Tibetan astrology

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Tibetan astrology (Tibetan : དཀར་རྩིས, Wylie : dkar rtsis) is a traditional discipline of the Tibetan peoples that has dialogued with both Chinese astrology and Indian astrology. Tibetan astrology is one of the 'Ten Sciences' (Wylie: rig-pa'i gnas bcu; Sanskrit: daśavidyā) in the enumeration honoured by this cultural tradition. [1]



The Year-signs cycle in an archetypal progression or continuüm:

Tibetan calendar

Gregorian year Tibetan yearLosar*element and animal
20002127February 5 – February 7iron Dragon (male)
20012128January 24 – January 26iron Snake (female)
20022129February 12 – February 14water Horse (male)
20032130February 1 – February 3water Goat (female)
20042131January 22 – January 24wood Monkey (male)
20052132February 9 – February 11wood Rooster (female)
20062133January 30 – February 1fire Dog (male)
20072134February 18 – February 20fire Pig (female)
20082135February 8 – February 10earth Rat (male)
20092136January 27 – January 29earth Ox (female)
20102137February 12 - February 14iron Tiger (male)
* Note: The start date of Losar depends on what time zone one is in. For example, in 2005, Losar started on February 8 in U.S. time zones and February 9 in Asia time zones. Some people began celebrating Losar on February 9 in the US. The Tibetan new year is based on a fluctuating point that marks the New Moon that is nearest to the beginning of February. It is important to note that, despite their apparent similarities, the start of the Tibetan and Chinese New Years can sometimes differ by a whole month.

Vaiḍūrya dKar-po (White Beryl)

The names of the chapters of the Vaiḍūrya dKar-po (the premier Tibetan text on astrological divination) are :

See also


  1. Dudjom Rinpoche and Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: its Fundamentals and History. Two Volumes. 1991. Translated and edited by Gyurme Dorje with Matthew Kapstein. Wisdom Publications, Boston. ISBN   0-86171-087-8; Enumerations p.167
  2. http://ahmc.ngalso.net/2014/01/28/tibetan-astrology-table-of-year-animal-element-2/?lang=en
  3. http://ahmc.ngalso.net/2014/01/28/tibetan-astrology-table-of-year-animal-element-2/?lang=en

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