportune times and to prepare for tough ones. Yes, Chinese astrology does outline the parameters of your life, but it is ultimately you who determines your fortune and your destiny. Now begin a unique journey to explore your Fate.

Section 1 - Luck
Luck varies greatly from person to person and even at different times in the life of one person. Rarely is a person's Luck all good or all bad. Just as life itself is complicated, so is an analysis of your Luck. To address this complexity this section addresses ten indicators from your chart and will conclude with an overall evaluation of your Luck. You, nevertheless, will be best served by focusing on the details to follow rather than your Luck rating. Your ultimate success in life is more likely to be determined by your degree of self understanding, attitude, and the effort you put forth to achieve your goals. Luck only reflects opportunity afforded by Fate; your destiny is still in your hands, as it is you who chooses what to do with your Luck.

Element mix
Your elements are distributed as follows: 43221. This is almost balanced and normal, showing one strong, two, approximately average, and one, weak area in terms of your capabilities and life stages. This is LUCKY, as you should have sufficient chi (energy/life force) to take advantage of opportunities and to deal with problems during most of your life.

Element cycle
The first stage of your life cycle is ruled by the element, Earth, which is not the natural element ruling new life. This is UNLUCKY, as your element is in a destructive relationship with the natural order. This not only affects you adversely in the first stage but also throughout life, as your ruling element conflicts with the natural element in every, succeeding one.

Year of birth
Your birth year element, Fire, has a destructive relationship with your fixed element, Metal. Fire melts Metal. This is UNLUCKY as it drains your chi (energy/life force), thereby decreasing your chance of success in life.

Month of birth
You were born in the month of the Rooster, the eighth month of the lunar calendar. You may take life too seriously, hindering your ability to be happy. Interpersonal relationships could also be problematic due to your stern character. This indicator is, therefore, UNLUCKY.

Day of birth
The constellation ruling your date of birth is Liu, or Wilow, which is associated with the Buck, South and weeping, and, therefore, UNLUCKY.

Hour of birth
You were born during the third hour, which is NEUTRAL, better in the area of finances and in later life and worse in your early years, especially your relationships.

For you the moment of Opportunity is at Birth, which is UNLUCKY. After all there is not a whole lot you can do with a big break while crawling around your baby crib. You can only hope this applies to your parents.

Your chi rating at Maturation is below average. This indicator is UNLUCKY. In terms of your energy level you have less chance of success than the majority of your peers as you embark upon your career.

Internal Sign Compatibility
Your overall, internal compatibility is far below average, which is VERY UNLUCKY. This will have an adverse effect on your self esteem, self confidence and decisiveness, as you will be torn in very different directions by your conflicting desires.

Animal Sign
Your Monkey sign is LUCKY. You are likely to have the Monkey's versatility, making you well-suited to take advantages of the opportunities afforded you in this earthly realm.

You have two LUCKY, one NEUTRAL and seven UNLUCKY indicators. Your fate is that you are extremely UNLUCKY. You will find that most people are luckier than you. You may have some opportunities, but there will also be many more challenges, and you are going to have to very work hard to achieve your goals. You will be more lucky than not at certain times and in different areas, but this will be the clear minority of instances.

Section 2 - Prosperity
For the purposes of this reading prosperity refers to financial to financial success. It includes wealth deriving from earned (wages and business profits) and unearned income, such as stock dividends and real estate profits. Something to consider is prosperity means different things to different people. Indicators such as expectations, comfort level, and desires go into a complex formula for determining just how much wealth you believe you need to be prosperous. As long as your expectations are reasonably in line with reality, the following observations could give you a good idea of your prospects.

General Indicators
Your indicators have an above average rating and are, therefore, LUCKY. You have an excellent chance to achieve financial independence and to make a lot of money in your life.
Prosperity of your sign

Earthly branch (animal)
The Monkey's fixed element is Metal, the one most closely associated with money. You're also likely to be versatile and capable of earning money in different ways. Unnecessary risk taking and losing interest, however, could lead to ups and downs in your pursuit of Wealth. On balance this indicator is NEUTRAL.

Heavenly stem(element)
You were born in a Fire year. Fire has a destructive relationship with Metal, the element that best indicates money and the accumulation of wealth. This indicator is UNFAVORABLE.

Month sign
You were born in the month of the Rooster, the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This is a NEUTRAL indicator in considering your potential to accumulate wealth. You could do well in your career, but you may hurt your finances if you changes jobs frequently.

Day sign
Your birth date is ruled by Liu or Willow, an unfavorable omen. It is associated with mistakes or character flaws leading to misfortune, and, therefore, UNLUCKY.

Hour sign
You were born during the third hour, which is associated with power and wealth, especially in your later years and, therefore, LUCKY.

According to your chart the best way for you to make money is in management. This can be a key to many, high paying jobs. This indicator is LUCKY.

There is a chance you will have a good opportunity to move to a new area. This does not necessarily signify acquiring riches, however, and should be considered a NEUTRAL indicator.

Your chi level at Maturation is below normal. This indicator is UNLUCKY.

Your chi level at Adulthood is low normal. This indicator is NEUTRAL.

You have four LUCKY, four NEUTRAL and two UNLUCKY indicators. Fate has decreed you are LUCKY and have a good chance of becoming prosperous. Since there are two, unfavorable indicators, you could, however, experience some setbacks as well as successes. You have the potential to accumulate significant wealth and are likely to end up being comfortable in retirement.

Section 3 - Health
Longevity is the product of a number of factors, one of the most important being good Health. The indicators in this section address Health in general and Longevity in particular. Where applicable you will find comments on various parts of the body.

General Indicators
Your chi (energy/life force) rating for Health is below average and, therefore, UNLUCKY. This means you could have some health problems in your life, especially during stages when your energy level is low.

Earthly branch(animal)
When young, Monkey-sign people tend to be overly trusting and usually get hurt. It is possible you could become cynical and suspicious. You also may find it challenging to make yourself happy, often becoming discouraged or depressed instead. This indicator is UNLUCKY.

Heavenly stem
You were born in a Fire year. As a Fire sign you could have a tendency to be reckless and take unnecessary risks. Also, you may be susceptible to problems with the heart, small intestine and tongue. This indicator is, therefore, UNLUCKY.

You were born in the month of the Rooster, the eighth month of the lunar calendar. Difficulties with relationships and a stern approach to life could adversely affect your health and longevity. This indicator is, therefore, UNLUCKY.

Your birth date is ruled by Liu or Willow, an inauspicious constellation. There is, nevertheless, an association with longevity as well as illness, so this indicator is NEUTRAL.

Your time of birth occurs between three and five AM, the third hour, which is LUCKY. Although your life is not likely to be easy, there is a good chance you will have a prosperous and long retirement.

Your chart shows this to be a very weak area for you. This indicator is thus UNLUCKY.

In your later years your chi will be strong, making this a LUCKY indicator.

Element mix
You have a shortage of only one element. You should be able to generally maintain good health for most of your life. This indicator is therefore LUCKY.

From the first section you know you have two favorable, but more unfavorable, indicators, with an overall rating of UNLUCKY. Since the balance is negative, this will probably have an adverse affect on your achieving and maintain good Health and longevity.

You have three LUCKY, one NEUTRAL and six UNLUCKY indicators. You do not have the good fortune of having a great chance of enjoying good health and a long life. Since there are three, favorable indicators, you can expect some bright spots. Generally, however, your health will not be a plus when it comes to your achieving your goals and enjoying life, giving you an overall rating in this area of UNLUCKY.

Overall Conclusion
Fate has not favored you in that you will not receive a significant amount of two of The Three Blessings. As pertains to several areas of your life you probably will not think life is easy. In general you will have to work hard and make your own luck if you want to achieve the success you desire. On the whole, when you are able to step back and look at the blessings you have had in your life, you will are likely to realize you have had some but maybe not as many as other people.

Appendix 1 - About Chinese astrology
The roots of Chinese astrology go back thousands of years. Needless to say in the course of millennia a number of different systems have been used. There are two main types, those that rely on birth data alone, and those that use birth data but rely primarily on positioning of stars and planets. Most use the lunar calendar (see appendix 1 for more info on the Chinese calendar) which bases its calculations on the cycles of the moon. That is why Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year. Some Chinese systems use the solar year as Western astrology does. Both, however, make use of Chinese five element theory. The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, always being given in that order. It is said to be a productive cycle, that is Wood produces Fire; Fire produces Earth; Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water, and Water produces Wood, thus continuing the cycle. The balance of these elements and their positioning in a Chinese chart determine many components of a person's luck and fate. Chinese astrology is a complicated set of systems of analysis, which is not unlike life itself. It rarely yields a simple answer. Even when there is a single indicator, it does not tell the whole story. A person's health, for example, is likely to vary over the course of a lifetime. Overall health may be rated good, but during a period of weak chi a person could still be susceptible to problems. There is one more very important thing to know about Chinese astrology. Chinese astrologers are not strict determinists. In other words they do not believe a person’s fate is sealed in stone at the moment of birth. What they do believe is that a person’s time and place of birth set parameters, boundaries within which a person has more or less freedom. What happens within these boundaries is influenced not only by free will but also by external indicators such as financial status of the family, the culture, and the local economy. In one way this is just common sense, not unlike what people in the West already believe. If your adult height is five feet one inch, you’re not likely to be a professional basketball player. If your IQ is less than 100, you’re not likely to be a chemical engineer. There is of course a whole body of Chinese philosophy and culture underlying the precepts and findings of Chinese astrology. The subject of Chinese studies, as fascinating as it is however, is well beyond the scope of this basic introduction. One point worth mentioning, though, is that balance plays a central role in Chinese thought. Even this idea has Western counterparts, Aristotle’s golden mean for example. In Chinese thought a star athlete who flunks Algebra is still weak. True strength comes from balance. A strong chart will be balanced in terms of both signs and elements. Ideally a person will have, for example, a mix of strong and gentle signs as well as of elements. And, if a person has a variety of signs as opposed to, say, two Monkey and two Pig signs, so much the better. That means the person has a wider range of capabilities. Much of the above discussion has been about personality and abilities. Originally, however, the primary purpose of Chinese astrology was fortune telling. The focus is usually on what will happen to people in various stages of their lives or a specific duration of time, or on what people should do on a particular day or in a certain month or year. Most of the information you will find in English on Chinese astrology will be about personality. This reading does not address that area. It is strictly about your Fate. Please understand, however, that there is no magic bullet, no single answer. Human life is complicated; there are ups and downs. People enjoy good luck as well as bad.

Appendix 2 - The Chinese Calendar
The Chinese calendar differs significantly from the Western calendar. The primary difference is that the months of the Chinese calendar are directly tied to the phases of the moon. These phases, however, do not fit in with the length of the year as measured by the Earth’s revolution around the sun. The Western calendar is fixed in the sense that each New Year begins on solar/Western calendar date January first. Because the Chinese New Year must correlate with a moon phase, it falls as early as January 22nd and as late as February 19th on the Western calendar. This has significant implications for Chinese Astrology. First, however, it’s important to understand the primary difference between Chinese and Western astrology. Chinese astrology focuses on the year sign, and Western astrology focuses on the month sign (Aquarius, Pisces, etc.). Chinese astrology does, however, have month signs. This can be confusing because the month signs have the same name as the year signs. Furthermore, when we say a Chinese sign corresponds to a Western sign, e.g., Ox to Capricorn, we do not mean the person was born in a Capricorn month. Rather, we mean the person’s Chinese year-sign traits roughly correspond to the traits of that Western sign. Adding to the confusion is the fact we can’t know a person’s Western sign simply by knowing the person’s Chinese month sign. For example, a person born on the first day of the seventh month (July 1 in Western terminology) of the Chinese calendar year 1979 was actually born on August 23rd of the Western calendar. Since July 1st is Cancer and August 23 is Leo, it’s easy to see the confusion. As with the months, neither do Chinese and Western years match exactly. Thus, even though we might know a person’s Chinese sign, we still cannot be sure of their year of birth. Conversely, if we know a person’s year of birth, we cannot be sure of their Chinese sign. Let’s say someone was born in 1978 (Chinese year of the Horse) on the Western calendar. They would only be the Horse sign if born after February 6th; since, Chinese New Year was February 7th by the Western calendar. The Chinese Horse year 1978 actually has the Western calendar dates included in the period February 7, 1978 through January 27, 1979. This is especially important when evaluating compatibility. Signs most compatible with the Horse (Tiger and Dog) are not nearly so compatible with the Snake, which is the sign of people born in 1978 but earlier than February 7th on the Western

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