Tibetan and Chinese astrology use a system of animals to categorize and describe the quality of each year. There are twelve animals that cycle in order every twelve years, beginning with the rat, dragon……. In addition a system of five elements is added to them so that each of the animal signs also includes the quality of one of the five elements – iron, fire…… For example, if you were born in 1950, your sign is metal tiger. If you were born in 2003, your animal sign is…..
According to Tibetan astrology, every twelve years, when your animal sign year comes, it is considered a ‘black year’ and many obstacles can arise. For example, if you were born in the monkey year, then every twelve years, when it is a monkey year, that is your ‘black year:’ – so when you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 years old, these ‘black year’ obstacles can arise. In particular, your 60 year black year is considered the most dangerous because it is when the same element and animal arise together.