[Sca-cooks] Once again, Tentative New Year's Menus
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Mon Feb 4 19:51:06 PST 2008
On Feb 4, 2008, at 10:34 PM, margaret wrote:
>> Yeah, I gather that if you're a Mandarin-speaker (i.e. mainland China
>> or Taiwan) it's your Red Year, and if you're a Cantonese-speaker
>> as in Hong-Kong, Kwangtung or parts of SE Asia), it's your Fire Year.
>> The year corresponding to your astrological sign is generally assumed
>> to be propitious, lucky, and a time of great opportunity.
>> Unfortunately, you only get one in every twelve years.
>> Adamantius (who does not get mad when people say, in my home, "Gung
>> Ho, Fat Boy!", but whose spouse curls the lip and snarls a bit...)
> I'm curious, do you count starting with the year you are born or the
As far as I know, and if I understand the question, you start counting
in the year you're born. So, on Wednesday night we have the arrival of
4706, The Year of the Rat, followed by 4707, The Year of the Ox, next
In general, the primary cycle begins (I'm told) with the Year of the
Rat, and ends with the Year of The Boar (this would be the equivalent
of the western cycle beginning with Capricorn, I guess). However, the
year for your astrological sign (so, for Gunthar, myself and others,
in late January 2009) is the beginning of your personal cycle.
It's true that there's sometimes some confusion about things being
ten years old and in their tenth year, but I don't think that applies
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