Chinese Year of the Tiger Ushers In

Siberian-tigerAside from being Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010 turned out to be the start of the Chinese New Year. This year would be the turn of the Metal Tiger.

The incoming Chinese calendar will start today and end on February 2, 2011.

The tiger is the third animal in the Chinese zodiac. According to one legend, the tiger came third in a race, which will determine the twelve members of the zodiac.

One thing that most people don’t know is that each of the zodiacs is associated alternately with one of the five Chinese elements. These elements are water, wood, fire, earth and metal. That means even if one celebrates his animal sign every twelve years, one can only celebrate his elemental zodiac once every sixty years. This is called the Sexagenary Cycle.

The other aspect of the Chinese zodiac that most people don’t know about is that one doesn’t have just one animal sign. In Chinese astrology, an animal is assigned to each person’s year of birth, month of birth, day of birth and time of birth. Each sign is also associated with an element. This is called the Four Pillars.

For example, one who is born at 12:17 PM on July 4, 1977 will have a year sign of Fire Snake, a month sign of Fire Horse, a day sign of Water Dog and a time sign of Fire Horse.

You can try checking yours by visiting this website.

Happy Chinese New Year!