Should you go to film school or become an x-ray technician? Now sure how to spend your day off? Should you go get that mani-pedi today or tomorrow?
Chinese Astrology can provide insight into these and other questions, and help guide your life. Your journey of discovery begins with knowing your Four Pillars: your year, month, day and hour of birth. Are you, for example, a gentle Rabbit (year sign) with a Dragon (day sign) hidden underneath the surface?
And, what about the elements in your chart? Does charismatic Fire predominate? Do you tend to talk too much under the influence of all that Water? Are you a softy when it comes to little kids and kitties thanks to all that Wood in your chart?
Chinese Astrology focuses on three perspectives: balance, harmony and timing -- or some combination of all three. The balance of signs and elements in your chart determines, for example, your suitability for different careers. The degree of harmony between your Four Pillars and your children’s or husband’s reflects how well you get along. The last perspective helps you know whether a particular day, month, year, decade or even stage of life is lucky, strong or favorable.
Would you like to meet a nice, gentle guy? Check out his sign mix. For example, you'd be happiest with a man who has a mix of three yin signs, a peaceful Rabbit-Sheep-Pig. Or do you prefer the tough, athletic type? Find yourself a Horse-Dragon-Tiger yang man. The element mix between you two also clues you in on the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship, with balance being the ultimate goal. Lots of Water in your chart? You are flexible and handle travel well. Is Metal lacking from your chart? You’re a lover not a fighter.
To discover how harmonious a relationship might be, take a look at the compatibility between your Chinese animal signs. Fun times and witty conversation are the norm within a Rat-Monkey relationship. Dating someone who’s not compatible with your animal sign can be quite challenging. A Tiger mom with a Monkey son could be trouble. The Monkey’s favorite sport is yanking the Tiger’s tail, climbing the nearest tree, and laughing at the Tiger’s frustration!
Sherene Schostak is a Jungian psychotherapist, author and metaphysician who specializes in helping creative artists transform their addictions and blocks. She has been in private practice in New York City for the past 13 years consulting, writing and... read more