The story of the Chinese animal’s birth is a race organized by the Jade Emperor – one of the most important deities in traditional Chinese religion. The Emperor invites all animals of the world to participate.
As a reward for appearing, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each animal, while the race would determine the order in which each animal would be placed.
Chinese animals in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Tuat, Pig.
The ancient Egyptians contributed to the idea that star patterns form constellations, through which the sun appeared to “move” at a specific time of the year. It is thought that all of these ideas came together when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt around 330 BC.
Signs of Western stars in order: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Lion, Virgo, Libra, Tiger Cap, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.