We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time. ~T.S. Eliot Four Quartets

16 February 2007


Losar, Tibetan (and Chinese) New Year falls on Sunday 18th of February this year. It is the year of the Fire Pig. I was born in the year of the Rooster, my son is a Dragon, my daughter is a Dog and so is my husband.

So what does the year of the Fire Pig hold in store? The pig is fat and happy, and one of its essential aspects is that of optimism and thirst for freedom. People born in the year of the Pig are hard working and fun loving. The Chinese symbol for the pig is fire over water, with a special character that creates an accelerant, meaning the year has the potential to gather speed or burn out of control.

While Fire Pig has harmonious happy elements, previous Fire Pig years have seen political unrest including wars and takeovers. The American elections should prove very interesting this year, in the year of the pig..will we see the first woman president? That would be shocking and unsettling to some, but certainly in character for this year.. and why not, surely it is time, considering Ireland has already had Mary Robinson, and England has had Margaret Thatcher (although some would debate that her gender made no difference whatsoever), not to mention some of the other countries in the world that have had women leaders. But is Hillary the right woman for the job?
The year of the Fire Pig should be exciting at the very least.

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