In the Chinese calendar, that is. Tomorrow, February 16, 2018, marks the beginning of the spring festival. The first new moon after January 21st.
This is a very special one. It’s a solar eclipse at 27 degrees Aquarius. Some of my astrology clients get nervous when they learn an eclipse is coming. They'll call and say, "Julia, check my chart, please!" I tell them not to worry. They won't be affected unless they have planets in that very same position. But if they do, then this would be an important eclipse for them!
But besides the astrology, it’s a good time to clean your house, pay off debts, buy new clothes, burn incense and sweep away any bad fortune that’s been lingering around. It’s time to start fresh.
This is the Year of the Dog. If you were born in a year of the dog, you are loyal, faithful and true. You are a great friend to others and always willing to help those in need.
And by the way, did you know there is no “Year of the Cat?” You see, in ancient times, the emperor ordered all animals to become part of the calendar, first come, first served, because there were only twelve spots. The cat liked to sleep late, and his friend the rat promised to wake him up early. When morning came, the rat was so excited, he forgot and the cat was the last to arrive, too late to find a spot on the calendar. The cat never forgave the rat. That’s why they’re still enemies and there is no year of the cat.
I’m excited because this year I’ve been invited to my friend Wei’s house for a special dinner with her family. And of course, I never miss the parade. That’s where I’ll be on the night of the 24th, just nine days away! It starts at Market and Second Streets and winds toward Union Square and up Powell. I’ll be waiting at Post and Kearny and follow it all the way to Columbus and the Mystic Eye. I’ll watch the lion dances, hear the bells and drums and firecrackers and enjoy all the fantastic colors and costumes. I can’t wait!
You can read more about my adventures in the Zodiac Mysteries and this summer, Tail of the Dragon, Book #3, will be out!