Myths about the Tibetan horoscope



Horoscope, compiled by a Tibetan astrologer, is fundamentally different from European and Chinese horoscopes.

Not necessary. Much depends on what kind of astrological system the expert will prefer to use. If it is Junzi (byung rtsis – “astrology of elements”, also called Nagtsi – “black astrology”) – the compiled horoscope will in many ways be similar to Chinese. This is explained by the fact that in this type of astrology, calculations are based on the definition of the relationship between the “animal cycle” of 12 animals, the theory of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water), Meva (Tibet “birthmark” – placed in a certain way in ” square “of numbers from 1 to 9, each of which corresponds to the side of the light and a certain color) and Park (Tib.” change of signs “- 8 trigrams).

In Kartsi (skar rtsis – “white astrology”) calculations are made differently, and the compiled horoscope is likely to be similar to the European one. In the “Solar” section of Kartsi, the movement of the planets through the Zodiac is taken into account, and in the “Lunar” (closely related to Kalachakra) – the passage of the Moon through 27 Gyukar (so-called “moon palaces”, with the constellations through which the Moon passes, 28, but , since in one palace there can be 2 constellations at once, Gyukar for 1 less). There is another, secret section of Kartsa, called Yanggar (dbyang char – “manifestation through vowel sounds”), closely related to medical astrology and yoga. People who study this section and use it in astrological calculations are very rare in Tibet, but it is their horoscopes and predictions that are famous for the greatest accuracy and clarity of interpretation.


A distinctive feature of the Tibetan horoscope is not so much the methods of calculation and interpretation of the impact of astrological factors, as aspects of the human being, to which these factors affect. Tibetan astrologers developed a unique, nowhere else occurring, concept of a person describing 5 individual forces:

– La (bla) or “animal soul” – a psychoenergetic component that promotes energy exchange with the outside world and is closely related to Sam ( sems – mind) and yid (yid – discriminating consciousness);

– Cor (srog) is the “life force”, the inner primordial energy of a person, acquired by him at the moment of conception, stored in the heart and closely related to La;

– Wangtang (“dbang”) – “personal power”, the ability to confidently move toward the intended goal (not related, however, with talent);

– Lu (lus) – “body”. Energy that provides health and resistance to disease-causing effects;

– Lungta (klung rta) – “horse of the wind”, sometimes referred to as the aspect of luck. Unites, strengthens and harmonizes Wangtang, Lu and Sog.

Myths about the Tibetan horoscope

“Animal cycle” came to Tibet from China.

The researchers do not have a common opinion on this issue. Some believe that even in the 7th century, when Chinese princesses who became wives of Songecene Gampo (the ruler of Tibet) brought texts from the Middle Kingdom on medicine, astronomy and astrology, the year began to denote the names of 12 animals (although the 60-year cycle was not yet complete borrowed until the XI century). Other researchers argue that the calendar of the 60-year cycle (called the rabjung – “important”, associated with the revolution around the Sun of the planets Jupiter (5 turns to 12 years) and Saturn (2 turns of 30 years)) came to Tibet from India, and his widespread use began in 1027 (when the Kalachakra Tantra was translated into Tibetan). Since at that time the astrologers of Tibet were familiar with the Chinese “animal cycle” (another 62 cycle began in 1024), it was decided to combine these two systems. It is for this reason that the first year of the “animal cycle” in Tibet is not the year of the Rat (as in China), but the year of the Hare.

In the Tibetan horoscope, years are named in accordance with a system of certain symbols.

For example, 1940, 52, 64 years. – Years of the “Bright Kite”, 1941.53, 65 years. – “Cobra”, 42.54.66 years.- “Keeper of fire”, etc. Wrong opinion. As already mentioned, in Tibet, for the chronology (both in the official and in the astrological calendar), the Chinese “animal cycle” is used, which includes 12 animals (Mouse, Ox, Tiger, etc.). In this case, the list of animals almost completely coincides with that adopted in China. There are only some differences in the names of animals: the year of the Rat is called the year of the Mouse, the year of the Rabbit is called the Year of the Hare, and the year of the Rooster is the year of the Bird.

If a person was born, for example, in the year of the Dragon, the most successful for him in the “animal cycle” will be the years of the animal patron (Dragon).

Tibetan astrologers believe that it is in a year managed by an animal patron that a person will face trials, troubles, illnesses and losses. Therefore, every 12 years, you should conduct a ritual called “cleansing the year” in order to protect yourself from troubles.

When composing a Tibetan horoscope, it should be borne in mind that the time for celebrating the New Year in this country and in the countries of Europe is different.

This is indeed so. Moreover – in Tibet, there are several options for celebrating the New Year (Losar). The main one is officially celebrated in the month of the Dragon (the first month of the Tibetan year). This tradition is the result of Mongolian influence. But besides this there is another date of the beginning of the year (according to the Dzhuntsi system) – the month of the Tiger (preceding the month of the Dragon). And according to the Kalachakra system, the New Year should be celebrated in the month of the Horse (following the month of the Dragon). However, all the above-mentioned on the characteristics of days and months does not affect in any way, influencing only the determination of what year the “bestial cycle” a person was born. Also, remember that the duration of the Tibetan year can vary (either 12 months – 354-355 days, or 13 months – 383-384 days, alternating every 19 years, and an additional month can appear anywhere in the calendar – one of the months is simply doubles without changing the astrological characteristics).

In the Tibetan horoscope, in the second place in importance (after the year of birth) is a month, and the day and hour of birth are less important.

Wrong opinion. Characteristics of the day in the Tibetan horoscope is considered one of the most significant factors, information about the month of birth is perceived as specifying. Moreover, the Tibetan days of the week correspond to the western ones, and are controlled by one of the nine planets (Sunday is under the control of the Sun, Monday – the Moon, Tuesday – Mars, etc.). Also, Tibetan astrologers take into account the constellation of the day or Gyukar. Since in one day the Moon can be in 2 different constellations, when compiling a horoscope, the fact that the night star was in the period from dawn to dusk is taken into account. If during this time the Moon managed to move to the next Gyukar, it is believed that the day is governed immediately by 2 lunar palaces (and 2 the next in importance). In addition, when compiling a horoscope for Europeans or Americans, there are some difficulties, since the apparent trajectory of the moon’s movement is somewhat shifted (which means that it passes through other constellations). However, experts believe that this problem can simply not be taken into account (if you do not need high accuracy when compiling a horoscope).

When composing a horoscope, Tibetan astrologers use not only different written sources, but clairvoyance.

Yes, it is. In the tradition of coupons of a man struggling in astrology, he was called “skos shes rtsis mkhan” (“an astrologer who knows how to control being”). It was believed that this man in the past committed many good deeds, thereby gaining the ability to influence the course of events, as well as distinguish good deeds from evil deeds. Therefore, clairvoyance (allowing to see the true essence of things and actions, as well as to track the hidden links between them) is considered a quality necessary for making a horoscope or divination.And one of the ways to develop the aforementioned quality is an interesting ritual: in the lapel collar, a young astrologer sews up a wooden human figure (after the mantras necessary in such cases are read over it). It is believed that this figure not only contributes to the acquisition of clairvoyance, but it can also give the learner tips when composing or interpreting the horoscope.

Myths about the Tibetan horoscope

The most accurate horoscopes are Tibetan Buddhist astrologers.

According to experts, the greatest accuracy in the compilation of the horoscope, as well as the clarity and clarity of its interpretation, can be achieved by combining Buddhist astrology and the astrological tradition of Bon (in translation from Tibetan, “ritual,” “sing”, “read”) – the national Tibetan religion, whose teachings, according to legend, came to Tibet from the legendary Shambhala (Olmo Lungring) about 18,000 years ago. However, finding a teacher in this area of ​​astrology is very difficult, and even with native development, many difficulties arise even for indigenous Tibetans, since ancient texts containing the information necessary for compiling the horoscope are written in a special ancient language, and abound in complex terms, which the beginner sometimes does not understand under force.

In the Tibetan horoscope, there will necessarily be information about a person’s past life.

This is often true, because, from the perspective of Tibetans, information about past incarnations is very important. Firstly, “karmic prints” can manifest themselves in this incarnation (for example, a person may have dreams that are not always pleasant, and sometimes quite frightening); secondly, the information mentioned allows an astrologer to better understand the character of a person, and, therefore, give him some tips to improve life circumstances. Therefore, in Tibetan astrology there is a section “Tse rabs las rtsis” (“astrology of past lives”), which makes it possible, based on the date of birth of a person, to obtain information about his previous incarnations.

In the process of interpreting the horoscope, the Tibetan astrologer gives many different tips designed to improve the life of the person applying to him.

Yes, since the main task of an astrologer is not just to warn a person about the troubles and dangers that threaten him, but, if possible, indicate a way to get out of all the mess with minimal losses. In some cases, the advice of an astrologer concerns not only the current, but also the next person’s life. And behind seemingly easily executable actions is often hidden a very deep meaning. For example, if an astrologer, in order to improve the circumstances of the next incarnation, offers a client to buy a Buddha statue, he means that by acquiring a statue (which, in the opinion of the Tibetans, is a kind of magnet that attracts certain circumstances and types of energy to the individual), a person takes the first step toward changing the state mind for the better. It is these changes that will inspire him in the future to accomplish good deeds, and will also allow him to establish and strengthen his connection with his deity (karmic ties of this kind, according to the beliefs of Tibetans, are available to every person). As a consequence, the circumstances of the future incarnation will change, and will improve.

The art of compiling Tibetan horoscopes is easy to learn – it’s enough to come to Tibet and, after finding a good astrologer, to apply to him as a pupil.

In our days, Europeans have the opportunity to study with a Tibetan astrologer. However, it should be remembered that, according to tradition, good astrologers do not disclose all the secrets to a large number of students (even if they take up the training of groups, which happens extremely rarely). And only foreseeing an imminent demise, a Tibetan astrologer can discover all the nuances of his skill, with only one chosen disciple.


In Tibet, all the newborns are the first thing to make a horoscope.

In addition, people turn to astrologers for important events in their lives.Indeed, Tibetans often turn to astrologers to find out which day is favorable for any significant or simply important event (marriage, the beginning of the construction of the house, the change of residence and even hair cutting). In addition, the advice of an astrologer helps to determine the choice of funeral ritual (which in Tibet exists several, and each corresponds to a certain element, for example, fire corresponds to cremation, the earth is buried in the cemetery, the tree – the so-called “heavenly funeral” (the dissected body is eaten up birds or predatory animals), etc.). However, it should be remembered that not always people who want to receive information about anything in advance have money to pay for the services of an astrologer. Therefore, at the birth of a child (as well as before vital events or just at the end of the year), many Tibetans do not turn to horoscopes composers, but to fortune tellers (such a service is cheaper, and there are fortunetellers in Tibet much more often than good astrologers).

Myths about the Tibetan horoscope

A child who is recognized as a lama’s rebirth does not make a horoscope.

Followers of many traditions and teachings believe that, moving along the steps of spiritual development, a person is gradually freed from the influence of stars, planets and elements. However, for children recognized as the reincarnation of a lama (called rinpoche – “precious” or tulku (nirmanakaya) – “phenomenal body”), the horoscope still makes up. At the same time, they do not use ordinary astrology, but completely different systems of calculations.

If a person does not know the date of his birth, he can not make a horoscope.

Since there are not so many people in Tibet who can provide accurate information about the date and time of their birth, when compiling a horoscope either they use the kind of astrology where the mentioned information is not so important, or, guided by some events of a person’s life, determine the date of his birth, after which produce the necessary calculations.

Before compiling the horoscope, the Tibetan astrologer will necessarily read the necessary prayers, and during the calculations will use one of the ancient texts.

This is indeed so. On the day when the horoscope is planned, the Tibetan astrologer is busy from the very morning carrying out the necessary rituals, not only praying for creating a certain mood and providing support to the higher forces, but also a special prayer for the person who compiles the horoscope. Only after this the astrologer starts the necessary calculations, and during the calculations and interpretation of the obtained values ​​and combinations of signs, elements and luminaries, most often guided by several texts, since it is in this case that one can obtain the most detailed, clear and precise interpretation.

Before contacting a Tibetan astrologer for a horoscope, it would be good to check how good a specialist he is.

Yes, and the easiest way is to ask the astrologer a few questions, for example, about your sign, element and deity-patron. This information can be obtained, for example, from the Tibetan astrological almanac, regularly published in some countries of the world and taking into account, temporal discrepancies in the European and Eastern chronology. A good specialist is able to give an answer, having a minimum of information about the client (for example, simply knowing the date of birth), some will have to check with the table. The charlatan, most likely, will leave an answer or answer incorrectly.



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