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In Chinese Astrology Ox Comes After Rat, and is the Sign for 2009

Article Category: Culture

Author Name: Henry Fong

For many centuries constellations and Chinese astrology have been used for divination purposes. Over 3000 years ago the "10 Heavenly Stems" and "12 Earthly Branches" were invented for chronological reasons. They were used to differentiate time and seasons.

As time went by animals were used to represent the 12 Earthly Stems, this was mainly because the majority of Chinese people were illiterate and animals were simple to identify with. The 12 Earthly Branches, in order are: mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Legend tells that Buddha was celebrating Chinese New Year and he invited all animals to partake of the festivities. Unfortunately only these 12 animals arrive. In honor of them he named the years after them. There are other variations of this story, but for the purposes of this information we shall use this one. People who are born in the year of the animal it is represented by are supposed to have some traits of these animals inherent in them.

On top of each of the animal cycle, you find a cycle of the five elements; these are wood, fire, earth, metal (gold) and water. Unlike western elements, earth, wind, fire water and surprise (just kidding about the last element!). The year sign of the person would then be a gold dragon, wood dog, etcetera. In ancient times match making took place in China and couples were brought together under compatible signs. The elements also have a traditional representation in color, with fire being red, wood green, earth brown, metal white (not gold) and water black.

These elements are enlarged into a cycle of ten and combined with the binary "Yin and Yang" cycle. Odd years being Yin and even being Yang! As there are 12 animal zodiac signs which is divisible by two, each zodiac animal is only able to appear in either a Yin or Yang year. For instance the dragon is always yang, while the snake is Yin. The combination of the zodiac animals, colors and elements makes for a 60 year cycle which starts with "Wood Rat" and ends with "Water Pig". We are currently in a cycle which commenced in 1984.

In Chinese astrology, ox is the second zodiac animal. Like Rat, Ox signifies new beginnings. The difference being, Ox is chiefly associated with slow sure action. It is important to make good choices as long term consequences are attached Ox years. 2009 is an earth year and it is also a Yin year, so this could indicate less turmoil. It is however unfortunate that the fixed element for Ox it water, to which earth is destructive, and this is the fourth out of six years where elements have conflicted. It comes as very little surprise to Chinese Astrologers that there has been so much trouble in the world during these years.

About the Author: Henry Fong is a Feng Shui Consultant. To find out more on Feng Shui Bedroom Tips, visit his web site at http://www.absolutelyfengshui.com

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