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Birth Data: Jennifer

Birth Date:   February 9, 1969
Birth Hour:   22

Your Chinese Astrology Signs:

YearEarth Monkey
MonthWood Ox
DayWood Rabbit
HourFire Pig

Table of Contents
Introduction
Section 1 --- General Information
Section 2 --- The Five Stages of Life
Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Chinese Astrology -- An Overview
Appendix: The Chinese Calendar

Introduction

Your Life Cycle Reading provides an overview of your whole life from a Chinese astrology perspective. It is based on your Year, Month, Day and Time (Chinese hour) of birth. From ancient times, the Chinese have believed that certain parameters of your personality and fate were set at your moment of birth. The Chinese are not strict determinists, however, and do believe people can use the information in their charts to improve their lives. Ideally you want to maximize your accomplishments during strong periods and minimize the negative effects of weak ones.

Understanding Your Reading

Your reading consists of two parts:

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Section 1 --- General Information

Background

The Chinese, during a history that spans about 5,000 years, have displayed a fondness for dividing things into five parts. Notable examples include the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) and the cardinal points or directions (East, South, Center, West and North). It is not surprising, then, that they have also divided a person's life into five stages: birth, youth, maturation, adulthood, and retirement.

These stages are defined in terms of their association with education and employment. Birth is the time from conception up to the time an individual begins formal education. Youth coincides with the years of formal education and varies widely among cultures as well as individuals. Maturation begins upon completion of school and lasts until an individual has become fully adapted to the demands of career and, perhaps, raising a family. Adulthood can be said to begin when a person is well on the way to making a career. It is the time of peak earnings capacity. As with Youth there are wide variances in history and among individuals and cultures as to when this stage begins. Retirement, the final stage, begins when career is no longer an important factor in a person's life. This would, then, include a time of part-time employment, for example,consulting, as well as full retirement. I does not, however, include time spent in pursuit of a second career.

The five stages are correlated with the five elements This notion goes back over 2,000 years and is detailed in The Book of the Prince of Huai. Both Chinese astronomy and astrology are intimately connected with farming and the land, as life and the economy of ancient China were based on agriculture. The assignment of the five elements to the seasons can be understood from the perspective of a farmer. Wood is associated with spring, Fire Summer, Earth the Middle Season, Metal Autumn, and Water Winter.

Spring is the time of new growth, hence Wood is natural to the time of Birth. The heat of summer suggests Fire and the dynamism of Youth. An extra season, the middle season, was created to establish a grouping of five. Earth relates to the season crops have grown to maturity and thus the time of Maturation. Implements used to bring in the fall harvest are made of Metal, hence that element. Metal is the time to reap the rewards of education and goes with Adulthood, the time of high earnings potential. Finally, the rainy season occurs in Winter, thus the association with Water. Finally, Water is associated with Retirement and Winter, a time of rest, when fields lie fallow, and the hard work is finished.

Your Reading

This reading contributes valuable information to help you understand and thereby take advantage of what's going on in each of the five stages of your life. Many factors go into your chart. And, indeed, there is a lot more to Chinese astrology than simply determining a person is a Dragon or a Horse, reading a few lines, and thinking you've learned all there is to know. Even this reading contains only a portion of what Chinese astrology can reveal.

It is presented in chronological order, beginning with Birth and ending with Retirement.

Furthermore, your chart can only tell you about a particular opportunity or difficulty. It is up to you to take advantage of the insight you gain. You will have to wisely use your strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Likewise, you must make an effort to capitalize on opportune times and to prepare for tough ones. Yes, Chinese astrology does outline the parameters of your life, but it is ultimately you who determines your fortune and your destiny.

Now step back and look at your life from a new perspective.

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Section 2 --- The Five Stages of Life

The five stages of life are Birth, Youth, Maturation, Adulthood, and Retirement. These represent the time from conception to the beginning of formal education, the years of formal education (not including going back to school later in life), the period of full transition to adulthood, the mature stage of adulthood, and a person's later years. Before addressing how you fare in each of these periods, here is some general information on the Monkey:

As a Monkey-sign person you probably enjoy games and fun in general. Childhood is thus made for you, and it is likely to be your happiest time. The Monkey is often naive in youth and thus vulnerable to others taking advantage of them. You could, therefore, suffer some betrayals and disappointments in your teens and early twenties.

Life could become very confusing in your middle years. As the Monkey often likes to play tricks on others, fate has a tendency to do the same to you. More than one of your plans are likely to fail or at least result in totally unexpected consequences. You will need to make good use of your wits to achieve success.

As you enter your later years you may find life is becoming much calmer. It's important for you to develop a lot of interests and have one or two people on whom you can really depend. Unfortunately all too often Monkey-sign people experience loneliness as they progress through old age.

In the following discussion you will often come across the term, chi. This concept is very important in Chinese thought. What you need to know is that it refers to your energy level or life force.

Birth

The first stage of life, includes the time beginning with your conception and lasting until you begin your formal education, that is, to about age five or six. Since you can't do a whole lot crawling around in your crib, some of the following comments pertain to your potential rather than what you might achieve at this time.

This is a low normal chi period for you. It may not be easy, but given at least a minimally satisfactory home environment, you can begin to successfully adapt to life's challenges.

By the way, normal, strong and weak in this context refer to your chi. Think of chi as energy or life force. This can vary significantly throughout your life and has a major impact on your ability to achieve your goals at each stage.

Water rules this stage, which is also under the influence of Happiness. For you it is a modest indicator of blessings deriving from achieving fame. Even as an infant and young child you may find a lot of interest drawn to you, perhaps more than the usual baby being the center of attention.

You should also know that elements in combination can be either constructive, as in this order: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, etc., or destructive, Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood. Adjacent elements in the first list are favorable and those in the second unfavorable.

Your ruling element, Wood, is also the natural element for this stage of life. This is the most favorable possibility. Furthermore, this situation exists at each stage, thus ensuring you benefit from the various forces operating at different times in your life. It can more than make up for a low, element rating.

Youth

The years of formal education constitute the second stage of life. Although this varies widely among individuals and cultures, it runs approximately from age six to 20.

This is a high normal chi period for you. You should be able to take advantage of your educational opportunities. There's also a good chance childhood will be a happy time for you.

Your chi level will slightly increase from that of the previous stage. It may not, however, seem that life is getting much easier, as you are just going from low to high average. Not too long after you enter this stage you nevertheless should have sufficient energy to make good progress on achieving your goals.

Wood rules this stage, which is also under the influence of Recognition. For you it is a moderately strong indicator of achievement in the applied, creative or performing arts, something you might consider as you pursue your education. You should be on the way to developing positive self esteem.

Maturation

The years of transitioning from Youth and adapting to Adulthood make up the third stage of life. The stage roughly runs from age 21 to 35 and varies from person to person. It is an important time in your life, and a strong chi rating here forms the basis of a strong chart.

This is a low chi period for you. You may find it difficult to take advantage of opportunities and to deal with problems. It might be very challenging to cross the bridge from Youth to Adulthood. In fact your peers could consider you immature. You would be wise to seek guidance and help from those wiser than you.

You will experience a significant decrease in chi from that of your previous stage in life. Your current rating is low, so it will feel like life is getting more difficult , and you will, indeed, have to work harder to achieve the same level of success. It is important not to overextend yourself at this time. Focus on what is important and how to compensate for your weakness.

Fire rules this stage, which is also under the influence of Wealth. The best way for you to make money is in management, either corporate or government, something you should consider as you embark upon and progress in your work life. This is a weak indicator for you and may even denote difficulty in achieving career success.

Adulthood

The years of peak earnings potential characterize Adulthood. This fourth stage of life begins when you are established in your career, or about age 35, and lasts until Retirement.

This is a strong chi period for you. You have an excellent chance of achieving your goals if you make wise decisions and work hard.

There will be a very noticeable increase in chi from that of your previous stage in life. Dealing with life's challenges will be a lot easier. Assuming you didn't suffer any significant setbacks in the previous, weak period, you should make excellent progress during this stage if you make the effort.

Earth rules this stage, which is also under the influence of Opportunity. This is a strong indicator for you, so it could be an auspicious time to pack up and move, especially to a different town. One is likely to play a positive role as you strive for your career goals.

Retirement

The last stage of life consists of those years after you have permanently ceased working full time. It could begin as early as your forties or even not at all, as some people work up until the end of their lives.

It is both a time of decline and rebirth. True, there is a slowdown as a natural result of the aging process. The Chinese believe, however, that the arrival of your original birth sign is a time of rejoicing, of a new beginning signified by the start of another 60-year cycle.

This is a low chi period for you. It might now be difficult to deal with life's vicissitudes. You may not be as active nor have as much energy as your peers. Hopefully you will have taken advantage of your previous, strong stages, so that this will still be a rewarding time.

You will experience a significant decrease in chi from that of your previous stage in life. Although your current rating is about average, it may feel like life is getting more difficult. Indeed, you will have to work harder to achieve the same level of success. You will have to make wise decisions, but you should still be able to make progress towards your goals.

Metal rules this stage, which is also under the influence of Wealth. The best ways for you to make money are the buying and selling of goods and, or, services. This is a weak indicator for you and may denote difficulties in Retirement due to financial problems.

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Concluding Remarks

Your elements are slightly unbalanced. As you have read above, you are therefore likely to have one strong, one high and two, low average, and one, weak chi stage in your life.

Your energy level will thus be constant for most of your life. If you take advantage of your strong stage and minimize the negative effects of your weak one, you have a reasonable chance of achieving your goals and having a happy life. With a pattern like this it is safe to say success is basically what you make of it. In fact this is almost perfect balance, so the odds are in your favor.

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Appendix: Chinese Astrology -- An Overview

Chinese astrology is an ancient tradition dating back thousands of years. It predates the Western zodiac and is still consulted by millions of people worldwide on a daily basis.

Twelve signs and five elements make up the Chinese zodiac. As legend has it, on the day Buddha decided to create the signs, he called for race of 12 animals. The first animal to finish would be considered the first sign of the zodiac, and so on. The Rat, knowing he could not win on his own (as the race covered both land and water), jumped onto the back of the Ox; at the last minute, he jumped off and became the first of the 12 signs. It's of no surprise that the hedonistic Pig came in last!

Chinese astrology has 12 primary signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. There are variations in the names. Some, for example, use Buffalo for Ox or Boar for Pig. Each animal has a year named after it and the astrological cycle of the Orient takes 12 years to complete.

The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water -- always being listed in that order. It is said to be a productive cycle, that is Wood produces Fire, Fire produces Earth, Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water, and Water produces Wood, thus continuing the cycle. The balance of these elements and their positioning in a Chinese chart enable the astrologer to tell many things about a person's personality and life.

Chinese astrologers base their calculations on the Moon and its cycles, that is, on the lunar year. Western astrologers base their readings on the solar year. Thus, Western signs are called Sun signs. In Western astrology the month sign (for example, Leo) is the primary influence, while in Chinese astrology it is the year sign that holds the most influence. But Chinese astrology too has month signs. Chinese months are not named (just numbered) and use the same names as year signs. So, it can be a Wood Sheep year and a Wood Sheep month at the same time.

Western signs are usually designated by one name (for example, Aquarius) and change from month to month. Chinese signs are designated by two Chinese characters, and they change from year to year. The first character designates the year's element and the second, its animal sign (for example, Earth Tiger).

The Chinese have used decimal-based calendars as well as the 12-year based calendar. Chinese astrologers use both of these calendars simultaneously, thus resulting in the compound signs.

Chinese astrology has four signs: one each for the year, the month, the day and the hour of birth. In texts, these are often referred to as the four pillars. This may sound different to Western minds, but even here there is a similarity with Western astrology. That system, for example, uses hour signs as well, calling them ascendants, or rising signs.

Chinese astrology is complicated. The 12 animal signs combined with the five elements total 60 signs, and each person has four of these. Each of us truly is an individual, as no two people on the planet born in the same year have the same Chinese star chart.

Chinese astrologers do not believe a person's fate is sealed in stone at the moment of birth. What they do believe is that a person's time and place of birth set parameters, boundaries. What happens within these boundaries is influenced not only by free will, but also by external factors such as financial status of the family, the culture and the local economy.

There is, of course, a whole body of Chinese philosophy and culture underlying the precepts and findings of Chinese astrology. The subject of Chinese studies, as fascinating as it is, goes well beyond the scope of this basic introduction.

One point worth mentioning, though, is that balance plays a central role in Chinese thought. True strength comes from balance. A strong chart will be balanced in terms of both signs and elements. Ideally, a person will have an equal mix of strong and gentle signs, as well as of elements. And, if a person has a variety of signs in their chart (as opposed to, say, two Monkey signs and two Pig signs), so much the better. That means the person has a wider range of capabilities.

Much of the above discussion has been about personality and abilities. Originally, however, the primary purpose of Chinese astrology was fortune telling. The focus of Chinese astrology is usually on what will happen to people in various stages of their lives (or within a specific duration of time) or on what people should do on a particular day or in a certain month or year.

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Appendix: The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese calendar differs significantly from the Western calendar.

The primary difference is that the months of the Chinese calendar are directly tied to the phases of the moon. These phases, however, do not fit in with the length of the year as measured by the Earth's revolution around the sun.

The Western calendar is fixed in the sense that each New Year begins on solar/Western calendar date January first. Because the Chinese New Year must correlate with a moon phase, it falls as early as January 22nd and as late as February 19th on the Western calendar.

This has significant implications for Chinese Astrology. First, however, it's important to understand the primary difference between Chinese and Western astrology. Chinese astrology focuses on the year sign, and Western astrology focuses on the month sign (Aquarius, Pisces, etc.).

Chinese astrology does, however, have month signs. This can be confusing because the month signs have the same name as the year signs. Furthermore, when we say a Chinese sign corresponds to a Western sign, e.g., Ox to Capricorn, we do not mean the person was born in a Capricorn month. Rather, we mean the person's Chinese year-sign traits roughly correspond to the traits of that Western sign.

Adding to the confusion is the fact we can't know a person's Western sign simply by knowing the person's Chinese month sign. For example, a person born on the first day of the seventh month (July 1 in Western terminology) of the Chinese calendar year 1979 was actually born on August 23rd of the Western calendar. Since July 1st is Cancer and August 23 is Leo, it's easy to see the confusion.

As with the months, neither do Chinese and Western years match exactly. Thus, even though we might know a person's Chinese sign, we still cannot be sure of their year of birth. Conversely, if we know a person's year of birth, we cannot be sure of their Chinese sign.

Let's say someone was born in 1978 (Chinese year of the Horse) on the Western calendar. They would only be the Horse sign if born after February 6th; since, Chinese New Year was February 7th by the Western calendar. The Chinese Horse year 1978 actually has the Western calendar dates included in the period February 7, 1978 through January 27, 1979.

This is especially important when evaluating compatibility. Signs most compatible with the Horse (Tiger and Dog) are not nearly so compatible with the Snake, which is the sign of people born in 1978 but earlier than February 7th on the Western calendar.

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