Chinese astrology is closely linked to Chinese philosophy and its concepts of “Theory of the three” i.e. harmony, heaven, and earth and water. It also uses concepts such as the yin and yang concepts, Wu Xing teachings, 10 Celestial stems, 12 earthly branches, lunisolar calendar, and Shichen. The development of the Chinese astrologyastrologyDefinition: The study of the influence of celestial bodies on earth....
first began during the Han Dynasty (2nd century BC to 2nd century AD).

It was during the Han dynasty that the traditional elements of Chinese culture such as yin and yang concepts, Wu Xing’s teachings, concepts of heaven and earth etc were fused together to create a solid foundation for astrology. Now in Chinese astrology a classification system called “shēngxiào” or the Chinese ZodiacZodiacDefinition: Heaven divided into 12 signs, of 30° each....
was developed. This system was based in accordance to the 11.86 year cyclecycleDefinition: A complete revolution of planet in the heaven....
of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. Additionally, this system unlike the Western Zodiac system is based on the years and not on the months. The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 signs represented by an animal. These 12 animals were selected on the basis of their individual characteristics that represent the sign perfectly. The 12 animals in chronological order are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 

So let us examine these 12 animals microscopically in relation to their impact on astrology

1. Rat:

Born: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

The year of the rat is all about “exploring and discovering” just like a rat who is always curious and very inquisitive. It is also an ideal time for great “creativity to flow” and for “thinking out of the box”. It also lends itself perfectly to accepting things as they are and adapting according to the circumstances.


2. Ox:

Born: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The Ox is considered a rather “industrious animal” and so the year of the ox is all about hard work. Hard work would also include planning which would then lead to progress. It is also about accepting and learning to “forgive and forget” and to “live and let live”. It also encourages the virtues of practicality which is a very important value in today’s practical world.


3. Tiger:

Born: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

“Passion and fire” are the recurring themes of the year of the Tiger. Due to high passion the year of the tiger could also be at times be found wanting in direction in life. A tendency to overindulge is also a common feature for people under the year of the Tiger. Complacency could also set in very easily and people under this sign must be wary of this.


4. Rabbit:

Born: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

The year of the rabbit is characterized by caution, regulation, and meekness i.e. indecisiveness and not weakness. On the other hand though this “year of the rabbit” also shows signs of tremendous courage under fire. The other virtues include Philanthropy, forgiveness, peace, and empathy.


5. Dragon:

Born: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

“Irresistible charisma” is how the year of the dragon best be described as. It is also said to be injected with a lot of charm and great potential. This year of the dragon is also said to be charming in terms of being honest. Although moderation and a clear goal is required. A balance between the real and fantasy is also required during the year of the dragon.


6. Snake:

Born: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

“Slippery “is the apt word to describe the year of the snake. They are very hard to understand due to their unique perceptions of life. An ability to see the best in people is one great attribute that exist in the year of the snake. This sign is filled with optimism and encouragement both ideal virtues for good friendship. Negativity could also influence this sign and as a result can be unpredictable.


7. Horse:

Born: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

“Activity” is the word that precisely describes the year of the horse. In born leadership qualities is what this sign possesses. They are friendly and are always ready to lend a helping hand. This sign also possesses a great understanding of what they want from life and the means to achieve it. “Wisdom” is another virtue of this sign.


8. Goat:

Born: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

“Dual personality” is a word that best reflects this sign. While some individuals are fairly easy going there are others that are rigid. The individuals belonging to this sign are usually sports loving and love an adventure. These are people who also love fresh air and the outdoors. “Stubbornness” is the other facet of people belonging to this sign.


9. Monkey:

Born: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

“Versatility” is what differentiates this sign from the rest. These individuals are adaptable are easily adjust themselves to their surroundings. They are also inventive, imaginative, and resourceful. They are also lucky when it comes to “money matters”. Additionally they are also curious, playful, and loveable.


10. Rooster:

Born: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

“Self confidence” is a key word that best describes people belonging to this sign. It is this very self confidence that makes people under this sign look arrogant or cocky (pun intended). This confidence is due to fiercely independent nature. They also not only take pride in themselves but in their community too. Additionally, they are sentimental and possessive. 


11. Dog:

Born: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

A dog as an animal stands for “loyalty and companionship” and these very same virtues are represented by people under this sign. They are jovial in nature and love to make people laugh. They are also ever ready to serve as and when required. They are also always willing to fight for a cause.


12. Pig:

Born: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

“Sincerity and honesty” is what people under this sign can best be described as. The simple fact is the people belonging to this sign cannot lie. Due to their honesty they are trustworthy individuals. They also possess a child like wonder which is both charming and captivating at the same time. They are also family oriented individuals.


So as can be seen, each of 12 animals represent the individual characteristics of the Zodiac sign perfectly. With 2016 being the “Year of the Monkey” here is hoping a great year for all the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs.

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