Tiger (source: People)

The Year of the Tiger arrived late last night or early this morning, depending upon where you live.

Symbolically, the Chinese new year is celebrated during the new moon in Aquarius. It officially arrives when the sun reaches 15° Aquarius (typically February 4 in the western hemisphere). That day is also the beginning of the Tiger month.

What’s interesting about this particular day is that the sun will actually conjoin Saturn during the Chinese “start of spring.” Not only that, the moon will still be in its first phase and Mercury will be returning to direct motion, making this a terrific time to embrace new beginnings.

One of the things that I’ve learned about Chinese New Year’s Day is that it’s a good time to clean your house — both literally and figuratively — in order to get a fresh start. This year, the Western astrological traditions are perfectly in-sync with the Eastern customs. The idea of “clearing out the clutter” is written in the stars. If you have the opportunity to tidy up your environment, you should take it. Your actions will set the tone for the upcoming year.

On that note, I’m going to get a few things done around the house before I go to work. I’ve already scooped out the litter box and cleaned up a hairball one of my cats coughed up on the couch.

I’m sensing a theme here . . .

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