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|Today, 02/19/2018, the Chinese Almanac says: "Arrange: The Emperor of Heaven has placed everyone in their seats. The Five Grains are in abundance"|
When looking at predictions for 2017 most people expect to find a list of countries with events that will happen in them throughout the year, but the truth is that astrology just defines a soft trend that pushes what already exists in one direction or another, so in practice the most important thing is to have a deep knowledge of the present.
For example, a person who lived all his life in Oklahoma and have a job that keeps him/her in contact with reality (police or journalist for example) could foretell Oklahoma events much better than Botswana's ones, even having the same astrological knowledge in both cases.
Someone would say that with so many information available on the net today, it should be possible to know what happens in every corner of the planet, and to a certain degree that's true, but is not the same as knowing the real situation of a country, it's not the same being in Dublin looking for a job than reading news about Ireland in a well paid office job in New York.
So what kind of worldwide predictions can chinese astrology give us for 2017? basically general trends about how things we have nearby could evolve and change along that time.
With that intention is that I made this table which combines the influence of the year of the Fire Rooster with each chinese solar sign, it's something very roughly done to keep things simple, but this way is much easier to understand:
So to make a prediction for a particular place in 2017, one should try to put these subtle trends next to everything we know about that place in question, it's especially useful if you know specific dates of events there, for example, when there will be elections, entries into force of certain laws, deadlines which expire for important issues...
With that very general trends you have to distinguish the moments when it seems more likely that "something will happen", and then for those times you would look at the position of the planets in relation to the Sun and other astronomical ephemeris, before, during, and after those days.
Then you have to look at which constellations those planets will be during these times, and last but not least, the phases of the moon, if it is increasing or decreasing, going up or down, getting closer or farther from the Earth...
And when these special astrological moments are isolated, a good trick is to look in the past and see what happened in similar astronomical moments in that place, and see how it affected the situation there, this way you can draw parallelisms which are often marked.
If I have time, before the beginning of the year of the Fire Rooster I will try to illustrate this method with some real examples.