New Year & Zodiac
the westernized style of zodiac, the Chinese zodiac actually
dates back to 2500 BC during the reign of Emperor Huang Ti.
This particular zodiac calendar provides an annual
look into activity based on the moons cycles.
Beginning with a lunar year, which can begin anytime
from late January to the middle of February, each calendar
consists of five cycles, each being 12 years.
For each of
the 12 years, the Chinese zodiac includes animals, which has
a very interesting legend.
It is believed that before Lord Buddha left the
earth, he summoned all of the animals to come before him.
However, of all the animals, only 12 showed up to bid
him farewell. In
honor of these 12, Lord Buddha named a year after them.
The belief is that the animal associated with each
year rules over it. Therefore,
the lifestyle and personality of the person born under that
animal sign is strongly influenced by that particular
animal, being supported by the old Chinese saying, This
is the animal that hides in your heart.
excavation in 1955 of a tomb dating back to the Tang
Dynasty, a set of zodiac figurines were found, each
carefully made from pottery.
Interestingly, these figurines were created with the
body of a human but the head of each of the 12 animals.
During the North Zhou Dynasty, which was from 557 to
581 AD, a very popular practice was to determine a
persons year of birth using the zodiac signs.
You would even find the coordinating zodiac on eating
utensils and grave headstones.
animals that showed up in front of Lord Buddha included the
rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey,
rooster, dog, and pig successively. The story is that the cat spoke with his friend the rat.
They agreed that whichever one of them awoke in the
morning first would be responsible for waking the other so
they could go to Lord Buddha together.
Unfortunately, the rat broke his promise to the cat,
arriving alone. Shortly thereafter, the remaining 11 animals showed up and by
the time that the cat awoke, the meeting had concluded. The legend is that because of this, cats resent and kill
rats. To give
you a better idea of how the Chinese zodiac works, consider
Rat (born in 1912, 1924, 1936,
1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044)
First animal in the cycle, considered aggressive,
suspicious, ambitious, quick to anger, power hungry,
hot-tempered, critical, as well as generous, honest,
charming, imaginative, and generous.
It is common for people under the Rat zodiac to be
publicists, writers, or critics.
The Rat coordinates well with the Monkey and Dragon,
but the Horse should be avoided.
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Ox (born in 1913, 1925, 1937,
1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045)
Powerful, unyielding, stubborn, but also born leaders,
great parents, typically successful, upright, inspiring,
conservative, and easy-going.
Typical careers would include a surgeon, military
personnel, or hairdresser.
The Ox gets along with the Snake and Rooster but the
Sheep should be avoided.
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Tiger (born in 1914, 1926, 1938,
1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, and 2046)
Fighting animal, which is aggressive, unpredictable,
emotional, yet charming, sensitive, courageous, and capable
of giving immense love.
Somewhat of a risk taker, while also carefree.
Excellent positions include anything with
supervision, an explorer, matador, or racecar driver.
Love tendencies are strong between the Horse and Dog
but the Monkey should be left alone.
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Rabbit (born in 1915, 1927,
1939, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2003, 2036, and 2047)
Affectionate, talented, pleasant, value security, enjoy
tranquility, sometimes too sentimental and superficial,
cautious, and generally successful in business. The rabbit would make an excellent actor, lawyer, or
best life partners would include the Sheep or Pig but not
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Dragon (born in 1916, 1928,
1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, and
2048) The Dragon is highly intelligent,
gifted, unfaithful, loud, garish, popular, successful,
enthusiastic, although also stubborn.
Typically, the Dragon would be a priest, politician,
artist, or some type of leader.
Very compatible with the Snake or Rooster but the
Sheep should be avoided.
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Snake (born in 1917, 1929, 1941,
1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2015, 2037, and 2049)
People under this sign are clever, determined,
passionate, intense, romantic, charming, and wise, but also
tend to be vain and guided strongly by intuition.
The Snake will win money but should avoid being
best jobs for this sign would be a writer, philosopher,
teacher, fortuneteller, or psychiatrist.
The snake coordinates will with the Ox and Rooster,
but not the Pig.
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Horse (born in 1918, 1930, 1942,
1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, and 2050)
The Horse is friendly, intelligent, popular, cheerful,
but also has an impatient, cunning, and selfish streak.
This person is typically a scientist, politician,
poet, or adventurer. The
Horse goes well with the Dog and Tiger but not necessarily
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Sheep (born in 1919, 1931, 1943,
1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, and 2051)
Sheep are creative, passionate, artistic, elegant,
honest, and warmhearted, but also timid, disorganized,
pessimistic, and vulnerable.
The best career for the Sheep would be an actor,
beachcomber, or gardener.
The Sheep is very compatible with the Rabbit and Pig
and the Ox should be avoided.
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Monkey (born in 1920, 1932,
1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, and
2052) Very intelligent, clever, inventive,
and entertaining, the Monkey can also be discouraged easily
and live dangerously. Often
distrustful of other people, they will guard against many
great thing about being a Monkey is that they will succeed
in anything they want to do.
The best compatibility comes with the Dragon or Rat,
not the Tiger.
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Rooster (born in 1921, 1933,
1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, and
2053) The Rooster is hardworking, courageous,
eager for more knowledge, strong decision-makers, very
skilled, and great with details.
However, the Rooster is also arrogant, shrewd,
eccentric, and sometimes, reckless.
The perfect career for a Rooster would be a
restaurant owner, military personnel, publicist, or world
sign gets along best with the Snake and Ox but the Rabbit
should be far away.
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Dog (born in 1922, 1934, 1946,
1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, and 2054)
People born under the Dog are honest, quiet, generous,
intelligent, and very loyal while also being a bit stubborn.
They tend to worry about everything, have a sharp
tongue, and like to place fault on others.
However, people under this sign are also very
successful, making them great candidates for business,
teaching, or working as a secret agent.
Tigers and Horses are the best match while the Dragon
should be handled with caution.
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Pig (born in 1923, 1935,
1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, and
2043) Very honest, sincere, tolerant, kind,
and affectionate, the Pig is also short tempered and
people under this sign are eager for knowledge, they tend to
be successful, especially when it comes to finances,
entertainment, or the legal field. The best match would be the Sheep and Rabbit but Pigs
and Pigs do not do well together.
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