Chinese astrology and ancient mysticism
Chinese astrology in many ways different than the theory of horoscope and astrology emerged from the western part of the world. Astrology followed in western countries have zodiac signs based on month of the year. Whereas in Chinese astrology, the zodiac signs are assigned based on year of birth. The zodiac signs according to Chinese astrology are assigned in the name of 12 animals. They are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The order of zodiac signs repeated in 12 year cycle. According to Chinese astrology, when you are born in a certain year, you have the traits of the specific animal which denotes the zodiac of that year. Likewise, you tend to share the same qualities of all the persons born in that particular year.
Chinese astrology is sought by many to understand their horoscope. Recent trends being, compatibility among Chinese zodiac signs. As Chinese zodiac signs are arranged in a circular pattern, which each sign taking one of the twelve pies of the circle. According to astrologers who practice Chinese astrology, each zodiac is compatible with the other two signs which forms a compatibility triangle with the circular architecture. For instance, a rat, dragon and monkey make a compatibility triangle, similarly there are four compatibility triangle. Chinese astrology also practiced to predict love life, career, health and wealth of a person. The other stuffs which are rather weird which are predicted by Chinese zodiac signs are creepiest thing about oneself, what to eat and how to dress according to once zodiac sign.
Mysticism is exemplified as an experience to feel the presence of God. Ancient Chinese mysticism offers diverse application in life, it cannot be associated with one cultural path or genre of thought. It is an amalgamation of both secular and cultural belief. The prime objectives of Chinese mysticism are believing in mantic way of living, i.e. divination or prophecy. The other principles are union and cooperation with divinites and individual enlightenment. The Chinese mantic way was imparted in all social levels and even in their basic context of sciences. People who believe in Chinese mysticism, also follow various mystics, who were rich philosophers and scholars in the Chinese history.
One such mystic is Zhuang Zhou. Zhuang Zhou is often called as Zhuangzi, was one of the most influential philosopher in the ancient Chinese mysticism. He lived around 4th century BC, during the warring states period, this period also corresponds to Chinese “hundred schools of thought”. Zhuangzi was himself a honest follower of Lao Zi, who was considered as the forefathers of Daoist thought. Zhuangzi publicized Lao Zi school of preaching into a fabric of thought that describes the diversity of personality of human beings. Zhuangzi tried to offer a simplistic approach to life that could be understood by common people. He also penned down his thought in in the text “Zhuangzi”, which consists of 33 chapters divided into three sections. One of the famous quotes of Zhuangzi being “Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness”. The translated versions of Zhuangzi are also still widely available.