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The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar cycle. 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 zodiac 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 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 Zodiac 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 flat lands, 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 Horoscope 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 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 the best Chinese 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.
Chinese Zodiac Animals and Their Traits
So you may ask, what are my Chinese Zodiac animal traits?
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.
General Chinese Horoscope FAQ
What is my Chinese animal?
An individual's Chinese animal is based on a 12-year repeating cycle based on the lunar calendar. Each birth year has an Animal (Boar, Horse, Snake, Dragon and others) assigned to it and the whole group repeats after 12 years. So, for example, people born in the birth years 1912, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020 are in the year of the Rat. To calculate which animal a person will be requires individuals to use a table of years and zodiac animal assignments. By identifying the year of birth it can be ascertained which zodiac animal is associated.
What does the Chinese zodiac mean?
The Chinese zodiac (Sheng Xaio) is derived from a twelve-year cycle with each year of the cycle allocated an animal sign. The zodiac is computed from the Chinese moon calendar.
What is Chinese astrology based on?
This astrology has existed for many hundreds of years (believed to have begun either just before or in the Han Dynasty between 2nd century BC and the 2nd Century AD). It is based on the principle of harmony of elements (heaven, water and fire), Yin and Yan and other features for which there is no Western equivalent (e.g. 12 earthly branches, moon calendar, sun calendar and others with a philosophical basis). In essence, it is believed that a person's future path can be determined from their birth details (date, season, hour) and positioning of astronomical bodies such as the moon and sun.
How did the Chinese zodiac start?
The chines zodiac (incorporating the 12 animals is believed to have begun during the Han Dynasty that flourished from the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD). There is some indication the basis of the zodiac was articulated just prior to the Han period using the 12 Earthly Branches as a basis. These were replaced by the 12 creature signs during the Han period and it is these that are most commonly used today.
What are the 12 Chinese zodiac animals in order?
The Chinese zodiac contains 12 animals and begins with the Rat each 12-year lunisolar calendar cycle. In order the animals are;
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- Goat (or Sheep)
- Pig (or Boar)
What are the Chinese zodiac years?
Chinese zodiac years are based on a repeating 12-year cycle for the animals. So, for example, 2020 is the year of the Rat while 2019 was the year of the Pig. 2021 will be the year of the Ox, 2022 the year of the Tiger, 2023 the year of the Rabbit, 2024 the year of the Dragon, 2025 the year of the Snake, 2026 the year of the Horse, 2027 the year of the Goat, 2028 the year of the Monkey, 2029 the year of the Rooster, 2030 the year of the Dog and 2031 the year of the Pig.
What sign is Gemini in the Chinese Zodiac?
The Western equivalent signs (very loosely) for the 12 animals are;