Have you been ask of when is your birthday not for the sake of greeting you on the day of your birth date but he/she wants to determine your zodiac sign? And, telling you your luck or horoscope for the day, instead? Many of us believe in the fortune and luck. This was an influence to us brought about by civilization and of other races to our respective culture. Chinese is said to be known for this matter. In fact, they have the so called Chinese Zodiac originated in the Han Dynasty around 202BC to 220AD.
They used animals as signs to represent the year you were born. These animals are the pig, dog, rooster, monkey, sheep, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, and rat. Usually, these animals have been related with an earthly branch thus calling each animal years as hai pig, xu dog, you rooster, shen monkey, wei sheep, wu horse, si snake, chen dragon, mao rabbit, yin tiger, mao rabbit, chou ox, and zi rat. Primarily, Chinese Zodiac was based upon the characters of animals and the living habits. For instance, at 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM rat is actively seeks food. This was then named zishi (time period of zi). Likewise, the time where oxen ruminate at 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM, was named choushi basing the time period of chou. In tigers’ case where it was named yin shi (time period of yin), they hunt prey and display fiercest nature at 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM.
Chinese Zodiac or Sheng Xiao had represented an animal sign in each year in a twelve-year cycle. This animal representation of the year when you were born is called BenmingNian (year of birth).Furthermore, Chinese Lunar Calendar was used as reference in the calculation. However, you can use and select your date of birth based on Gregorian, and you can determine your date of birth according to the lunar calendar. This too can show you of your Zodiac Sign. During the old era, in the observation of Ancient people, they had determined 12 full moons within one year. In this case, astronomy is also the basis of its origin.
The rationale behind this Zodiac Sign does not end there. They further provided that in one’s year of birth, one could control people’s fortune. A mysterious power or celestial body, “Taisui” had been offended and that will bring joy or misery. But during the Han Dynasty where people have special affection for red, wearing red clothes and other decorations such bracelet and necklace, red as its color, as a talisman, is a remedy to avoid experiencing and happening miserable events. It was then diversified and red was used in wedding, victory in a battle, passing the imperial examination. Red had been associated. Therefore, red became a representation of victory, bravery, rightness, and token of festivities.
There are a lot of chinese products can be used to determine our fortune or luck. These serve a guide for your fortune or destiny. But, there are greater things to happen and can change miserable things either. It is just a matter of firm belief and taking effort that your fate will be ensured a met good fortune indeed.
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