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Brief Introduction to Chinese Astrology and Zodiac

Chinese astrology is based on traditional astronomy and the lunisolar calendar, which incorporates elements of a lunar calendar and those of a solar calendar. According to Chinese astrology, an individual’s destiny can be determined by the positioning of the major planets at the time of a person's birth, along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets, as well as their Zodiac Sign. Chinese astrology and Chinese philosophy are both closely connected.

Much of Chinese philosophy is built upon the belief in the five elements and their abilities to interact with and build relationships with natural

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phenomena. The five elements are wood, fire, Earth, metal and water , and are all associated with five major planets in the Solar System, which are; Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury. The five elements of the Chinese Zodiac are also correlated with direction, colour, season, body parts, tastes, and senses; for example, wood correlates to the direction.
Interestingly, not many people outside the Asian world understand the importance of the five elements, especially how each relates to the workings of the Chinese Zodiac.

To explore the Chinese Zodiac further, it is important to note that it’s represented by 12 animals, symbolizing the 12 earthly branches which were created to record years and people's attributes. These included; the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The Chinese Zodiac Signs are based on a Lunar year in the Chinese calendar, and act as additional parts to Chinese astrology. They are derived from the observation of the 12-year period that it requires for the planet Jupiter to complete its orbit.

Why was Chinese astrology invented?

Chinese astrology was invented to achieve the two following goals;
1.)  To predict the future,
2.) To determine days which are seen as the perfect days in which to initiate a particular project, especially a wedding ceremony or a new business enterprise.

How Chinese astrology relates to a person’s divine destiny?

According to Chinese astrology, a person's destiny is determined by the position of the major planets , the positions of the Sun, the moon and comets at the person's time of birth, as well as their Zodiac Sign. This comprehensive system of creating one's fate and destiny based on one's birthday ,birth season and birth hours  is known as Zi Wei Dou Shu , and is still used regularly in modern day Chinese astrology to predict one's fortune.

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How can The Chinese Zodiac Signs influence a person’s life ?

Chinese Astrology Signs are based on the year that a person is born, with each of the twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs being represented by a particular animal. The twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs are; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. It is felt in Chinese astrology that the animal ruling the year of one’s birth has a profound influence on their life. Chinese astrology that the animal ruling

the year of one’s birth has a profound influence on their life. Eastern Chinese people consider that each Animal Sign embodies its Animal's characteristics, which are instilled within the people born that are born within that year.

What important role does the Chinese zodiac play in Chinese culture?

Today , the Chinese Zodiac constitutes as a significant part of the traditional Chinese culture. At festive events paper-cut and New-Year pictures of the Chinese Zodiac are popular among the Chinese people. In addition, the Chinese Zodiac is also seen as the symbol of China itself, enforcing its vital role within Chinese culture, although the dragon is the  most recognized totem of the Chinese nation. The Chinese

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Zodiac plays a part within people's religious beliefs in China.The 12 animals are divided into two categories of Yin and Yang, which are the underlying principles of Chinese philosophy and medicine by ancient Chinese people in accordance with the Five Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth). A set of fortunetelling methods proclaim that the twelve Chinese horoscope animals decide people's, as a result, the Chinese Zodiac began to play a crucial part in  people's characters, friendships ,marriages, careers, health, fortune and other vital parts of their life .Within Chinese astrology, it is considered that when a person comes to their attributed year, which is decided by the year when they were born, they must wear a red belt to pursue good fortune and avoid bad luck. This custom of 'Birth Year' is widespread throughout China.

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