Your Chinese Animal Sign is based on the year of your birth. Chinese New Year doesn’t begin on January 1 the way our New Year begins. It usually begins late January to mid February.
According to the Chinese system of astrology, each year begins early in the calendar year on a new moon and relates to one of the 12 animal signs. In turn, these qualities animate the year and colour it with their natures.
The Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle, each year of which is named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in deciding that person’s personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his/her lifetime.
The Chinese system of astrology is undoubtedly the ancient method of divination in the world. The date of its origin is not accurately established as also the conditions under which this method of prediction came into use.
However, it is known that Chinese astrology in one form or the other was widely practiced in the Orient since the 40th century BC.