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Chinese Astrology


Chinese astrology is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, which is based on astronomy, and ancient Chinese philosophy. In particular, it is based on the age-old sexagenary cycle of 60 years that has been documented at least since the time of the Shang Dynasty. This basic cycle has been constructed from two cycles: the 10 heavenly stems (the five elements in their yin and yang forms) and the 12 earthly branches, or the 12-year cycle of animals referred to as the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese animal zodiac also operates on a cycle of months or 'moons' and of hours of the day.

The Chinese zodiac refers to a pure calendrical cycle; there are no equivalent constellations like those of the occidental zodiac. In imperial times there were astrologers who watched the sky for heavenly omens that would predict the future of the state, but this was a quite different practice of divination from the popular present-day methods.

The ancient Chinese astronomers called the five major planets by the names of the element they were associated with: Venus corresponds to Metal (gold); Jupiter to Wood; Mercury to Water; Mars to Fire; Saturn to Earth. According to Chinese Astrology, a person's destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets, along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person's time of birth and Zodiac Sign.

A laborious system of computing one's fate and destiny based on one's birthday and birth hours (known as Zi Wei Dou Shu ziweidoush¨) is still used regularly in modern day Chinese astrology to divine one's fortune. The 28 Chinese constellations (xýu) are quite different from the 88 Western constellations. For example, the Big Bear (Ursa Major) is known as dou; the belt of Orion is known as shen, or the "Happiness, Fortune, Longevity" trio of demigods. The seven northern constellations are referred to as x˙anwu . Xuan Wu is also known as the spirit of the northern sky or the spirit of Water in Taoism belief.

In addition to astrological readings of the heavenly bodies, the stars in the sky form the basis of many fairy tales. For example, the Summer Triangle is the trio of the cowherd (Altair), the weaving maiden fairy (Vega), and the "tai bai" fairy (Deneb). The two forbidden lovers were separated by the silvery river (the Milky Way). Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese calendar, the birds form a bridge across the Milky Way. The cowherd carries their two sons (the two stars on each side of Altair) across the bridge to reunite with their fairy mother. The tai bai fairy acts as the chaperone of these two immortal lovers. See Qi Xi for more versions of this story.

The 60-year cycle consists of two separate cycles interacting with each other. The first is the cycle of ten heavenly stems, namely the Five Elements (in order Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) in their Yin and Yang forms. The second is the cycle of the twelve Zodiac animal signs (shengxiao) or Earthly Branches . They are in order as follows: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (ram or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (boar).

This combination of 5 elements X 12 animals creates the 60-year cycle, which always starts with Wood Rat and ends with Water Pig. Since the zodiac animal cycle of 12 is divisible by two, every zodiac sign can also only occur in either yin or yang: the dragon is always yang, the snake is always yin, etc. The current cycle began in the year 1984 (as shown in "Table of the lunar calendar and zodiac" below).

When trying to calculate the relevant year, an easy rule to follow is that years that end in an even number are yang, those that end with an odd number are yin. The cycle proceeds as follows:

  • If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
  • If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal.
  • If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water.
  • If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water.
  • If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood.
  • If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood.
  • If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire.
  • If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire.
  • If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth.
  • If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth.

However, since the (traditional) Chinese zodiac follows the (lunisolar) Chinese calendar, the switch over date is the Chinese New Year, not January 1 as in the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, a person who was born in January or early February has the sign of the previous year. For example, if a person was born in January 1970, his or her element would still be Yin Earth, not Yang Metal. Similarly, although 1990 was called the year of the horse, anyone born from January 1 to January 26, 1990 was in fact born in the Year of the Snake (the sign of the previous year), because the 1990 Year of the Horse did not begin until January 27, 1990. For this reason, many online sign calculators (and Chinese restaurant placemats) will give a person the wrong sign if he/she was born in January or early February.

The start of a new Zodiac is also celebrated on Chinese New Year along with many other customs.

Table of the lunar calendar and zodiac

The following table shows the 60 year cycle matched up to the Western calendar for the years 1924 - 2043 (see main article for years 1804 - 1923). The symbols in the table for the elements and animal signs are the astrological ones, which are separate from the general descriptive symbols.

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  1924 - 1983 Heavenly stem Earthly branch 1984 - 2043
Year (Elements) (Animals) Year
1 Feb 05 1924 - Jan 23 1925 甲 Yang Wood 子 Rat Feb 02 1984 - Feb 19 1985
2 Jan 24 1925 - Feb 11 1926 乙 Yin Wood 丑 Ox Feb 20 1985 - Feb 08 1986
3 Feb 12 1926 - Feb 01 1927 丙 Yang Fire 寅 Tiger Feb 09 1986 - Jan 28 1987
4 Feb 02 1927 - Jan 21 1928 丁 Yin Fire 卯 Rabbit Jan 29 1987 - Feb 16 1988
5 Jan 22 1928 - Feb 08 1929 戊 Yang Earth 辰 Dragon Feb 17 1988 - Feb 05 1989
6 Feb 09 1929 - Jan 28 1930 己 Yin Earth 巳 Snake Feb 06 1989 - Jan 25 1990
7 Jan 29 1930 - Feb 16 1931 庚 Yang Metal 午 Horse Jan 26 1990 - Feb 13 1991
8 Feb 17 1931 - Feb 05 1932 辛 Yin Metal 未 Sheep Feb 14 1991 - Feb 02 1992
9 Feb 06 1932 - Jan 24 1933 壬 Yang Water 申 Monkey Feb 03 1992 - Jan 21 1993
10 Jan 25 1933 - Feb 13 1934 癸 Yin Water 酉 Rooster Jan 22 1993 - Feb 09 1994
11 Feb 14 1934 - Feb 02 1935 甲 Yang Wood 戌 Dog Feb 10 1994 - Jan 30 1995
12 Feb 03 1935 - Jan 23 1936 乙 Yin Wood 亥 Pig Jan 31 1995 - Feb 18 1996
13 Jan 24 1936 - Feb 10 1937 丙 Yang Fire 子 Rat Feb 19 1996 - Feb 06 1997
14 Feb 11 1937 - Jan 30 1938 丁 Yin Fire 丑 Ox Feb 07 1997 - Jan 27 1998
15 Jan 31 1938 - Feb 18 1939 戊 Yang Earth 寅 Tiger Jan 28 1998 - Feb 15 1999
16 Feb 19 1939 - Feb 07 1940 己 Yin Earth 卯 Rabbit Feb 16 1999 - Feb 04 2000
17 Feb 08 1940 - Jan 26 1941 庚 Yang Metal 辰 Dragon Feb 05 2000 - Jan 23 2001
18 Jan 27 1941 - Feb 14 1942 辛 Yin Metal 巳 Snake Jan 24 2001 - Feb 11 2002
19 Feb 15 1942 - Feb 03 1943 壬 Yang Water 午 Horse Feb 12 2002 - Jan 31 2003
20 Feb 04 1943 - Jan 24 1944 癸 Yin Water 未 Sheep Feb 01 2003 - Jan 21 2004
21 Jan 25 1944 - Feb 11 1945 甲 Yang Wood 申 Monkey Jan 22 2004 - Feb 08 2005
22 Feb 12 1945 - Feb 01 1946 乙 Yin Wood 酉 Rooster Feb 09 2005 - Jan 28 2006
23 Feb 02 1946 - Jan 21 1947 丙 Yang Fire 戌 Dog Jan 29 2006 - Feb 17 2007
24 Jan 22 1947 - Feb 09 1948 丁 Yin Fire 亥 Pig Feb 18 2007 - Feb 06 2008
25 Feb 10 1948 - Jan 28 1949 戊 Yang Earth 子 Rat Feb 07 2008 - Jan 25 2009
26 Jan 29 1949 - Feb 15 1950 己 Yin Earth 丑 Ox Jan 26 2009 - Feb 13 2010
27 Feb 16 1950 - Feb 05 1951 庚 Yang Metal 寅 Tiger Feb 14 2010 - Feb 02 2011
28 Feb 06 1951 - Jan 25 1952 辛 Yin Metal 卯 Rabbit Feb 03 2011 - Jan 22 2012
29 Jan 26 1952 - Feb 13 1953 壬 Yang Water 辰 Dragon Jan 23 2012 - Feb 09 2013
30 Feb 14 1953 - Feb 02 1954 癸 Yin Water 巳 Snake Feb 10 2013 - Jan 30 2014
31 Feb 03 1954 - Jan 23 1955 甲 Yang Wood 午 Horse Jan 31 2014 - Feb 18 2015
32 Jan 24 1955 - Feb 10 1956 乙 Yin Wood 未 Sheep Feb 19 2015 - Feb 07 2016
33 Feb 11 1956 - Jan 29 1957 丙 Yang Fire 申 Monkey Feb 08 2016 - Jan 27 2017
34 Jan 30 1957 - Feb 17 1958 丁 Yin Fire 酉 Rooster Jan 28 2017 - Feb 18 2018
35 Feb 18 1958 - Feb 06 1959 戊 Yang Earth 戌 Dog Feb 19 2018 - Feb 04 2019
36 Feb 07 1959 - Jan 27 1960 己 Yin Earth 亥 Pig Feb 05 2019 - Jan 24 2020
37 Jan 28 1960 - Feb 14 1961 庚 Yang Metal 子 Rat Jan 25 2020 - ~~ 2021
38 Feb 15 1961 - Feb 04 1962 辛 Yin Metal 丑 Ox ~~ 2021 - ~~ 2022
39 Feb 05 1962 - Jan 24 1963 壬 Yang Water 寅 Tiger ~~ 2022 - ~~ 2023
40 Jan 25 1963 - Feb 12 1964 癸 Yin Water 卯 Rabbit ~~ 2023 - ~~ 2024
41 Feb 13 1964 - Jan 31 1965 甲 Yang Wood 辰 Dragon ~~ 2024 - ~~ 2025
42 Feb 01 1965 - Jan 20 1966 乙 Yin Wood 巳 Snake ~~ 2025 - ~~ 2026
43 Jan 21 1966 - Feb 08 1967 丙 Yang Fire 午 Horse ~~ 2026 - ~~ 2027
44 Feb 09 1967 - Jan 28 1968 丁 Yin Fire 未 Sheep ~~ 2027 - ~~ 2028
45 Jan 29 1968 - Feb 15 1969 戊 Yang Earth 申 Monkey ~~ 2028 - ~~ 2029
46 Feb 16 1969 - Feb 05 1970 己 Yin Earth 酉 Rooster ~~ 2029 - ~~ 2030
47 Feb 06 1970 - Jan 25 1971 庚 Yang Metal 戌 Dog ~~ 2030 - ~~ 2031
48 Jan 26 1971 - Feb 14 1972 辛 Yin Metal 亥 Pig ~~ 2031 - ~~ 2032
49 Feb 15 1972 - Feb 02 1973 壬 Yang Water 子 Rat ~~ 2032 - ~~ 2033
50 Feb 03 1973 - Jan 23 1974 癸 Yin Water 丑 Ox ~~ 2033 - ~~ 2034
51 Jan 24 1974 - Feb 10 1975 甲 Yang Wood 寅 Tiger ~~ 2034 - ~~ 2035
52 Feb 11 1975 - Jan 30 1976 乙 Yin Wood 卯 Rabbit ~~ 2035 - ~~ 2036
53 Jan 31 1976 - Feb 17 1977 丙 Yang Fire 辰 Dragon ~~ 2036 - ~~ 2037
54 Feb 18 1977 - Feb 06 1978 丁 Yin Fire 巳 Snake ~~ 2037 - ~~ 2038
55 Feb 07 1978 - Jan 27 1979 戊 Yang Earth 午 Horse ~~ 2038 - ~~ 2039
56 Jan 28 1979 - Feb 15 1980 己 Yin Earth 未 Sheep ~~ 2039 - ~~ 2040
57 Feb 16 1980 - Feb 04 1981 庚 Yang Metal 申 Monkey ~~ 2040 - ~~ 2041
58 Feb 05 1981 - Jan 24 1982 辛 Yin Metal 酉 Rooster ~~ 2041 - ~~ 2042
59 Jan 25 1982 - Feb 12 1983 壬 Yang Water 戌 Dog ~~ 2042 - ~~ 2043
60 Feb 13 1983 - Feb 01 1984 癸 Yin Water 亥 Pig ~~ 2043 - ~~ 2044
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