The Rat Year
begins 7 February 2008 and ends 26 January 2009, with Shu
(戊, a yang earth agent) being its Heavenly Stem and Zi (子Rat,
a yang water agent) its Earthly Branch. Since the sound code
(纳音) for Shuzi (戊子) is Lightening Fire (霹雳火), therefore the
most propitious orientation in 2008 is the east represented
by Wood in Five
The eight characters of the beginning of the spring (立春时:
19.03pm Beijing time on 4 February) of the Rat Year (戊子年)
is Wood Tiger for
month (甲寅月), Wood Dog for
day (甲戍日) and Wood Dog for time (甲戍时). It’s a prominent Wood
line-up in the Heavenly Stem and a Fire team in the Earthly
Branch, which is compatible to the leading agent of the day
Wood Dog (wood and earth). Such a celestial and terrestrial
formation is clearly in love with Fire, while providing support
to Metal, being afraid of Water, harbouring a grudge towards
Wood, and promoting Earth as its key mediator (用神).
Above in the sky, the most influential celestial bodies
during 2008 are Wood Planet Jupiter (木星) and Earth Planet
Saturn (土星). Wood represents the energy that is growing or
expanding, while Earth is the force for refinement and order.
According to the theory of the Three-Stage Cycle with Nine-Phrase
Sequence (三元九运), we are now at the beginning of the twenty-year
period of the eighth phrase (2004-2023), which is characterised
with a strong Earth trait of Mountain (艮土) that signifies
a dominant masculinity with the east being its lucky direction.
As the Earth Rat is in the restraint eighth phrase, it is
a year to finetune what has been initiated in the past, in
And all these point to a trend that traditional cultures
and values are about to be in for fashion.
According to the Purple Star Astrology (紫薇斗数), in the Rat
Year 2008 we have the Celestial Intelligence Star (天机星),
the Greedy Wolf Star (贪狼星) and the Great Yin Star (太阴星) in
charge respectively of three most important aspects affecting
lives on earth: disaster, prosperity and power.
The Celestial Intelligence is a benevolent but restless
heavenly body; as it is out there stirring things up and
meddling around, a change of direction could occur. When
the world economy is concerned, as right now it is at a high
note, an alteration may well mean an undesirable downturn.
Yet still, it is possible for the Great Yin, the most powerful
star in the Purple Star chart, to save the situation through
wise intervention by the governmental bodies. In this regard,
traditional industries and state owned enterprises could
be a big winner.
While 2008 has Greedy Wolf taken care of matters related
to prosperity, entertainment and food industries shall do
quite well. Considering it is the year for Beijing Olympics,
we may have a good reason to expect a bump and enjoyable
According to Wonder Void Purple White Flying Star (玄空紫白飞星诀)
fengshui theory, in the Rat year 2008, the lucky star One
White (一白) is right in the middle of every defined space,
while the money star Nine Purple (九紫) is in the southeast
direction. Four Green (四绿), the celestial being in charge
of the intelligence, is in the northeast corner, which should
be a good place to set up your studio or desk if you wish
to have your homework or assignments done nicely and efficiently.
The ominous stars in the Nine Palace Chart for the Rat year
are Two Black (二黑) for illness located in the northwest,
Three Blue (三碧) for discord and legal battles situated in
the due West, Seven Red (七赤) for money loss and accident
hidden in the southwest, and the most destructive force Five
Yellow (五黄) for disasters presided in the due south.
The months that we can look for a smooth run in the year
include the lunar third month (Dragon),
seventh month (Monkey)
and twelfth month (Ox).
On the other hand, lunar second (Rabbit),
and eleventh (Dog) months may require us to exercise more
cautions as Rabbit and Rat impose mutual penalties to one
other which could bring set backs and injuries, Horse is
in direct conflict with Rat, while Rooster and Dog do not
get along well with the ruling star of the year.
As Rat stands for ocean, the yang water, some experts believe
we could experience heavy deluges, particularly in the northwest
and south of a country or the world, which might be further
followed by devastating water-born epidemics.
Nevertheless, most Chinese oracle men (and women) predict
that 2008 will be an even better year than 2007 in terms
of the world economy in general.
Pre: Fengshui & Nuclear