The legendary Chinese methods for guessing the gender of a fetus and for influencing a baby’s gender are based on a simple table, with twelve columns and twenty-eight rows. This table is referred to in many different ways.
Words Included in the Table’s Names
All the names of this ancient table are formed with at least two or three words. I display below the list of these words. For each of these words, I included a short explanation why that word is used to identify this old chart.
As indicated by a legend, this table dates from the 13th century and it was created by some Chinese scientists, who studied a map of the Universe and the statistics they had about the genders, the birthdates and the conception dates of the persons. Moreover, all the lines of this chart – columns and rows – refer to the Chinese lunar calendar: the twelve columns correspond to the twelve lunar months, while the twenty-eight rows correspond to the lunar ages from 18 to 45, inclusively. So, even if the table is translated in Gregorian dates, it is still a Chinese table, with Chinese origins and meaning.
All the cells of this famous table are marked with either “B” or “G”, the initial letters of the words “boy” and “girl”, which correspond to the two human genders: male and female. As I already explained in another article that I posted on this website, this table is used for three things, all of them having to do with the gender of a person:
- guessing whether a pregnant woman has a boy or a girl;
- predicting whether a woman will conceive a girl or a boy;
- indicating the time intervals when a woman has more chances to get pregnant with a certain baby – either a boy or a girl.
The three methods based on this table refer to a baby that either is already conceived (is a fetus), or will be conceived sometime in the future.
This famous table is called “chart” many times, probably for reminding its astrological origins – it was obtained by studying a map of the sky, map which is usually called “chart”.
It’s important to remember that all the columns of this table correspond to the Chinese lunar month of conception; in other words, they indicate the lunar month when the woman got pregnant with the baby or will get pregnant with it. So, be aware that the vertical lines of this legendary chart always refer to the lunar month of “conception”, not of “birth”.
Then, why is it called using the word “birth”? Well, only the horizontal lines of this table – the rows – refer to the birth: mother’s birthdate, which is needed to compute her lunar age at the moment of conception. As I explained in the examples that I included in another post published on this blog, the birthdate of the (future) mother must be searched in the intervals displayed on the left of this ancient table, which has to be Gregorian translated for a certain year.
Both the horizontal and vertical lines (rows and columns) of this table refer to the conception of a baby – to be more precise, the moment when the mother got or will get pregnant – as follows:
- the columns (vertical lines) indicate the lunar month when the baby was or will be conceived;
- the rows (horizontal lines) indicate the mother’s lunar age at the moment of conception.
As I already mentioned in this article, both the rows and the columns of this famous table refer to dates and ages that are computed using the rules of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is different from the calendar used in the greatest part of the world and which is known as the “Gregorian calendar”.
So, you must keep in mind that the months (“1st”, “2nd”, “3rd”, “4th”, … , “12th”) displayed above the columns of the chart represent, in fact, Chinese lunar months, while the ages (18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, … , 45) indicated on the left of the chart represent Chinese lunar ages.
This is why this famous table has to be translated in Gregorian dates, because most people don’t know anything about the Chinese lunar calendar, which has been traditionally used in China for centuries, for celebrating traditional holidays and for selecting the day for a relocation, a wedding, for planting a crop, etc.
I will include more details about this special calendar and the rules that govern it in another article that I will soon post on this website.
One of the three methods based on this legendary table “predicts” the gender of a future person. More precisely, this ancient chart indicates whether a woman is more likely to get pregnant with a boy or with a girl, if she intends to get pregnant in a certain period of time.
The table is about pregnancies when it is used for guessing the gender of a fetus; to put it more accurately, when guessing whether a pregnant woman is pregnant with a girl or with a boy.
In fact, we can consider that this chart always refers to pregnancy, because it always refers to the conception moment, namely the moment when a woman gets pregnant, the moment when a pregnancy begins.
Some of the cells of this table are marked with “B”, indicating the male gender.
Some of the cells of this table are marked with “G”, indicating the female gender.