Jade & Chinese Zodiac

The 12 lucky horoscope animal symbols of the Chinese Zodiac are popular themes of jade ornaments. The Chinese Zodiac is based on cyclic concept of time: a cycle of 12 years, repeated again and again. The 12 Years are associated with 12 Celestial Animals: Rat (or Mouse on Mongoose), Ox (or Buffalo or Bull or Cow), Tiger, Rabbit (or Hare or Cat), Dragon, Snake (or Serpent), Horse, Goat (or Sheep or Ram), Monkey, Rooster (or Hen or Cock or Chicken or Phoenix), Dog and Pig (or Boar or Hog). The animal names occasionally differ depending on the Oriental Country origin.

The Chinese Yearly Horoscopes are basically built around these 12 Animal Signs. Each animal has a different personality and different characteristics. The animal is believed to be the main factor in each person's life that gives them their traits, success, and happiness in their lifetime. In imperial times there were astrologers who watched the sky for heavenly omens that would predict the future of the state a nd a person’s destiny.The ancient Chinese astronomers called the 5 major planets by the names of the elements they were associated with:

  • Venus — Metal

  • Jupiter — Wood

  • Mercury — Water

  • Mars — Fire

  • Saturn — Earth
The system of the twelve year cycle of animal signs was built from observations of the orbit of Jupiter (the Year Star). Following the orbit of Jupiter around the sun, Chinese astronomers divided the celestial circle into 12 sections, and rounded it to 12 years, which are associated with 12 Celestial Animals: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (ram or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and boar.



The combination of the cycle of the five elements (in order Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water in their Yin and Yang forms.) with the cycle of the twelve Zodiac animal signs creates a 60-year cycle. This 60-year cycle always starts with Yang Wood Rat and ends with Yin Water Boar.

Since the zodiac animal cycle of 12 is divisible by two, every zodiac sign can only occur in either Yin or Yang: the dragon is always yang, the snake is always yin, etc. When trying to traverse the Lunisolar calendar, an easy rule to follow is that years that end in an even number are yang, those that end with an odd number are yin. The cycle proceeds as follows:

  • If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.

  • If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal.

  • If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water.

  • If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water.

  • If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood.

  • If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood.

  • If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire.

  • If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire.

  • If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth.

  • If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth.
According to Chinese astrology, a person's destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets (the cycle of the five elements) at the person's birth, along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person's time of birth and Zodiac Sign. A laborious system of computing one's fate and destiny based on one's birthday and birth hours, known as Zi Wei Dou Shu is still used regularly in modern day Chinese astrology to divine one's fortune.



There are a lot of uesages for jade ornaments with Chinese Zodiac animal symbols. For example:
  • You can select a jade Chinese Zodiac animal symbol charm by matching the birth year to celebrate a birthday of happiness and good luck;


  • You can select a jade Chinese Zodiac animal symbol charm matched to this year for a good lucky wish for the whole year;


  • You can select a jade Chinese Zodiac animal symbol charm matched to the following year for Happy New Year's gift;


  • You can select a jade Chinese Zodiac animal symbol charm to someone you love whose animal symbol is suitable to yours for good luck in the relationship between you, or


  • You can select a jade Chinese Zodiac animal symbol charm suitable to someone's animal symbol for his or her good friendship.


  • Learn more about Jade & Chinese Zodiac :

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    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Rat
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Ox
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Tiger
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Rabbit
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Dragon
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Snake
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Horse
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Sheep
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Monkey
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Rooster
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Dog
    Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Pig

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