Stem branch chinese astrology


  1. The Heavenly Stems
  2. Year of the Snake: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac
  3. Year of the Snake

The Heavenly Stems

In "Stem-Branch" system, counting the next numeral is to advance both the Heavenly Stems character and the Earthly Branch character to the next one in their own sequence. This forms a Sexagenary Cycle, a cycle with the least common multiple of Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches were associated with many Chinese traditional cultural fields.

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Ancient Chinese divided a day and night into twelve sections and named each as a 'shi chen', which, in todays terms, is equal to two hours, and has a fixed Earthly Branch name. The time from 11 pm at night to 1 am in the morning, is decided to be the first one - 'zi shi', then the second two hours is 'chou shi', on the analogy of this.


Year of the Snake: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Numerology of "Heavenly Stems" and "Earthly Branches" is very important in Chinese astrology, because they have close connection with the Five Elements, which are wood, water, soil, fire and metal. When counting years, they are used with the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch is the most significant and outstanding counting system in the Chinese calendar, which is used to calculate the history of five thousand years, and to record the chronological sequence of events.

There is a total of 10 Stems and 12 Branches.

The Chinese astrology birth chart comes from Chinese Stem-Branch calendar, which is different from Chinese lunar calendar. Chinese lunar calendar uses the cycle of Moon for the Month and uses the cycle of Sun for Year and Day. The day in the Chinese lunar calendar is the moon day. The months using in the Stem-Branch are the solar months, the sun positions on the tropical zodiac.

No one knows who invented the Stem-Branch for Day counting system, but legend has it that characters of Day Stem-Branch were found on the Oracle bones. The Stem-Branch was applied into the Year system around B. The counting system of Stem-Branch is a day cycle system.

Year of the Snake

There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches. The Stem and the Branch are used together.

The Stem is used in front of on top of the Branch. The Chinese call them Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch and use a specific sequence as a counting system for the calendar.