Zodiac

The Zodiac

While visiting China in April I came across this Tapestry in the Huguang guild Hall in Chongqing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are figures from the Chinese Zodiac, in this case the Dragon and the Rooster, these cycle on an annual basis, hence the year of the dog, rat  etc, whereas the zodiac we are more familiar with, Aries, Taurus etc is more monthly  hence birth signs varying throughout year. Reading around there is some overlap between the signs in both systems, the Rooster corresponds to Virgo and libra, check out  the constellations marked on the Rooster.The Dragon corresponds with Aries and Taurus not so easy to see match up with constellations here.