|Chinese Astrology Characteristics
Are you a Pig, a Dog or perhaps even a Rat? Determining your Chinese
astrological sign begins with the year of your birth, but that doesn't
tell the entire story of who you are, what you're like and what destiny
holds in store for you. Let's take a closer look at the other components
that unite to make you unique.
Your Birth Year Animal Sign
Chinese astrology operates on the concept of twelve animal signs and
five elements that pair up on a rotating basis to form a complete sixty
year cycle. Each animal of the Chinese zodiac represents specific years
within this sixty year cycle, and each carries distinct characteristics
that influence the personalities of people born within a given year.
For example, if you happen to have been born between January 25, 1963
and February 12, 1964, you would belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign. As
such, you would have a tendency to be quiet yet confident and care a great
deal about others. You might feel quite sensitive to what goes on in the
world around you, and also display a certain level of creativity.
Your birth year zodiac sign is considered your outer animal, the way
the world perceives you.
Now, let's talk about the elements. According to the Chinese
astrological system, there are five elements that also contribute certain
extra characteristics that add more dimension to your personality.
Basic characteristics of each element include:
* Water: Strong communication skills and intuition
* Wood: Strong nurturing instincts coupled with imagination and
* Fire: Passionate by nature, intelligent and also ready to spring into
* Metal: Very dependable and useful to have around, especially in a
* Earth: Very grounded and reliable; a balanced personality
Using our previous example of a Rabbit born between 1963 and 1964, the
element assigned to that year in the sixty year cycle was Water, making
these people Water Rabbits. The Water element intensifies the Rabbit's
ability to communicate, as well as his powers of intuition. Pair these
characteristics with Rabbit's caring nature and you have a good listener
who is very understanding of other people's issues.
Yin and Yang Animals
In addition to the basic characteristics of each sign, colored by the
influence of an element, every Chinese astrological sign is further
governed by an energy force that is either Yin or Yang. Yang is male
energy and closely associated with the sun, while Yin energy is distinctly
feminine and associated with the moon. Together, these two forces complete
each other and bring balance to the universe.
People born in odd years are Yin, and people born in even years are
Yang. For this reason two Water Rabbits can still have slightly different
natures depending on whether their birth date falls in 1963 or 1964.
Monthly and Hourly Animal Signs
Stay with us, we're not finished yet. In addition to all we've learned
above, your Chinese astrological characteristics are also influenced by
the month and hour in which you were born. The following chart shows how
each month and certain hours of the day are also ruled by a particular
animal sign that contributes it's own characteristics to your overall
Chinese Astrological Signs by Month and Hour Sign Month Hours
Ox January 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Tiger February 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Rabbit March 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Dragon April 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Snake May 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Horse June 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sheep July 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monkey August 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rooster September 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dog October 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pig November 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Rat December 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
If you happen to be born on the exact hour that marks the cusp between
two signs, you could drawn on characteristics from both. Note that the
zodiac sign attributed to the month you were born represents your inner
animal, the way you perceive yourself. The zodiac sign of your birth hour
represents the qualities you secretly aspire to develop.
The Big Picture
As you can see, there really is so much more to your Chinese astrology
characteristics than your basic animal zodiac sign. When you consider all
of the possible combinations, there are over 8,640 unique horoscope
personalities possible. Color that combination with your own life
experience, and there really is no one exactly like you!
Love Regardless of being unmarried, the honey is transporting or the
married friend, this year on love road peach blossom bright presently, the
reason is the fleeting time one's horoscope presents one ¡§the red mythical
bird¡¨ the star. ¡§the red mythical bird¡¨ the star moves, unmarried you will
meet the ideal companion in this year, will form the happy couple with
great speed. The honey transports the men and women, the love life is very
satisfied gratifyingly, the partial tiger person will conclude the
predestined match in the Year of the Ox, the part continues the pleasure
which will enjoy the racket to tow. Married you, grow day by day with
spouse's sentiment, but must pay attention with other opposite sexes
maintains the suitable distance, in order to avoid stirs up the spouse to
Health Although the fleeting time has one ¡§unluckily¡¨ star to affect
you, but has not gotten sick the star to arrive at the harassment luckily,
therefore looks like all year round, because except that the enterprise
does not one's liking but accidentally feels depressed outside, no matter
the old person perhaps the young people, the health is approximately good,
if can reduce the senseless pressure, avoids nonessential worrying, then
the body and the energetic condition are more ideal.
Animals of the Chinese Astrology
How does the Chinese calendar work? What are the 12 animals of the
zodiac and how were they chosen? What traits are associated with them? How
are the animals used as symbols? What is your animal sign, and what traits
does it represent?
Gather together seven or eight pictures of animals/insects/birds from
picture books or magazines. Try to include an owl, a bee, an ox, and
others commonly associated with specific adjectives (i.e., wise as an owl,
busy as a bee, strong as an ox, sly as a fox, slippery as an eel, etc.).
Download the chart in Lesson 3 and make copies for each of your students.
Review the information in the introduction. They provide additional
data about the Chinese calendar, Chinese astrology, and the
characteristics associated with the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Read
"What is Chinese Astrology?" at the site entitled "Chinese Astrology: An
ancient viewpoint on temperament and personality" . It includes one of the
many versions of the story about how the 12 zodiac animals were chosen.
"Twilight Zone's Chinese Horoscope" is another good source on Chinese
Astrology. Click Search and type in "Chinese Astrology." Next click
"Chinese Horoscopes." When this page comes up, scroll down to "Twilight
Zones Chinese Horoscope" and click on it. Download the home page and make
copies of the picture of the 12 zodiac animals for your students. Then
click on "Chinese Horoscope Signs and Their Corresponding Years" and
download the chart of zodiac years and animals. Make copies for your
students. When you access the pages of "Chinese Astrology," notice that
some of the language is rather mature for young students. As you click on
the pages of specific animals, select a few short excerpts you will read
aloud to your students. Focus on the images of the animals. During this
lesson plan, the online materials should, if possible, be presented to the
students by means of computer-projected images on a large screen. They can
also be presented at individual computer stations or to small groups
Assign the 12 animals to one or two students, depending on class size.
Using the information gathered for the chart, have them make a large
poster, with a drawing of the animal, recent years associated with it, and
adjectives it symbolizes.
Make animal bookmarks. Download and make copies of the zodiac animals
at "Zodiac Animals" . Assign an animal to each student. Have the student
cut out the picture of that animal and paste it on the top of a strip of
oak tag. Below the picture he should write three or four adjectives
describing that zodiac animal. The bookmark can be laminated to make it
HORSE HORSE Horse--- Born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990,
2002, 2014. Career The fleeting time meets ¡§the year ghost¡¨, ¡§the dead
symbol¡¨, ¡§the six harm-doers¡¨ and so on evil stars, and sees ¡§month
Germany¡¨ the honored person, may forecast this year when the work is
unable to concentrate the spirit frequently, in addition in company's
human affairs struggled had still not subsided, various person was not
willing to coordinate, to complete on oneself post mutually the work,
finally ¡§the year ghost¡¨ then had an opportunity, enabled your enterprise
to sink into the stationary state first, then carried over your boss's
dissatisfaction, therefore the horse person was doomed to want to receive
the blame. Before the matter worsens luckily, your fleeting time honored
person appears promptly, solves the entanglement continuous problem for
you, integrates the mal orbit yours work.
Fortune Money Although ¡§consumes greatly¡¨ has gone, but also has
¡§slightly consumes¡¨ is in front of the goal, therefore Ma Ren was still
bad in the Year of the Ox good luck in making money. The first enterprise
has not been suitable, not merely cannot the wild hope wealth income
increase, feared last year's unluckiness not to go, this year has the
situation which reduced salaries, therefore only could hope can preserve
the position, every month had the grain to leave is then good; The next
unexpected wealth cannot ask, even if the small note is also doomed to
need to do business at a loss. The income opens the source to be hopeless,
but you could not control your purchase desire, when had the salesman to
your fine talk several, you will not be able to endure the enticement, the
anxious need's thing will not have bought down, sends your finance is
always been unable this year to achieve balanced.
Love This year Ma Ren the one's horoscope appearance ¡§the salty pond¡¨,
indeed a little opposite sex reason, but must pay attention, this
constellation will bring peach blossom by no means true marriage affinity,
but will be confused your opinion chaotic sentiment inexorable fate,
therefore unmarried you, even if will know you in the Year of the Ox to
think that the good object, the result only will also be sentiment of the
fog water, the sentiment flower opens the sudden drawdown suddenly, cannot
be long-time. Married or had object you, also has the opposite sex
initiative close, brings a spot new stimulation on yours love road, but
how choices, but also looked at your will and self-made ability.