Forecast Our Life By Chinese Fortune Telling, Why Not?

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Chinese fortune telling is well-known all around Asia, and still attracts the attention of Western people.

As a human being, we maybe ask ourselves some questions about human life, such as how our life will be in near future, whether we will be rich or not, etc. Generally, there are so many things that we often hope to know in advance. In fact, most of us are curious about our fate.

Especially, in ancient China and some Asian countries nowadays, people strongly believe in the destiny. It also means the human life has been decided by the day they were born. As usual, they have a trust there is a magical force that controls what will happens in their future and they find it hard to against the rule of fate.

According to the ancient Chinese belief, the horoscopes can show the predictions about the destiny of one’s life. Through the history, there were many Chinese teachers and philosophers had studied about the horoscopes. Confucius was one of them. Until now, the Chinese horoscopes have popularized in Chinese, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

Ancient Chinese Fortune Telling. (Source: Period Paper)

Basing on the discipline of the Chinese horoscopes, the practitioners can show general guess about the human life and create a new method called “FortuneTelling”. Fortune telling consists of some aspects like the lifetime horoscope, palmistry, etc.

The Basic Discipline of Ancient Chinese Horoscopes
What Is The Bagua?

The Bagua or Pa Ku are eight symbols which are used popularly in the Taoist from China. People also call it “Eight Trigrams” or Eight Gates to the greater world. In Bagua, each symbol represents for one fundamental element in the universe. They are the heaven (Qiuan), wind(Xun), water(Kan), mountain (Gen), earth (Kun), thunder (Zhen), fire (Li), and lake (Dui).

And, in the visual description, each element concludes three lines and each line can be either “is broken” or “be not broken”. For more detail, the “broken” symbol refers to Yin, and, on the other hand, the “unbroken” symbol represents Yang. According to the philosophy of Feng shui, these elements connected to each other closely.


The Wu Xing or Five Elements

The Wu Xing is well-known as the Five Elements. The five element in Wu Xing consists of Metal(Jin), Wood(Mu), Water (Shui), Fire (Huo), and Earth (Tu). In the theory of ancient China, these factors are the lifeblood of everything in this world including the universe and natural phenomenon. In Wu Xing, each element shows its typical character. The most prominent character of the Five Element is the generating or overcoming one other. This character of Wu Xing is typical for the complementary processes or the Yin and Yang. That is the reason why people use Wu Xing for describing the interactions and relationship between things of this world.

The Wu Xing plays an important role in the traditional Chinese astrology. And we can say that the rule of Wu Xing has an influence on the concept of ancient Chinese astrology and Feng shui.

Five Elements and the Yin Yang
Five Elements and the Yin Yang. (Source: TheEgg)

Furthermore, the ancient Chinese horoscopers apply the rule of Yin and Yang, Five Element to explain the natural and social phenomenon. From these disciplines, they also practiced for the fortune telling over a long time, too. It can be said that the terms and point of views in Yin & Yang, Five Elements not only reflect the nature of the world but also the rule of human life, as the human is the representative version of the universe. In fact, both the universe and human share the same origination and five elements.


The Ten Heavenly Stem/ Twelve Earthly Branches

The ten-heavenly stem or twelve earthly branches are the cyclical numbering system which was from China. It is used widely in some Asian cultures such as China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Japan for determining the name of time as well as the astrology. In the traditional Chinese philosophy, the twelve earthly branches refer to 12 zodiac animals as well as the orientations, seasons, years, months, days – each time slot last 2 hours, a day has 12- time slots.

The Name of Time Time Period The behaviors of 12 Zodiac animals
23 PM – 1 AM The mouse is running.
Chǒu 1 AM – 3 AM The buffalo is ready to plow.
Yín 3 AM – 5 AM The tiger is hungry.
Mǎo 5 AM – 7 AM The moonlight is bright like the cat’s eyes.
Chén 7 AM–  09 AM The dragons are dancing together to make rain.
9 AM – 11 AM The snake does not bite people from 9 AM to 11 AM.
11 AM – 13 PM The horse is typical of Yang.
Wèi 13 PM – 15 PM The goat is eating grass.
Shēn 15 PM – 17 PM The monkey is yelling.
Yǒu 17 PM – 19 PM The chicken comes into the cage.
19 PM –21 PM The dog has to look after the home.
Hài 21 PM – 23 PM The pig is falling in deep sleep.


In Reality, The Twelve Earthly Branches Is also Understood as The 12 Zodiac Animals

For more details, we can consider the following information about the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.

The Number Chinese Name The Zodiac Animal
1 Mouse
2 Chǒu Buffalo
3 Yín Tiger
4 Mǎo Cat/Rabbit
5 Chén Dragon
6 Snake
7 Horse
8 Wèi Goat
9 Shēn Monkey
10 Yǒu Chicken
11 Dog
12 Hài Pig


According to the ancient Chinese horoscope, the human fate is affected by moment one was born. The zodiac animal and the time slot in which one is related to will influence their characters and the important events that will occur in their life. For example, in the Chinese horoscope perspective, a girl who was born on the Chén time (07 AM – 09 AM) in the year 2000 (The Dragon is the Zodiac animal of this year) tends to have a better life than a girl born in the same year but at different time slot.


Should We Believe in Chinese Fortune Telling Or Not?

On the one hand, the Chinese horoscope and fortune telling do not require us to believe. On the other hand, it suggests us to live in the harmony with nature and society. The reason for this is everything happening in our lives by the rule of predestination, whether it is good or bad. Thus, it is better for us to learn to have a positive attitude to this life. If we look forward to living happily in the next life, we should live with great compassion in the present.

When we have already acknowledged the above rule, then we will consider the Chinese horoscope or fortune telling as the “weather forecast” for our life. Naturally, although the next day is rainy or sunny, we are all well-prepared with an umbrella or a hat.

In conclusion, the most important thing that we should remember is: the better perception in this life and the bright outlook on life in association with smart decisions can lead us to good fortunes and prevent bad fortunes. It must have been the real meaning of the ancient Chinese horoscope. Whether you receive a good or bad prediction from fortune telling, you have already good preparation for your present and future.

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