In Tee, you compare the animal totem you were born under with the current year. After finding what is predicted, you take actions and conduct yourself in ways that would be beneficial and in harmony with the universe. All things in the Korean universal philosophy are affected mainly by two forces: Um and Yang. Um expresses things that are generally passive, dark, cool, negative, and female. Yang expresses things that are generally active, bright, positive, hot, and male. Actually, all ways to predict one's fate or future in Korea are based on these two concepts. Asians believe the balance of these two forces is very important.
The animal forces or totems are expressions of Um and Yang. All animal totems are good so there are no bad signs to be born under. If one understands how to stay in balance with Um and Yang, he or she can make the best of any situation.
For example, people born under the Rabbit totem during the year of the Ox may have many obstacles and hazards to overcome during the year. Rabbits may try to do many things, but more than likely they will accomplish very little. During this year, they should be patient and meditate before doing anything. This is not necessarily bad since the people born under the Rabbit totem may plan ahead to avoid potential problems
Another way Tee is applied in Korea is with relationships. Just as certain animal totems are compatible and others not, certain people may be more or less compatible. Understanding the various personality types can help you with your relationships with other people. For example, people born under the Tiger totem, are usually active, but may also be aggressive. People born under the Ox totem are loyal but may also be stubborn. Understanding personality types and the basic nature of each person may help you be more successful with human relations.