Welcome to Part 2 of our look at Chinese Astrology by Psychic Arthur. In this installment, Arthur will help you figure out your Chinese Zodiac sign and explain what it means to you!
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a fascinating rotating 60-year cycle, represented by 12 different animals, but it doesn’t stop there. Each animal signs is then assigned to one of the five elements: metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. Next, each animal/element sign is then assigned a specific year, which creates the unique characteristic for each year.
This year, The Chinese New Year begins on February 19, 2015. According to the Chinese calendar, the element for this year is Wood, which is also represented by the color Green. So this is The Year of the Wood Green Sheep.
Why are the 12 animals listed in the specific order they typically appear? Good question.
According to legend, Buddha invited 12 animals to a race, saying the order that each animal crossed the finish line would determine the order of the 12 animal signs. The rat, knowing he didn’t have a chance, climbed on the back of the ox, who was fast on land, strong through difficult terrain and a good swimmer. As they neared the finish line, the rat jumped off and became the first sign, with the rest following.
Following Chinese Astrology, the year a person is born determines their animal sign, which has its own distinctive personality and traits. Check the chart below to find your Chinese zodiac sign and then learn all about the traits and personality of various animals.
Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year.
Rat: People born in the year of the Rat are quick-witted, intelligent, charming, sharp, persuasive and fun. They have excellent taste and are a good friend; however, if not careful, they can be motivated by money. Compatible with Dragon and Monkey.
Ox: The second of the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is hard working, a goal-oriented leader, patient, kind, stubborn and honest. At times they can be a little introverted and feel insecure, but they love their family and friends. Compatible with Snake and Rooster.
Tiger: Those born in the year of the Tiger are brave, authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense. They take control of situations and, like a tiger, they can pounce at a moment’s notice. Compatible with Horse and Dog.
Rabbit: People born in the year of the Rabbit are gentle, modest, popular, compassionate, and sincere. They like to communicate with others in a humorous way and will go out of their way to avoid conflict. Rabbits enjoy their home, entertaining, and being surrounded by family and friends. Compatible with Sheep, Dog and Pig.
Dragon: A powerful sign, individuals born under the Dragon are energetic, warm-hearted, charismatic, and fearless. While they can come across as a bit arrogant, impatient and over confident, dragons are born leaders and are seldom discouraged if difficulties arise. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.
Snake: People born in the year of the Snake tend to be charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, seductive, and rely on their gut instincts. Snakes are hardworking, analytical and good with money but can sometimes come across as insecure and jealous at times. Compatible with Rooster and Ox.
Horse: Individuals born under the sign of the horse love to roam and cannot bear to be constrained. They’re energetic, warm hearted, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling. They’re great at seduction and love intimacy. Compatible with Dog and Tiger.
Sheep/Goat: While people born the year of the Sheep are creative, deep thinkers, and wanderers, they can also be unorganized, neurotic and insecure. If they get lots of love, support and understanding from family and friends their anxiety level can be normalized. Compatible with Pig and Rabbit.
Monkey: Those born in the year of the Monkey enjoy having fun! They’re energetic, upbeat, good listeners, and creative, but lack self-control and can sometimes be self-centered. They’re also not good when it comes to long-term relationships and can be heart breakers, but they do enjoy having fun. Compatible with Rat and Dragon.
Rooster: Those born in the year of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, neat, independent, hardworking, and observant. Oh, and they’re perfectionist—they epitomize fidelity and punctuality. Compatible with Ox and Snake.
Dog: People born in the year of the Dog are loyal, faithful, courageous, smart and warmhearted. However, they’re often guilty of telling white lies and prone to mood swings. Dogs succeed in business. Compatible with Tiger and Horse.
Pig: People born in the year of the Pig are loving, tolerant, honest, intelligent, and appreciative of luxury. While they’re honest and frank, they’re also perfectionists who enjoy helping others and are good companions if you don’t cross them. Compatible with Rabbit and Sheep.
If you’d like to explore your animal sign in more detail, give me a call at extension x8237.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s final installment in Arthur’s Chinese Astrology series where you’ll learn what living in The Year of the Sheep means for you, no matter what your sign.
If you missed the first part in this series, CLICK HERE to read a general overview of what to expect in 2015 Year of the Sheep and discover a list of famous “Sheep” too!