The Story of the Astrology of the East and West

We all want to know more about ourselves. This curiosity is in place even after many centuries of logical thought and scientific progress. The closer science comes to fact, the closer we come to wondering about the unexplained — it is this which keeps astrology alive.

The Story of the Eastern Astrological Years

One day the jade emperor, ruler of the heavens and the cosmos, realized he knew little of the earth and the wondrous creatures who lived there. He summoned his chief advisor and asked to meet the animals of this rich kingdom. “Too many to pass through heaven’s gate,” he was told. The emperor decided to meet twelve of the most interesting. Those who served humanity and were beautiful or clever were determined to be of most interest, so the advisor set out to make the selection.

After pondering his choices, the advisor issued twelve summons. At the appointed hour all but the Cat made their appearance; as it happened the Rat, one of the first chosen, liked the Cat but was jealous of its beauty and so gave the wrong appointed time. The Cat overslept and the jade emperor was furious at its lack of manners. He sent his advisor to earth to find the first animal he saw. That’s how the Pig, in a basket on the way to market, was chosen to substitute for the Cat.

Once assembled at heaven’s gate, the animals clustered and jockeyed to be first in line. The Rat, both wily and charming but small, began to fret at his chances of being first. Just as the gates were to open, it jumped on the Ox’s nose and began to play the fiddle. The ploy worked, the emperor was delighted and the rat was admitted first. The Ox, who had born the affront with good humor and patience, was admitted second. And one by one the rest of the animals were put in order according to their appearance, their attributes, and their beauty. The lucky dozen and their positions: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

The Story of the Western Zodiac

In the west, astrology began as an observable science; by the time civilization developed in the Tigris-Euphrates valley studying the night sky was a part of the social order. The ancients observed that the apparent motion of the sun, planets and stars was around the earth. They hypothesized that this motion indicated forces which could affect human life. Early cultures so correctly mapped the observable zodiac that for many centuries astronomy and astrology were one and the same.

Thus it was observation, not myth, which developed astrology in the west. How could it not be that celestial events were in partnership with human life?

Later, scientific advances in Europe allowed astronomers to correct certain misperceptions; the apparent motion which suggested that the sun and planets revolved around the earth was proven false, new planets were discovered, and the earth was revealed not as the center of the universe but as only one of the sun’s satellites. Yet that mistake in observation did not invalidate astrology; the earth is still the center of human life and the hypothesis of planetary influences remains valid. In the west, astrology suffered not so much because of scientific advances, but because the academic age of reason separated church and state and chose reality over myth. More recently however, western astrology has been reborn due in large part to the rise of Holism, which suggests that we are the product of many unseen and subtle forces.

The Western Zodiac Signs

ARIES
Mar. 21 — Apr. 20


TAURUS
Apr. 21 — May 21


GEMINI
May 22 — June 21


CANCER
June 22 — July 23


LEO
July 24 — Aug. 23


VIRGO
Aug. 24 — Sept. 23


LIBRA
Sept. 24 — Oct. 23


SCORPIO
Oct. 24 — Nov. 22


SAGITTARIUS
Nov. 23 — Dec. 21


CAPRICORN
Dec. 22 — Jan. 20


AQUARIUS
Jan. 21 — Feb. 19


PISCES
Feb. 20 — Mar. 20


The Eastern Astrological Years

If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1900 Jan. 31 to 1901 Feb. 18 RAT
1901 Feb. 19 to 1902 Feb. 7 OX
1902 Feb. 8 to 1903, Jan. 28 TIGER
1903 Jan. 29 to 1904 Feb. 15 RABBIT
1904 Feb. 16 to 1905 Feb. 3 DRAGON
1905 Feb. 4 to 1906 Jan. 24 SNAKE
1906 Jan. 25 to 1907 Feb. 12 HORSE
1907 Feb. 13 to 1908 Feb. 1 RAM
1908 Feb. 2 to 1909 Jan. 21 MONKEY
1909 Jan. 22 to 1910 Feb. 9 ROOSTER
1910 Feb. 10 to 1911 Jan. 29 DOG
1911 Jan. 30 to 1912 Feb. 17 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1912 Feb. 18 to 1913 Feb. 5 RAT
1913 Feb. 6 to 1914 Jan. 25 OX
1914 Jan. 26 to 1915 Feb. 13 TIGER
1915 Feb. 14 to 1916 Feb. 2 RABBIT
1916 Feb. 3 to 1917 Jan. 22 DRAGON
1917 Jan. 23 to 1918 Feb. 10 SNAKE
1918 Feb. 11 to 1919 Jan. 31 HORSE
1919 Feb. 1 to 1920 Feb. 19 RAM
1920 Feb. 20 to 1921 Feb. 7 MONKEY
1921 Feb. 8 to 1922 Jan. 27 ROOSTER
1922 Jan. 28 to 1923 Feb. 15 DOG
1923 Feb. 16 to 1924 Feb. 4 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1924 Feb. 5 to 1925 Jan. 23 RAT
1925 Jan. 24 to 1926 Feb. 12 OX
1926 Feb. 13 to 1927 Feb. 1 TIGER
1927 Feb. 2 to 1928 Jan. 22 RABBIT
1928 Jan. 23 to 1929 Feb. 9 DRAGON
1929 Feb. 10 to 1930 Jan. 29 SNAKE
1930 Jan. 30 to 1931 Feb. 16 HORSE
1931 Feb. 17 to 1932 Feb. 5 RAM
1932 Feb. 6 to 1933 Jan. 25 MONKEY
1933 Jan. 26 to 1934 Feb. 13 ROOSTER
1934 Feb. 14 to 1935 Feb. 3 DOG
1935 Feb. 4 to 1936 Jan. 23 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1936 Jan. 24 to 1937 Feb. 10 RAT
1937 Feb. 11 to 1938 Jan. 30 OX
1938 Jan. 31 to 1939 Feb. 18 TIGER
1939 Feb. 19 to 1940 Feb. 7 RABBIT
1940 Feb. 8 to 1941 Jan. 26 DRAGON
1941 Jan. 27 to 1942 Feb. 14 SNAKE
1942 Feb. 15 to 1943 Feb. 4 HORSE
1943 Feb. 5 to 1944 Jan. 24 RAM
1944 Jan. 25 to 1945 Feb. 12 MONKEY
1945 Feb. 13 to 1946 Feb. 1 ROOSTER
1946 Feb. 2 to 1947 Jan. 21 DOG
1947 Jan. 22 to 1948 Feb. 9 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1948 Feb. 10 to 1949 Jan. 28 RAT
1949 Jan. 29 to 1950 Feb. 16 OX
1950 Feb. 17 to 1951 Feb. 5 TIGER
1951 Feb. 6 to 1952 Jan. 26 RABBIT
1952 Jan. 27 to 1953 Feb. 13 DRAGON
1953 Feb. 14 to 1954 Feb. 2 SNAKE
1954 Feb. 3 to 1955 Jan. 23 HORSE
1955 Jan. 24 to 1956 Feb. 11 RAM
1956 Feb. 12 to 1957 Jan. 30 MONKEY
1957 Jan. 31 to 1958 Feb. 17 ROOSTER
1958 Feb. 18 to 1959 Feb. 7 DOG
1959 Feb. 8 to 1960 Jan. 27 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1960 Jan. 28 to 1961 Feb. 14 RAT
1961 Feb. 15 to 1962 Feb. 4 OX
1962 Feb. 5 to 1963 Jan. 24 TIGER
1963 Jan. 25 to 1964 Feb. 12 RABBIT
1964 Feb. 13 to 1965 Feb. 1 DRAGON
1965 Feb. 2 to 1966 Jan. 20 SNAKE
1966 Jan. 21 to 1967 Feb. 8 HORSE
1967 Feb. 9 to 1968 Jan. 29 RAM
1968 Jan. 30 to 1969 Feb. 16 MONKEY
1969 Feb. 17 to 1970 Feb. 5 ROOSTER
1970 Feb. 6 to 1971 Jan. 26 DOG
1971 Jan. 27 to 1972 Feb. 14 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1972 Feb. 15 to 1973 Feb. 2 RAT
1973 Feb. 3 to 1974 Jan. 22 OX
1974 Jan. 23 to 1975 Feb. 10 TIGER
1975 Feb. 11 to 1976 Jan. 30 RABBIT
1976 Jan. 31 to 1977 Feb. 17 DRAGON
1977 Feb. 18 to 1978 Feb. 6 SNAKE
1978 Feb. 7 to 1979 Jan. 27 HORSE
1979 Jan. 28 to 1980 Feb. 15 RAM
1980 Feb. 16 to 1981 Feb. 4 MONKEY
1981 Feb. 5 to 1982 Jan. 24 ROOSTER
1982 Jan. 25 to 1983 Feb. 12 DOG
1983 Feb. 13 to 1984 Feb. 1 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1984 Feb. 2 to 1985 Feb. 19 RAT
1985 Feb. 20 to 1986 Feb. 8 OX
1986 Feb. 9 to 1987 Jan. 28 TIGER
1987 Jan. 29 to 1988 Feb. 16 RABBIT
1988 Feb. 17 to 1989 Feb. 5 DRAGON
1989 Feb. 6 to 1990 Jan. 26 SNAKE
1990 Jan. 27 to 1991 Feb. 14 HORSE
1991 Feb. 15 to 1992 Feb. 3 RAM
1992 Feb. 4 to 1993 Jan. 22 MONKEY
1993 Jan. 23 to 1994 Feb. 9 ROOSTER
1994 Feb. 10 to 1995 Jan. 30 DOG
1995 Jan. 31 to 1996 Feb. 18 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
1996 Feb. 19 to 1997 Feb. 6 RAT
1997 Feb. 7 to 1998 Jan. 27 OX
1998 Jan. 28 to 1999 Feb. 15 TIGER
1999 Feb. 16 to 2000 Feb. 4 RABBIT
2000 Feb. 5 to 2001 Jan. 23 DRAGON
2001 Jan. 24 to 2002 Feb. 11 SNAKE
2002 Feb. 12 to 2003 Jan. 31 HORSE
2003 Feb. 1 to 2004 Jan. 21 RAM
2004 Jan. 22 to 2005 Feb. 8 MONKEY
2005 Feb. 9 to 2006 Jan. 28 ROOSTER
2006 Jan. 29 to 2007 Feb. 17 DOG
2007 Feb. 18 to 2008 Feb. 6 PIG
If you were born between:

this date & this date you are a:
2008 Feb. 7 to 2009 Jan. 25 RAT
2009 Jan. 26 to 2010 Feb. 13 OX
2010 Feb. 14 to 2011 Feb. 2 TIGER
2011 Feb. 3 to 2012 Jan. 22 RABBIT
2012 Jan. 23 to 2013 Feb. 9 DRAGON
2013 Feb. 10 to 2014 Jan. 30 SNAKE
2014 Jan. 31 to 2015 Feb. 18 HORSE
2015 Feb. 19 to 2016 Feb. 7 RAM
2016 Feb. 8 to 2017 Jan. 27 MONKEY
2017 Jan. 28 to 2018 Feb. 15 ROOSTER
2018 Feb. 16 to 2019 Feb. 4 DOG
2019 Feb. 5 to 2020 Jan. 24 PIG