Chinese Zodiac Signs and Hours of the Day

Year of the Pig ornament for the Chinese new year

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If you've been exploring feng shui for a while, you might have noticed that this ancient art and science has numerous applications. For example, you might use it to help create a harmonious home or office, for calculating lucky directions, or for choosing the best dates for specific activities, such as a wedding. You can also look to feng shui to guide your actions throughout each day, choosing the best times for activity based on your Chinese zodiac sign.

Chinese Zodiac Hours

An ancient Chinese time system divides each 24-hour day into 12 two-hour periods. Each period is represented by a specific animal sign in the Chinese zodiac. For example, the period of 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. is the time of the Rat. This is the time of day when rats are actively searching for food. If your sign is the Rat, these are your auspicious hours of the day.

In Chinese astrology, the hour of your birth can be more important than the year you were born in. Therefore, the hourly calendar can be particularly informative when analyzing your character or personality as well as your destiny. As with the zodiac signs, the two-hour periods alternate from yin to yang. For example, the Ox is yin, while the Rat and Tiger, which come before and after the Ox, respectively, are yang.

Use the chart and your Chinese zodiac sign to perform basic feng shui calculations to determine most auspicious days and times for specific occasions and activities. (Please note we say "basic" because the core feng shui knowledge of both schools takes years of study and mastery.)

Hours of the Day

Zodiac Animal Corresponding Hours
RAT 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.  (23.00 to 1.00)
OX 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. (1.00 to 3.00)
TIGER 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. (3.00 to 5.00)
RABBIT 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. (5.00 to 7.00)
DRAGON 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (7.00 to 9.00)
SNAKE 9 a.m to 11 a.m (9.00 to 11.00)
HORSE 11a.m. to 1 p.m. (11.00 to 13.00)
SHEEP 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (13.00 to 15.00)
MONKEY 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (15.00 to 17.00)
ROOSTER 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (17.00 to 19.00)
DOG 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (19.00 to 21.00)
PIG 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (21.00 to 23.00)

Various Philosophies

Because feng shui has a very long history (over 3,000 years!), there are many schools that have evolved within this powerful body of knowledge. Each school has its own merits and valid contributions to this ancient art and science. There are schools that focus mostly on one's outdoor environment, affirming that if the outside has bad feng shui, there is no point in improving the indoor feng shui. There are also schools that have a variety of feng shui cures for any possible wish, desire, or problem.

One of the more specialized practices in feng shui is the selection of the most and the least auspicious dates for any occasion, be it to get married or to start a new job. The Ba Zi also called the Four Pillars of Destiny School, as well as the school of Feng Shui Astrology (also called 9 Star Ki), bring valid insights into this selection process. Most of the calculations are based on one's date of birth, which relates to both the Chinese zodiac sign and the birth feng shui element.

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