Chinese 29th, M-T-K 29th. Horse, Li, Yellow 5. We have two 29ths in Tibetan practice this month, and today is the first of them, although today is Tsurluk 28th. Don't you just love it? Anyway, you should observe Sojong and Dharmapala day tomorrow, Thursday the 14th of January, which will be the second of the 29th days. Also please remember that Friday is the solar eclipse, and Sunday begins the Nyingma Monlam. So, what about today? The spiritual weather for today is absolutely excellent, with a chance of showers (blessings, wealth), and rainbows. Speaking very personally, I would start getting ready for Losar on February 14th. We are entering an extremely busy time, filled with all sorts of diversions and responsibilities. There will be travel to and fro, and many expenditures. There will be encounters with the new and reflections upon the old. How to prepare? Sit, sit, sit!
By the way: Lama Dawa Rinpoche is calling the double 29 followed by an eclipse a dire omen, noting that the last time this happened was in 1957, and I quote herewith:
"To have a double 29th day followed by a major eclipse is considered to be a very dire omen. The last time this happened was in 1957, just prior to major global shifts and calamities in many parts of the world.
Lama Dawa Rinpoche says that the occurrence of this double 29th day with a solar eclipse portends a very difficult coming year. The Iron Tiger year will be fraught with turmoil, major global changes, and much suffering. It will be a very difficult and unstable time for many, and will certainbly be a very difficult year to accomplish one's aspirations.Tantric practitioners with skillful means use this rare window of opportunity to engage in specific practices which transforms this conflicting energy into benefit. In particular, the practices of the 'Gyal-Due' (ransom offerings for the gyalpos), the 'Dremo Dza-Due' (ransom offerings for the dremos) and the Tashi Yang-gug are particularly appropriate practices. By doing these practices, on can turn the tide and avert the obstacles."
We've been expressing this for about a month now, and you will continue to see similar predictions by other Tibetan astrologers. I was particularly interested to see his note about the gyalpos, because I came to the very same conclusion. The Iron Tiger year is going to be problematic. Consult our extended discussion of 2010 astrology by clicking here.