While Western Astrology is based on the alignment of planets
in the heavens, Chinese Astrology is based on the qualities
exemplified by 12 basic animal types.
Both systems derive information from the year, month, day and
hour of birth.
Below is a table with all 12 animals and the years that each
rules. Find the year of your birth and that is your birth animal.
For example someone born in 1937 us born in the year of the
Someone born in 1947 is born in the year of the Pig. Someone
born in 1987 is born in the year of Rabbit and so on.
The second piece of information you will find is one of the
Five Elements; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each of
these elements also has a Yin phase and a Yang phase. This means
the qualities embraced by each element will either be Yin (hidden,
muted, recessive) or Yang (asserted, aggressive, dominant).
For example then, someone born in the 1947, born under the sign
of the Pig, will also have Fire Element qualities in their Yin
phase. Someone born in 1974, under the sign of the Tiger, will
also have Wood qualities in their Yang phase.
This is the first step in gaining some insights into your own
personality, ideal matches in romance and business, prospects
for the future, your destiny, and other important information
about you and your journey.
Chinese Astrology fits into Traditional Chinese Medicine in
a similar way to Feng Shui and the I Ching. All of these practices
are designed to create an harmonious relationship with our environment,
with the people around us, and with our own journey through
life. Stress is a major factor in the development of illness,
susceptibility to disease and aging.
Choosing the right mate or a compatible business partner will
help to eliminate a great deal of stress and contribute to overall
mental, emotional physical health, and longevity.
If nothing else, it is fun to get some perspectives on what
our natural tendencies are and who would be likely candidates
for the kinds of relationships most of us dream about but rarely
seem to manifest. Like other such Oriental practices, Chinese
Astrology rests on a firm scientific foundation proven by thousands
of years practice and observation. Notions of Love, feelings,
and intuition, while important components in making any kind
of decision in life, can be quite unreliable. They tend to come
and go like the wind. Having a scientific method for checking
our feelings and balancing them will much improve our ability
to make good decisions about the kind of life we want to create.