The Art of Date Selection

Year of the Wood Goat

…and why should you care?

Success in life is all about timing and timing is all about being at the right place, at the right time, meeting the right people. Wouldn’t you agree? That’s why I use Date Selection or Ze Ri along with Feng Shui and BaZi Chinese Astrology. TIMING comes into play in every aspect of our personal and professional lives so I want to tell you about using calendars for success.

 

Gregorian Calendar
Gregorian Calendar

First of all let’s talk about the Western or Gregorian Calendar versus the Chinese or Lunar Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar is named for Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it in 1582. The point was to tie Easter to the spring equinox. The Roman Catholic Church did not like the idea that Easter floated from year to year and they also wanted to smooth out the Leap Year situation for conformity. Western astrologers use planetary aspects to pick dates based on natural energies. But the Western calendar itself does not hold any Qi or life-force energy.

 

Chinese animals
Chinese animals

The Chinese have both a solar and lunar calendar, so it can get a bit confusing. Universally, the Western calendar is the backdrop but by working with the lunar calendar as we do in Chinese Metaphysics, each day has a corresponding element and animal sign (which holds elements) and this is what gives us our Qi or energy of the day. How this energy reacts to a person’s personal BaZi chart (based on their birth date) is what fine tunes a good date into a great date or a good date into a clash date that will do nothing for you. This is the art of Date Selection.

 

Tong Shu
Tong Shu

The Tong Shu is one of the best-selling books of all time in Asia. It contains so much information and as you can see from the page I included – it is very complicated. Produced annually, almost every Chinese household has a copy of the Tong Shu as a do-it-yourself Date Selection tool. One of the key components is the use of the 12 Day Officers. The idea is to pick the right day for the right activity and each Day Officer tells you the use and function of that energy.  For example, Establish Days are a good time to start something new, seek medical treatment or propose marriage. A Stable Day is for long-term projects, joint ventures or buying a pet (anything you plan to have for a long time.) Even seemingly negative days like Remove Days have their purpose for removing anything you want to get rid of like old inventory in your shop, fat from your body (start your diet) or end a relationship (use for divorce.)

 

Year of the Wood Goat
Year of the Wood Goat

I hope this has peaked your interest in being more proactive with your calendar. Whether you are using a Western or Chinese method, don’t forget to include Moon phases because they also play an important role. The time between a Full Moon to a New Moon is called waning or getting smaller and this is used for ending projects. When the moon is growing or waxing – it is time to start new things. Mercury Retrograde is also powerful and it happens 3 times per year. Mercury does not actually go backwards, it just moves slowly so it appears that way. Mercury, the planet of communication, is affected negatively during this time with computers, electronics, cars and communications going wonky and you need to be patient. I am taking orders now for 2015 personalized calendars, so if you are interested  please contact me: Anita Rosenberg.

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photo credits: all from internet except Tong Shu is from the book and Year of the Wood Goat by ©AnitaRosenberg

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