An Introduction To The Chinese Zodiac
We're all familiar with the western zodiac, and it's very likely that you already know your sun sign according to this ancient system. But there is another zodiac that can shine an interesting light on your personality, your aspirations and your future.
The Chinese zodiac, like its western counterpart, has 12 animal representations ranging from the Rat and the Rooster through to the Dragon and even the Rabbit. In combination, each individual sign has five distinct groups ruled by the elements of wood, earth, fire, metal and water. This creates a 60-year cycle, and the Chinese zodiac dates back to 2,637BC, making it one of the oldest systems in the world.
As in western astrology, the sun, moon and stars influence the Chinese zodiac, and it is believed that they have an element of control over the moral conduct of people. In a cause and effect pattern of belief, this has a direct influence on the world around us, and helps to control climatic changes by people's thoughts and actions. The Chinese zodiac is far more complex than you may first think.
It is believed that the creation of the Chinese Zodiac is closely tied to the Tao Te Ching or 'Book of the Way'. The Tao is one of the cornerstones of Chinese mythology and it is believed to be the ancestor of all doctrines. From this comes the concept of Yin and Yang, again a hugely influential aspect on the Chinese zodiac.
Each symbol in the Chinese Zodiac has a set of 'rules' dictating which part of the day it governs, the geographical direction associated with it, the season, its element and whether it's a Yin or Yang sign. To gain an accurate insight into a person's character, all of these are taken into consideration when creating a Chinese horoscope. For example, a Fire Horse has all the characteristics of those born under the sign of the Horse, but there are specific traits associated with the element of Fire that will influence the person as well.
The result is a fascinating and often extremely accurate map of a person's character, which can help to define both who they are and the path they choose to follow.