With Chinese New Year coming up, and 2021 is the the year of the Ox, it is worth trying to understand the Chinese zodiac, a system of divination that differs from Western astrology.
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The main similarities between the two systems is that both systems are based on date and time of birth, with 12 symbols or signs used to communicate across meaning. We've listed some of the main differences, to make things a little easier to understand.
The 12 Signs
In both systems, there are the same number of signs: 12. Two are superficially similar: Ox/Bull and Goat/Ram.
- The Chinese signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
- The Western signs are: Ram, Bull, Twins, Crab, Lion, Virgin, Scales, Scorpion, Centaur, Sea-Goat, Water Bearer, and Fish.
2020 is a year of the Rat, 2021 will be a year of the Ox, and 2022 will be a year of the Tiger.
Origins of the Signs
In Chinese astrology, the 12 signs are derived from a myth that when God was developing a calendar, all creatures on Earth were summoned to participate in a race. The first 12 to cross the line were awarded signs in the Chinese zodiac.
This differs from Western astrology where the 12 signs are based on constellations' positions relative to the earth. The constellations were named according to Greek mythology.
Zodiac Months — Another Similarity
The Chinese zodiac animals were assigned months on the traditional Chinese solar calendar. Each animal sign corresponds with two of the 24 solar terms, for a period similar to a Western zodiac month.
This means that the Western astrological signs and Chinese zodiac months have a half-month overlap, as can be seen in the diagram right.
The Chinese cycle starts with the month of the Rat around December 7 (including solar terms 'Major Snow' and 'Winter Solstice', i.e. half of Sagittarius and half of Capricorn). Read more about the Solar Terms here.
More Than Just Your Birth Year or Month
Within the simplified Western astrological framework, signs are divided per month, while the Chinese signs are divided on a year-by-year basis when it comes to popular astrology. This means that in Chinese beliefs, people who were born in the same year have similar traits, as opposed to the Western belief that those born in the same month-long time frame have similar traits.
However, of course, there is more to it. In Western astrology, apart from the constellations, the planets, for example, symbolize basic motivations in the human psyche. Beside the yearly zodiac, Chinese astrology has three other pillars that create your fate, making four pillars in total: birth year, birth month, birth day, and birth hour.
When comparing the four pillars to Western astrology, the main difference is that Western astrology focuses on celestial alignment (of constellations with planets, stars, the moon, etc.), while the four pillars are based on the alignment of blocks of time in the Chinese calendar.
Lunar, But Mostly Solar
In the popularly-used Chinese astrology system (the lunar calendar), each month begins with a new moon and lasts for 29 or 30 days. The Chinese New Year date and length of a lunar year change by up to a month relative to a solar calendar.
However, 'professional' or conventional Chinese astrology mainly uses the traditional solar calendar when it comes to making predictions and laying out horoscopes. In this method, a year begins on February 4th (within a day).
The Western astrological calendar is based on the Earth's orbit around the sun (and resulting celestial alignment), which gives every zodiac month a set date (within a day), lasting between 29 and 31 days. This is why Western zodiac star signs are also known as sun signs.
Lunar Phases in China and the West
Chinese astrology places emphasis on the lunar phase at the time of your birth. There are four moon phases: new moon, waxing moon, full moon, and waning moon. New moon types are those seeking innovative environments, waxing moon people are known for being hard working, full moon types are diplomatic, while waning moon people desire peaceful surroundings.
The Western system, comparatively, considers two moon nodes; the North or Ascending Node, and the South or Descending Node. While still playing a role in sensitive areas, in Western astrology the planets are seen as more important factors.
Involving the Elements
The Chinese astrology system identifies five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each element is linked to motivating forces in your life.
Chinese Astrology Pig
Because the animals are on 12-year cycles and there are five elements, the entire Chinese zodiac-element cycle lasts 60 years. In this system, each sign has a fire, earth, metal, water, and wood variety depending on your birth year. 2021 is a Metal Ox year.
- Fire signs are inspired by excitement,
- earth signs are motivated to secure foundations,
- metal signs are driven to create order,
- water signs are compelled to form emotional bonds,
- and those born under the wood element have a desire to explore.
In the Western system, only four elements are identified: fire, earth, air, and water, and each element is associated with three signs with psychological features. Each sign has one element associated with it.
- Water signs are driven by emotion,
- earth signs are practical,
- fire signs are impulsive, and
- air signs are intellectually oriented.
Your Chinese Zodiac Year Is Bad Luck!
A feature of the Chinese zodiac that is incomparable to anything in the West is that it is bad luck when your year comes around (every 12 years you 'offend the god of age'). Your horoscope is no more unlucky (or lucky) than usual in your Western zodiac month.
Oxes beware in 2021 (an Ox year). Read more here about how to make sure you're lucky in your zodiac year.
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We've got plenty of tour options, whether you already know what you want to see, or are only just starting to research your first trip to China.
We have even compiled a list of the four best cities to visit for Chinese New Year, if you want to experience the biggest of the Chinese celebrations.
If you are interested in fortune telling, make sure you tell us ahead of time, and we can arrange for a Chinese fortune telling at one of China's many temples.© AstrofameAll the projects you initiated in 2020, will find their perfect happy endings in 2021 and this is certainly something to rejoice about. This year, you’ll figure out how to enjoy life, whilst focusing on your well-being and prospects. You will also rejoice in the fact that everything will be fine! Discover the Pig horoscope for 2021 written by our Chinese astrology specialist and find out everything you need to know about this year.
Your hard work will finally pay off this year, meaning you can definitely give yourself a pat on the back. There is no need to dither or to ask yourself questions, instead, let yourself be swept along by the good vibes. You’ll enjoy the calm and be glad that there is more security and honesty than usual.
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The Pig’s personality
Friendly and jovial, you are naturally gifted when it comes to being happy and staying positive. As a foodie at heart, you love enjoying the pleasures of good food and you advocate the art of living and you claim your comfort. You are generous and always seek to give more than you receive. Indeed, you multiply small attentions and simple gestures. You are blessed with incredible luck and are an adept of kindness and indulgence, although you trace your path with simplicity. For you, life must be lived by looking on the bright side of things.
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Your love life in 2021
Sentimental, tender and loyal, you are a great lover and a caring head of family. You appreciate the pleasures of life and share them with all those you love and protect. In order to attract you, people need to be understanding towards you, sensual, honest, comforting and above all, fun.
Who are your best matches?
With a Goat, you will blossom in a climate of softness and serenity. If you are aiming for a sensual marriage, you will find your perfect partner in Dog. The Tiger will protect and enhance you, especially in business. For a union rich in pleasure, the Rabbit will make an excellent companion.
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How will the year of the Metal Ox be for Pig?
In the Chinese zodiac, Pig is synonymous with a homely household. Also, during the year of the Ox, you will take advantage the positive vibes to multiply the happy moments spent with your family, to simmer good small dishes, to educate your children and to curl up in the arms of your marvelous partner. On the professional side of things, you will initiate the 'quiet but efficient' mode. On the financial side, you can reassure yourself because everything will turn out just fine.
Chinese Spring from Wednesday, February 3 to Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The year will start off very smoothly for the honorable Pig.
You will feel carried away by the colorful atmosphere and you will have a thousand and one glitter in your eyes. On the professional level, you will walk without stress, but with efficiency. On the relationship level, you will have lunch with colleagues at work to humanize your relationships within the company. When it comes to love, you will smooth out all the difficulties with your partner.
Chinese Astrology Pig Leo
Chinese Summer from Wednesday, May 5 to Friday, August 6, 2021
You will dodge problems at work by developing your networks and turning to more family-oriented activities.
In May, you'll follow the proverb and do what you please. You'll take advantage of bridges and holidays to have a good time with your friends. Professionally, you will be discreet. In June, you'll activate your networks and keep up to date with everything that's going on, so you'll be one step ahead of everyone else. On a relationship level, you will be present at all the parties and events that matter.
Chinese Astrology Pig 2019
Chinese Autumn Saturday, August 7 to Saturday, November 6, 2021
You will be able to count on your friends to help you give the full measure of your multiple talents.
At the beginning of this Chinese autumn, you will take the fresh air of the open sea and enjoy your vacation. You can enjoy barbecues in the garden, sunbathing on the beach in your bathing suit and improvised aperitifs with friends, not forgetting the Chinese Valentine's Day dinner (14/8). In September, you will feel refreshed to resume your professional activities. As a family, you will celebrate Mid-Autumn with a poetic picnic illuminated by the night sky. In October, you will be amazed to be able to count on so many supporters, some of them even coming from very high up.
Chinese Winter from Sunday, November 7, 2021 to Thursday, February 3, 2022
A superb end of the year for Pig. You will transform your home into a haven of peace.
The month of November will live up to your expectations and more particularly on the sentimental level where your nights will be transformed into a love song. At home, you'll be cooking healthy and delicious meals that will be praised by your family and friends. In December, you'll be shopping for holiday gifts and food. In January, you'll be making good resolutions. On the work side, you will privilege more and more often teleworking.
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