Chinese and Indian Vedic Astrology
Did you know Indian Vedic Astrology is an ancient science based upon the knowledge gained by saints and ancient Indian sages on planetary influences?
Indian Vedic Astrology
This is different to Western Astrology as it is based on fate. Therefore, good and bad actions of the past life determine your fate or Karma of your present life, and the actions of your present life determine your future Karma. According to Indian Vedic astrology a person is born on that day, at that place, and on that moment when his individual fate is in perfect mathematical harmony with the progress of the stars in heaven.
However, it is not 100% dependent upon fate. Astrology lets you know what you were born with, what your possibilities are, the limitations, your strong points and your drawbacks. What type of life partners and professions suit you and to expect is also indicated. It also prescribes various remedial measures to ward off the bad effects and to enhance the good results. Astrology is basically, your road-map of destiny.
However, your fate is in your hands. The scriptures guide you by telling you what is good and what is bad; what to do and what not to do; how to do it and how not to d it. You are given a piece of land and the seeds to sow. How much effort you put in to it, what amount of manure and water you add and when and how to reap the produce is your decision.
After that it is you who have to act using your knowledge intelligence, discrimination and experience. Fate is like a game of cards where you cannot help the cards that have been dealt to you but how to play them is in your hands. You may get good cards but if you play badly you will lose and you may get bad cards and still may win if you play carefully.
According to Chinese legend, there were twelve animals that argued one day to decide who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they decided to hold a contest. The quest was simple; whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish
All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. However, unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.
The 12 Animal Signs are : Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit (or Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The animal ruling the year in which you were born has a profound influence on your life.
The Chinese use animal signs on a 12-year cycle that is used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. However, the Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year. It is not uncommon for Chinese calendars to print both the solar dates and the Chinese lunar dates.
As the Chinese say, This is the animal that hides in your heart.
There are 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, each adding a nuance of almost tactile character to the animal sign. Chinese Astrology is based on the Chinese calendar year of your birth or the year of an event. There are also many more nuances involving the month and day.
A cultural sidelight of the animal signs in Chinese folklore is that horoscopes have developed around the animal signs, much like monthly horoscopes in the West have been developed for the different moon signs. For example, a Chinese horoscope may predict that a person born in the Year of the Horse would be, cheerful, popular, and loves to compliment others. Although these horoscopes are amusing, they are not regarded seriously by many Chinese people.