In ancient times, the Chinese had discovered with astonishment that the universe is made up of energy fields known to them as “Qi”. They believed that the Sun, Moon, Earth, and other planets in the Solar System radiate cosmic energy that constantly changes over time depending on the relative positions of the planets.
The discovery had led to the creation of the Chinese calendar which is based on the movement of this cosmic energy. The Chinese classified this cosmic energy into 22 energy pillars known as the Ten Heavenly Stems and the Twelve Earthly Branches (equivalent to twelve zodiac signs). From these combinations of celestial stems and terrestrial branches, the Chinese solar calendar (Hsia) is derived, which is quite similar to the Western Gregorian calendar in that it is also based on the earth’s orbit around the sun. However, instead of starting the year on January 1, the Chinese solar calendar starts the year on the first day of spring that falls on or around February 4. This calendar is also used in the practice of Feng Shui and well-known Chinese astrology. like the four pillars of destiny.
Based on the date and time of a person’s birth, the influence of this cosmic energy on the newborn is said to draw the destiny and characteristics of that particular person.
So how does the Chinese solar calendar determine whether a day is good or bad?
These are the days when the zodiac sign of the year collides with the day sign.
The twelve signs of the zodiac and their clashes are as follows:
Rat and horse confrontations
The ox confronts the goat
The tiger confronts the monkey
The rabbit confronts the rooster
The dragon confronts the dog
The snake confronts the pig
For example, in the year of the Pig (solar year 2007), the Pig collides with the Snake of the day. Therefore, a person born in the year of the Pig will have a bad day on the day of the Snake. Therefore, any Snake day in 2007 is called a Year Breaker day and is considered inauspicious.
There is also the Month Breaker day. This happens when the zodiac of the month collides with the zodiac of the day. For example, in the month of the Dog (9th solar month), the Dog collides with the Dragon of the day. Therefore, any Dragon day of the 9th solar month is a break day of the month and is considered inauspicious.
This is just a quick and easy way into a complicated date selection system used in Chinese astrology.