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Unveiling the Secrets of the Chinese Zodiac

CEO Khai Intela
Introduction Have you ever wondered what your Chinese zodiac animal is? The Chinese zodiac is a fascinating system consisting of twelve representative animals, each corresponding to a certain year in a twelve-year cycle. In this...

Introduction

Have you ever wondered what your Chinese zodiac animal is? The Chinese zodiac is a fascinating system consisting of twelve representative animals, each corresponding to a certain year in a twelve-year cycle. In this article, we will explore the origins, meanings, and characteristics of the Chinese zodiac signs.

The Ancient Legend of Chinese Zodiac Creation

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor, known as the Emperor in Heaven in Chinese folklore, assigned animals to be calendar signs. The first twelve animals to arrive at the meeting place the following day would be designated as the Chinese Zodiac signs. The clever Rat and the Cat planned to go together, but the Rat deceived the Cat and arrived alone, becoming the first animal of the Chinese Zodiac. The Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig followed suit. Unfortunately, the Cat arrived too late and missed the selection, which is why Cats and Rats have been enemies since ancient times.

The Chinese Zodiac Yin and Yang Theory

The order of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac is determined by the Yin and Yang attributes of each animal. Yin represents the receptive, feminine force of the universe, while Yang represents the penetrating, masculine force. The number of toes, claws, or hoofs on each animal determines whether it possesses Yin or Yang energy. The Rat is unique because it has a different number of toes on its front and hind legs, making it a Yin and Yang animal, and thus taking first place in the Chinese Zodiac. The ancient Chinese believed that the balance of Yin and Yang energies was essential for the coexistence of the animal signs.

The Chinese Zodiac Hours

In addition to associating each year with a Chinese Zodiac animal, traditional Chinese culture also assigned animals to correspond to the hours of the day. The 24-hour day was divided into twelve two-hour periods, with each period representing an animal. The order of the animals in the twelve-year cycle is the same as the order of the two-hour periods in a day. For example, Rat's hours are between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., followed by Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. This means that a person's birth hour, in addition to their birth year, influences their character traits and destiny.

Your Animal Sign in the Chinese Zodiac

To determine your animal sign in the Chinese zodiac, you can refer to a Chinese Zodiac table. Your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, determines when you will meet your animal sign in the twelve-year cycle. For example, if you were born in 1981 between February 5th and January 24th, you are a Rooster, and you would have encountered your animal sign in 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, and so on.

The Chinese Zodiac Year of Birth - Ben Ming Nian

The year of a person's birth according to the Chinese calendar is called Ben Ming Nian or the "Zodiac Year of Birth." For example, the year 2018 (February 16th to February 4th, 2019) was the year of the Earth Dog. Chinese Zodiac prediction suggests that one's year of birth is significant, and it is important to give relevant gifts to people during their Ben Ming Nian to help improve their fortune. To reduce the potentially unlucky impact of the year, the ancients advise wearing red socks, waist belts, or underwear given by elders, as the color red brings good luck and wards off evil spirits. It is also customary to purchase tokens with Pi Xiu, mythical wild animals from Chinese traditions said to drive away evil spirits. Placing flowers or ornaments in the sign's lucky directions is also believed to bring good luck.

12 Chinese Zodiac Signs: Meanings and Characteristics

Rat

The Rat is the first Chinese Zodiac representative. People born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020 are Rats. Rats are known for their wisdom, quick wit, energy, ambition, practicality, and charm. However, they can also be stubborn, greedy, timid, and gossip-loving.

Ox

The Ox is the second Chinese Zodiac representative. If you were born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009, you are an Ox. Ox individuals are diligent, creative, hard-working, ambitious, honest, and patient. However, they can also be stubborn, indifferent, slow, narrow-minded, and poor at communication.

Tiger

Tiger is the third Chinese Zodiac representative. If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, or 2010, you are a Tiger. Tigers are known for their bravery, fierceness, courage, charisma, competitiveness, intensity, and luck. They may also exhibit irritability, overindulgence, and a desire to boast.

Rabbit

The Rabbit is the fourth Chinese Zodiac representative. People born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011 are Rabbits. Rabbits are symbols of longevity and good luck. They are intelligent, cautious, gentle, friendly, and kind. However, they may also be nervous, superficial, and melancholic.

Dragon

Dragon is the fifth Chinese Zodiac representative. If you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012, you are a Dragon. Dragons represent good fortune and authority. They are successful, brave, kind-hearted, powerful, and courageous. However, they might also be tactless, conceited, over-confident, and quick-tempered.

Snake

The Snake is the sixth Chinese Zodiac representative. People born in 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, or 2013 are Snakes. Snakes are known for their flexibility, patience, and sensitivity. They are also discreet, wise, sympathetic, and mesmerizing. However, they may also exhibit greed, laziness, and arrogance.

Horse

The Horse is the seventh Chinese Zodiac representative. If you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014, you are a Horse. Horses are easy-going, upstanding, warm-hearted, and persistent. However, they may also lack persistence and have a love for spending money.

Goat

The Goat is the eighth Chinese Zodiac representative. People born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, or 2015 are Goats. Goats symbolize harmony and solidarity. Individuals born under this sign are shy, determined, imaginative, and polite. However, they may also be unrealistic, short-sighted, and pessimistic.

Monkey

The Monkey is the ninth Chinese Zodiac representative. Monkeys are flexible. If you were born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, or 2016, you are a Monkey. Monkeys are energetic, confident, charismatic, intelligent, inventive, and loyal. On the negative side, they may exhibit arrogance, egotism, snobbishness, and restlessness.

Rooster

Rooster is the tenth Chinese Zodiac representative. People born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017 are Roosters. Roosters are punctual and loyal. They are independent, hard-working, honest, courageous, and self-confident. However, they may also display arrogance, vanity, and pride.

Dog

The Dog is the eleventh Chinese Zodiac representative. If you were born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018, you are a Dog. Dogs symbolize honesty and loyalty. Individuals born under this sign are friendly, honest, loyal, straightforward, smart, and responsible. However, they may also be defensive, stubborn, self-righteous, and critical of others.

Pig

The Pig is the twelfth Chinese Zodiac representative. Pigs symbolize wealth and good fortune. If you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, or 2019, you are a Pig. Pigs are honest, fun-loving, happy, educated, brave, and sincere. Some of their weaknesses include being gluttonous, naive, self-indulgent, and lazy.

Conclusion

The Chinese zodiac is a captivating system that offers insight into our personalities and influences our destiny. By understanding our Chinese zodiac animal and its unique characteristics, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and those around us. So, embrace the wisdom of the Chinese zodiac and embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. May the animals of the Chinese zodiac guide and inspire you on your path to happiness and success.

Image sources: Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake | Horse | Goat | Monkey | Rooster | Dog | Pig

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