|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.
About Chinese Astrology
12zodiacSo, what is Chinese Astrology anyway? Chinese Astrology is an
ancient art, which uses the time of birth, including the year, month, day
and time, to reveal insights into a person's personality trails,
lifestyle, health, career direction, and compatibility with others.
ALthough the exact origin of the systme is unkonwn, Chinese Astrology has
guided the Chinese for over five thousand years and has a profound
influence on our lives.
The Chinese system of zodiac is actually based on a ten-year Sun-Moon
cycle that conforms to the ancient Chinese agricultural calendar. The
cycle is divided into the five elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and
Metal as well as the twelve animals, which represent each year. The system
is influenced by Yin (female) and Yang (male) cosmic force, which is said
to be an interpretation of universal harmony and balance.
Legend has it that once upon a time, the Heavenly God realized that
there hadn't been a system to keep track of time, so he decided to develop
a calendar system. One day, he summoned the Earth God to hold a race for
the animals inhabiting the earth. So the Earth God gathered all the
animals, and announced that the first twelve animals to cross the river
would be the signs in the zodiac calendar. What a great honor to be in the
zodiac calendar!!! All the animals chattered excitedly, and all wanted to
join the race to win their spot in the calendar.
After the announcement, the Cat turned to his best friend the Rat to
express his deep concern. "How can I cross the river when I am afraid of
water?" At the same time, the old Ox grumbled to himself, and said, "How
can I cross the river with my poor eyesight?"
The intelligent Rat looked at the Cat, then the Ox, and then a
brilliant idea entered his mind, "I've got it! We can hop on the Ox's back
to guide him, and he can carry us across the river without us getting
wet!". All three of them agreed this was a great plan. So, early before
dawn on race day, the Rat, the Cat, and the Ox were cruising slowly in the
river, leaving all the competition behind. Just as they reached the middle
of the river, the calculating Rat sneaked up behind the unsuspecting Cat
and pushed him off the back of the Ox into the river.
Unaware of the commotion on his back, the hard-working Ox paddled
straight ahead and finally reached the shore. Instantaneously, the
aggressive Rat jumped off the back of the Ox and raced to cross the finish
line first, while the serious, eduring Ox finished in second place.
At the same time, all the other animals were struggling to cross the
river. The courageous Tiger raced to the finish line in third place; the
Rabbit, the Dragon, along with the Snake also reached the finish line. The
Horse arrived with the artistic Sheep. The Monkey was given ninth, the
Rooster tenth and the Dog came in eleventh.
Meanwhile, the Heavenly God counted the animals and suddently realized
they were one animal short. At this moment, the meticulous Pig arrived
just before the race came to an end and was given the twelfth spot. A
moment later, the poor Cat arrived soaking wet and found out he was too
late to win any place in the race. Needless to say, from that day on, the
Rat has been the Cat's sworn enemy.
In the end, the Heavenly God was quite pleased with the results and
gladly gave each animal a year of its own, bestowing the nature and
characteristics of each animal to those born in that year.
Love For married couples sometimes will have conflict is because of
children, also for family expenses; For those rabbits in a
relationship/dating, often sinks into the cold war with the lover because
of the minor matter, gathers little leaves many, even has the crisis which
bids good-bye noisily; Has not had object you, the sentiment still a
blank, only had continues to wait for the predestined match.
Health This year the one's horoscope meets ¡§throws over the head¡¨, ¡§the
mourning gate¡¨, ¡§the disaster ghost¡¨ and ¡§loses¡¨ and so on evil stars,
each is affecting you, down to your family member's health. ¡§throws over
the head¡¨ and ¡§loses¡¨ is the host family people, the close relative is
sick, represents in your family's old person body to owe this year
peacefully, serious needs to enter the hospital government; ¡§the mourning
gate¡¨ is affecting is the rabbit the elder, makes your health to suffer
injury, but ¡§the disaster ghost¡¨ besides destroys your task performance,
also makes young you easily wound of the hands and feet.