Chinese Astrology

Chinese astrology is an ancient philosophy that is said to be more than 3000 years old. The Chinese system of prediction has a long history when the ancient Chinese were either afraid or were in awe of their future and resorted to fortune-finding.The Chinese system of astrology has a marked difference from Western and Indian systems of astrology.

lunar Calendar

In the sense that it assigns an animal for a year, and it has a 12 year repetitive cycle. The Chinese astrology is based on lunar calculations. The Chinese New year starts on the New Moon which falls in Aquarius anywhere between January 20 and February 18 and the date varies from year to year.

The Chinese animal signs incorporated are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster Dog and Pig. Though the Chinese population follows the Western calendar, they look out for the Chinese calendar and Chinese astrology to celebrate festivals and finding auspicious times for important events.

The Chinese zodiac is further divided into five key elements of nature namely, wood, water, metal, fire and earth. Each lunar year is governed by a different element.

The individual Chinese animal zodiac signs are also linked to one of the five elements. This element most closely expresses the nature of this Chinese animal.

Wood : Tiger, Rabbit

Water : Rat, Pig

Metal : Monkey, Rooster

Fire : Horse, Snake

Earth : Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep

The five elements under Chinese astrology have a symbiotic relationship: Metal generates water; water feeds wood; wood sustains fire; fire makes earth ; earth (ash) creates metal.

They also have a destructive manifestation: Fire melts metal; metal cuts wood; wood breaks earth; earth absorbs water; water puts out fire.

CHARACTERISTICS/PERSONALITY OF FIVE ELEMENTS

Wood
Exceptionally gifted, Idealists, Planner
Water
Sympathetic, Perfectionist, Coordinator
Fire
Courageous, Passionate, Researcher
Earth
Earth kindness, Tolerant, Honest, Leader
Metal
Determined, Persistent, Workaholic, Manager

Chinese Astrology is based on 12 Animals Signs much similar to the zodiac signs of Western astrology. History relates the creation of animal signs in Chinese astrology to the Yellow Emperor who lived around 2000 BC. Another Chinese Legend associates the animal signs to Lord Buddha. It seems, he invited all the animals before he bid adieu to his life on earth. And he gave Chinese years the names of the animals which visited him in that order. The animal signs in Chinese astrology are closely related to the life of the ancient Chinese people and had lucky significance as well.

Another Chinese Legend has it that the Jade Emperor of the heavens once invited the animals to a feast in order to assign the animals to the Chinese years in the calendar. It was the Rat who came first and hence is the first animal sign. The cat was too late to be enlisted in the Chinese years, and the story goes on...

The animal ruling a particular year has a greater influence on our lives than our own animal sign in Chinese Astrology. It is said that the animal sign that we were born indicates the hidden animal instincts of our inner self.

Much similar to Western and Indian system of match-making, the Chinese also use compatibility of the animal signs to determine suitable matches for marriage or love. The characteristics of the animal signs indicates the compatibility with the other signs.

A pattern to note here, the animal signs that are spaced four years apart from each other are found to be the most compatible in a relationship and those that are six years apart are incompatible.

Want to know if your partner/love/spouse is compatible with you? Chinese compatibility chart guides you here.

Best Matches for 12 Signs (in a nutshell):

Rat
Ox, Dragon, Rabbit
Ox
Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
Tiger
Dragon, Horse, or Pig
Rabbit
Rat, Goat, Monkey, Dog, Pig
Dragon
Rat, Tiger or Snake
Snake
Dragon, Rooster
Horse
Goat, Tiger
Goat
Rabbit, Horse, Pig
Monkey
Ox, Rabbit
Rooster
Ox, Snake
Dog
Rabbit
Pig
Goat, Tiger, Rabbit

Chinese lunar Calendar

Don't know your Chinese animal sign yet. Anxious as it what characteristics the ancient Chinese system of astrology has behold for you? Your animal sign is the animal instinct you have in your inner self. Enter your year of birth to find your corresponding animal sign. This would help you to understand and take in the Chinese form of astrology and horoscopes in a better light.

Chinese astrology is a very special form of spiritual divination. The Chinese horoscope represents a tradition more than 2,000 years old. We at findyourfate.com take great pride in presenting the Chinese horoscopes from the other side of the Great Wall for the past decade or so. Don't miss yours for this year...

Though the Chinese follow the Gregorian calendar, the lunar calendar is much prevalent when it comes to fortune-finding. A lunar month is the time between two New Moons. The lunar calendar is used for gender prediction in the case of expectant mothers based upon the lunar day they conceived the child.

The Chinese solar months are different from the modern solar months. They divide the year into 24 segments according to the position of the Sun in the tropical zodiac. And each segment is given a name. The first Chinese solar month is named after the Tiger and it coincides with the start of the spring and the cycle is followed for the cosnequent Chinese months.

Zi Wei Dou Shu is a Chinese form of forecasting that is quite popular with the Chinese population. It was a method that was developed of late during the Song Dynasty. The origins of Zi Wei Dou Shu are quite twisted. It's true founder is yet to be traced. Some say that it was the Taoist Sage Chen Tuan who developed this method. Others give the credit to the 8 deities.

Out of the 55 known methods of Chinese system of fortune-telling, Zi Wei dou Shu is known to be the best method. There is no written record to support the Zi Wei Dou Shu form of fortune-telling. Instead it has been handed down from generations through oral statements only. Zi Wei Dou Shu observes the position of the stars that are found in the Big Dipper and Sagittarius Constellation.

Chinese astrology has a system of law that governs the spatial arrangement and orientation of objects. It is believed that there would be malefic and benefic effects due to the flow of energy within buildings. This science is termed as Feng Shui and in English it translates as Wind-Water. And it is implied that Wind and Water are the essentials for one's life here on earth. This Feng Shui is the arrangement of our environment in such a way that positive energy flows within. Feng Shui is not a religion or a form of meditation, but is a way of life that brings about a feel good factor with relation to career, love, health and finance.

In other words Feng Shui is a science that helps us to live in harmony with our surroundings. It reduces stress, brings about happiness and improves our lifestyle. Initially Feng Shui originated from Buddhism and Taoism and is interlinked with many cultures across the globe. In a way, proper Feng Shui practise helps us to connect with the space around is in a more positive way.

I Ching or Yi Jing is one of the oldest Chinese Divination Documents that can be traced back to 3000 years or more. It is also called as the "Classic of Change" or " the Book of Changes". I ching is not a form of fortune telling and instead is connected with your present. It is one among the five classics that are the fundamentals of Confucianism. There are no physical records and has been transferred orally across generations.

I Ching gives you a good perspective of your current situation or standing in life. It notes the subconscious changes that are taking place in your inner self.

The I Ching uses a type of divination called cleromancy, which produces apparently random numbers. Six numbers between 6 and 9 are turned into a hexagram, which can then be looked up in the I Ching book, arranged in an order known as the King Wen sequence.

The I Ching consists of 64 hexagrams and the various words and images associated with each one. A hexagram is just a stack of six lines – either broken or solid.

Combining these two different kinds of line in groups of six, you get 64 unique 'stacks', the hexagrams. To consult the I Ching, you cast six lines, building a hexagram from the bottom up.

The hexagram describes a way that energy moves, gives you an idea what to expect from the situation, and how best to act within it.

This is the Chinese method of gender prediction. It is said to have been invented during the Chinese Qing Dynasty that existed between 1644 and 1911 AD. The Gender prediction details were once the sole property of the royal family alone. And then during the late Qing Dynasty, the Gender prediction chart was taken by the military forces to England and later spread across the globe. It is said that around 1972, it was translated into English and has been used widespread nowadays.

Gender prediction by ultrasound scanning has been prohibited in many countries including India. However it is the best known reliable source for the prediction and is suggested only for medical emergencies. This Chinese Gender prediction chart is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, the five elements, the yin and yang energy systems, the eight diagrams ad much more. It is said to be about 70% accurate.

Congratulations !

Boy Baby

It's a boy baby

Boy Baby

Girl Baby

It's a girl baby

However there is no scientific backup to this claim and hence visitors are advised to check this calendar just for the fun of it and not to take the results seriously. A medical advise would be the best bet though.

According to the Chinese Gender prediction chart, if the date of birth and the lunar month of the mother is either both odd or both even, then she is most likely to have a girl child and if one is odd and the other is even then it is likely to be a male child.

Though it might sound unacceptable, data collected from generations down the line articulate the theory to a certain extent though not 100 percent.

More than the importance of knowing the accurate baby gender, its the fun, joy and thrill of baby gender prediction that makes the Chinese gender predictor a popular pregnancy tool used by expectant mothers world over.

Have fun, trying out this Chinese Gender Prediction test. Most of all wishing you a healthy baby.

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