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Introduction to the 12 Chinese Horoscope Signs

The 12 Chinese ZodiacThe 12 Chinese Horoscope signs are represented by animals. The horoscope relates a particular year for a specific animal and its popular characteristics and the scheme repeats every 12 years. People from Singapore, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as other East Asian countries such as Mongolia, South Korea and many others, study and use the Chinese Horoscope.

The 12 Chinese Horoscope signs have a certain likeness to the Western Horoscope. Both horoscope schemes have time cycles with 12 divisions and both use names of animals to mark a majority of those parts. Both Western and Chinese horoscopes are also used as influences that attribute to a person’s personality and several important events in their life.

However, there are still several major differences between the Western Horoscope and the Chinese Horoscope animal signs. The Western Horoscope is divided into a 12-part cycle by months in a year. The Chinese Horoscope on the other hand is divided into years. The Western Horoscope can also be traced as a representation of constellations while the Chinese Horoscope is associated with calendars and traditional astronomy.

The 12 Chinese Horoscope signs are used to represent twelve different types of personalities based on the animal that is associated for a particular year. Traditionally, the 12-part cycle begins with the animal sign of the Rat based on many folk tales about the horoscope.

The year of the Rat is associated with the element of water. People who are born under this horoscope are tenacious, eloquent and charming. They are also forthright, meticulous, hardworking and sensitive. They can also be manipulative, shrewd, critical, and intolerant. They sometimes set their standards too high and can be over-ambitious.

People born under the year of the Cow are associated with the element of the earth. The ox can be very stubborn and demanding. However, they are also very dependable, patient and methodical among many other fine qualities.


The Tiger
horoscope is associated with qualities such as rebellion, power, passion, impulsiveness and vigor. They are sincere, generous and stimulating but can also be reckless, impatient, obstinate, aggressive, and highly unpredictable at times.

People born under the year of the Rabbit are associated with the element of wood. They can be your good friend because of their being amiable, gracious and soft-spoken. However, they can also be very superficial, self-indulgent, detached and opportunistic.


Dragons
are known to be fiery and vigorous beings and these are some of the qualities that are associated with people born under this sign. They can be magnanimous, self-assured, noble, dignified and decisive. They can also become too demanding, pompous, arrogant and occasionally violent.

Deep thinker and wise men often characterize the Snake horoscope. They can be mystic, soft-spoken, creative and sensual but can also be loners, bad communicators and hedonists. Other qualities attributed to people born under the Snake horoscope include creativity, ambitiousness, elegance and strength among many others.

People born under the year of the Horse are popular and cheerful individuals. They are often the most known people in the group or the most quick-witted and talkative. People born under this sign are also intelligent, down to earth, open-minded as well as fickle, rude, stubborn and arrogant.


The Goat
is the eighth sign of the Chinese horoscope. People born under this sign are mild-mannered, righteous, creative, gentle and sincere. They are known to be good parents with their understanding, generous and mothering qualities. However, they can be very over-passive, over-sensitive, moody and sometimes pessimistic.


The Monkey
horoscope is often associated with people who are excellent inventors, improvisers and motivators. Their flexibility with handling things and their being innovative and self-assured make them good leaders. However, they can be vain, cunning, deceptive and suspicious which can lead to problems in their leadership.


The Rooster
is the 10th sign of the Chinese horoscope. People born under this sign are normally self-assured, critical and decisive. They are also perfectionists, practical, responsible and are known for their ability to keep things organized. They can also be very critical, abrasive and too opinionated for their own good.


The Dog
horoscope is associated with intelligence, honesty, loyalty, attractiveness and idealism. They can be very sensitive and practical but also cynical, pessimistic, quarrelsome and stubborn.


The Pig
is the last sign of the Chinese horoscope. People born under this sign are often honest, sociable, patient, trusting and thoughtful. However, they can be over-reliant, gullible and materialistic.

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Chinese Calendar and the Chinese Horoscope

I have often been asked: “Hey Nicholas, I am born in late January, what is my zodiac (horoscope) ?”, “The Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar, right? “, “I am born after the Chinese Lunar New Year, my zodiac (horoscope) is ……?”, etc

 

Many people (especially those from the western culture) have mistakenly called the Chinese calendar a Lunar Calendar and assume that the Chinese Zodiac (Horoscope) is base on the lunar cycle.

 

The Chinese calendar is not a Lunar calendar, it is a Lunisolar calendar, which means it incorporate elements of a Lunar calendar with those of a Solar calendar.

 

This system is not exclusive to China but followed by many other Asian cultures (notably the Koreans, Japanese (before 1873), Hebrew, Hindu, Babylonian and Vietnamese). It is often called the Chinese calendar because it was first perfected by the Chinese around 500 BC

 

A lunar year is based on cycles of the moon phase. The only widely used purely Lunar calendar is the Islamic calendar or Hijri calendar, whose year always consists of 12 lunar months.

 

A solar year is the period between one Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) and the next Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) bases on the Xia calendar which has been in used for more than 4000 years.

 

The lunar year aspect is exclusively used for dates, whereas the solar year aspect is used to number the months and year using the Sexagenary Cycle (Stem-branch cycle).

 

The Chinese Sexagenary cycle (pinyin: Liu Shi Jia Zi), is also known as the Stems-Branches cycle (pinyin: Gan Zhi), is a cyclic numeral system of 60 combinations of the two basic cycles, the ten Heavenly Stems (pinyin: Tian Gan) and the twelve Earthly Branches (pinyin: Di Zhi, aka the 12 zodiac/horoscope).

 

The Sexagenary system is widely use in Chinese fortune-telling systems like Ba Zhi (4 pilliars), Chinese Zodiac (Chinese Horoscope), Feng Shui, Date Selection (Feng Shui Calendar, Feng Shui Almanac), Chinese Astrology, etc

 

The Sexagenary calendar system is calculated by combining the Ten Heavenly Stems (pinyin: Shi Tian Gan) and the Twelve Earthly Branches (pinyin: Shi Er Di Zhi; aka: the 12 horoscope/zodiac). These two sets of terms were used to count years (months) of the civil calendar. Combining the series form a greater cycle of 60 terms, as the least common multiple of 10 and 12 is 60. The first term is formed by adding the first stem to the first branch, then the second stem to the second branch, and so on. You start with Jia Zi (Wood Rat), and the 61st year would also be Jia Zi (Wood Rat) year again.

 

This counting system use things of nature (the Stems: the five elements) and animals (Branches, aka zodiac) creating many legends and myths, and the people of East Asia (China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, etc) today still analyze the good and bad luck of certain days and years using this system.

 

The 1st day of a new year in the Sexagenary cycle is the Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) which normally falls on the 4th or 5th of February every year, therefore the beginning of each zodiac year (horoscope year) should correspond to the first day of the Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun), and not the lunar year.


You can check your correct zodiac (horoscope) from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1940-1960

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1960-1980

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1980-2000

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 2000-2020


Notes:

1. I have replace the Chinese text with the Pinyin (Phonic) equal because without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Chinese characters.

 

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