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About Sexagenary Cycle of Chinese Calendar…

Posted Jan 27 2010 5:21am

Translated from blog post at http://LiYeSen.com

As I had mentioned in my previous blog postthe year of 2010 is the GengYin 庚寅 year in Chinese Lunar calendar (lunisolar calendar).

Sohow does this GengYin came along?

The method‘Stems-branches Calendar Era’ 干支纪年 GanZhi JiNian is one of the ancient Chinese calendar. Calendar era is the year numbering system used by a calendar. It is a cyclic numeral system that combines of two basic cycles: – the ‘Ten Heavenly Stems’ 天干 TianGanand ‘Twelve Earthly Branches’ 地支 DiZhi. The ‘Ten Heavenly Stems’ are Jia Yi Bing Ding Wu Ji Geng Xin Ren and Gui . The ‘Twelve Earthly Branches’ are Zhi Chou Yin Mao Chen Si Wu Wei Shen You Xu and Hai . The combinations are matched in a fixed order and sequencestarting from JiaZhi 甲子 and ended with RenHai 癸亥. There are total of 60 combinations of ‘Ten Heavenly Stems’ and ‘Twelve Earthly Branches’. 60 combinations are referred to as one unitone cycle. The cycle repeated itself again and again. That is why it is known as ‘Sixty JiaZhi六十甲子 or ‘Sexagenary Cycle六十花甲. GengYin 庚寅 is at the 27th position of the ‘Sexagenary Cycle’ (as shown in the table below).


Stem-Branch

Chinese
name

Chinese
name

Associations

1

甲子

jiǎ-zǐ

Yang Wood Rat

2

乙丑

yǐ-chǒu

Yin Wood Ox

3

丙寅

bǐng-yín

Yang Fire Tiger

4

丁卯

dīng-mǎo

Yin Fire Rabbit

5

戊辰

wù-chén

Yang Earth Dragon

6

己巳

jǐ-sì

Yin Earth Snake

7

庚午

gēng-wǔ

Yang Metal Horse

8

辛未

xīn-wèi

Yin Metal Sheep

9

壬申

rén-shēn

Yang Water Monkey

10

癸酉

guǐ-yǒu

Yin Water Chicken

11

甲戌

jiǎ-xū

Yang Wood Dog

12

乙亥

yǐ-hài

Yin Wood Pig

13

丙子

bǐng-zǐ

Yang Fire Rat

14

丁丑

dīng-chǒu

Yin Fire Ox

15

戊寅

wù-yín

Yang Earth Tiger

16

己卯

jǐ-mǎo

Yin Earth Rabbit

17

庚辰

gēng-chén

Yang Metal Dragon

18

辛巳

xīn-sì

Yin Metal Snake

19

壬午

rén-wǔ

Yang Water Horse

20

癸未

guǐ-wèi

Yin Water Sheep

21

甲申

jiǎ-shēn

Yang Wood Monkey

22

乙酉

yǐ-yǒu

Yin Wood Chicken

23

丙戌

bǐng-xū

Yang Fire Dog

24

丁亥

dīng-hài

Yin Fire Pig

25

戊子

wù-zǐ

Yang Earth Rat

26

己丑

jǐ-chǒu

Yin Earth Ox

27

庚寅

gēng-yín

Yang Metal Tiger

28

辛卯

xīn-mǎo

Yin Metal Rabbit

29

壬辰

rén-chén

Yang Water Dragon

30

癸巳

guǐ-sì

Yin Water Snake

31

甲午

jiǎ-wǔ

Yang Wood Horse

32

乙未

yǐ-wèi

Yin Wood Sheep

33

丙申

bǐng-shēn

Yang Fire Monkey

34

丁酉

dīng-yǒu

Yin Fire Chicken

35

戊戌

wù-xū

Yang Earth Dog

36

己亥

jǐ-hài

Yin Earth Pig

37

庚子

gēng-zǐ

Yang Metal Rat

38

辛丑

xīn-chǒu

Yin Metal Ox

39

壬寅

rén-yín

Yang Water Tiger

40

癸卯

guǐ-mǎo

Yin Water Rabbit

41

甲辰

jiǎ-chén

Yang Wood Dragon

42

乙巳

yǐ-sì

Yin Wood Snake

43

丙午

bǐng-wǔ

Yang Fire Horse

44

丁未

dīng-wèi

Yin Fire Sheep

45

戊申

wù-shēn

Yang Earth Monkey

46

己酉

jǐ-yǒu

Yin Earth Chicken

47

庚戌

gēng-xū

Yang Metal Dog

48

辛亥

xīn-hài

Yin Metal Pig

49

壬子

rén-zǐ

Yang Water Rat

50

癸丑

guǐ-chǒu

Yin Water Ox

51

甲寅

jiǎ-yín

Yang Wood Tiger

52

乙卯

yǐ-mǎo

Yin Wood Rabbit

53

丙辰

bǐng-chén

Yang Fire Dragon

54

丁巳

dīng-sì

Yin Fire Snake

55

戊午

wù-wǔ

Yang Earth Horse

56

己未

jǐ-wèi

Yin Earth Sheep

57

庚申

gēng-shēn

Yang Metal Monkey

58

辛酉

xīn-yǒu

Yin Metal Chicken

59

壬戌

rén-xū

Yang Water Dog

60

癸亥

guǐ-hài

Yin Water Pig

Some people may ask“We are already using the Western Calendarwhat is the usage of this Sexagenary Cycle calendar?”

In fact‘Stems-branches calendar era’ has a wide range of application.

Here’s an example….

The most familiar application about ‘Stems-branches calendar era’ that we know is the ‘Eight Characters’ 八字. It is also well-known as ‘The Four Pillars of Destiny’ or ‘The Four Pillars Life-ology’. It uses ‘Ten Heavenly Stems’ and ‘Twelve Earthly Branches’ 天干地支 for year numberingmonth numberingday numberingand hour numbering. Four pillars (pairs) include yearmonthday and hourwhere each pair consists of one heavenly stem and one earthly branchwith total of eight characters. Thereforeit is named as ‘Eight Characters’. It is mostly use in fortune-telling and predictions.

For example,

西元 2010年1月25日21时29分

25th October 201021:29

八字 己丑年丁丑月乙亥日丁亥时

Yin Wood Pig  DayYin Fire Ox MonthYin Earth Ox YearYin Fire Pig Hour

The application of ‘Stems-branches Calendar Era’ began three thousands years agoat Shang Dynasty. This has been used in ancient Chinaand has never stopped. Thereforeit can use to infer chronology. It is important significant for archeology and ancient studies. In historythe revolution led by Sun Yat-Sen was named as “Revolution of 1911” “辛亥革命XinHai Revolutionas it was the year of 1911 辛亥 XinHai.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine‘Stems-branches Calendar Era’ is the application base for ‘Five Movements and Six Climates’ 五运六气 WuYun LiuQi‘Midnight-noon and Ebb-flow Doctrine’ 子午流注 ZhiWu LiuZhu‘Eight Methods of Intelligence Turtle’ 灵龟八法 LingGui BaFa.

Chinese Zodiac and twelve earthly branches

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