Don’t call me the H-Word!

Image: Yücel ULUSOY • Photo: Selfie @ Ai WeiWei Horse/Princeton

I was a studious child and remain a student of life, but didn’t believe in the “jynx” of astrology until I was 18…I was resistant to follow this muse that had predictions of of your day’s outcomes based on your birthday. Then I tried occasionally reading my daily horoscope at the end of the day or week, as to compare notes…This began to expand my horizon and my research in metaphysics was born. In Western astrology, as a May 5 baby, I am a Taurus….In fact I am a Taurus with a Gemini Moon and a Virgo Rising.

In the traditional “Chinese” Astrology there are twelve animals that align themselves in a recitation of five cycles represented by elements…There are characteristics associated with each of the twelve animals ( Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig), as well as elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water). The rough snapshot of my 1954 birth year is which is the year of the Horse and the associated element is Wood—I am known as a Wood Horse, and 1966 is the Year of the Fire Horse; followed by the Earth Horse in 1978, Metal Horse in 1990, Water Horse in 2002 and the cycles restart on 2014 with the advent of my second time around in the Year of the Wood Horse.

I have synthesized the claim of the Zhou Dynasty that we are designed to live for 2 sixty-year cycles (120 years!) and dedicate the first cycle (60 years) for the Acquisition of Knowledge and the second 60 years to the “post-acquiescentstate of Wisdom Dissemination.

I was “officially” born in the Year of the Wood Horse (Wood). When asked about the properties of either their respective Animal or Element, I usually inform the requester of their respective Chinese Animal (ChinAn)and ask the question, “…what comes to mind when you think of a Horse…name the first five qualities you associate with this animal…does any of that sound like you?

After close observation for over 60 years, I have concluded that I am either a Mule or a Donkey…definitely NOT a Horse. A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny and a young donkey is a foal. Jack donkeys are often used to mate with female horses to produce mules; the biological “reciprocal” of a mule, from a stallion and jenny as its parents instead, is called a hinny. A mule is the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). Horses and donkeys are different species, with different numbers of chromosomes. Mules are reputed to be more patient, hardy and longer-lived than horses, and are described as less obstinate and more intelligent than donkeys.

I think of a horse as a mostly domesticated, four legged mammal that is bred to exemplify the qualities of a particular breed.

I am on the move to claim myself as a Wood Mule, vs. a mutated Wood Horse!

…if you see me walking down the street and I start to bray vs. neigh, know that I listen intently, but make my own decisions and own them. My stubborness is not a virtue—it’s just a polite, respectful question.

elggiW oG…the tale continues!

After all…I am still a mutant mule, as I do have a biological son, who is one of my suns.