Nowadays it is not only common to consult the horoscope to know what the day, month or year holds for us, many also resort to the predictions of the Chinese horoscope. Although both astrologies are based on planetary movements, they have great differences.
As a western horoscope we understand the 12 signs of the zodiac which are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. While the Chinese horoscope also has 12 signs, but they are associated with animals, which are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
The first big difference is that the Western horoscope is governed by the Gregorian calendar. and each sign is determined by our birthday. For its part, the chinese horoscope is governed by the lunar calendar and each one of us corresponds to a sign according to our year of birth.
Next, learn about the 7 major differences between Western astrology and Eastern astrology.
1. Chinese astrology is older
Chinese astrology has its origin in the stellar observations made by the Babylonians and Sumerians more than 5000 years ago. Although the Western zodiac also began in Babylon, it was not adopted until the fourth century BC in ancient Greece, according to experts in an article on the online site Romper.
2. The origin of the Eastern and Western signs
The signs that make up the Chinese horoscope come from the legend known as The Great Race. This Eastern myth says that an emperor made a decree that the first 12 animals to finish a race would have a calendar year. All the animals of the kingdom came and the order in which they finished passing the last test, which was a river, gave rise to the cycle of their zodiac.
For its part, Western zodiac signs are based on the position of the constellations in relation to the Earth. The names assigned to each have their origin in Greek mythology.
3. The use of both horoscopes in ancient times
Western astrology was used in ancient times to predict things like weather forecast, crop yield, etc. Later, kings and members of science adopted it to make decisions. Eastern astrology was reserved solely for the emperor, who used it to ward off bad luck and help him rule.
4. Both are based on different calendars
This difference is perhaps one of the best known. The Chinese zodiac calendar comes from the cycle of the moon and sun, while the Western zodiac is based on the Earth’s journey around the sun.
5. The elements of both zodiacs are different
For the traditional zodiac, the elements that govern the signs are 4: fire, earth, air and water. While in the Chinese zodiac there are 5: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
6. The complexity of both astrologies
Western astrology is not only based on the sun sign. A natal chart takes into account other factors such as the ascending and descending sign, Moon Nodes, as well as the position of each planet at the time of our birth.
Eastern astrology is made up of more factors than the birth year sign. Each person has an animal according to their day, month and hour of birth, in addition, its energy is affected when combined with the sign and element of the current lunar year.
7. The goal of each astrology
The goal of Western astrology is to help us understand our personality and how people can act based on planetary influences, while the goal of Eastern astrology is to spread knowledge about good and evil to improve our destiny.
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