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 younger age 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 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 the culture of China 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 Lunar calendar chart (quite different from the Western Gregorian calendar and Zodiac). Stories are structured around this cycle with 12 corresponding Chinese new year animals. The Rat Ox (or Buffalo), Tiger Rabbit (or Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (or Goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig (or Boar). These 12 creatures are appointed to each solar month. Different from Western astrological thinking, the sign system utilises a different measurement than the Occidental zodiac.
The Chinese 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 cyclical pattern, this form is usually identified with a 12-year period related to the 12 animals. In addition, 2020 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 lunar calendar. An earthly branch is partnered with 10-stems producing a 60 annual cyclic pattern (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.
There is no concrete evidence of the exact time when this astrology came into being; however, it seems to have materialised during the Zhan Guo period. However, there are also some links to the Han Period (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 Period (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. To make things simpler to remember, animal symbols were used to represent these 12 components, which are the 12 creatures 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 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 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 astrological animals became linked with Buddhism’s 12 Heavenly Generals even as early as (581-618) during the Sui era.
What is a Chinese Astrology calendar animal and what is my animal sign?
Legends abound about this form of 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 finally the pig. To reward the 12 that did attend, the Buddha named a year after each creature. After that, only an individual born in a year coinciding with a particular animal shared that sign’s attributes.
Some renditions of the story claim that the cattle elected a buffalo to stand in for them due to its athleticism. Another interpretation states that the route went through a forest, over hills and flatlands, a stream, before 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 quicker ones 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
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 interrelationships are very powerful.
-Yin represents negativity, darkness, indifference, emptiness, female, even numbers, and so on.
-Yang represents positivity, fullness, odd numbers, life, masculinity, and so on.
The 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 phase of 12 animals and five elements called Kanreki. The current phase started in 1984.
With the 12 animals, all even-numbered are Yin and all odd-numbered 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 this method and how this form of knowledge is something that many n the Asian hemisphere live by.
What is my element?
This is a question asked early by oriental people as it plays such a potentially crucial part in chart analysis and determining their 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 Horoscope predictions.
During antediluvian courting practices in Asia, couples were joined together depending on the relationship match compatibility of their 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 Symbols Lettering
Even today, millions of people follow forecasting 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 European 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 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.
Chinese Zodiac Animals and Their Traits
So you may ask, what is my Chinese Zodiac animal?
Compatible With: Monkey and Dragon
Individual Temperament: easygoing, clever, creative, alluring, affable
Best Compatibility: Rooster and Snake
Character traits: devoted, dependable, precise, sensible, resolute/stubborn, decisive
Gets Along Best With: Dog and Horse
Personality: lively, gallant, driven, confident, charismatic, leader
Compatible With: Pig and Sheep (Goat)
Temperament: honest, understanding, humble, gracious, caring, genuine
Best matched with: Monkey and Rabbit
Aspects: adaptable, fortunate, individual, creativity, metaphysical, attractive
Most in line with: Ox and Rooster
Character Factors: thinker, tidy, smart, sophisticated, perceptive, observant, deciding
Most suited Compatibility: Tiger and Dog
Personal Qualities: leisurely, sincere, brave, driven, agile, venturesome, strong
Greatest affinity with: Rabbit and Pig
Individual qualities: refined, cunning, aesthetic, perceptive, charming, serene, sensitive, charming
Best compatibility: Rat and Dragon
Aspects: fortunate, easygoing, intelligent, flexible, spirited, adroit
Best matched with: Ox
Personal Qualities: self-assured, clever, full of energy, trusting, adaptable, confident, sincere
suitability: Horse and Tiger
Features: friendly, dedicated, flexible, intelligent, attentive, gallant, courageous
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 Astrological Calendar
General Chinese Astrology FAQ