Unlike Western Astrology which is based the planets in the sky and what month of the year you were born in, Chinese Astrology paints with a wider brush so to speak. First let us say that Chinese Astrology is based on the Lunar calendar, so you must determine your date of birth based on the Lunar Calendar not the Gregorian or Western Calendar. We have a handy Chinese Astrology sign Calculator below which you can use to determine your Chinese Astrology sign if you are not sure what it is.
Western Astrology is based on the planets in the sky and the 12 months of the year. Which month you were born in and in what configuration the planets were at your time of birth affects your personality and traits. Chinese astrology on the other hand is based on what year you were born into under the Lunar calendar. All people born this entire year as seen as being the same or having similar traits. This is further broken down as to what Elements each year are affected by. Each yearly cycle can be one of five elements: Fire, Earth, Wood, Metal and Water. Similar in some ways to Western Astrology. Chinese Astrology similarly follows a 12 year cycle and repeats or starts again at the end of the cycle. The Cycle begins with the Sign of the Rat and follows through twelve different animals (the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig) for the next twelve years when it begins again. So they treat each year as we treat each month.
The twelve year cycle is based on ancient observations of Jupiter’s orbit. The Ancient Chinese divided this circle into twelve sections, each of which is assigned to one of the animals of the zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac calendar uses aspects of both the solar calendar and the lunar calendar.
The Mythology behind Chinese Astrology is based on an ancient story of how the animals arrived at the home of the Buddha and this is how their order is therefor selected. The legend claims that Buddha sent out invitations to all the animals to come visit him. When the appointed day arrived, only twelve turned up. Buddha named the twelve years after these animals in the order that they arrived. Another version of the legend indicates that these animals were in a race to get there as Buddha has promised them rewards. In yet another Legend the Rabbit is replaced by the Cat.
The personalities of the humans born on these given years are therefore based on animals instead of planets. Use our Chinese Sign Calculator below to find out what year you were born based on the Lunar calendar and therefore find out what Chinese Animal Sign represents you. Read below the personality and traits of each of the animals. Scroll down and at the bottom of the page we also have an I-Ching Divination app for your enjoyment.
Compatibility: Use these handy charts to give you an idea of what Chinese Zodiac Animals get along best or are most compatible with other animals in the zodiac. You can have fun and use these to help find your perfect Love Match as per the Chinese Zodiac and Chinese Astrology legends.
If you would like you can try our I-Ching divination app below: