The Chinese zodiac is one of the many Asian divinatory systems that coexist and carry its reading according to precepts that combine astrology and numerology. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunisolar calendar and celebrations begin with the first new moon on the first day of the year and end with the full moon fifteen days later.
Composed of 12 animals, it is one of the most popular horoscopes in the world. For that reason, don't miss out on your sign's animal jewelry. In Planderful we will tell you about the origin of the Chinese horoscope, and discover the animal according to your sign.
Did you know why the Chinese horoscope is composed of animals?
The Chinese calendar is composed of 12-year cycles, each of these seasons is represented by an animal that reigns for a year, but in addition, the Eastern horoscope was highly influenced by the familiar elements of the traditional culture of that country.
Unlike the Western horoscope, where your sign depends on the constellation in which the sun is each day of the year, in the Chinese horoscope everything depends on the year you were born for this reason there are twelve zodiacal signs which are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
We can determine that a person's destiny is influenced by the planetary position and time of birth, in conjunction with the position of the sun, moon, and comets. In addition, there is a legend that tells about the creation of the Chinese horoscope.
Throughout China, there is a very popular legend that could be described as the origin of the Chinese horoscope. The Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven, called all the animals of the world into a race and said that the first twelve would enter the zodiac. To reach them, they had to cross a river.
The rat decided that to win, it had to do something, so it threw the cat into the water: from then on the cat became a natural enemy of the rat and the water. After this, the rat reached the shore and claimed first place in the race, closely followed by the strong buffalo, which was named the second animal of the zodiac.
Behind the buffalo came the tiger, who explained how he had had to fight the currents and how, thanks to his great strength, he was able to reach the shore and become the third animal. The fourth place in the zodiac went to the rabbit, who thanks to his ability to jump was able to leap from one bank to another.
Subsequently, the dragon appeared in flight and told the emperor that he could not get there first because he had to stop to create rain, in order to help the people and creatures of the earth. In addition, on the final stretch, he had come across a rabbit clinging to a log, which he helped by nudging it with his breath so that it could reach the shore. The emperor, surprised by its kindness, awarded it the fifth place in the zodiac.
Shortly thereafter a horse was heard galloping, but a snake frightened him and made him fall. Thus, the snake finally took sixth place while the horse took seventh place. A short distance away were the goat, the monkey, and the rooster, who was approaching the river bank.
The three creatures helped each other to cross it. The emperor, very pleased with the teamwork of the animals, named the goat the eighth animal, while the monkey and the rooster were awarded the ninth and tenth places respectively.
Although the dog should have gotten a good place because it was the best swimmer of all the animals, it was delayed because it needed a bath after the long race, and when it saw the cool water of the river it could not resist. So he was assigned the eleventh place.
Just as the emperor was about to close the race he heard the grunting of a small pig that had started the race being very hungry, so shortly after starting he feasted and took a nap. When it awoke, it continued with the race and arrived just in time to be named the twelfth animal of the zodiac.
Finally, the cat arrived too late, occupying the thirteenth place and unable to gain any place in the calendar, so its hatred of rats made it forever its bitterest enemy.
In this way, the Chinese horoscope would have been created and these are the years that were assigned to each of the 12 animals of the zodiac.
RAT- Years: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
BUFFALO- Years: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
TIGER- Years: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.
RABBIT- Years: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2023.
DRAGON- Years: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.
SNAKE- Years: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.
HORSE- Years: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.
GOAT- Years: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027.
MONKEY- Years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028.
ROOSTER - Years: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029.
DOG- Years: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030.
PIG- Years: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031.
2023: the year of the Rabbit
The Chinese New Year begins on January 22. We are just a few weeks away from the beginning of a new cycle and it is important that you know all the details about the Year of the Water Rabbit. The Chinese Horoscope 2023 represented by the Rabbit will bring changes and will represent the arrival of something new because this animal represents the passport of the true reality of what we are all going to live as humans, so it will mean a quite transcendent change.
People born in the year of the Rabbit with the water element are friendly and kind par excellence. Likewise, they adapt easily to any conditions. This animal symbolizes vigilance, ingenuity, and a quick mind.
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