Today is the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat. It is also the start of the 12-year cycle, based on the lunar calendar. Here is a blurb from an article by Dr. Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D. from www.acupuncture.com
February 7th, 2008 in the Chinese calendar is the first day of the Year of the Rat. The Chinese calendar is an amazingly accurate system, which not only records the time, but is also a tool for forecasting. The energetic relationship between the Five Elements, an ancient symbolic system that expresses the energy transformation in nature, and the calendar system helps one foretell what is to come so that one can be better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities and guard against potential pitfalls and health problems.
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Today is also Thankful Thursday, and we had such a nice day! First we went to a friend's house and made some pysanky eggs
and had a nice lunch. Then we went to Phipps Conservatory and met some other friends and walked around the beautiful gardens, where the plants looked so lush and green. I even had a new appreciation for the Chihuly glass exhibit that is there. It all just looked so gorgeous today. I am thankful for family, and friends, and sharing and Pittsburgh.