Animal Hour in Chinese Metaphysics I – Background

Got an email requesting me to elaborate on the animal hours given in my auspicious wedding dates posts. Your wish is granted! I thought it’ll be most meaningful to answer it in a blog post so everyone can learn from it. I will be dividing the answer into 4 main parts.

Part I: Background (which is this post)
Part II: How to Use
Part III: Tips & Tricks
Part IV: Common Concerns & Applications

Watch, the Timekeeper
Watch the, Timekeeper
Watch the Timekeeper

Well, I must say the person writing the email is pretty sharp. She is right that I wrote the hours in traditional Chinese Metaphysics format because the hours are not that straightforward nowadays and may vary in different countries.

I like kicking aside all the fluffs and mini-quests. So, long story short:
Back in the days, the Chinese civilization divided time into a 2 hour frame. Just like now we have the term for one-hour (hour X 24), the Chinese have their term for two-hours (animal hour X 12).

If we refer to time using the one-hour system (using the Chinese format), it would look like:
1st one-hour, 2nd one-hour … 24th one-hour.

So, for the two-hours system, it would look like:
1st two-hour, 2nd two-hour … 12th two-hour.

However, the Chinese civilization would associate its culture to the hourly system. Therefore, you would get the following instead:
Rat hour (aka 1st two-hour), Ox hour (aka 2nd two-hour) … Pig hour (aka 12th two-hour)

Some of you already figured it out. Yes, the Animals are no more than the Chinese civilization’s way of Numbering or Alphabetizing a sequence back in those days. This can be pretty mind-blowing for us who are used to simplified labeling systems like 1 2 3, A B C or I II III. But hey, it’s probably the beauty of culture. You can always treat it as learning an ancient elf language.

Well, be glad to know that I have always done time adjustment for my Birthday Reading services.

In our next post, aka Part II, we shall look into how we can use these animal hour properly and correctly.

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  22. Jeffrey says:

    how do i choose the dates?
    you have teach by using the year, but the timing of the birth? how do i use it to choose the correct date?

    • 7des7iny says:

      Hi Jeffery, it depends on which month you are looking at.
      Let’s say you want to find a good wedding date in the month of December 2012, just go to the Search box somewhere in the right and type in “December 2012” 🙂

      As long as you are using a day that is not stated as incompatible with your year of birth (aka your birth year), you are on the right track.

      Your timing of birth helps to relate to the 5 element balance in your chart. Since you seem to know about the use of birth time, you can take that into consideration and prioritize days that has the 5 elements that may enhance the useful 5 elements for the main person.

      Hope that helps.

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