Chinese Astrology

Chinese Astrology
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The Chinese astrology is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, which is based on astronomy, traditional calendars and ancient Chinese philosophy. To be precise, it is based on the cycle of 60 years that has been recorded since the time of the Shang Dynasty at the latest. This basic cycle has been established from two cycles: the 10 heavenly stems (the five elements in their yin and yang forms) and the 12-year cycle of animals referred to as the Chinese zodiac sign. It does not take into account of the positions of the sun, moon and planets at the time of birth. Exact time of birth is needed while telling your fortune; after that, whether you will be successful in your life and career, or whether you will be happy is clear to the fortune-tellers.

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What is Chinese Astrology?

Chinese astrology has a close connection with Chinese Philosophy and the theory of three harmonies of heaven, earth and water. It is based on a 12 year mathematical cycle, where each year is represented by an animal symbol which are the foundation of Chinese Astrology. Those animal symbols are assigned certain years, and hence one’s year of birth essentially decides one’s Chinese Sign. Beyond the years, other chronological elements including months, days, and hours are also assigned to these 12 animal symbols.

Chinese Five Elements Theory:

Besides this aspect, the balance theory of Yin-Yang, Wu Sing teachings and five elements theory or the five actions– metal, wood, fire, earth, air and wood also plays a major part of this discipline as they are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. Also known as "Five House" or "Five Planet" astrology.

Chineese Astrology is based on the five major planets in our Solar system: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. As per the Chinese astrology, all of these aspects can be used to define the past, present and future of a person, and can be used to come up with powerful and accurate predictions of a person’s traits and characteristics.

PlanetsFixed ElementChinese Zodiac Sign
JupiterWoodTiger, Rabbit
MarsFireSnake, Horse
SaturnEarthOx, Dragon, Goat, Dog
VenusMetalMonkey, Rooster
MercuryWaterPig, Rat

Yin-Yang Theory:

Along with the 5-Element composition, the Yin-Yang (陰陽) concept heavily influences the zodiac analysis. Everything in nature has two opposite aspects, positive and negative, white and black, they are intertwined and bonded, their force induces and complements each other’s existence, and they keep each other balanced and in harmony. Yin indicates dark, cold, negative, empty, even number, female, etc. whereas, Yang indicates light, hot, positive, full, odd number, male, etc. Yin-Yang represents opposite qualities or traits in all phenomenon and beings which impacts your fate.

Of the 12 zodiac animals in the zodiac chart in order, all the odd numbered animals are Yang and the even numbered animals are Yin.

Zodiac AnimalYin/Yang
RatYang
OxYin
TigerYang
RabbitYin
DragonYang
SnakeYin
HorseYang
GoatYin
MonkeyYang
RoosterYin
DogYang
PigYin

What is my chinese zodiac sign?

  • Unlike the Western Horoscope where signs depend on the constellation(according to sun position), the Chinese Zodiac signs are calculated according to the lunar years of the Chinese calendar.
  • Besides, your Sun sign based on Western zodiac sign, you can also find out your Chinese zodiac sign. Based on a completely different system (including lunar calculations), the Chinese astrological calendar changes annually. The Chinese lunar new year correlate with the Aquarius new moon, which always falls between January 20 and February 18 (the actual date varies every year).
  • The zodiac signs Chinese (生肖Sheng Xiao), is based on a 12-year cycle. Every year represents a different animal symbol viz. rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, which is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar.
  • Suppose, you are born on 19 April 2004, your zodiac sign will be Monkey. Likewise, for 3 June 2013, zodiac sign will be Snake.
  • Hence, for determining your Chinese zodiac sign, you just need to look into your year of birth in the Chinese lunar calendar.

12 Chinese Zodiac signs chart and their characteristics:

Zodiac AnimalYear of birthCorresponding HoursPersonality Traits
Rat1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 202011 pm to 1 am (23.00 to 1.00)Quick-witted, optimistic, versatile, creative
Ox1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 20211 am to 3 am (1.00 to 3.00)Diligent, dependable, loyal, determined
Tiger1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 20223 am to 5 am (3.00 to 5.00)Brave, confident, independent, dynamic
Rabbit1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 20235 am to 7 am (5.00 to 7.00)Friendly, elegant, artistic, sensitive
Dragon1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 20247 am to 9 am (7.00 to 9.00)born-leader, intelligent, enthusiastic, full of life
Snake1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 20259 am to 11 am(9.00 to 11.00)Enigmatic, intelligent, wise, compassionate
Horse1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 202611 am to 1 pm (11.00 to 13.00)Carefree, bright, open, active, cheerful
Goat1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 20271 pm to 3 pm (13.00 to 15.00)Calm, creative, gentle, empathetic
Monkey1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 20283 pm to 5 pm (15.00 to 17.00)Sharp, entertaining, smart, curious
Rooster1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 20295 pm to 7 pm (17.00 to 19.00)Observant, hard-working, flexible, skillful
Dog1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 20307 pm to 9 pm (19.00 to 21.00)Loyal, honest, spontaneous, prudent
Pig1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 20319 pm to 11 pm (21.00 to 23.00)Compassionate, generous, peaceful, diligent

Eastern Astrology, Western Astrology and Chinese Astrology: How different they are from each other?

In Eastern astrology, zodiac signs are represented by various symbols whereas in Chinese astrology they are represented by animals. For eastern zodiac signs, they use only four elements (water, earth, fire and air) for the representation of symbols whereas in Chinese astrology they have 5 elements (earth, fire, wood, water and metal) which represent the zodiac cycle. In Vedic astrology the details of the position of the planets at the time of birth and constellations of 27 nakshatras each with a span of 13.20 degrees is used to make the prediction whereas in Chinese astrology the details at the time of birth is used to do the predictions.

Western Horoscope: Chinese Zodiac Sign Equivalents

  • Aries Dragon
  • Taurus Snake
  • Gemini Horse
  • Cancer Sheep
  • Leo Monkey
  • Virgo Rooster
  • Libra Dog
  • Scorpio Pig
  • Sagittarius Rat
  • Capricorn Ox
  • Aquarius Tiger
  • Pisces Rabbit

One obvious difference is Western zodiac sign is determined by the month of your birth whereas your Chinese astrology signs are determined by the year of your birth. Another major difference between Chinese and western zodiac is, the animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with constellations. It is categorized by 12 animals, whereas some of the signs in the Western zodiac are not animals.

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