New Year – The Japanese Zodiac
 

New Year – The Japanese Zodiac


The Japanese zodiac was adopted from the Chinese and divides time and direction in a 12-year cycle, relating each year and direction to an animal with its attributes. Unlike the western zodiac, these animals are not related to the constellations but they correspond to four of the five traditional Chinese elements – water, wood, fire and metal. The zodiac follows the sequence: rat (water), ox (water), tiger (wood), rabbit (wood), dragon (wood), snake (fire), horse (fire), goat (fire), monkey (metal), rooster (metal), dog (metal), pig (water).