Tibetan astrology (Tibetan: དཀར་རྩིས, Wylie: dkar rtsis) is a traditional discipline of the Tibetan peoples that has influence from both Chinese astrology and Hindu 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]

In the Tibetan Buddhist medical and tantric traditions, astrology is not regarded as superstition but rather as a practical tool to understand and heal our body and mind on the gross, subtle and very subtle levels. One can experience many sicknesses and misfortunes due to outer, inner and secret astrological reactions and malevolent celestial influences. [2]


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

Animal signs and elements

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Year Animal Element Start Date
1912 Mouse Water 21-Dec-1911
1913 Ox Water 9-Dec-1912
1914 Tiger Wood 28-Dec-1913
1915 Rabbit Wood 17-Dec-1914
1916 Dragon Fire 7-Dec-1915
1917 Snake Fire 25-Dec-1916
1918 Horse Earth 15-Dec-1917
1919 Sheep Earth 4-Dec-1918
1920 Monkey Iron 23-Dec-1919
1921 Bird Iron 11-Dec-1920
1922 Dog Water 30-Dec-1921
1923 Pig Water 19-Dec-1922
1924 Mouse Wood 8-Dec-1923
1925 Ox Wood 26-Dec-1924
1926 Tiger Fire 16-Dec-1925
1927 Rabbit Fire 6-Dec-1926
1928 Dragon Earth 24-Dec-1927
1929 Snake Earth 12-Dec-1928
1930 Horse Iron 31-Dec-1929
1931 Sheep Iron 20-Dec-1930
1932 Monkey Water 10-Dec-1931
1933 Bird Water 28-Dec-1932
1934 Dog Wood 18-Dec-1933
1935 Pig Wood 7-Dec-1934
1936 Mouse Fire 26-Dec-1935
1937 Ox Fire 14-Dec-1936
1938 Tiger Earth 2-Jan-1938
1939 Rabbit Earth 22-Dec-1938
1940 Dragon Iron 11-Dec-1939
1941 Snake Iron 29-Dec-1940
1942 Horse Water 19-Dec-1941
1943 Sheep Water 8-Dec-1942
1944 Monkey Wood 28-Dec-1943
1945 Bird Wood 16-Dec-1944
1946 Dog Fire 5-Dec-1945
1947 Pig Fire 24-Dec-1946
1948 Mouse Earth 13-Dec-1947
1949 Ox Earth 31-Dec-1948
1950 Tiger Iron 20-Dec-1949
1951 Rabbit Iron 10-Dec-1950
1952 Dragon Water 29-Dec-1951
1953 Snake Water 17-Dec-1952
1954 Horse Wood 7-Dec-1953
1955 Sheep Wood 26-Dec-1954
1956 Monkey Fire 15-Dec-1955
1957 Bird Fire 1-Jan-1957
1958 Dog Earth 22-Dec-1957
1959 Pig Earth 11-Dec-1958
1960 Mouse Iron 30-Dec-1959
1961 Ox Iron 19-Dec-1960
1962 Tiger Water 8-Dec-1961
1963 Rabbit Water 27-Dec-1962
1964 Dragon Wood 16-Dec-1963
1965 Snake Wood 4-Dec-1964
1966 Horse Fire 23-Dec-1965
1967 Sheep Fire 12-Dec-1966
1968 Monkey Earth 31-Dec-1967
1969 Bird Earth 20-Dec-1968
1970 Dog Iron 10-Dec-1969
1971 Pig Iron 29-Dec-1970
1972 Mouse Water 18-Dec-1971
1973 Ox Water 6-Dec-1972
1974 Tiger Wood 25-Dec-1973
1975 Rabbit Wood 14-Dec-1974
1976 Dragon Fire 2-Jan-1976
1977 Snake Fire 21-Dec-1976
1978 Horse Earth 11-Dec-1977
1979 Sheep Earth 30-Dec-1978
1980 Monkey Iron 20-Dec-1979
1981 Bird Iron 8-Dec-1980
1982 Dog Water 27-Dec-1981
1983 Pig Water 16-Dec-1982
1984 Mouse Wood 4-Jan-1984
1985 Ox Wood 23-Dec-1984
1986 Tiger Fire 12-Dec-1985
1987 Rabbit Fire 1-Jan-1987
1988 Dragon Earth 21-Dec-1987
1989 Snake Earth 10-Dec-1988
1990 Horse Iron 28-Dec-1989
1991 Sheep Iron 18-Dec-1990
1992 Monkey Water 7-Dec-1991
1993 Bird Water 24-Dec-1992
1994 Dog Wood 14-Dec-1993
1995 Pig Wood 2-Jan-1995
1996 Mouse Fire 22-Dec-1995
1997 Ox Fire 11-Dec-1996
1998 Tiger Earth 30-Dec-1997
1999 Rabbit Earth 19-Dec-1998
2000 Dragon Iron 8-Dec-1999
2001 Snake Iron 26-Dec-2000
2002 Horse Water 15-Dec-2001
2003 Sheep Water 3-Jan-2003
2004 Monkey Wood 24-Dec-2003
2005 Bird Wood 13-Dec-2004
2006 Dog Fire 1-Jan-2006
2007 Pig Fire 21-Dec-2006
2008 Mouse Earth 10-Dec-2007
2009 Ox Earth 8-Jan-2008
2010 Tiger Iron
2011 Rabbit Iron
2012 Dragon Water
2013 Snake Water
2014 Horse Wood
2015 Sheep Wood
2016 Monkey Fire
2017 Bird Fire
2018 Dog Earth
2019 Pig Earth
2020 Mouse Iron
* 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.

Favourable and non-favourable days by animal sign

This calendar is based on Tibetan astrology and is calculated for midday in European Std Time (GMT+2)

Table below show the days of the weeks (and corresponding planets) that are considered generally favourable or not favourable for the 12 Tibetan astrological signs.[4]

For the start of new or important activities it is advisable to avoid the unfavourable week days in the calendar.

Animal Sign Favourable Non Favourable
Mouse Wednesday (Mercury) Saturday (Saturn)
Ox Saturday (Saturn) Thursday (Jupiter)
Tiger Thursday (Jupiter) Friday (Venus)
Rabbit Thursday (Jupiter) Friday (Venus)
Dragon Sunday (Sun) Thursday (Jupiter)
Snake Tuesday (Mars) Wednesday (Mercury)
Horse Tuesday (Mars) Wednesday (Mercury)
Sheep Friday (Venus) Thursday (Jupiter)
Monkey Friday (Venus) Tuesday (Mars)
Bird Friday (Venus) Tuesday (Mars)
Dog Monday (Moon) Thursday (Jupiter)
Pig Wednesday (Mercury) Saturday (Saturn)

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. ^ "Self-Healing II – NgalSo – LGPP". Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  3. ^ a b "Tibetan Astrology – Table of Year-Animal-Element | Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre". ahmc.ngalso.net. Archived from the original on 2014-11-11.
  4. ^ "Tibetan Astrology – Calendar Introduction | Kunpen Lama Gangchen - NgalSo Dharma Centre". kunpen.ngalso.org. Retrieved 2022-08-29.

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