Understanding the Chinese Zodiac signs will give you a deeper understanding of yourself, your family members and your friends. I hope you will enjoy widening your field of study to the basic Chinese Animal Astrology because it is another way of clarifying one’s spiritual path.
The foundation of the Chinese Zodiac, also called Chinese Animal Astrology, was from the 12 “Earthly Branches” represented by the 12 animal symbols (The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar), the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth) and the Yin-Yang theory.
The total cycle takes sixty years (created by multiplying the twelve animals and five elements) to complete — to return to a year with the same animal sign and same element. The cycle of 60 counting system begins with Wood Rat and ends with Metal Boar.
As most people know, the Chinese Lunar cycle is not based on 12 linear months, as in the Western calendar, but on a 12-year repeating cycle. Each astrological animal symbol represents not a month, but a year. And again, unlike the Western calendar that is based upon the movements of the Sun, the Chinese astrological calendar has its deep and ancient roots in the movements of the Moon. That’s why it can be confusing when you are trying to figure out what your Chinese Astrological Sign is. Chinese New Year is different every year unlike the Western calendar, it’s not every Jan 1st.
I created a Chart for those who want to know when is the next Chinese New Year Good Until 2024.
There are many myths and legends about how the 12 animals representing the 12 years in a lunar cycle came into being. One of the most popular is that the Lord Buddha called all the animals to come to him before departing this earth.
The Rat was the first to get there, crossing the final river on the back of the Ox and jumping down in front.
Following them were the Tiger, Rabbit (Hare), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (Goat, Ram), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar (Pig).
The Chinese believe that at their New Year, everyone becomes a year older. They also believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his/her lifetime.
The compatibility of the animal signs in the Chinese system of astrology is similar to the favorable and unfavorable aspects in the western astrology.
0 Degree (Same sign) – Intensity, can be favorable or unfavorable
30 Degrees – Growth, can be uncomfortable
90 Degrees (Square) – Challenges (Example: Rat and Rabbit)
120 Degrees – Comfortable (Example: Rat and Dragon)
150 Degrees – Adjustments
180 Degrees (Opposite) – Confrontation (Example: Rat and Horse)
Here you will learn the basic Chinese Astrology.
In order, they are: rat (鼠—shǔ), ox (牛—niú), tiger (虎—hǔ), rabbit (兔—tù), dragon (龙—lóng), snake (蛇—shé), horse (马—mǎ), goat (羊—yang), monkey (猴—hóu), rooster (鸡—jī), dog (狗—gǒu), and pig (猪—zhū).
The zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, making it easy to figure out whether it’s your year- just check if your age is a multiple of 12! Here are the 12 zodiac animals in order with accompanying years:
The advance Chinese Astrology goes much deeper than just the 12 animal signs, much as the Western Astrology does with the basic 12 Sun signs versus an individual’s specific chart.
In advance Chinese Astrology, one will learn Bazi or often called Pa-Chee (or 8 Characters) — Four Pillars of Destiny which consists of the Year of Birth, the Month of Birth, the Day of Birth, and the Hour of Birth. I highly recommend Joey Yap’s Bazi courses.
Here is some more reading on Each Zodiac Animal trait
In order, they are:
and pig (猪—zhū).
Originally posted 2012-10-26 14:06:00.