Happy Lunar New Year – 2014!!! ** UPDATED **

Today marks the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year – however, China isn’t the only Asian country that celebrates it!

In China, the festivities are known as spring festival (春節) or Lunar New Year (農曆新年) — the new year is determined by the lunar calendar.

From late January to mid-February, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and other countries celebrate Lunar New Year.

Anyway, it is Year 4712, marking the Year of the Green Wooden Horse. I enjoy Chinese astrology as much as I like Western astrology, so I know what my sign and element are in each of them – it’s just a little hobby of mine for fun. I’m an Aries with a Leo Ascendant and Moon in Virgo, and I was born in the Year of the Dog. I think this is the perfect time to start my mini-series on signs of the Western and Chinese Zodiac!

Both Chinese and Western zodiac have 12 signs, but the Chinese signs change each year, while Western signs change each month. The Western signs change on a fairly fixed date, while the Chinese signs change in January or February. Because the year follows the lunar calendar, the new year’s entry has to do with the date that a certain New Moon falls, and the New Moon was yesterday – it’s the dark of the moon.

It was a Blue Moon, since it was the second one this month; two New or Full moons in a month is classified as a Blue Moon…and I’m getting off-topic!  🙂

Each sign has a specific element and gender applied to them, but the gender doesn’t necessarily mean that a male with a feminine-associated sign will be more feminine, or vice versa. Also, there are different designations for the signs, depending on which chart you are utilizing (Chinese or Western). Western signs have planets associated with them, due to historical links with astronomy, while Chinese signs are more ‘Earth-bound,’ if you will – they are associated with elements on our own terrain.

Coming soon: Spotlight on Signs – Aries

On another topic, the big game is only two days away…Superbowl XLVIII! I’m stoked and ecstatic – I can’t wait. My Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos, so this is a rivalry for the ages! A lot of people forget that the Seahawks and the Broncos were AFC rivals for a good long while, so this is a game I’ve been waiting to see for 20 years or so…and we are prepared!

First off, we have ingredients for a proper game-time feast – we’re making homestyle guacamole and Oysters Rockefeller; my husband is a fantastic chef and has a magic touch in the kitchen, so this meal will be decadent and delicious! We have plenty of ale and wine to wash it all down with as well.
I also have my “12th WoMAN” gear ready – a Golden Tate shirt, since I couldn’t get a Richard Sherman one, and these awesome shoes from Hourglass Footwear in Ballard! I wanted to get the platform stilettoes but my feet just can’t handle heels that high anymore…downfall of modeling, I suppose.
At any rate, we are ready to whoop and holler until our voices are gone…YEEEEEEEEEEE-HAW!!!!! And, win or lose, I will post right after the game – whether in jubilant victory or agonizing defeat! See y’all on Sunday…

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