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The Chinese Zodiac

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Chinese Zodiac

"History of chinese astrology:

Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, is an important part of the eastern astrology and a reflection of the ancient Chinese culture. This Eastern Zodiac system is based on a twelve-year cycle, where every year of the lunar calendar in the cycle corresponds to an animal sign. Every person, from the day they are born, has a unique animal sign accompanying them throughout life. The 12 animals of Chinese zodiac years appear in such order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The animal sign is one’s birth symbol that carries Chinese Zodiac predictions of a person’s destiny and behavior. Each animal sign carries individual personality characteristics, and based on those traits, Chinese can predict the compatibility of people with two different animal signs. Moreover, the Chinese Zodiac calendar provides guidance on how people should live their lives and what areas of life they should focus their attention on depending on the current year.

The History of Chinese Astrology

Animal signs in Chinese Zodiac correspond to every year of the lunar calendar based on a twelve-year cycle. The origins of the number twelve in Chinese zodiac are related to traditional Chinese astrology and astronomy. Ancient Chinese people observed that there are 12 full moons within a year, and they regarded the number 12 as the number given under the will of Heaven. Consequently, one ji is 12 years, one year is 12 months, and one day has 12 shi chen time periods. From there, the number 12 has become prominent in Chinese Zodiac and led to the creation of the Twelve Earthly Branches and twelve animal signs of the Chinese calendar.
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Like other systems, the Chinese horoscope dates system was created for counting years and is now a widely accepted system based on the Gregorian calendar. The selection of animals and the order of their placement in Chinese Zodiac depends on their influence on people’s lives. Ox, rooster, pig, horse, dog, and goat are domestic animals raised by people, while tiger, dragon, rat, rabbit, monkey, and snake are animals loved by the Chinese people. The animals were selected during the rule of Han Dynasty, between 202 BC – 220 AD, and the animal years decided on carried the names according to the corresponding Earthly Branch symbol, such as Zi Rat, Chou Ox, Yin Tiger, Mao Rabbit, Chen Dragon, Si Snake, Wu Horse, Wei Sheep, Shen Monkey, You Rooster, Xu Dog, and Hai Pig.

The Ancient Legend about Chinese Zodiac Creation

There are many legends surrounding the creation of the Chinese horoscope years, but the one most widespread is worth mentioning. It says that one day, The Jade Emperor (in Chinese folklore known as The Emperor in Heaven) ordered for animals to be designated as calendar signs. The emperor said that the 12 animals that arrive first the following day will be designated as Chinese Zodiac signs. The rat and the cat heard about the news first and decided to go together to the meeting place. However, the next day the rat forgot about its friend and ran alone to the emperor’s palace.
On the way there, the rat realized that other animals ran faster and made a deal with the ox, saying that it would sing to him if he carried it on its back. The ox reached the palace before other animals, and the rat slid off his back and became the first animal of Chinese Zodiac, with ox becoming the second one. The rat’s friend, the cat, missed the selection of the animals because it arrived at the palace too late, and that is why cats and rats have been enemies since the ancient times.

The Chinese Zodiac Yin and Yang Theory

The fixed order of the animals in Chinese zodiac signs was decided on based on perceived attributes and Chinese Yin and Yang Theory. In order to define the yin or the yang of an animal, one must count the number of their toes, claws, or hoofs. The animals with the odd and the even numbers of toes are arranged in an alternating yin-yang sequence, with the rat being the only animal who carries both yin and yang attributes, as it has a different number of toes on its front and hind legs. This is why the rat takes the first place in the ranking of Chinese Zodiac signs.

Besides considering the yin-yang attributes of the animals, the ancient Chinese have given a symbolic meaning to each animal in the Chinese calendar. For the animal signs to coexist in harmony, strong yang attributes had to be balanced by yin attributes. As such, rat’s wisdom is balanced by the diligence of ox, tiger’s valor by rabbit’s prudence, dragon’s strength by snake’s flexibility, horse’s persistence by goat’s unity, monkey’s changeability by rooster’s constancy, and dog’s fidelity by pig’s amiability.
The Chinese Zodiac Hours

Besides associating each year of the twelve-year cycle with a Chinese Zodiac animal, in traditional Chinese culture people arranged the same animals to correspond to hours of the day. In order to tell the time, ancient Chinese divided the 24-hour day into twelve two-hour periods, also known as the 12 Shichen or earthly branches, and designated an animal for every period. In Chinese astrology, it is said that a person’s character traits and one’s destiny are influenced by not just their birth year, but their birth hour as well. In the Chinese Zodiac daily hours’ earthly branch system, the animals appear in the same order as in the twelve-year cycle: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Rat’s hours are between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., with the rest of the animals taking following two-hour periods in the above-mentioned order.

Your Animal Sign in Chinese Zodiac

To find out your animal sign in the eastern zodiac, you can use a Chinese Zodiac calculator. Calculation of the years based on Chinese lunar calendar decides that a person will meet his birth sign once in every twelve-year cycle. For example, people born in 1981 belong to the rooster zodiac and they met or will meet their animal sign in 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, and so on. However, if your birth date falls between January 21 and February 20 according to the Gregorian calendar, your animal sign may belong to the Chinese horoscope of a previous year, because the Chinese New Year falls during this period.

The Chinese Zodiac Year of Birth – Ben Ming Nian

The animal year of the person’s birth in the Chinese calendar carries the name of Ben Ming Nian or Zodiac Year of Birth. The year 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog, so this year is Ben Ming Nian for everyone who belongs to dog zodiac. According to sayings, people in their own Zodiac Year of Birth may offend the legendary god Tai Sui who rules over people’s fortune, and they would suffer misfortunes during their Ben Ming Nian. There are people who believe that expecting bad luck in your Ben Ming Nian is only a superstition as many people find their year of birth lucky. The fortune varies from person to person.

Chinese zodiac prediction teaches to treat one’s year of birth seriously and give relevant gifts to the people in their Ben Ming Nian to help them improve their fortune. In order to reduce the unlucky impact of the year, the ancients advise wearing red socks, waist belts, or underwear given by elders, as red color is said to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. Moreover, you can purchase a token with Pi Xiu, a mythical wild animal from Chinese traditions that is said to drive away evil spirits, and place flowers or ornaments in the sign’s lucky directions. Since the Chinese believe their year of birth to be unlucky, there are several important things that should be avoided in the year, such as marriage or engagement, starting a business, making investments, and job-hopping. Staying away from negative places, things, and people is also advised during one’s Ben Ming Nian. If you are still wondering, “What is my Chinese Zodiac?”, below you can find the years and personality characteristics corresponding to every animal sign along with the Chinese horoscope.


Personality of 12 animals of Chinese zodiac

Rat Chinese sign:
Rat ranks the first in Chinese Zodiac signs. People born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008 belong to rat zodiac. As the main quality associated with this animal sign is wisdom, these individuals are quick-witted, delicate, vital, ambitious, practical, and charming. Their weaknesses include being too stubborn, greedy, timid, wordy, and eager to gossip.

Ox Chinese sign:
Ox takes the second rank among the animal signs of the Chinese calendar. If your birth year is 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009, you belong to ox zodiac. Ox is a symbol of diligence, and people of this sign are usually creative, hard-working, ambitious, honest, and patient. Nevertheless, they can be stubborn, indifferent, slow, narrow-minded and poor at communication.

Tiger Chinese zodiac:
Those born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010 belong to tiger zodiac. Ranked third in the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is associated with bravery. People who belong to this sign of the Chinese zodiac are brave, charming, competitive, friendly, and lucky. Some of their weaknesses include irritability, overindulgence, and desire to boast to other people.

Rabbit Chinese zodiac:
Rabbit takes the fourth spot in the Chinese Zodiac calendar where it is a symbol of longevity and good luck. Individuals whose birth year is 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011 belong to rabbit zodiac. Such people’s strengths include intelligence, caution, gentleness, friendliness, and a kind-hearted nature. On the negative side, they may be stubborn, superficial, and melancholy.

Dragon Chinese zodiac:
If you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012, you belong to the dragon zodiac. Dragon is ranked fifth in Chinese Zodiac signs and represents good fortune and authority. People of this sign are successful, brave, kind-hearted, powerful, and courageous. However, they might be also tactless, conceited, over-confident, and quick-tempered.

Snake Chinese zodiac:
People whose birth year is 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013 belong to snake zodiac. Snake takes the sixth position in Chinese Horoscope signs and stands for flexibility. Those who belong to this sign are discreet, wise, agile, sympathetic, and attractive. On the negative side, they may be greedy, lazy and arrogant.

Horse Chinese zodiac:

Horse ranks the seventh in Chinese astrology and represents persistence. If you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014, you belong to horse zodiac. These individuals are often easy-going, upright, and warm-hearted. Some of their weaknesses may include lack of persistence and love of spending money.

Goat Chinese zodiac:
Individuals whose birth year is 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015 belong to goat zodiac. Goat takes the eighth position in the Chinese Zodiac calendar and stands for harmony and solidarity. People born in the year of goat are shy, determined, imaginative, and polite. However, they may be also unrealistic, short-sighted, and pessimistic.

Monkey Chinese zodiac:
Monkey is the ninth animal sign in Chinese Zodiac and it signifies flexibility. Those born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016 belong to monkey horoscope. These individuals have energetic, confident, charismatic, intelligent, inventive, and loyal personalities. On the other hand, they may be arrogant, egotistical, snobbish, and restless.

Rooster Chinese zodiac:
People with the year of birth such as 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017 belong to rooster zodiac. Taking the tenth place among the animal signs of Chinese Zodiac, a rooster stands for punctuality and fidelity. Positive characteristics of those born in the year of rooster include being independent, hard-working, honest, courageous, and kind-hearted. Some of their weaknesses are their arrogance and blind admiration of people or things.

Dog Chinese zodiac:
If your birth year is 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018, you belong to dog zodiac. Dog symbolizes honesty and loyalty and it ranks as the eleventh animal in Chinese Zodiac. Individuals born in these years are friendly, honest, loyal, straightforward, smart, and responsible. On the negative side, they may be cold, stubborn, self-righteous, and critical of others.

Pig Chinese zodiac:
Pig takes the last, the twelfth, place among the animal signs of Chinese Zodiac signs and it represents wealth and good fortune. Individuals born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 belong to pig zodiac. People born in the year of the pig are honest, fun, happy, educated, brave, and sincere. Some of their weaknesses include being stubborn, naive, self-indulgent, lazy."

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"Like so many ancient traditions, the origin stories of the Chinese zodiac vary.

Some say that the Buddha (or Jade Emperor) called on all animals to help mankind and only 12 responded. Others say that a Great Race was held to determine which animals would be placed in the zodiac for eternity. This guide is based on the ancient origin story of the Great Race, which determined each animal's position in the zodiac."

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Rat:
STRENGTHS:
Wise, unique, intelligent, crafty, determined, inventive, and intense
WEAKNESSES:
acquisitiveness, ruthlessness, and nervousness
COMPATIBILITY:
Dragon, Ox, or Monkey
MISMATCH:
Horse or Rooster
ELEMENT:
Water
YIN or YANG:
Yin
YEARS:
1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Associated with new beginnings, Rat is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac. The story varies on how the crafty creature got this coveted spot. Some say that Rat was the hero who bit the dark egg of the world, creating a crack to let in air and start creation. Others say that when the Buddha (or Jade Emperor) called on all animals to help mankind, Rat got there first using somewhat underhanded skills.
In some versions of this origin story, the race included a large body of water to cross. It’s said that Rat jumped on Ox’s back to ride across the water, then jumped off ahead of Ox to win the race.
Other versions tell of Rat scheming against a cat for the win, promising to wake him up for the race, but then leaving him to oversleep. In others, he pushed the cat off Ox’s back and into the water, resulting in the cat not making the top twelve to be included in the Zodiac.
It’s no wonder the cat is now out for Rat’s blood!

Ox:
STRENGTHS:
honest, contemplative, observant, determined, cautious, and loyal
WEAKNESSES:
self-righteous, stubborn, petty, egotistical, judgmental, and overly cautious
COMPATIBILITY:
Snake, Rat, or Rooster
MISMATCH:
Goat, Horse, or Dragon
ELEMENT:
Earth
YIN or YANG:
Yin
YEARS:
1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

According to legend, if wasn’t for Ox’s innately kind, generous nature – and for Rat’s guile – Ox would be first in Sheng Xiao.
In the famous race that determined this zodiac, Rat utilized not only Ox’s kindness, but also her capability. Knowing her strength and steadiness both on land and in water, Rat made a deal with Ox to ride across the water on her back, only to jump off near the finish line and win.
Not only was Ox crucial to Rat in legend, but oxen were crucial to China’s economic survival. Huge, yet gentle enough to be thoroughly domesticated, these animals were used for transportation, planting, and sacrifice when alive; and as food, clothing, and implements when dead.
It’s said that Ox was originally a star in the heavens when the Emperor of Heaven sent her down to earth with a message for the starving peasants, promising that they would all eat at least once every three days. But Ox, not known for her smarts, got it all wrong. Instead of assuring them that they simply wouldn’t starve, Ox assured them that they would eat three times a day. Enraged, the Emperor threw Ox out of heaven and made her stay on earth to help the peasants.
Surprisingly, those born under the sign of Ox are believed to have great memories.

Tiger:
STRENGTHS:
outspoken, adventurous, unconventional, and enthusiastic
WEAKNESSES:
aggressive, arrogant, short-tempered, and anxious
COMPATIBILITY:
Dragon, Horse, or Dog
MISMATCH:
Ox, Snake, or Monkey
ELEMENT:
Wood
YIN or YANG:
Yang
YEARS:
1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Tiger is a prideful creature. After struggling to the shore in the last leg of the race that determined his place in the zodiac, Tiger was panting and exhausted in third place. He explained how difficult it was to swim against the current, and boasted about how strong he was to have succeeded.
The powerful Tiger features prominently in Chinese mythology and art, usually pictured chasing away evil. Babies are given Tiger shoes to protect them, and Tiger charms are known to give courage and scare away the three evils: theft, fire, and ghosts.
The Tiger is known as King of the Beasts, and the three horizontal stripes on his head represent heaven, people, and earth, with a vertical line crossing and thus ruling all three.
Tigers are known for their powerful energy. They are passionate, intelligent, charismatic, courageous, ambitious, and extremely enthusiastic. They are independent, prefer being in charge, and resistant to others’ authority. They can act rashly when they follow their intense feelings.
While Tigers want to win big, they might learn to appreciate smaller successes – but ultimately, monetary wealth is not the goal. Money doesn’t impress them, nor does it motivate them, but they often end up solvent and successful, and they’re known for their generosity. Tigers are outspoken, adventuresome, and can be unconventional.
Tigers may have a certain innocence and optimism. They can be genuine humanitarians with a deep desire to help those in need, and their enthusiasm can be contagious to others. However, they should beware of becoming overly aggressive, arrogant, short-tempered, or anxious. They need to find a balance where they can live without succumbing to impulsive passions.

Rabbit:
STRENGTHS:
intuitive, even-tempered, gentle, faithful, compassionate, and clever
WEAKNESSES:
pessimistic, insecure, vain, overly cautious, and finicky
COMPATIBILITY:
Dog or Pig
MISMATCH:
Rooster
ELEMENT:
Wood
YIN or YANG:
Yin
YEARS:
1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Though Rabbit couldn’t swim, she was still able to finish the all-important race that secured her position in the zodiac. She came in fourth by jumping from stone to stone past mid-river, and then was lucky enough to find a floating log to ride to the opposite shore (with Dragon’s generous help, of course). Typical Rabbit – sizing up the situation and calmly making it work with a dose of good luck.
Many ancient Chinese tales connect Rabbit with the Moon. They say that when you look at the moon, you can see a Rabbit grinding with a mortar and pestle. In the Chinese tradition, the Rabbit in the moon is the companion to the woman in the moon, helping her grind the elixir of immortality.
Those born in a Rabbit year are assured good fortune, happiness, and longevity. They are even-tempered, gentle, faithful, compassionate, and clever – eschewing aggression and violence, particularly in public situations.
Rabbits can make friends with anyone as they are capable of astutely reading people and situations. They aim to maintain tranquility and balance at all times. Rabbits rarely act impulsively. They tend to be orderly and conservative. They’re known for their refined, artistic taste and elegant style in all areas of their lives. They love beautiful things but must beware of becoming acquisitive.
Because they may be prone to hide their true feelings and desires, choosing instead to fulfill societal or interpersonal expectations, Rabbits must be careful to nourish deep self-awareness and a sense of self-worth. They can also become pessimistic, insecure, vain, overly cautious, and finicky.

Dragon:
STRENGTHS:
courageous, intelligent, charismatic, and passionate
WEAKNESSES:
impetuous, inflexible, and brash
COMPATIBILITY:
Rat, Tiger, Snake, or Monkey
MISMATCH:
Ox, Sheep, or Dog
ELEMENT:
Earth
YIN or YANG:
Yang
YEARS:
1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Oh, Dragon, what a creature. This magical and selfless being finished the Jade Emperor’s race in fifth place because, while flying to the finish line, he saw how thirsty the people, animals, and land were. Knowing that he could assuage the suffering of humanity, Dragon stopped and made it rain. Then he noticed Rabbit stuck in the middle of the river on a log and blew her to shore, enabling Rabbit to finish ahead of Dragon.
For these reasons, Dragon is known to be noble, powerful, generous, and idealistic. Dragons have always been seen as controlling rain; the Mandarin word for “Dragon” is thought to come from the sound for thunder. Ancient Chinese considered themselves direct descendants of Dragons and believed that their Emperors had Dragon blood.
Some speculate that ancient tribes living in China had animal totems, with one tribe worshipping a coiled Snake. As this tribe blended with nine others, their totem animals were grafted onto the Snake, reshaping it into a Dragon. Some say that dinosaur bones might actually be Dragon bones.
Dragons are courageous, intelligent, charismatic, and passionate. They often marry late in life, and as natural leaders brimming with self-assurance, they don’t like deferring to others. They are hardworking and capable of success in all things. Honest and direct, Dragons crave to be of use and need to find a purpose or goal in life. They don’t recognize their own limits and should avoid over-working.
Wealth and prestige impress Dragons. They can be perfectionists and prone to short bouts of rage. They can also be impetuous, inflexible, and brash. Dragons must beware of becoming tyrannical.

Snake:
STRENGTHS:
wise, enigmatic, intuitive, sympathetic, mesmerizing, sensual, and beautiful
WEAKNESSES:
hedonistic, vain, malicious, overly materialistic, and duplicitous
COMPATIBILITY:
Rooster, Ox, or Dragon
MISMATCH:
Tiger
ELEMENT:
Fire
YIN or YANG:
Yin
YEARS:
1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

It is said that Snake managed to come in sixth place only by hiding in Horse’s hoof, demonstrating that she plans meticulously and do whatever is necessary to achieve a goal.
Often referred to as Little Dragon, the coiled Snake is an ancient symbol in China and is considered the precursor of the Dragon. Some ancient Chinese worshipped the Snake and believed it was connected with the beginning of the Universe. Those born in a Snake year are reputedly wise, enigmatic, intuitive, sympathetic, mesmerizing, sensual, and beautiful.
Snakes learn by doing and from their own mistakes, rather than basing their lives on the judgements of others. They appreciate and crave all that is fine and beautiful, having a unique and well-honed style. They can be talented and very successful in the arts. They are intelligent, witty, and patient, smart with money, and can succeed at most things.
Snakes don’t forgive easily and are capable of long-term revenge. They can be charmingly and subtly manipulative. They seem cool and calm, but that’s no indication of their inner thoughts or emotions. Snakes can be easily stressed and are often anxious. They can become hedonistic, vain, malicious, overly materialistic, and duplicitous.
It takes Snakes a long time to form intimate, intense relationships because they don’t trust easily. They can be fiercely possessive and need to battle their own jealousy and envy. Snakes will live healthier and happier lives in committed relationships as long as they honor their need for periods of alone time.

Horse:
STRENGTHS:
virile, easygoing, witty, honest, and outspoken
WEAKNESSES:
impatient, impulsive, and self-centered
COMPATIBILITY:
Tiger, Goat, or Dog
MISMATCH:
Rat, Ox, or Rooster
ELEMENT:
Fire
YIN or YANG:
Yang
YEARS:
1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

It is said that Horse would have finished the race in sixth place, but Snake snuck a ride in the equine hoof, unbeknownst to the host. When Snake jumped ashore, she startled Horse. In typical Horse fashion, this majestic creature reared back, and Snake slithered across the finish line first. This story exemplifies how Horse may run with full speed, strength, and intent after goals, promises, and love interests, but can also scare easily.
Chinese mythology contains stories of flying horses, horses that are part dragon or deity, and a silkworm/mulberry origin story wherein a girl promises to marry a horse if he helps her find her father. When found, the father murders the horse to preclude the marriage, and the girl and horsehide transform into a silkworm on a mulberry tree – thus even today, you can see a horse’s face on the silkworm.
Those born in the year of the Horse have inexhaustible energy (including potent sexuality), yet are easygoing, witty, honest, and outspoken. Horses are independent, adventurous, have a quick intuitive intelligence, and are good with money. They are decisive, generous, extremely popular, and can often be found in the middle of large social happenings.
Horses are passionate about beginnings but don’t always stay beyond the first flush of enthusiasm – there’s always another challenge beckoning them. Since Horses can crave intimacy, love, and belonging as much as they’re repelled by feeling fettered, their major challenge is often unraveling their own psyche to help them find and sustain what truly nourishes and fulfills them. Horses can be impatient, impulsive, and self-centered.

Sheep:
STRENGTHS:
intelligent, romantic, charming, compassionate, and gentle
WEAKNESSES:
disorganized, lazy, pessimistic, timid, indecisive, anxious, and gullible
COMPATIBILITY:
Horse, Rabbit, or Pig
MISMATCH:
Ox, Tiger, Dog, Rat, or Snake
ELEMENT:
Earth
YIN or YANG:
Yin
YEARS:
1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

It is said that three animals worked together as a team to cross the finish line of the Jade Emperor’s race: Rooster, Monkey, and Sheep.
Rooster found a raft, and Sheep and Monkey cleared it of weeds and carried it to the water. The three sailed to the opposite shore and crossed the finish line together.
This exemplifies how, while Sheep don’t necessarily like to lead, they enjoy being in a group both socially and as part of a team. Sheep was accorded the eighth position in the Zodiac. In Chinese culture, eight is considered a lucky number, and the symbol for Sheep is contained in the symbol that means auspicious.
Sheep are the most sensitive of all the signs. They can also be the most creative and artistically talented and may be drawn to the spiritual or esoteric. They are intelligent, romantic, charming, compassionate, and gentle. Sheep always like to look their best and have a terrific sense of style. They flourish in an environment where they can work at their own pace, in spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, and surrounded by approval, love, and support. Sheep are also known as the most potentially vulnerable and needy sign.
Luckily, Sheep tend to attract whatever they need in life – including powerful allies, wealthy patrons, and patient and adoring friends and partners. They will do anything to support and show love for friends and family, but they should avoid smothering them with the amount of support and love that they require for themselves. Sheep can also be disorganized, lazy, pessimistic, timid, indecisive, anxious, gullible, secretive, bossy, and overly sensitive.

Monkey:
STRENGTHS:
confident, charming, humorous, exuberant, and popular
WEAKNESSES:
distrustful, arrogant, opportunistic, erratic, manipulative, and dishonest
COMPATIBILITY:
Rat or Dragon
MISMATCH:
Tiger or Pig
ELEMENT:
Metal
YIN or YANG:
Yang
YEARS:
1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

In the great race that secured their spots in the Zodiac, it’s said that Rooster, Sheep, and Monkey worked together to cross the finish line. Rooster found a raft, then Monkey and Sheep cleared it of weeds and carried it to the water. (Of course you’d want Monkey in on any plan, because not only are they great fun, but Monkeys can also figure out how to untangle anything and keep everyone’s energy centered and moving forward.) The three animals sailed the raft to the opposite shore and crossed the finish line together. Monkey was accorded the ninth position.
The number nine is an auspicious number in Chinese culture as it shares the pronunciation for the word “everlasting.” Also, the Monkey Deity (or Monkey King), a trickster with amazing physical and mental powers, has been part of Chinese mythology for thousands of years.
Those born in the year of the Monkey want to know about everything and have the potential to be brilliant in just about anything. They have prodigious memories, a natural affinity to learn languages, and the ability to unravel the knottiest problems. They’re endlessly inventive and lucky with money.
Monkeys are charming and popular with a wicked and clever sense of humor, supreme self-confidence, and a craving to be the center of attention. With their infectious exuberance, they’re ready for any adventure or challenge.
Monkeys form few close attachments and tend to flit from relationship to relationship, but they can be steadfast and faithful if they actually commit to someone. They can also be distrustful, arrogant, opportunistic, erratic, manipulative, dishonest, and totally self-centered.

Rooster:
STRENGTHS:
charming, witty, honest, blunt, capable, talented, brave, and self-reliant
WEAKNESSES:
controlling, insensitive, narrow-minded, selfish, and reckless
COMPATIBILITY:
Ox, Dragon, Snake, or Pig
MISMATCH:
Rat, Rabbit, Dog, Tiger, or Rooster
ELEMENT:
Metal
YIN or YANG:
Yang
YEARS:
1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Leader of the legendary team of Sheng Xiao, Rooster is the one who found the raft that carried Monkey and Sheep across the river to finish the race that determined their places in this Zodiac.
As the most observant and hardworking animal in the calendar, of course Rooster would spot a raft, and probably congratulate himself about it all the way across the river.
Some believe that those born in the year of the Rooster are psychic, but others claim that it’s only Rooster’s acute observation, attention to detail, and extreme self-confidence which enables him to know so much. Roosters are considered auspicious because their crowing sounds like the Chinese words for “fame” and “merit.”
Roosters are smart, charming, witty, honest, blunt, capable, talented, brave, and self-reliant. They are known for their ability to do astounding things with extremely limited resources. Their way is always right (in their mind, at least), and they love to debate their stance. Roosters are extremely sociable and bask in attention and praise.
Those born in the year of the Rooster are attractive and very fine dressers no matter what the cost, and they’ll spend whatever time it takes to achieve just the right look – though they will always be punctual. They are organized, a trait that’s reflected in their orderly homes.
Roosters dream big, set huge goals, and then work like crazy to achieve what they desire. For all their brashness, Roosters are loyal and will go to extremes to please their partners. Still, they can be controlling, insensitive, narrow-minded, selfish, and reckless.

Dog:

STRENGTHS:
animated, likable, witty, sincere, cooperative, protective, helpful
WEAKNESSES:
pessimistic, cynical, paranoid, overly aggressive, stubborn
COMPATIBILITY:
Horse, Rabbit, Tiger, or Pig
MISMATCH:
Rooster, Dragon, or Goat
ELEMENT:
Earth
YIN or YANG:
Yang
YEARS:
1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030


Even though he is one of the strongest swimmers, Dog came in eleventh because he stopped to play and bathe in the water.
Not only exuberant and playful, Dog’s humanitarian side is highlighted in another story. When Dog used to have nine tails he snuck into Heaven to steal grain for humanity, but the guards of heaven chopped off eight of his tails as he was escaping. Dog carried the grain back to Earth stuck on his remaining tail — and that is why stalks of grain look like a dog’s tail.
Those born in the year of the Dog are loyal and brave with an innate sense of duty. They may not seek leadership positions, but they often end up chosen as leaders due to their impartial sense of justice, intelligence, diplomacy, and determination to fight for what they know is right.
Dogs are known to have a heightened ability to immediately discern the underlying motives of both people and situations, and may be sharp tempered when others lack their high moral ground. Dogs are possibly the least materialistic of the signs, and are not driven by money, although they are adept at earning whatever they need.
Dogs are animated, likable, witty, sincere, direct, cooperative, protective, helpful, and generous. They are often introverts. Dogs are extremely faithful and supportive to friends and family. They can be huge worriers and should beware of becoming pessimistic, cynical, paranoid, overly aggressive, stubborn, cold, overly critical, or self-sacrificing.

Pig:
STRENGTHS:
intelligent, thoughtful, creative, responsible, curious, and noble
WEAKNESSES:
gullible, materialistic, insecure, and hot-tempered
COMPATIBILITY:
Tiger, Rabbit, Goat or Dragon
MISMATCH:
Snake or Monkey
ELEMENT:
Water
YIN or YANG:
Yin
YEARS:
1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

In the great race that determined the animals’ position in the Zodiac, Pig barely made twelfth place. Why? She stopped to eat and take a nap in the middle of the competition – demonstrating the easygoing sensuality of this sign. And yet, those born in the year of the Pig are good planners and organizers, work relentlessly to achieve their goals, and complete projects on time.
In China, the Pig is a symbol of good luck, happiness, and abundance – including fertility. The Pig is often portrayed with a fat head and big ears (big ears are considered auspicious). So important was the Pig to the economy of ancient China that the Chinese word for “home” is made up of the ideograms for roof and Pig.
Pigs are noble – born with an innate sense of fair play and honesty, they are intelligent, thoughtful, creative, responsible, and have an intense thirst for knowledge. Though self-reliant and good with money, Pigs are usually lucky enough for help to materialize when needed.
Pigs are not impressed with wealth or status, and they’re extremely generous. They love to socialize and have no trouble making and keeping friends. They are loyal, compassionate, intuitive, optimistic, and have a good sense of humor.
Pigs have an enormous appetite for all the pleasures of life. They need to beware of over-indulging, and to learn how to discriminate about what and who is worthy of their big-hearted attention. Pigs are romantic, affectionate, and monogamous once they commit to a relationship."

https://www.astrology.com/chinese-zodiac

A third article on Chinese Astrology:
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Are you confused about the meanings of Chinese astrology? Would you like to know more about this 5000 year old art?

Chinese astrology is based on the lunar calendar. As with astrology from other cultures, a horoscope is created using the position of the stars and planets for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac based on the year of birth.

The Twelve Chinese Signs

Rat:
Rats are charming and attractive to the opposite sex. But despite outside appearances, they are restless and this sometimes comes across as aggressiveness. Rats are great with money, and love to pounce on an opportunity. They are also very generous to their friends. They love people and large gatherings and always have others around. They also run in many intimate circles and like to be involved in everything they can, leading them to sometimes attempt to do too much. They are good writers and speakers, and success comes easily to them.

Ox:
Oxen are calm on the surface, but have hidden tempers. They are hard workers and are determined to the point of stubbornness. However, this makes them one of the most dependable signs. They are trustworthy, and easily move up at the office. If they don’t watch out, they may not have much of a social life. They are not very adept at mind games, and can sometimes be led astray in romance. But once they find someone, they are steadfast and loyal.

Tiger:
Tigers are energetic and unpredictable. Their wild side leads them to be the center of attention. They speak their mind and are always looking for the new party or next great idea. They are also very involved in giving their time and money to the causes they are passionate about. They are generous and honest. However, they are also rebels. They seek ideals and will rebel against a society they perceive as being in the wrong. They are emotional and impulsive, prone to romance as well as jealousy.

Rabbit:
Rabbits are gracious and gentle. They adore quiet and peacefulness, and prefer a good book to a night on the town. Their sensitivity can lead to moodiness, but normally rabbits are great at keeping the peace. While they are quiet on the surface, rabbits are good at finding deals. They are sweet and can talk people into being on their side of an issue without argument. While they are cautious, they can also be friendly and inviting once they feel safe.

Dragon:
Dragons have fire. They are full of life, and want to live life to the fullest. They are perfectionists and are extremely demanding of both themselves and others. They intimidate those who disagree with them, although they are very loyal to their friends. They can be stubborn, but they will let you know how they feel. They believe themselves to be strong and loveable, and they strive to motivate everyone to live up to their standards.

Snake:
Snakes are mysterious, often charming the opposite sex. They are graceful, and tend towards all things grand and cultural. They are private tend to look inward for their self-esteem, and are superstitious about everything. They are not penny-pinchers, but always have money on hand. Snakes are jealous when they find a lover, and will turn cold almost on a whim.

Horse:
Horses are generally friendly. They love being the center of attention, and will keep others enthralled by their quick wit. However, they have malleable alliances, and will have many short-lived romances and friendships. They enjoy the change, and lead lives full of adventure. They don’t like being tied down, and love working out and spending time outdoors. They don’t like sticking to a plan, and will often take on too much. They can be impatient with others whom they perceive as moving too slowly.

Sheep:
Sheep are peaceful people. They empathize with others’ pain, and are easy to talk to. They don’t like to rush, and will break if pressured. They do not like harsh words, and love to be led gently. While they are passive, they are also patient, and generally they eventually get their way. They always remember their friends and families and give thoughtful gifts. They often worry about what others think, and tend too spend too much.

Monkey:
Monkeys are intuitive and clever. They are hands-on problem solvers, and a great deal of self-confidence. They enjoy succeeding at difficult tasks, and don’t need to be talked into attempting one. The source of their success is their great memory. They are hard workers, and don’t care what others think of them. They don’t usually have many friends, although their success does attract people to them.

Rooster:
Roosters are romantics. They are perfectionists and dreamers at the same time. Quick to see detail, they always love a challenge, especially if at first glance it looks impossible. They take great pride in knowing all the details of a subject that interests them, and are thus great debaters. However, they will never admit to being wrong. They also tend to step in and try to solve others’ problems, whether or not they have been invited to do so. They like to always stay busy, and will work for whatever they have their eye on.

Dog:
Dogs are friendly and are always up front about their feelings. They are very family-oriented and are extremely loyal to their friends. They will fight for a cause they feel is just. They are not comfortable around extravagant wealth, and prefer a loving home regardless of social status. Once you befriend a dog, they will be by your side for life. They are monogamous, and tend to choose their lovers wisely. They work hard and play hard, and know when it is appropriate to be doing one or the other. They are good providers to those they love.

Pig:
Pigs love a social life. They have many friends, and tend to stay out of heated discussions and all kinds of debates. It’s not that they don’t have an opinion; they simply love to party and don’t want to risk ruining the fun. They are good listeners, but are sometimes gullible and can be taken advantage of easily. This can sometimes hurt them in relationships. They are trustworthy and dependable, and stick by their friends. They are generous to those they care about.

The Five Elements:

There is another layer to Chinese astrology that is less well known than the Chinese signs. Chinese astrologers use a 60 year cycle, made up of five sets of the twelve signs. The five repetitions of the signs each correspond to a different element, adding more intricacy to the animal.

The five elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.

In Chinese astrology, the elements are part of a cycle; one is not higher or better than another. In fact, they have a cyclical relationship, both in positive and negative ways, so that:

Water makes Wood
Wood makes Fire
Fire makes Earth
Earth makes Metal
Metal makes Water

and:

Water destroys Fire
Fire destroys Metal
Metal destroys Wood
Wood destroys Earth
Earth destroys Water

In addition, they can be openly aggressive and hostile:

Water resists Fire
Fire resists Metal
Metal resists Wood
Wood resists Earth
Earth resists Water

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