Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth)

What and when is Ben Ming Nian?

Ben Ming Nian is the Chinese Zodiac Birth Year, which refers to years sharing the same Chinese zodiac sign with one's birth year. 12 zodiac animal years are regarded as a cycle in Chinese lunar calendar, so every 12 years, people will encounter their Ben Ming Nian. In other words, when people are at the ages of 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 and even 84, they are actually experiencing their Chinese zodiac birth year. One person may go through seven to eight zodiac years in a life time.
 

It is a Chinese zodiac bad luck year.

In folklore, it is a very popular superstition that people's zodiac year of birth is an unlucky year, so it is also called Threshold Years, which means a year with a lot of obstacles in life. Why is Ben Ming Nian considered ominous? It is said that starting from the Chinese New Year of one's year of birth, people will offend 'Tai Sui', a mysterious power or celestial body that could control people's fortune. Impacted by this power, people will suffer either exultation or misery during that year.
 

What does Ben Ming Nian brings to people?

Generally speaking, there are just more and greater changes in the Chinese zodiac year of birth than in other years, and people are likely to suffer misfortune and adversity such as disease, financial loss, extramarital affairs and disputes with others. However, Ben Ming Nian is not always ominous, for people are also offered challenges and opportunities. If they can take advantage of them, they will make great accomplishments. A change to one's fate to ensure the predomination of good fortune requires both efforts and a firm belief.
 

Notices for zodiac year of birth

To cope with the big rise and fall in one's Ben Ming Nian, it is unwise to make moves in career and life. In the first place, they should avoid starting a new business or making large-amount investment in case of any economic loss. Traveling far would also incur potential dangers. Moving house and getting married in one's Ben Ming Nian are all considered ominous. It is quite necessary to keep themselves modest and in low profile or else their relationships with people around would break up. In the meantime, they should keep themselves out of anything to do with their unlucky numbers, colors or directions. For unlucky signs, you can find detailed info on each Chinese zodiac animal page.
 

How to Avoid Good Luck in One's Ben Ming Nian?

Although it seems that people in their Ben Ming Nian are surrounded by crisis, there are effective ways to diminish the negative impacts.

1. Dressing in Red
The most popular way to avoid miserable events is to wear red underwear, red waist belt and red socks, which are believed able to suppress the evil spirits. In case of being set up by bad guys, people can also get a pair of red shoe-pads, which may trample everything dishonorable.

However, these stuff must be purchased by families or friends. If the one buys those items themselves, the function will be greatly reduced. Due to Chinese people's special affection for red, thus redness has become the token of festivities, success, bravery, rightness, and prosperity.

2. Wearing Talismans
Talismans like jade bracelet and crystal necklace are also useful to defend personal safety. Jade, crystal and gold possess psychic power, which help to appeal to good luck. If these accessories designed in Pixiu image, it would be much more auspicious. Pixiu is a mythical creature who can bring people wealth and suppress the evil.

3. Blood Donation
It is said that people are more likely to suffer physical injuries in their zodiac year of birth. Apart from avoiding high-risk outdoor activities, they could also choose to make a blood donation to avoid the misfortunes.

4. Enshrining the God, Tai Sui
As the fortune of the whole year is controlled by Tai Sui, it would be better if people go to temples to worship the god. Hence, their career will be prospered and their life will also be smooth.

 Further Reading:
 Zodiac Story

 Zodiac Calculator

 Love Compatibility

 Zodiac Time

 Zodiac Years Chart

- Last modified on Aug. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth)
Asked by Ejaz haider from PAKISTAN | Sep. 24, 2019 11:24Reply
I am born on 31 may,1971.what does store in 2019 for me
In health finances business job career and family life and about child now I have no child marriage life 4 years
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Answered by Gabriel from ITALY | Sep. 24, 2019 20:42
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You may face several ups and downs in 2019 because this year is Ben Ming Nian for you. It is suggested to keep the positive attitude towards life. The prediction indicates that your luck will change into a good situation in 2020. Don't worry.
Asked by surio from US | Feb. 27, 2019 10:18Reply
born Feb 5 year 1966. what 2019 bring for me and what's about my career?
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Answered by Tina from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 27, 2019 18:55
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According to the zodiac prediction, your luck this year is pretty good. On the one hand, you may witness some good changes in career. On the other hand, there may be a steady growth in financial aspect. Good luck!
Asked by Nicholas Gibbs from TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO | Feb. 01, 2019 13:12Reply
I am a goat born on June, 23,1979 what dose 2019 has in store for me
in health finances business children marriage and career
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Answered by Linda from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 11, 2019 17:01
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At first, you do have a good career fortune and it is possible for you to get some promotion in the new year. Also, you can have a harmonious relationship with colleagues and superiors. However, things may not be very favorable in your marriage, try to have more communication with your partner and listen to your children's opinions.
Asked by CHEE JASON from CHINA | Jan. 28, 2019 04:52Reply
Is Pig Female born 08 March 1983 and Snake Male born 22 July 1977 suitable to get married. Six years
Can I know if they are compatible to get married? Age gap 6 years. Female (Pig) born 1983 March 08 and Male (Snake) born 1977 July 22. Also in a long distance relationship..different cities in China.

Thanks you.

From Chee
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Answered by Anne from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 28, 2019 22:36
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Your love compatibility is plain and more efforts should be made to improve it. The long distance undoubtedly will bring some challenges so the communication is very important in case of misunderstanding. Good luck to you!
Asked by Shailja Sharma from CANADA | Jan. 04, 2019 05:47Reply
We have been married since 2002, it’s a roller coaster.my Dob 05-feb-77 & he is 23-feb70!
Will this marriage work, every little thing- we have disagreements and he wants divorce! His family too!
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Answered by Emma from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 06, 2019 23:15
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I'm sorry but maybe you are not very suitable. Try to figure out what's the matter between you and why his family wants your divorce. Maybe you can find a way to solve it if you know the reason. Wish you all the best.
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