The Chinese Horoscope Animal Sign
Why is the animal sign different from the other sites?
Many Chinese horoscope sites determine people's Chinese astrological sign by the Chinese New Year's day. That means those sites tell people's Chinese astrology animal sign from their birth year. In Chinese astrology calendar, the first day of the year isn't the Chinese New Year's day, is the day of Start of Spring, which is the first day of the Tiger month. That means, the first day of Chinese astrology year is around on February 4 every year. Therefore some people were born in January or February might be given a different answer from different Chinese astrology or horoscope sites. To avoid to confuse people, the software uses the statement like "You are a Tiger and were born in year of Dragon".
Additional explanation is at Chinese Horoscope and Name of Animal Years.
More information about Chinese lunar calendar, please read The Theory of Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Is the result of the Chinese Fortune Angel different from people using Birth Year?
We just use different angles to predict people's fortunes. The result will be similar. To use animal sign of birth year to do the fortune telling means we only have 12 types of person in the world. We have more combinations if using the birthday. Chinese Fortune Angel is a Chinese Five Elements astrology site. That means we tell people's fortune by Five Elements, not animals. In Chinese astrology, the information from the birth year is related to the family a person grows or the outlook of a person. The information from the birthday is truly related to yourself and spouse, which is your own family.
Using the birth year to tell fortune was far away before Chin Dynasty (221 B.C.), which is the first Dynasty in China. About a thousand years later, Chinese began to use birth year, month and day to predict the fortune during the Tang Dynasty (618 A.D.). To use birth year, month, day and hour to study the fortune like today started in Sung Dynasty (960 A.D.). The reason to make these changes is simple. It's more accurate.
The Chinese astrology treats the Sun is the center of the universe when the view is from the earth. The day is the time of the Sun. So the center point of the birth chart is on the day. Chinese use same Chinese character for day and sun.
The advantage to use birth year horoscope sign is the fortunetellers can tell people's fortune right away without a calendar. Therefore a fortuneteller won't lose a customer not knowing his or her birthday.
However, the horoscope information from the birth year is still very true and valuable. There is no reason to abandon it.