The Chinese Zodiac, also known as the Shengxiao, is based on a 12-year cycle. Each year of the cycle is represented by a different animal. The twelve animals that are represented include the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig. These animals continually cycle through each 12-year period in this exact order. So, for example, Monkey is the 2016 Chinese Zodiac year.
Your sign is determined by which year you were born according to the Chinese lunar calendar. It is believed that the animal that rules the year that you were born has a profound impact on your personality and your overall destiny.
Whereas Western astrology relies on the stars and planets, Chinese astrology centers around the five elements, which include metal, wood, earth, water and fire. Additionally, the animals of the zodiac are not associated with any constellations.
Your sign under Chinese astrology is also believed to play a key role in determining who you are compatible with in terms of romantic relationships. Some people use this information to guide them toward finding their soulmate or discovering true love.
Even if you don't believe in Chinese astrology, it can still be fun to look up your sign to see how closely it matches with your personality. You may be surprised by how well your sign describes the person that you are. Whether or not you lend any credence to it is really a matter of personal believe. However, it can be interesting to delve a little bit deeper into these beliefs.
This brief explanation of the Chinese zodiac barely scratches the surface of this ancient belief system. If you want to learn more, the best way is to meet directly with an adviser who specializes in the Shengxiao. They can help you evaluate your birth date to discover how Chinese astrology may be able to guide you in your life.
Depending on how much stock you put in the predictions made by this belief system, you may want to use it to help you make important decisions regarding your future or to guide you toward your mate. On the other hand, you may just want to explore it for fun to see what it has to say about your personality and your future destiny. Either way, it can be an interesting way to take a closer look at yourself and to discover parts of your personality that you may have previously overlooked.
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