Chinese astrology is based upon the yin yang five-element theory of Feng Shui, just like traditional Chinese medicine (TCM.) Consequently both TCM and Chinese astrology often speak in terms of organ meridians, which when interpreted correctly, produce startlingly accurate results. The method used to determine your horoscope is called si zhu xue (4 posts knowledge). The four posts are the year, month, date and time of your birth. As in Western astrology, these aspects are used to predict your future. However, instead of having a different sign every month, Chinese astrology has 12 animal zodiacs for 12 years, multiplied by five elements, for a total cycle of sixty signs. Chinese astrology, like many forms of Kung Fu, is based upon the yin yang five-element theory of Feng Shui. Beyond the twelve zodiac animals, the five elements of Earth, Metal (or Gold), Water, Wood, and Fire play an important role.
The succession of elements over this sixty-year cycle is simple. Each element influences two consecutive years. After ten years, when all five elements have passed twice, it repeats from the beginning again. After six repetitions, the cycle of sixty is complete. For example, the year 2000 was the Gold Dragon. The following year, 2001 is still governed by metal, so it will be the Gold Snake. The cycle continues as follows: 2002: Water Horse, 2003: Water Ram, 2004: Wood Monkey, 2005: Wood Rooster, 2006: Fire Dog, 2007: Fire Pig, 2008: Earth Rat, 2009: Earth Ox. Then the elements repeat, so to finish out the zodiac, 2010 was the Gold Tiger and 2011 will be the Gold Hare. The next Dragon (in 2012) will be the Water Dragon. You can do the math for the rest of the cycle.
Our Feng Shui master Wilson Sun has developed this new special horoscope column specifically tailored for martial artists. Master Sun is a world-renowned Feng Shui expert from Shanghai, who was trained in his family's esoteric art since childhood. He may be reached for private consultations only in Mandarin at email@example.com or tel/fax 408-773-1556. With translation from our publisher Gigi Oh, and interpretation from our assistant publisher Gene Ching, Kung Fu Qigong is pleased to present you with a glimpse into your own future, Kung Fu style!
- Rat: 1924 Wood, 1936 Fire, 1948 Earth, 1960 Metal, 1972 Water, 1984 Wood, 1996 Fire, 2008 Earth
- Ox: 1925 Wood, 1937 Fire, 1949 Earth, 1961 Metal, 1973 Water, 1985 Wood, 1997 Fire, 2009 Earth
- Tiger: 1926 Fire, 1938 Earth, 1950 Metal, 1962 Water, 1974 Wood, 1986 Fire, 1998 Earth, 2010 Metal
- Hare: 1927 Fire, 1939 Earth, 1951 Metal, 1963 Water, 1975 Wood, 1987 Fire, 1999 Earth, 2011 Metal
- Dragon: 1928 Earth, 1940 Metal, 1952 Water, 1964 Wood, 1976 Fire, 1988 Earth, 2000 Metal, 2012 Water
- Snake: 1929 Earth, 1941 Metal, 1953 Water, 1965 Wood, 1977 Fire, 1989 Earth, 2001 Metal, 2012 Water
- Horse: 1930 Metal, 1942 Water, 1954 Wood, 1966 Fire, 1978 Earth, 1990 Metal, 2002 Water, 2014 Wood
- Ram: 1919 Earth, 1931 Metal, 1943 Water, 1955 Wood, 1967 Fire, 1979 Earth, 1991 Metal, 2003 Water
- Monkey: 1920 Metal, 1932 Water, 1944 Wood, 1956 Fire, 1968 Earth, 1980 Metal, 1992 Water, 2004 Wood
- Rooster: 1921 Metal, 1933 Water, 1945 Wood, 1957 Fire, 1969 Earth, 1981 Metal, 1993 Water, 2005 Wood
- Dog: 1922 Water, 1934 Wood, 1946 Fire, 1958 Earth, 1970 Metal, 1982 Water, 1994 Wood, 2006 Fire
- Pig: 1923 Water, 1935 Wood, 1947 Fire, 1959 Earth, 1971 Metal, 1983 Water, 1995 Wood, 2007 Fire