The Hour Before Dawn 寅時

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.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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