People consider Chinese astrology as an art. The idea of Chinese astrology is to assist individuals attain their objectives through self awareness and steady development of the mind and soul. Like western astrology, the Chinese astrology system is used to determine a person’s health, career direction, likes and dislikes, compatibility with other person, luck attraction and a lot more .
Chinese astrology is created of a 12 year cycle and has 12 animals to depict every year, they are better known as the Chinese Zodiacs. They are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig, arranged always in this order. The accurate origins of the twelve animal plan is still not known. But there was a legend about it, here is the legend: the Jade King was bored, and was not doing anything in Heaven. He din’t know what was happening on Earth, because he had servants satisfying his every desire. He decided that he wanted to see the animals that live the earth so he sent word to his advisors to bring him twelve animals. The advisor initially sent an request to the Rat, telling him to also bring the cat, as the Rat was envious he evaded the cat from letting know the news.
Later on, invitations were sent to animals like, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Ram, the Monkey, the Rooster and the Dog and were asked to attend the next days. They lined up in front of the king, and then he found out that they were just eleven, than 12 that he wished. The Jade king sent his servant down to Earth to get the twelfth animal. The servant hurried into a man taking a Pig, and grabbed| it and sent it to the king.
The animals lined up in front of the king in any order. The Rat, being smaller than the remaining, jumped on the Ox’s back and started to play the flute. This impressed the king greatly and he was happy. He gave the Rat first position. The second stood the Ox for his true sportsmanship quality and the third stood the Tiger as he was quite strong. The Rabbit was given fourth place, the Dragon fifth, the Snake sixth, the Horse seventh, the Ram eighth, the Monkey ninth, the Rooster tenth and the Dog eleventh. Because of the kings nature and as the Pig arrived at the end, it was given the Twelfth place. After the procession was ended, the cat asked the king to reconsider but he did not agree with the cat.
There are 5 elements in the Chinese astrology. These elements were Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, always being given in that order as it is said to be a ongoing process, that is Wood produces Fire; Fire produces Earth; Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water, and Water produces Wood, and again it goes back to its start.
Last but not least there is the cosmic and divine strength that influences the entire Chinese astrology system. This force is well known as The Yin and The Yang. The Yin symbolizes the female and the Yang symbolizes the male. A different explanation states that the Ying represents the Evil and the Yang represents the Good. And when both are taken into consideration, Ying and Yang, create harmony and everlasting balance. The mixture of Yin and Yang is the hidden power in the wake of the Chinese Horoscope system.
But the Chinese Astrologers are not stern decision makers. They don’t believe a person’s fortune is already given accurately at the time he or she took birth. What they do believe is that a person’s time and place of birth set limits within which a person has freedom. What happens in these limits is influenced not just by own choice also by external issues such as locality, financial situation and the like.