The Chinese Calender of Astrology
The Chinese calendar of astrology is a twelve-year, cyclical, calendar represented by twelve animals.
Moon cycles dictated where the divisions occur in Chinese astrology. These are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. To determine the animal of birth read the Chinese calendar that lists the animals individually.
Each animal of the Chinese calendar represents a year of the twelve-year cycle. Each animal has a different influence over the year it governs. The year of the rat has an entirely different affect on the world than the year of the pig. Rat years signify new work; lean times and much effort are needed to building for the future. During the year of the pig, which is the last animal in the Chinese calendar of astrology, luck and harvests are prevalent. Where the Rat year is the beginning, the year of the pig is the finale.
The Chinese calendar of astrology is sometimes referred to as the Chinese zodiac. This referral can be misleading and should not be confused with western astrology. While the twelve animals of the Chinese calendar represent individuals born during that cycle, they are not labeled the same as western astrological signs. The Chinese calendar of astrology uses a vastly different technique in it astrological predictions. Not only is an individual influenced by what animal they represent, but the element they were born under is significant.
The five elements use the balance of Yin-Yang. All of the elements in Chinese astrology have an effect on the other and all have equal strength. Metal generates water, water generated wood, wood generates fire, fire generates earth and earth generates metal.
Each element bestows on an individual its own brand. Metal elements represent people that are self-reliant and need a lot of space. Fire elements represent people that are adventurous and competitive. Wood elements represent people that are compassionate and rigid. Water elements represent people that are charming and manipulative. Earth elements represent people that are ambitious and controlling.
In Chinese astrology a person that was born a Tiger, element wood, will have an entirely different personality as a Tiger, element fire. In Chinese calendar astrology the elements also affect world events since an element is represented along with the animal during that year. This elemental occurrence recycles every five years.
Chinese astrology can be complicated in interpretation. Maintaining balance in all things is a strong force in Chinese astrology. For this reason, Chinese astrology considers its many forces of influence on an individual as building blocks toward prosperity.
Yin-Yang, the elements and the animal a person represents are all present at the time of birth and present limitations on them. This is not necessarily a negative occurrence. In Chinese astrology a person’s fate is not predetermined at birth. It is believed that individuals have the capacity to direct the course of their own lives and determine their own successes. Chinese calendar astrology provides the individual with the tools to make certain this happens.