|The Chinese Zodiac is thousands of years
old and easily predates its Western counterpart. Even today, millions of
believers across the globe consult the Chinese Zodiac
While Western Astrology is based upon
the months of the year, Chinese Astrology is based upon a twelve year
lunar cycle. Your sign is determined by the year in which you were born
(to be accurate you must use a Chinese calendar). Each sign and those born under it, are represented
by one of twelve animals, and are ascribed a set of attributes the
Chinese believe comprise the nature of each particular animal. The current
Chinese year began on January 24, 2001--a year of the Snake.
Legend has it the 12 animals of
the Chinese Zodiac were chosen by Buddha. When Buddha was near death he
invited all the animals to visit him. Only 12 came: the rat, ox,
tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
For visiting him, Buddha honored each by using them to represent the 12
phases of the Zodiac.
One of the most interesting uses of
the Chinese Zodiac is exploring the compatibility of signs. That is,
which duos will make good lovers? friends? partners? Use the
tools below to discover how different signs match, to find your sign, or
to learn more about any of the 12 signs.