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With Chinese New Year coming up, and 2021 is the the year of the Ox, it is worth trying to understand the Chinese zodiac, a system of divination that differs from Western astrology.
The main similarities between the two systems is that both systems are based on date and time of birth, with 12 symbols or signs used to communicate across meaning. We've listed some of the main differences, to make things a little easier to understand.
In both systems, there are the same number of signs: 12. Two are superficially similar: Ox/Bull and Goat/Ram.
2020 is a year of the Rat, 2021 will be a year of the Ox, and 2022 will be a year of the Tiger.
In Chinese astrology, the 12 signs are derived from a myth that when God was developing a calendar, all creatures on Earth were summoned to participate in a race. The first 12 to cross the line were awarded signs in the Chinese zodiac.
This differs from Western astrology where the 12 signs are based on constellations' positions relative to the earth. The constellations were named according to Greek mythology.
The Chinese zodiac animals were assigned months on the traditional Chinese solar calendar. Each animal sign corresponds with two of the 24 solar terms, for a period similar to a Western zodiac month.
This means that the Western astrological signs and Chinese zodiac months have a half-month overlap, as can be seen in the diagram right.
The Chinese cycle starts with the month of the Rat around December 7 (including solar terms 'Major Snow' and 'Winter Solstice', i.e. half of Sagittarius and half of Capricorn). What astrological sign should you be. Read more about the Solar Terms here.
Within the simplified Western astrological framework, signs are divided per month, while the Chinese signs are divided on a year-by-year basis when it comes to popular astrology. This means that in Chinese beliefs, people who were born in the same year have similar traits, as opposed to the Western belief that those born in the same month-long time frame have similar traits.
However, of course, there is more to it. In Western astrology, apart from the constellations, the planets, for example, symbolize basic motivations in the human psyche. Beside the yearly zodiac, Chinese astrology has three other pillars that create your fate, making four pillars in total: birth year, birth month, birth day, and birth hour.
When comparing the four pillars to Western astrology, the main difference is that Western astrology focuses on celestial alignment (of constellations with planets, stars, the moon, etc.), while the four pillars are based on the alignment of blocks of time in the Chinese calendar.
In the popularly-used Chinese astrology system (the lunar calendar), each month begins with a new moon and lasts for 29 or 30 days. The Chinese New Year date and length of a lunar year change by up to a month relative to a solar calendar.
However, 'professional' or conventional Chinese astrology mainly uses the traditional solar calendar when it comes to making predictions and laying out horoscopes. In this method, a year begins on February 4th (within a day).
The Western astrological calendar is based on the Earth's orbit around the sun (and resulting celestial alignment), which gives every zodiac month a set date (within a day), lasting between 29 and 31 days. This is why Western zodiac star signs are also known as sun signs.
Chinese astrology places emphasis on the lunar phase at the time of your birth. There are four moon phases: new moon, waxing moon, full moon, and waning moon. New moon types are those seeking innovative environments, waxing moon people are known for being hard working, full moon types are diplomatic, while waning moon people desire peaceful surroundings.
The Western system, comparatively, considers two moon nodes; the North or Ascending Node, and the South or Descending Node. While still playing a role in sensitive areas, in Western astrology the planets are seen as more important factors.
The Chinese astrology system identifies five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each element is linked to motivating forces in your life.
Because the animals are on 12-year cycles and there are five elements, the entire Chinese zodiac-element cycle lasts 60 years. In this system, each sign has a fire, earth, metal, water, and wood variety depending on your birth year. 2021 is a Metal Ox year.
In the Western system, only four elements are identified: fire, earth, air, and water, and each element is associated with three signs with psychological features. Each sign has one element associated with it.
A feature of the Chinese zodiac that is incomparable to anything in the West is that it is bad luck when your year comes around (every 12 years you 'offend the god of age'). Your horoscope is no more unlucky (or lucky) than usual in your Western zodiac month.
Oxes beware in 2021 (an Ox year). Read more here about how to make sure you're lucky in your zodiac year.
We've got plenty of tour options, whether you already know what you want to see, or are only just starting to research your first trip to China.
We have even compiled a list of the four best cities to visit for Chinese New Year, if you want to experience the biggest of the Chinese celebrations.
If you are interested in fortune telling, make sure you tell us ahead of time, and we can arrange for a Chinese fortune telling at one of China's many temples.
Astrology vs Horoscope
Do you know the difference between astrology and horoscopes? If not, I guess you’re more familiar with horoscopes because the Internet and printed materials frequently have some talk or sections about the daily or regular horoscope readings.
By definition, “astrology” is more of a study of the celestial bodies’ positions in the sky. In this sense, many regard it as a form of science or pseudoscience. Some astrology experts also highlight it as a form of belief that the aforementioned planetary positions have some direct effects on the development of human affairs and the occurrence of earthly natural phenomena. There are actually many types of astrology. The most common form is probably Western and Chinese Astrology.
Moreover, others interpret astrology as the obsolete version of modern-day astronomy. The astronomy we know today is actually derived from one of the two main divisions of ancient astrology which is the horary astrology. This division measures the movement of heavenly bodies. This later became important for the creation of the other division–judiciary astrology, which is best known (even up to this day) for its use in seeking trends and offering predictions (more inclined with horoscopes).
By contrast, a horoscope is a diagram, chart, or graphical representation of the heavens. This graph or chart shows the planets’ positions and the zodiac signs. These diagrams are used by horoscope enthusiasts in the computation of births and the art of foretelling the future events of one’s life. Being guided by such, a person can be advised to act in a particular behavior so as to make his day better. Some are arguing about the significance of horoscopes because several studies were made to verify their validity only to find out that most, if not all, ended up being false.
Etymologically, a horoscope is taken from the Greek term “horoskopos,” which can be translated to “looking at the hours.” It is very related to astrology because, per its definition, it makes use of the concept of astrology on planetary positions across space. When you study astrology, you will eventually go deep into horoscopes. However, if you study horoscopes, it is not always guaranteed that you will learn all of the focal points of astrology.
1.Astrology is regarded as a pseudoscience that the belief that the planets’ respective positions in space have some effect on human affairs and natural Earthly phenomena. It is more of a study.
2.Horoscopes are more of a chart or diagram that make use of astrology concepts. They serve as guides for people on how they should act or behave. To some degree, it also serves to foretell some parts of one’s future.
3.Some are skeptical with the use and validity of horoscopes. It is derived from the Greek word “horoskopos,” which means “looking at the hours.”