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The Chinese Zodiac is thousands of years old and easily predates its Western counterpart. Even today, millions of believers across the globe consult the Chinese Zodiac regularly.
While Western Astrology is based upon the months of the year, Chinese Astrology is based upon a twelve-year lunar cycle. Your sign is determined by the year in which you were born (to be accurate you must use a Chinese calendar). Each sign and those born under it, are represented by one of twelve animals, and are ascribed a set of attributes the Chinese believe comprise the nature of each particular animal.
Legend has it the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac were chosen by Buddha. When Buddha was near death he invited all the animals to visit him. Only 12 came: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. For visiting him, Buddha honored each by using them to represent the 12 phases of the Zodiac.
One of the most interesting uses of the Chinese Zodiac is exploring the compatibility of signs. That is, which duos will make good lovers? friends? partners? It all depends on the traits of each sign’s personality. We take a look at them here.
Rat: they are clever and sharp and they are not fooled easily. They are compatible with the Dragons and the Monkey.
Ox: oxen are hard-working and serious, and usually feel lonely. They are compatible with Roosters and Snakes.
Tiger: they are born leaders because of their ambition and their good heart. They are compatible with the Dog and the Horse.
Rabbit: Rabbits love their family above anything else. They don’t like conflicts. They are compatible with Goats and Pigs.
Dragon: this is a very powerful sign, full of energy and charisma. They are compatible with Rats and Monkeys.
Snake: Snakes are attractive, persuasive and seductive. They are also very intelligent. They are compatible with Oxen and Roosters.
Horse: they are independent, energetic and free, always looking for adventure. They are compatible with the Dog and the Tiger.
Goat: Goats are usually lonely, and they like it. It helps them being alone with their thoughts. They are compatible with the Pig and the Rabbit.
Monkey: they have plenty of energy and love having fun. They are compatible with the Dragon and the Rat.
Rooster: they are clever and analytical, they love doing things in the best way possible. They are compatible with Snakes and Oxen.
Dog: Dogs stand out by being loyal and honest, they love their friends and family and would do anything for them. They are compatible with Tiger and Horse.
Pig: they are intelligent and good-mannered, and they are also very elegant. They are compatible with the Goat and the Rabbit.