As one of the oldest civilisations in the world, practitioners of astrology and astronomy were always present in the Chinese imperial court.In ancient China, astrology was used to predict the fate of a nation. During the reign of the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), a whole encyclopaedia was developed about the art of giving personal astrological readings.
The signs in Astrology are not based on the position of stars, but on a person's year of birth. Each animal is allocated its own set of years. There are 12 animals, namely:
The cycle of animals therefore repeats itself once every 12 years.
The five elements
The five elements are based on the five planets that were visible to ancient Chinese astronomers.
Water (ruled by Mercury)
Metal (ruled by Venus)
Fire (ruled by Mars)
Wood (ruled by Jupiter)
Earth (ruled by Saturn)
Yin and Yang
According to Chinese philosophy, two primal forces control the whole universe. These are Yin and Yang. The balance of the universe, the earth, a nation and even the health and moods of individuals are determined by the balance or imbalance of Yin and Yang.
Years born: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
Rats are adaptable, going with the flow when necessary, taking the lead whenever possible. But they also have a tendency to get flustered if something totally unexpected happens. The first two weeks of this month will bring some sharp criticism from someone close. To achieve serenity, compromise and conciliation is the answer.
Around the 10th of the month, there will be a surprise gift or some startling news. It will be on a positive note. Those of you in romantic relationships or long-term partnerships could find yourselves on the sharp edge of a jealous tongue. Whether you are guilty or innocent, a lot of reassurance will be needed. From the 20th onwards you could initiate change - be it in business, employment or creativity.
Years born: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
An Ox's mind is an inquisitive one; you are interested in everything, from other people to the depths of mysticism. Due to this, you love meeting people. You're a daydreamer as well! This month, you will be busy organising trips or starting a new job or even getting involved in voluntary work.
Money matters will look up after the 4th. You'll find it easier to save and harder to spend. Some of you may even get a raise before the 22nd of the month. A hitch in a new relationship will set you wondering whether it's really worthwhile. Don't judge a romance or friendship by its end; the beginning and the middle are vital as well. Around the 15th, children will be playing up, so keep an eye on them.
Years born: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Tigers like their relationships to be challenging, a bonding of equal minds. Once it gets safe, predictable, even boring, it becomes a test of their patience. To catch a Tiger is difficult, to keep one, more problematic. If your lover's a Tiger, cast a spell of mystery, and reflect both Yin and Yang passions.
This will be a month full of parties, outings, holidays and concerts. There will also be an emotional temptation. It you're single, take it on, if already in a relationship, think carefully. It would be a mistake to do something that you feel is wrong. By the 12th, those of you experiencing relationship tensions will know which way things are going.
Years born : 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Rabbits are capable of doing many jobs, but only flourish in careers they can put their hearts into, and feel they're doing something worthwhile. If you're planning a holiday, make sure it stimulates your passions - history, architecture or nature.
This month, some of you are going to make some progress in the field of academics, especially research; make full use of this. It is also the right time to make a real impact in your career. However, you'll only do this if you act independently, relying on no one, and taking full responsibility yourself. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes, loaning or lending money. Between the 1st and 6th, don't spend unnecessarily and don't panic if some heavy bills come your way. Leave financial affairs alone until next month.
Years born: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988
The Chinese believe that the two great principles, Heaven and Earth, are equally balanced within anyone lucky enough to be born during a Dragon year. Luckily, this means you have potential for great success. November will see a continuing trend of steady progress and hard work. It would be unwise to try anything radical on the home or career front.
If you have the urge to move jobs, rejuvenate your business or search out a dream house - don't do it, just think, dream and lay plans. After the 4th, be cautious financially too. Now is the time to activate all the plans you've made, not forgetting to press ahead in your love life too, whether that means making a strong commitment to your special person, or asking someone you admire out on a date.
Years born: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989
A Snake is a careful planner, is passionate and takes pride in his work. He loves nature too. Snakes normally love new challenges. From the 1st to the 15th of November, you need to continue with your routine. You may find yourself in an unusual situation, or being given responsibility over something unfamiliar. The best policy will be just to get on with it and hope for the best - it's amazing what a little bit of confidence can achieve.
The 20th offers a boost to people associated with the arts. On 24th, your wise words will be needed to heal a family rift. Don't take sides though, stay firmly in the middle! Whatever has been worrying you or blocking your progress, by the 29th, you would have mastered the situation, and feel more confident and positive than you have for ages.
Years born: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990
The secret of achieving an understanding relationship with Horses is to allow them as much freedom as possible. The more peaceful and harmonious they are, the less stressed they become. Likewise, those of you born in a Horse year need to monitor your mind carefully and adopt a positive attitude to achieving calm. Reach serenity and cut down emotional highs and lows.
You need to take things slower, and lose any self-imposed pressure. The month is a period of transformation. Recently, you have been feeling muddled about future directions. Things should begin to clear, opening up horizons of hope and the restlessness that leads to positive action. Before the 15th, you'll be taking steps to enlist in a new job, career or course of study.
Years born: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991
It's the Sheep's way to err on the side of caution, but if a temptation or opportunity seems promising enough, they grasp it regardless. When making serious decisions, perhaps over the future of a relationship or career, they never make up their minds. However, once a Sheep makes up his mind, he can be very stubborn.
Around the 10th, expect news of a celebration, birth or wedding. Until the 15th, it's a hardworking month, with chores at home, routine tasks and paperwork at work, and obligations to friends. Even if you feel you're swimming against the tide, keep going - you'll be back on track sooner than you realise. If you strive for great progress in your career, or try to sort out outstanding problems, you'll only invoke more hassles. Give yourself over to contemplation and quiet nights with friends.
Years born: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992
Monkeys see things differently, so it's unfair to expect them to behave like everyone else. This month, the Monkey will have to devote time to take care of family responsibilities. It's a fine phase for investing in secure bonds, saving accounts and premium bonds. There will be a little boost financially.
From the 10th onwards, children will need more attention. Be aware that between the 18th and 31st, no matter how hard you work to get ahead, chaos and awkward people will work against you. Drastic changes will take place and jostle your habits; don't resist, try to evolve. Remain your cool with inner serenity. Keep going and you'll make sufficient progress. For relief from daily stresses and strains, join a gym or martial arts or Tai Chi classes.
Years born: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993
Roosters can be tireless in the pursuit of their ambitions. Give a Rooster a goal and he or she will reach it. However, Roosters only do well in things they're passionate about. The 1st-15th is harmonious with the Roosters' aims and ambitions, especially if they're financial, career oriented or concerned with creating security for the future.
From the 10th onwards, if you're married or with a partner, keep an eye on your other half's spending habits. From the 20th onwards is a period of great opportunity and good vibrations. You'll make the contacts you need, get the deals you want, find a new job, have a mortgage granted or find your talents recognised. A lot of things that have been worrying you will fade into insignificance, but be sure not to slip back into any stress-zones.
Years born: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994
Dogs always have something interesting going on in their lives. If things are calm and serene, they make sure they go out and find something fascinating to get involved in. This sometimes gets them into trouble - that's life!
The 1st to 15th is a frustrating period, but the progress you make will be useful and lead to new ideas. Those of you searching for a creative expression for your emotions and insights, or seeking a spiritual path to develop along, will find answers. Advice of the month: save money, keep on track and refuse to make any big changes no matter what tempts you. Between the 1st and 4th, you'll be under pressure at work, plagued by obstacles if travelling, and misunderstood by someone special. All of these things will be solved, provided you persevere.
Years born: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995
In an employment situation, Pig people are what are usually referred to as 'key workers.' Not go-ahead go-getters or empire builders, but simply hard working and reliable employees. That's not to say that Pigs aren't creative innovators. Imagination is a Pig's strong point, and they often shine in creative fields.
November will stir up some romantic high spots for all Pigs, whether single or not. Unattached Pigs will attract someone who could become someone special. Up to the 15th, if you're in sales, business or consultancy, press forward to gain new deals and consolidate the advances you made last month. From the 10th onwards, relax and unwind. The 16th promises continuing career fortunes. However, in an argument, tricky situation or in response to any accusation, be as honest and open as you can. It will help solve the problem
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