China’s History of Moon Madness

This is the year of the Horse.  I was born in the year of the Rooster. To discover your year, use the Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator.  Just feed in your date of birth.

China’s ancient calendar is based on a twelve-year lunar cycle. At one time, the Chinese calendar was confusing and complex. Buddhists have been given credit for simplifying it by replacing a complex system of numerical symbols with the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

There are several Chinese calendars, which are still in use today. Each has its own purpose. Farmers in rural China use one. There’s even a Chinese gender calendar to help conceive a boy or girl.

In addition to the lunar, numerical, astronomical, gender and agricultural calendars, each day also has a name from one of twenty-eight constellations, with a ruling spirit for the day.

In charting the sky, the Chinese divided the heavens into 28 constellations located along the Equator and the ecliptic (the apparent path of the Sun on the celestial sphere), each named after a star in the vicinity.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.


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4 Responses to China’s History of Moon Madness

  1. Kudos to the Buddhists for replacing a complex system with the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. People have such fun with it. My late husband was delighted to have been born in the year of the tiger.

  2. I have always found it somehow saddening that I am a pig.

    • Don’t be sad. The Year of the Pig is from the Chinese moon calnder so let’s look at what the Chinese think about the pig.

      The pig is the last animal sign on the Chinese zodiac. They have such traits as diligence, sympathy, and generosity. With great concentration, once set a goal, they will devote all energy to achieve the goal. Though pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give a hand to others. They never suspect someone else, so they are easily fooled by others. If one wants to have a long-term relationship with pigs, one should be honest with them and have a knowledge of their inner thoughts.

      General speaking, pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are they encounter, they can handle things properly with carefulness. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in.

      Famous People Who Belong to Pig

      Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), the leader of the British bourgeois revolution in the 17th century, a statesman and militarist.

      Henry Ford, an American automotive engineer and entrepreneur, the founder of Ford Motor Company.

      Thomas Mann, a German novelist and essayist.

      Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist.

      Hillary Clinton, the First Lady of the United States.

      Lao She (1899-1966), an excellent writer in modern Chinese times.

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