How to read my daily horoscope? In ancient China, people used the Yellow Calendar to do this.
In ancient China, people used the Yellow Calendar published by the special Astrology department to count their months and days as well as to find out the favorable date for important life events.
In Chinese Astrology, the year, month, date, and hour are all counted using the Stem-Branch Numeral System. The Stem-Branch expression of year, month, date, and hour goes in its own separate Sexagenary Cycle.
This Stem-Branch expression of month, date and hour is not popular. It has mainly been used by astrologers.
You may say that the Stem-Branch expression of year does not correspond to a unique year in a long period of history. It is true. So when the unique year in history needs to be identified, Chinese people addressed the year using the governor's regnal name and the number of years since his governing.
Because the Sexagenary Cycle is not very handy when counting the month, date, or hour. In ancient Chinese government, there was special astrology department in charge of making calendar and publish it for people to use. So it is called Emperor Calendar or Royal Calendar. Today people also call it Yellow Calendar. (In Chinese "Emperor" and "Yellow" have the same pronunciation.)
The "month" in Chinese Yellow Calendar is actually neither the month in Gregorian Calendar nor the month in Lunar/Agriculture Calendar.Chinese Lunar Calendar's month strictly accords to the moon's orbiting the earth while Chinese Astrology Calendar's month is divided by the Solar terms.
The Yellow Calendar includes much more information than the Stem-Branch counting of year-month-days. For each day, it also tells:
The types of events being considered in the 2nd item above include:
This English web site can convert Gregorian dates into Stem-Branch representation of year-month-date. It is addressed as "Chinese Solar Date" in the web page.
However, the advices given in Yellow Calendar is not as accurate and as the predictions made for a specific person according to his or her Four Pillars of Destiny.
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