Welcome back to our second installment of Astrology 101! Last week, we learned a bit about the signs you’re probably more familiar with: the Western zodiac. This week, we’re traveling East – to China!
Like your Western zodiac sign, your Chinese zodiac sign is determined by your birthday. Unlike your Western zodiac sign, your Chinese zodiac sign is determined by the year you were born, rather than what month and day you were born.
The Chinese zodiac is made up of a twelve sign-cycle, where each sign is represented by an animal. The selection of animals, as well as their cycle order, originated during the Han Dynasty, which lasted from 202 B.C. to 220 A.D. And the animal that represents the zodiac year’s sign is said to share qualities with those born during that year.
So now that you know all about your Western zodiac sign, it’s time to find your Eastern one! Keep in mind that the Chinese New Year starts usually between the end of January and the middle of February, so if you need, you can find your exact Chinese zodiac year here.
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.