Each of the Chinese zodiac's 12 years is symbolized by an animal and is related with one of five elemental signs: wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. The earth is related with the year of the dog. The other years are related with the other four animals.
The traditional concept is that when a person was born, so too was that person's zodiacal sign. For example, if someone was born in January, they would be a dog. If someone was born in February, they would be a rat. And so on through the other months and the other animals.
In modern times, this concept is used only by members of the Chinese community who continue to observe the zodiac. Otherwise, it is simply ignored. However, it is still widely believed among many Chinese people that the animal associated with their birth year determines certain characteristics about them as an individual.
For example, people born in the year of the rooster are said to be courageous and honest. Those born in the pig are described as lazy and deceitful. Rats are said to be intelligent but immoral while horses are energetic but foolish.
As you can see, there are similarities between the ancient concept of zodiac signs and traits of individuals and what we know today. Although the two systems are different, they both represent divisions of nature for teaching purposes.
A twelve-year lunar cycle governs the Chinese Zodiac signs. The year of your birth determines your zodiac animal sign. If you were born in 1981, your zodiac sign is Rooster. There are a total of twelve animal signs. Each sign is associated with a different solar term and has an appropriate tree as well.
The solar terms are based on the timing of sunrises and sunsets at one specific location around the world. These events can be used to determine when daylight hours exceed 12% of the time. When this occurs the days start to get longer and when they don't, the days start to get shorter. This is called the solar term and it relates to the appearance of the constellations across the sky. For example, if you were born in 1981, the solar term is called the Spring Equinox. The day is exactly equal parts morning and night. The stars are centered along the celestial equator from north to south. This means that the path from east to west that the moon takes is also centered along the celestial equator from north to south. On the first day of the solar term the moon is new or full depending on where it is in its monthly orbit. At the end of the spring equinox the sun is getting closer to the earth so there will be more daytime over summer than winter. During fall the sun is going away from the earth so there will be less daytime over winter than summer.
Every 12 years, each zodiac animal's year rolls around, and each year is connected with a zodiac animal. The most recent years for each zodiac sign are displayed here. The ancient Chinese gave psychological attributes to each Chinese zodiac animal. Chinese people think that these characteristics will be incorporated in people based on their zodiac sign. These attributes include being creative or not, sentimental or not, etc.
The rat appears in January 2020. The monkey is in February 2022. The ox is in April 2026. The tiger is in October 2030. The rabbit is in December 2032. The dragon appears in June 2034. The snake is in August 2036.
In modern times, there are many differences between how the Chinese zodiac works now and how it worked in the past. Now, instead of using the animal symbols, people use their own names when they apply for their id cards which makes it difficult to find out the zodiac sign that someone belongs to. Also, some people choose not to identify themselves by their zodiac signs because they believe that it is something that can be changed like birth dates so it doesn't really matter what number you have.
Some people may wonder why there are 12 years in the zodiac cycle instead of 10 or 13. The ancient Chinese used the orbit of the moon as a guide to measure time and they believed that there were 12 lunar cycles in a year.
As a reward, he named each year after the one before it, in the sequence in which they arrived. The Rat was first, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. As a result, we have 12 indications today. The Chinese horoscope is based on these 12 animal signs, each of which has its own year in the lunar cycle. The year can be divided into two main parts: the Yang and the Yin year.
The first part is called the Yang year because it contains more of the moon's waxing phases than its waning phases. The second part is called the Yin year because it contains more of the moon's waned phases than its waxing phases.
These two parts combine to make up a single year. Each year has two sets of seasons: one for its yang years and another for its yin years. For example, 2007 was a yang year for the Chinese zodiac because it contained more days with sun exposure than moon exposure. This means that it was a time when people were more likely to go out and interact with others. It was also a time when businesses would do well because there would be more interest in buying things.
However, at the end of every yang year comes a yin year. In 2008, this occurred in March of this year. At this time, everything from winter to spring to summer to fall is equal in number.