Chinese Star signs
Chinese Star signs: are a mixture and connection of geomancy, horoscopes, astronomy and astrology. In short, the sun, moon and stars are thought to have an influence over the moral conduct of people. This in turn helps to control climatic changes by people's thoughts and actions. The Chinese lunar calendar dates from 2637 B.C. and comprises five cycles of twelve years each, with a complete cycle lasting sixty years. Each of the twelve years was assigned an animal, because, as legend has it, only twelve animals came to bid farewell to the Buddha before he departed from the earth. As a reward to these twelve animals, the Buddha named a year after each one in the order that they arrived. During the sixty year cycle each animal is combined with five Chinese elements namely:
Wood - Ruled by Jupiter.
Fire - Ruled by Mars.
Earth - Ruled by Saturn.
Metal - Ruled by Venus.
Water - Ruled by Mercury.
These five Chinese elements are in turn divided into the positive and negative magnetic poles of the Ying and Yang. The Chinese lunar calendar starts at 11pm and the twenty four hours of the day are divided into twelve sections of two hours each. An animal sign rules each one of these twelve sections and has an element, direction and a season.
A Chinese birth sign is calculated by the elements and their effects on our lives as follows:
1) The element of the year of birth.
2) The element of ones animal sign.
3) The element of the hour of birth.
4) The element of the month of birth.
5) The element of the country of birth.
The Chinese birth signs are as follows:
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.
As a point of interest, the animal that rules your year is the animal that rules your heart. In order to find out which Chinese animal rules you year of birth, please visit our birth sign locator. Simply enter you birth year, birth month and birth day, and both your Western and Chinese Star signs will be worked out for you.
Chinese star signs are linked to the most sacred book of the Chinese, the TAO TE CHING, the book of the Tao or The Way. One inscription says that this is the ancestor of all doctrines, the mystery beyond mysteries - it can not be put into words, only intuitively understood. "The Tao that can be put into words is not the everlasting Tao."
Practical techniques from acupuncture to Chinese martial arts are derived from Taoism. It accepts the changing nature of reality reality, a refusal to look upon anything as being altogether alone from humanity and is one of the most tolerant of the worlds religions. Taoism is the only one of the great religious beliefs that refuses to condemn magical and occult practices but instead absorbs them into itself. The book of the Tao is the book of self knowledge.
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