Monday, 24 September 2012

Chinese astrology

Chinese Astrology

The Sheng xiao (Chinese: pinyin: shēngxiào), better known as Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries besides China and Taiwan.

Identifying this scheme using the term "zodiac" reflects several similarities to the Western zodiac: both have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life. Nevertheless, there are major differences: the "Chinese" 12-part cycle is divided into years rather than months; contrary to the association with animals implied in the Greek etymology of "zodiac", actually four of the Western "signs" or "houses" are represented by humans (one such sign being the twins "Gemini") and one is the inanimate balance scale "Libra"; the animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with constellations, let alone those spanned by the ecliptic plane.

Legend 

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha summoned all the animals on Earth to meet him on Chinese New Year. However, only thirteen animals came. The animals were the Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig. In honour of their attendance, the Buddha decided to name a year after each of them. However, a dispute soon arose as to which order the animals would be named. In his wisdom, the Buddha arranged a race whereby the outcome would decide the order.
All the animals lined up on the bank of a river and were given the task of getting to the opposite shore. Their order in the calendar would be set by the order in which the animals managed to reach the other side. The cat wondered how he would get across if he was afraid of water. At the same time, the ox wondered how he would cross with his poor eyesight. The calculating rat suggested that he and the cat jump onto the ox's back and guide him across. The ox was steady and hard-working so that he did not notice the commotion on his back. In the meantime, the rat sneaked up behind the unsuspecting cat and shoved him into the water. Just as the ox came ashore, the rat jumped off and finished the race first. The lazy pig came to the far shore in twelfth place. As a result, the rat was named as the first year while, the ox got the second year, and so on, up to the pig. The cat finished too late to win any place in the calendar, and vowed to be the enemy of the rat forever more.

Possibilities

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs, and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals) and hours of the day (called secret animals).
To sum it up, while a person might appear to be a dragon because they were born in the year of the dragon, they might also be a snake internally and an ox secretively. In total, this makes for 8,640 possible combinations (five elements x 12 animals in the 60 year cycle (12 x 5 = 60) , 12 months, 12 times of day) that a person might be. These are all considered critical for the proper use of Chinese astrology.

Personalities

Chinese zodiac signs represent twelve different types of personalities. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, and there are many stories about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac which explain why this is so (see below). The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order and their characteristics.
Rat
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): 
Forthright, tenacious, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, mendacious, venal, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.  
Ox
(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed
Element Water): 
Dependable, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.  
Tiger
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Wood): 
Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, unpredictable.  
Rabbit 
(Yin, 4th Trine,
Fixed Element Wood): 
Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic.  
Dragon 
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed
Element Wood): 
Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.  
Snake
(Yin, 2nd Trine,
Fixed
Element Fire): 
Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.  
Horse
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Fire): 
Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile - mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.  
Ram 
(Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed
Element Fire): 
Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed.  
Monkey
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious.  
Rooster
(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated, given to empty bravado.  
Dog
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, senstive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.  
Pig 
(Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed
Element Water): 
Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.  

What is your Sign? 

The following table shows the 60-year cycle matched up to the Western calendar for the years 1924–2043
YearAssociated
Element
Heavenly
Stem
Earthly
Branch
Associated
Animal
Year
1924–19831984–2043
Feb 05 1924–Jan 23 1925Yang WoodRatFeb 02 1984–Feb 19 1985
Jan 24 1925–Feb 12 1926Yin WoodOxFeb 20 1985–Feb 08 1986
Feb 13 1926–Feb 01 1927Yang FireTigerFeb 09 1986–Jan 28 1987
Feb 02 1927–Jan 22 1928Yin FireRabbitJan 29 1987–Feb 16 1988
Jan 23 1928–Feb 09 1929Yang EarthDragonFeb 17 1988–Feb 05 1989
Feb 10 1929–Jan 29 1930Yin EarthSnakeFeb 06 1989–Jan 26 1990
Jan 30 1930–Feb 16 1931Yang MetalHorseJan 27 1990–Feb 14 1991
Feb 17 1931–Feb 05 1932Yin MetalRamFeb 15 1991–Feb 03 1992
Feb 06 1932–Jan 25 1933Yang WaterMonkeyFeb 04 1992–Jan 22 1993
Jan 26 1933–Feb 13 1934Yin WaterRoosterJan 23 1993– Feb 09 1994
Feb 14 1934–Feb 03 1935Yang WoodDogFeb 10 1994–Jan 30 1995
Feb 04 1935–Jan 23 1936Yin WoodBoarJan 31 1995–Feb 18 1996
Jan 24 1936–Feb 10 1937Yang FireRatFeb 19 1996–Feb 06 1997
Feb 11 1937–Jan 30 1938Yin FireOxFeb 07 1997–Jan 27 1998
Jan 31 1938–Feb 18 1939Yang EarthTigerJan 28 1998–Feb 15 1999
Feb 19 1939–Feb 07 1940Yin EarthRabbitFeb 16 1999–Feb 04 2000
Feb 08 1940–Jan 26 1941Yang MetalDragonFeb 05 2000–Jan 23 2001
Jan 27 1941–Feb 14 1942Yin MetalSnakeJan 24 2001–Feb 11 2002
Feb 15 1942–Feb 04 1943Yang WaterHorseFeb 12 2002–Jan 31 2003
Feb 05 1943–Jan 24 1944Yin WaterRamFeb 01 2003–Jan 21 2004
Jan 25 1944–Feb 12 1945Yang WoodMonkeyJan 22 2004–Feb 08 2005
Feb 13 1945–Feb 01 1946Yin WoodRoosterFeb 09 2005–Jan 28 2006
Feb 02 1946–Jan 21 1947Yang FireDogJan 29 2006–Feb 17 2007
Jan 22 1947–Feb 09 1948Yin FireBoarFeb 18 2007–Feb 06 2008
Feb 10 1948–Jan 28 1949Yang EarthRatFeb 07 2008–Jan 25 2009
Jan 29 1949–Feb 16 1950Yin EarthOxJan 26 2009–Feb 13 2010
Feb 17 1950–Feb 05 1951Yang MetalTigerFeb 14 2010–Feb 02 2011
Feb 06 1951–Jan 26 1952Yin MetalRabbitFeb 03 2011–Jan 22 2012
Jan 27 1952–Feb 13 1953Yang WaterDragonJan 23 2012–Feb 09 2013
Feb 14 1953–Feb 02 1954Yin WaterSnakeFeb 10 2013–Jan 30 2014
Feb 03 1954–Jan 23 1955Yang WoodHorseJan 31 2014–Feb 18 2015
Jan 24 1955–Feb 11 1956Yin WoodRamFeb 19 2015–Feb 07 2016
Feb 12 1956–Jan 30 1957Yang FireMonkeyFeb 08 2016–Jan 27 2017
Jan 31 1957–Feb 17 1958Yin FireRoosterJan 28 2017–Feb 18 2018
Feb 18 1958–Feb 07 1959Yang EarthDogFeb 19 2018–Feb 04 2019
Feb 08 1959–Jan 27 1960Yin EarthBoarFeb 05 2019–Jan 24 2020
Jan 28 1960–Feb 14 1961Yang MetalRatJan 25 2020–Feb. 11 2021
Feb 15 1961–Feb 04 1962Yin MetalOxFeb 12 2021–Jan 31 2022
Feb 05 1962–Jan 24 1963Yang WaterTigerFeb 01 2022–Jan 21 2023
Jan 25 1963–Feb 12 1964Yin WaterRabbitJan 22 2023–Feb 09 2024
Feb 13 1964–Feb 01 1965Yang WoodDragonFeb 10 2024–Jan 28 2025
Feb 02 1965–Jan 20 1966Yin WoodSnakeJan 29 2025–Feb 16 2026
Jan 21 1966–Feb 08 1967Yang FireHorseFeb 17 2026–Feb 05 2027
Feb 09 1967–Jan 29 1968Yin FireRamFeb 06 2027–Jan 25 2028
Jan 30 1968–Feb 16 1969Yang EarthMonkeyJan 26 2028–Feb 12 2029
Feb 17 1969–Feb 05 1970Yin EarthRoosterFeb 13 2029–Feb 02 2030
Feb 06 1970–Jan 26 1971Yang MetalDogFeb 03 2030–Jan 22 2031
Jan 27 1971–Feb 14 1972Yin MetalBoarJan 23 2031–Feb 10 2032
Feb 15 1972–Feb 02 1973Yang WaterRatFeb 11 2032–Jan 30 2033
Feb 03 1973–Jan 22 1974Yin WaterOxJan 31 2033–Feb 18 2034
Jan 23 1974–Feb 10 1975Yang WoodTigerFeb 19 2034–Feb 07 2035
Feb 11 1975–Jan 30 1976Yin WoodRabbitFeb 08 2035–Jan 27 2036
Jan 31 1976–Feb 17 1977Yang FireDragonJan 28 2036–Feb 14 2037
Feb 18 1977–Feb 06 1978Yin FireSnakeFeb 15 2037–Feb 03 2038
Feb 07 1978–Jan 27 1979Yang EarthHorseFeb 04 2038–Jan 23 2039
Jan 28 1979–Feb 15 1980Yin EarthRamJan 24 2039–Feb 11 2040
Feb 16 1980–Feb 04 1981Yang MetalMonkeyFeb 12 2040–Jan 31 2041
Feb 05 1981–Jan 24 1982Yin MetalRoosterFeb 01 2041–Jan 21 2042
Jan 25 1982–Feb 12 1983Yang WaterDogJan 22 2042–Feb 09 2043
Feb 13 1983–Feb 01 1984Yin WaterBoarFeb 10 2043–Jan 29 2044

No comments: