|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.
The Chinese Zodiac differs from the Zodiac of the West. Unlike Western
astrology, which follows the cycles of the sun, Chinese Astrology follows
the cycles of the moon. A complete cycle of sixty lunar years is made up
of five - twelve year cycles. This twelve-year cycle is sometimes called
"The Yellow Road of the Sun".
A certain animal represents each year during the Chinese New Year. The
twelve animals are: The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse,
Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
Legend tells us that when Buddha lay on his deathbed, he asked the
animals of the forest to come and bid him farewell. These 12 were the
first to arrive. The cat, as the story goes, is not among the animals
because it was napping & could not be bothered to make the journey. Based
on the order of their arrival, Buddha gave each animal a year of its own,
bestowing the nature and the characteristics of each to those born in that
animal year. However, this is only one version of the legend. In certain
far Eastern countries, the cat is the astrological symbol instead of the
Rabbit. The animal year in which you were born profoundly influences your
life. The Chinese say, "This is the animal that hides in your heart".
In addition to the twelve animals of Chinese astrology there are also
five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). A Chinese horoscope is
divided into interlocking sets of the numbers ten and twelve. (e.g. ten
Heavenly Stem signs and twelve Earthly Branch signs). These three systems
are used for counting and classifying the years: The Ten Heavenly Stems,
The Twelve Earthly Branches and The Twelve Animals. The ancient principle
of Yin and Yang (negative and positive forces) is also very much involved
in charting a horoscope.
Astrology is an integral part of everyday life in China. A Chinese
person always knows his or her animal sign. Life decisions are made
according to astrology, especially when seeking guidance about whom to
marry and when. It is also to guide as to when to conclude financial
agreements, begin journeys, start building a new home, and even where to
bury the dead.
Love Long Ren transported in Year of the Ox love with last year is
similar, but ¡§the canopy¡¨ has gone luckily, therefore the situation
slightly improved the extension. Married you, the time which gathers with
the husband or wife increase, so long as two people can °÷ by the
sincerity, love Italy care mutually, the marriage still might maintain a
happiness. Unmarried has lover's you, appointment's time were more than
last year, is together is also quite harmonious, happily, the bilateral
sentiment was also happy, is warm. However, had still not had love object
you, the predestined match, on love road as before is this year lonely a
Health In the Year of the Ox health has no serious problem, the whole
year safe, have no major disaster not to get sick. However, the dragon in
November body resistivity is bad in lunar calendar in August, often feels
the mind to be restless, also on chromatophilic catching cold cold,
although is the small question, but still needed several weeks to be able
to convalesce thoroughly. Young dragon sleep is serious insufficient, when
during the day work the spirit concentrates with difficulty, affects the
performance, if does not know the self-criticism improvement, in the
second half of the year the health will be worse.
SNAKE SNAKE Snake--- Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989,
2001, 2013. The fleeting time ¡§three¡¨, ¡§the golden sedan chair¡¨ two big
lucky stars meet by chance, has greatly asks to acquire fame, seeks for
profit the swift and fierce tendency which profits. ¡§three¡¨ the host plans
matters may become, the big advantage enterprise, goes to work this year a
race, if offers to boss has mind filled with the development important
matter, decides can obtain the approval, and obtains in the company
various departments to coordinate mutually, the plan can implement
implements, after end of mission, is promoted raises in salary the nature
to be hopeful. However, the one's horoscope simultaneously sees ¡§the
official symbol¡¨ and ¡§flies the symbol¡¨ the evil star, will affect your
judgment, makes you to make a mistake in the work, light, is scolded boss,
the heavy piece annoys official of the mishap must, cannot be unexpected.
To learn more about Chinese Astrology, please refer to the following
resources for the animal sign that you were born under and other Chinese
RABBITS RABBITS Rabbit--- Born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987,
1999, 2011. Career Because this year one's horoscope is short of the lucky
star protection, not merely all does not have the boost, the command is in
all directions the rabbit you are difficult in the work to have the
breakthrough, even hinders layer on layer, works twice the result with
half the effort. In the Year of the Ox, sees only ¡§imprisons the prison¡¨,
¡§the disaster ghost¡¨ and so on evil stars to stay and defend one's post
the one's horoscope, unscrupulous. ¡§imprisons the prison¡¨ the host to have
the official non-, the penalty event, will represent your this year
because official business will make a mistake draws on troublesome, light
is punished the boss, the heavy piece will stir up the lawsuit event, must
by the legal way solution. But ¡§the disaster ghost¡¨ the host has the
accident breakage, works makes a futile effort, in other words, regardless
of your how the pain, is this year difficult to have the important