NOTE: This week starts out with an incredible show: the Geminid meteor shower on Monday night provides the year's best example of shooting stars. Maybe they are the opening act for the total lunar eclipse on December 20-21. That eclipse is coincident to the solstice, so maybe nothing less than a meteor shower will do -- but, full details on that next week. You can in some respects regard this week as the year's turning point -- or, rather more precisely, a prelude to the year's turning point, which in strict astrological practice happens next week. Reversals are possible, and indeed probable, as 2010 draws to a close. What this means is if you have been afflicted with obstacles, they may suddenly disappear. Beware, because the opposite is also possible. Make the most of this week's window of opportunity, for the trend will be challenged in the period January through February. Fasten your seat belt -- this is 2010's last good shot.
December 13, 2010 - Chinese 8th, M-T-K 8th. Bird, Khen, Black 2. Medicine Buddha Day. Tara Day. Ten auspicious omens (Zangpo Chu Dzom) in effect until noon today, so keep things light. One's opponents can be overcome, but this need not involve confrontation or contention. Today can be joyful.
As noted above, the Geminid meteor shower begins tonight. According to the oldest Chinese divination texts, "shooting stars" are not particularly auspicious signs. Imperial astrologers reckoned them as indicative of instability, loss, reversals, and changes of rule. In any event, you will not need binoculars or a telescope to see the show. The Geminids' radiant is, as the name implies, in the direction of the constellation Gemini, just north of the northernmost of Gemini's two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux. In the early evening of Dec. 13, the radiant is low in the northeast. By 1 a.m. EST, after the date has changed to Dec. 14, the radiant is almost directly overhead. By 6.a.m. EST, when the shower is at its peak in the Eastern Time Zone, the radiant is low in the west. By the way, this is not associated with a comet, but an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon.
Geminid meteor over the Mojave Desert, December 13th last year.
The Chinese astrologers will be looking for major upheaval -- a meteor shower was thought to presage the death of Chairman Mao, for example. To be definitive, a major geological or weather anomaly must be observed. According to one well documented case from Japanese experience, meteors in Gemini are thought to presage catastrophic fire. According to the common reckoning system tomorrow's elements are fire-fire. According to the Kalachakra system the 14th is fire-wind transiting to fire-fire. These are normally considered auspicious combinations, but we also see a transit to worry, and fear.
December 14, 2010 - Chinese 9th, M-T-K 9th. Dog, Kham, Blue 3. Work hard, stay focused on the basics, and don't worry too much. Excellent day for naga offerings, and such offerings are strongly advised. Note that the Tsurluk calendar is showing a duplicated lunar 9th, whereas the Phukluk calendar is showing a duplicated lunar 10th. See below.
December 15, 2010 - Chinese 10th, M-T-K 10th. Pig, Gin, Green 4. Guru Rinpoche Day. Today is zin phung. Note we have a duplicated lunar tenth in Tibetan practice; the Nyingma calendars are marking today for observance of Guru Rinpoche. Somewhere in the world today we will be reminded that peace requires effort to sustain. Today we need to expend that effort.
December 16, 2010 - Chinese 11th, M-T-K 10th. Mouse, Zin, Yellow 5. Referring to the Tsurluk calendar, the Kagyu calendars are marking today for observance of Guru Rinpoche. You will wish to meet with friends, but beware of disagreements.
December 17, 2010 - Chinese 12th, M-T-K 11th. Ox, Zon, White 6. Negative energies attend today. The weather may create obstacles.
December 18, 2010 - Chinese 13th, M-T-K 12th. Tiger, Li, Red 7. Drubjor. Whatever you have planned, today is the day of accomplishment. Indeed, this is the last Drubjor of the calendar year 2010, so whatever it is you have in mind, make it memorable.
December 19, 2010 - Chinese 14th, M-T-K 13th. Rabbit, Khon, White 8. Increase is indicated. A good day for acquisitions, purchases, home improvements, and so forth.
Naga observations for the eleventh month. The best offering days are the 1st, 9th, and 21st lunar. Don't make offerings on the 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 19th, or 28th.
Consult our extended discussion of 2010 astrology by clicking here.
Published every Monday at 00:01 香港時間 but written in advance and auto-posted. See our Introduction to Daily Tibetan Astrology for background information. If you know the symbolic animal of your birth year, you can get information about your positive and negative days by clicking here. If you don't know the symbolic animal of your birth year, you can obtain that information by clicking here. For specific information about the astrology of 2010, inclusive of elements, earth spirits, and so forth, please consult our extended discussion by clicking here. Click here for Hong Kong Observatory conversion tables. Weekly Tibetan Astrology copyright (c) 2010. All rights reserved.