Chinese Astrology Explained

Are you confused about the meanings of Chinese astrology? Would you

like to know more about this 5000 year old art?

Chinese astrology is based on the lunar calendar. As with astrology

from other cultures, a horoscope is created using the position of the stars and

planets for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac based on the year of


The Twelve Chinese Signs


Rats are charming and attractive to the opposite sex. But despite

outside appearances, they are restless and this sometimes comes across as

aggressiveness. Rats are great with money, and love to pounce on an

opportunity. They are also very generous to their friends. They love

people and large gatherings and always have others around. They also run

in many intimate circles and like to be involved in everything they can, leading

them to sometimes attempt to do too much. They are good writers and

speakers, and success comes easily to them.


Oxen are calm on the surface, but have hidden tempers. They are hard

workers and are determined to the point of stubbornness. However, this

makes them one of the most dependable signs. They are trustworthy, and

easily move up at the office. If they don’t watch out, they may not have

much of a social life. They are not very adept at mind games, and can

sometimes be led astray in romance. But once they find someone, they are

steadfast and loyal.


Tigers are energetic and unpredictable. Their wild side leads them to

be the center of attention. They speak their mind and are always looking

for the new party or next great idea. They are also very involved in

giving their time and money to the causes they are passionate about. They

are generous and honest. However, they are also rebels. They seek

ideals and will rebel against a society they perceive as being in the

wrong. They are emotional and impulsive, prone to romance as well as



Rabbits are gracious and gentle. They adore quiet and peacefulness, and

prefer a good book to a night on the town. Their sensitivity can lead to

moodiness, but normally rabbits are great at keeping the peace. While they

are quiet on the surface, rabbits are good at finding deals. They are

sweet and can talk people into being on their side of an issue without

argument. While they are cautious, they can also be friendly and inviting

once they feel safe.


Dragons have fire. They are full of life, and want to live life to the

fullest. They are perfectionists and are extremely demanding of both

themselves and others. They intimidate those who disagree with them,

although they are very loyal to their friends. They can be stubborn, but

they will let you know how they feel. They believe themselves to be B

and loveable, and they strive to motivate everyone to live up to their



Snakes are mysterious, often charming the opposite sex. They are

graceful, and tend towards all things grand and cultural. They are private

tend to look inward for their self-esteem, and are superstitious about

everything. They are not penny-pinchers, but always have money on

hand. Snakes are jealous when they find a lover, and will turn cold almost

on a whim.


Horses are generally friendly. They love being the center of attention,

and will keep others enthralled by their quick wit. However, they have

malleable alliances, and will have many short-lived romances and

friendships. They enjoy the change, and lead lives full of

adventure. They don’t like being tied down, and love working out and

spending time outdoors. They don’t like sticking to a plan, and will often

take on too much. They can be impatient with others whom they perceive as

moving too slowly.


Sheep are peaceful people. They empathize with others’ pain, and are

easy to talk to. They don’t like to rush, and will break if

pressured. They do not like harsh words, and love to be led gently.

While they are passive, they are also patient, and generally they eventually get

their way. They always remember their friends and families and give

thoughtful gifts. They often worry about what others think, and tend too

spend too much.


Monkeys are intuitive and clever. They are hands-on problem solvers,

and a great deal of self-confidence. They enjoy succeeding at difficult

tasks, and don’t need to be talked into attempting one. The source of

their success is their great memory. They are hard workers, and don’t care

what others think of them. They don’t usually have many friends, although

their success does attract people to them.


Roosters are romantics. They are perfectionists and dreamers at the

same time. Quick to see detail, they always love a challenge, especially

if at first glance it looks impossible. They take great pride in knowing

all the details of a subject that interests them, and are thus great

debaters. However, they will never admit to being wrong. They also

tend to step in and try to solve others’ problems, whether or not they have been

invited to do so. They like to always stay busy, and will work for

whatever they have their eye on.


Dogs are friendly and are always up front about their feelings. They

are very family-oriented and are extremely loyal to their friends. They

will fight for a cause they feel is just. They are not comfortable around

extravagant wealth, and prefer a loving home regardless of social status.

Once you befriend a dog, they will be by your side for life. They are

monogamous, and tend to choose their lovers wisely. They work hard and

play hard, and know when it is appropriate to be doing one or the other.

They are good providers to those they love.


Pigs love a social life. They have many friends, and tend to stay out

of heated discussions and all kinds of debates. It’s not that they don’t

have an opinion; they simply love to party and don’t want to risk ruining the

fun. They are good listeners, but are sometimes gullible and can be taken

advantage of easily. This can sometimes hurt them in relationships.

They are trustworthy and dependable, and stick by their friends.

They are generous to those they care about.

The Five Elements

There is another layer to Chinese astrology that is less well known than the

Chinese signs. Chinese astrologers use a 60 year cycle, made up of five

sets of the twelve signs. The five repetitions of the signs each

correspond to a different element, adding more intricacy to the animal.

The five elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.

In Chinese astrology, the elements are part of a cycle; one is not higher or

better than another. In fact, they have a cyclical relationship, both in

positive and negative ways, so that:

Water makes Wood
Wood makes Fire
Fire makes Earth
Earth makes

Metal makes Water


Water destroys Fire
Fire destroys Metal
Metal destroys Wood

destroys Earth
Earth destroys Water

In addition, they can be openly aggressive and hostile:

Water resists Fire
Fire resists Metal
Metal resists Wood

resists Earth
Earth resists Water

So now you know the basics of Chinese Astrology. Enjoy exploring your

Chinese sign!

Source by Michelle Andersen