Normally, a person identifies him or herself with the animal zodiac of the YEAR he or she is born in.
For example, if someone is born in 2018, he or she is a Dog. Or if someone is born in 2019, he or she is a Boar. Reading a forecast of an animal sign based only on the year, is at best ¼ complete. The reason is simple, a person actually has FOUR animal signs nested in his or her own BaZi chart. There are four pillars, Hour, Day, Month and Time of birth forming eight characters (hence the name BaZi which directly translates to Eight Characters). On the top is the Element and the bottom the Animal Sign, each representing the different kinds of Qi imprinted in your chart and thus, one’s Destiny.