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Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs

Chinese Zodiac Elements

Zodiac Prints

Zodiac Prints
Why not purchase a print of the year of your birth, or as a gift for a friend or relative. They are an ideal gift containing a high-quality print of the animal and displaying a small extract of the background behind your Animal Sign.
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As the legend goes, more than five hundred years ago, the great Buddha invited all of the animals of creation to come and join him for the New Year.

Only twelve species came at his invitation and to reward them, the divine wise man offered to name a year after each animal. From then on any person born in a year associated with that animal would share that animal's qualities. Those Animals were: the RAT, the OX, the TIGER, the RABBIT, the DRAGON, the SNAKE, the HORSE, the GOAT, the MONKEY, the ROOSTER, the DOG and the PIG. This was symboloised by the ordering in which they came, the Rat was first, followed by the Ox, and so on.

Other traditions replace the Ox with the Buffalo, the Rabbit with the Cat or the Hare, the Goat with the Sheep or the Ram and the Pig with the Boar.

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Any Chinese year invariably begins with the second new-moon day after the winter solstice (or looking at it the other way, the Chinese year ends on the first new moon of the following year!). The Chinese New Year's day, therefore, is movable just as Easter Day, which is also tributary of the moon and takes place somewhere between 21 January and 20 February according to astronomic circumstances.

Chinese years also evolve in cycles of ten years each. Every set of two consecutive years is governed by a Chinese cosmic element. There are five elements in all: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood.

It's your Chinese year of birth that determines your Chinese animal sign as well as your Chinese cosmic element. If you were born between 30th January, 1968 and 16th February, 1969 that is, in the course of a Monkey year, which was at the same time a Earth year your Chinese animal sign is Monkey, and your Chinese cosmic element is Earth. In other words, you are known as a Earth Monkey. Likewise, anyone born in an Fire Snake year is known as an Fire Snake or anyone born in a Water Dog year is known as a Water Dog and so on.

For more information about the history of Chinese New Year, the Signs and the Elements, please see the Brief History section.

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