Is Fortune Determined?

[汉语]

There is a strong, age-old belief in fate or predestination in Chinese culture and the fundamental core of this is an expectation regarding good luck and the prevention of bad luck. With the help of divination, fortune-telling or the like, it is believed that a person can increase wealth and prosperity, thus making the most of their destiny. Listed here are three common ways of how Chinese people tell their futures and fortunes.

Draw lots (Zhuazhou)
Zhuazhou is a Chinese tradition practiced when a baby reaches one year old. The child is surrounded by many symbolic things such as a coin, a book, a pen and so on. The elder waits to see which object the baby picks up, so as to find a clue to the baby’s future ambitions. For example, if the child picks up a coin, it might become rich later in life; if the child reaches a book, it may have the potential of being an intellectual.

Birth date (Bazi)
According to the Chinese horoscope, a person can find his or her true love through the analysis of their birth date (Bazi). By comparing two persons’ birth dates (Bazi), a fortune-teller can get a picture about their love compatibility relationship and see whether they really match or not. Sometimes, Bazi can also give suggestions on how to maintain a loving and friction-free relationship.

The Chinese Zodiac (Shengxiao)
According to the lunar calendar, Chinese people symbolize each year with 12 animals in a row; namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. There are no specific rules to say whether it is better to be born in a year of a certain animal, but a person born in the year of the dragon is supposed to be strong and capable, while a person born in the ox year is hard-working and down to earth. Each animal is symbolized by its positive characters, so, in general, a Shengxiao talisman would bring good luck and help to avoid accidents or danger.

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