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Tibetan Elemental Astrology, called Jung Tsee ('byung-rTsis), is a term that generally covers a variety of techniques.  The primary of these is a technique that calculates 20 elements for each person, 5 each for the year, month, day and hour of birth.  These are all calculated according to the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.  Here confusion with different systems of Elemental astrology can easily arise since there are several different methods for calculating the calendar according to which school one is working from.  However, as far this page is concerned, we will use the Elemental Calendar, which has its new elemental year in about the December preceeding the official Tibetan New Year, known as Losar.  Each new year and each new month always starts with the new moon as the indicator, and lasts for one Soli-Lunar cycle.

Each of these years and months is assigned an Animal 'zodiac' sign, such as many are familiar with in use with Chinese signs.  However, these are not identical in terms of their equivalent on any day month or year.  Therefore because one knows ones Chinese sign does not mean that this is the same in Tibetan astrology.  Some persons, particularly those born between December and March may find that they are one sign different than the Chinese.  In the Tibetan system each person has four animal signs- yearly , monthly, daily, and hourly.  Each animal is associated with one of the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, in a cycle of sixty years.  Actually there are far larger cycles, but for a simple understanding the previous is correct enough.  These 12 animal signs are represented upon the cosmic turtle.

A chart is drawn up with each of these four animal/element combinations and below them unfold a series of elements/energies which represent our Vitality, Health, Personal Forces, Luck (or rather our ability to connect to underlying forces), and the La, which could be translated as 'soul' but really is an energy that has to do with the integration of our consciousness with our body.  Tibetans speak of how someone's La can be lost or taken captive by nagas or other elemental spirits, but if we were to meet such a person we'd probabaly just classify them as suffering from some form of mental disease, ie suffering form psychological disintegration.  This is a very deep subject and cannot be explained within a paragraph. The White Emerald Collection, deals with this topic in depth in its later chapters and is on our list for translation.

These elements relate to each other in a variety of manners and white and black stones represent the relations between the elements in a persons chart.  Many white of course indicating harmonious conditions and many black disharmonious ones that require some form of remedial action to be taken.  Even though white and black stones are used it really is not a matter of black and white interpretations, since Tibetan astrology is one of the healing arts.  Subsequently the astrologers task is to find the antidotes to the imbalances through prescribing a large variety of remedies which include amulets, mantras, humanitarian actions and in extreme cases powerful tantric or shamanic rituals.  eacg year month day and even hour the elements and animals cycle and comparing this with the birth chart the current and future influences can be determined with a significant degree of accuracy.

This Elemental chart is the format available thru our site.
Click to enlarge - its LARGE 95k.
Other techniques are used to calculate May-war (sMe-ba) and this is similar to a form of numerology, but actually relates to a set of nine  esoteric constellations that lie away from the regular Zodiac signs of the ecliptic.  Whilst they have a valuable prognostic value through their cycles, they also have a place in the making of talismans and shamanic practices.  Thay also appear to have some value in relating the human energy body to that of the energy currents of the earth.

Another system of astrology uses the eight tri-grams or Parkha (sPar-kha) with which we have some degree of familiarity thorugh the hexagrams of the Taoist I-Ching.  Again each person is born under the influence of several of these which cycle throughout life and affect the energy in their unique fashion.  They are also valuable in the practices for arranging furniture and locating building sites and so forth.  There are many ways in which all the above techniques combine with each other to determine the quality of any time or period.
All nature is cycling with the elements, and as part of nature the forces flowing in our body during the course of the seasons is vital knowledge for the Tibetan Medical Practioner.  Click here for a section from the rgyud bzhiâ, the 4th Medicine Tantra translated by Tsering Dolma.

The sixty year cycle is created by the combination of the twelve animal signs (Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Bird, Dog and Pig) with the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water)  Therefore one may have the yearly element of Fire in the Animal sign of Horse and therefore come under the influence of Fire Horse for the year of birth.  Click here for a translation of Interpretations for the 60 Years of Animal and Element and the western years in which they fall.

Tibetans use this form of Elemental astrology for a wide variety of purposes including:-
Heath and Illness diagnosis
Marriage and Compatabilities
Childbirth, Education and Profession
Death and disposal methods for the body of the deceased
Weather forecast
Location and design of buildings
Horary applications
Religious considerations