If you are used to traditional astrological signs and symbols, and also reading your horoscope, you may not be aware that the Chinese also have their own version of astrology. They also use animals that are representative of the traits of people, but they do not focus on the month of their birth, but upon the year when they were born. There are other subtle differences to consider, many of which we will discuss in this article.
What You Need To Know About Chinese Astrology
This is a form of astrology that goes back thousands of years. Astrology seems to be something that can independently developed within cultures. There seems to be an avid interest in the constellations and stars in the sky, and ancient astronomers took this a step further, realizing that certain people born at certain times expressed similar traits. Chinese astrology focuses on the years that people are born, specifically in cycles of 12. In the same way that traditional astrology has 12 animals represented by 12 constellations, this is similar with the exception of the names of the animals and the constellations that are used.
Major Differences Between The Two
One of the main differences between Chinese and Western horoscopes is that Chinese astrology is based upon a lunar calendar. Chinese astrology also focuses upon five elements which include Earth, metal, fire, water, and wood. One other major difference is that Western astrology identifies what are called the three zodiac sign qualities which are mutable, fixed and Cardinal. These are linked to the signs of astrology, focused on one's birth, helping to identify the characteristics of each person. The most decided difference between the two is that one focuses on the month and that you were born in in association with a zodiac sign whereas Chinese astrology focuses upon an entire year. This 12 year cycle will repeat, helping to identify the character traits which may be significantly different from anything found in Western astrology.
In conclusion, the similarities between Chinese astrology and Western astrology are that they all identify constellations in the zodiac which are representative of character traits. Outside of that, there are different animals, different elements, and different characteristics that will pertain to each person that is born under these different signs. And of course, the primary difference between the two is that Western astrology focuses upon a period of time in which a person is born whereas Chinese astrology focuses upon each different year.
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