Eastern (Chinese) Astrology

There exists a story, in Chinese mythology, of a great race that decided which animals made it into Heaven (the Zodiac) and in what order.
The Jade Emperor, the ruler of all gods within Chinese mythology, hosted the race. To finish the race and become one of 12 animals in the Heaven, the animals had to cross a river. The animals raced across to the Jade Emperor & arrived in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
The Chinese Zodiac is a cycle of 12 years, where each year is represented by one of twelve animals.
The system of the twelve-year cycle of animal signs was built from observations of the orbit of Jupiter. Following the orbit of Jupiter around the sun, Chinese astronomers divided the celestial circle into 12 sections, and rounded it to 12 years.

According to Chinese astrology, a person’s destiny, health, love & wealth can be determined by the position of the major planets at the person’s birth along with the positions of the Sun, Moon, comets, the person’s time of birth and zodiac Sign.
Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy used to describe interactions and relationships between things. The five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal, and water — are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal) & Water. Each element has a 60 year cycle, which means that a Wood Dragon, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle 1914 – 1964 – 2024 etc
It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac animal sign and element. There are five element types of each sign, each with different characteristics:
Wood is generous and expansive and cares deeply for others. As with bamboo, Wood is strong yet flexible and is a natural born leader. Its roots dig deep into the Earth, constantly looking to expand and push forward.
However, Wood also needs moisture to survive. The characteristics of Wood are often associated with sensuality and patience. However, to balance this, Wood can also be intrusive and aggressive.
Fire is always directed upward and its energy seems never ending. It is persistent and strong, however, it also spreads and wanders easily. Those with fire as their element tend to be thrill seekers, who roam from one adventurous moment to the next. Fire is often associated with warmth, passion and the need to create.
However, on the reverse side, it can also be related to aggression, impatience, and destruction. While fire can provide heat and warmth, it can also burn. Fire cannot exist on its own. While it is bright and exciting, it needs the stability of wood to continue thriving.
Earth is stabilizing and mediating. It is a natural born peace-keeper. Earth is patient, thoughtful, and calm. While the Earth is warm and nurturing, it can also become easily self-centered as it believes it is the center of everything.
Earth is protective and the represent the roots that hold everything together, however, it can also become controlling. People of this element contain a vast amount of empathy and find themselves constantly worried about the happiness of others.
Metal is the diamond found in the rough — it is the breath of life. Metal respects itself and also respects others. It is strong and hard, but will adapt and change when put under pressure. Metal is often seen to be unyielding, rigid and determined.
People with this element tend to be minimalists — enjoying the simplicity of an organized and clean life. However, on the negative side, Metal can also be forceful and controlling. Metal is matter-of-fact and does not see a need for complex or unnecessary emotion in its life.
In Chinese Taoist philosophy, Water represents intelligence and wisdom. Water is flexible yet strong, flowing yet still, calm yet dangerous. For Water, the surface is only the beginning, with the real movement hidden in its depths.
Those with the Water element are not reclusive, however, they enjoy their own company and time for inner reflection. They are often quiet and peaceful, but have great capacity to overwhelm others.
The five element interactions are in the form of emotional, physical & mental nurturing from one element to the next & are called the Generating Interactions:
Wood fuels fire
Fire forms earth (volcanoes, ash, etc.)
Earth creates/contains metal
Metal carries water (buckets, pipes, etc.)
Water feeds wood (trees, plants, etc.)
 
The five Overcoming Interactions have the effect of sedating, pacifying or quietening the corresponding elements:
Fire melts metal
Metal penetrates wood (chopping, sawing, drilling, nailing, screwing)
Wood separates earth (tree roots breaking up soil/rock)
Earth absorbs water
Water quenches fire
 
Each animal has certain attributes & characteristics (Super Powers!). To find out about the animal sign you were born under & the compatibilities with different signs check from the table above what your animal sign is & then click on & follow the link through from your animal name below.
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig
 

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