Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chinese New Year -- 2010

The Chinese invented many wonderful things, including fortune cookies and dynamite. They also invented astrology. In fact, the Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history.

According to Chinese astrology, 2010 is the Year of the Metal Tiger.

Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac in 2600 BC. As with other supreme rulers of his era, he had a lot of time on his hands and was eager to impress his subjects with his superior knowledge.

The first day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice which can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February, depending on cyclical lunar conditions.

The Chinese lunar year is divided into 12 months of 29 or 30 days. Each 12-year cycle is then positioned within a major cycle of 60 years (five 12-month cycles) representing the characteristics of each upcoming year.

Chinese astrology is basically composed of two cycles – 12 annual animal cycles and 5 two-year element cycles. The 12 annual animals are Dog, Boar, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey and Rooster. The five element cycles, each lasting two years, are fire, earth, metal, water and wood.

In 2010, the Chinese New Year starts on February 14. The Year of the Earth Ox will end and the Year of the Metal Tiger will be ushered in. Celebrations will last for 15 days, until the full moon arrives and the Lantern Festival takes place.

Metal Tiger is a positive sign for good luck with money. The Tiger is a symbol of power and authority. This type of personality is good for leadership, but it is also inflexible and destructive. Tiger people have poor relationships, particularly with family members.

A person born this year will be born in the Year of the Tiger. Tiger-born people are short-tempered, suspicious, adventurous, sensitive, emotional and risk-taking.

Other Tiger-born people were born in 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 and 1998. Included in this group are Marilyn Monroe, Tom Cruise, Jay Leno, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sheryl Crow, Ludwig van Beethoven, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Karl Marx.

I was born during the Year of the Monkey. According to the Chinese astrology, I am certain to be very intelligent, well liked by everyone and highly successful in whatever field of endeavor I choose.

Apparently, Chinese astrology isn’t an exact science but two out of three isn't bad.

Quote for the Day – "At the center of your being you have the answer -- you know who you are and you know what you want." Lao Tzu

Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where local yahoos celebrate the New Year on Jack Daniel’s birthday. His blogs appear on several websites, including

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