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Chinese Astrology Signs

 

Chinese New Years Day is calculated as being the day after the second New (Full) Moon after the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year (about 21st. December) . Therefore, the date of the Chinese Year New will fluctuate from year to year (usually around late January / early February) because it is determined by the movement of the Moon.

The Chinese equivalent of a New Year greeting is "Kung Hei Fat Choy" meaning to be happy and prosperous. It should be accompanied by the traditional gesture - the two hands clasped together and shaken beside the face.

 

 

Legend has it that the roots of Chinese Astrology began when Buddha summoned all the animals of the earth: only twelve turned up to pay him homage. First came the Rat, and then one by one came the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Cock, Dog, and Pig. As an eternal thankyou, he offered each a year that would be dedicated to that animal alone, through the ages. This would carry the animal's name, and express the symbolic character and specific psychological traits of that particular animal. Therefore the years are represented by each animal in turn. Each year is also joined by the five elements: metal, water, wood, fire, earth.

I am a Fire Horse. In this century, Fire Horses have only occured in two years: 1906 and 1966, the next being 2026. The Chinese believe that anyone born during a year of the Fire Horse will possess greatly enhanced characteristics in both their positive and negative attitudes and traits; they are the extremes of the astrolgical signs. My first Tai Chi Master was perturbed when he found out my sign, and all he said was "I have only met one other Fire Horse: my daughter - I bet you were a nightmare to your parents as a child." I daren't ask my parents how true this was.

 

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60 YEAR CYCLE OF THE 12 ANIMALS AND 5 ELEMENTS

Yang Fire Rat Feb 19th 1996 Yang Earth Rat Feb 7th 2008 Yang Metal Rat 2020 Yang Water Rat 2032 Yang Wood Rat 2044
Yin Fire Ox Feb 7th 1997 Yin Earth Ox Jan 26th '09 Yin Metal Ox '21 Yin Water Ox '33 Yin Wood Ox '45
Yang Earth Tiger Jan 28th 1998 Yang Metal Tiger Feb 14th '10 Yang Water Tiger '22 Yang Wood Tiger '34 Yang Fire Tiger '46
Yin Earth Rabbit Feb 16th 1999 Yin Metal Rabbit Feb 3rd '11 Yin Water Rabbit '23 Yin Wood Rabbit '35 Yin Fire Rabbit '47
Yang Metal Dragon Feb 5th 2000 Yang Water Dragon Jan 23rd '12 Yang Wood Dragon '24 Yang Fire Dragon '36 Yang Earth Dragon '48
Yin Metal Snake Jan 24th 2001 Yin Water Snake Feb 10th '13 Yin Wood Snake '25 Yin Fire Snake '37 Yin Earth Snake '49
Yang Water Horse Feb 12th 2002 Yang Wood Horse Jan 31st '14 Yang Fire Horse '26 Yang Earth Horse '38 Yang Metal Horse '50
Yin Water Sheep Feb 1st 2003 Yin Wood Sheep Febr 19th '15 Yin Fire Sheep '27 Yin Earth Sheep '39 Yin Metal Sheep '51
Yang Wood Monkey Jan 22nd 2004 Yang Fire Monkey Febr 8th '16 Yang Earth Monkey '28 Yang Metal Monkey '40 Yang Water Monkey '52
Yin Wood Rooster Feb 9th 2005 Yin Fire Rooster Jan 28th '17 Yin Earth Rooster '29 Yin Metal Rooster '41 Yin Water Rooster '53
Yang Fire Dog Jan 29th 2006 Yang Earth Dog Feb 16th '18 Yang Metal Dog '30 Yang Water Dog '42 Yang Wood Dog '54
Yin Fire Pig Feb 18th 2007 Yin Earth Pig Feb 5th '19 Yin Metal Pig '31 Yin Water Pig '43 Yin Wood Pig 2055

 


 

Legend has it that the roots of Chinese Astrology began when Buddha summoned all the animals of the earth: only twelve turned up to pay him homage. First came the Rat, and then one by one came the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Cock, Dog, and Pig. As an eternal thankyou, he offered each a year that would be dedicated to that animal alone, through the ages.

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