A Short History and Legends of Chinese Astrology

HISTORY

Aatrology is one of the most anicent of the Chinese philosophies. It is at least 2,000 years old. Originally, astrology was inseparable from astronomy. The two were considered to be one discipline. China has one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and from very early on practitioners of astronomy/astrology were always present as officials of the im[perial court.

In ancient China, astrology was used to reveal what was expected to happen to a nation. It was not until the beginning of the Christian ear that astrology began to be used to give individual readings. By the Tand dynasty (618-907 A. D.), a whole encyclopedia had been written about the art of giving personal astrological readings.

LEGENDS

The origin of the 12 animals signs of the Chinese astrology is unclear. Chinese legend attributes the creation of the signs to the Yellow Emperor in 2637 B. C. The Yellow Emperor is a semimythical figure in Chinese history. Other legends credit Buddha (c. 563 – c. 48B.C.) with the creation of the 12 – animal cycle. Apparently, he invited all the animals to visit him, but, for some reason, only 12 showed up. To Thank them, Buddha gave each animal a year which would be dedicated to that animal alone throughout history. The years were allocated in the order which the animal had arrived.

From The Little Giant Encyclopedia of the Zodiac

This link takes you to Amazon.com where the book I am and will be quoting from is for sale. This book covers both Astrological Zodiac we usually use for astrology readings and also the Chinese Zodiac. There is a section where they explain how using the two signs together can give you an even better idea of your personal astrology readings. The book cover has changed from red with white lettering to a black and gold with red and white lettering. Both books are exactly the same the gold and black is just an updated cover.

An Introduction to Chinese Astrology

Most of us, especially in the USA, have been to a Chinese restaurant at least once that has placemats showing the twelve signs of their Zodiac. All you have look for is the year you were born. My granddaughter bought me a used book called “The Little Giant Encyclopedia of the Zodiac.” Reading I found out that the date of your birth is just as important to know your Chinese sign as it is to know your tropical zodiac sign. 

The Chinese Zodiac is represented by twelve different animals, that repeat in order throughout a 12-year cycle. This is also how the name of the current year of the Chinese Calendar year. The names of the 12 animals are The Rat, The Ox, The Tiger, The Rabbit, The Dragon, The Snake, The Horse, The Goat, The Monkey, The Rooster, The Dog, and The Pig.

Once you know your zodiac sign then it is time to find out if you are a Yin or a Yang person, this is not based on if you are a male or female when doing a Chinese Zodiac reading it is based on what your animal sign is. Next, you can find out the elemental group you belong to. In China, the elements are Metal, Fire, Wood, Earth, and Water.

I will go into more detail about each of the different aspects of how to do a Chinese zodiac reading. The Next Topic will be the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. 

Here is a hypothetic, simplified reading for Jane Smith: She was born on October 31, 1954

In 1954 the dates for that year started on Feb 3, 1954, and ended on Jan 23, 1955, making Ms. Smith a Horse which is a Yang person and her element is Fire.

As I said, in the beginning, I will go through each part of a Chinese Zodiac reading in its own post.

Feng Shui News for Feb. 12 – ‘Extraterrestrial Visitor Day’ and ‘Extraterrestrial Culture Day’

When I saw that today is both ‘Extraterrestrial Visitor Day’ and ‘Extraterrestrial Culture Day’ I immediately thought of one of modern culture’s most famous taglines: ‘E.T. phone home.’ That thought prompts me to share this Feng Shui ‘Phone Cure.’ If you want your telephone to ring with new clients and opportunities, place your phone on a round or octagonal mirror that is sitting on a piece of red cloth the same shape and size as the mirror. Then place symbols of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals in a circular design underneath the phone. Leave the phone sitting on this ‘cure’ for at least three consecutive hours in order to recharge it with good fortune. Don’t ask for whom that bell tolls, it tolls for you!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Animal Spirit Guide for February 7th is Snake

Your Animal Spirit for Today
February 7, 2013

 

snake

Snake

Has Snake slithered into your world today? If so, you are being asked to undergo a major transformation. Are you willing to shed your old skin? Are you willing to let go of people, places, and things that no longer have a place in your life? Snake will help you make the grand transformation, then slide into a new life that’s brimming with possibility

Dragons of the Zodiac: Taurus

Dragons of the Zodiac: Taurus

 
 
Note: Perform during bright noon or the hour of Venus, and during the waxing Moon, with the Full Moon being strongest.

Color: Pink and blue

 
Ruling Planet: Venus
 
Stone: Emerald
 
Flower: Violet
 
Description: Patient, loyal, emotionally stable, stubborn, practical, dependable, organized, materialistic, possessive, plodding, sweet, calm, determined, security-oriented.

Chant:
 
I search for a calm, sweet spirit.
Taurus Dragon, come!
Patience and stability must be part of my life.
Teach me, Great Dragon!
I would be practical, organized.
Show me the way, Emerald Dragon!
 
 
Dancing With Dragons
D. J. Conway

Dragons of the Zodiac: Aries

Dragons of the Zodiac: Aries 

Note: Perform during bright noon or the hour of Mars, and during the waxing Moon, with the Full Moon being strongest.

 

Color: Red

 

Ruling Planets: Mars

 

Stone Diamond

 

Flower: Geranium

Description: Energetic, impatient, lacking in foresight, short-tempered, sarcastic, witty, demanding, sharp-minded, cutting, egocentric, adventuresome, feisty.

Chant:

Sharpened mind, energy,

Aries Dragon, Bring to me.

Boundless luck, adventure bold,

These are things I want to hold.

Dragon Red of luck and will,

Help me my desires to fill.

 

Dancing with Dragons

D. J. Conway

Dragons of the Zodiac

Dragons of the Zodiac 

As there are dragons of the planets, so are there dragons of each zodiac sign. Some magical systems look upon these dragons as devic in nature and therefore not as powerful as element dragons. I have not found this to be so. I leave it to your own personal experience to decide the situation.

Sometimes we need to enhance the good qualities of the sign under which we were born, sometimes lessen the negative qualities. Many times we need the qualities and energies of other signs for a short period. By using the chant under each zodiac sign, the magician can add to her/his magical energies, particularly when she/he must face a sticky situation or deal with difficult people. However, no magician should work with the powers of one sign too long or she/he may develop too much of a particular power, thereby overbalancing.

As with planetary dragons, indeed all dragons, the magician should extend a mental invitation to join the ritual. Choose music that reflects to you the zodiac sign with which you are working. Steven Halpern has recorded some very beautiful New Age music specially for the zodiac signs, but these may not appeal to you. Response to music is a very personal thing. Your responses can even change from time to time, depending upon your emotions, physical health, and environmental situation. What feels right one time may not be appropriate at another.

Like the planetary rituals, these zodiac rites use candles, herbs, and oil of the appropriate sign to connect with dragon energy and draw on it.

Use the basic dragon rituals as a foundation ritual, adding the appropriate colors, herbs, etc. Insert the chants in the place where spell working is called for. Dance with your dragons; sing with them; chant vowel sounds with them. At the end of whichever zodiac chant you decide to use, meditate on absorbing the energies and qualities for which you have asked. Listen inwardly for suggestions.

Dancing with Dragons

D. J. Conway