People in China have developed their own astrology which is based upon Ying-Yang and Five Elements namely: - Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, developed independently of the western tradition. Apart from these Chinese astrology also uses twelve signs, which are based upon a different zodiacal structure. Most people think that Chinese astrology as an over-simplified system of one personality type that applies to everyone in a given year. However, this astrology has a set of interpretative rules and divisions of topic in life equally complex as western or Indian astrology. The Chinese astrology is influenced by its cultural delineations that reflect the importance of family and ancestors.
Chinese astrology origin is not exactly known but most of
the methods may have developed in the time period equated with
the Middle Ages in the West.
The Modern Version
Modern Chinese astrology focuses on the Four Pillars and the
5 elements, Earth, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal. Each person has
characteristics of four animal signs as well as four elemental
combinations. The year, month, day and hour signs present
different aspects of the personality.
Nuances Of Chinese Astrology
According to Chinese astrology, the year of birth not only tells
your age but also indicates a certain phase or aspect of sixty
year circle of time. According to Chinese astrology, years start
early in the calendar year on a new moon and relate to one of
the twelve animals. Their qualities animate the year and color
it with their distinct natures. People born in a particular
animal year share certain common traits in the same manner as
people born in common zodiac do.
Significance of Animals
Studying different animals in Chinese astrology is very
important. It is also very important to find out how they
reflect the nature of one individual and how they are
interrelated with each other.