I use the table analogy to describe the Chinese/Khmer Four Pillars of Destiny. The Four Pillars are like the table legs. That’s the Year/Month/Day/Hour you’re born. All the animals are the table top. To be able to benefit yourself and others, you must build your table and learn how to be all the animals.
As Buddha had called upon the animals when he was in the wilderness, with the arrival of the 12 animals being the 12 signs of the zodiac, it’s up to us to call upon all the animals of the Chinese/Khmer zodiac so we can be at peace with ourselves and others.