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Chinese Astrology 101

Chinese AstrologyChinese astrology, which comes from the ancient art of divination and character reading, is considered to be the oldest form of astrology in history. Its origins trace back to 2637 BC, when the first ecliptic coordinate system (zodiac) was introduced by Emperor Huang Ti – the Yellow Emperor. Huang Ti also created the Chinese calender.

Because Chinese astrology is so closely related to Chinese philosophy, it is possible to get a fascinating insight into a human’s personality traits, lifestyle, health, career direction, and compatibility with others.

Chinese astrology uses the principles of yin and yang, the five elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Wood and Water), the heavenly stems, the earthly branches, the lunisolar calendar, and the time calculation after year, month, day and ‘Shichen’ (a day divided into 12 time units).

Chinese astrology is also heavily influenced by the philosophy of Confucius, Laozi, and the ‘I Ching’ – a book that is thought to pre-date recorded history. According to legend, the 12 Signs of the Zodiac were determined by Buddha, upon celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Buddha invited all of the animals in the kingdom together for a meeting, but only 12 attended.

According to Chinese astrology, a person’s destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets at the time of a person’s birth along with the positions of the sun, moon and the comets.

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