Adapted from my talk on the subject\nTibetan astrology borrows from Hindu constructs as well as Chinese constructs.\nThrough artworks, let us explore the Chinese astrological model with its 12 Zodiac animals that was introduced by Emperor Huang in 2637 BC and adopted extensively in Tibet & other Buddhist regions like Mongolia.\nIn this model, a complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of 5 smaller cycles of 12 years each. Each of these years in the 12 year cycle is associated with a unique zodiac animal.\nAccording to a legend Lord buddha summoned all the animals when he was ready to depart from the earth.\n\nWovensouls Collection \u2013 Asset #1376\n\nOnly 12 came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each of these animals in the order of their arrival.\nAccording to this model, the animal that rules the year in which an individual is born, exercises a profound influence on the life of the individual.\nClick to view slideshow.\nThe zodiac animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog & boar.\n\nBut we have to be careful not to transfer our English-language associations with the animals in the Tibetan zodiac. Calling someone a pig in English is not exactly flattering but in the Tibetan zodiac the associations are completely different.\nAs per Chinese astrology the year of my birth is he year of the Snake.\nClick to view slideshow.\nHad I been born the following year I would have been born in the year of the horse. And if I were born 12 years later in 1977, I\u2019d be a snake again.\nSo how does this matter?\nIs it all just nomenclature?\nNot in this system\nIn this model, the birth year is a predictor of the characteristics of the individual.\nAnd in my personal experience these predictions are so astonishingly accurate that even a cynic like myself is forced to acknowledge the beauty of the model.\nTake a look at this chart \u2013 that tells you your zodiac animal.\n\nOnce we know the animal we can look into the character description for each animal that is also offered by the model. Further, this calendar also predicts the relationships that the individual will have with people born in other animal-zodiac years.\u00a0 And the birth year zodiac has unique fortunes in the each of the other years in the cycle. So the snake\u2019s fortunes in a the year of the dog are different from his fortunes in the year of the pig.\nSo, for those of us who wonder what there is to celebrate in the onset of the new year on Jan 1st of any year this astrological model offers a a detailed forecast of the change of fortune to be expected in every new year!\nThe first edition of the book by Theodora Lau on this subject is easily the best there is \u2013 but for starters there is enough on the internet to whet the appetite!\nThis model has given us many hours of interesting conversations \u2013 so do explore it!\nSee also the note on \u2018Thai Zodiac Calendars\u2019 showing prints from Jim Thompson\u2019s personal collection.\n***\njm\nApril 2019\n\n* The colored calendar is a Sidpaho Thangka \u2013 Asset 1228\u00a0 and the manuscript is Asset 1376 \n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Art, Astrology & Zodiac Animals appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.