THE SIXTY YEAR CYCLE
In Chinese astrology, there are 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly
Branches which combines with each other by the pairing of a
Heavenly Stem and an Earthly Branch to form 60 different variations
over a 60 year cycle. The Heavenly Stems and the Earthly Branches  
repeats in  sequence in a continuous cycle and the combination
always begin with the pairing of the Heavenly Stem Jia and the
Earthly Branch Zi. The stems will repeat 6 times and the branch 5
times before the same pairing appears again, marking the start of a
new 60 year cycle. These Stems and Branches are associated with
the 4 seasons, the 5 elements, the 12 animal signs and the 24
directions of the compass, amongst other things. It gives meaning
to the forces that shape the times of our lives measured in hours,
days, months and years.  The 60 year cycle is tabulated below.
NO. IN THE CYCLE
YEAR IN THE CYCLE
HEAVENLY STEM/
ELEMENT
EARTHLY BRANCH/
ELEMENT
1
1984
JIA/WOOD
ZI/RAT
2
1985
YI/WOOD
CHOU/OX
3
1986
BING/FIRE
YIN/TIGER
4
1987
DING/FIRE
MAO/RABBIT
5
1988
WU/EARTH
CHEN/DRAGON
6
1989
JI/EARTH
SI/SNAKE
7
1990
GENG/METAL
WU/HORSE
8
1991
XIN/METAL
WEI/GOAT
9
1992
REN/WATER
SHEN/MONKEY
10
1993
GUI/WATER
YOU/ROOSTER
11
1994
JIA/WOOD
XU/DOG
12
1995
YI/WOOD
HAI/PIG
13
1996
BING/FIRE
ZI/RAT
14
1997
DING/FIRE
CHOU/OX
15
1998
WU/EARTH
YIN/TIGER
16
1999
JI/EARTH
MAO/RABBIT
17
2000
GENG/METAL
CHEN/DRAGON
18
2001
XIN/METAL
SI/SNAKE
19
2002
REN/WATER
WU/HORSE
20
2003
GUI/WATER
WEI/GOAT
21
2004
JIA/WOOD
SHEN/MONKEY
22
2005
YI/WOOD
YOU/ROOSTER
23
2006
BING/FIRE
XU/DOG
24
2007
DING/FIRE
HAI/PIG
25
2008
WU/EARTH
ZI/RAT
26
2009
JI/EARTH
CHOU/OX
27
2010
GENG/METAL
YIN/TIGER
28
2011
XIN/METAL
MAO/RABBIT
29
2012
REN/WATER
CHEN/DRAGON
30
2013
GUI/WATER
SI/SNAKE
31
2014
JIA/WOOD
WU/HORSE
32
2015
YI/WOOD
WEI/GOAT
33
2016
BING/FIRE
SHEN/MONKEY
34
2017
DING/FIRE
YOU/ROOSTER
35
2018
WU/EARTH
XU/DOG
36
2019
JI/EARTH
HAI/PIG
37
2020
GENG/METAL
ZI/RAT
38
2021
XIN/METAL
CHOU/OX
39
2022
REN/WATER
YIN/TIGER
40
2023
GUI/WATER
MAO/RABBIT
41
2024
JIA/WOOD
CHEN/DRAGON
42
2025
YI/WOOD
SI/SNAKE
43
2026
BING/FIRE
WU/HORSE
44
2027
DING/FIRE
WEI/GOAT
45
2028
WU/EARTH
SHEN/MONKEY
46
2029
JI/EARTH
YOU/ROOSTER
47
2030
GENG/METAL
XU/DOG
48
2031
XIN/METAL
HAI/PIG
49
2032
REN/WATER
ZI/RAT
50
2033
GUI/WATER
CHOU/OX
51
2034
JIA/WOOD
YIN/TIGER
52
2035
YI/WOOD
MAO/RABBIT
53
2036
BING/FIRE
CHEN/DRAGON
54
2037
DING/FIRE
SI/SNAKE
55
2038
WU/EARTH
WU/HORSE
56
2039
JI/EARTH
WEI/GOAT
57
2040
GENG/METAL
SHEN/MONKEY
58
2041
XIN/METAL
YOU/ROOSTER
59
2042
REN/WATER
XU/DOG
60
2043
GUI/WATER
HAI/PIG
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