If you've only read about your Chinese zodiac sign on mass-produced place mats at Chinese restaurants, you might not know that Chinese astrology has actually been around for over 5,000 years. It's an important element of traditional Chinese culture, governing views on how one should optimally interact with the world, Chinese traditional medicine, and Feng Shui — the Chinese art of design. You might also be surprised to hear that according to some astrologers, your Chinese Zodiac sign is considered more accurate than your astrological zodiac sign, for a variety of reasons.
At a basic level, Chinese and western astrology seem pretty similar. the Feng Shui Institute explains that like western astrology, the Chinese zodiac — Sheng Xiao — includes 12 main signs, also called earthly branches, which are each represented by an animal — Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Travel China notes that rather than being based on your month of birth, your Chinese zodiac sign is based on your year of birth on the Chinese calendar, and predicts everything from your personality to how well you get along with other people.
The Chinese zodiac includes five earthly elements which interplay with each other to make up a cycle of ups and downs for each sign, and also your birth date, month and time, which makes it so much more complex than Western astrology. Unlike Western astrology however, your Chinese horoscope is not set in stone, the website Your Chinese Astrology notes. Rather, it's up to you to use its insights to change your future luck for the better. For more on your Chinese zodiac sign, and how it might be even more accurate than your astrological zodiac sign, read on: