One of the best known natural techniques for conceiving a child of a desired gender is the Chinese Calendar Method. This article contains all the important things you must know about this human sex selection and prediction strategy, which, according to a legend, is an ancient traditional astrological method, dating from the 13th-century China.
Gender Prediction and Preconceptional Selection
First of all, it seems that this technique was intended for gender prediction, which means that it was used initially to determine the fetal sex (the sex of a conceived baby, but unborn yet). On the other hand, this method is also used for preconception gender selection, meaning that this strategy reveals what the women must do, prior to the moment of conception, in order to give birth to a child of a chosen sex. For the couples trying to find out how to conceive a girl, Chinese Calendar Gender Method shows what are the periods when a female descendant has the biggest chances to be conceived by them.
Conception Chart is a Simple Table
In order to predict a baby’s gender and to determine the best periods for conceiving an offspring of a desired gender, this legendary method uses an old Chinese Gender Chart, which is a simple table, whose main area consists of 12 columns, corresponding to the 12 Chinese (lunar) months of conception, and 28 rows, corresponding to the 28 values of Chinese (lunar) age of mother at conception – from 18 to 45.
The main idea of the Gender Chart is very simple: a child’s gender is caused by only two elements: the Chinese lunar month of conception and the mother’s Chinese lunar age at conception.
PREDICTION: Age + Month => Gender
When this “Boy or Girl Chinese Calendar” is used for predicting the sex of an unborn offspring, each cell of the table holds the value of the sex of a conceived and unborn child, that has the best chances to have been conceived in that Chinese month, by a mother of that lunar age at conception.
SELECTION: Age + Gender => Months
When used for human preconceptional sex selection, each cell of the gender chart represents the gender of a future baby that is more likely to be conceived in the corresponding lunar month, by a woman with the corresponding lunar age at the moment of conception.
Where the Gender Chart Can be Found
The Conception (Gender) Chart that underlies this ancient human sex selection and prediction tool (also known as the “Chinese Calendar Boy or Girl”) is included in many books (the majority are in Chinese, but there are also English versions) or mobile applications that present the ancient Chinese Almanac, also known as the “Chinese Farmer’s Almanac” or “Tung Shing”. These books can be bought from the major websites (like Amazon.com, Amazon.ca), but there are websites that offer free downloads of some versions of the mobile application of the Chinese Almanac. But if you only need the Conception Chart, you can view it for free on many websites. On this website www.chinesegenderchart.info/2014-chart.html you will find complete gender charts (for the years 2005-2014), that include the Gregorian periods corresponding to the Chinese lunar months and ages.
Chinese (Lunar) Month and Chinese (Lunar) Age
As you may have noticed from the previous paragraphs, there are two fundamental concepts that underlie this astrological method: “Chinese month”, which is also called “lunar month”, and “Chinese age”, also called “lunar age”. Here’s the essential thing that must be known by all the couples trying to conceive a girl: Chinese Calendar technique also uses the fact that the two notions above are different from the “European” or “American” months and ages. This difference comes from the fact that the old conception chart relies on an ancient traditional Chinese Lunar Calendar, that uses the Chinese lunar year.
Chinese Lunar Calendar
In order to better understand how the Chinese lunar age and month are calculated in terms of the common (Western) calendar elements, it’s important to know the main rules governing the Chinese lunar calendar.
Since 1912, the official calendar in China, used for public and business affairs, is the Gregorian (common, Western) calendar, a solar calendar, while the civil Chinese calendar remains nowadays the ancient traditional Han calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar, used for celebrating traditional holidays and for other traditional uses. The both syntagmas “Chinese calendar” and “Chinese lunar calendar” refer to the Han calendar. So the Chinese lunar calendar is actually a lunisolar calendar, meaning that its dates indicate both the moon phases and the times of the solar year.
The Gregorian periods corresponding to each Chinese lunar month (which begins on an astronomical new moon, not a crescent one, and it ends on the day before the next astronomical new moon) must be known by all the parents who want to use this ancient strategy to figure out how to conceive a girl. Chinese Calendar Method also take into account the fact that the most Chinese lunar years have 12 regular lunar months, and every second or third lunar year has 13 lunar months, because of the need to synchronize, in a long term, with the astronomical year, which has about 365¼ days – a period between 12 and 13 lunar months (which can have 353-355 days, respectively 383-385 days in a Chinese year). Usually, in each 19 consecutive lunar years, 7 lunar years have a 13th intercalary or leap lunar month, which can occur after any of the 12 regular lunar months. All the regular lunar months are numbered in sequence, from the 1st to the 12th lunar month. The intercalary or leap lunar month has the same number as the preceding regular lunar month.
All the women that search on the Internet the expression “how to conceive a baby girl Chinese Calendar” must be aware of the following fact: the Chinese New Year falls on various days each year, on a day between the Gregorian dates January 21 and February 20. More precisely, the date of the Chinese New Year is usually the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice; but, if an intercalary month intervenes, the Chinese New Year falls on the third new moon after the winter solstice. This is caused by the rule that the winter solstice must occur in the eleventh Chinese lunar month. For example, the Chinese New Year corresponding to the Gregorian year 2014 falls on the Gregorian date January 31, 2014.
Chinese Lunar Month
Since they start on an astronomical new moon and end on the day before the next astronomical new moon, the Chinese lunar months have beginning and ending dates different from the Western (or common) months, and these dates of start and end differ from one year to another. For example, the first Chinese lunar month of the lunar year corresponding to the common (Gregorian) year 2014 begins on Gregorian date January 31, 2014, and its last day is the Gregorian February 29, 2014. An useful information for all the parents who want to use the chinese calendar to conceive a girl is that the periods of all the lunar months from all the lunar years between 1901 and 2100 can be found from the “Gregorian-Lunar Calendar Conversion Table” on the site of the Hong Kong Observatory (www.hko.gov.hk/gts/time/conversion.htm).
Chinese Lunar Age
In China, for official use, the age is computed using the Gregorian calendar, while, for traditional use, the age is actually a “Chinese lunar age”, calculated using the Chinese lunar calendar, as follows: from the moment of birth to the end of the Chinese lunar year, each person’s lunar age is equal to one lunar year, and, after each Chinese New Year Eve, one lunar year is added to the lunar age.
How to use this traditional method
There are three important ways of using the “is it a boy or girl chinese calendar” method:
1. Don’t calculate anything, by using certain websites
There are a number of websites that take the whole burden of calculations away from you and, after you provide your Gregorian birth date and the Gregorian month of conception or the desired gender, they automatically determine (in your place), according to your needs and based on some algorithms and on the Gender Chart, the fetal gender or the Gregorian periods recommended for conception.
2. Calculate all by yourself and use a simple Gender Chart
For the couples trying to figure out when to conceive a girl, Chinese Calendar method offers them the best periods for conception. In order to avoid the calculation errors that some websites make, you should compute the values you need (woman’s lunar age and Gregorian dates corresponding to the lunar months of conception) all by yourself, after which you should use a simple version of the Gender Chart (i.e. a chart without Gregorian date ranges corresponding to the lunar ages and months), that helps you to determine quickly the fetal sex or the Gregorian periods in which a child of the desired gender is more likely to be conceived.
Since this article deals with “how to get pregnant with a girl – chinese calendar”, I will tell you now what you must do to determine the best periods for conceiving a girl, using this method. First of all, you must calculate the woman’s lunar age at the moment of conception, using the rules presented earlier in this article. Follow the row corresponding to the lunar age you computed and select the cells marked for girl. Follow the columns of the selected cells to find out the corresponding lunar months. For each selected lunar month, calculate the corresponding Gregorian date range.
3. Don’t calculate anything, by using a complete Gender Chart
If you can find a reliable complete Gender Chart for the “Chinese Calendar Baby” (i.e. a “Gregorian translated” gender chart, which is a conception chart that also specifies the Gregorian date ranges for birth and for lunar months – this webpage www.chinesegenderchart.info/2014-chart.html might be of a real help), you will be able to determine immediately the values you need, without any effort.
Here is what a couple (or woman) aiming for a girl should do: from the left side of the gender chart, select the Gregorian birth date range that includes the woman’s Gregorian birth date; on the row of this date range, select the cells that are marked for a girl (usually they are coloured in pink); the Gregorian periods recommended for conceiving a girl are those displayed above the chart’s main table, corresponding to the columns of the selected cells.