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Legend describes the order of the zodiac was determined through a race, in which the rat cheated by standing on the ox's head and jumping ahead of him when they reached the finish line. It is said that 12 animals took part in the race.
The twelve year cycle of the zodiac
The system of the yearly cycle was built from observations of the orbit of Jupiter. Chinese astronomers divided the celestial circle into 12 sections to follow the orbit of šrÐÇ Suìx¨©ng (Jupiter, the Year Star). Astronomers rounded the orbit to 12 years.
Creativity, inventiveness and innovative thinking are second nature to them.
We are drawn to the charming Rat who is always in the middle of the action.
They are quick thinkers who really can quickly figure how to get out of a tight spot.
The down side is they sometimes have little patience for those of us who can't keep up with them.
They also have a restless streak which, if not satisfied, makes them hard to live with at times.
The charming Rat acquires a large number of acquaintances, but only a select few ever make it to the Rat's inner circle.
For them, he will do almost anything. For everyone else, it's just business.
Born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045
Steady and solid, the Ox is at home carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders.
They really do enjoy supporting almost everyone around them.
You can depend on the reliable Ox. Don't be fooled by their patience and calm demeanor; however, they are achievers.
Like the tortoise in the story, they are sure to finish the race and more often than not to come out as the winner.
The flip side is their determination often becomes stubbornness, and when they do lose control, their behaviour can become almost violent.
They are at peace when they can be on their own and do their thing in a familiar environment in a traditional manner.
Composed, confident, hard working, independent, methodical, persevering, reliable, self reliant, solid, tenacious, thorough and tireless.
The Ox combines the qualities (steady, composed and tenacious) of the tortoise in the fabled race with the hare and the legendary Hercules, strength of mind and body, solid throughout.
You are capable of tackling the toughest projects.You are also great at the longest ones as well thanks to your perseverance.
You continue on towards your goals regardless of the difficulty of the obstacles put in your path, and you never lose focus.
Furthermore, you are thorough and methodical, never losing sight of the myriad details involved. Not every Ox is a workaholic, but it is true you are generally thought of as hard working and reliable.
You probably have a reputation for being punctual and being at your desk when you are supposed to be.
Furthermore, you are diligent and almost always put in a fair days work for a fair days pay.
Yes, you carry out your responsibilities and willingly shoulder the burdens placed upon
Although you tend to be very independent and self reliant, you nevertheless frequently volunteer to shoulder the burdens of those around you.
Of all the Chinese signs, yours is the one most likely to fit the Herculean image of carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Authoritarian, cold, dull, materialistic, narrow-minded, overzealous, plodding, predictable, stifling, stubborn, suspicious and unapproachable.
No doubt due your methodical, cautious approach to life, you are occasionally viewed as slow and plodding if not downright dull.
You like to find your comfort zone and stay there, making you boringly predictable at times.
Another thing that makes you predictable is you tend to have strong prejudices. You can be obstinate, making it almost impossible for us to get you to change your view on a matter.
On the other hand, you can be an overzealous authoritarian who demands that we change ours. And, if we do not, we are likely to be sorry.
There are times it can be stifling to work with you. You are suspicious of changes and new ways of doing things.
Sometimes you can be so tradition bound and narrow minded. It is necessary then to approach you cautiously.
And, it is not unusual to find you unapproachable. Regardless of how good hearted you might be it is hard for you to totally escape the Ox's tendency to be cold and materialistic.
Sometimes it appears to us that you are more interested in things than people, even when that is not the way it really is.
Qualities Admired: Inner strength, self-reliance.
Pet Peeves: Blocking their path, whining.
Born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046
Passionate and dynamic, the Tiger is a stick of dynamite waiting to go off.
They are born leaders and usually have the charisma to cause people to naturally follow them.
Yet, they have a sensitive, even artistic side as seen in the passionate dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.
They are also nurturers, and the Tiger lady makes a great mom.
The downside is they are often hot-headed and foolhardy and may not always justify the faith we place in them to lead us.
Their fault-finding and rebelliousness can be almost unbearable at times. Still, we love the excitement they bring into our lives and their redoubtable accomplishments.
Adventurous, affectionate, charitable, colourful, courageous, dynamic, empathetic, exciting, humorous, optimistic, playful and resolute.
The adventurous and courageous Tiger is a born leader.
You are not afraid to blaze new trails, and, given your independent streak, you are more than willing to go it alone if necessary.
Your firm determination also makes you a fierce competitor.
Your passion also gives you the potential to be a star performer. Colourful and dynamic, you have a commanding presence before any group.
Yes, we can count on you to command our attention and generate excitement.
Interestingly, you have another side, that of the playful kitten. It is characterised not only by youthful innocence and optimism but also a playful sense of humour.
You enjoy telling jokes, which are all the more funny because people usually see your serious side and are caught off guard to see you out of character.
Your kinder and gentler side also includes a genuine humanitarian streak. You are empathetic and keenly sense the emotions and feelings of others, to which you respond with compassion and a sincere desire to help when needed.
Anxious, argumentative, authoritarian, critical, domineering, edgy, impatient, impulsive, narrow minded, rash, ruthless, self centred and temperamental.
The downside of the Tiger's passion is that it can lead to emotional distress, especially when frustrated by people or events.
You have a tendency to be anxious and edgy. This uneasiness of mind could come from brooding fear about some contingency or simply a feeling of being tense or on edge.
Your high energy level fuel ed by passion often makes you impatient.
You want to do things right away and can become deeply frustrated with unplanned delays. Your rashness sometimes manifests itself as impulsive behaviour.
There is a bit of the fools rush in mentality in you. In other words, you do not always think things through before you act.
You have a tendency to be self centred; so, this hasty action occasionally fails to take into consideration its affect on others.
Your focus on yourself can manifest itself in a form of narrow mindedness as contempt for the interests of others.
You also can hurt others by being overly critical and argumentative when they do not perform up to the high standards you set for yourself.
And, you almost demand that they do. Your sign is a strong one, and it is not surprising you have a tendency to be authoritarian and domineering.
At your worst, you can even be ruthless. It is not wise to cross you deliberately.
Qualities Admired: Forthrightness, sincerity.
Pet Peeves: Boastfulness, pettiness
Born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2036, 2047
Pacifistic and refined, the Rabbit tends to have excellent taste, enjoys the finer things in life and loves to go first class.
The Rabbit does its best to promote peace and harmony and to avoid conflict and unpleasantness whenever possible.
They are discreet, easy-going and make for good company. On the downside, they can be snobbish and prone to gossip.
Also, the Rabbit is the sign that finds it the hardest to pick itself up off the floor when knocked down by adversity.
Although a social creature, the Rabbit enjoys the quiet life and tends to be conservative. Their comfort is very important to them, and they are likely to whine when it's disturbed.
Artistic, calm, diplomatic, gentle, kind, modest, peaceful, placid, refined, sensitive, suave and thoughtful.
Above all else the Rabbit is a peacemaker.
You no doubt have excellent diplomatic skills and, while you do not like conflict, you are the first person your friends turn to when it is necessary to make peace among them.
Your sense of calm and your modest, unassuming presence is just what is needed to smooth all those ruffled feathers.
You are also valued for your kindness. You are sensitive to the needs of people around you and thoughtfully do little things to make them happy.
Your kindness extends to animals, and it is especially there where we see your gentle heart. You are a soft touch for almost every litter critter.
You likely have exquisite taste in both dress and the arts. Suave and style conscious you want to wear the latest fashions and are always appropriately dressed for the occasion
. If you are not an artist yourself, you have an excellent appreciation of the arts and can be a good critic.
Conceited, detached, gossipy, manipulative, detached, gossipy, manipulative, melancholic, moody, opportunistic, snobbish, superficial, sybaritic and timid.
The Rabbit's love of peace manifests itself in a somewhat negative way as a love of comfort.
You generally avoid any kind of argument perhaps as much because it would disturb your peace of mind as because you are basically a timid soul and wither under criticism.
You do, however, aggressively pursue your creature comforts and have a definite sybaritic streak. In other words, you like the comfort luxuries bring and find yourself right at home in the mall.
Perhaps it is a defence mechanism to protect your gentle heart, but for whatever reason, you are usually somewhat detached.
At times the world can be too harsh and intimidating for a person as gentle as you. You can be moody, which might help explain your tendency to become melancholic.
It is hard to know your motivation for these as you can be very secret about your personal life. That does not, however, stop you from talking about ours.
In spite of your occasional physical and emotional withdrawal from the world, you actually crave the company of people and are quite adept at social relations being the diplomat you are.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, you can be manipulative, and you are good at it.
Your motives however are not evil. Usually you are just trying to get us to do something you find too unpleasant to handle yourself or to simply buy something for you, preferably clothes or dinner at an elegant restaurant.
You are ever the opportunist.
Qualities Admired: Genteelness, calmness of soul.
Pet Peeves: Argumentativeness and anything else that disturbs their peace.
Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048
Idealistic and proud, the Dragon is someone you want around when something big needs to be done.
They think in large terms and dream big dreams.
They are direct and up front, always letting you know what is on their mind.
Dragon is a karmic sign, which means they will experience more than a few extreme highs and lows in their lives.
The downside to the Dragon is that some are quixotic, i.e., wildly unrealistic with their big plans, while others are simply all talk or show and no action.
Flattery will get you nowhere with the mighty Dragon; they expect worship.
Nevertheless, the Dragon is the sign of luck, and we certainly want them on our side.
Brave, decisive, dynamic, enchanting, exotic, fashionable, flamboyant, idealistic, imaginative, proud, self confident and tenacious.
The flamboyant Dragon is an integral part of every Chinese New Year celebration, and why not! You often come across as strikingly or mysteriously different or unusual. Maybe it is your fashionable dress or your high energy.
It is no wonder you have a lot of pride and self confidence. You generally command respect wherever you are. And, you are always on the go.
You boldly confront the mightiest obstacles and accept challenges that seem beyond the reach of others. You are not only decisive but, having made a decision, tenaciously hold onto the idea, moving heaven and earth if necessary, to fulfil your dreams.
And, with your limitless imagination, what dreams you have! As often as not they are very idealistic and geared toward the betterment of mankind.
Aggressive, authoritarian, conceited, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, eccentric, impractical, overzealous, superficial, tactless and unpredictable.
Unfortunately, there are times the Dragon never gets beyond being a dreamer. Perhaps your big dreams are too impractical and you are just being fanciful.
At times you might appear to people as a strange eccentric or just someone who is all talk and no action. All we can say for sure is you are unpredictable, and we can never know whether yours is the next great idea or just some crackpot scheme.
What we can say is that it is not unusual for you to have an excessively high opinion of yourself. Call it vanity if you will. It does grate on the rest of us in those moments when it is obvious to us you are superficial and your behaviour tactless.
Although you rarely intend any malice (it is not really in you) your speech and mannerisms are occasionally insensitive and offencive.
This is most apparent when you exercise leadership. You are often a born leader; yet, on occasion you resort to a dictatorial style.
You can be oppressive or arrogantly overbearing towards others. You sometimes play the authoritarian and require blind obedience from your subordinates.
Perhaps it is your overzealous enthusiasm for otherwise noble ends that causes you to slip into these behaviours.
Qualities Admired: Perfection, grandiosity.
Pet Peeves: Pessimism, being caused to lose face
Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2015, 2037, 2049
Born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051
Gentle and artistic, the Sheep is the feminine sign
. Don't be mislead; the Sheep can hold its own.
The gentle-hearted Muhammad Ali is arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.
Still, they do tend to be shy and reserved.
The Sheep lady truly enjoys being a lady. Not every Sheep will become a Michelangelo of course, but many will have artistic talent and most will make sure their homes are beautifully decorated.
On the downside, the passive-aggressive Sheep can be an irritating whiner at times.
They also need lots of stroking and understanding when they go through different moods.
Nevertheless, they make good team players.
The affectionate Sheep is one of the warmest, loving and tender people you will know.
You are good hearted and genuinely care about others.
In general you readily forgive others and rarely hold grudges.
With these qualities it is not surprising you do well in social situations.
You are generally friendly and congenial and beautifully tactful in your choice of words.
It is not in your nature to willingly hurt anyone with meanness or a sharp tongue.
You are likely to be fashionable and refined, preferring quiet, charming social settings such as a Coy little restaurant or an art museum.
Speaking of art, there is a good chance you are an artist yourself, and an even better one that you appreciate the aesthetics of more than one of the performing and, or, visual arts.
Finally, it must be said you are a romantic type.
In addition to a propensity for dinner by candlelight, you also long for the pastoral. You like to spend time walking in the garden or driving through the peaceful countryside.
And, you probably adore all the squirrels and other cute little animals you find along the way.
On the other hand, you are not that adventurous and will make sure those outings are to the most peaceful locations.
In truth you can be quite timid and sometimes have difficulty summoning the courage to stand up for your rights or tackling a daunting project.
You can be indecisive and vacillate between choices hoping you do not have to make one when the choice is difficult.
Your changeable nature means you can be fickle when it comes to your likes and dislikes.
Some people probably see you as unpredictable.
At your worst you are capricious when it comes to your responsibilities meaning you are not always that reliable.
And, when things do not go your way, or even just threaten not to go your way, you tend to become moody.
This can result in pouting and makes you tense. You are also somewhat of a worrier, which adds to your edginess.
Qualities Admired: Sensitivity, good taste.
Pet Peeves: Being ignored, rudeness.
Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052
Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053
Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054
Loyal and protective, the Dog makes a great friend or family member and inspires the confidence of everyone around them.
They have a strong sense of justice and duty.
They aggressively defend their rights and are not afraid to speak up on behalf of others.
The Dog is very protective of family and anything entrusted to their care.
They're not that social but will sacrifice everything for family.
The Dog is a natural pessimist and a worrier---many becoming quite cynical.
They tend to be introverts who rarely show their feelings and usually hate crowds.
Still, you want the honest, hard-working Dog on your team.
The Honourable Dog is the sign most likely to speak out about wrongs in the world and to call for justice.
You have a strong sense of fair play and are usually forthright and outspoken.
This makes you the perfect spokesperson for those who cannot or would not speak up for themselves.
You are most likely a valued member of your family as well as your community.
You tend to be very protective of family members and are likely to enjoy celebrating your country's independence day with your family.
Loyalty and patriotism are near and dear to your heart.
You respect the flag and are moved in your heart when the national anthem is played at a sporting event.
Although you are outspoken, you are not one to rail against your country, and you are discreet and can be trusted to hold what we tell you in confidence.
This, plus your sincerity and kindness makes you a most desirable friend.
In fact you are almost as concerned and protective of your friends as you are of your family.
You are not a materialist but rather one who derives the most pleasure from love and family.
Your concern extends to all humanity, and you are altruistic by nature. You prefer to use your material gains to help others.
Your other gentler qualities include the fact that you most often are slow to anger yet quick to recover.
You are not one to nag and nitpick.
Rather, you tend to be in control of your emotions.
You also have excellent powers of discernment. In other words, you choose your battles carefully.
This makes you easy to get along with on a day to day basis and a valued team member at work.
The Dog is perhaps the most pessimistic sign in the Chinese zodiac.
You have a tendency to look at what is wrong with things or at what you might be lacking.
This causes you anxiety and makes you fret excessively, especially during those times when you do not think you are good enough for whatever.
When you fail to solve the problems of the world you might become bitter and cynical.
When it comes to individual people, you are usually slow to form judgements; however, there often is a narrow mindedness to your way of thinking.
You tend to see things in black and white.
And, when you make a judgement, you tenaciously cling to your ideas and rarely change your mind.
You are also rather thick skinned; however, you can be extremely suspicious or defencive when a family member or friend is potentially threatened or actually attacked either verbally or physically.
Sometimes your anger flares up almost instantaneously and violently as your protective urge moves you to action.
On the other hand, your reserved nature can actually be a negative in family matters.
You tend to be subdued, not one given to continuous displays of affection.
There may however be times when family members require more warmth than you provide.
There is one other way you can inadvertently hurt the people around you.
Your sense of justice often causes you to make judgements about others and to criticise their actions or motivations.
Furthermore, you sometimes rashly categorise people and put them into little boxes.
Having done that, you are not beyond giving severe tongue lashings to those that fall in the wrong box or those in the right box when they step out of line by your
reckoning. By nature you are not exactly a diplomatic critic---even when dealing with the ones you most love.
Qualities Admired: Loyalty, devotion to family.
Pet Peeves: Injustice, nosiness.
Born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, 2043