About Chinese Astrology
What is Chinese Astrology?
Like Western Astrology, Chinese Astrology uses twelve different signs or symbols to define twelve basic categories of human being. Similarly to western astrology, the Chinese system uses a person or an event's birth date as the basis for his/her/its sign, so in some ways the two systems are alike. The differences lie in the physical method used to arrive at that conclusion.
NB Astrology means literally an astral study or study of the stars. Zodiac means zoo in a circle or a circle of animals. We tend to use the terms astrology and zodiac almost interchangeably. Yet the Chinese zodiac is literally a circle of animals and is not very astral at all. Chinese astrology looks to philosophy, the calendar, and the rhythm of the world through nature for its ideas and predictions about events and character.
Chinese zodiacal signs run within a (Chinese calendar) year based system. Each Chinese sign has a different animal name and corresponds to a period equivalent to a period of one Chinese calendar year. If you were born in the year long period labeled the Dragon year, then in Chinese astrology you are said to be a Dragon. Simple. You only need to know the year of your birth in order to find out which one of the twelve Chinese signs you are.