The Chinese Zodiac: an explanation and how-to

The Chinese Astrology and its 12 signs Zodiac has a very long and interesting history, surprisingly enough, the 12 animal signs we know today are a relative recent invention, not much older than 1000 years, and not just that, but is also thought that they weren't a chinese invention but that they could have been imported into China from Mongolia or even Siberia.

One funny thing about Chinese Astrology is that when you study it in deep, you find that is full of mysteries and strange occurrences!

The Chinese Zodiac

Maybe the most common source of confusion about the Chinese Zodiac arises from images like that above, you see that it relates each animal sign with one western year, don't you? Well, actually it doesn't work that way, most serious astrologers use either the February 4th to mark the beginning of the chinese astrological year, or either the date of the chinese lunar new year (this is when the chinese make those big parties with dancing dragons on the streets).

But well, the truth is that the actual 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac somewhat work, I mean that when you look close at it, see what signs are the people you know and which are their supposed characteristics, in the whole it makes much more sense than most people would expect.

You don't need to believe me, just give it a try and see for yourself ;-)

Nacho, the webmaster

Nacho (the webmaster)

During many years an unhappy Unix sysadmin, since 2004 write in this website, mostly in spanish, and do tarot consultations for a living.

I was born in Spain 39 years ago, in 1999 finished studying industrial engineering and began my short sysadmin career, then in 2008 moved to a small sailing boat and have being going from one place to the next since then, although lately stay most of the time in the Azores islands.

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