The Chinese Zodiac
The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals
Richard Giles, astrologer and feng shui consultant, gives us a brief explanation of the meanings of the Chinese Zodiac characters, the twelve animals. In 2012, January 23 marks the commencement of the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, beginning a new zodiac animal cycle. Of course there is a lot more to Chinese Astrology than just the Zodiac
Animals, but this article is a good beginning to the study. And you can calculate your Zodiac Animal with our free on line calculator!
The Chinese Zodiac is based on the Lunar Year, while Western Astrology is based on the Solar Year, so the two do not exactly coincide. The Zodiac Animals form the underlying basis of this ancient system, but bear in mind that there is much more to it than appears from the simple Animal Characters.
Here is a list of the Chinese Zodiac Animals, with a brief analysis of their meanings, plus the years in which they rule. Bear in mind that the Chinese Lunar Year begins on January 23rd in 2012, but the Chinese Solar Year always
begins on February 4th!
THE DRAGON —
personality is energetic, enthusiastic and self-confident. Dragons are good at creating an impression. Dragons are interested in the world around them, full of energy and are comfortable with being the centre of attention. In difficult situations, Dragons can judge well, stepping in at the right moment to resolve things. They can be decisive, lucky and capable yet quiet serious and dignified.
They can also be brave and charismatic and have a whole hearted approach to life. They see themselves as protectors. In partnerships they look for someone who will give them space and at the same time satisfy their romantic nature. They can often be disappointed at what they see as weakness in others. Their careers can be in acting, law, religion, management and the arts. Enjoying responsibility
they will not tolerate being trapped in poor jobs or being at the mercy of others.
THE SNAKE —
Snakes like to always be in control, are charming and captivating, yet calculating and often conservative. They are often enduring characters who can keep going in adversity. They have the alertness of the snake and often exhibit uncanny perception. Companionship, moral support and love are important to a Snake in
intimate relationships. Their partners must like cosy surroundings and intimacy. They are brilliant at laying in wait and may patiently observe for months or years, then strike at the right moment. Their careers are in public relations, archaeology, astrology, philosophy, catering or the law.
THE HORSE —
Horses are independent, confident, full of strength and ambitious. Also very honest and loyal.They set out to achieve recognition for their skills. They often turn out to be totally devoted to their work, family or home. Even in the face of crises, Horses have a tendency to go forward which is a sign of their tremendous inner confidence. They are willing to do their very best and are usually
devoted to whatever they focus on. They are often very devoted to their tasks and need a partner who will take care of them but will also leave them free to pursue their own adventures if needed. In careers they will make good politicians, explorers and artists.
THE SHEEP (or GOAT) —
Sheep are considered patient and like to exercise moderation and caution in all aspects of their lives. They can bear great pressure and remain stable. Can be very hard workers accomplishing much and can easily take on more than their load. Often they will remain in the background of an endeavor not needing to hog the
limelight. Good team workers. Their steadfastness makes them very reliable. In love they tend towards a partner who will protect them and give them space for their creativity. They can have careers in the arts, research, outdoor work, emergency relief work, in libraries or in design.
THE MONKEY —
These are the active signs of the zodiac. People born in these years have an inner spirit of lightning energy. They have a mental gift of being intelligent and learning quickly, they come up with new ideas and like to learn new things. They love playing games and are often ready to tease or play tricks. Their fast moving
energy makes them sometimes appear insensitive to others so often for this reason they find it hard to settle with one person. Often Monkeys find themselves born into families that support them well. They can be very ambitious and adaptable. In career they are good at design, media management, public relations and planning.
THE ROOSTER —
These people are very courageous, brave and wise. They enjoy singing and music and can be very creative. Often have very powerful imaginations. They have a strength of persistence and often exhibit strong personal power usually knowing what they want. Are very good talkers and can persuade others. In relationships they frequently yearn for companionship or friendship and make astute observers of
what happens in a partnership. In career they can be adept in politics, public relations, arts, creative work, and scientific endeavors.
THE DOG —
This is the honest, friendly and sincere sign of the zodiac. People born under the Dog always seem to be ready for action and this quality brings respect from others around them. They can be brave and courageous and rarely withdraw from a commitment or betray a confidence. Their inner power and physical vigour makes them good people to have on a team. They are very loyal and reliable and in
relationships settle with someone who supports them. They are devoted to the welfare of others and are often wonderful listeners. They can be very faithful to their partners and to others around them. The careers that they approach include teaching, social work, counselling, medicine, research, public campaigning and law.
THE PIG —
Pigs are tolerant and generous, virtuous and peaceful. They are well liked for their honesty and warm natures. They aim to find the best in people and allow others plenty of freedom of expression. They are often imbued with the energy of wealth and the support of others though they are not concerned with accumulating
wealth. They can be content with modest means. They rarely criticise others and are not vengeful and thus have few enemies. The Pig accepts the existing richness of life and doesn't demand more. They enjoy simple and earthy pleasures. In relationships they give love and affection and trust that they will receive the same. They possess considerable determination and if they set their minds on
something will pursue it and attain it. Good careers are in music, food, writing, social work, gardening and looking after others.
THE RAT —
Rats are intelligent, charming, ambitious – and often successful in business. They are quick to spot potential and put their creative, clever ideas into effect. At times they may appear stubborn, selfish and greedy, as they approach things wholeheartedly.
They are energetic and great organizers, so if you want something done call in a Rat.
They are suited to careers in shopkeeping, sales, buying and selling, or accountancy. Rats shine in managerial positions. In partnership, Rats are faithful if their partner provides the security and love they need.
THE OX —
They are steady, honest, gentle and reliable. The Ox builds plans and ideas on firm ground. Patience and hard work bring success to the Ox. They need peace and quiet to work through their ideas and are best left alone to work as they can become hotheaded, inflexible and stubborn when pushed. They are logical and find it hard to forgive if deceived. They prefer a truthful, loyal and committed
partner. They work well in careers to do with the earth, visual arts, farming, estate management, cooking, religion and medicine. They are often very skilled with their hands.
THE TIGER —
Tigers are determined, enthusiastic and positive with a sense of superiority. They explore the potential in unlikely situations. They like to see everything settled, rarely abandon projects and will become self centered and obstinate if they fail to achieve. Tigers tend to place themselves in leadership or radical roles.
They may become aggressive if trapped. In love, they need a steady consistent partner who quietly gets on with their own life. They are born leaders, are suited to travel, designing, advertising, politics or the military.
THE RABBIT —
usually generous, friendly and tranquil by nature. Rabbits like everything to be low key and even tempered and are anxious if forced to take risks. They enjoy paying attention to detail to create an ambience in their lives. Rabbits most often prefer the easy road. There ideal partner is loving and kind hearted and always fulfills their partner's desires. Rabbits are suited to careers in
literature, art, design, public relations, counselling, advisory occupations and law. They also make good secretaries.
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