In pursuit of harmony

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 September, 2010, 12:00am

You may find that you get along with colleagues who are born in the Year of the Rabbit, but clash with those born in the Year of the Snake. In Chinese astrology, there are rules regarding animals that are in harmony and those that clash.

Some fung shui masters consider the Lunar New Year as the cut-off point for Chinese astrological years, while most consider the Solar New Year, which usually falls on February 4 each year, as the demarcation point. Those born in January or early February should ask a fung shui master to do two charts and see which is more accurate. One can then determine which astrological animal they belong to.

Consider relationships between the animals. There are six pairs of clashes within the 12 Chinese zodiac animals: the rat with the horse; the ox with the sheep; the tiger with the monkey; the rabbit with the rooster; the dragon with the dog; and the snake and the pig. Clash animals are six years apart.

There are two main groups in harmony. The first is the 'Three Harmony'. These animals are part of the cycle of four of the five elements in the environment: wood, fire, metal and water. Earth, the fifth element, shares the same cycle as fire. The four groups of friends are: the rat, dragon and monkey; the tiger, horse and dog; the ox, snake and rooster; and the rabbit, sheep and pig. The next group is the 'Six Harmony': the rat with the ox; the tiger with the pig; the rabbit with the dog; the dragon and rooster; the snake and monkey; and the horse and the sheep. Jin Peh

Next week: astrological relationships in more detail.