Chinese Astrology

This is the year of the Fire Rooster which is shared with people who were born in the years 1945 and 2017 it starts on 28 January 2017

Chinese Astrology differs from the Western style; it is based on a 12 year x 5 cycle, each basic sign also having a modifying element ascribed to it.  When the world was new Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) sent out a call to name the animals and twelve turned up, (or made their way there, according to Legend and some charming stories, they followed their natures such as the rat scurrying to be first, and the pig stopping to have a meal):  The order in which they came governed their progression: Rat; Ox; Tiger; Cat (Rabbit); Dragon; Snake; Horse; Goat; Monkey; Rooster; Dog; Pig. Wood, metal, fire, water and earth are the five modifiers and each one brings a certain element to the twelve animal characteristics. The Chinese New Year starts on the second new moon day after the Winter Solstice, it therefore varies between 21 January and 20 February. 

 

good luck glyph

Good luck

happiness glyph

Happiness

longevity glyph

Long life

prosperity

Prosperity

Rat

1924

1936

1948

1960

1972

1984

1996

2008

Ox

1925

1937

1949

1961

1973

1985

1997

2009

Tiger

1926

1938

1950

1962

1974

1986

1998

2010

Rabbit

1927

1939

1951

1963

1975

1987

1999

2011

Dragon

1928

1940

1952

1964

1976

1988

2000

2012

Snake

1929

1941

1953

1965

1977

1989

2001

2013

Horse

1930

1942

1954

1966

1978

1990

2002

2014

Sheep

1931

1943

1955

1967

1979

1991

2003

2015

Monkey

1932

1944

1956

1968

1980

1992

2004

2016

Rooster

1933

1945

1957

1969

1981

1993

2005

2017

Dog

1934

1946

1958

1970

1982

1994

2006

2018

Pig

1935

1947

1959

1971

1983

1995

2007

2019