Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe

Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe
Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe

Every ancient culture has observed the changing seasons and made correlations with the constellations and the planets in order to plan harvests and predict events

The zodiac predictions you are likely familiar with are the sun signs in western astrology, which originated in ancient Babylon.





Everyone usually knows what constellation the sun was in when they were born, as traditionally the sun stays in that constellation for about a month according to the Western zodiac. But what about the mysteries contained in other zodiacs? Below we examine the zodiacs of the Hindus, Chinese, Celts and Mayans.


The Chinese Zodiac

Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe - The Chinese Zodiac
Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe – The Chinese Zodiac

The true Chinese zodiac is also more complicated than what you may have already read about it. There are different signs for the time you were born, and also where you were born.

But like with all the zodiacs, there is a belief that we hold similar personality traits with the generation we were born into, and each year does seem to take on a personality. Just look at how 2016 was perceived as such a terrible year, yet 2015 wasn’t experienced that way – what makes each year unique? The Chinese zodiac can produce clues. So what was the Chinese zodiac sign the year you were born?


Dragon:        2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Charismatic, eccentric

Snake:           2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Philosophical, decisive

Horse:           2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Strong, intelligent

Goat:           2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Calm, Sensitive

Monkey:      2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Quick-witted, lucky

Rooster:        2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Energetic, flamboyant

Dog:                2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Loyal, courageous

Pig:                 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
Philanthropic, sociable

Rat:                 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Artistic, adaptable

Ox:                   2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Stubborn, steady

Tiger:              2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Leader, confident

Rabbit:         2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Diplomatic, empathic





Vedic (Hindu) Zodiac

Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe - Vedic (Hindu) Zodiac
Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe – Vedic (Hindu) Zodiac

You would be forgiven if you thought that there are a lot of similarities between the Vedic zodiac and the Western zodiac as the same constellations are used, and they symbolize the same characters and animals.

However, the way the zodiac is observed is radically different to what we are accustomed to in the West. For a start, Vedic astrology is far more fatalistic, while Western Astrology doesn’t believe that the stars give you a fixed fate – instead it believes you can use the zodiac to alter your fate. Vedic astrology also uses a square chart to depict a person’s personality, and the western one is a circle.

The calculations are completely different, and you could find that many planets land in difference signs to what they do in a western natal chart. What you get from Vedic astrology, that is not found in Western astrology, are “dashas”, which give a detailed prediction of the times you will experience various life events. Vedic astrology is considered more accurate when it comes to making predictions.


Mayan Zodiac

Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe - Mayan Zodiac
Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe – Mayan Zodiac

The Ancient Mayans used an entirely different calendar to anything we are used to, and their year was only 260 days long. There are 19 Mayan zodiac signs altogether, and the Mayans would work out the Day sign which represents your personality, which you can find out below:

Ch’en – January 2 – January 21
An affinity with night and the moon energies

Yax – January 22 – February 10
Loving, harmonious and gentle peace-keepers

Sac – February 11 – March 2
An affinity with the early morning energies

Keh – March 3 – March 22
An affinity for nature and fire

Mak – March 23 – April 11
Mysterious and secretive

K’ank’in – April 12 – May 1
An affinity for earth and solar energies

Muwan – May 2 – May 21
An affinity with thunderstorms

Pax – May 22 – June 10
Has the leadership and strength of the Jaguar

Kayab – June 11 – June 30
An affinity with the moon and spirituality

Kumk’u – July 1 – July 20
Dualistic personality, a patient survivor

Wayeb – July 21 – July 25
An affinity with alternative realms and the underworld

Pop – July 26 – August 14
Visionary and sensitive leaders

Wo – August 15 – September 3
A mystic who seeks wisdom

Sip – September 4 – September 23
Graceful with and affinity with the forest

Sotz – September 24 – October 13
Intuitive and insightful earth-mother

Sec – October 14 – November 2
An affinity with the sky and all things above

Xul – November 3 – November 22
Loyal, dedicated and strong

Yaxk’in – November 23 – December 12
Natural healers

Mol – December 13 – January 1
An affinity with rain and shamans





Celtic Zodiac

Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe - Celtic Zodiac
Mysterious Zodiacs From Around the Globe – Celtic Zodiac

The Celtic Zodiac is based upon a lunar year and focuses on the full moon. It is connected with nature and refers mostly to the part of your personality that is most in tune with the natural earthy realm.


Deer – December 24 – January 20
Noble, patient and persistent

Cat – January 21 – February 17
Aloof but visionary humanitarians

Snake – February 18 – March 17
Persuasive communicators

Fox – March 18 – April 14
Sexy and intelligent

Bull – April 15 – May 12
Reliable, stubborn but with a good heart

Seahorse – May 13 – June 9
Resourceful and flexible

Wren – June 10 – July 7
Calm and musical

Horse – July 8 – August 4
Powerful and charming

Salmon – August 5 – September 1
Dreamy and inspirational

Swan – September 2 – September 20
Noble, refined yet passionate

Butterfly – September 30 – October 27
Gentle empathetic souls

Wolf – October 28 – November 24
Strong-willed fighters

Hawk – November 25 – December 23
Balanced and opinionated