Are you interested in finding out all the essential details about the legendary astrological chart that it has been used in China, ever since the 13th century, for predicting the gender of a fetus and for discovering the periods when a woman has big chances of conceiving a baby of the preferred sex, either a girl or a boy? Would you like these essential details to be expressed clearly and in a few words? Are you preoccupied especially with the Chinese gender predictor chart corresponding to the year 2016? Well, I have good news for you: you are on the right webpage, because this succinct article contains all the aspects of this special table, and they are very well explained. If you would rather be interested in finding even more details about the Chinese calendar for the gender selection, read this article.
Although this useful post is focused on this interesting chart, it also covers the details regarding the manner of using it for the two purposes mentioned in the previous paragraph: sex prediction and sex selection. Anyway, this chart and the corresponding methods of gender prediction and predetermination should be considered useful only for entertaining purposes, because they lack any official information, scientific, empirical and statistical evidences. Moreover, the fact that there are so many twins of different genders, boy and girl, along with the fact that there are numerous persons of different genders that were conceived in the same Chinese lunar month by women with the same Chinese lunar age at conception clearly prove that these techniques are not reliable. In case you are still interested in them and in this chart, you can read the rest of this article.
Original and Gregorian Translated Charts
There are actually two versions of the Chinese baby calendar: a simple one and a Gregorian translated one, which contains all the details included in the simple chart, along with the Gregorian or Western or common periods corresponding to the Chinese lunar months and ages mentioned in the simple table. Each of the twelve columns of these two kinds of tables represents the Chinese lunar month in which a baby was conceived or will be conceived. Each of the rows of these two types of tables represent the mother’s Chinese lunar age at the moment when she conceived a baby or when she will conceive it. The cells represent the baby’s gender: boy or girl.
Due to the fact that the key concepts of this ancient astrological chart are different from the months and ages used in Europe and America, it is useful to have them “translated” in the common or Western dates, which is exactly what the Gregorian translated table does: it provides the Gregorian periods that correspond to each of the Chinese lunar months and ages indicated in the original table.
Chinese Lunar Month, Age and Year
The old traditional calendar on which the Chinese gender chart is based on is called the “Han calendar” and it is a lunisolar one, as it indicates the moon phases and the time of the solar year; its months, years and ages are called Chinese lunar months, Chinese lunar years and Chinese lunar ages. The lunar months begin on an astronomical new moon and finish on the day before the next astronomical new moon, and, therefore, they differ from the common or Gregorian months, and they also differ from one year to another.
The lunar year is also different from the year used in America and Europe, because it begins on the day of the second or third new moon after the winter solstice. For example, the Chinese lunar year that corresponds to the common year 2016 begins on February 8, 2016, and it ends on January 27, 2017, as it can noticed from any reliable Gregorian translated gender chart for the year 2016. These Gregorian translated dates are officially provided by the website of the Hong Kong Observatory. Here are the periods corresponding to each of the lunar months of the lunar year that corresponds to the common year 2016:
- 1st: February 8, 2016 ~ March 8, 2016;
- 2nd: March 9, 2016 ~ April 6, 2016;
- 3rd: April 7, 2016 ~ May 6, 2016;
- 4th: May 7, 2016 ~ June 4, 2016;
- 5th: June 5, 2016 ~ July 3, 2016;
- 6th: July 4, 2016 ~ August 2, 2016;
- 7th: August 3, 2016 ~ August 31, 2016;
- 8th: September 1, 2016 ~ September 30, 2016;
- 9th: October 1, 2016 ~ October 30, 2016;
- 10th: October 31, 2016 ~ November 28, 2016;
- 11th: November 29, 2016 ~ December 28, 2016;
- 12th: December 29, 2016 ~ January 27, 2017.
The lunar age is computed in this way: from the moment when a person is born to the end of that lunar year, that person is considered to have one Chinese lunar year; one lunar year is added to each person’s lunar age after each Chinese lunar New Year Eve. Here are some examples of Gregorian periods corresponding to the lunar ages of mother at conception, for the Chinese gender calendar 2016:
- for having a lunar age of 18 lunar years in the lunar year corresponding to the common year 2016, a woman must have been born between February 16, 1999 and February 4, 2000;
- for 19 lunar years, the Gregorian period of mother’s birth is: January 28, 1998 ~ February 15, 1999;
- for 20 lunar years: February 7, 1997 ~ January 27, 1998.