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Chinese astrology is believed to have been passed down from the Sumerian and Babylonian cultures to the Chinese almost 5000 years ago. Chinese astrology can be used to map our internal landscape, i.e., our personal chemistry to see how we react in our own environment over any given period of time. We will look in particular at how Chinese Astrology evolved, to what is widely believed to be the most accurate form of horoscope in the world.
Chinese astrology was originally known as Five House or Five Planet Chinese astrology and based on the five major planets in our Solar system, namely Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Later the Sun and Moon were added to make seven "stars" and provided the foundation for what is known as the Twenty Eight Lunar Mansions.
Chinese astrology was believed to have begun in 2694 BC when the Yellow Emperor decreed that the years should be counted in a cycle of sixty "Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches". The 10 Heavenly stems represented heavens chi and "providence". They were arranged according to the five elements and subdivided into yang and yin polarities. The sequence begins with yang wood (Jia) yin wood (Yi) yang fire (Bing) yin fire (Ding) yang earth (Wu) yin earth (Ji) yang metal (Geng) yin metal (Xin) yang water (Ren) and finally yin water (Gui).
Chinese Astrology - The Twelve Earthly Branches
The earthly branches represented earth chi, meaning nature or destiny. These are also arranged according to the five elements, yin yang polarities and follow the four seasons. They comprise the Chinese zodiac signs of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. They show the rise and fall of chi throughout a year. As there are 12 zodiac signs and 12 months, each sign is fixed, also the Chinese use double hours, so the hours are always the same too. This means that if you were born in a certain month or hour you would have the zodiac sign for that time period within your horoscope. This table shows these periods.
Four Pillars of Destiny Chinese astrology charts have a Heavenly Stem and an Earthly Branch for the year, month, day and hour you were born. Xu Zi Ping found by using the day pillar as the focal point of the chart, he could produce much more accurate horoscopes. This information allows a Feng Shui consultant to understand your personal energy and compare it with the energy of your home or business and by using subtle cures they can create an ambience that is perfect for you, your family or staff.
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This Chinese astrology chart is for Galileo born 15/2/1564. As you can see, he has a huge amount of fire in his chart which must have inspired his discoveries. Why not see how this compares to your Chinese astrology chart with a free Chinese horoscope or order a professional Chinese astrology reading below.
Our next Chinese astrology system is Zi Wei Dou Shu astrology or "Purple Emperor" and is based on the Lunar calendar. It has twelve palaces representing different aspects of life and up to 144 stars. Our Zi Wei Dou Shu page shows John Lennon's Chinese astrology chart.
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