Chinese Astrology

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The Chinese Zodiac dates back thousands of years. Millions of believers across the world consult the Chinese Zodiac daily. The difference between Western astrology and Chinese astrology is what they are based upon. Western is based upon on the twelve months of the year; Chinese is based upon a twelve year lunar cycle.
On the Chinese calendar each year are represented by one of twelve animals, and are ascribed a set of attributes the Chinese believe comprise the nature of each particular animal. Legend has it the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac were chosen by Buddha.
When Buddha was near death he invited all the animals to visit him. Only 12 came: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. For visiting him, Buddha honored each by using them to represent the 12 phases of the Zodiac.
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