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Chinese Zodiac: 12 Animal Signs, Origins and Zodiac Compatibility

Chinese Zodiac, also named Sheng Xiao, is based on twelve-year circle and related to terrestrial branch. It includes dragon, horse, snake, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated by the Chinese lunar year of your birth.

1. 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

It is believed that human have relationship with the 12 zodiacal animals and the characters of people are affected by the years represented by the animals in the same way like the western astrology signs. Besides, human born in a different months are endowed with different fates.

2. Origins of Chinese Zodiac

Similar to the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, animals in Chinese zodiac were also created for counting years as the system that is now universally accepted based on the Lunar calendar. The selection and order of the animals influencing people’s lives was originated in the Han Dynasty (202BC–220AD) and based upon each animal’s character and living habits. Each twelve-year is calculated as a circle. Ancient people observe that there are 12 full moons within one year, in hence its origin is associated with astrology. Each animal sign is usually related with an earthly branch, so the animal years were called Zi Rat, Chou Ox, Yin Tiger, Mao Rabbit, Chen Dragon, Si Snake, Wu Horse, Wei Sheep, Shen Monkey, You Rooster, Xu Dog and Hai Pig.


3. Chinese Zodiac Compatibility

As the character and fate are affected by his zodiac, the matches of two people are also affected by their zodiacs. There are many tools that you can use to test the compatibility for you and your partner! Below is the full list of Chinese zodiac compatibility.

Best Matches for 12 Signs:
Rat: Ox, Rabbit and Dragon
Ox: Rat, Monkey and Rooster
Tiger: Dragon, Horse and Pig
Rabbit: Sheep, Monkey, Dog and Pig
Dragon: Rat, Tiger and Snake
Snake: Dragon and Rooster
Horse: Tiger, Sheep and Rabbit
Sheep: Rabbit, Horse and Pig
Monkey: Ox and Rabbit
Rooster: Ox and Snake
Dog: Rabbit
Pig: Tiger, Rabbit and Sheep

Above are a brief introduction of Chines Zodiac. For more detailed information, you can search it on the Internet.

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