Your Rough Guide to Chinese Zodiac Signs
The animals that comprise the Chinese zodiac signs were created to help count years as part of a system that has become the Georgian calendar, and they first really started to have they widespread cultural impact during the Han Dynasty (between 202 BC and 220 A.D.).
12 was considered a sacred number, with one year having 12 months, one day having 12 time periods (then referred to as shi chen), and 12 full moons in each individual year. Combine that with the astrological link that each of these Chinese zodiac signs has and it’s as easy to begin to understand why these were so important in ancient Chinese times.
Each of the Chinese zodiac signs has their own individual story, they are all completely different and distinct character and personality, and compatibilities and incompatibilities with all of the other Chinese zodiac signs as well.
Regionally there are small and subtle differences between how these Chinese zodiac signs are regarded, but across China, the “basic plot" behind each and every one of these signs is almost identical. For a little bit more inside information regarding these zodiac signs we’ve broken down some details for you below!. Check out our Chinese Zodiac Guide.
The first of all the Chinese zodiac signs, those born in the Year of the Rat are considered very instinctive, very alert, and incredibly adept in social situations.
The second of the Chinese zodiac signs, this symbolises trustworthiness, diligence, persistence, and honesty. The people born under the sign of the Ox are usually quite conservative and do everything in their power to keep their family close to them.
Third in line, Tigers were almost universally associated with emperors and other highborn individuals in ancient China, and so were those that were born under this sign.
The bulk of the legends in ancient China also had Tigers playing prominent roles, and people with this sign are considered aggressive, independent, confident, and brave.
Considered a graceful beast, incredibly sensitive, tender, and empathetic, those born under the sign of the rabbit are usually quite hospitable, usually quick and efficient, and have next to no temper whatsoever. They also have a tendency to hesitate which can cost them opportunities, but they are also very loving and loyal.
Of all the different signs in the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon is probably the most highly regarded, and it plays a prominent role in Chinese culture even still today.
Emperors of China themselves were regarded as dragons, and those that have been born under this sign are able to effortlessly tell the difference between right and wrong, are usually upfront and honest, and live very lively and exciting lines.
Snakes by their very nature are cunning, sly, and have no trouble whatsoever navigating in the darkness. They are also regarded as quite wise, filled with wit, and cool though they have the opportunity to strike explosively at a moment’s notice.
The most energetic of all the Chinese zodiac signs, those born under the sign of the horse are often warm-hearted, easy-going, and relatively relaxed. Very independent and with tremendous endurance they seem very powerful, and they do not give into small challenges but instead push past them.
The sheep is the most well-liked of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac signs, and they are the ones that are able to gather every other sign around them. With a special place in your heart for beauty, quiet living, and gentleness, they are able to approach the world with calm and clear eyes than most other signs have a real difficult time with.
Chinese zodiac signs universally recognise the monkey as the cleverest of all the signs. Chatty, energetic, flexible, versatile, and embracing new challenges as they come their way, those born under the monkey also usually have a bit of a temper and may have a tendency to look down upon others.
Those born in the Year of the Rooster are considered bright, expressive, ambitious, and early to rise (no surprise there), though they can be difficult to motivate if they don’t totally buy-in to the mission in front of them.
Loyalty is the name of the game when it comes to this symbol in the Chinese zodiac signs calendar. Sincerity is also a significant trait with those born in the Year of the Dog, and many of these individuals are also quite divisive and able to tackle multiple challenges at once without feeling overwhelmed.
Gentle natured, good tempered, loyal, honest, and upfront, those born under the sign of the Pig usually go through life with a very positive outlook – but it also makes them quite susceptible to those that would hope to cheat them.
Obviously, this guide only begins to scratch the surface of all the different Chinese zodiac signs. Finding your year will give great insight into your personality and may even open up answers into who you really are and why you act the way you do that you wouldn’t have ever thought of otherwise. Why not look over the rest of the site for Chinese forecasting and other insights into the practice of Chinese astrology
George Tang and Chinese Astrology Lore