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When Buddha left the Earth, he arranged a special day to say goodbye and invited the animals. However, before that day, the Rat told the Cat the wrong date, so he would miss it.
While saying goodbye, Buddha honored the animals that came to see him go by making them, in order of each arrival, the masters of each year (in a twelve-year cycle)
of the Lunar Calendar.
So instead of the Cat, the Hare came.
In some cultures, they still keep the Cat instead.

There are 12 Earthly Branches attached to each sign. They were used before the introduction of the animal references. In order:

eb ZI (子) - Rat or Mouse (SHU / 鼠)
eb CHOU (丑) - Ox or Bull or Buffalo (NIU / 牛)
eb YIN (寅) - Tiger (HU / 虎)
eb MAO (卯) - Rabbit or Hare or Cat (TU / 兔)
eb CHEN (辰) - Dragon (LONG / 龍)
eb SI (巳) - Snake or Serpent (SHE / 蛇)
eb WU (午) - Horse (MA / 馬)
eb WEI (未) - Goat or Sheep or Ram (YAN / 羊)
eb SHEN (申) - Monkey (HOU / 猴)
eb YOU (酉) - Rooster (JI / 雞)
eb XU (戌) - Dog (GOU / 狗)
eb HAI (亥) - Pig or Boar (ZHU / 豬)

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In a cycle of 10 years,
you have also 2x5 elements and 10 Celestial Stems attached to your sign.
All in place, you'll have:

Wood (MU) 木 / Fire (HUO) 火 / Earth (TU) 土 / Metal (JIN) 金 / Water (SHUI) 水

year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood & cs JIA (甲)
year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood & cs YI (乙)
year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire & cs BING (丙)
year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire & cs DING (丁)
year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth & cs WU (戊)
year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth & cs JI (己)
year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal & cs GENG (庚)
year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal & cs XIN (辛)
year ends in 2 it is Yang Water & cs REN (壬)
year ends in 3 it is Yin Water & cs GUI (癸)

Yin (阴) is odd. Characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with earth, moon, femininity ♀ and nighttime.
Yang (阳) is even. Characterized as fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with sky, sun, masculinity ♂ and daytime.

These combinations (SIGN & ELEMENT / EB & CS) pair every 60 years.
The 60 year cycle starts at JIA ZI and ends at GUI HAI.

Table for the 60 year cycle

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Short Note: If you're born in January, you're still placed in last year's animal and element. Remember, this is according to the {Chinese} Lunar Calendar.
One of my children was born in January 2016, which means,
he's still a Yin Wood Goat, not a Yang Fire Monkey
(he does look like a monkey, though, and he definitively does look like fire).

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If 1987 is the year of the Mao, Hare & Ding, Yin Fire, what's yours?
Basic math will help you!

Deppending on your month, day and hour of birth, you also have an influence from two other signs. Let us see then?

鼠 - SHU: 7Dec/5Jan - 23h/1h - 鼠
牛 - NIU: 5Jan/4Feb - 1h/3h - 牛
虎 - HU: 4Feb/5Mar - 3h/5h - 虎
兔 - TU: 5Mar/4Apr - 5h/7h - 兔
龍 - LONG: 4Apr/5May - 7h/9h - 龍
蛇 - SHE: 5May/5Jun -9h/11h - 蛇
馬 - MA: 5Jun/8Jul - 11h/13h - 馬
羊 - YAN: 8Jul/7Aug - 13h/15h - 羊
猴 - HOU: 7Aug/7Sep - 15h/17h - 猴
雞 - JI: 7Sep/8Oct - 17h/19h - 雞
狗 - GOU: 8Oct/7Nov - 19h/21h - 狗
豬 - HAI: 7Nov/7Dec - 21h/23h - 豬

For instance, my influences are from the Goat and from the Dog.
Chinese Zodiac has many, many details. Enjoy finding out about yours!

2019: Year of the Yin Earth Boar
LAST: 1959


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My Fun Fact:
❤ I am a Yin Fire Rabbit, married to a Yang Water Dog! ❤
And my Patronus is a Dog:

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My Personal Notes:
Jn'82: Yang Water Dog (Ren Xu), the 59th
Jl'87: Yin Fire Rabbit (Ding Mao), the 4th
Ag'13: Yin Water Snake (Gui Si), the 30th
Ja'16: Yin Wood Goat (Yi Wei), the 32nd
Dc'19: Yin Earth Boar (Ji Hai), the 36th

Compiled info, by:
The 丁卯 / 阴火兔 Lusitana