There are no two ways about it – today China attracts a large number of tourists yearly who visit the country and enjoy its culture, history and Chinese astrology. China is known to be one of the oldest civilizations of the world whose culture has not remained confined to China but has also dominated large geographical regions of Eastern Asia. China has been a country tolerant of several religions right from ancient times. Confucianism is the country’s indigenous religion and has the popular support of the citizens of the country.
A recent survey has revealed that 85% of Chinese people practice religion or have some religious beliefs. 185 million people in China believe in Buddhism and only 33 million have faith in Christianity. This brings us to a conclusion that Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion in the country. Buddha, the founder of Buddhism is also known to be the founder of Chinese astrology.
What Is A Chinese Horoscope?
There is no denial that man has always wanted to know what the future holds for him. It is for this reason that astrological products and horoscopes have always been hugely attractive, none more so than in China.
Although Chinese astrology is based on traditional astronomy and calendars, Chinese horoscopes do not take into account the positions of the sun, moon and planets at the time of birth of a child. Chinese astrological predicting has a close relationship with the three harmonies namely haven, earth and water. The philosophy behind the these horoscopes is largely linked to influences like the Yin Yang, teachings of Wu Xing, five elements theory, lunisolar calendar and so on.
Chinese astrology determines the common Chinese zodiac signs which represent twelve types of personality. The Chinese zodiac is divided into a 12 year cycle of phases in which each year represents an animal. Each animal has different characteristics which, it is said, determine the mental and physical attributes of a person born under that sign. When you are in China, you can expect people to ask you which animal year you belong to rather than asking your age to assess your attributes. The animal of the year you were born in foretells the abundance or lack of happiness in your life.
Reasons For The Popularity Of Chinese Horoscopes
This ancient form of astrology has been in use in the Orient for thousands of years and is referenced by many people around the world, even today.
One of the aspects of Chinese horoscope is Feng Shui which is based on the energy of the elements. These elements are earth, water, fire, air and ether. Feng Shui has gained wide acceptance as a science that dictates ways and means of channelizing and absorbing vital energy. Yin and Yang determine the balance and harmony in one’s life. Any imbalance between the energy of these five elements and Yin Yang results in negativity in life.
The Chinese astrological insights have been found to be extremely reliable in determining the character of a person and his or her talents and biases.
History of Chinese Astrology
Given the fact that Buddha and his teachings have the widest influence on Chinese culture and spirituality, it is no surprise that the legend that is most widely accepted as the origin of Chinese horoscope relates to Buddha. According to the legend, Buddha invited all animals in the world to a feast. However, only 12 animals namely the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig arrived for the feast. Buddha decided to name the years after them in the same order as they arrived. This is how the twelve year cycle came into existence. The cycle is repeated after every twelve years making every year symbolic of an animal. The Chinese person believes that the traits and personalities of people born in these years are influenced by these animals.
The second widely accepted legend behind the Chinese horoscope relates to the Jade Emperor. It is said that the emperor held a swimming competition to select the animals for naming the zodiac. However, this story has several variations many of which are not even known to the common folk of China.
It is not an overstatement to suggest that the Chinese horoscope has gained wide popularity among the masses, not only in China but in other countries as well. It has amazed and entertained people for thousands of years and still continues to do so. If you also wish to experience that which has made top Chinese horoscope readings popular across the globe, visit China and enjoy a Chinese horoscope consultation.