Origin of Chinese Horoscopes
The Origin of Chinese Horoscopes was based on the legend which in the sixth century B.C. the Jade Emperor invited all the animals in creation to a race, only twelve showed up: the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig, and according to their places in the race, the Jade Emperor had given them each a number starting with the Rat who was the winner of the race. Since rat is the winner, rat is the first symbol of Chinese zodiac sign.
The twelve animals became the symbols of Chinese astrology and they symbolize every year which complete the Chinese horoscopes of every 12 years. Since then, the Chinese horoscope has been in use in the Orient for thousands of years, and it is still consulted by millions of people on a daily basis. Its twelve animal signs are similar to the twelve signs of the Western Zodiac, but are determined by the year you were born rather than the month.
In this Chinese horoscope, it involves Chinese astrology that based on the lunar cycle which takes 12 years to complete. It includes also the five elements such as metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. This serves as the modifiers that subtle the nature of whatever they represent. And for balancing all the elements and all forces in the universe, the term Yin and Yang is responsible.
Here are the 12 animals that serve as symbols of Chinese Horoscopes which represent every year. The first one is the Rat was welcomed in ancient times as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. It is an animal associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities. The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This powerful sign is a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. The Tiger is associated with good fortune, power, and royalty, is viewed with both fear and respect. Their protection and wisdom is sought after. The Rabbit is the fourth symbol which make ideal diplomats or politicians.