Chinese Astrology Forecasting And Horoscopes – Master George Tang

Chinese Astrology Free Summaries

Hello, there and many thanks for visiting my free Chinese horoscope website – my name is George Tang (please note, this is my professional pseudonym for publishing here on the web).

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 oriental philosophy and mythology. In particular, I was inspired by the art and science of Chinese astrology zodiac signs, astrology and astronomy as practised by the people of Asia. That is not to say I had no interest in other forms but I was drawn to this form of interpretation in particular through its beauty, simplicity, and cultured approach. Today you can read about that beauty, the attraction of the Fortune cookie approach, for example, in Chinese culture and compatibility matching. This approach makes use of this ancient system in the form of daily horoscopes that are hugely popular in Asia.

Zodiac Sign Introduction

Every 12 years, the lunar cycle repeats itself and this is known as the Chinese lunar calendar (quite different from the Western Gregorian calendar and Western Zodiac). Chinese astrology stories are structured around this cycle with 12 corresponding animals. The Rat Ox (or Buffalo), Tiger Rabbit (or Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (or Goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig (or Boar). These 12 animals are appointed to each solar month. Different from Western astrological thinking, the sign system utilises a different measurement than the Occidental zodiac.

Chinese New Year Lanterns with Astro symbols

Asian Illuminated Lunar Lanterns

The Zodiac is the dominant calendar of ancient Asia. In truth, its sixty-year cycle continues to be a vital influence on today’s art historians, as it assists with distinguishing the precise dates of artwork created from centuries ago. Despite being based on a cycle, this form is usually identified with a 12-year cycle related to the 12 animals. In addition, 2017 Chinese Horoscopes are designed around the Stem-Branch Calendar. Abbreviated to Stem-Branch or Gan-Zhi, the Earthly-Branches and Heavenly-Stems are the key counting methods in the Oriental Chinese lunar calendar. An earthly branch is partnered with 10-stems producing a 60 annual period cycle (a repeating collection of sixty terms) utilised for documenting the days, months, and years. What’s more, there are compatibility and incompatibility associations amid the stems and branches. The interpretation of a person’s time of birth using this method has consistently been essential when used for fortune-telling as well.

Though both divinations are based on symbols and time of birth, there are substantial differences. Oriental thinking accords with divining sciences of the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal, wood) or Wu Xing, Chi, Yin-Yang, and time cycles. Western forecasting is structured around the motion of the constellations in the sky and sun signs are separated by months. This astrology separates signs by years and adopts its symbolisations from an apologue. The Western form is organised according to the earth’s orbit around the sun. This form is arranged by the lunar cycle phases. What’s more, the Zodiac is comprised of 5 elemental substances: fire, earth, water, wood, and metal and great importance is emphasised on the lunar phase at birth; thereby, establishing an individual’s disposition at birth. The four lunar phases are the new moon, waxing moon, full moon, and the waning moon. The western zodiac identifies four elements: fire, earth, air, and water and designates three astrological sign qualities: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. By comprehending some of the key differences between the two (east and west) divinations, one can better comprehend each one individually and their key components. This is the basis of Chinese astrological thinking.

The History

There is no concrete evidence of the exact time when the Zodiac came into being; however, it seems to have materialised during the Zhan Guo period. However, there are also some links to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-9 A.D.) more than 2000 years ago. The zodiac became a well-known means of determining an individual’s birth year throughout the North Zhou Dynasty (557-581 A.D.) and still widely used today.

Over 3,000 years ago, the people of China adopted the 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches for the written record. Nonetheless, because most people during this time were illiterate, the signs caused complications. In order to make things simpler to remember, animal symbols were used to represent these 12 components, which are the 12 animals used today.

Many scholars conclude that this commenced long before the historical Buddha’s beginning in India. Really, in China, the most ancient illustrations of the 12 animals appear in paintings on tomb ceilings going back as far as 533 BC, which has been confirmed by the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art. Throughout the centuries, the Chinese Horoscope tenets became more complex and convoluted; however, its significance in China secured its credence in other places as well. It enormously impacted and influenced the consequent evolution of Buddhist customs all over the Orient. In China, Buddhism was presented in the first and second centuries AD, the 12 Chinese astrology animals became linked with Buddhism’s 12 Heavenly Generals even as early as (581-618) during the Sui Dynasty.

The Legends

What is a Chinese calendar animal and what is my animal sign

Legends abound about this form of Astro analysis and its origin. According to one, Buddha summoned all the animals to his kingdom; however, only 12 showed up. The rat arrived first, then the ox, the tiger, the rabbit along with others and lastly the pig. In order to reward the 12 animals that did attend, the Buddha named a year after each animal. After that, only an individual born in a year coinciding with a particular animal shared that animal’s attributes.

Another beloved story states that a race was utilised at the bank of a river and the animals were to report to Jade Emperor. All the animals congregated and were instructed to go to the opposite side of the river. The sequence of their arrival would be determined by the order in which the animals reached the other side.

Some renditions of the story claim that the cattle elected a water buffalo to stand in for them due to its athleticism in the water. Another interpretation states that the route went through a forest, over hills and flat lands, a stream, prior to eventually ending up across a lake in the designated town.

Still, another narrative mentions two different races. The first race placed all the animals in two sections to prevent faster animals from overpowering the weaker ones. The best six in each section would be selected for an additional round. This final round would decide the order of the animals in the zodiac.

The Relevance of Yin-Yang

YinYang image

The Symbol of Yin and Yang

This grouping is the central theory of Taoism and the key ethics of oriental culture and doctrine. It is profoundly entrenched in medicine, martial arts, scientific thinking, astrology, feng shui signs, feng shui lucky signs and much more. It’s an integral part of the concept of life and its origin and meaning. Feng shui Chinese astrology interrelationships are very powerful.

A circle with two sections shaped like large commas (“) is divided into black and white. On the white part, there is a small black circular part and on the black part, there is a white circle in the round part of each comma like symbol. Yin is the black area and represents negativity. Yang is the pale half and represents positivity or light. This concept is a symbol of opposing characteristics in every element of life.

For instance:

-Yin represents negativity, darkness, indifference, emptiness, female, even numbers, and so on.

-Yang represents positivity, fullness, odd numbers, life, masculinity, and so on.

The Chinese astrology elements are merged with the bifold Yin-Yang cycle, which increases the cycle to ten. The odd years are yin and the even years are yang. Because the zodiac animal cycle is 12 divided by two, each zodiac is only possible in either yin or yang. For example, the snake is always a yin and the dragon is always yang. This consolidation produces a 60 year (sexagenary) rhythm beginning with the Wood Rat and concluding with the Water Pig. Japan has a custom of celebrating a complete sixty-year cycle of 12 animals and five elements called Kanreki. The current cycle started in 1984.

In relation to the 12 animals, all even numbered animals are Yin and all odd numbered animals are Yang.

Yang zodiac animals: (1) Rat, (3) Tiger, (5) Dragon, (7) Horse, (9) Monkey, (11) Dog

Yin zodiac animals: (2) Ox, (4) Rabbit, (6) Snake, (8) Sheep, (10) Rooster, (12) Pig

The reason for the number of each animal will take additional study; nonetheless, a basic understanding gives an accurate idea of the essentials of Oriental astrology and how this form of knowledge is something that many Chinese and those in the Asian hemisphere live by.

Overall, the Yin-Yang factor is based on the concept that everything in nature has an opposite, as in the saying “every coin has two sides." The conviction is that everything is intertwined and ascertained. The energy of all things complements and affects each other; thereby, maintaining a balance and harmony with life is the goal of all that exists.

The Five-Elements

What is my element? This is a question asked early by the people of China as it plays such a potentially crucial part in determining their astrological profile and forecast of good or bad luck ahead.

Examining the lunar calendar in age-old Asia, the Five-Elements were adjusted for the strength and weaknesses in the course of the four seasons. For example, fire is stronger during the summer and wood is strongest in springtime, and so on. The traits of each, their strength, and affinity with others are cardinal and pivotal in Chinese Horoscope forecasting.

5 Elements of oriental astrological practiceDuring antediluvian courting practices in China, couples were joined together depending on the relationship match compatibility of their animal sign. For instance, according to horoscope interpretation, a rat and horse will not get along! However, a rat and dragon together is a superb union.

Asian Astro Symbols Chinese Lettering

Even today, millions of people follow Chinese astrology for life and luck guidance (good fortune). Many base their relationships on the characteristics of each symbol. For example, it’s not unusual for someone to search for a mate or friendships depending on the relationship match compatibility of the person’s sign with their own. They also look to the Zodiac for advice on how to live their moral life and social life. There is a profound influence exerted by these symbols and their role in the culture and communities of China.

Unlike Western astrology, colours are also affiliated with the elements. Black/water, white/metal, brown/earth, red/fire, and green/wood. You may find some sites identify the years by colour and astrological sign rather than the animal one and element.

Four Chinese Groups Of Friendship

The Chinese astrology system further groups the Animal signs into sub-groups of 3 based on similar personality types and traits. it is believed that people from the signs grouped together will find it easy to form good relationships and friendships.

Provocateur Types

Rat | Monkey | Dragon

Individualist Types

Horse | Dog | Tiger

Thinker Types

Snake| Rooster | Ox

Conciliator Types

Rabbit | Sheep | Pig

Chinese Zodiac Animals and Their Traits

So you may ask, what is my Chinese Zodiac animal?

Zodiac Rat


Compatible With: Monkey and Dragon

Individual Temperament: easygoing, clever, creative, alluring, affable

Zodiac Ox


Best Compatibility: Rooster and Snake

Character traits: devoted, dependable, precise, sensible, resolute/stubborn, decisive

Zodiac Tiger


Gets Along Best With: Dog and Horse

Personality: lively, gallant, driven, confident, charismatic, leader

Zodiac Rabbit


Compatible With: Pig and Sheep (Goat)

Temperament: honest, understanding, humble, gracious, caring, genuine

Zodiac Dragon


Best matched with: Monkey and Rabbit

Aspects: adaptable, fortunate, individual, creativity, metaphysical, attractive

Zodiac Snake


Most in line with: Ox and Rooster

Character Factors: thinker, tidy, intelligent, sophisticated, perceptive, observant, deciding

Zodiac Horse


Most suited Compatibility: Tiger and Dog

Personal Qualities: leisurely, sincere, brave, driven, agile, venturesome, strong

Zodiac Sheep


Greatest affinity with: Rabbit and Pig

Individual qualities: refined, cunning, aesthetic, perceptive, charming, serene, sensitive, charming

Zodiac Monkey


Best compatibility: Rat and Dragon

Aspects: fortunate, easygoing, intelligent, flexible, spirited, adroit

Zodiac Rooster


Best matched with: Ox

Personal Qualities: self-assured, clever, full of energy, trusting, adaptable, confident, sincere

Zodiac Dog


suitability: Horse and Tiger

Features: friendly, dedicated, flexible, intelligent, attentive, gallant, courageous

Zodiac Pig


Happiest with: Rabbit (Cat) and Sheep (Goat)

Character: driven, positive, honest, cordial, venerable, philanthropic

The next New Year (of the Metal Rat) begins on January 25th, 2020.

Rat Years In The Chinese Astrological Calendar

1936 Fire Rat
1948 Earth Rat
1960 Metal Rat
1972 Water Rat
1984 Wood Rat
1996 Fire Rat
2008 Earth Rat
2020 Metal Rat
2032 Water Rat
2044 Wood Rat

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