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Chinese Astrology May 5, 2011

INTRODUCTION

History

Astrology is one of the most ancient of the Chinese philosophies. It is at least 2,000 years old. Originally, astrology was inseperable from astronomy. The two were considered to be one discipline. China has one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and from very early on practitioners of astronomy/astrology were always present as officials of the imperial court.

In ancient China, astrology was used to reveal what was expected to happen to a nation. It was not until the beginning of the Christian era that astrology began to be used to give individual readings. By the time of the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D), a whole encyclopedia had been wriiten about the art of giving personal astrological readings.

Legends

The origin of the 12 animal signs of Chinese astrology is unclear. Chinese legends attributes the creation of the signs to the Yellow Emperor in 2637 B.C. The Yellow Emperor is a semimmythical figure in Chinese history. Other legends credit Buddha with the creation of the 12 animal cycle. Apperantly, he invited all the animals to visit him, but only 12 animals showed up. To thank them, Buddha gave each animal a year which would be dedicated to that animal alone throughout history. The years were allocated in the order in which the animals had arrived.

Animal Signs

The animal signs are the most basic aspect of Chinese astrology. The signs are not based on the position of the stars as in Western astrology, but instead on the person’s year of birth. Each animal is allocated its  own years. There are 12 animals and they always appear in the same order:

  1. Rat
  2. Ox
  3. Tiger
  4. Rabbit
  5. Dragon
  6. Snake
  7. Horse
  8. Goat
  9. Monkey
  10. Rooster
  11. Dog
  12. Pig

The cycle of animals repeats itself every 12 years. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year (orbits of the Moon around the Earth). The Western calendar is based on the solar year (orbit of the Earth around the Sun). The two do not correspond exactly. Each lunar year, therefore, begins slightly on a different date of the solar year.

To find your animal sign, look up the year you were born in.

January 31, 1900 – February 17, 1912

  • 1900   Jan 31, 1900 – Feb 18, 1901   RAT
  • 1901    Feb 19, 1901 – Feb 7, 1902     OX
  • 1902   Feb 8, 1902   – Jan 28, 1903   TIGER
  • 1903   Jan 29, 1903 – Feb 15, 1904   RABBIT
  • 1904   Feb 16, 1904 – Feb 3, 1905      DRAGON
  • 1905   Feb 4, 1905 – Jan 24, 1906      SNAKE
  • 1906   Jan 25, 1906 – Feb 12, 1907   HORSE
  • 1907   Feb 13, 1907 – Feb 1, 1908      GOAT
  • 1908   Feb 2, 1908 – Jan 21, 1909      MONKEY
  • 1909   Jan 22, 1909 – Feb 9, 1910      ROOSTER
  • 1910    Feb 10, 1910 – Jan 29, 1911     DOG
  • 1911     Jan 30, 1911 – Feb 17, 1912      PIG

February 18, 1912 – February 4, 1924

  • 1912    Feb 18, 1912 – Feb 5, 1913      RAT
  • 1913    Feb 6, 1913 – Jan 25, 1914      OX
  • 1914    Jan 26, 1914 – Feb 13, 1915    TIGER
  • 1915    Feb 14, 1915 – Feb 2, 1916      RABBIT
  • 1916    Feb 3, 1916 – Jan 22, 1917      DRAGON
  • 1917    Jan 23, 1917 – Feb 10, 1918   SNAKE
  • 1918    Feb 11, 1918 – Jan 31, 1919     HORSE
  • 1919    Feb 1, 1919 – Feb 19, 1920      GOAT
  • 1920   Feb 20, 1920 – Feb 7, 1921     MONKEY
  • 1921    Feb 8, 1921 – Jan 27, 1922       ROOSTER
  • 1922   Jan 28, 1922 – Feb 15, 1923     DOG
  • 1923   Feb 16, 1923 – Feb 4, 1924        PIG

February 5, 1924 – January 23, 1936

  • 1924   Feb 5, 1924 – Jan 24, 1925     RAT
  • 1925   Jan 25, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926   OX
  • 1926   Feb 13, 1926 – Feb 1, 1927    TIGER
  • 1927   Feb 2, 1927 – Jan 22, 1928    RABBIT
  • 1928   Jan 23, 1928 – Feb 9, 1929    DRAGON
  • 1929   Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930 SNAKE
  • 1930   Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931 HORSE
  • 1931    Feb 17, 1931 – Feb 5, 1932    GOAT
  • 1932   Feb 6, 1932 – Jan 25, 1933    MONKEY
  • 1933   Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934   ROOSTER
  • 1934   Feb 14, 1934 – Feb 3, 1935     DOG
  • 1935   Feb 4, 1935 – Jan 23, 1936     PIG

January 24, 1936 – February 9, 1948

  • 1936   Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10, 1937    RAT
  • 1937   Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30, 1938    OX
  • 1938   Jan 31, 1938 – Feb 18, 1939    TIGER
  • 1939   Feb 19, 1939 – Feb 7, 1940      RABBIT
  • 1940   Feb 8, 1940 – Jan 26, 1941      DRAGON
  • 1941    Jan 27, 1941 – Feb 14, 1942    SNAKE
  • 1942   Feb 15, 1942 – Feb 4, 1943      HORSE
  • 1943   Feb 5,1943 – Jan 24, 1944       GOAT
  • 1944   Jan 25, 1944 – Feb 12, 1945   MONKEY
  • 1945   Feb 13, 1945 – Feb 1, 1946      ROOSTER
  • 1946   Feb 2, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947      DOG
  • 1947   Jan 22, 1947 – Feb 9, 1948      PIG

February 10, 1948 – January 27, 1960

  • 1948   Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949   RAT
  • 1949   Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950   OX
  • 1950   Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5, 1951     TIGER
  • 1951    Feb 6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952      RABBIT
  • 1952   Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953   DRAGON
  • 1953   Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2, 1954      SNAKE
  • 1954   Feb 3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955      HORSE
  • 1955   Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956    GOAT
  • 1956   Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957   MONKEY
  • 1957   Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958   ROOSTER
  • 1958   Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 7, 1959     DOG
  • 1959   Feb 8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960     PIG

January 28, 1960 – February 14, 1972

  • 1960   Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961   RAT
  • 1961    Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4, 1962      OX
  • 1962   Feb 5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963     TIGER
  • 1963   Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964  RABBIT
  • 1964   Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1, 1965     DRAGON
  • 1965   Feb 2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966    SNAKE
  • 1966   Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8, 1967    HORSE
  • 1967   Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968   GOAT
  • 1968   Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969  MONKEY
  • 1969   Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5, 1970   ROOSTER
  • 1970   Feb 6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971   DOG
  • 1971    Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972  PIG

February 15, 1972 – February 1, 1984

  • 1972   Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2, 1973   RAT
  • 1973   Feb 3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974   OX
  • 1974   Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975 TIGER
  • 1975   Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976  RABBIT
  • 1976   Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977  DRAGON
  • 1977  Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6, 1978   SNAKE
  • 1978  Feb 7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1079   HORSE
  • 1979  Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980  GOAT
  • 1980  Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4, 1981    MONKEY
  • 1981  Feb 5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982      ROOSTER
  • 1982  Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983  DOG
  • 1983  Feb 13, 1983 – Feb 1, 1984     PIG

February 2, 1984 – February 18, 1996

  • 1984   Feb 2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985   RAT
  • 1985   Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8, 1986   OX
  • 1986   Feb 9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987   TIGER
  • 1987   Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988 RABBIT
  • 1988   Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5, 1989   DRAGON
  • 1989   Feb 6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990   SNAKE
  • 1990   Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991 HORSE
  • 1991    Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992    GOAT
  • 1992   Feb 4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993   MONKEY
  • 1993   Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9, 1994   ROOSTER
  • 1994   Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995  DOG
  • 1995   Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996   PIG

February 19, 1996 – February 6, 2008

  • 1996   Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 7, 1997   RAT
  • 1997   Feb 8, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998   OX
  • 1998   Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 5, 1999   TIGER
  • 1999   Feb 6, 1999 – Feb 4, 2000    RABBIT
  • 2000 Feb 5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001  DRAGON
  • 2001  Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002  SNAKE
  • 2002  Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003 HORSE
  • 2003  Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004    GOAT
  • 2004  Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8, 2005   MONKEY
  • 2005  Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006   ROOSTER
  • 2006  Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007  DOG
  • 2007  Feb 18, 2007 – Feb 6, 2008     PIG

The Five Elements

Unlike Western astrology, Chinese astrology has five, not four, elements. These are based on five planets that were visible to the ancient Chinese astronomers. The elements are:

  • water (ruled by Mercury)
  • metal (ruled by Venus)
  • fire (ruled by Mars)
  • wood (ruled by Jupiter)
  • earth (ruled by Saturn)

Each of these elements can manifest itself either positively or negatively.

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