In Chinese astrology, every twelve years the same animal pops up, but is assigned a different element (wood, fire, earth, metal, water). Pamela Leigh Powers has an excellent book titled Chinese Power Animals. In this book she synthesizes Chinese Astrology with Western principles of astrology and helps determine your unique power animal for the year, month, hour and minute you were born. Based upon this knowledge (and a little practice) you will be able to better understand how you and the people in your life express their animal archetypes. This is an interesting combination of astrology, numerology, acupuncture meridians and ancient Chinese wisdom.