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Thursday, 14 July 2011

five Planets of Chinese astrology

The five Planets of Chinese astrology (Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn) are assigned one of the 5 Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth). Based on the 12-year orbit of the planet Jupiter each year is assigned to one of 12 animals with its distinctive, personality characteristics both positive and negative. Each animal occurs 5 times in a complete 60 year cycle (12 x 5 = 60). Even years are Yang and odd years Yin. Thus, someone born on March 27, 1971, would be Yin Metal Boar.

Starting with the Year of the Rat and ending with the Year of the Pig, the current cycle of the Chinese Zodiac began in 1984.

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