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Tibetan Elemental Astrology, called
Jung Tsee ('byung-rTsis), is a term that generally covers a variety
of techniques. The primary of these is a technique that calculates
20 elements for each person, 5 each for the year, month, day and hour of
birth. These are all calculated according to the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.
Here confusion with different systems of Elemental astrology can easily
arise since there are several different methods for calculating the calendar
according to which school one is working from. However, as far this
page is concerned, we will use the Elemental Calendar, which has its new
elemental year in about the December preceeding the official Tibetan New
Year, known as Losar. Each new year and each new month always starts
with the new moon as the indicator, and lasts for one Soli-Lunar cycle.
Each of these years and months is assigned an Animal
'zodiac' sign, such as many are familiar with in use with Chinese signs.
However, these are not identical in terms of their equivalent on any day
month or year. Therefore because one knows ones Chinese sign does
not mean that this is the same in Tibetan astrology. Some persons,
particularly those born between December and March may find that they are
one sign different than the Chinese. In the Tibetan system each person
has four animal signs- yearly , monthly, daily, and hourly. Each
animal is associated with one of the five elements of metal, wood, water,
fire and earth, in a cycle of sixty years. Actually there are far
larger cycles, but for a simple understanding the previous is correct enough.
These 12 animal signs are represented upon the cosmic turtle.
A chart is drawn up with each of these four animal/element
combinations and below them unfold a series of elements/energies which
represent our Vitality, Health, Personal Forces, Luck (or rather our ability
to connect to underlying forces), and the La, which could be translated
as 'soul' but really is an energy that has to do with the integration of
our consciousness with our body. Tibetans speak of how someone's
La can be lost or taken captive by nagas or other elemental spirits, but
if we were to meet such a person we'd probabaly just classify them as suffering
from some form of mental disease, ie suffering form psychological disintegration.
This is a very deep subject and cannot be explained within a paragraph.
White Emerald Collection, deals with this topic in depth in its later
chapters and is on our list for translation.
These elements relate to each other in a variety
of manners and white and black stones represent the relations between the
elements in a persons chart. Many white of course indicating harmonious
conditions and many black disharmonious ones that require some form of
remedial action to be taken. Even though white and black stones are
used it really is not a matter of black and white interpretations, since
Tibetan astrology is one of the healing arts. Subsequently the astrologers
task is to find the antidotes to the imbalances through prescribing a large
variety of remedies which include amulets, mantras, humanitarian actions
and in extreme cases powerful tantric or shamanic rituals. eacg year
month day and even hour the elements and animals cycle and comparing this
with the birth chart the current and future influences can be determined
with a significant degree of accuracy.
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Other techniques are used to calculate May-war
(sMe-ba) and this is similar to a form of numerology, but actually
relates to a set of nine esoteric constellations that lie away from
the regular Zodiac signs of the ecliptic. Whilst they have a valuable
prognostic value through their cycles, they also have a place in the making
of talismans and shamanic practices. Thay also appear to have some
value in relating the human energy body to that of the energy currents
of the earth.
Another system of astrology uses the eight tri-grams
or Parkha (sPar-kha) with which we have some degree of familiarity thorugh
the hexagrams of the Taoist I-Ching. Again each person is born under
the influence of several of these which cycle throughout life and affect
the energy in their unique fashion. They are also valuable in the
practices for arranging furniture and locating building sites and so forth.
There are many ways in which all the above techniques combine with each
other to determine the quality of any time or period.
All nature is cycling with the elements, and
as part of nature the forces flowing in our body during the course of the
seasons is vital knowledge for the Tibetan Medical Practioner. Click
here for a section from the rgyud bzhiâ,
the 4th Medicine Tantra translated by Tsering Dolma.
THE SIXTY YEAR CYCLE:
The sixty year cycle is created by the combination
of the twelve animal signs (Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse,
Sheep, Monkey, Bird, Dog and Pig) with the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth,
Metal, Water) Therefore one may have the yearly element of Fire in
the Animal sign of Horse and therefore come under the influence of Fire
Horse for the year of birth. Click here
for a translation of Interpretations for the 60 Years of Animal and
Element and the western years in which they fall.
Tibetans use this form of Elemental astrology
for a wide variety of purposes including:-
Heath and Illness diagnosis
Marriage and Compatabilities
Childbirth, Education and Profession
Death and disposal methods for the body of the
Location and design of buildings