Chinese Astrology Exploring The Eastern Zodiac

Chinese Astrology Exploring The Eastern Zodiac
Chinese Astrology
Exploring the Eastern Zodiac
By
Shelly Wu

 

He who knows others is learned, he who knows himself is wise.

—Lao-tse

 The quest for self-knowledge and personal identity has been a universal human pursuit for millenniums. Who are we, and could our destiny be written in the stars? Why do some commit their wings to life’s flames, while others tiptoe through life so cautiously? In the quest for answers to these questions, there has been an explosion of renewed interest in Chinese astrology. Awareness of our essential nature aids in self-acceptance and enlightenment, and provides insight into our most intimate relationships.

Many of us are familiar with Western astrology. We can read our sun signs in the daily newspapers and even buy magazines and periodicals that offer predictions based on our sun and rising signs. However, there is another form of astrology known as Chinese or Eastern astrology. Chinese astrology is based on 12 archetypal temperaments represented by each of 12 symbolic animal signs.

 
Eastern astrology differs from popular Western astrology in many ways. While this lunar-based system utilizes fixed mathematical formulas, it is not entirely a science of forecasting, but rather an interpretive art. Chinese astrology is built upon foundations of principle, order, and the spiritual laws of synchronicity (or the theory of “meaningful coincidences”). This is the journey of the spirit through the physical dimension. It is said that we plot the characteristics of our personality and determine the purpose for our present existence. Truly, our character reflects the intent of our spirit.


Utilizing 5,000 years of practical observations, Chinese astrology reveals the attributes, driving forces, and possibilities that your birth year offers you. Throughout the centuries, multitudes have delved into the mysteries that underlie their personalities. This is a timeless system that is as pertinent today as it was many centuries ago.

The Chinese speak of one’s “natural endowment” or “inner being.” There are two faces that make up our personality. The first is xian tian, or our original inherent “temperament.” These are the spiritual attributes that we came into this life with—our personality from the beginning. The second is hou tian, or our acquired “character.” This is determined by our choices and conduct. What is “temperament,” and what relationship does it have to “character” in forming the personality? Temperament is our inclinations, tendencies, and predisposition. Character is a collection of actual habits and behaviors—our actual disposition. Temperament plus character equals personality. Personality traits (patterns of thinking, perceiving, and reacting), are relatively stable over time.

As you explore each sign, notice if you see similarities between people you know and try to guess their Chinese astrological sign. After learning about these ancient personality archetypes, you may notice some interesting similarities to your friends and family; and quite possibly, you may never look at yourself the same way again.

 

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