Twice a year the stem is yang and the branch is yin. December is one of those months. This means once every 5 years we have the possibility of a special relationship between the stem and the branch. It only ever occurs in either the horse or rat months (it can also occur within the year stem and branch).
The stem this month is yang earth. Yang earth is like a mountain, like a large agricultural area such as the Steppes or such. The land goes on and on and on - without stopping.
Yang earth nourishes metal, controls water, and is 'afraid' of wood. That is wood controls it by breaking it up.
It likes to combine with yin water to form fire (which in turn nurtures yang earth).*
It's direction is the centre.
The branch is the rat - the rat has only one hidden stem - that is yin water.
Yin water is like a gentle rain - it falls on all - nourishing and nurturing everyone without fear or favour.
It is also like a lake or a quietly moving river or stream. It stays long enough to enable it to nurture the roots of plants in order for them to grow.
It nourishes wood, controls fire and is 'afraid' of earth.
It holds the 'prime' or cardinal place of water - that is due north.
yang earth rat month
This is going to be a very interesting month. There is a very special yuan or affinity between the *earth of the stem and the water of the branch. This brings a certain type of stability. It is very good for medicine, for health, for the well-being industry. It is also very good for agriculture.
There will be only certain times when the fire inherent in this yuan can be released or available to convert - we need a fire branch and the one that gives us the right type of fire is the snake.
The snake hour is 0900 - 1100 hrs (make appropriate adjustments for daylight savings).
In addition we can get it from the day.
- 7th of December - the start of the earth rat month - this is a void day I must remind you.
- 19th of December - getting very close to the solstice
- 31st of December - these are the days that can produce the fire push.
What this means is that, unless there is good fire either environmentally or within your own chart, then the fire cannot be created. It means that the water stem gives up it's birth right to become fire - it must have the catalyst of the snake to facilitate this.
month meets the year
The year stem is yin wood, the month stem is yang earth. Yin wood cannot hurt the mountain as it is merely bamboo taking root in unyielding ground - the wood will not harm.
The branches are - sheep and rat. Again the water in the rat cannot quell the fire, or contain the wood.
The influence of the year stem has waned, the influence of the sheep is quelled by the water.
The rat and the sheep clash.
This is not such a favourable month except for a little romance on the horizon for those born in the year of the sheep, rabbit and pig.
The latent fire in the yuan will only be able to take command in the day or hour of the snake. On the horse and sheep days the rat is clashed and rendered ineffective.
It is a good time for nurturing inner qualities of perseverance and diligence. When the environmental qi is disrupted we need to look to the inner being.
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