Happy Year of the Tiger!February 9th, 2010 by Jerry King
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Chinese New Year begins on Sunday, February 14. It will be 庚寅年 gengyin year. More commonly it will be referred to as the Year of the Tiger. Here are Jerry King’s predictions for the Year of the Tiger from the Yijing (易經) Hexagrams (卦).
There are many different Chinese methods in predictions and divinations, for example, Purple Star Astrology, bazi (八字 Four Pillars), Annual star (9 Squares), and so forth. I have decided to take an alternative approach which utilizes the principles from the Yijing (易經)*. The three ruling hexagrams for the Year of the Tiger are numbered 50 (ding 鼎), 64 (weiji 未濟), and 8 (bi 比). Each of these hexagrams represents a different meaning, principle, and moral. In addition, they also represent a period in time. Hexagram 50, or ding represents the 60 year period between 1984-2044. Each of the lines for ding symbolizes a 10 year period and we are currently sitting in the third line from the bottom which is a Yang line in the correct position. Hexagram 64 weiji represents the ten year period between 2004 and 2014 with the lines constantly in transition. Hexagram 8 bi is the ruling hexagram for Year of the Tiger. Each of the three hexagrams has an influence on the year with greater emphasis placed on 8 bi, while ding covers the bigger picture of mankind.
Hexagram 50 鼎 (ding)
So what does all this mean for the Year of the Tiger and the world? First we need to understand the meaning of each hexagram. The ding in the Yijing illustrates a caldron where people are waiting for food that is being cooked. The lower trigram is the xun (巽) trigram, symbolic of wind, wood and the eldest daughter. The upper trigram is the li (離) trigram, which means fire and the middle daughter. The fate of the fire is dependent upon the wood underneath and the foundation of the caldron. Since we are in the third line of the hexagram, the caldron has two handles where one of the handle is currently broken, therefore, food is being spilled and contaminated. The situation for the world remains bleak for the next few years as more new viruses and diseases come to the forefront. For the Year of the Tiger, expect to see more food poisoning and a spread of new epidemics. Look for a continuation and acceleration of this trend in the future.
Hexagram 64 未濟 (weiji)
We are currently in the ten year period of the weiji within the ding. Weiji represents experimentation. In the hexagram, the kan (坎) trigram, known as water, is underneath the li trigram, which is fire. As a result, the water and fire are positioned incorrectly. In laboratory and experiments, it is best if water is above the fire so that the water can be boiled; a discovery of the boiling point and evaporation. This ten year period saw experiments with some great success as new discoveries and technology came about such as the iPhone, nanotechnology, solar power in commercial and residential use, and so forth. There are also experiments by Obama’s administration in terms of fixing the credit crisis. His administration will continue to experiment with other forms of rescue packages and stimulus plans. This will lead to a new round of inflation worldwide as the flight to safety including gold and other commodities continue.
Hexagram 8 比 (bi)
Bi in the Yijing means teamwork or union. This hexagram is composed of the kun (坤) trigram which represents the mother, and in the case of the Year of the Tiger, the older female. The upper trigram kan represents the middle-aged men. The middle-aged men in the Year of the Tiger will be supported by women and to succeed, it is of utmost important that the men work together with female to succeed. Advice should be taken from women. Those who fail to have the support of women will tend to fail. In the Middle East, there could be more political issues and upheavals as many of the government lack females in powerful political positions. Iran will be one of the countries in the volatile region to come to the forefront in the way of uprisings and protests. The focus of main events will continue to be in the North, China, Russia and the US. The top trigram represents the North and the North will continue to make key political decisions moving forward.
With the combination of all three hexagrams, epidemics would be more pronounced in the South and Southwest. Countries like Thailand, India, Peru, and Ecuador will be more susceptible to viruses. Natural disasters will also be more pronounced in the South. Massive government spending will continue at a rampant rate as the Fed will try to stimulate the economy. The result could be devastating as it can lead to stagflation. Their efforts are seen as experiments that have yet to prove that it would work in stabilizing unemployment and curbing inflation. The Year of the Tiger will be a difficult year financially as sources for money are limited. Consumer will be reluctant to spend. Look for a continuation of layoffs and a rise of unemployment in North America.
* Many see the Yijing as a method of divination providing people with predictions about certain aspects of life. Yijing is considered by scholars as the first book written in China. It originated thousands of years ago. It presents the natural laws based on the principles of Yin and Yang. The natural laws in the Yijing are represented by 64 hexagrams, each of which has meanings and can be used to solve many life questions. Each of the hexagrams is a combination of yin (female principle represented by broken lines) and/or yang (male principle represented by unbroken lines). The natural laws from the Yijing inform us that we have to go with the cosmic flow of the laws; going against the flow of natural laws can result in mishaps. There are no gods or deities to be worshipped in the Yijing. By understanding natural laws and going with the flow of cosmic reality, harmony can be maintained.