巳 snake ・ 辰 dragon ・ 卯 rabbit ・ 寅 tiger ・ 丑 ox ・ 子 rat
亥 boar ・ 戌 dog ・ 酉 rooster ・ 申 monkey ・ 未 sheep ・ 午 horse
At the temple shop we offer many types of omamori including these Chinese Zodiac charms. Each charm is woven with the image of the zodiac animal on one side and a depiction of the appropriate Buddhist patron deity. These charms are for general luck and well-being. They are available in two colors for all animal signs: indigo and red.
The Chinese characters used to write the names of the animals as you see above are characters used specifically to refer to the zodiac. When referring to the common rabbit, monkey, or tiger (and all of the other animals) different characters are used than the ones you see above. The English translations are written in order from right to left, top to bottom as they are in the display at the temple shop. Take the time to remember the character for your zodiac animal (and maybe those of your loved ones!) and it will make it easy for you to find the omamori, or other zodiac-related goods, you seek!
Here you can see the weaved images of the patron deities for the first three signs (left to right: rat, ox, and tiger). On the left is the Thousand Armed Goddess of Mercy for Year of the Rat and the other two are color variations of Akasagarbha (Kokuzō Bosatsu), the patron deity for both the Ox and Tiger.