In relationship to the Gregorian Calendar, the Two Earth Years are last Numerically. Western Years terminating with an Eight are Wu 戊 (Yang Earth) Years, and those ending with Nine are Ji 己 (Yin Earth) Years. If looking up a Birth Year, it is important to remember to check when New Year’s Day is, for someone born in January or February.
It would be important to keep in Mind the anatomical correlations of Earth. In the body, Earth relates to the Yang organ of the stomach, and the Yin organs of the spleen and pancreas. It also relates to the mouth, (including taste buds and saliva). Thus, Earth imbalance in the body can cause digestive problems, diarrhea, weight gain, excessive mucus, and a lack of clarity, fatigue, gas, bloating, food allergies, eating disorders, heartburn, and canker sores.. When the Earth Element is unbalanced, tendencies abound towards selfishness, worry and self-centeredness. Those born in Earth Years, or in Years ruled by the Dragon (also linked to Wood), Dog (also linked to Metal) , Ox (also linked to Water) or Ram (also linked to Fire) should pay careful attention to the above health-related details.
Those born in Wu 戊 (Yang Earth) Years often have qualities such as stability, fidelity, honesty, compassion, empathy. Think of raw clay. They are very comfortable in their own skins. They are in tune with tapping natural resources. They have potential for the Legal System.
Those born in Ji 己 (Yin Earth) Years tend towards empathy, harmony, agreeableness and patience. They are often the peacemakers. Think of fine glazed pottery. They are intelligent, objective, practical and functional. They have a unique relationship to the material world. They are by Nature Antiquarians and Collectors.
The interpretation of the Meaning of a Chinese Birth Year, of course, can only be fully understood in relationship to the Year’s Zodiac Animal. We will soon be discussing Chinese Zodiac Animals, their interpretation, and their relationship to the Ten Heavenly Stems.