Saturday, January 05, 2008

Year of the RAT - Happy New year!

Isn't he/she cute? This rat almost made itself from the pine needles of a Christmas wreath I made two weeks ago. These needles are everywhere and rather than vacuuming (bo-oring) I made a rat, much more fun.

So here is a challenge to anyone out there - make a new year's rat out of anything lying around -pine needles, pine cones, wrapping ribbon or other.

Now how do I to preserve this thing?


Diane said...

This is very cool. Wanna come make critters with my fallen pine needles?!?!

Olga said...

You already have preserved it - with photography, just like Andy Goldsworthy does.

clairvoyant said...

According to the popular legend, the Rat was the first to arrive to a dinner hosted by Buddha (but only after hitching a ride on Ox’s back and then jumping over the finish line) so this is why the Rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac. It signifies new beginnings. 2008 is therefore an appropriate time to commence new ventures, including new ideas, directions, and ways of doing things. There will be ample time to see your projects through and opportunities for you to achieve success. However, keep in mind that your actions may have long terms effects, so be wise with your decisions.

The Rat’s fixed element is Water. Although Earth has a negative relationship with the Water. This is not entirely a bad thing, but it does mean that you should not be relying as much on luck this year.

The combination of Earth and Rat is extremely positive in terms of achieving results. The Rat is a risk taker, while Earth is associated with practicality and stability. Therefore there is a good balance which in turn can lead to good profits, increased productivity and accomplishments in many areas of life. And, under Earth's stable influence there could be fewer scandals than in other, Rat years.

The year of the Earth Rat is also a good year for intellectual activities as well as art related activities such as design and graphics.