When you're expecting a baby, there's no better pastime than dreaming about your baby-to-be's personality, skills, and future. Although time is the only true prophet, learning your baby's Chinese Calendar is an ancient technique that many believe can give you insight into how your baby will turn out. Whether you're just wanting to learn for fun or really seeking some answers you can believe in, the realm of Chinese Zodiac signs is fun to venture into.
In her TED Talk on the topic, ShaoLan Hsueh noted to those who believe the Chinese calendar, simply knowing someone's Chinese sign can provide a shocking amount of insight into their life. "By revealing your zodiac sign, you're also being evaluated," she said. "...Your fortune, or misfortune, your personality, career prospects, and how you will do in a given year" are just a small portion of what can be determined by a zodiac sign.
There are 12 signs, each with an animal namesake. Unlike the Greco-Roman zodiac which has 12 signs for each month of the year, the Chinese Zodiac follows a 12 year cycle, with each year labeled by its animal, starting with a rat and ending with a pig, as Hsueh explained in her video. The zodiac has nothing to do with stars or constellations.
Each animal has specific skills, traits, and flaws, and recommendations can be made to make them happier, wealthier and wiser. Knowing your baby's Chinese zodiac may not influence the decisions you will make when it comes to your child, but it can be fun to get a sneak peek into the type or person they may become.