History and origin
The Chinese horoscope has been in use in the Orient for thousands
of years, and it is still consulted by millions of people
on a daily basis. Its twelve animal signs are similar to the
twelve signs of the Western Zodiac, but are determined by
the year you were born rather than the month.
Notes on Chinese astrology:
Chinese astrology is based on the lunar cycle, which takes
twelve years to complete.
Chinese astrology includes five elements instead of four --
Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. They are agents/modifiers
that subtlety alter the nature of whatever they represent.
Yin and Yang -- The terms given to the complementary, dynamic
forces that keep the universe in balance at every level.
The naming of the twelve years in the Chinese Lunar cycle
stems from the myth of Buddha. Before leaving this world ,
Buddha invited all the animals of the world to a feast. Only
twelve animals arrived, in the following order -- The rat,
the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the
horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the
pig. Thus, Buddha decided to name a year after each of them,
in the order of their arrival. Each year in this twelve-year
cycle now had a symbolic animal, whose characteristics were
said to influence the world events, personality and fate of
everything and everyone born in that year. To discover what
your animal is look below.
The Chinese calender differs from the Western calendar --
The beginning of a Chinese new year changes every year, on
dates ranging between late January and late February. If you
were born early in the year, you may be interested in looking
at the description of the animal of the year before. It may
suit you better!
Look for your year of birth below then look
across to see what animal you are, click on the animal or
your year of birth to discover more