By Mike Selvon
You probably did not know it but 2008 is the Year of the Rat. The time line of the Rat comes once every twelve years. There are eleven other animal zodiac signs that occur once a year as well in Chinese horoscopes.
It is a far different cycle than the one Americans use. It all has to do with ancient mythology and about a king bringing together twelve animals and assigning them a specific year, which they would rule. Some feel it is the best astrology to be used, yet regardless of your personal feelings, it never hurts to learn more.
Chinese horoscopes differ from Western horoscopes in several ways. Take for example the zodiac sign Libra in the Western horoscope. It is for one month. But, as an example, the Rat is for one entire year. A Chinese zodiac sign is also given an element according to the year in which it falls. There are five elements in all.
Each Chinese zodiac sign occurs once in a rotation of twelve years. So that means, by the time an individual sign, say for example the Rat, is through its entire elemental cycle it has reached sixty years.
Then the cycle starts over again in a never ending pattern of the Great Solar Cycle. It can be very confusing, so do not worry overly about it. Most people only want to know the best astrology sign for their work day or their romantic interest.
It is important to know the animals involved in the Chinese horoscope, as well as their order. It starts off with the Rat. The following animals, in order are: Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram (or Sheep), Monkey, Dog and the Pig.
Each zodiac sign is given a spot in the constellations and is religiously followed by some individuals. It is a way of life that many practice religiously by looking up their horoscope daily.
Chinese horoscopes are fascinating and can provide you with countless hours of study, while learning the unique and rich culture behind each of the signs. You can visit "Chinese Astrology" to learn more about the fabulous Jade King and how he gathered together all of the twelve animals that represent the Chinese Zodiac. You can get a customized profile of your zodiac sign and then find out if your partner is right for you. It is a great way to pass the time and even though it is sometimes confusing, it is entertaining.
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