Every Chinese New Year begins on the day of the first new moon. In western 2005, the new moon started on February 9th. It was the Chinese year 4702. In fact, most Chinese started using the western or solar calendar in the early twentieth century, except on important holidays. Many of the calendars in China show both the solar data from the western calendar and the moon data from the Chinese calendar. Chinese astrology is based on the twelve cycles of the moon.
The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animalsinstead of the sun signs used in the West. In the Chinese calendar, each period lasts a full lunar cycle, from new to full. There are twelve complete lunar cycles in a Chinese zodiac year, but one animal symbolizes the whole year. According to their calendar, the Chinese complete a cycle every twelve years. So if you were born in the year of the rat, you would celebrate your zodiac birthday every twelve years, and your Chinese zodiac would be the rat. In the west, your zodiac sign appears once a year.
The calendar and its animals were created from an old legend. It tells us that the animals all fought over who would be in the best (first) position in the Chinese calendar. The gods developed a test in which the animals would compete for their position by swimming across a river. Another version says that the Buddha requested animal visits before leaving the earth. He named the lunar cycles after the animals in the order in which they appeared. The Chinese zodiac sign is a circle that is divided into twelve equal sections. Think of it like marking pieces of cake. In each section there is an image of the animal that represents this Chinese zodiac. The calendar usage dates to 2600 BC. BC Back.
The animals used in Chinese astrology are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (goat), monkey, rooster, dog and boar (pig).. People born during their cycle should adopt their animal characteristics:
- rat- Perfectionist, charming, aggressive, mysterious, party-loving, quick-witted, persistent, good in politics and business, can be common
- Ox- Quiet, angry quickly, excellent memories, hardworking, family loyalty, creative, skillful hands, responsible, self-confident
- tiger- Leader, brave, territorial, possessive, fighter, generous and selfish, magnetic, passionate, works solo, dynamic
- Rabbit- Kind, conservative, artistic, tasteful, sentimental, emotional, shy, loyal partner, romantic, avoid fights
- Dragons- Shelf, leader, center of attention, powerful, happy, aggressive, dynamic, big ego, snobbish, tyrannical
- Snake- Charming, popular, lies easily, possessive, hates rejection, deep-thinking, well-behaved, lazy, romantic, insecure
- horse- mass lover, rebellious, energetic, selfish, self-centered, good with money, smart, lack of self-confidence
- sheep or goat- Artistic, creative, lazy, disorganized, charming, good-natured, dreamy, pessimistic, romantic, worrying, not good at business
- monkey- Charming, funny, smart, emotional, unscrupulous, love food, but no fools, deceptive, funny, happy
- Rooster- Straightforward, honest, eye-catching chest of drawers, loyal, honest, dreamer, psychologically, busy, loves a bargain, observers
- dog- Traditional, loyal, sincere, intelligent, private, judgmental, serious, fearful, likes loneliness, is committed to issues
- pig or boar- loving, caring, chivalrous, sincere, honorable, easy to exploit, belief in kindness, love food, romantic, jealous
As you can see, the Chinese calendar with its Chinese zodiac is indeed the most interesting. If you look up your Chinese zodiac sign, you will enjoy the time to learn more about yourself.