Chinese Astrology: Did you know that Chinese astrology predates western astrology?
Similar to Western astrology that uses twelve signs such as Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, etc., there are twelve signs in Chinese astrology that are depicted by animals.
Unlike western astrology that uses the solar year calendar, most Chinese astrologers use a lunar calendar and base their calculations solely on the moon's cycles.
Each astrology sign in Western astrology is associated with certain traits.
Each of the twelve animal signs falls into an animal trine and is associated with a person's birth year rather than their birth date as in Western astrology.
Much like Western astrology groups its signs into elements (air, water, fire and earth), the Chinese zodiac groups its signs into trines.
Although it may sound like something different, a star sign is your horoscope sign in Western astrology.
While a popular branch of astrology, Chinese astrology differs from Western astrology in important ways.
Since it takes twelve years for a complete lunar cycle, each of the twelve zodiac signs represents one year, instead of a constellation as in western astrology.
That's because Chinese astrology is based on the lunar calendar, not the solar calendar which western astrology uses.
Unlike Western astrology which assigns a symbol to each of the twelve months within one year, a single Chinese zodiac year is part of a larger twelve year cycle.
Your sun sign in Western astrology may firmly be defined within Cancer, but if you're looking into Chinese astrology, your self-definition in Cancer will be matched against your birth year.
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