Chinese Horoscope

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The Chinese Horoscope - 12 Zodiac AnimalsThe Chinese horoscope was invented about 200 years BC. At this time, China rules the Han dynasty. The basis of the Chinese horoscope was the use of images of animals. Some scientists believe that the images of these animals were formed during the first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who ruled in 221-220 BC.

China at that time was an agrarian country, and the wealth of the population depended directly on the harvest, so the predictions of court astrologers were aimed at controlling the main agricultural tasks: sowing and harvesting. The astrologers had to communicate this important information to the peasant society, which was mostly illiterate and uneducated. This was the reason for the designation of basic time calculations using the system of animals known to peasants – the Chinese horoscope.

The main goal of the Chinese horoscope was the prediction of major weather changes that could significantly affect the sowing and harvesting. Chinese astrologers of the time noticed that every year these changes in weather conditions were different and repeated with relative accuracy every twelve years. A modern annual almanac, according to the same principle, based on the same system, can now tell us about the days when the snow starts to melt, the first spring thunder rumbles, when buds appear on the trees, flower buds unfold and when there is drought or rain.

In order to make such predictions, the ancient Chinese astrologers widely used observation methods: they collected groups of observers, who noted the necessary phenomena based on the movement of stars in the night sky. Further, astrologers correlated the obtained data with the discoveries of scientists of natural sciences, whose subject of study were the laws of nature. The analysis of these data was reduced to the conclusion of patterns from daily events and their separation from accidents – the Chinese horoscope.

Over time, the predictions of the court Chinese astrologers became more accurate. The scope of these predictions expanded: they began to communicate with the world, man, his character, psyche and physical capabilities. The laws of the Chinese horoscope began to be used to determine dates favorable for organizing weddings, signing business agreements and making difficult decisions.

From the very beginning, only the imperial court could spread astrological teachings, but over time private astrologers began to appear, for whom it was a kind of business. Today, the Chinese horoscope is used far beyond its homeland. Ancient Chinese astrological predictions can rightly be called art that came to us through the centuries. And only a few have comprehended the underlying deep philosophical and scientific principles.

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
Goat (Sheep) (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)