The Chinese zodiac signs are more than just symbols. They have cosmic groups that can be paired up and noted for their compatibility. Compatible zodiac signs have a lot to do with the four elements. Each zodiac falls under an element and share some common characteristics with its brethren. Using common and unique characteristics of each sign, compatibility between two signs can be determined.
The 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac represent the rotating 12-year cycle that forms the basis of Chinese Astrology. Each year in the 12-year cycle is referred by a particular animal like the ‘Year of the Ox’ or the Year of the Tiger’. People born in that particular year are said to display particular characteristics. These are discussed below.