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Western Horoscope Vs Chinese Zodiac – Know The 5 Differences

Many people love to use astrology to forecast future events that could happen to get prepared, as well as unveil a deeper understanding of a person’s character. In addition, some people even believe using these systems to gain access to love compatibility. Two widely used divination systems are the Chinese Zodiac and the Western Horoscope.

As a result, many people turn to astrology to learn about their own lives and those around them, allowing them to be better prepared for what lies ahead.

They share a common trait: using one person’s birth date and time. But, besides that, they have many differences that set them apart.

In this article, we will list them out to make things easier to understand at a glance.

1. Time – A Person’s Birthday

The Chinese Zodiac system determines animal astrological signs by using the birth year, while western astrology categorises them by months. Therefore, many believe people born in the same year or month share similar personalities and fates.

For example, if you belong to the same Chinese Zodiac sign, “Fan Tai Sui”, everyone with your Zodiac will have bad luck for the year. In another example, if you belong to the western horoscope, Cancer, you are considered someone who is family-oriented in general.

However, this difference in approach has led to both systems having different interpretations and effects on people’s lives.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart at a Glance


2. Astrological Signs and Symbols

The Chinese Zodiac sign, also known as Sheng Xiao, is derived from the earthly branches. A specific animal represents each branch. They include the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

This system started with a legendary story of a race by the Jade Emperor, who invited all creatures to join. He will include the first twelve animals that have crossed the finishing mark into the lunar calendar.

However, western astrology determined the 12 zodiac signs based on the sky’s constellations. They include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

3. Predictions

While Western horoscopes provide predictions about people’s destinies based on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, the Chinese zodiac focuses more on the 12-year cycle of animal signs that make up the Chinese zodiac wheel.

Both systems are based on an astrological analysis of the stars and planets to try and predict how our personalities and destinies will unfold. However, each method takes a slightly different approach to forecasting our future.

4. Elements

The Western and Chinese zodiacs share an ancient tradition of assigning signs to a person’s birth date to predict their personality and destiny. However, while the Western zodiac assigns each sign with an element of fire, earth, air or water, the Chinese zodiac assigns each animal with an element of wood, fire, earth, metal or water.

5. Different Calendar Used

The Chinese zodiac follows a lunisolar (moon and sun) calendar, while the Western system follows a solar calendar. Additionally, the Chinese zodiac includes 60-year cycles instead of 12-month cycles in the Western system.

On the other hand, Western astrology is based on a cycle of 12 months, an annual journey that the planet Earth makes around the sun. This journey starts at the spring equinox and ends at the winter solstice. The Western zodiac is closely connected with the Gregorian calendar, providing an effective way to keep track of time and plan our lives accordingly.

In conclusion, the Western horoscope and the Chinese Zodiac divination systems have unique characteristics and valuable tools for self-discovery and understanding others.


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