What is the Chinese
The traditional Chinese way of predicting whether an unborn child will be a boy or a girl.
The Art of Predicting Things
Chinese astrology is a vast and ancient art of predicting things - personality, auspicious dates, marriage and conception - based on the lunar calendar.
Though most Taiwanese do not follow the lunar calendar anymore, many Chinese holidays and astrological dates are still based on the moon, including traditional holidays like Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival.
Chinese astrology is basic on the simple principle that there are twelve different zodiac signs, all of which are based on animals, and each year is assigned an animal, going in 12-year rotations.
So, for instance, 2010 is the "Year of the Tiger", meaning that it will be an auspicious year for certain activities and an inauspicious one for others, and that any child born in 2010 will have "tiger" personality traits.
The Chinese Conception Calendar
The Chinese conception calendar is essentially a way of predicting whether an unborn child will be a boy or a girl.
There is a strong legend associated with the calendar. Many people believe that the actual chart system was found buried in a 700-year-old tomb near Beijing and that the original is still kept in the Beijing Museum of Science (though whether this is the actual original document is still under speculation).
The Chinese Conception Chart is Easy to Understand!
The Chinese conception chart is quite simple, but you will need a few pieces of information to interpret it correctly. When done so, the Chinese conception calendar has proved to be around 90% accurate in predicting the sex of an unborn child!
First of all, you will need to know the lunar age of the mother when she conceived, which can sometimes be different from the Western age. If the mother was born between January 1 and February 20, she will use the Western age, but if she was born between February 21 and December 31, she will add one year to her Western age. You also need to know the month of the baby's conception to read the chart.
Free Online Chinese Conception Calendar
Armed with this information, you can check the Chinese conception calendar through many sources online. Chinesefortunecalendar.com is one site that will even calculate the mother's lunar age for you, making life much simpler.
The chart itself is surprisingly simple. To read the chart, follow the age of the mother at conception along one axis and the month of conception along the other to find where the two meet, and voila! The chart specifies "boy" or "girl" for pregnant women aged 18 up to 45, depending on which chart you are looking at.
Not Always Accurate
The Chinese conception calendar is, of course, not entirely accurate though, so it is important to remember that this type of astrological prediction may have been quite useful at one time, but should only be used for fun, in combination with a proper medical sonogram to determine the sex of an unborn child.
Once you know the baby's sex, you might also want to check out his or her astrological personality traits according to the Chinese zodiac! For instance, babies born in 2010 are part of the "Year of the Tiger", and are purported to be noble and fearless natural leaders. 2011 babies will be little "Rabbits", which are delicate, sweet and conservative.
I hope you enjoyed this article about the Chinese conception calendar.
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