The ancient Chinese developed a sophisticated science of astrology that continues to have a profound influence today. Rooted in the fundamentals of Taoism, Chinese astrology evolved into a system vastly different from Western astrology. Rather than determining personality by the time of year in which you were born, Chinese astrology focuses on the year itself to determine ones character. The years form a twelve-year cycle of signs, each named after an animal. Each lunar year is depicted by a characteristic animal trait; your birth year determines your dominant animal sign.