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Chinese Calendar Astrology

According to the Christian method of dating the years of the calendar, the first year starts with the birth year of Jesus Christ. The year 2008 denotes  that two thousand and eight years have passed since the birth of Christ. This is linear calculation. We start calculating the years or time in a straight line starting from the year Christ was born and come to the present year and will continue in the future.

The time, date and year are the basic determinants in making astrological calculations in Western astrology.

The Chinese Calendar

The method of calculating the years in Chinese calendar astrology is different. It is cyclical rather than linear. Cyclical means that the time keeps moving round like the wheel of a cycle.

It is a repetitive process that continues endlessly. It moves in the same pattern. Each cycle year is named after an animal. There are twelve animals. The twelve animal names or signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. Each animal sign rules for one year. So after twelve years the same animal sign comes up again. Rat year, for example, comes up after twelve years.

Chinese horoscope, accordingly, has evolved around these twelve animal signs as against the Western astrology that is based upon months of the year and different zodiac signs like Aries, Pisces and so on associated with them.

There is, however, one common factor between the Western and the Chinese astrological signs. This is that the personality traits of every human being are determined by his/her astrological sign whether it is a sun or an animal sign.

Western Astrology

While in Western astrology, the personality traits of each individual are related to his zodiac sign which is governed by a planet such as Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and so on, in Chinese astrology, the personality and traits of each human being are governed by the animal sign.

To explain it further, according to Western astrology the day and the month you are born will fall within one of the twelve zodiac signs such as Aries, Pisces and so on. Your birth sign is governed by a planet, which is in ascendance at the precise moment of your birth.

In Chinese astrology, if you are born in the year of a certain animal sign, say Rat, your personality traits would be affected by the characteristics of the Rat.

Another common factor between the two astrological systems is the number 12. While in Western astrology there are twelve zodiac signs, there are twelve animal signs in Chinese astrology.

Each animal in Chinese astrology takes twelve years to appear and is followed by the next animal in the same order.  This can be explained by the following chart. Let us assume the base year is 1900.

Chinese Horoscope for RatChinese Horoscope Rat

1900
1912
1924
1936
1948
1960
1972
1984
1996
2008

Chinese Horoscope for OxChinese Horoscope Ox

1901
1913
1925
1937
1949
1961
1973
1985
1997
2009

Chinese Horoscope for TigerChinese Horoscope Tiger

1902
1914
1926
1938
1950
1962
1974
1986
1998
2010

Chinese Horoscope for RabbitChinese Horoscope Rabbit

1903
1915
1927
1939
1951
1963
1975
1987
1999
2011

Chinese Horoscope for DragonChinese Horoscope Dragon

1904
1916
1928
1940
1952
1964
1976
1988
2000
2012

Chinese Horoscope for SnakeChinese Horoscope Snake

1905
1917
1929
1941
1953
1965
1977
1989
2001
2013

Chinese Horoscope for HorseChinese Horoscope Horse

1906
1918
1930
1942
1954
1966
1978
1990
2002
2014

Chinese Horoscope for SheepChinese Horoscope Sheep

1907
1919
1931
1943
1955
1967
1979
1991
2003
2015

Chinese Horoscope for MonkeyChinese Horoscope Monkey

1908
1920
1932
1944
1956
1968
1980
1992
2004
2016

Chinese Horoscope for RoosterChinese Horoscope Rooster

1909
1921
1933
1945
1957
1969
1981
1993
2005
2017

Chinese Horoscope for DogChinese Horoscope Dog

1910
1922
1934
1946
1958
1970
1982
1994
2006
2018

Chinese Horoscope for PigChinese Horoscope Pig

1911
1923
1935
1947
1959
1971
1983
1995
2007
2019

 

As said earlier, if you are born under the Rat sign, you will imbibe the qualities of rat. The concept and qualities of a Chinese Rat are quite different from those in West or the rest of the world. While a rat is despised in rest of the world, it is considered an active and a nimble creature that exudes charm and an element of pro-activity. It is a very smart creature that can manipulate others to achieve its ends.

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