Chinese astrology has been used for the divination targets for the last many centuries. As long as three thousand years ago, the “Twelve Earthly Branches” and the “Ten Heavenly Stems” were discovered for the purpose of chronological reasons. They were used extensively to differentiate the seasons and the time.
The people of China as they were mostly illiterate in the past, began to use the animals as the symbols to represent the Twelve Earthly Branches or the months of the year, which are use even today in the line and order as the year of The mouse, The Tiger, The Rabbit, The Dragon, The Snake, The Horse, The Sheep, The Monkey, The Rooster, The Dog, and the Pig.
The legend has it that Buddha called the animals to celebrate the Chinese New year at his kingdom. It happened that only twelve of the animals turned up for the celebrations, with the mouse being the first to arrive and the pig, being the last in order. Buddha was pleased with them and decided to name a year in resemblance of each of them. Thus the people born on each month of the year have their own significance and develop some qualities of the particular significance of the animal.
Chinese Astrology reading has the five elements which are wood, fire, earth, metal (gold) and water. When the five elements and animal signs are merged, analyzing the Chinese Astrology increases substantially with the accuracy and magnificence.
In Chinese Astrology, the affiliation between the five elements that are viewed on earth is essential and complex. Each element is inter-related on another element and together, the five elements of the Chinese Astrology form cultivation of environment with each element of similar force.
In olden days, marriages took place in China following the astrology signs and couples were brought together under compatible signs. The elements are also represented with each of the specific colours such as the red which represents the fire, the green with wood, the brown with the earth, white with the metal and the black with water.