The science of Astrology and the term ‘Zodiac’ go hand in hand. Zodiac is a belt which surrounds the Earth, about eighteen degrees broad, in which the Sun and the planets move continuously as a celestial coordinate system. The Zodiac is divided into twelve Zodiac signs, each thirty degrees long, and each section is actually a block of space. All these signs have their own unique quality, talent, strength and weakness. Astrologically speaking, the term ‘Zodiac’ stands for animals. The 12 Zodiac signs are very popular and we use it as a tool to understand our personality and that of others too.
The Chinese Zodiac predates the Western astrology and is believed to be thousands of years old. According to the Chinese astrology, a person’s life and characters are shaped by a particular year in which he or she was born and each year is assigned to the name of an animal. A person born in a particular animal year shares some common traits with that animal representing one of the Zodiac signs.
A legend says it was Lord Buddha who chose twelve animals to represent the 12 phases of the Chinese signs of the Zodiac. When Lord Buddha was on his death bed, he invited all the animals of the animal kingdom and only 12 of them namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig visited him. He honored each of those animals by assigning a place to represent the 12 phases or the Zodiac signs of the Chinese Zodiac which is based on the twelve year lunar cycle.
Millions of people across the globe consult with regard to their Chinese Zodiac to know about all aspects of their lives. The Chinese Zodiac signs are considered to be a very popular tool to explore the compatibility of people and to know which people can match well as good partners, friends or lovers.
Not only the compatibility factor, Chinese astrology helps us to make appropriate choices in other aspects of our life like our personality, fortune, career and much more. It is up to us to interpret the information revealed by the Zodiac signs.