What Is Chinese Astrology Based On? How Old Is Chinese Astrology? A Beginners Guide
Hello everyone! Welcome to today’s post where I hope to shed some light on the origins of Chinese Astrology. Many people have been commenting and asking me What Is Chinese Astrology Based On? I thought now is the perfect opportunity to share the myths and legends of its origin.
How Old Is Chinese Astrology? Join us as we have a look at the much loved myths and legends of this beautiful and ancient Eastern Zodiac.
In Western Astrology, the idea of turning to the stars and planets for answers to our past, present and future is generally accepted and most popular. We can turn to the horoscope pages online ( such as scorpiomuse.com ) and read what the meaning of us belonging to a certain starsign means to us.
It really is extraordinary what we can find out about ourselves and others personalities and it also gives us ideas about what colours, days and numbers will bring us luck, according to our signs. For example, I am a Scorpio, and some of my personality traits are loyalty, sensitivity and stubbornness. My lucky day is Thursday, my lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 9. As for colours, I always feel amazing wearing purples, blacks and reds – typical witch colours!
The Zodiac wheel, or natal wheel as it is sometimes called, consists of 12 star/sun signs that begin with Aries – The Ram, Taurus – The Bull, Gemini – The Twins, Cancer – The Crab, Leo – The Lion, Libra – The Scales, Scorpio – The Scorpion, Sagittarius – The Archer, Aquarius – The Water Bearer, and lastly, Pisces – Pair of Fish. It is believed that these signs serve a vital role in Westerner’s lives for personal growth and self awareness.
It may be hard to believe but it is not an accident that we were all born at a certain time of the year and in the Natal Chart, you can find out more in depth information when you know your date of birth and you can see where the Sun was at that very moment. This area of information is very interesting, by using this method, you are at an advantage to finding like-minded people.
In Chinese Astrology, Animals Play A Important Role
Similar to Western Astrology, Chinese Astrology, has an animal connected to each of the twelve signs and the origins are told in ancient Chinese mythology and legends. In China,there is an ancient religion termed Taoism. Within the many fables and legends, lies a story with many diversities.
Out of all of the various interpretations presented, they all boil down to the same idea that tell of an ancient ruler, Jade Emperor who has been said to be the original deity – the crown prince whom rules over the heavens and earth.
There is a story that he had a plan to assign 12 animals to a certain calendar year and asked the clever Rat to think of how it would be possible to pursue such a magnificent task.
The Rat immediately thought of an ingenious and fair way to make it easier for the emperor to decide how to rank the animals that would be lucky to rule over certain years and that was a race at the riverbank! The Rat put word out all over the land that a Great Race was organized on the emperor’s birthday to see which animal would be ranked in place of their outcome.
This exciting news spread far and wide and there was an abundance of thrill and trepidation among the animals all over the area, nearly 3,000 years ago.
Be Careful Who You Trust
On the morning of the highly anticipated Great Race, Mister Rat made certain to rise very early, possibly before Dawn and promptly began his journey to the meeting place where the race would occur.
On his way, he met the Ox who was considerably quicker than the little Rat and he had to swiftly think of a way not to fall behind. The Ox was happy to have the Rat come along for the ride on his back, on the condition that the Rat sung a song for him.
First at the site were the Ox and Rat. The Ox was confident and ready to be placed as the very first sign of the years yet, much to his dismay he saw that the bright Rat had slid ahead to pole position.
It was the little Rat who won the race and was given the ranking title of the first lucky animal of the Chinese Zodiac. This is where the term the rat race is thought to have originated.
After the Rat in first place, the Ox in second, comes the following order up until 12: The Tiger, The Rabbit, The Dragon, The Snake, The Horse, The Sheep, The Monkey, The Rooster, The Dog and The Boar. As with all myths and fables, there are many other contrasts in this great tale. Some folklore mention that a Yellow Emperor whose intent was to choose twelve guards.
It is also believed that the Cat and the Rat were the best of friends, always looking out for one another in their lives. As the race grew nearer, the lazy sleep loving Cat was worried that he would miss out on the race. The Rat assuredly promised him that he would wake his pal up so they could set out together way before any of the largest animals began to rouse from their slumber.
The rat either forgot to wake the cat up, or he accidentally on purpose didn’t bother as he was too eager to be first to the riverbank. When the cat finally arrived at the meeting place, the race was long over. The cat never forgot or forgave the betrayal from his best friend right up until this day. This is why a cat will always know that he has to chase a rat to seek revenge!
Chinese astrology, myth, legend, culture and religions have always fascinated me and many more. I hope this beginners guide has given you an idea of the differences between Western and Eastern astrology. There is far too much that I will have to leave for another day!
Let me know if you enjoy this topic or would prefer to see more Western content, either way I am always happy to share my thoughts with you!
Until Next Time,