In ancient China, the studies of feng shui were deeply intertwined with the other Taoist modalities such as astrology, face reading, and Chinese medicine. Feng shui and astrology were two of the first practices that were commonly applied, even before medicine, because they were the least invasive. The two come from the same ocean of wisdom and are intended to be used in tandem. Even now, experienced feng shui practitioners use astrology as part of the feng shui environmental analysis. The qi (life force energy) of your space is not separate from your own personal energy, while also being intrinsically connected to the qi of the cosmos.
Astrology and Feng Shui
Depending on the school of feng shui practiced and the practitioner’s preference, there are different systems of astrology that can be used in conjunction with feng shui. This includes: the Four Pillars (or Ba Zi), the Eight Mansions, and the Nine Star Ki.
Many people are familiar with the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals, which are part of the Four Pillars system of astrology. You may be familiar with the zodiac sign that is based on your year of birth. But what most people don’t know is that there is actually a zodiac animal sign connected to your month, day, and hour of birth. This is why the system is called the Four Pillars, because you have four pillars (or animal energies) connected to your natal birth information.
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs
There are twelve zodiac animals signs that cycle, year by year. The animals are the rat, ox (or cow), tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram (also called goat or sheep), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (or boar). Each year corresponds to one of the twelve zodiac animals, so there is a twelve-year cycle called the Twelve Earthly (or Terrestrial) Branches.
In addition to the Twelve Earthly Branches, the Four Pillars also takes into account the Taoist Five Elements, which are called the Ten Heavenly Stems. The five elements are: earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. Each of the Twelve Earthly Branches also cycles through the Ten Heavenly Stems, creating a sixty-year astrological cycle.
Similarly to applying the zodiac animals to a year, we can also apply the twelve zodiac animals signs to the twelve months of the year, which is your month pillar.
Use the birth chart below to see what Chinese Zodiac animal connects to your month of birth.
Chinese Zodiac Signs for the Months of the Year
|Zodiac Animal Sign||Month||Chinese Name||Characteristics|
|Rat||Dec 7 to Jan 5||Zi||Clever and adaptable|
|Ox (or Cow)||Jan 6 to Feb 3||Chou||Dependable and hard-working|
|Tiger||Feb 4 to Mar 5||Yin||Impulsive and playful|
|Rabbit||Mar 6 to Apr 4||Mao||Sensitive and kind|
|Dragon||Apr 5 to May 4||Chen||Majestic and demanding|
|Snake||May 5 to June 5||Si||Wise and grounded|
|Horse||June 6 to July 6||Wu||Energetic and cheerful|
|Ram (Goat or Sheep)||July 7 to Aug 6||Wei||Gentle and balanced|
|Monkey||Aug 7 to Sept 7||Shen||Fun-loving and charming|
|Rooster||Sept 8 to Oct 7||You||Proud and talkative|
|Dog||Oct 8 to Nov 6||Xu||Well-liked and loyal|
|Pig (or Boar)||Nov 7 to Dec 6||Hai||Honest and diplomatic|
The month connected with each Chinese Zodiac animal may change slightly year to year, as this is based on the Lunar calendar. If you are on the cusp, be sure to double check with a Chinese almanac for the exact date and time of your birth!
Learning About Your Chinese Astrology
It’s insightful to know your year zodiac sign, but if you know your month zodiac animal, you can learn more about your own Chinese astrology. The year zodiac designation is a larger span of time, therefore it's a more general indication of those born that year. A larger group means that it's less specific to your personality. As we get more precise, we learn more about the individual. Because of this, the month zodiac time can tell you more about your relationship to your career and work, your partners, and your immediate family.
When you work with a Four Pillars astrologer, they will be able to give you all of your four pillars, as well as access your compatibilities and give you forecasts like a Western astrologer can. Similarly, a feng shui consultant will use this information as part of your home consultation.