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China has its astrology, unlike the Western astrology that people worldwide follow. Chinese astrology has 12 zodiac signs, commonly known as Shēng xiào in China. Most of them are animals from different categories of the animal kingdom. These 12 signs are in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each represents a person's characteristics, personality, and destiny.
To determine a person's zodiac sign and element, one needs to consider the year of birth and the corresponding animal sign and element for that year. Chinese zodiac meanings provide insights into various aspects of life, including personality traits, career prospects, relationships, health, and compatibility between individuals.
Chinese astrology is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and is often consulted for important life decisions, such as choosing a career path, finding a compatible partner, or planning significant events. It also determines auspicious dates for weddings, business openings, and other important occasions.
Chinese zodiac signs are based on the birth year of a person. Chinese zodiac meanings come from the history of Chinese Astrology, where there are 12 Chinese zodiac animals signs. Lunar calendars have the list of years that comes under each zodiac sign. However, the lunar calendar is not simple, as Chinese new year dates change every year in January or February, probably between January 21st and February 20th. For example - 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013 all come under the Snake zodiac sign. So if your birth year falls on one of these, your zodiac sign will be Snake.
The list of Zodiac signs followed by their birth years is given below:
There are five elements Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Each of these comes with zodiac signs, classified into five categories. The following list talks about the Chinese zodiac sign and element-
The Chinese zodiac comprises twelve animals, first appearing during the Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BC). All these 12 zodiac signs properly came into light during the Han Dynasty [206 B.C.-9 A.D.], over 2000 years ago.
The ranking of animals is said to be done by the Jade Emperor, a Chinese God, who held a race to see which animals were suited to be his palace guard. These 12 animals participated and were competitive over first place in the race. As a result, the Rat came first, leaving behind the Ox, while the Pig came last. Since then, this order of zodiac signs has been followed by Chinese astrologers.
Each animal sign in the Chinese zodiac is believed to have certain personality traits and characteristics, which are used to determine a person's destiny and compatibility with others. The zodiac signs are also associated with specific elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) and yin or yang energies, creating a 60-year cycle (12 animals × 5 elements).
The circle of 12 zodiac animals represents the 12-year cycle, as every animal signifies a different year. For example, the Year 2023 zodiac sign is Rabbit, so those born in 2023 will have Rabbit as their Zodiac sign and inherit its qualities.
According to Chinese Astrology, every animal zodiac sign has different meanings, characteristics, and personality traits.
Here are the Chinese zodiac signs and their meanings and characteristics:
Chinese zodiac compatibility is based on the interactions and relationships between the different animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. Each zodiac sign is believed to have distinct personality traits and characteristics, and when two signs come together, their compatibility is determined by how well these traits harmonise or clash.
The compatibility of Chinese zodiac signs is often analysed through two main factors: the natural compatibility between signs and the compatibility based on complementary elements.
To help you find your best match, given below the list of zodiac signs and their best compatibility with other signs:
|Most compatible signs
|Ox, Dragon, Monkey
|Rat, Snake, Rooster
|Dog, Horse, Pig
|Dog, Horse, Pig
|Rat, Rooster, Monkey
|Ox, Dragon, Rooster
|Tiger, Goat, Dog, Rabbit
|Goat, Rabbit, Pig, Horse
|Rat, Dragon, Ox, Horse
|Ox, Snake, Dragon
|Rabbit, Tiger, Monkey, Horse
|Tiger, Rabbit, Goat
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