Chinese astrology

Astrology is one of what I call  the great SATNAVS which seem either to have been put there to guide us by a designer of some sort, or just to be a factor of the mathematical construction of the universe.

Unlike western astrology, Chinese astrology is based on the cycles of the moon. It is another very rich and complex system.  Buddha is said to have called all the animals to him. Only 12 came. These were the rat, ox, tiger, cat/rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep/goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each was given a year to express its personality.  If you are born in a particular year you share the animal characteristics.

For instance, the Sheep year is one of peace, diplomacy and humanitarianism. The arts and love are both well devoured. Also the Rat and Ox both appreciate hard work. Rat at a project’s inception, and Ox as it goes through to completion. It may then be auspicious to start building projects in a Rat year and have Rats working for you at the beginning of a project.

So it is a matter of the year in general and your birth year animal in particular. Some years are thus more auspicious than others, depending on what you want to do that year.  As animals you may be compatible or incompatible with people that you interact with. Tigers can have problems with monkeys and be compatible with dogs and horses. Horoscopes can be very important for marriage and partnerships. They will often be looked at to see if the marriage will be auspicious.

As the lunar cycle does not fit exactly with the solar calendar, the Chinese new year begins on a different date in January or February each year.

For individuals then the significance lies on the interplay between their birth year animal and that of the particular year in question. Your own birth animal year should provide the best opportunities for you to flourish. Each month also relates to one of the symbolic animals. The variable calendar does make this harder to quantify though.

To complicate matters each year also has one of 5 elements associated with it. Wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element last for two years. First showing ying and then the yang, positive and negative characteristic of every element. For instance, fire is energy and excitement but can be dangerous. Each animal year then has an element attached which may alter its characteristics. A wooden sheep year may be different from a fire sheep year.

Chinese astrology is  differently based from western astrology, but just as complex and seems to be just as accurate. The skill of the practitioner is vital in proper interpretation.

Aspect of reality

As ever, I ask not does this work in practice, but why should it work? What does it say for the underlying structure of the universe that it exists at all?

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