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How to Bring Yourself Good Luck in Your Zodiac Year

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Zodiac year is any year of your Chinese zodiac animal sign, determined by your birth year. As there are 12 animal signs, a year of your birth sign comes once per 12-year-cycle: when you are (about) 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, and so on.

When is your Zodiac Year/Ben Ming Nian?
Your zodiac year starts from Chinese New Year and ends on the last day of the Chinese lunar year (Chinese New Year's Eve). For example, 2015 is a year of the Goat, and Goats' zodiac year starts from Chinese New Year 2015 (February 19), and ends on February 7, 2016.

See the tablefor each of the 12 zodiac animals' zodiac year, and find out which years are your zodiac sign years.
Why is a Zodiac Year an Unlucky Year?
According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed to bring nothing but bad luck. Therefore Chinese astrology followers pay special attention to their conduct every twelfth year of their lives, i.e. in their birth sign years.
What/who is the 'God of Age' Star (Tai Sui)?
Tai Sui doesn’t actually exist as a real star! (It roughly corresponds to Jupiter, which takes 11.86 years to orbit earth, and is probably where the idea for the star came from). It’s an imaginary star that changes position exactly 30 degrees of direction each year, i.e. orbiting Earth every 12 years exactly.

The star Tai Sui is said to bring misfortune to people in zodiac years matching their year of birth.

Later, during the course of history, Tai Sui evolved into the God of Age, and has been worshipped by Chinese people from one generation to another. People offer sacrifices to the God of Age to get rid of misfortune and pray for blessings in a zodiac year.

How to Get Good Luck in a Zodiac Year
According to Chinese tradition, there are some things that people can do to fend off bad luck in a zodiac year.

By Wearing Red
Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese culture, standing for prosperity, loyalty, success, and happiness. Red can drive away bad luck and evil spirits.

Therefore wearing red during your zodiac year (or zodiac year) will bring you good luck and give you a good year. You can wear a red belt, red socks, red shoes, or red clothes, and red underwear is highly recommended during your zodiac year.

However, there is a rule that you need to pay attention to, or the red won't ward off bad luck. You cannot buy, for example, the red underwear yourself. It should be bought by a spouse, family member, or friend.

By Wearing Jade Accessories
Besides wearing red, you can also wear jade accessories during your zodiac year to ward off bad luck, like pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets.


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