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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.

OrderSymbolPronunciationAnimalDirectionTimeMonth*Season#
MandarinJapaneseChinaJapan
1ね, ねずみRat
(North)
12 a.m.
(Midnight)
November
(Winter solstice)
Winter
2chŏuうしOx30°2 a.m.December
3yínとらTiger60°4 a.m.JanuarySpring
4măoう, うさぎRabbit90°
(East)
6 a.m.February
(Vernal equinox)
5chénたつDragon120°8 a.m.March
6み, へびSnake150°10 a.m.AprilSummer
7うまHorse180°
(South)
12 p.m.
(Noon)
May
(Summer solstice)
8wèiひつじGoatSheep210°2 p.m.June
9shēnさるMonkey240°4 p.m.JulyAutumn
10yŏuとりChicken270°
(West)
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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