The Chinese Zodiac is a recurring 12-year cycle, with each year being represented by an animal. The origin of this cycle is based on a tale that usually begins with either a Buddha or Emporer, who summoned all of the animals in the universe to a banquet. The order in which they arrived is what determined the order of the zodiac.
The Order is as Follows. You can also see which animal represents your own year!
Rat: (1984, 1996, 2008, add 12 years for each following year)
Ox: (1985, 1997, 2009)
Tiger: (1986, 1998, 2010)
Rabbit: (1987, 1999, 2011)
Dragon: (1976, 1988, 2000)
Snake: (1977, 1989, 2001)
Horse: (1978, 1990, 2002)
Ram: (1979, 1991, 2003)
Monkey: (1980, 1992, 2004)
Chicken: (1981, 1993, 2005)
Dog: (1982, 1994, 2006)
Pig: (1983, 1995, 2007)
It Can Determine Your True Love
It is obvious that some animals get along better than others, and the Chinese Zodiac uses that train of thought to determine whether two people are compatible or not, using the year of their birth. One example is that a Goat does best with a Rabbit, Horse or Pig, but worst with a Rat, Ox or Dog.
Each Sign has a Not So Lucky Year
According to the Chinese Zodiac, each person will meet their birth sign year at the age of 12, 24, 36 and so on (every twelve years). It is said that those years are unlucky, and that you should avoid wearing certain items during those years, such as anything that is the color red. They should also be more cautious when dealing with their love life, career and health.
Fated Personality Traits
Depending on your sign, you are supposedly born with specific personality traits.
Rat: Resourceful and quick witted.
Ox: Honest and hardworking.
Tiger: Brave and self-confident.
Rabbit: Gentle, kind, quick and patient.
Dragon: Intelligent, ambitious and persevering.
Snake: Courageous, Confident and communicative.
Horse: Animated, active and energetic.
Goat: Shy, sympathetic and amicable.
Monkey: Witty, intelligent and adventurous.
Rooster: Observant and talented.
Dog: Loyal, honest and prudent.
Pig: Diligent, compassionate and gentle.
The Yin and the Yang
The twelve zodiac signs are divided into six complementary pairs, depending on the number of toes on the represented animal. Even-toed animals are yin, while odd-toed animals are considered yang.
If you’d like to learn more about Astrology in general, then check out our Astrological Articles, watch these Zodiac Videos, or head on over to Zodiac 101 to learn more about each individual sign, and the meaning of it all.
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