According to Chinese Astrology, there are 12 Animal Signs or 12 Zodiac:
In ancient China and Vietnam, time was divided into a cycle of 12 years. Each year was named after an animal. The starting of cycle is Rat year or Zi year. Then, the year of Ox, year of Tiger, so on till year of Rat again.
People without knowledge of Destiny Reading (like Bazi, Zi Wei Dou Shu, etc) will read the destiny, common characteristics of each person according to their animal signs. Like a person born in the Year of Rat will be smart, fast, flexible like a rat.
Using the same method, people think that a Tiger woman should not marry a Goat man. Since Tiger is a fierce animal that Tiger will eat Goat, so it means that one of the married couple will die eventually, or the wife will be bossy over the husband.
Of course, such a method is not a systematic analytical method but just for entertaining reading. 12 Animal Signs is never considered seriously in destiny reading.
Master Phuong Nguyen.
Chief Feng Shui Consultant.