I am feeling the need for a rest for a bit from writing long articles! Here is a quick question from ‘Mandy’ (not her real name):
I was born on the 11th May and am therefore a Taurus, I was also born in 1973 which is the year of the bull in the Chinese horoscopes (which is also of interest as I lived in HongKong for a while).
How do both areas of astrology combine? And am I really as stubborn as a ‘double bull’ would indicate?
since you have kindly provided your date and year of birth, I have taken a peek into that favourite reference book of astrologers, The American Ephemeris for the 20th Century. It lists the midnight positions of all the planets for a hundred years and I’d definitely not be without it on a desert island (yes, ok, I’m mad!) This is where we astrologers begin the process of calculating horoscopes, although the TIME of birth is needed to reveal the whole picture.
The Ephemeris tells me that on 11 May 1973, in common with everyone else born on that day, the Sun was indeed to be seen occupying that 30 degree sector of the sky called Taurus. However, Mercury, planet of mind and communication, and Venus, planet of relationship, harmony and beauty, were also there on that day! So – having three of the ten key characters on your life’s stage in the same sector or sign emphasises the characteristics of that sign very strongly. The answer to your second question, therefore, is an emphatic YES based on Western astrology alone.
However, there are other things in your horoscope which both modify and contradict this strong stubborn streak. A full horoscope reading, for which you would need to provide your date, place and all-important TIME of birth, would put all the key characters on the stage, enabling you to get a better ‘handle’ on what drives you….
As far as the combination of Chinese and Western astrology is concerned, after more than 30 years as an astrologer I am still getting to grips with the Western tradition (!) so have only a very superficial knowledge of Eastern astrologies. However, I turned to our ever-present friend Google – which, incidentally, told me that the Chinese year for your date of birth is,in fact, the year of the Ox.
Astrowiki has an interesting and informative page on Chinese Astrology for any readers who wish to pursue the topic further.
Many thanks for your question, Mandy. Your feedback would be welcome. And – ask me another any time !
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