SPIRIT OF THE MONTH
© Aris Dervis 2003
In 2004 the Chinese New Year will be on January 22nd when we usher in the Year of the Monkey. Here's what Theodora Lau says about the Monkey year in The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes.
will be workable this year. At least the agile Monkey will not give up
before trying every angle. There will be success even in impossible ventures.
There will be inventions and improvisations galore. Politics, diplomacy,
high finance and business will be engaged in one big poker game with everyone
trying to outbluff each other. A rather amusing and exciting time in which
everyone will be given the opportunity to try his hand at the game. No
direct confrontation here, as the Monkey is one who can laugh off his
mistakes and improve his bargaining prowess in the next round.
It is said that the Monkey's year will bring many new and unconventional ways of doing things. The motto of this year should be: "Don't take no for an answer!"
Some traditions for celebrating the New Year include eating only vegetarian fare on the day, eating noodles for longevity and wearing the color red for good fortune.
Lucky Children are seen everywhere as symbols of prosperity during the
New Year season. We dedicate this shrine to our beloved friend Francine
Suan -, world traveler, boddhisatva, curious student of life - who has
taken us on so many remarkable journeys.