In this article I present the best 10 tips regarding the famous Chinese chart that is thought to be able to accomplish two important tasks: increase your chances of conceiving a baby of the gender you want and help you determine the most likely gender of your fetus.
The ten tips that I describe below represent, in fact, the most important aspects related to this chart and to the two methods based on it.
Most people who employ the Chinese Gender Calendar don’t know anything about most of these aspects and, because of this they incorrectly understand and use it. But, knowing these tips, you can avoid the most frequent mistakes that are usually done by its users.
In this article I provide only a general overview of these 10 tips, but I will detail each of them in separate articles, that will be fully focused on each of these tips. The first six tips refer to this famous chart and its two methods in general, while the last four tips indicate the various ways in which the legendary chart can be used. Knowing them, you can choose the one that suits you best. Also, I will provide complete descriptions of each of these four modalities in special articles on this blog.
I will present these ten tips in the decreasing order of their importance. Let’s begin with the most important one:
Tip 1: Two Roles – Prediction & Predetermination
Did you know that this famous legendary and astrological chart has, in fact, two roles? I mean, it is used for achieving two purposes:
- gender prediction
- gender predetermination.
To be more precise, on the one hand, it indicates the most probable gender of an embryo or fetus (namely, an unborn baby that is carried by a pregnant woman); this is why it is also known as the Chinese Gender Predictor Chart. At the same time, the same chart indicates the time periods in which a woman has the highest chances to get pregnant with a child of the gender she wants; in other words, it specifies the time intervals in which that woman ought to make love in order to increase the chances of conceiving a girl or a boy.
Tip 2: Rows and Cols Are “Chinese Lunar”
Knowing this second tip will enable you to avoid the two most common mistakes made by the users of this tool. So, the well-known chart is, in fact, a table with rows, namely horizontal lines, and twelve columns, or vertical lines. Most people wrongly believe that each column corresponds to a common month, from the Gregorian calendar, like January, February, etc., and that each row corresponds to a common age, like 26 years. But these opinions are wrong!
A legend says that this table was obtained in China, seven centuries ago. But the calendar used in China in those times was totally different from the Gregorian calendar that is used nowadays by most people on Earth, especially in the Western part of the world. While the Gregorian calendar is a “solar calendar”, namely it is based on the positions of the sun, the traditional Chinese calendar, which is still used today in China, but only for traditional activities (like determining the best days for relocating, getting married, starting a business, planting a crop), is a “lunisolar calendar”, because its dates indicate both the moon phases and the sun’s positions.
The columns of the Chinese Baby Calendar correspond to the months of this traditional Chinese calendar, called “lunar months”, and not to the common months of the Gregorian (or common, or Western) calendar. Moreover, the rows, namely the horizontal lines, of this famous table correspond to the ages computed according to the rules of the traditional Chinese calendar, called “lunar ages”, and not to the common ages. I explain below these special months and ages.
The months of the traditional Chinese calendar are called “lunar months” or “Chinese lunar months” and their duration, as well as their start and end dates vary from year to year. For example, the first month of the Gregorian calendar is called January and it always has 31 days. The first lunar month of the traditional Chinese calendar has a variable number of days:
- in 2016, it began on 8 February 2016, and it ended on 8 March 2016; therefore, the 1st lunar month had 30 days in 2016;
- in 2015, it lasted from 19 February 2015 to 19 March 2015, having only 29 days in 2015;
- in 1993, the 1st lunar month had 29 days and it lasted between 23 January 1993 and 20 February 1993;
- in 2017, it will have 29 days and it will start on 28 January 2017, ending on 25 February 2017;
- in 2063, 1st lunar month will have 30 days, from 29 January 2063 to 27 February 2063.
You can find the duration and periods of the twelve lunar months of all the years between 1901 and 2100 (which you might need for properly using the Chinese Gender Calendar), beautifully displayed in clear tables, on this webpage of the website of the Hong Kong Observatory: http://www.hko.gov.hk/gts/time/conversion.htm. Anyway, I will include more details about the traditional Chinese calendar and its lunar months and ages in an article that I will fully dedicate to this subject and that I will soon publish on this blog.
Regarding the Chinese lunar age, it’s important to know that it is obtained in a manner that is different from the way we compute the age in the Western world. From the birth moment to the first Chinese lunar New Year Eve, the lunar age of any person is one lunar year, and each lunar New Year Eve adds one lunar year to the lunar age of any person. For example, in the lunar year that corresponds to the Gregorian year 2016 (namely, from 8 February 2016 to 27 January 2017), a person born on 3 February 1975 has a lunar age of 43 lunar years, while the common (Western, Gregorian) age of that person is only 41 (Gregorian) years.
So, the second tip is to be aware that the horizontal and vertical lines of the Chinese Gender Chart correspond to these special months and ages, called “lunar months” and “lunar ages“, which differ from the common or Western months and ages. I will talk about this tip also in a post focused on the most frequent mistakes related to this famous table.
Tip 3: The Chart Has Multiple Names
Another important thing you ought to know about this legendary chart is that it is referred to in many ways, on the Internet. I already mentioned some of its names in this article, in the previous paragraphs, and its other names I included in the next paragraphs and sections of this post. I will publish on this blog an article that will be fully dedicated to the various names of this legendary chart. Anyway, all the names of this famous table are, in fact, combinations of these words:
- “Chinese”. This well-known chart, along with the two methods based on it, are Chinese, because:
- they are revealed by a Chinese legend,
- according to which they date from the 13th century China; more details about the origins of this chart and its two methods I will include in a special post that I will publish on this blog;
- this legendary table is included in the Chinese Farmer’s Almanac, also called “Tung Shing”;
- its rows and cols refer to the traditional Chinese calendar; more precisely, they indicate the lunar months and lunar ages.
- “Gender”. This word is included in several names of the Chinese Baby Calendar because the values of the cells of this table are “B” or “G“, namely “boy” or “girl”, indicating one of the two possible genders: male or female. After all, as I pointed out in a previous section, this famous chart is the tool used by two methods which predict and predetermine the gender of a fetus and of a future baby, respectively. So, the “gender” is the key aspect of this table.
- “Baby”. The legendary chart refers, on the one hand, to unborn babies, and, on the other hand, to future babies. In the first situation, it indicates the most likely gender of a fetus or embryo; in the second one, it indicates the time periods in which a woman is more likely to conceive a baby of the preferred gender.
- “Birth”. This word is included in some names of the ancient table because its rows, which correspond to the lunar age of the (future) mother, include, when they are Gregorian translated, the mother’s date of birth. However, it’s essential to be aware that the columns refer to the conception moment of the baby, and not to the birth moment.
- “Pregnancy”. “Chinese Pregnancy Calendar“ is one of the names of this famous chart, which includes this word because this table has so much to do with the woman’s pregnancy, since it contains its beginning: the moment of conception, namely, the moment when the woman gets pregnant with a baby.
- “Conception”. I already explained that all the twelve columns of this chart refer to the moment when the baby was or will be conceived.
- “Calendar”. This table is actually a calendar, since it shows the Chinese lunar months of a Chinese lunar year and it gives periodic information regarding the most likely gender of a baby.
- “Chart”. This famous table is a chart, because it displays its information in the form of a table. Moreover, the legend says that this ancient table has astrological roots, as it is based on ancient maps of the Universe, that were worked out for the precise time and location of the births; and these maps were actually charts.
- “Predictor”. This legendary table is, in fact, a baby gender predictor tool, since it indicates the most likely sex of an unborn baby (embryo or fetus), namely whether it’s most probably a girl or a boy.
Tip 4: It Refers to Baby’s Conception, Not Birth
I’ve already pointed this out in the previous section, but this aspect is so important that it actually represents a tip, which is useful because it helps you to avoid another mistake that is done pretty often by the users of these legendary table and methods.
So, it’s essential to be aware that, regardless of whether it is used for gender prediction or gender predetermination, this chart always refers to the moment of the baby’s conception, not birth. To be more precise, when predicting the baby’s sex, the columns indicate the lunar month in which the baby was conceived – in other words, when that mother got pregnant with that baby; when predetermining the baby’s sex, the columns indicate the lunar months in which the baby will be, or, more precisely, should be conceived – that is to say, when the future mother should make love.
So, the Chinese Birth Chart makes no reference to the moment or period when the baby was or will be born, but when it was or will be conceived.
Tip 5: Based on a Legend & Unproven Scientifically
Can you identify the most important quality that you expect from a method that you intend to use? I think it’s reliability or, in other words, that method’s ability to do what it’s supposed to do and, most importantly, what you need it to do. Well, according to many webpages which describe this famous chart and its two uses, the accuracy of the two techniques based on this legendary table is really high – some Internet resources pretend that it is somewhere around 90%.
It seems that some clinics in Taiwan or some experimental researches conducted in this country revealed a success rate of over 95% for these methods. This would make the strategies based on the Chinese Gender Prediction Chart only empirically proven (so far, as far as I know, only in Taiwan), but they are not scientifically proven.
Unfortunately, so far, I couldn’t find any official information about these methods and their success rates. But, as soon as I discover any official details about them, I will update this section of this post, and also the articles that are focused on the origins of this well-known table and on its accuracy.
Speaking of origins, I’ve already told you, in a previous section of this article, that this chart and its two uses are revealed by a Chinese legend, according to which they date from the 13th century. It seems that this table is included in every Chinese Farmer’s Almanac, also known as “Tung Shing”. Regarding the roots of this chart, you should know that astrology played an essential role, because maps of the sky and Universe were used for computing this famous table, also known nowadays as the “Chinese Calendar for Boy or Girl”.
So, the fifth tip consists in being aware that this tool for predicting and predetermining a baby’s gender was obtained, according to a legend, using astrology, and the success rates of the two strategies based on this legendary tool are not scientifically proven, being demonstrated only experimentally, in Taiwan.
Tip 6: Use the Correct Version of the Chinese Gender Chart
If you searched on the Internet this chart, you’ve probably noticed that there are two versions of this table. To be more precise, the values of the cells are not the same for all these charts; they vary on some columns and rows. When using this chart, you ought to make sure you’re using the right version, which I think it’s the one presented in the Chinese Farmer’s Almanac, the “Tung Shing”. I don’t have this almanac, but the tables I display on this blog (for the years 2016, 2015, 2017) use the version that appears most often on the Internet and which is also the one published on a Wikipedia page dedicated to this legendary table, called Chinese Gender Chart.
Tip 7: Translate Yourself
As I told you at the second tip, both the columns and rows of this famous table have a “Chinese lunar” meaning, in the sense that they refer to the traditional lunar calendar used in China. This means you have to translate the lunar months and the lunar ages indicated by the horizontal and vertical lines of this table into the common or Gregorian dates and ages that are used in the Western world. You can easily translate them by reading the conversion webpage on the official website of the Hong Kong Observatory and by applying the rules for the age, as I explained in the second section of this post. I will write, on this blog, an entire article dedicated to this useful and interesting translation.
Tip 8: Use an Online Calculator
An easier modality of using this legendary tool consists in using an online Chinese Gender Calculator, approach that is very quick, but prone to errors, which can be caused by the creator of that calculator. I will soon publish, on this blog, such a calculator, which I will strive to make it perfect.
Tip 9: Use Gregorian-Translated Charts
An easier way of using this famous tool for gender prediction or predetermination implies the use of a chart that is Gregorian-translated, namely, that contains also:
- the Gregorian periods corresponding to the lunar months represented by the columns, and
- the Gregorian periods indicating the intervals of mother’s birth and corresponding to the lunar ages represented by the rows of this ancient table.
Almost all the tables that I displayed on this blog are Gregorian translated. Be aware that these translations vary from one Gregorian year to another. Discover more details about this in my post that will thoroughly explain this translation.
Tip 10: Use a Mobile App
Did you know that there are also mobile applications that provide this famous chart? You can quickly find out the most probable sex of your baby or the most appropriate periods for making love (for increasing your chances of having the desired child: either a girl or a boy) by simply looking at your mobile phone or tablet. In a future article I will talk about the mobile apps displaying the Chinese Gender Calendar, which can be found on the Internet.