The Chinese zodiac or shengxiao is a 12-year repeating circle, each year represented by an animal and associated with its attributes. Traditionally these zodiac signs are used to date the years. In the right order are rats, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, pig and pig.
For a long time, in China, the years have been designated by a combination of 10 heavenly stems with the 12 earth branches, resulting in a 60-year cycle. The twelve earth branches are Zi, Chou, Yin, Mao, Chen, Si, Wu, Wei, Shen, You, Xu and Hai. Every Chinese horoscope corresponds to an earth branch.
Which is your Chinese horoscope?
Your zodiac sign can be found through your year of birth, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Use a calculator and calculate your own sign.
Do you know if it’s happy or not when your own zodiac sign comes? Read here.
Every animal has a symbolic meaning
Just like the stars in your horoscope, every Chinese zodiac has its own symbolic meaning.
Why these 12 animals?
The selection of the 12 animals have a close connection with our everyday life. You can divide the 12 animals into 3 groups. We Chinese keep buffalo, horse, goat, rooster, pig and pig for a long time as pets and some help with physical labor. In group 2 are game and hunting animals such as tiger, monkey, snake, hare and rat. One more place is for the dragon. This fairytale-like animal symbolizes happiness for the Chinese and combines in itself many peculiarities of other animals.
Why is there no cat in the Chinese horoscope? The answer can be found here.
The Chinese Zodiac has two different starting dates!
In contrast to Western astrology, according to the Chinese calendars, the twelve zodiac signs are valid for the entire year. They are repeated every 12 years. The traditional calendar is a solar calendar with 24 periods of 15 days each. The first period is called the beginning of spring and falls on the 4th or 5th of January. There are two possible dates when the new Chinese zodiac sign will begin, but none will fall on the 1st of January! China traditionally has two calendars: the solar and lunar calendars.
The lunar calendar is 12 or 13 months old and begins with the Chinese New Year, which is between January 21 and February 20.
For most Chinese, Chinese New Year is the start of the new zodiac sign. But for the astrologers and fortunetellers is the beginning of spring.
Ranking of the horoscope and why a 12-year cycle?
The zodiac signs have long been rooted in Chinese culture. The exact origins have been unknown, but there is a close relationship between astronomy in China and how dates and times used to be calculated. This created the 10 heavenly stems and the 12 earth branches. To conceal the similarity, the zodiac signs were probably estimated to be an ancient time and are considered very old.
During the third century of the Han dynasty, one day was only 12 hours long, and since the rat was active in the dark, it was placed at the top of the zodiac signs. It was therefore for the time of the night today (23 to 1 clock), at midnight. The buffalo’s second sign of the zodiac eats grass in the morning (1 to 3 o’clock) when the rat then went into its nest or hole. After the time of the activity then the remaining 10 zodiac signs integrated into the cycle.
Traveling not only gives you new landscapes and experiences, but also brings new energy into your life according to the teachings of the supersensible. Where else could you find new happiness and positive energies on a journey?
The southwest is a very excellent region for rat, tiger, hare and monkey, a hiking trip in southwest China is a good choice.
For pigs and snakes to fortify their luck, a trip to northwest China is recommended, take a look at our adventure journey through Silk Road.
The preferred direction for goat and pig is south. Why not even travel to Guilin? Guilin karst landscape with longsheng rice terraces.
Unlike goat and pig, steer and horse should travel to north China, join us on our Beijing trip.
For the best travel experience in 2019, the rooster should come to West China. A trip to Tibet and Mt. Everest sounds good.
Believing the principles of the Chinese calendar, the coming year will be a very special one. In the year of the pig, which stands for equality and justice, values such as helpfulness, humanity and fair play get more space in society. The focus is also on life-oriented solutions and sensible approaches.
The Chinese New Year 2019 will be celebrated this year on February 16th: The beginning of the year is based on the Astronomical Farmers Calendar, which dates the first new moon between January 21st and February 21st. On this day, the year of the pig 2019 begins, which according to the Chinese understanding embodies loyalty, diligence and loyalty.
Converted to the human value system, the coming months stand for principledness, a sense of justice, integrity and keen observation. The basic qualities of the pig will be further supported by the element earth in 2019, symbolizing the sense of reality, logical thinking, discipline, perseverance and reliability.
The year of the pig: Twelve Zodiac, five elements and 60 lunar years
The Chinese horoscope has existed for some 5,000 years and has a more complicated approach than Western astronomy. It is based on a 60-year cycle of the Chinese era and results from the combination of the twelve earth branches and the ten heavenly tribes. The earth branches correspond one to one to the Chinese Zodiac: in their cycle, the Chinese star signs begin with the rat, followed by ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, goat (sheep), monkey, rooster, pig, and pig.
The ten heavenly tribes in turn consist of Yīn and Yáng as well as the five elements (also called transformation phases): fire, earth, water, wood and metal. These act as forces on the human being.
• Fire: decisiveness, expressiveness, dynamism
• Earth: sense of reality, logical thinking, reliability
• Water: flexibility, fine sense of emotions
• Wood: ethics, growth, diverse interests
• Metal: righteousness, clarity, perseverance
What does the Earth pig mean in the Chinese Horoscope 2019?
The year of the Earth pig manifests itself in love in increased willingness to bind, which does not spare even freedom-loving singles. Even individualists want to commit themselves longer term, if they meet the right partner. Marriages that will be closed in 2019 should have more chances of lasting. In interpersonal relationships, honesty and modesty remain the best way to deepen friendships or build relationships.
When it comes to health, classical exercise such as gymnastics, hiking, cycling and cautious nutritional methods are again part of the game – not risky sports or experimental diets. In the profession, reliability and care are very important. Superficiality and carelessness fly up quickly. Creativity is appreciated as long as the ideas remain workable and true to life.
Unrealistic, innovative and extraordinary solutions have little chance. In finance, sound economics and predictive computing count – risky investments, gambling and daring speculation can quickly come to mind.