September 20, 2020

A short history of Chinese astrology

TheChinese astrology, linked to Taoism, has developed much in ancient China. There is a trace of it in Marco Polo's accounts of five thousand astrologers at Kubilay Khan's court. It seems that several schools shared different theories about the celestial configuration, but all had the same way of interpreting the horoscope: note the positions of the stars at the time of birth.
In China, astrology is based on 12 signs. TheChinese astrology follows the lunar cycle that sets the Chinese calendar. It has 12 signs like Western Astrology except that each sign covers a complete lunar year. These twelve signs bear the names of animals and each animal has characteristics that it transmits to the native of its sign.
The origins of Chinese astrology. According to a very ancient legend, Buddha finding that China needed to be reorganized, invited a New Year's day, at his court, all the animals of creation. Only twelve of them arrived on time, so Buddha offered to give their name to a year in the order of their arrival: the Rat, the Buffalo, the Tiger, the Cat, the Dragon, the Serpent , the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.
Chinese New Year does not correspond to Western New Year ... Every twelve years there is a change of cycle. 1900 was the year of the rat, like 2008. The New Year begins only in February - on a date which is not fixed, because it depends on the lunar calendar, also if you were born in January 2009, you are still Rat.
In Asia, the different countries adopted the same animals with some variations: in Vietnam, the chicken replaces the rooster, in Japan, the hare replaces the cat.

The myth behind the Chinese zodiac - Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen (September 2020)