Jupiter dictates the hour I wake. It is the hour of the Tiger, the hour of my birth. Between three and five in the morning.
The traditional Chinese clock has twelve hours, starting from 11 p. m. to 1 a.m., calculated according to the twelve year cycle of the orbit of Jupiter, as are the twelve months of the year and the twelve animals.
I was born in the third hour of the day; I know because it was written in pencil at the back of my birth certificate. It was written that I was born in the 29th year of our 60 year cycle (12 x 5 elements), the year of Water Dragon.
According to the fortune tellers, my stars were too strong for my family. I was also born on the birthday of Guan Yin 觀音, the Goddess of Mercy who shows none to those born on her feast day. So I was given away.