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Chinese Astrology For 2015

Updated on December 3, 2014

Chinese Astrology: An ancient viewpoint on temperament and personality

If you have ever eaten in a Chinese Restaurant you have probably seen the Chinese Zodiac on a placemat. But what else do you know about Chinese Astrology? The purpose of this lens is to provide a simplified introduction to Chinese Astrology for the Western Audience.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar has a sixty year cycle. According to the Chinese Horoscope, the 60-year cycle consists of two separate cycles combining with each other. The first is the cycle of ten heavenly stems referred to as the Five Elements which make up all matter (in order the elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) in their Yin and Yang forms. The second is the cycle of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animal signs or Earthly Branches.

The current cycle began in the year 1984.

The New Year of the Wood Goat

February 19, 2015 - February 7, 2016

Eastern Astrology Differs from Western

Eastern astrology differs from western astrology in that it's not so much a predictive science, as a practical philosophy and interpretive art. It's about the fascinating characteristics and possibilities which your birth year has bestowed upon you, to help you define your character traits and fundamental nature.

With this basic understanding of yourself and those around you, you have an excellent chance at directing and molding your own destiny & life choices.

Five Element Chinese Astrology

Which Sign Are You? - Chinese Astrology Signs

The last time I checked, the Dragon is the most clicked. To see the voting results, enter your response.

The Eastern zodiac is the oldest known horoscope system in the world. With origins tracing back to 2637 B.C. Chinese Astrology can reveal some amazing information about your character, lifestyle, and emotional makeup.

Each animal designation has an important and needed place in the universe. As the Chinese say, "this is the animal that hides in your heart."

The Chinese year ends on the first new moon of the following year. For those of you born in January and February please take care when determining your sign.

Which Sign are you?

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Movies for the Chinese New Year

Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker
Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker

This 1990s drama film has a young woman inherits her father's fireworks factory, as he had no son. The business does well and everything works in an orderly fashion until one day an itinerant painter is hired to decorate the doors and vases at the factory for Chinese New Year.


This engaging Chinese romantic, comedy-drama film examines a post-WWII American phenomenon where, after years of strict immigration laws and forced separation of spouses, Chinese immigrants were finally able to bring their mates to the US.

Eat a Bowl of Tea is a 1989 film directed by Wayne Wang based on the novel of the same name by Louis Chu.

Eat A Bowl Of Tea - Trailer

Raise the Red Lantern (MGM World Films)
Raise the Red Lantern (MGM World Films)

A reviewer writes "Raise the Red Lantern is a thinking, engrossing movie that dispenses with special effects and overwhelming scores and concentrates on story and acting. Zhang Yimou is famous for delivering biting criticism of the oppressive, delusional aspects of Chinese society. Raise the Red Lantern shows one very strong, independent woman's attempt to overcome thousands of years of historic oppression in early 20th ca China."


Just Curious

What brought you to this Lens?

What best describes the main reason for you to check out this lens: (Just one choice!)

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What Are Your Thoughts On Chinese Astrology? - I love to hear from my readers.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @chironseer: Thanks for saying hello.

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      chironseer 4 years ago

      I don't know much about it, but I have alot of time for the chinese philosophy, taoism etc.

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      Funny_Beekeeper 5 years ago

      Great lens, I ejoyed reading it!Keep up the good work :)

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      i think it is really interesting how the spread of visitors is on poll you did. it's an even spread!

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      AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

      Great deal of information on this lens!!

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Great lens on Chinese astrology, squidliked. Really informative.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @evelynsaenz1: Evelyn, I've wondered if that is the case! Or are there more Dragons interested in Chinese Astrology?

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      I wonder if it just means that Dragons are more interested in taking polls?

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      I like reading about chinese astrology because it lifts me up and I understand myself better...

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @Michey LM: Michey, Thanks for visiting.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @TanyaWhaley: Thank you, Tanya!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for this lens I know a lot about Western Astrology, and very little about Chinese Astrology. So your lens was a great source of info.Thanks a lot!Regards Michey

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @scar4: Thank you!

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      TanyaWhaley 7 years ago

      What an amazing lens. I love Astrology, always have done. 5 stars and favorited. Really enjoyed this read.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Nice lens about Chinese Astrology. let's welcome the coming of the Year of the Rabbit~~

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens, 5* and Fav!Hope 2010 brings you all you wish for. :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Happy Holidays to you and Best Wishes for 2010! :)

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Great info! 5 stars and rolled to my "Legendary Chinese Dragons" lens!

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      Barry Wah Lee 8 years ago from Auckland

      I may link to this.Good resources here.

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      dave8888 8 years ago

      This was great !g

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      allinfoisfree 8 years ago

      Wow! Lots of good stuff here! 5 *'s

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      Perfect lens. I gave you 5* for it :)Have a nice day.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wonderful lens. i heard lucky signs this year are boar, monkey and among others i forgot.

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      Suko 8 years ago

      This is an amazing lens! Thanks for putting this together. : )(P.S. I am an Ox.)

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      I_Love_Puppies 8 years ago

      This is amazing! Great lens. 5*s!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Very good introduction to Chinese astrology. Thanks.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I enjoyed this. I knew nothing about Chinese Astrology before reading your lens. Thank you!

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      clafun08 8 years ago

      Great lens! I am always interested in learning more about Chinese culture. I give it 5 star!I am a new member here. Welcome to my lenses on traveling in China!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nice lens with lots of good links. I'd like to see a bit of focus on each animal separately. Good going!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 8 years ago

      neat.....I learned I was a dragon....informative 5stars!

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      David Schroeter 9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Great lens, Pat! A favourite, 5*'s and lensroll link

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      TrixiJahn 9 years ago

      Cool lens! I love Chinese astrology!!!! Was fun and interesting to look at! 5*

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      ArtDiva 9 years ago

      Nicely done. 5 stars, and I'll be back to reread and read Celtic Women and Japanese Gardens. Have always had an avid interest in Chinese astrology, culture and philosophy. My sign, the horse. One of my art projects in the works is with Chinese characters. Perhaps you would be interested in adding to your page. Just a thought.

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      TerriJo 9 years ago

      Hi! I just became a fan - shopping looks like fun here so I think I'll hang out for a while:) 5 stars!

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      mdvaldosta lm 9 years ago

      What an interesting page, Feng Shui!

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      Delia 9 years ago

      Great lens! I love Chinese symbols...5*

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      papawu 9 years ago

      Wow. I am ashamed to say that I never knew there were multiple types of tiger signs. I now know that I am a Wood Tiger and the info describes me to a T. It almost gave me chills at how accurate it was. Thank you for a fabulous lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i also believe few of their beliefs.

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      patinkc 9 years ago from Midwest

      [in reply to MaryK] Dragon people are daring fighters and born leaders. Bruce Lee was born yr of dragon, month of dragon, hour of dragon.....

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      MaryK LM 9 years ago

      So funny... this is the first I've heard that Jan. and Feb. birthdays need to take I followed some of your links to check it out... turns out I've been thinking something different all my life (that's what you get trusting placemats ;-)) I am actually a Water Dragon... weird! ;-) What's up with this 'Dragon' energy anyway?!?!! LOLThanks Pat... fun lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      I am not very knowledgeable about astrology but your page has lots of helpful information and links for anyone wanting to learn more.Brenda

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      easyforyouebooks 9 years ago

      I am an astrologer myself and I can really appriciate you lens with all the wonderful information. 5 stars

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      Tinks8 9 years ago

      I am lways fascinated by Feng Shui:D there goes your 5 stars!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this interesting page!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. 5*, but I wish I could get over being a rat. I love the 'how did you get here' great idea, never thought of it for here, but why not?

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Ha! The dogs are close behind. I hope those other dogs get their tails over here too and vote!

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      Very interesting. We have three dragons and one dog in our family. And guess which sign is the least compatible with dragon???

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      waynekat 9 years ago

      Hey this is a very fun lens. I followed your twitter. LOL it's not a choice on your 'where did you come from' poll... Anyway, as an aquarian rabbit, I have always considered myself extra lucky. :-) Thanks for doing this and thanks for letting me know it was here. :-)In GratitudeKat

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      I found this lens after visiting your dog lens and just wanted to tell you I was born in the year of the dog.I love chinese astrology so I love your lens you created. Great stuff!

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      Barry Wah Lee 9 years ago from Auckland

      Looking Good.I have come back for another look.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      I enjoy learning everything I can about astrology and particularly Chinese astrology. Thanks for putting together this interesting lens. P.S. Suggest maybe resetting your clock for next year. ;-)

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Interesting! Thanks for joining the Squidoo's Great in 2008 group!

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      Jennifer Alison Emmer 10 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hi Pat,Nice job! Your lens goes hand in hand with several of mine. Check out: the History of Feng Shui. Keep up the great work.-Jennifer

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      sudever 10 years ago

      Hi I'm the gorupmaster for lens would be nice addition to this group,you are cordially invited to join!

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      Barry Wah Lee 10 years ago from Auckland

      Heellooo yu beat me to it.Very nice