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The Chinese Sexagenary Cycle

The Chinese Sexagenary Cycle is a cyclic numeral system of 60 combination of the two basic cycles, the ten Celestial Stems cycle and the twelve Earthly Branches cycle.

 

The ten Celestial Stems (pinyin: Tian Gan), sometimes known as Heavenly Stems, are the elements of an ancient Chinese cyclic character numeral system: (1) Jia, (2) Yi, (3) Bing, (4) Ding , (5) Wu , (6) Ji , (7) Geng, (8) Xin, (9) Ren, (10) Gui. They were used for dates as early as the Shang Dynasty (approx: 1766BC), and are now used with the twelve Earthly Branches in the Sexagenary cycle. They are associated with the concepts of yin and yang and the Five Elements.

 

Heavenly Stems

 

The Earthly Branches (pinyin: Shi Er Di Zhi); literally the “twelve branches”) : (a) Zi, (b) Chou, (c) Yin, (d) Mao, (e) Chen, (f) Si, (g) Wu, (h) Wei, (i) Shen, (j) You, (k) Xu, (l) Hai, provide one Chinese system for reckoning time.

 

Earthly Branches

 

This system was built from the observations of the orbit of Jupiter. Chinese astronomers divided the celestial circle into 12 sections to follow the orbit of the Suixing (Jupiter, the Year Star). Astronomers rounded the orbit of Suixing to 12 years (from 11.86).

 

The Earthly Branches are today used with the Heavenly Stems in the current version of the “traditional Chinese calendar”.

 

The Sexagenary calendar system is calculated by combining the Ten Heavenly Stems and the Twelve Earthly Branches. Combining the series form a greater cycle of 60 terms, as the least common multiple of 10 and 12 is 60. The first term is formed by adding the first stem to the first branch, then the second stem to the second branch, and so on. You start with (1) Jia (a) Zi (Wood Rat), and the 61st year would also be Jia (stem) Zi (Branch) (Wood Rat) year again. The 2nd cycle would be (2)(a) and the 3rd would be (3)(c) and so on.


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1. I have replace the Chinese text with the Pinyin (Phonic) equal because without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Chinese characters.

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What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese science that has been around for thousands of years. It uses the laws of heaven and earth to help improve a person’s business, career, health and life in general. It is practiced by thousands of people all over the world. Feng Shui and its benefit have been proven effective and helpful in terms advancing a person’s status in life.

Feng Shui used to be practiced exclusively by people from China, where the belief originated. Today however, millions of people including Westerners have enjoyed Feng Shui and its benefit. The whole system can be complicated and most people have to hire Feng Shui experts to rearrange furniture and redesign their homes and offices to receive the most positive energy possible.

The whole practice of Feng Shui revolves around the theory that aims to balance the various energies that is emitted from both heaven and earth. The energy balance, when achieved in the home and office, will give good fortune, great success and excellent health to the people who are occupying the place.

Think about the positive energy or Chi like water. For you to enjoy Feng Shui and its benefit, you must let the water or the positive energy stay in your place. The energy has to smoothly and harmoniously flow to various areas of your home or office and is not supposed to “leak out” through the toilet, windows or the back door.

Understanding how and what Chi is flowing at different areas is crucial so that you can decide the proper “cures” and proper “aids” to magnify the good energy and neutralize the negative energy to achieve the result you want.

Feng Shui has its roots in the I Ching and Ba Gua. The Ba-Gua is an Octagon shape grid . In order for you to analyze the areas of your home with Feng Shui, you need to understand the concept of Ba-Gua.

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In addition to that, you have to understand the five Feng Shui elements: Wood, Metal, Water, Fire, and Earth.

Finally, you have to understand time and its effect on Chi. Knowing that something will be bad is not enough, you have to know when it will be bad so that you can plan to neutralize it. The same goes for the good energy, you have to know when to enhance it to enjoy the full benefits.

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How to use the Daily Wealth Direction?

Where is my wealth corner and What is my wealth direction is probably the most common question every Feng Shui Consultant had answered.

What is the wealth corner or wealth direction? In layman term, a wealth direction or a wealth sector is the direction the wealth energy is strongest, and enhancing that energy would increase a person ability to attract wealth and success.

There are many types of wealth direction: wealth direction of the house, wealth direction base on your birthday, wealth direction of the things you want to do and wealth direction of the year, month and day.

For most of these wealth energy to help you, you have to calculate the direction of your house, your birthday and do many other miscellaneous calculation first. But there is a one type of wealth energy that you can use easily without doing any calculation: The daily wealth direction.


Where to find my Daily Wealth Direction?

I have already listed the daily wealth direction in my daily Feng Shui Calendar post under “Daily Wealth and Success Direction” to make it easier for you to enjoy greater financial success; Click the Calendar category now to start enjoying more success everyday.


Activating the daily wealth direction is very easy:

1. Travel towards the selected wealth direction for at least 100m (calculated from the main entrance of your apartment building or main entrance of landed property) before proceeding to your desired location or

2. Face the wealth direction when doing your work or when meeting with your prospect (This is applicable for both home and office).


The daily wealth direction is useful in the following situation:


1. Negotiating a deal:
You could travel in the wealth direction first than proceed to the destination (your office, clients office, public meeting place, etc). If possible, after you arrived, you can select a table or sitting position facing the wealth direction for extra strength. For example, if the daily wealth direction is in the east, choose a table or place where the client sits in the east sector and you sit in the west sector facing him.

2. Door to door sales: No idea where to go to do your door to door sales? Travel in the wealth direction to pick a place to start.

3. Apply for loan: Need to apply for a loan but don’t have a specific bank in mind? Travel in the wealth direction to pick one

4. Signing Contract: You can face the wealth direction to sign a contract to enhance its financial prospect.

Although the daily wealth direction is the weakest form of wealth energy, any extra help from the cosmic is better than no help at all. This energy can be use on all money related situation.

Good Luck.

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Chinese Calendar and the Chinese Horoscope

I have often been asked: “Hey Nicholas, I am born in late January, what is my zodiac (horoscope) ?”, “The Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar, right? “, “I am born after the Chinese Lunar New Year, my zodiac (horoscope) is ……?”, etc

 

Many people (especially those from the western culture) have mistakenly called the Chinese calendar a Lunar Calendar and assume that the Chinese Zodiac (Horoscope) is base on the lunar cycle.

 

The Chinese calendar is not a Lunar calendar, it is a Lunisolar calendar, which means it incorporate elements of a Lunar calendar with those of a Solar calendar.

 

This system is not exclusive to China but followed by many other Asian cultures (notably the Koreans, Japanese (before 1873), Hebrew, Hindu, Babylonian and Vietnamese). It is often called the Chinese calendar because it was first perfected by the Chinese around 500 BC

 

A lunar year is based on cycles of the moon phase. The only widely used purely Lunar calendar is the Islamic calendar or Hijri calendar, whose year always consists of 12 lunar months.

 

A solar year is the period between one Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) and the next Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) bases on the Xia calendar which has been in used for more than 4000 years.

 

The lunar year aspect is exclusively used for dates, whereas the solar year aspect is used to number the months and year using the Sexagenary Cycle (Stem-branch cycle).

 

The Chinese Sexagenary cycle (pinyin: Liu Shi Jia Zi), is also known as the Stems-Branches cycle (pinyin: Gan Zhi), is a cyclic numeral system of 60 combinations of the two basic cycles, the ten Heavenly Stems (pinyin: Tian Gan) and the twelve Earthly Branches (pinyin: Di Zhi, aka the 12 zodiac/horoscope).

 

The Sexagenary system is widely use in Chinese fortune-telling systems like Ba Zhi (4 pilliars), Chinese Zodiac (Chinese Horoscope), Feng Shui, Date Selection (Feng Shui Calendar, Feng Shui Almanac), Chinese Astrology, etc

 

The Sexagenary calendar system is calculated by combining the Ten Heavenly Stems (pinyin: Shi Tian Gan) and the Twelve Earthly Branches (pinyin: Shi Er Di Zhi; aka: the 12 horoscope/zodiac). These two sets of terms were used to count years (months) of the civil calendar. Combining the series form a greater cycle of 60 terms, as the least common multiple of 10 and 12 is 60. The first term is formed by adding the first stem to the first branch, then the second stem to the second branch, and so on. You start with Jia Zi (Wood Rat), and the 61st year would also be Jia Zi (Wood Rat) year again.

 

This counting system use things of nature (the Stems: the five elements) and animals (Branches, aka zodiac) creating many legends and myths, and the people of East Asia (China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, etc) today still analyze the good and bad luck of certain days and years using this system.

 

The 1st day of a new year in the Sexagenary cycle is the Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) which normally falls on the 4th or 5th of February every year, therefore the beginning of each zodiac year (horoscope year) should correspond to the first day of the Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun), and not the lunar year.


You can check your correct zodiac (horoscope) from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1940-1960

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1960-1980

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1980-2000

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 2000-2020


Notes:

1. I have replace the Chinese text with the Pinyin (Phonic) equal because without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Chinese characters.

 

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