The 12 Chinese zodiac animals in a cycle are thought to impact people's personalities, careers, compatibility, marriage, and prosperity in addition to representing years in China. People's Chinese zodiac signs are determined by their birth years. Each year has two birth months, one in winter and one in summer, so there are 24 possible combinations for each person. The animal signs are based on how these patterns match or contrast with science-based traits associated with each animal.
In China, this system is used not only to determine someone's personality but also to choose their career path. If you were born in January, you can be either a Snake or a Rabbit; if you're a Girl, Rabbit means you like working with words while a Boy becomes a Snake when you go into management. This system is believed to influence what job offers you and even which school you should apply to.
In addition, because this is believed to be your destiny, people sometimes use it to decide what year to start a business or what project to work on. It's also common for friends and family to ask each other's zodiac signs to see who should marry whom or have relationships with others.
Finally, some people believe that this system can affect one's health. For example, if you were born in February, you may want to avoid being given metal objects since this could be dangerous for you.
History of the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is made up of twelve animals that initially emerged during the Zhan Guo era [the fifth century B.C.]. Although no one knows when the zodiac was fundamentally founded, it was formally identified during the Han Dynasty [206 B.C.-9 A.D.], which occurred almost 2000 years ago. The animals in the zodiac were said to be descendants of the mythical first couple, Xi Wangmu and Shen Wu. Their roles as symbols of different traits for humans was introduced by the Han scholar-official Ge Hong in his book "The Book of Equanimity".
Today, the Chinese zodiac is based on birth dates that are calculated by using an astronomical method called "lunar calendrical calculation". In addition to being used to identify seasons, the lunar calendar is also relied upon for determining birth dates, making them important in the development of China's culture.
The concept of the zodiac has been adopted by many cultures throughout history, most notably in Asia where it continues to play an important role in shaping people's lives today. In Japan, the Japanese zodiac is based on a similar system but includes only ten animals instead of twelve. The Indian zodiac is also based on a ten animal system that differs significantly from the Chinese version. It is believed that the Chinese developed their version of the zodiac after they began trading with these countries around 200 B.C.
The first sign of the Chinese Zodiac is Rat. There are a total of 12 Chinese zodiac signs. The zodiac signs, as opposed to constellations, are represented by 12 animals. They are, in alphabetical order, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. More information may be found at Why is the zodiac in that order?
Do Chinese people believe in these signs? Yes, they do. In fact, it's so popular that many non-Chinese people also use them. However, it's not accurate unless you're looking to trade or sell goods with China - otherwise, it's just a fun idea that has no basis in reality.
For example, there's no evidence that any animal other than a rat exists in China. And although rats are associated with good luck in some cultures, this isn't true in China - where they're seen as dirty and dangerous. Additionally, rats can carry several diseases including plague, typhus, and rabies. So, considering all of this, it's unlikely that they have much faith in the rat as an indicator of fortune.
Other than rats, none of the other signs exist in China. Instead, they use birds for the zodiac because it's easy to identify - each species has its own unique call. And while there are 12 animals in all, only 10 species actually exist in China. So, basically, they just make up the rest of the time.
In Chinese astrology, there are twelve zodiac animal signs, and persons born under each animal have completely distinct personality qualities. Chinese compatibility shows who you are a good fit for and even provides additional relationship information. There is no perfect match between any two people because each sign has its advantages and disadvantages.
The traditional format of the chart includes four elements: metal, wood, water, and fire. These correspond to the traits that define a person's nature: earthiness, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and passion, respectively. A fifth element, air, was also added to some charts during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). This opens up more potential relationships based on equality rather than dominance/submission as seen with the metal/wood pairing.
Using this framework, we can see that there are two people in every zodiac sign. If one person is an earth sign and the other is not, then they will naturally balance out each other's weaknesses and strengthen their strengths. For example, if someone is a sensitive tree soul and another person is intense fire energy with which it is easy to clash, then these two individuals would make a good partnership. Each sign has something to offer the others and the relationship could be mutually beneficial.