Chinese astrology is mysterious and exciting at the same time. It's deeply intertwined in every part of life in China and has grown in popularity in western cultures. Chinese astrology can provide a window into your personality, career, and love prospects as well as divine your future good (or bad) fortune.
Chinese astrology dates back more than four thousand years to the Yellow Emperor. It brings together the familiar elements of traditional Chinese culture. Yin-Yang, the theory of the five elements, Heaven and Earth, and Confucian morality are the philosophical underpinnings Chinese astrology.
Chinese astrology is based on a 12-year cycle, where each year is represented by an animal symbol. These 12 animals are the foundation of Chinese astrology. The year you were born determines your Chinese Zodiac sign. It's said the animal that rules the year in which a person is born is "the animal that hides in your heart." Additionally, each animal is also accolated a month, day, and hour.
The Five Elements
According to the Chinese astrology, there are five elements (metal, wood, fire, earth, air, and wood) that are said to add greater dimension to your personality. A person's element is also determined by the year of birth.
Not only is each animal in the Chinese astrology ruled by an element; it's also governed by an energy force that is either Yin or Yang.
How Chinese Astrology Is Used
In addition to being used to understand someone's personality, Chinese astrology is used to answer many of life's questions.
Choosing Auspicious Times
Prediction and choosing auspicious times for planning specific events are also a significant part of Chinese astrology. The Chinese calendar is used to divine the future.
Combined With Western Astrology
Chinese astrology's 12 animal signs can be combined with Western astrology's 12 zodiac signs to create a total of 144 combined signs. These 144 signs offer more significant insights into your life and the lives of others. The combinations are particularly useful in determining compatibility.
The I Ching
If you're serious about delving into the world of Chinese astrology, consider using the I Ching to find the answers you seek. The I Ching is considered by some to be the oldest book of divination, dating from 1,000 BC and before.
The Chinese Zodiac
Due to placemats in Chinese restaurants, everyone knows at least enough to say they are a Monkey, a Boar, or an Ox, etc. However, just like you're more than your Sun sign in western astrology, you're also more than your Chinese zodiac animal.