Let's Discover Chinese Astrology!
Chinese Astrology studies your birth information and offers a blueprint to who you are, and why you do the things you do. (For a quick look, pop to the end of this post for our online calculator) Most people are familiar with their Western Zodiacal sign, and even know some basic traits that go along with that. Many newspapers offer daily horoscopes that are both entertaining, and yet eerily correct if you read a good Astrologer...
Chinese Astrology works on a similar 12 months of the year ... We view the year by solar date, which simply means our year is February to February not January to December (the Gregorian Calendar). We also work with 12 months, but refer to them with animal names each possessing special meaning, and they are actually simply markers of time.
The 12 animals have a special order (just like months of the year) which is: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog & Pig.
For Chinese purposes, the same order would be: Zi, Chou, Yin, Mao, Chen, Si, Wu, Wei, Shen, You, Xu & Hai.
Legend has it that just as Buddha was crossing over to Nirvana, he called the animals of the Kingdom to his side... alas only twelve arrived... and as reward for coming to him, they were bestowed special meaning. Actually there is much talk of a 13th animal, the Cat... but the sneaky Rat tricked the Cat so he was left behind... and some say this is why Cats chase Rats to this day...!
Chinese Astrology is also referred to as Four Pillars of Destiny (4P). This stems from the fact that a person's birth date has 4 pieces of information displayed: time, day, month and year and they display in pillar-like formation. Another common term is BaZi, which simply means 8 characters, as the information inside these 4 pillars holds two visual Chinese graphics: hence 8 characters. This breaks down yet again into a Stem and a Branch, and Stems are elemental in nature, while Branches are the animals.
As you can see, a person's birth information is a plethora of delight for an Astrologer, as we can see oh so much simply by viewing this information... it truly is fascinating..!
Are you ready to learn more about the amazing you...? Perfect, let's go!
Once you've had some giggles playing online (and checking out all your friends) send me a quick hello, and we can get into a more personalized detail together: you'll be surprised by what you learn about yourself..... see you soon!
Want to quickly check your birth chart, here you go!