Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chinese Horoscopes 101

The Chinese New Year begins on 2/3/11. Unlike the Western calendar, which is solar-based, the Chinese calendar is lunar-based. According to traditional dating, the year 2011 is 4708 by the Chinese calendar.

Chinese astrology is based on a 12-year cycle, and each year is named after an animal. Buddha sent out a call to all the animals on the full moon before he left Earth. 12 animals responded, and Buddha named the years in the order of their appearance: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (or Goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig (or Boar). The Rat had asked the Ox for a ride to the meeting; the good-natured Ox allowed him to ride on his back. When they drew closer to Buddha, Rat jumped off Ox's back and approached Buddha, thus being the first to arrive. Buddha was impressed by Rat's inventiveness, and with Ox's permission, he named Rat as the first year of the cycle. Ox didn't mind being second.

There are 3 main parts to a person's Chinese horoscope: the animals that govern the year you were born, the ones who influence the month, and the ones who influence the hour of your birth. Each animal has its yin (quiet) and yang (outgoing) aspects, and is governed by a certain element. (wood, fire, water, metal, earth). All these complicated elements factor into a person's personality.

Rat: survival, craftiness, creative thinker, hoarder. 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996,2008, 2020
Ox: endurance, patience, hardworking, stubborn  1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger: impulsive, creative, courageous, reckless    1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit: virtuous, nurturing                                    1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon: wise, mysterious                                     1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake: lucky, cunning                                          1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse: independent, self-sufficient                        1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Sheep: sensitive, artistic                                       1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey: imaginative, fantastical                           1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster: proud, direct, candor                             1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog: loyal, idealistic                                             1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig: honest, good-natured                                    1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Animals governing the months:
Ox: January                                                         Sheep: July
Tiger: February                                                   Monkey: August
Rabbit: March                                                     Rooster: September
Dragon: April                                                      Dog: October
Snake: May                                                        Pig: November
Horse: June                                                         Rat: December

And the animals governing the two-hour periods:
Rat: 2300-0100                                                 Horse: 1100-1300
Ox: 0100-0300                                                 Sheep: 1300-1500
Tiger: 0300-0500                                              Monkey: 1500-1700
Rabbit: 0500-0700                                            Rooster: 1700-1900
Dragon: 0700-0900                                           Dog: 1900-2100
Snake: 0900-1100                                            Pig: 2100-2300

According to this, I'm an Ox (1973), with a Rat month (December), and I was born during the hour of the Rat (2300-0100). [Double Rat!]. Weirdly enough, Hubs was born during the year of the Rat, month of the Ox, during the hour of the Ox. My kids are Michael (Sheep, Snake, Snake), Christina (Dog, Ox, Horse), and Sarah (Dog, Dog, Monkey).

Okay, just realized Christina is the only one without a double animal anywhere. That's weird.

This is only a guide...cosmic influences do affect (some might call them 'cosmic accidents') these factors.

All original writing and art copyright A. Dameron 2000-2010

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