Full SuperMoon – the last Perigee Moon for a full year – will happen in the tropical Gemini, sidereal & constellational Taurus, and according to the ancient Chinese astral tradition, in the region ruled by the ’White Tiger’, on December 14th, 2016, at 00:05:29 UT (December 13th, 2016, at 19:05:29 EST).
In the Chinese culture, the tiger is the king of the beasts and has been presented with a 王 sign (it means ‘to reign’, ‘to rule’) on his forehead for centuries. According to legend, the tiger’s tail would turn white when it reached the age of 500 years. In this way, the white tiger became a kind of mythological creature. It was said that the White Tiger would only appear when the Emperor ruled with absolute virtue, or if there was peace throughout the world. Because the color white of the Wu Xing theory also represents the West, the White Tiger became a mythological guardian of the West.
The ancient Chinese stargazers divided the ecliptic zone into four regions, collectively known as the ’Four Symbols’ (Si Xiang), each assigned a mysterious animal. They are the ’White Tiger’ (白虎) on the West, the ’Vermilion Bird’ (朱雀) on the South, the ’Azure Dragon’ (青龍) on the East and the ’Black Tortoise’ (玄武) on the North .
Each region contains seven ’lunar mansions’ of inequal extension (differently from the Indian and Arabic equisectorial systems), making a total of 28 ones. These mansions or ’xiu’ correspond to the longitudes along the ecliptic that the Moon traverses during its 27.32-day journey. In Taoism they are related to 28 Chinese generals.
Within the ’White Tiger’ region, this Full SuperMoon will stay in the lunar mansion called the ’Net’ (Chinese: ’Bi xiu’ or ’Pi xiu’); it is ruled by the Moon itself, including the marker stars Aldeberan (alpha Tauri) and Ain (epsilon Tauri) – but it is mistakenly affirmed that this one could include the Hyades cluster which is, in truth, part of the preceding ’xiu’ called the ’Hairy Head’. Probably, the (other) very faint stars of this stellar region were regarded as the mesh of a hunting net. Hunting forays in the old days of China were used either for military exercises or gathering food. Hence traditionally, this mansion ’governs’ hunting, wealth (as a result of a good hunt), outlaws, deserters and traitors as well as trouble at the frontiers (border disputes and the like). By an ancient interpretation, ’…it is a good day for construction, funerals and weddings. Burials on this day confer honor to the deceased. Building brings fortune. Children born of a marriage performed on this day will live to 100 years.’ >> More Info