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Aligned Signs Blog - Astrology, Dating, Horoscope, Love

Chinese Zodiac Background and Basics

Chinese Zodiac Background and Basics

By Aligned Signs (663 words)
Posted in Chinese Zodiac on April 9, 2014

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Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac is said to be more than 2,000 years old, emerging from the Han Dynasty.   The Chinese Zodiac differs from Western Astrology, in that it is divided into 12 cycles, years depicted by animals, instead of months, as shown in the Western Horoscopes.


There is a legend that claims on New Year’s Day Buddha invited all the animals to join him, however only 12 arrived.  As a reward for their attendance, Buddha promised to name each year after them, based on their arrival, beginning with the Rat.  In actual fact the Ox was the first animal to arrive, but the Rat sat on his back, jumped off upon arrival and as result was first.

Chinese Astrology is primarily known because of the animals that represent each sign and the year they are associated with.   However, very little credence is given to the fact that the elements and other properties are part of the Chinese Zodiac and therefore very important, when calculating one’s Zodiac.  Without taking this fact into consideration it is not possible to garner a complete and accurate analysis or forecast of oneself, only a very basic interpretation.    At the same time in the West, when translating the Chinese Zodiac, it was not taken into consideration that besides the animals associated with the year, there are also inner animals assigned by the month and secret animals assigned by the hour.   The animal assigned to a person by year depicts how that person presents themselves to the world and how the world views that person.{#/pub/images/chinesewheelsmall.jpg}

It can be assumed that during translation of the Chinese Zodiac into English, because many of the syllables etc., were perhaps difficult to understand, some of the animals depicted in English could possibly have several meanings or don’t actually exist in China.  For instance, a Rat could be a mouse, a pig maybe a boar or a Ram, or an Ox a Cow.  Plus, to keep things simple and interesting for those wanting to learn more about the Chinese Zodiac, it was easier to provide a simple, basic translation, so that everyone could participate in finding out more about their animal counterpart and characteristics. 

In addition, FengShui practitioners when evaluating space and energy alignment in a person home often use the Chinese Zodiac.   This practice enables the practitioner to determine the best way to bring peace, harmony and balance to their client’s environment, as well as helping the client to achieve their highest potential.

The Chinese Zodiac is fun, unique and exciting, providing just as much information about Self, personality traits and purpose in life as revealed in Western Astrology.  It is yet another tool to help each person achieve happiness, fulfillment and goals.

© 2011   Lilith Dove

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