Chinese Zodiac

 

In Chinese is known as the Sheng Xiao (生肖). The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar, the Chinese calendar is cyclical. Each cycle is made up of 12 years; after the 12th year, the cycle is repeated. The Chinese associate each year of a 12-year cycle with an animal and its reputed attributes, and they refer to the years as "the year of the pig," "the year of the rabbit," and so forth. The 12 animals and the years associated with them are often represented on a circular chart, and for this reason they are known as animals of the zodiac. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs, and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals) and hours of the day (called secret animals).

 

Years Corresponding to the Chinese Zodiac

 

The Chinese believe that one's personality and fate are all influenced by the lunar year that one is born in: -

 

Rat 1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020 2032
Ox 1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021 2033
Tiger 1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022 2034
Rabbit 1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023 2035
Dragon 1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024 2036
Snake 1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025 2037
Horse 1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026 2038
Sheep 1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027 2039
Monkey 1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028 2040
Rooster 1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029 2041
Dog 1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030 2042
Pig 1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031 2043

 

The Year of 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which begins on 3 February 2011 and ends on 22 January 2012.

 

Personalities

 

The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order and their characteristics: -

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and charisma. They are perfectionists and work very hard to achieve their goals. They are very thrifty with money yet like to acquire many possessions. They get angry easily and love to gossip. They have high ambitions and are quite often very successful.

 

• Positive traits: forthright, tenacious, intense, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, intellectual, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, and shrewd
• Negative traits: manipulative, vindictive, self-destructive, envious, mendacious, venal, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, and scheming

People born in the Year of the Ox (Bull/Cow) are patient, quiet yet inspire confidence in others. They are eccentric and temperamental. They speak little but when they do they are quite articulate. Mentally and physically alert, they are generally easy-going but can be very stubborn and they hate to fail or be opposed.

 

• Positive traits: dependable, ambitious, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious
• Negative traits: stubborn, dogmatic, hot-tempered, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding

People born the Year of the Tiger are deep thinkers, very sensitive and can have great sympathy for others. They are powerful and courageous. However, they can be extremely short-tempered and don’t respond to authority, especially if it’s from older people. They are sometimes indecisive and have poor judgment.

 

• Positive traits: unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous
• Negative traits: restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, moody

People born in the Year of the Rabbit (Hare) are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. They are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. They are clever at business and often make the correct choices.

 

• Positive traits: gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible
• Negative traits: moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn

People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust in others. They are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac. They never borrow money, are very straight forwarded and tend to be soft hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them.

 

• Positive traits: magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal
• Negative traits: tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash

People born in the Year of the Snake are emotionally and spiritually deep. They say little yet possess great wisdom. Snake people are often selfish and vain yet can show tremendous sympathy for others. They tend to rely on themselves because they have serious doubts about other people’s judgment. They hate to fail and are determined in whatever they do. Appearing calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate creatures. Usually very good-looking in appearance, they sometimes have relationship problems because of it.

 

• Positive traits: deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful
• Negative traits: loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold

People born in the Year of the Horse are very popular. They like to be entertained and like being around large crowds. They are wise, talented, and very good with their hands. They are cheerful, skillful with money, and perceptive, although they sometimes talk way too much for their own good. They are very independent and don’t listen to others advice.

 

• Positive traits: cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile—mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded
• Negative traits: fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn

People born in the Year of Goat (Sheep/Ram) are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They are wise, gentle, and compassionate On the surface they appear better off than those born in the zodiac's other years but are often shy, pessimistic and often puzzled about life. They are very spiritual yet timid. They are sometimes not well spoken but are always passionate about what they do and what they believe in. Their abilities will always make them prosperous so they are able to enjoy all the comforts of a good life.

 

• Positive traits: righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, peaceful, generous, seeks security
• Negative traits: moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed

People born in the Year of the Monkey are the erratic geniuses of the zodiac. Clever, skillful, and flexible, they are remarkably inventive, original in thinking, and can solve the most difficult problem with ease. They are sometimes impatient and must do things immediately and if they cannot, they become discouraged and give up easily. Although good at making decisions, they tend to look down on others. Having strong common sense, they have excellent memories and a deep desire for knowledge. They are very strong willed yet do not stay angry long.

 

• Positive traits: inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual
• Negative traits: egotistical, vain, arrogant, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious

People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers, very capable and naturally talented. They are very devoted and like to keep busy but are deeply disappointed with personal failure. They can be eccentric resulting in troubled relationships with others. They always think they are right and usually are. Being loners, they sometimes give the outward impression of being adventurous but are actually timid. They can be selfish and too outspoken, but are always interesting and can be extremely brave.

 

• Positive traits: acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible
• Negative traits: over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, proud, opinionated, given to empty bravado

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are great leaders, have a deep sense of loyalty, and are honest. They are very trustworthy because they can keep secrets. They can be very selfish and stubborn at times and can be emotionally cold and sometimes distant. They always have money but care very little for wealth. They are easy to criticize other and are noted for their sharp tongues.

 

• Positive traits: honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going
• Negative traits: cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome

People born in the Year of the Pig are gallant and always give their best effort. They have tremendous fortitude, great honesty, and are very optimistic. They have few friends but the relationships they do have are lifelong. They are extremely loyal so their friendship is very prized by others and they are very kind to love ones. They have a great thirst for knowledge and study a great deal so they are well informed. They are quick tempered yet hate to argue.

 

• Positive traits: honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent
• Negative traits: naïve, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic

 

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