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Chinese Zodiac and Its Significance

Everybody in the world serves a function. They exist for a purpose. We may ignore this truth or be unable to comprehend it, but we require all kinds of people in our lives.

They possess something positive that affects us in some way as well. Similarly, every sign of the zodiac also serves a purpose in our lives.

Your personality, choices, and goals on Earth are primarily influenced by astrology and have been for centuries. Since each person is unique, they all have various objectives.

Astrology states that we still require them even if their mind processes don't align with ours. What role do you play in the lives of others? Based on the zodiac signs, that can be determined. Continue reading this post to learn more about the Chinese Zodiac and its significance.


People have been talking about the Chinese zodiac for ages. There have been various stories surrounding the truth behind it. Some claim the Jade Emperor created a race between animals on his birthday so he could create the Chinese Zodiac, and others say it was Buddha.

However, both the stories have the exact origin, with only minor details changed. The myth begins with twelve animals who went through a race to be selected as the Chinese Zodiac. The race was established to create a time measurement for the people. There had to be twelve winners, and the animals had to cross a river with the rapid current to reach the finish line on the shore.

The original version of the race begins with a rat and a cat, who intensely despised each other with a passion, so much so that everyone found it hard to believe they were friends before.

Both were horrible swimmers, so they decided to jump on top of the ox during the race to win. The ox was quite generous and agreed to help them across the river.

The only problem was that the rat was too eager to win, pushing the cat into the water. Hence the cat never forgave him since he was not included in the race. Other versions state that the rat had never told the cat about the race at all, leading to him not attending in the first place.

The race ended with the ox and rat making it to shore first. The rat came first by jumping in front of the ox, the ox came in second, and the tiger finished in third place.

Chinese Zodiac History

The Chinese Zodiac centers around twelve animals that appeared during the Zhan Guo period in the 5th century B.C. Although no one knows the exact date, they know that the zodiac was created officially during the Han Dynasty in 206 B.C.-9 A.D over 2000 years ago.

During the North Zhou Dynasty in 557-581 A.D, the zodiac became a popular way to determine a person's birth year and is still considered popular now. The zodiac is planned by a cycle of sixty years, where every animal indicates a different year.

The sequence of the Chinese zodiac animals was paved during the lunar calendar. This can be traced back to the 14th century B.C. Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, invented the Chinese lunar calendar, which follows the moon's cycles.

The zodiac was formed from two components, the Celestial Stem and the Tessestrial Branch. This was based on Chinese astrology and was used to count months, days, and hours in the calendar.

Each of the 12 animals represents a year, a day in a cycle of 12 years, and every two hours in a day of 24 hours. The animal signs were once used to name each year, but now they generally use the dates. The animal zodiacs are Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020), Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021), Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022), Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023), Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024), Snake (1953,1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025), Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026), Goat (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027), Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028), Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029), Dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030), Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031).

The Chinese culture has a solid philosophical foundation, and the five elements, yin and yang, and the zodiac, all significantly impact people's decisions and beliefs.

What Makes the Chinese Zodiac Unique?

Astrology may lack scientific evidence, but the thrill when learning about your or anyone else's zodiac is unmatchable. When browsing the different websites containing information about this topic, even the most skeptical among us would believe the zodiacs.

The zodiacs boost our self-esteem. They offer a foundation for how we can go about improving ourselves. A daily horoscope can also provide someone the certainty they need to get through the day, regardless of how general it may be.

Zodiacs give everyone a unique aspect that they feel proud of, or sometimes might even speculate. It gives us reason to be ourselves and stay true to our identity.


No matter what your zodiac may be, the fact is that everyone is unique regardless. Some of you may always find some personality traits that do not make you happy, but every little bit of us makes us unique, irrespective of what our zodiacs might claim.

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