|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.
Symbolism in Chinese Astrology
The astrology that is practiced in the East is quite different to that
of the West mainly because of the way each divides up and charts the year.
The fundamental difference underlying the two systems is that, whereas in
the West the calendar is based on the sun, in the East the Oriental year
is based on the cycle of the moon. And whereas in the West the New Year is
always constant, falling annually on the 1st of January, because the
Chinese calculate the beginning of their year according to the second New
Moon following the Winter Solstice, it means that their New Year is not
fixed but may occur sometime within a span ranging from the middle of
January to the middle of February.
Unlike Western astrology which uses the Zodiac and symbolism of the
planets, Chinese astrology uses twelve animals as a form of shorthand to
represent the nature and character of those born in the different years.
Under the Chinese astrological system a complete analysis of an individual
would have to take into account the year of birth, the element, the
yin/yang polarity, the month of birth, and the hour of birth. When
analyzing an individual, it is the year sign that lays down the
fundamental description of character, but this character is subject to
refinement by the element, polarity and animal characteristics governing
both the month and hour of birth.
The Rat (1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
The Ox (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
The Tiger (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
The Rabbit (1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
The Dragon (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
The Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
The Horse (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
The Ram (1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
The Monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
The Rooster (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005,
The Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
The Boar (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
Chinese astrology is a deep and complex subject when all the layers of
analysis are overlaid. Yet despite its complexity, it still allows ample
scope for an individual to glean fascinating information about his or her
personality even from a cursory glance at its ancient wisdom.
Fortune Money The golden sedan chair¡¨ is a money lucky star, since
¡§three¡¨ create the enterprise good opportunity for you, that ¡§the golden
sedan chair¡¨ the wealth star can also create the wealth logically for you,
but the snake person cannot not know, regardless of you are work a race
perhaps boss the level, these two lucky stars on own initiative will not
bring the wealth to you, they will need you to lead, will pay first
diligently with the perseverance, can play the role, therefore you may not
work indolently, will wait for gains without pains, otherwise has
disappointed the lucky star supplementary good luck in making money in
Love This year evil star aggregated, in addition outside you the cold
internal heat's disposition, the love protect own point of view, often is
afraid the sentimental injury, but to love actually , therefore unmarried
you, are also difficult in the Year of the Ox to have the opportunity to
meet the racket to tow the object, only has continues to wait. Married or
in love you, the fleeting time two person of sentiments are ordinary, has
not seen the breakthrough, even because of the minor matter struggle, did
not pay attention to mutually frequently, has interfered with each other
work and the daily mood. The married public figure family transports is
worse, must pay attention to the spouse health to be possible to change.
Health The fleeting time sees ¡§the day to cry¡¨, the host has, the
lonely matter lonely, the mood also easily the environmental effect, must
therefore maintain as far as possible the mood is relaxed. This year you
often meet the puzzle in the work or love, will make you not to be
elegantly stuffy, the association health will also come under the
influence, most common will be loses sleep. The evil star also host has
the bursting into tears event, lives together the snake person with the
elder, this year the old person body is unsatisfactory, the feeling is not
often comfortable, you cut cannot lower one's guard, careless processing,
otherwise slight illness fill-out sickness, also has complied with the
disaster ghost which bursts into tears.