Chinese Zodiac - Signs and Symbols

Do you wonder what your sign as per the Chinese Zodiac is? Would you like to know your character traits? This article is written to help you know more about different Chinese zodiac signs and symbols.
| Thursday, December 4, 2008
Chinese astrology is based on the Chinese calendar and on the movement of the heavenly bodies in the sky. The Chinese zodiac symbols are based on 12 original animals with every year named after one of the animals. Thus every person is considered to be influenced by one animal and has characteristics and personality traits of that animal.

Origin of Chinese Zodiac

There are several legends surrounding the origin of the Chinese zodiac. One of the legends or stories indicate that the Emperor Jade had conducted a race among all the animals so as to decide which animals would be featured in the zodiac. The ranking of these animals in turn determined the characteristics that each of these animals displayed. So the ox is known to symbolize persistence and the rat symbolizes treachery and the pig symbolizes laziness. Another variation states that Chinese culture followed 12 terrestrial branches and 10 celestial stems to count the years. However for the illiterate who could not calculate and memorize all this easily, animals were used to symbolize these terrestrial branches. As per Chinese zodiac history it is also widely believed that the order of the Chinese zodiac was decided during the Han Dynasty.

Chinese Zodiac Animals

Rat
The years 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044 are considered as year of the Rat. The rat is regarded as the head of Chinese zodiac symbols. This animal stands for wit, alertness, flexibility, spirit, delicacy and vitality. People born under the influence of this animal are considered to be smart and hardworking. These people are most likely to put in the requisite efforts to achieve success and accumulate wealth. Chinese zodiac compatibility indicates that people born in the year of the rat get along well with people around them despite their apparent timidity. The dragon, ox and monkey are their best match and it would be good for people born under the influence of the rat to avoid the rabbit, horse and rooster Chinese zodiac signs.

Ox
The years 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045 are considered to be the year of the ox. People born under this Chinese zodiac sign are considered to be simple, straightforward and honest in temperament and a few of the individuals born under this sign are considered to have a bad temper. Those born under this sign are also regarded as obstinate, laborious and patient. They are also considered to be quite poor at communication. These individuals may experience happiness during their old age. Women born under the influence of this sign are considered to make good wives and pay particular attention to the education of their children. These people get along well with those born under the influence of the snake, rooster and the rat while they should avoid those born under the influence of the sheep, dragon, dog, horse and the rabbit.

Tiger
The years 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046 are considered as the year of the tiger. By nature those born under the influence of the tiger are considered to be brave, tolerant, and valiant and are much respected by others. These individuals enjoy much happiness in their latter life. Women born under this sign are considered to be faithful, virtuous and intelligent. Chinese zodiac compatibility indicates that people born under the sign of the dog and horse are considered to be most suited to those born under the sign of the tiger. Likewise these individuals should avoid those born under the sign of the monkey and the snake.

Rabbit
The years 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2036, 2047 are considered as the year of the rabbit. This sign is regarded as tender. Among the Chinese zodiac signs those born under the sign of the rabbit are considered to be most sensitive, merciful, gentle and modest. They also possess a good sense of humor.  These individuals are also regarded as particularly romantic and cannot stand a dull life. They get along well with those born under the Chinese zodiac signs of dog, pig and sheep. They should avoid those born under the sign of the horse, dragon, rat, ox and rooster.

Dragon
The years 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048 are considered as the year of the dragon. This sign enjoys a great deal of popularity in the Chinese culture. It is considered to represent dignity, authority, success, honor, capacity and luck. Those born under this sign are considered to be energetic, lively and fortunate. They are considered to be perfectionists and often take up leadership positions. They are not discouraged while facing difficulties and problems. These individuals are also considered to be rather impatient and arrogant. They get along well with those born under the influence of the monkey, rooster and the rat while they should avoid those born under the influence of the dragon, dog, rabbit and ox.

Snake:
The years 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049 are considered to be the year of the snake. People born in the year of the snake are considered to be excellent in the art of communication. Those born under the influence of this sign should be cautious about what they choose to discuss with whom since it can result in them losing important friendships. They get along well with those born under the sign of the rooster and the ox and these individuals should avoid associations with the pig, tiger and the monkey.

Horse
The years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050 are considered to be the year of the horse. The horse is considered to be bright, intelligent and energetic. People born under this sign are clever, kind hearted and active. These individuals may on occasions be accused of being interested only in the superficial aspects of any object and not what lies underneath it. These individuals may also lose heart and become pessimistic if they experience failure in life. Those born under this sign get along well with individuals born under the influence of the dog, tiger and the sheep while they are best advised to avoid those born under the influence of the rabbit, horse, rat and the ox.

Sheep
The years 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051 are regarded as the year of the sheep. Those born under the influence of the sheep are considered to be most polite, clever and kind hearted among all the Chinese zodiac signs. These individuals are sensitive towards art and are particularly drawn towards simple living. They are rather economical in their daily living and the women can take good care of others. These individuals are however susceptible to bouts of hesitation and pessimism. Those born under the influence of the sheep get along well with those born under the sign of the horse, pig and the rabbit. They should avoid individuals born under the Chinese zodiac signs of the rat, dog and the ox.

Monkey
The years 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052 are considered to be the year of the monkey. People born under the influence of this sign are regarded as flexible, versatile and lively. They enjoy being of assistance to others and can even put aside their own business to help others. They display exceptional creativity in their work and if they curb their impatience then they can achieve a lot. The monkey can get along well with the dragon and the rat and should avoid the snake, tiger and the pig.

Rooster
The years 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053 are regarded as the year of the rooster. These individuals are considered to be bright, honest, ambitious, warm hearted and excellent in communication. They have high self respect and are quite independent. They tend to have several love affairs and love interests in their lives. They can hope to make much progress if they tone down on their arrogance. They get along well with those born under the influence of the snake, ox and the dragon and they should avoid those born under the influence of the rooster, rabbit and the dog.

Dog
The years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054 are considered to be the year of the dog. Those born in the year of the dog are considered to be straightforward. These individuals are regarded as courageous, smart, dexterous, warm hearted and faithful. They get along well with those born under the influence of the tiger, horse and rabbit while they should avoid those born under the influence of the rooster, dragon and the sheep.

Pig
The years 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, 2043 are considered as the year of the pig. Those born under the influence of this animal are regarded as frank and honest. They sometimes lack patience even though they have a calm appearance. These individuals are rather optimistic and tolerant and therefore can prove to be wonderful friends. They get along well with those influenced by the Chinese zodiac signs of the rabbit and the sheep and they should avoid those influenced by the signs of the monkey, snake and the pig.
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