What’s Your Sign? Your Horoscope in Korea part 2.

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There are many websites online that will explain each year of the Chinese zodiac system, however some can be quite complex, so I’ve come up with simplified list for a few of the years that might be of interest to some of my readers. Korea, and some other Asian countries also follow the Chinese zodiac system, as well as their local methods of fortune telling.  The 60 year cycle that we are in right now began in 1984 so I’ll begin there too. The date in ( ) is when that year begins, so if you were born in 1984, but before Feb. 2nd then you would look up your sign under 1983. The age old Korean tradition of fortune telling by  mudang, female shamans will be covered in another post.

  • 1984 (Feb 02) – Rat/mouse – Green – Yang – Wood
  • 1985 (Jan 22) – Ox/bull/cow – Green – Yin – Wood
  • 1986 (Feb 09) – Tiger – Red – Yang – Fire
  • 1987 (Jan 29) – Rabbit – Red – Yin -Fire
  • 1988 (Feb 17) – Dragon – Brown – Yang – Earth
  • 1989 (Feb 06) – Snake – Brown – Yin – Earth
  • 1990 (Jan 27) – Horse – White – Yang – Metal
  • 1991 (Feb 15) – Goat/sheep/ram -White – Yin – Metal
  • 1992 (Feb 04) – Monkey – Black – Yang – Water
  • 1993 (Jan 23) – Rooster/chicken – Black – Yin -Water
  • 1994 (Feb 10) – Dog – Green – Yang – Wood
  • 1995 (Jan 31) – Pig/boar – Green – Yin – Wood
  • 1996 (Feb 19) – Rat/mouse – Red – Yang – Fire
  • 1997 (Feb 07 – Ox/bull/cow – Red – Yin – Fire
  • 1998 (Jan 28) – Tiger – Brown – Yang – Earth
  • 1999 (Feb 16) – Rabbit – Brown – Yin – Earth
  • 2000 (Feb 05) – Dragon – White – Yang -Metal
  • 2001 (Jan 24) – Snake – White – Yin – Metal
  • 2002 (Feb 12) – Horse – Black -Yang – Water

The five elements also have an impact on your personality/horoscope and each of them represents a planet and has a number of character attributes.

  • Wood – Jupiter – Kindly
  • Fire – Mars – Respectable
  • Earth – Saturn – Honest
  • Metal – Venus – Moral
  • Water – Mercury – Wise

 

Remember 2017 is the year of the (Metal) Red Fire Chicken. Chicken not rooster because it is a Yin year. You might want to also look at Your Horoscope in Korea? part 1 and Seollal: Korean New Year. Also note that astrology is not a science and different web sites contain different information, attributes and horoscopes. There’s also something called a Double Zodiac where people try to combine traditional Chinese astrology with Western astrology.

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Astrology and various forms of fortune telling crop up in a lot of Kdramas, from Arang and the Magistrate, to Kill Me, Heal Me, Reply 1988, and Lucky Romance, along with many others. Although often used to aid plot development, or for comedic purposes, fortune telling appears in many dramas showing that both in TV land, as well as real life, fortune telling doesn’t appear to be fading away with modernization. In fact new phone apps for daily fortunes have become increasingly popular. Korean variety shows also use fortune tellers including those who read faces as well as those who use zodiacs and even tarot cards.

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Have a great day everyone.

 

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