The Chinese astrology,not only tells the year of birth but also indicates a certain phase of a sixty year circle of time.
The Chinese Astrology describes the twelve animals for each year that define it was
determined thousands of years ago byLord Buddha.According to ancient scripts, on the occasion of the Chinese New
Year (which occurs on different dates from mid-January to mid-February), Buddha called upon the
entire animal kingdom for a meeting. But only twelve animals (rat, buffalo, tiger, rabbit,
dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and boar) showed up for this meeting.
Buddha then honoured them in the order of their arrival by endowing upon them with a year of
their own. From then on, each successive year of the Chinese calendar bore that character of
the animal that gave it a name and so, those born in specific animal years are marked by the
nature of their animal.But, all people born in the same animal are not the same and do differ from each other
in certain aspects. These differences are determined by the various elements of Wood, Fire,
Earth, Metal, and Water.
In Chinese system of astrology, each year begins early in the calendar year on a new moon and
relates to one of the twelve animals.Their qualities "animate" the year and colour it with their
Chinese Lunar calendar - which is used for gender prediction (to determine the sex of a
child/baby as male or female) is a popular tool in Chinese Astrology.
Chinese astrology differs from the Indian astrology, as it is based on the year of birth
whereas India astrology is based on the time of birth,place of birth and year of birth.
Chinese Zodiac Signs