Chinese Astrology

Chinese Astrology is based on the 12 animals that were said to have obeyed The Buddha's call. They are given in the order to which they came to Him.

The Astrology also makes use of the concepts of Yin and Yang, the 2 polarities +/- of Nature and the 5 elements with which Nature is formed water, wood, earth, fire and metal. Altogether the Astrology goes in a 60 year cycle. Each animal has it's year of Yin or Yang and one of the 5 elements, so over 60 years each animal appears 5 times, each time with a different polarity and element.

You need your month, day and hour of birth which are also given one of these animals, polarities and elements, so these form the 4 Pillars of the Astrology Charts. China has various calendars of various weeks and year divisions. China also nowadays uses the Western Calendar. Hence there is a lot of confusion when considering Chinese Astrology. There are divisions called 'stems' and 'branches'.

The birth chart describes you as a person and the likely destiny. This was much valued when picking a bride or having a specific event. The compatibility of those involved was essential. The Feng Shui of the place of the event as well as the Chart of the date/time of the event had to be compatible with those taking part.

The Chinese Chart is designed as a paddy (rice) field divided into 12 sections. Each section tells you about a different area of your life and what can be expected. Advice can be suggested to maximise your potential.

Years start between January 20th & February 20th

RAT 1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
OX 1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
TIGER 1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
RABBIT 1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999
DRAGON 1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000
SNAKE 1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001
HORSE 1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002
SHEEP 1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003
MONKEY 1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004
ROOSTER 1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
DOG 1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006
BOAR 1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007


Chinese charts may appear complicated. They are in fact easy to read as long as the following principles are understood:

A Chinese astrological chart is made up of 12 boxes (sections of a rice field) where 109 energies are placed.

These energies are divided into 14 main ones, 22 major ones and 73 of lesser importance.

Each one of the twelve boxes has the name of one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac: Rat , Buffalo , Tiger ...Those names are irremovable: the Tiger box, for instance, is always on the bottom left-hand side.

A name of a field of activity ( a House or a Palace ) is assigned to each box; unlike the boxes names, these names may vary.

House I ( the Destiny House ), the main one, is assigned to one of the 12 boxes, according to the Moon and the Hour of birth.

The other Houses follow clockwise, always in the same order: House II ( the Parents House ), then House III ( the Luck House )...

Some stars are good stars ( on the left column of a box ), others are more violent ( on the right column ). Everyone has to put up with the same number of good and bad stars. The only difference is that they are not shared out in the same way.

The English translation of the names of the energies speaks for itself: Napoleon Bonaparte, for instance, had Seven-Swords and Officer in his Destiny, and General from the age of 25...

Examining the main stars in the House I of the Destiny is essential: this first and quick analysis enables to see if a chart fits with the person.

Example: Seven-Swords in the Destiny describes someone authoritarian, stubborn, nervous, ambitious, a born leader.

Here we have come across the concept of "decade" : each box of the chart, and the energies inside it, symbolize several things: a field of activity (House), and a period of 10 years (a decade) and also some years, some months, some days, some hours... The grading of the 12 boxes will thus be very helpful.