THE SPRING OX DIAGRAM 春牛图
The 1st page of the Almanac 通勝, will show you the Spring Ox diagram 春牛图. It is a pictorial composition of a Spring Ox 春牛, the Oxherd or known as the Spirit of Spring 芒神 and its agricultural surrounding. One may asked, why Ox and not Pig? The reason is, given the context of an agrarian community, the Ox is the powertrain and this pictorial diagram is to inform the illiterate farmer of the outcome of the year. The Oxherd 芒神 can be portray as a youth or an Oldman. His attire tells one a whole lots of things regarding the weather of that particular year.
MOTHER EARTH CLASSIC 地母经
The Spring Ox diagram 春牛图 will not be able to tell you the fortune of the year. The fortune of the year is revealed only to the literate through the poem of ‘mother earth’ 地母经.