The Burmese animal zodiac signs are the invention of ancient wise monks from Myanmar (formerly Burma). They created this astrological system through an in-depth understanding of the cosmic world and incorporated this knowledge into their observations of the sky and the animal kingdom.
This ancient branch of astrology is called Mahabote (also represented under the name of MaHaBote). The term Mahabote means “little vessel” or “little key”, probably because it is a smaller branch of the larger Hindu astrological system.
Nevertheless, big things come in small packages and Mahabote is a precious container or key to an extremely powerful insight into the field of esoteric knowledge.
The astrology of Myanmar is based on the number eight. The energy of eight provides cosmic balance and resonates at a frequency of divine equilibrium. The number eight is said to reflect harmony in energy: to deflect the imbalance and perpetuate congruence.
The elements of eight in Myanmar-Burmese astrology:
- Eight Elements of Myanmar-Burmese Astrology
- Eight Planetary Energies
- Eight Days of the Week
- Eight Cardinal Directions
- Eight Burmese Zodiac Animal Signs
Appropriately, we see the eight of all kinds of powerful symbols originating in Burma – Myanmar and its surrounding regions. The most remarkable is the sacred lotus flower displaying its eight voluptuous petals for our contemplation.
In line with the fundamental energy of eight, we learn that the ancient Burmese astrological system is based on seven planets (seen in Hindu astrology), plus Rahu.
Rahu is unique in that it is not a planet, but a conceptual celestial presence. Literally defined, Rahu is the point of intersection between the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon at the time of the eclipse.
For astrological purposes, Rahu serves as the invisible planet of the Burmese zodiac system. That makes eight planetary entities that dance in our own orbit and thus mark our life as we move in time.
Mahabote is also based on the eight days of the week. To accommodate the additional day, the ancient monks of Myanmar separated Wednesday into two days, which makes two days: Wednesday morning (12:01 am to 12:00 pm) and Wednesday afternoon (12:01 pm to 12:00 am of the next day).
The image shows the correspondences of the animal signs with the days of the cardinal directions of the week and the symbol of the zodiac.
Another aspect of this form of astrology incorporates the cardinal directions. Here again, we see the use of the mystical power of the number eight because there are eight cardinal directions. Each direction vibrates in its own distinct symbolic energy. Depending on your day of birth, your direction should benefit you.
To determine your animal zodiac signs (like your Western astrological sun sign), all you need is the day of the week you were born.
Below, I have provided the basic personality traits for your animal signs of the zodiac according to Mahabote. Horoscopes and graphics are determined by a complex (and fascinating) process of writing graphics that involves viewing a myriad of influences such as planets, stars, houses, eras, gems, deities, geographic locations, elements, polarities, classifications, anatomy – the list of variables is quite impressive.
The zodiac animal signs are only the surface layer of Mahabote. Further study is encouraged to obtain the great depth of this amazing form of astrological art.
Do some research for yourself and you will discover incredible information about yourself and the world in which you live. In addition, the more you learn about the “little key”, the more amazing doors of esoteric knowledge will open to you.
In the meantime, enjoy a simplified version of this complex and colorful form of astrology: The Myanmar – Burmese zodiac animal signs.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Garuda (mythical bird, Hindu/Buddhist bird diety)
Governing planet: Sun
Governing direction: Northeast
Personality/Attributes of Garuda:
You are kind and generous. You would give your own shirt to someone in need. Some people think you are too courteous. You like a challenge.
The more difficult the obstacle, the more motivated you are to cross the barrier to reach your goal. You are energetic and rarely let life take you down. You naturally motivate others and are an inspiration to many.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Tiger
Governing direction: East
Personality/Attributes of Tiger:
You are very intelligent and intuitive. You have a sense of detail. You are strong and patient, but only up to a point.
You hate being taken advantage of and you don’t like people wasting your time. You are goal-oriented and love to succeed. You are law-abiding and take responsibility for your actions.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Lion
Governing planet: Mars
Governing direction: Southeast
Personality/Attributes of Lion:
You are a crusader, a natural leader, and a noble person. You stand with dignity and honor. You can be dogmatic and stubborn, but you are generally right in your estimates.
You make decisions easily and don’t like to compromise. You are willing to face any challenge, especially if you are supporting the underdog.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Elephant (with tusks)
Governing planet: Mercury
Governing direction: South
Personality/Attributes of Elephant (with tusks):
You are unpredictable and enthusiastic. You have a taste for danger and action which can sometimes get you in trouble. You are spontaneous and people love you for your passion. You are independent and like to master all situations.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Elephant (no tusks)
Governing planet: Rahu
Governing direction: Northwest
Personality/Attributes of Elephant (no tusks):
You may be difficult to understand due to your adversarial nature. You are a private person and you do not like people to interfere in your business. However, you are excellent at promoting yourself and your works.
You like to take action, but only if it’s a safe thing (little risk involved). You are very successful (especially in business) and able to accomplish things on your own terms.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Rat
Governing planet: Jupiter
Governing direction: West
Personality/Attributes of Rat:
You are bright, witty and intelligent. You have the ability to tap into resources and see things from an opportunistic perspective.
You may be introverted and silent, but you are unstoppable when it comes to getting what you want. You are focused and motivated (sometimes too much) and have a knack for moving forward.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Guinea pig
Governing planet: Venus
Governing direction: North
Personality/Attributes of Guinea pig:
You are naturally artistic and creative. You have tons of fabulous ideas, but you have a hard time carrying them out. This may be due to the fact that you are going in many different directions at once.
You are hesitant to choose one thing because you get bored easily and you get tired of doing the same thing. You are loving, kind and very friendly. You are very sensitive to others and you make a wonderful friend.
Animal sign of the zodiac: Dragon
Governing planet: Saturn
Governing Direction: Southwest
Personality/Attributes of Dragon:
You are philosophical and understanding. People are naturally drawn to you because you have easy confidence and a great sense of humor. You prefer to work alone because you believe you are the master of your own destiny and do not like to depend on others to do the job.