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.
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.