Knowing a little about the developing character of your child can be very beneficial during the early years. Some think that the use of astrology can help us understand the characteristics our child will develop based on their astrological sign. This is particularly true of the Chinese who put great faith in the benefits of mystical astrology to help guide their parenting and child caring skills. Can ‘the Ox Horoscope or Dragon Horoscope really help? What is this oriental astrology that holds such great attraction?
Top Chinese astrology is based on the development of traditional calendars and astronomy that flourished during the Han dynasty. It is closely related with the Chinese philosophy of three theories of heaven,earth and man and it uses the yin and yang principles and concepts,the ten celestial stems,the five phases and the twelve earthly branches. The Chinese astrology developed an elaborate system for predicting terrestrial events which originated from celestial observations.
The five phases is a concept scheme which many traditional Chinese used to explain a wide concept of phenomena from the cosmic cycles to the relationship between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes. The five phases consists of wood,fire,earth metal and water. The order of the five phases was known as mutual generation. This system of five phases was used to describe interactions and relationships among phenomena. The wood symbolized a favorable season of growth with plenty of fire wood. Fire symbolized a period of flowering and swelling with plenty of energy and fire. Metal symbolized a period of plenty of harvest and collection. Water symbolized a period of retreat to where calmness and storage flourished.
The ten celestial stems were also known as the heavenly stems which were used to perform the Shang period rituals for the dead family members who were given sacrifices on the day set on the shang week. They were used together with the earthly branches for a similar cycle of twelve days to give a combined cycle of sixty days. The ten celestial stems name appeared due to the belief of the shang people that there were ten sun appearing in a period of ten day cycle. The ten heavenly stems of the shang era were the one that provided the names of the days of the week which are still used up to date. The computing of one’s fate and destiny system by determining one’s birthday is commonly used by the modern Chinese to determine one’s fortune or wealth.
The twelve earthly branches were made for the Chinese system for reckoning time. The systems were made from the observations of the planet Jupiter. According to the Chinese astrology a persons destiny can be determined by the position of major planets at the time of birth along with the sun and moon positions. The celestial circle was divided into twelve sections by the Chinese astronomers. Today the earthly branches are used with the heavenly stems in the latest version of the traditional Chinese calender. The branches were old as the stems but the stems were tied to the Chinese kings ritual calendars. The yin and yang concepts are used to explain how opposite forces are interconnected and in the natural world. They are a complementary force that interacts to produce a dynamic system that is greater when in whole than in parts. The yin and yang symbolized black and white with yin being the black side consisting of a white dot inside it and yang being the white side with a black dot on the inside it.