Of Emperors and Astrologers: What’s Your Chinese Astrology?
Once a luxury enjoyed only by Emperors, Chinese Astrology determines one’s destiny using an intricate study of what is known as the Four Pillars of Destiny.
The Four Pillars of Destiny
The Four Pillars of Destiny is a term used in some Asian cultures to describe the four components of your birth date that can determine your destiny or fate.
The Four Pillars are comprised of the year, month, day and hour of your birth and knowing this information can predict your life’s path from birth to death and every detail in between. The Four Pillars of your chart actually consists of eight total characters representing four heavenly stems and four earthly branches.
Without knowing more, you can get an idea of the intricacies involved in calculating ones chart, so it’s no wonder that during the Age of Emperors, astrologers were revered as important people in the royal court. Since the fate of an emperor would directly affect his kingdom, astrological charts were considered a necessity and not a luxury.
If you’re familiar with basic Chinese Astrology, you are probably already aware of your zodiac sign based on the year you were born. We can tell a lot about you by just that one component. However, if you’re seeking a more in-depth look at your life and if you want to know more about your destiny, then consulting a Chinese astrologer armed with all of your birth date information would be your best course of action.
Chinese Astrology incorporates 12 signs, five elements, and the dualities of negative/positive, male/female and much, much more. And as mentioned earlier, Chinese Astrology is a labyrinth of information from the most general to most minute detail.
Destiny and Planning
While I can’t use this article to predict your individual destiny (since there are literally thousands of you and all of your charts would read very differently), I can offer something in the way of timing, as a sample of how Chinese Astrology can help you plan your future with someone else—namely, the best time to plan the big day. So if you’re planning a wedding, use the following seasonal and Moon phase guide to determine the best time to plan the happy union.
Marriage Destiny by Season and Moon Phase
• Boar (Pig), Rat, Ox: Winter is your most auspicious season and the last Quarter Moon (between the second half of the 22nd through the 29th) is the best time to wed.
• Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon: Spring is a lovely time to plan your wedding, especially during the New Moon phase, between the 1st and first-half of the 7th day of the month.
• Snake, Horse, Sheep: Summer is your season for marriage. Book the date during the first Quarter Moon, between the second-half of the 7th through the 15th.
• Monkey, Rooster, Dog: Autumn will give your wedding an astrological boost, especially during the phase of the Full Moon between the 15th and the first half of the 22nd day of the month.