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Chinese Astrology

Updated on June 14, 2013

Chinese Astrology The 21st Century

Chinese astrology is probably the oldest systematic method of divination in the world. Chinese astrology has influenced and regulated the lives of many generations in the Far East since then. 

It is known that Chinese astrology has been practiced in the Orient since the 40th century BC and it became very popular since the times of the Chinese Emperors Fu Hsi (2953-2838 BC) and Shen Nung (born in the 28th century BC).

Divination - A Short Definiton

Divination is not Fortune-Telling!

Divination is the attempt of receiving information from the interpretation of omens or alleged supernatural agencies (gods, the stars, etc.).

A distinction has to be made between divination and fortune-telling:

Divination is based on formulas or rituals and often has also a social character, especially if it's practiced in a religious context.

Fortune-telling is a more everyday practice for personal purposes, and fortune tellers use their own loosely or not at all defined rules to come to a result.

The Four Basic Cornerstones in Chinese Astrology

Yang and Yin, The Five Cosmic Elements, Cosmic Transformations, Chinese Calendar

Like every System, Chinese Astrology has a foundation on which the system is built and which provides the basis for the predictions and interpretations:

Yang and Yin: the balance of power between Yang and Yin is what influeces everything, be it a sunny day or a rainy day, peace or war, love or hate. The interaction between the powers of Yang and Yin influence everything. You could compare these two forces ot a positively and a negatively charged particle. Health, character, fortune, the success or failure of any venture are all assumed to be determined by the domination, at the times and in the specific 'proportions', of Yin over Yang or vice versa.

The Five Cosmic Elements, also referd to as Wu Hsing. The Five Elements are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. They are subordinate to the Yang and Yin, and symbolically represent the five basic cosmic forces.

The patterns of all cosmic transformations: According to Chinese thinking, two main evolutionary cycles in the Universe exist:

- the duodecimal cycle with twelve units. The Vietnamese names of the duodecimal cycle's units are: Ti, Suu, Dan, Mao, Thin, Ty, Ngo, Mui, Than, Dau, Tuat, Hoi.

- the decimal cycle with ten units. The Vietnamese names of the decimal cycle's units are: Giap, At, Binh, Dinh, Mau, Ky, Canh, Tan, Nham, Quy.

The duodecimal cycles were at one time named after the twelve chinese astrological signs: Rat, Buffalo, Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. In some East Asian countries, the Buffalo is replaced by the Ox, the Cat by the Rabbit or Hare, the Goat by the Sheep or Ram, and the Pig by the Boar. The symbolism remains the same.

Also, every set of two units of the decimal cycle was placed under a cosmic element:

Giap and At are governed by Wood

Binh and Dinh are governedby Fire

Mau and Ky are governedby Earth

Canh and Tan are governed by Metal

Nham and Quy are governed by Water.

The sexagenary cycle: This third main cycle is a combination of the two other cycles, and has sixty units (12 x 5 = 60).

Chinese astrology uses the duodecimal and sexagenary cycles in connection with the Chinese years, months, days and hours.

The Chinese calendar: (see below...)

The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese calendar: The Chinese calendar is the last of the four main cornerstones of Chinese astrology. It takes into account both the sun's and the moon's revolutions.

Chinese months are replicas of the moon's revolutions, or lunations. They invariably begin with a new-moon day.

Chinese years are replicas of the sun's revolutions, or tropical years. They invariably begin with the second new-moon day after the winter solstice. Consequently, Chinese years are solar, contrary to common belief. The Chinese New Year's day is movable - just as Easter Day, which is also tributary of the moon - and takes place somewhere between January 21st and February 20th according to astronomic circumstances.

The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese lunar calendar is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2637 B.C. when the first cycle of the zodiac was introduced.

One complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five simple cycles of 12 years each.

The 78th cycle started on February 1984, and will end on February 2044.

Twelve animals were assigned to each of the 12 years when, according to legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only twelve animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each one in the order that it arrived.

First came the Rat, then the Ox, the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Thus, we have the twelve animal signs of today.

The animal ruling the year in which you were born exercises a profound influence on your life. "This is the animal that hides in your heart".

Your Chinese Sign and Cosmic Element 1880 to 1924

Chinese Birth Chart

From 10 Feb 1880 to 29 Jan 1881 : Metal Dragon

From 30 Jan 1881 to 17 Feb 1882 : Metal Snake

From 18 Feb 1882 to 07 Feb 1883 : Water Horse

From 08 Feb 1883 to 27 Jan 1884 : Water Goat

From 28 Jan 1884 to 14 Feb 1885 : Wood Monkey

From 15 Feb 1885 to 03 Feb 1886 : Wood Rooster

From 04 Feb 1886 to 23 Jan 1887 : Fire Dog

From 24 Jan 1887 to 11 Feb 1888 : Fire Pig

From 12 Feb 1888 to 30 Jan 1889 : Earth Rat

From 31 Jan 1889 to 20 Jan 1890 : Earth Ox

From 21 Jan 1890 to 08 Feb 1891 : Metal Tiger

From 09 Feb 1891 to 29 Jan 1892 : Metal Rabbit

From 30 Jan 1892 to 16 Feb 1893 : Water Dragon

From 17 Feb 1893 to 05 Feb 1894 : Water Snake

From 06 Feb 1894 to 25 Jan 1895 : Wood Horse

From 26 Jan 1895 to 12 Feb 1896 : Wood Goat

From 13 Feb 1896 to 01 Feb 1897 : Fire Monkey

From 02 Feb 1897 to 21 Jan 1898 : Fire Rooster

From 22 Jan 1898 to 09 Feb 1899 : Earth Dog

From 10 Feb 1899 to 30 Jan 1900 : Earth Pig

From 31 Jan 1900 to 18 Feb 1901 : Metal Rat

From 19 Feb 1901 to 07 Feb 1902 : Metal Ox

From 08 Feb 1902 to 28 Jan 1903 : Water Tiger

From 29 Jan 1903 to 15 Feb 1904 : Water Rabbit

From 16 Feb 1904 to 03 Feb 1905 : Wood Dragon

From 04 Feb 1905 to 24 Jan 1906 : Wood Snake

From 25 Jan 1906 to 12 Feb 1907 : Fire Horse

From 13 Feb 1907 to 01 Feb 1908 : Fire Goat

From 02 Feb 1908 to 21 Jan 1909 : Earth Monkey

From 22 Jan 1909 to 09 Feb 1910 : Earth Rooster

From 10 Feb 1910 to 29 Jan 1911 : Metal Dog

From 30 Jan 1911 to 17 Feb 1912 : Metal Pig

From 18 Feb 1912 to 05 Feb 1913 : Water Rat

From 06 Feb 1913 to 25 Jan 1914 : Water Ox

From 26 Jan 1914 to 13 Feb 1915 : Wood Tiger

From 14 Feb 1915 to 02 Feb 1916 : Wood Rabbit

From 03 Feb 1916 to 22 Jan 1917 : Fire Dragon

From 23 Jan 1917 to 10 Feb 1918 : Fire Snake

From 11 Feb 1918 to 31 Jan 1919 : Earth Horse

From 01 Feb 1919 to 19 Feb 1920 : Earth Goat

From 20 Feb 1920 to 07 Feb 1921 : Metal Monkey

From 08 Feb 1921 to 27 Jan 1922 : Metal Rooster

From 28 Jan 1922 to 15 Feb 1923 : Water Dog

From 16 Feb 1923 to 04 Feb 1924 : Water Pig

Your Chinese Sign and Cosmic Element 1924 to 1972

Chinese Birth Chart

From 05 Feb 1924 to 24 Jan 1925 : Wood Rat

From 25 Jan 1925 to 12 Feb 1926 : Wood Ox

From 13 Feb 1926 to 01 Feb 1927 : Fire Tiger

From 02 Feb 1927 to 22 Jan 1928 : Fire Rabbit

From 23 Jan 1928 to 09 Feb 1929 : Earth Dragon

From 10 Feb 1929 to 29 Jan 1930 : Earth Snake

From 30 Jan 1930 to 16 Feb 1931 : Metal Horse

From 17 Feb 1931 to 05 Feb 1932 : Metal Goat

From 06 Feb 1932 to 25 Jan 1933 : Water Monkey

From 26 Jan 1933 to 13 Feb 1934 : Water Rooster

From 14 Feb 1934 to 03 Feb 1935 : Wood Dog

From 04 Feb 1935 to 23 Jan 1936 : Wood Pig

From 24 Jan 1936 to 10 Feb 1937 : Fire Rat

From 11 Feb 1937 to 30 Jan 1938 : Fire Ox

From 31 Jan 1938 to 18 Feb 1939 : Earth Tiger

From 19 Feb 1939 to 07 Feb 1940 : Earth Rabbit

From 08 Feb 1940 to 26 Jan 1941 : Metal Dragon

From 27 Jan 1941 to 14 Feb 1942 : Metal Snake

From 15 Feb 1942 to 04 Feb 1943 : Water Horse

From 05 Feb 1943 to 24 Jan 1944 : Water Goat

From 25 Jan 1944 to 12 Feb 1945 : Wood Monkey

From 13 Feb 1945 to 01 Feb 1946 : Wood Rooster

From 02 Feb 1946 to 21 Jan 1947 : Fire Dog

From 22 Jan 1947 to 09 Feb 1948 : Fire Pig

From 10 Feb 1948 to 28 Jan 1949 : Earth Rat

From 29 Jan 1949 to 16 Feb 1950 : Earth Ox

From 17 Feb 1950 to 05 Feb 1951 : Metal Tiger

From 06 Feb 1951 to 26 Jan 1952 : Metal Rabbit

From 27 Jan 1952 to 13 Feb 1953 : Water Dragon

From 14 Feb 1953 to 02 Feb 1954 : Water Snake

From 03 Feb 1954 to 23 Jan 1955 : Wood Horse

From 24 Jan 1955 to 11 Feb 1956 : Wood Goat

From 12 Feb 1956 to 30 Jan 1957 : Fire Monkey

From 31 Jan 1957 to 17 Feb 1958 : Fire Rooster

From 18 Feb 1958 to 07 Feb 1959 : Earth Dog

From 08 Feb 1959 to 27 Jan 1960 : Earth Pig

From 28 Jan 1960 to 14 Feb 1961 : Metal Rat

From 15 Feb 1961 to 04 Feb 1962 : Metal Ox

From 05 Feb 1962 to 24 Jan 1963 : Water Tiger

From 25 Jan 1963 to 12 Feb 1964 : Water Rabbit

From 13 Feb 1964 to 01 Feb 1965 : Wood Dragon

From 02 Feb 1965 to 20 Jan 1966 : Wood Snake

From 21 Jan 1966 to 08 Feb 1967 : Fire Horse

From 09 Feb 1967 to 29 Jan 1968 : Fire Goat

From 30 Jan 1968 to 16 Feb 1969 : Earth Monkey

From 17 Feb 1969 to 05 Feb 1970 : Earth Rooster

From 06 Feb 1970 to 26 Jan 1971 : Metal Dog

From 27 Jan 1971 to 14 Feb 1972 : Metal Pig

Your Chinese Sign and Cosmic Element 1972 to 2020

Chinese Birth Chart

From 15 Feb 1972 to 02 Feb 1973 : Water Rat

From 03 Feb 1973 to 22 Jan 1974 : Water Ox

From 23 Jan 1974 to 10 Feb 1975 : Wood Tiger

From 11 Feb 1975 to 30 Jan 1976 : Wood Rabbit

From 31 Jan 1976 to 17 Feb 1977 : Fire Dragon

From 18 Feb 1977 to 06 Feb 1978 : Fire Snake

From 07 Feb 1978 to 27 Jan 1979 : Earth Horse

From 28 Jan 1979 to 15 Feb 1980 : Earth Goat

From 16 Feb 1980 to 04 Feb 1981 : Metal Monkey

From 05 Feb 1981 to 24 Jan 1982 : Metal Rooster

From 25 Jan 1982 to 12 Feb 1983 : Water Dog

From 13 Feb 1983 to 01 Feb 1984 : Water Pig

From 02 Feb 1984 to 19 Feb 1985 : Wood Rat

From 20 Feb 1985 to 08 Feb 1986 : Wood Ox

From 09 Feb 1986 to 28 Jan 1987 : Fire Tiger

From 29 Jan 1987 to 16 Feb 1988 : Fire Rabbit

From 17 Feb 1988 to 05 Feb 1989 : Earth Dragon

From 06 Feb 1989 to 26 Jan 1990 : Earth Snake

From 27 Jan 1990 to 14 Feb 1991 : Metal Horse

From 15 Feb 1991 to 03 Feb 1992 : Metal Goat

From 04 Feb 1992 to 22 Jan 1993 : Water Monkey

From 23 Jan 1993 to 09 Feb 1994 : Water Rooster

From 10 Feb 1994 to 30 Jan 1995 : Wood Dog

From 31 Jan 1995 to 18 Feb 1996 : Wood Pig

From 19 Feb 1996 to 06 Feb 1997 : Fire Rat

From 07 Feb 1997 to 27 Jan 1998 : Fire Ox

From 28 Jan 1998 to 15 Feb 1999 : Earth Tiger

From 16 Feb 1999 to 04 Feb 2000 : Earth Rabbit

From 05 Feb 2000 to 23 Jan 2001 : Metal Dragon

From 24 Jan 2001 to 11 Feb 2002 : Metal Snake

From 12 Feb 2002 to 31 Jan 2003 : Water Horse

From 01 Feb 2003 to 21 Jan 2004 : Water Goat

From 22 Jan 2004 to 08 Feb 2005 : Wood Monkey

From 09 Feb 2005 to 28 Jan 2006 : Wood Rooster

From 29 Jan 2006 to 17 Feb 2007 : Fire Dog

From 18 Feb 2007 to 06 Feb 2008 : Fire Pig

From 07 Feb 2008 to 25 Jan 2009 : Earth Rat

From 26 Jan 2009 to 13 Feb 2010 : Earth Ox

From 14 Feb 2010 to 02 Feb 2011 : Metal Tiger

From 03 Feb 2011 to 22 Jan 2012 : Metal Rabbit

From 23 Jan 2012 to 09 Feb 2013 : Water Dragon

From 10 Feb 2013 to 30 Jan 2014 : Water Snake

From 31 Jan 2014 to 18 Feb 2015 : Wood Horse

From 19 Feb 2015 to 07 Feb 2016 : Wood Goat

From 08 Feb 2016 to 27 Jan 2017 : Fire Monkey

From 28 Jan 2017 to 15 Feb 2018 : Fire Rooster

From 16 Feb 2018 to 04 Feb 2019 : Earth Dog

From 05 Feb 2019 to 24 Jan 2020 : Earth Pig

The Twelve Signs In Chinese Astrology

.. and the five elements that combine with them

The Twelve signs in the chinese astrology are:

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

These twelve animal signs combine with the five element signs:

  • Fire
  • Metal
  • Water
  • Wood
  • Earth

The year of the Rat

The year of the Rat is symbolic of opportunity and good prospects.

Business in general is forecast as being good although it is possible that bleak years will follow.

Anything that began in the year of the Rat should in theory be successful.

The year of the Ox

The year of the Ox is one in which success will escape without a sustained, mindful effort.

The sort of problems that are encountered in the year of the Ox tend to be home front problems that seem to be never ending.

The Ox year needs discipline and it is not the time for unruly behaviour or taking short cuts. In this year success is achieved solely through hard work.

The year of the Tiger

The year of the Tiger is a very likely to be a volatile year, everything is taken to its limit in this big and bold year.

It can also be a year of war, disasters and all kinds of disputes, it is a year for massive change but this can also bring out the best.

The year of the Rabbit

The year of the Rabbit is in sharp contrast to the explosive year of the tiger.

It is a year of placidity and respite where little will be set in stone; a carefree happy year that will be both temperate and relaxed.

The year of the Dragon

The year of the Dragon is a year that brings happiness and good fortune. It is one of the most positive and strongest of all of the twelve star signs.

During the year of the Dragon there will be violent acts of nature, with an electrifying ambience and things coming in waves.

For those considering marriage or starting a new venture or business it is an favourable year.

The year of the Snake

The year of the Snake is a somewhat changeable year, filled with preparation, contemplation and much reflection.

Often breakthroughs are made but achieved in silence. Generally the Snake year is not a calm year, possibly a year of sharp dealings, turmoil and even war if differences cannot be resolved.

The year of the snake is the strongest most negative force of all of the signs.

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The year of the Horse

The year of the Horse is a time for progress, it is a very happy-go-lucky, frantic and wild year that is both adventurous and satisfying.

There will be an upward turn to the year with a deal of good humour.

It is a year for going it alone, perhaps with some shocks in store but on the whole a courageous and daring year.

The year of the Sheep

The year of the Sheep is a year that will bring a time for caring, bringing out creative talent, imagination and emotion, whilst remaining, calm, smooth and slow.

Harmony with moderation are the key words with a warning about the danger of negativity.

The year of the Monkey

During the year of the Monkey absolutely anything and everything is possible, a year when things that appeared impossible before all of a sudden will succeed.

With all of this success around no-one will know what they are doing.

A haggling and shamming it year full of luck and one where no-one will accept no for answer.

The year of the Rooster

The year of the Rooster is a year with a huge dissipation of energy, with only a precarious balance, which can often lead to arguments.

It is a cautious year where no-one wants to listen to anyone else resulting in many disagreements and frayed nerves.

However no-one will undergo too much hardship.

The year of the Dog

The year of the Dog is a year for reflection and to assess ones values.

There will be disturbances, revolts, but as the Dog is always on the lookout, honesty will always rule the day. This year will see great benevolent and idealistic deeds and various unusual changes; a time when broadmindedness and fairness will be supported.

Although this year is one of great cynicism a sense of balance and tranquility will be upheld.

The year of the Pig

The year of the Pig: is one of benevolence, one with a feel good factor, one of abundance and a good year for business.

Life in this year will be lived to the full and although there will be uncertainty it will be minimal. It is a rich year with impetuous acts, but care is recommended with any matters concerning money.

The Pig is the symbol for great courage and integrity.


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