A brief introduction to Chinese astrology, horoscope, divining, anthroposophy
Just like that of other civilizations, Chinese astrology，horoscope, divining，anthroposophy came into being at remote antiquity ancient Chinese people worshiped the power of nature and believed that the world was mastered by Gods. From time being, ancient Chinese astrology，horoscope, divining，anthroposophy have formed a traditional divination system based on Chinese Yin-Yang Theory, Five-Elements Theory and Chinese Zodiac, and have been used their unique patterns to go on. According to Chinese astrology, a person's destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets, along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person's time of birth and Zodiac Sign.
The Chinese Zodiac is a 12 year cycle. Each year of the 12 year cycle is named after one of the original 12 animals. Each animal has a different personality and different characteristics. The animal is believed to be the main factor in each person's life that gives them their traits, success, and happiness in their lifetime. The system of the twelve year cycle of animal signs was built from observations of the orbit of Jupiter (the Year Star; Suìxīng in Chinese). Following the orbit of Jupiter around the sun, Chinese astronomers divided the celestial circle into 12 sections, and rounded it to 12 years (from 11.86). Jupiter is associated with the constellation Sheti.
A laborious system of computing one's fate and destiny based on one's birthday and birth hours, known as Zi Wei Dou Shu ( zǐwēidǒushù in Chinese: pinyin) is still used regularly in modern day Chinese astrology to divine one's fortune. The 28 Chinese constellations, Xiu (Chinese: 宿; pinyin: xìu), are quite different from the 88 Western constellations. For example, the Big Bear (Ursa Major) is known as Dou (Chinese: 斗; pinyin: dǒu); the belt of Orion is known as Shen (Chinese: 參; pinyin: shēn), or the "Happiness, Fortune, Longevity" trio of demigods. The seven northern constellations are referred to as Xuan Wu (Chinese: 玄武; pinyin: xúanwǔ). Xuan Wu is also known as the spirit of the northern sky or the spirit of Water in Taoism belief.
The Chinese zodiac refers to a pure cylindrical cycle; there are no equivalent constellations like those of the occidental zodiac. In imperial times there were astrologers who watched the sky for heavenly omens that would predict the future of the state, but this was a quite different practice of divination from the popular present-day methods.
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What is Yi Jing, the Book of changes about? Is it a book of philosophy? A book of divination? A book of science? What is Shan Hai Jing, the Blook of Mountains and Seas about? Is it a geographical book? A travelogue? A history book? A book of mythology? A book of folklore?
These two books may be a start to uncover the mystery or secret of Chinese traditional divination system. This system is just launched by some simple information: our birth of year, month, day, hour, and even a look at our face or hands. It can reflect our personal life development and illuminate so much about our talents, abilities, life lessons and challenges, karma, relationships, family, career and much more in the past, current and future!
Perhaps, modern people think that Chinese astrological and divining models are merely a sort of superstition than a science. Is it unbelievable? In fact, Chinese astrological and divining models (includes Tibetan, just like Western, Vedic, etc.) sometimes prove very useful in the analytic assessment of personality. Specifically, such models can facilitate developmental and psychodynamic appreciation of self-concept, identity, and psycho-spiritual process. In addition, study of transits to the natal chart may help elucidate problems of immediate concern and present directions for productive analysis, fostering the recognition of suitable cognitive coping strategies. Astrology thus serves as a type of interactive cognitive map that can be applied to productive ends in everyday life. See more about base of Chinese astrology，horoscope, divining，anthroposophy (Chinese lunar calendar)