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Subject: Re: The Chinese Zodiac
From: TAKASUGI Shinji (tssf.airnet.ne.jp)
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 05:00:45 GMT
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> By my year of birth, I'm an Ox, but by month I'm a Dragon. Which one do people usually use?

Use your birth year's animal. As you know, two of the animals are different in China and Japan.

1ね, ねずみRat
12 a.m.
(Winter solstice)
2chŏuうしOx30°2 a.m.December
3yínとらTiger60°4 a.m.JanuarySpring
4măoう, うさぎRabbit90°
6 a.m.February
(Vernal equinox)
5chénたつDragon120°8 a.m.March
6み, へびSnake150°10 a.m.AprilSummer
12 p.m.
(Summer solstice)
8wèiひつじGoatSheep210°2 p.m.June
9shēnさるMonkey240°4 p.m.JulyAutumn
6 p.m.August
(Autumnal equinox)
11いぬDog300°8 p.m.September
12hàiい, いのししPigBoar330°10 p.m.OctoberWinter

* The ancient Chinese calendar is about one month behind the Western calendar.
# The seasons are defined by the position of the sun, not temperature.

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