A good website from which to print a traditional version of the Chinese Zodiac chart is eprintcalendar.com. For a linear version of the Chinese Zodiac chart, visit pix-hd.com.
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle in which each year is represented by a different animal. The animals included in the Chinese Zodiac are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The animals rotate in a pattern as the years progress.
Chinese legend says that the animals were chosen when the Chinese gods decided that animals were to represent the years. The first animals that arrived were chosen to be the zodiac animals. A new zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year's day. It is believed that a person exhibits certain characteristics depending on the animal he is represented by in the zodiac during his year of birth. Each animal has attributes that are represented in people of that sign.
According to Chinese superstition, a person offends the gods in the year he is born and each year that his animal is represented (when he is 12, 24, 36, etc). This brings him bad luck in those years. The way to avoid bad luck is by wearing red items. Legends also say that certain zodiacal animals are more compatible with specific others. For example, the best matches for a person with the horse sign is a person with a tiger, sheep or rabbit sign.