Chinese Astrology

Chinese Astrology is a horoscope system based on the Chinese calendar and astronomy. It was used to foretell fortunes on Earth according to astronomical phenomena that were thought to be the representation of Heaven’s will. An astronomical phenomenon, or celestial phenomenon, technically represents the locations of planets relative to one another. It's said that one's horoscope at birth is the potential basis of our life changes. In ancient China, people used astrology to predict the grand affairs of the country and the destiny of the emperor. A special astrological government organ was responsible for celestial observation. However, ancient astronomers were mostly astrologers.

Chinese Astrology dates from the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties, and became popular during the Qin, Han and Tang Dynasties. It was closely related to Chinese philosophy and was greatly influenced by Yin Yang Theory and the principles of the Five Elements (Wu Xing). Like western astrology, there are twelve zodiac signs and the stars in sky are also charted into twelve different locations.

The early one was a complicated lunar-isolar calendar. It is also called the Agricultural calendar (Nong Li). Each year was divided into 24 solar terms, which were an important guide in ancient agriculture. The more modern Chinese lunar calendar is based on cycles of the moon: crescent, first quarter, full moon and last quarter. Each standard year has 12 moon cycles, while a leap year has 13 moon cycles. Each moon cycle has 28-30 days.

Chinese Zodiac (Sheng Xiao)

Based on the Chinese calendar that used ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches to represent years, twelve zodiac animal signs were created for a cycle of twelve years: rabbit, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In traditional astrology and in the practice of divination, the Beginning of Spring, the first solar term of a year, was believed to be the real start of a year. Today, the start of a new animal year falls on the Chinese New Year’s Day. This was first certified by law in 1912. However, there are still folk fortune tellers using the old rule.  

 See Four Pillars of Destiny

A lucky number is basically associated with homophone principles, based on Chinese pronunciation that sounds similar to Chinese words with bad or good meanings. It is one of the basic concepts of Chinese numerology. Number 0-9 is said to be ruled by corresponding celestial bodies and zodiac signs has their particular numbers too.

Yin Yang Theory

The concept of Yin Yang originated from people’s attitude toward nature in ancient China. The observation of mutually related and apposite aspects inspired the theory philosophically. Yin Yang Theory had come to pervade every aspect of Chinese traditional culture, including religion, philosophy, calligraphy, architecture and the geographical study of Feng Shui.

Five Elements (Wu Xing)

This is a concept about substance in ancient China and is usually used in philosophy, Chinese medicine and divination. The five elements refer to metal, wood, water, fire and earth, which were thought to make up the entire world. Ups and downs of these five elements were thought to cause changes in the world, affecting everything in the universe including human destiny. Their interrelationship was determined by their unique properties, generating or overcoming. The proper knowledge of the energy interaction helps the Feng Shui practitioner to arrange energy in a way that is beneficial to the receiver of the Feng Shui treatment.

Iching (The Book of Change)

This is the oldest Chinese astrology classic derived from previous knowledge and was the originator of the Iching Ba Gua diagram. It uses symbolic signs to represent Yin and Yang. Combinations of different signs represent the properties of everything and the personalities of all humans on earth.

Feng Shui was initially a discipline of geographical surveying widely used to locate a building in an auspicious way. It was used when planning tombs, dwellings and other structures. Feng shui masters in old times relied on astronomy and later the magnetic compass to find a correspondence between the universe and subjects or humans on earth.

It is a chart composed of the month of pregnancy and mom's age, which is used to predict the sex of the fetus.

Introduction to the 12 zodiac signs according to the western horoscope system.

- Last modified on May. 24, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Astrology
Asked by Mary from SWEDEN | Sep. 20, 2020 00:52Reply
Hello, can you also help me to activate my career, I am a female dragon born 1988
and I need some tips to help boost it along. We live in a south facing house and our bedroom is in the north.

Thank you in advance
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Answered by Isabelle | Sep. 21, 2020 00:14

Hi, Mary, here under are some elements for you:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 6
Lucky Colors: gold, silver, hoary
Lucky Flowers: bleeding heart vine, larkspur, hyacinth
Lucky Directions: west, north, northwest

Maybe you can make full use of them into your home decoration. Hope helpful!
Asked by Mary from AUSTRALIA | May. 24, 2020 03:01Reply
How old will I get married
August 7, 2009, 4:14 am Malaysia.
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlie from UKRAINE | May. 24, 2020 23:17

Well, it is hard to say. Bus based on the prediction, you should focus on your study first. The soul mate will come for you unconsciously. Good luck!
Asked by Sindhu from INDIA | May. 09, 2020 17:05Reply
Hello, I am a female rabbit married to a male rooster for a few years.
Everything is going on well. But when I just checked the Chinese zodiac compatibility it says that we are just 20% compatible. Is there any way that we can increase our compatibility and complement each other and make our lives better?
Answers (1)
Answered by Chloe from POLAND | May. 10, 2020 19:25

Yes, in daily life, you can cultivate more common hobbies. When meeting difficulties, you need to solve them together. Besides, showing more understanding and patience to each other is also a good way to improve the relationship.
Asked by Kay Baker from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 13, 2020 19:08Reply
Hi there can you help me to activate my career, I am a tiger born 1962
and I need some tips to help boost it along. We live in a north facing house and our bedroom is in the west.

Thank you in advance
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Answered by Ryan from NETHERLANDS | Feb. 15, 2020 17:32

According to the prediction, you will meet several lucky stars that can provide some necessary help. In addition, here under are your lucky elements for your reference:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4
Lucky Colors: grey, blue, white, orange
Lucky Flowers: cineraria, anthurium
Lucky Directions: south, east, southeast
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