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[edit]

Gregorian year Tibetan year Losar* element and animal
2000 2127 February 5 – February 7 iron Dragon (male)
2001 2128 January 24 – January 26 iron Snake (female)
2002 2129 February 12 – February 14 water Horse (male)
2003 2130 February 1 – February 3 water Goat (female)
2004 2131 January 22 – January 24 wood Monkey (male)
2005 2132 February 9 – February 11 wood Rooster (female)
2006 2133 January 30 – February 1 fire Dog (male)
2007 2134 February 18 – February 20 fire Pig (female)
2008 2135 February 8 – February 10 earth Rat (male)
2009 2136 January 27 – January 29 earth Ox (female)
2010 2137 February 12 - February 14 iron 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)[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  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

Further reading[edit]

  • Cornu, Philippe Tibetan Astrology. Shambhala, 1997. ISBN 1-57062-217-5.
  • Desi Sangye Gyatso, Lochen Dharmasri and Gyurme Dorje White Beryl: Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings. Eskenazi, 2001. ISBN 0-9539941-0-4
  • Berzin, A. Tibetan Astrology and Astronomy. in Maitreya Magazine (Emst, Holland), vol. 11, no. 4 (1989).
  • Berzin, A. Tibetan Astro Studies. in Chö-Yang, Year of Tibet Edition (Dharamsala, India), (1991).
  • Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche Key for Consulting the Tibetan Calendar. Shang Shung Edizioni, 2003.

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