Expert Oriental Horoscope Insight
Hello there and many thanks for visiting my new Chinese horoscope and astrology website – my name is George Tang.
Originally I was born and raised in Hong Kong while it was still a British colony and I have that childhood experience to thank for my ability with the English language and love of many western values, culture, and history. From that time, I also developed a passionate interest in traditional Chinese philosophy and history. In particular, I was inspired by the art and science of astrology and astronomy as practiced by the people of China. That is not to say I had no interest in other forms but I was drawn to this oriental horoscope interpretation in particular through its beauty, simplicity, and cultured approach.
Perhaps the greatest appeal for me came from the historical traditions surrounding this astrological area. I love the idea that this form has at its heart the 3 pillars of harmony (earth, water, and heaven). I’m sure you will have heard of the principle of Yin and Yang (opposing and opposite forces) which interrelate with each other. These too are at the core of this philosophy and zodiac study method which tells us we all have parts of our character that are in opposition to each other (love and hate for example). These basic concepts are what drew me to this type of astrology as both a science and a cultural life influence. There is a particular beauty here not found in Western forms and I love it.
Chinese horoscopes are based on the Chinese Zodiac. Just as Western astrology features one astrological symbol for each zodiac sign, Chinese astrology features one astrological symbol for each zodiac sign. However, the zodiac symbols differ from Western astrology symbols. With this form of astrology, the twelve signs are the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and (last, but not least) the Pig.
There is lot more information to share about this form of astrology, which has many layers of complexity that make it very interesting indeed. Overall, though, it’s not too hard to understand.
However, what you’re probably most interested in right now is learning right off the bat just your very own Chinese horoscope actually is!
Which Horoscope Sign Are You?
The easiest way to find out your particular Chinese horoscope is to determine which sign you are, based on your birthdate.
For example, if you are born on the 1st of March, 1971, then you’re a Pig. To work out which animal YOU are, use the calculator below
Now, let’s explore the history of Chinese horoscopes and Chinese astrology. As you’ll soon discover, this form of astrology has been around for centuries. Using Chinese horoscopes in order to see what the future holds is definitely nothing new! In fact, it’s a time-honoured tradition.
Naturally, these horoscopes are most popular in China, where they originated. However, these days, plenty of people all over the world use these horoscopes in order to see what’s on the horizon. They may also use Chinese astrology in order to learn more about themselves and other people.
History of Chinese Horoscopes
There is quite a traditional story at the heart of Chinese astrology and this story may differ a bit depending on who’s telling it! The most popular form of this legend is that the Jade Emperor brought every animal in the universe together and then held a banquet for these creatures. The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac went towards the palace and the first one to arrive became the first animal (in terms of order) in the Chinese Zodiac.
As it happens, the Rat was the first to enter the palace for the banquet and the Rat is always the first sign of this particular zodiac. Apparently, the Pig was slowest, as this animal (which is considered lucky in China) is last in the astrological order.
In alternate versions of this interesting and whimsical “tale of origin", the Buddha is the one who is gathering the animals. Still other tales have the Buddha or the Jade Emperor holding a race, rather than a banquet.
While this story is in the realm of myth and legend, there are more facts to share about the history of this form of personality analysis and prediction.
A lot of important historians feel that the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac were chosen due to their associations with different numbers. Some of the animals have odd numbers of toes. In the lore of China, odd numbers relate to yang, which is positive. The snake is the only animal without toes – however, it has a two-pointed tongue, which is an even number that is linked with Yin, which is negative. This balance of Yin and Yang animals was explored by scholars as far back as the Ming Dynasty, which ran from 1368 to 1644.
There is one exception to the odd or even rule in the Chinese zodiac and this is the rat, which has even numbers of forepaws and odd numbers of hind paws. Since this makes this animal special, some believe that this is the reason why it’s the first animal in the lineup. It represents the perfect balance between Yin and Yang.
There is more to the story of how animals in the Chinese zodiac are classified. They are also classified by element and have been since this form of astrology came into being centuries ago. The different elements are metal, earth, water, fire, and wood. When the animal and element are combined, certain personality traits are believed to be indicated. Some blends of animals and elements are perceived as lucky while other blends are perceived as troublesome.
The entire system of Chinese horoscopes may be traced way back, to the Shang Dynasty. This Dynasty was in power around 1700 B.C., and, during this pivotal time period, fortune-tellers in the country would perform all sorts of rituals in order to foresee future events. For example, turtle shells might be burned or cracks in farm animal bones might be analyzed in order to predict the future.
These readings of shells and bones happened at the same time that the people of China began to link the celestial bodies of the oriental zodiac with personalities and future prospects.
As you can see, astrology of this type is ancient and its popularity is still great today. These days, a lot of people get their Chinese horoscopes online – indeed, this website offers them free of charge.
Chinese Astrology And Culture
It’s safe to say that millions of people have faith in Chinese astrology, whether they are from the far east or not. However, it’s in China where this form of astrology plays the greatest role in terms of shaping culture. For example, since babies born in Dragon years are perceived to have higher chances of success in life, a lot of parents-to-be try to plan pregnancies so that their children will be born in the Dragon year. Dragons are considered to be very strong individuals who have a lot of intuition and the ability to gain influence easily. These traits are clearly prized by many people in China.
While it’s a generalization to say that every oriental person takes pains to use Chinese astrology in order to plan his or her life, it’s safe to say that many people do put a lot of stock in it and use it in order to make important life decisions. In fact, some people plan events and exclude certain people due to their animal signs.
In other words, people with certain birth years make not make the cut when it comes to getting on a party’s guest list. People from other countries may also put the same faith in this ancient form of personality analysis and divination.
Does Your Sign Match Your Personality?
Chinese horoscopes are fun to read. Before you begin reading these horoscopes online each day, consider which animal you are and then read up about the traits of that animal. As well, think about your element and how this factors into your character.
For example, if you’re a Monkey, do you consider yourself to be childlike in terms of pursuing pleasure? Are you very independent? Both are traits of the playful and resourceful Monkey sign, although Monkeys may occasionally be unscrupulous as well. Every sign has its pros and cons. It’ll be fun to see if you’re an ideal match for your sign.
In terms of how the elements factor into personality traits, those born in the Metal element are views as stubborn people who set their minds to things and live in an intense manner. Every element adds richness and dimension to the animal sign, making the personality profile more in-depth.
Chinese Astrology is Meaningful
If you’re attracted to the ancient ways, you’ll benefit from learning more about Chinese astrology and horoscope analysis. There are so many great resources out there. Our goal is to give you an overview of this history and background of Chinese horoscopes today. Hopefully, the facts that we’ve provided will help you decide whether or not to find out more!
Since the process of finding these free horoscopes on the site will take just a moment or two, you’ll find that it’s very easy to access insights which are based on your own particular sign. Again, if you need help figuring out what you are, use the calculator above.
This meaningful and ancient method of understanding one’s self, others and the future is fascinating. It’s steeped in history and reveals much about the culture of far eastern people. This enduring astrological system continues to intrigue and inspire through the ages and it probably always will.
The Chinese Lunar New Year
The fresh Lunar New year is quite a significant time and a period where there is much reading of horoscopes for good fortune. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of summer. It begins on the first day of the first month of the oriental calendar. It usually lasts for fifteen years. The last day in a given annual cycle is a very special day, which is known as the Shang Yuan Festival (Lantern Festival). This season is time for reconciliation and forging new relationships. People pursue peace, harmony and happiness for everyone they know. The dates assigned for the New cycle in the phases of 2015, 2016, 2017 are as follows:
The fresh cycle in 2016 – February 08, 2016
Start of cycle in 2017 – January 28, 2017 (Fire Rooster)