I am often asked about Chinese astrology - not least because I have always intended to include it on my website, but I have not yet. There's a good reason for it, and it's the simple fact that Chinese astrology is complex, while websites need to be assimilated easily and quickly. A single website for Chinese astrology quickly becomes several pages with fine details. It is also very different from western astrology and uses both astronomical and cultural reference points. Most of us will be able to "I'm a dragon / tiger / rat etc." to say and have a comprehensive idea of the very general properties of this sign, but few of us will have a clear understanding of their Chinese star signature and how they have been identified. Here, at the beginning of the year of the rabbit (Metal, Yin), the 78th cycle (or the 79th cycle, depending on which calendar version you attribute it to) is a summary in the pot ...
Western astrology is based on a simple 12-month repetition cycle - the zodiac. Chinese astrology has a zodiac with 12 characters - the earthly branches - but is based on a 60-year cycle. The mechanics for this are simple enough: Chinese astrology developed parallel to astronomy, which originally recognized five main planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Astrology attributed key elements to these planets - water (Mercury), metal (Venus), fire (Mars), wood (Jupiter), earth (Saturn). Each of the twelve characters extends over a year - this was derived from the orbit of Jupiter (11.86 years) - and each character occurs in five elementary variants (e.g. water rat, metal rat, fire rat, wooden rat, earth rat). 5 x 12 = 60. Simple? To a certain extent, yes. The 60-year cycle is also derived from two separate but interacting cycles - the earthly branches mentioned above - the twelve signs of the zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit (aka cat), dragon, snake, horse, sheep (aka ram or goat)), monkey, rooster, dog and pig (also known as boar) - and in that order; and the ten heavenly tribes - these are the five elements mentioned above, each in their ying and yang form - 5x2 = 10. Since the 12 earthly branches that give us the zodiac are divisible by two, each of the zodiac is either a yin year or a yang year and this is called the polarity of the sign. Yin years end in odd numbers, Yang years in even numbers. While each zodiac is either yin or yang (rats are always yang, oxen are always yin, for example), this is mitigated by the heavenly tribe that adds the element. From 0 to 9 the order is metal, metal; Water water; Wood, wood; Fire Fire; Earth, earth. And yang and yin in that order:
0 metal yang
1 metal yin
2 water yang
3 water yin
4 wood yang
5 wood yin
6 fire yang
7 fire yin
8 earth yang
9 earth yin
So years that end with 0 are metal, yang years, years that end with 1, metal yin years - 2010 was a yang metal tiger year, while 2011 is a yin metal rabbit. It won't be a tiger year anymore until it becomes a Yang water tiger in 2022. Tiger is always yang. Rabbit is always yin and the next rabbit year will be a water rabbit in 2023. It won't be another metal tiger year until 2060.
In its true order, the cycle actually starts with the metal rat (Yang) and ends with the earth pig (Yin). We are now 28 years in the current 60-year cycle (the 78th or 79th cycle, depending on which calendar is used). Chinese astrology uses a lunisolar calendar that starts with Lichun - literally the beginning of spring around February 4, what we call the Chinese New Year. It should be borne in mind that someone born in January 2011, for example, was born in Chinese astrology in a year that ends with a 0 - that is, a metal tiger and not a metal rabbit. Of course, this applies to every year.
The five elements are critical in Chinese astrology, at least as important as the zodiac, and the emphasis on the Yin or Yang factor shows the importance of the Trinity in Chinese astrology - earth, water, and sky. Those familiar with the I Ching will not be surprised to learn that the elements of Chinese astrology are viewed as such transformative agents of change or transformative energies, not unlike I Ching's concept of moving lines, but very different from the elements of Western astrology that are viewed as such building blocks.
As you realize how important a metal tiger can be from a forest tiger or a water tiger, another level of complexity comes into play. To include a person in the Chinese astrological system, a calculation is required that includes the birthday, time of birth / month and hour of birth. In addition to the year of birth, this means that a person's star signature in Chinese astrology consists of four Character. Three of these are the key elements for every person: -
1. The year of birth refers to the family background and position of a person in society, which are closely related to the family background of the grandparents. This is a cultural focus that is much more pronounced in Chinese society. As of today (February 4th, 2011) it's a (metal) rabbit year - remember that the order of the characters, as stated above, are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster , Dog is pig. Next February brings the year of the dragon.
2. The month or year of birth (note that the months in the Chinese calendar are different) determines the "inner animal" - this indicates childhood upbringing, a transformative influence on character and behavior that manifests itself in adult life .
The tiger from February 4th to March 5th, the hare from March 6th to April 4th and the dragon from April 5th to May 4th.
The snake from May 5th to June 5th, the horse from June 6th to July 6th and the sheep from July 7th to August 6th.
The monkey from August 7th to September 7th, the rooster September 8th to October 7th, the dog October 8th to November 7th.
The pig from November 7th to December 6th, The rat from December 7th to January 5th and The Ox from January 6th to February 3rd.
3. The birth hour determines a person's "secret animal" - that true person in often only revealed under stress:
11 p.m. - 1 a.m. rat,
1 a.m. - 3 a.m. Ox,
3 a.m. - 5 a.m. tiger,
5 a.m. - 7 a.m. Rabbit,
7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Dragons,
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Snake,
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. horse,
1 p.m. - 3 a.m. sheep,
3 pm. - 17 o'clock monkey,
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Rooster,
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. dog,
9 p.m. - 11 p.m. pig
The day of birth also has a certain meaning - each zodiac rules one day, but that works on the basis of 5 elements x 12 characters, each elemental animal species, and this makes a 60-day basis and things get complicated ... that is It is a feature of daily horoscopic prediction rather than birth certificate and is beyond the scope of this article.
Interestingly, however, as the two astrologies appear to be most different, essential similarities become apparent. Western subjects often focus on the sun sign without considering the meaning, meaning and contribution of the moon sign and the ascendant in the birth certificate. Good western astrology also divides each sun sign into four sub-signs and can be further focused by looking at the actual day, even for fine details.
Chinese astrology focuses on temperament and character as well as the interactions and tensions between these two facets, the first being the disposition, tendency and tendency, while the second is the actual behavior, habits and learned (current) disposition. It tries to identify the natural, innate person as opposed to the personality that has been mutated and transformed through life experience, to find nature before care and to help us understand our life by looking at it backwardas Kierkegaard suggested while he lived them forward.