Chinese astrology – the early and late hours – Great astrology reading


Based on Chinese astrology, a person's date of birth is divided into 4 heavenly tribes and 4 earthly branches. Together, they form the four pillars of fate, which is a branch of Chinese astrology known as BaZi. The four pillars contain the 4 heavenly stems and 4 earthly branches in the birth certificate of a BaZi and together form the annual column, the monthly column, the daily column and the hour column.

However, when it comes to the hour column, it can be quite difficult since Chinese astrology's timekeeping method assigns a zodiac to a time slot in a daily cycle. There are 12 zodiac signs in a daily cycle, just like there are 12 zodiac signs in a yearly cycle based on the Chinese calendar. Each day has 12 time slots and each time slot is 2 hours. There are a total of 12 time slots that make up the 12 zodiac signs in one day, starting with the rat and ending with the pig.

The day begins with the rat hour, which occupies the time window from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Unlike the western calendar, which is based on the Gregorian timekeeping system, the start of the day according to the Chinese system is not that easy. According to the Gregorian system, the new day begins at one second after 12 noon (midnight). However, the Chinese system divides the midnight hour into an early rat hour and a late rat hour. If you were born at 11 p.m., you belong to the early hour of the rat. For a person born at 00:10 a.m., this is considered a late rat hour. The early rat hour begins from 11:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., while the late rat hour begins from 12:00 a.m. to midnight. This is a point of contention among Ba Zi practitioners. Should the early rat hour or the late rat hour be taken as the beginning of a new day pillar in a Ba Zi birth chart?

Chinese BaZi masters use a conversion manual known as the ten-thousand-year calendar to convert a person's western date of birth into the heavenly stems and branches of the four pillars. For example, a person born on May 10th, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. has the hour column of the earth rat, the day column of the wood ox, the month column of the water snake and the year column of the metal rabbit. This makes it easier for Ba Zi practitioners to formulate their birth certificate by only knowing their western date of birth. Whether you should follow the early rat hour or the late rat hour to determine the day pillar depends on the different Ba Zi schools of thought.

You should read your birth certificate in full to know your happiness for this year and the future. The Chinese four pillars of fate are a fascinating art that your fate can reveal through your date of birth. If you want to find out what life has in store for you, you can get a free sample reading at

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