In ancient China, the 12 Animal Zodiacs was to forecast the future, tell fortunes, and determine personality types based on one's animal birth year.
Each of the eight individual Buddhist Deities are linked to one or two of the 12 zodiac animals and serves as the guardian or patron for all people born in that year.
It is believed that praying to their respective to his or her Guardian Buddha will brings you protection and blessings.
The 8 Buddhist Patrons:
Avalokistesvara (Rat) is also known as the Buddha of Compassion. Mantra: OM MANI PADME HUM.
Akasagarbha (Ox / Tiger) is also known as the ‘Boundless Space Treasury’ Buddha and bestows wisdom through enlightenment. Mantra: OM VAJRA RATNA TRAH SOHA.
Manjusri (Rabbit) is the Bodhisattva of wisdom and awareness associated with spiritual studies or pursuits. He also brings education and marriage luck. Mantra: OM A RA PA CHA NA DIH.
Samantabhadra (Dragon / Snake) is known as the Bodhisattva of Truth. Mantra: OM AH HUM AH A KAR SA LE OD A YANG OM DU
Mahasthamaprapta (Horse) aids an enlightenment of a person if they seek the Sutra of Infinite Light. Mantra: NAMO DA SHI ZHI PU SA
Mahavairocana (Sheep / Monkey) is a Celestial Buddha and often interpreted as the Bliss Body of the Historical Buddha Gautama Buddha who grants wisdom and enlightenment. Mantra: OM VAIROCANA HUM.
Acala Vidyaraja (Rooster) is the principal destroyer of delusion and protector of Buddhism who helps purify negative karma and is powerful for those in need of self control. Mantra: NAMAH SAMANTA VAJRANAM CANDA MAHAROSANA SPHOTAYA HUM TRAT HAM MAM.
Amitabha (Dog / Pig) is one of the most revered Buddha and is also called as the ‘Buddha of Infinite Light’ who greatly bestows blessings to those who earns good karma and is also a powerful protector Buddha. Mantra: OM AMI DEWA HRIH.