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An Introduction To Chinese Astrology

Chinese Astrology is and age old astrology practice. This astrology is not as old as Greek and Vedic astrology or Hindu astrology but it could be kept in the same category of ancient astrology practices. Chinese astrology is also known as animal astrology. There are twelve Chinese year signs in the Chinese Horoscope. These names are named after different animals. The concept is derived from ancient Buddhism theology.

This astrology is one of the moon astrology based on lunar calendar. Chinese astrology is based on the Lunar Calendar. This means that the Chinese New Year does not fall on the same day each year and can vary by as much as 3 weeks. So, for babies born in late January/ early February, it is necessary to consult the charts to determine the correct sign.

All twelve Chinese zodiac signs repeat after every 12 years. Years are named after rooster, monkey, goat, horse,snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, rat, pig, and dog. Years are assigned to these signs and accordingly people borne in these years get associated with their respective zodiac sign.

All these signs reflect certain traits of people. For example a child born in the Chinese year sign of the rooster is considered to be fearless and confident. Roosters are intelligent and ambitious as well. Relative compatibility of people carrying different zodiac signs is also an essential aspect of Chinese astrology.

Chinese astrology is unique in so many ways. It is very dexterous in making forecast about relationship between different signs.
It differs greatly from western concepts of astrology. It is somewhat similar to Japanese astrology.

This astrology has been often blamed for little variation which is not true. In fact, Chinese calendar exists for sixty years and all five times the animal sign is repeated with varying characteristics for people. This five types of each animal differ greatly. For example, if you happen to be a rat, you could be a Rat on the mountain, a Rat on the roof, or a Rat in the field, a Rat in the Warehouse or a Rat on the beam. Chinese astrology possess five elements and thirty seven stars.