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Free Module 1: Principles of Feng Shui

Chapter 6: The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese  Calendar System consists of the combination of:-

The Ten Heavenly Stems + The Twelve Earthly Branches

The Ten Heavenly Stems

 

Heavenly Stem

Element

Planet

Direction

Jia (hard wood)

Wood

Jupiter

East

Yi (soft wood)

Wood

Jupiter

East

Bing (sun fire)

Fire

Mars

South

Ding (kitchen fire)

Fire

Mars

South

Wu (mountain earth)

Earth

Saturn

Centre

Ji (sand earth)

Earth

Saturn

Centre

Geng (rough metal)

Metal

Venus

West

Xin (refined metal)

Metal

Venus

West

Ren (sea water)

Water

Mercury

North

Gui (rain water)

Water

Mercury

North

+

 The Twelve Earthly Branches

 

Earthly Branch

Element

Hour of Birth

Direction

Rat

Water

11.00pm - 12.59am

North

Ox

Earth

1.00am - 2.59am

North-East

Tiger

Wood

3.00am - 4.59am

North-East

Rabbit

Wood

5.00am - 6.59am

East

Dragon

Earth

7.00am - 8.59am

South-East

Snake

Fire

9.00am - 10.59am

South-East

Horse

Fire

11.00am - 12.59pm

South

Ram

Earth

1.00pm - 2.59pm

South-West

Monkey

Metal

3.00pm - 4.59pm

South-West

Rooster

Metal

5.00pm - 6.59pm

West

Dog

Earth

7.00pm - 8.59pm

North-West

Pig

Water

9.00pm - 10.59pm

North-West

The Ten Heavenly Stems and the Twelve Earthly Branches combine together to form 1  Cycle of the Lunar Calendar:-

 

Illustration showing the Time Cycle in the Chinese Calendar System

Looking at the diagram, 1 Cycle of the lunar calendar consists of 180 years.

Each cycle is divided into 3 groups: Upper, Middle and Lower. Each group comprise 3 periods. Each  period is 20 years.

We are now in the Period 7 of  the lower period. In eight years time in the year 2004, we will be entering PERIOD 8 in year 2004.