Chinese astrology is based on the traditional astronomy and sexagenarian calendars (60 years cycle). It does not calculate the positions of the Sun, Moon and other planets at the time of birth of a person, rather assigns a person as a zodiac animal based on their natal year as determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. Chinese lunar calendar is divided into 12 months consisting of 29 to 30 days according to duration of lunar month. Moreover, the calendar is synchronized with the solar year by the addition of extra years at fixed intervals and each year was related to the 12 animal designations, viz. (Chinese names beside English are given) Snake (Xin-si), Horse (Ren-wu), Sheep (Gui-wei), Monkey (Jai-shen), Rooster (Yi-you), Dog (Bing-xu), Pig (Ding-hai), Rat (Wu-zi), Ox (Ji-Chou), Tiger (Geng-Yin), Hare (Ji-Mao) and Dragon (Geng-chen) respectively. These symbolic animals produces corresponding Chinese horoscope every year.
Chinese Zodiac is arranged in a repeating cyle of twelve-year. This similarize the movement of Jupiter in Vedic astrology. While thinking of horoscope, occult science could be divided into two groups, oriental astrology and western astrology. Further division could be made in oriental astrology, like Indian as well as Chinese astrology. Astrology was practiced in almost all the continent of the World since time immemorial. Out of which some of the countries made exceptional advancement to this subject. Countries like, India and its neighboring countries of the Asian subcontinent, China, Egypt, Greece and many countries of Europe and America had a pedigree of astrology.
Twelve Zodiacs are described in Vedic as well as in western astrology and the same is followed by Chinese astrology too. Chinese horoscope derives from twelve animals signifying 12 Zodiacs and a particular animal gets a full year of 12 months to exercise its influence on its own Zodiac. This is a continuous process and a particular Zodiac animal gets its turn again after, 12 years. Therefore, a person born under a Zodiac animal gets rejuvenated at the interval of every 12 years. However, it is found that if a particular year is run by a friendly Zodiac animal can also produce auspicious result in the life of other Zodiac animals. A standing and universal structure of Chinese horoscope in accordance with the year of birth has been furnished below.
Vedic astrology is based mainly on the Moon sign and is followed by the method of nirayana. Time of Sun rise (approximately 05:30 am) initiates beginning of a new day and date as well. Position or degree of Moon is determined from its rotation of a particular time span with respect to its rotation in 24 hours. Besides, the entire zodiac belt of 360 degree is divided into 12 equal parts of 30 degrees each. Each zodiac part of 12 degree has their respective unique names, viz. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
There is a very little difference between Vedic astrology and western astrology. Unlike Vedic, western horoscope is based on Sun signs and is followed by the process of sayana which differs from Vedic calculation by 23 to 34 degrees. Rests of the factors like zodiacal distribution and planetary positions are the same, like Vedic science. In modern times, western astrology was nurtured by the eminent astrologers like, Alan Leo, Linda Goodman and many others respectively. Read more .........
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