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Tao & Astrology

Taoism has long been associated with Feng Shui (Chinese geomancy), alchemy and astrology.   Strictly  speaking, these are not Taoist practices, but they have been practiced on an advanced level for thousands of years in Taoist Temples and institutions.  All these traditions share concepts of Yin and Yang, balance and the need for humans to work within nature's framework.

Before going on, I want to explain  the horoscope's relative unimportance in your fate, even for believers.   There are three influences on your life; heavenly, earthly and human.  Your choices create the human influence. Earthly influence relates to the circumstances you are in which are also partly under your control.  Feng Shui can help control this influence too.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.  Each sign lasts a year.  Each one has its own characteristics and personality.  On the simplest level then, the Chinese horoscope runs on a 12 year cycle, but Feng Shui is never that simple. 

There are also five elements or agents.  These elements interact with one another in this and other aspects of Feng Shui.  The following chart will tell you what your Chinese star sign and elements are.  Click the animal name to go to a summary of its characteristics:

  Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Wood Fire  
Rat 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 Rat
Ox 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 Ox
Tiger 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 Tiger
Rabbit 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 Rabbit
Dragon 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 Dragon
Snake 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 Snake
Horse 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 Horse
Goat 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 Goat
Monkey 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 Monkey
Rooster 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 Rooster
Dog 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 Dog
Pig 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 Pig
  Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Fire  

Now, thinking of people you live or work closely with, here is a chart of the compatibility of different animal types.  They are ranked from very incompatible: to neutral: to very compatible:

  Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig
Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Goat
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig
  Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig

 

 

 

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