"The Chinese Zodiac" Chinese zodiac/Feng Shui and more Tip by Sharrie

 
 

THE CHINESE ZODIAC:
(Excerpts From HKTA)

The Chinese zodiac system commands a certain degree of attention & respect - if not always great faith - among the people of HK. People take notice of it most during the Lunar New Year period, when media commentators give their predictions for the coming 12 months. Astrology itself is actually only one element in a very large & complex belief system that includes <i>fung shui</i>, numerology, magic & the Chinese almanac. However, it is probably the most approachable to the Western mind.

While the lunar calendar itself dates back to 2637 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the 1st cycle of this zodiac, just how the astrological system developed out of that calendar is somewhat unclear to historians. Legend has it that the 12 animal signs were created at the time of the Lord Buddha, who one day commanded all the beasts in creation to assemble before him - only 12 responded & were rewarded by having their names given to a specific year. The order in which the animals appeared & their corresponding years are given below.

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2002
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