Thursday, November 11, 2010

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

By Vyom Munjaal

The 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac represent the rotating 12-year cycle that forms the basis of Chinese Astrology. Each year in the 12-year cycle is referred by a particular animal like the 'Year of the Ox' or the Year of the Tiger'. People born in that particular year are said to display particular characteristics. These are discussed below.

Rat: Those born in the 'Year of the Rat' are witty, charming, alert and funny. They make generous and loyal friends. They seek money and can even become greedy. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

Ox: The Ox is unwavering, solid, a leader. The Ox is hard-working, stubborn, but can feel insecure. The Ox is reliable and protective. The Ox stands for stability. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

Tiger: People born under this Chinese Zodiac are leaders. They exude authority. They are ambitious, daring and intense. On the negative side, they can be very moody. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

Rabbit: Rabbit is a sign of home, warmth, love and care. People born in the 'Year of the Rabbit' love their home and hearth. They are compassionate and very understanding. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

Dragon: These people are strong, energetic, charismatic and natural leaders. On the flip side, they have a very massive ego. Dragon is a sign of leadership and respect. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

Snake: Like the creature snake, those born in this sign are a bit mysterious and secretive. They are charming, analytical and intelligent. They can also be insecure and jealous. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

Horse: People born in the 'Year of the Horse' love freedom. They are fiercely independent and enjoy traveling. They tend to be impatient. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

Goat: Goats are the loners and philosophers of the Chinese Zodiac. They are creative and think very deeply. They are insecure and unorganized. They are compatible with the Pig or the Rabbit.

Monkey: Those born under the Monkey sign love fun and frolic. They are energetic and very positive and active. They, however lack self-control and are not suitable for long-term relationships. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

Rooster: Rooster is resourceful and practical. They are perfectionists. They tend to be very conservative and opinionated. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

Dog: The Dog is loyal and faithful. The Dog is a very sensitive sign. People born in this year are very moody. The Dog is very shrewd and will do well in any business. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

Pig: The Pig is decent, gentle and has excellent taste. The Pig loves the finer things in life. They have strong aesthetic sense. They seek knowledge and the good life. Compatible with Rabbit or Goat.

Learn a little more about Chinese astrology and the different animal signs. Get daily, monthly and yearly horoscope predictions online.

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