The Chinese horoscope

There are several types of horoscopes, prophecies and divination. One of the most interesting, and, for sure, the most exotic, is the Chinese horoscope.

  • Rat (1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 oraz 2020)
  • Ox (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
  • Tiger (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
  • Rabbit (1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
  • Dragon (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
  • Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
  • Horse (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
  • Goat (1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
  • Monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
  • Rooster (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
  • Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
  • Pig (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

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The Chinese horoscope and its meaning

The traditional Chinese calendar consist of 12 months, each of them lasts 29,5 days. To keep it synchronized, every 3 years happens one leap month. One calendar cycle consist of 60 years, and this time is divided into 5 periods, and each of them is assigned to one of the elements.

These elements are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth.

Each of the cycles lasts 12 years, what matches the number of animals – zodiac signs. These are: the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

It’s not known why actually those animals occur in the Chinese Zodiac. One of the legends tells that those were the animals which came to bid farewell to Buddha when he was leaving the Earth.

The Chinese horoscope assign a sign of the zodiac (an animal) to each year of birth, and the animal is believed to be the guardian of all the people born at that time. Those people have also a lot of features of character associated with the animal signs of the zodiac.

Instead of the classical signs of the zodiac, the Chinese horoscope uses the animal ones.

The Chinese year begins on the 11th February, which is a bit later than in our year, and each month lasts 29,5 days, which makes it a very interesting matter. But where do animal signs of the zodiac come from?

The animals in the horoscope are related to a legend. According to it, Buddha, before leaving the Earth, called all the animals. Unfortunately, only 12 of them came to say goodbye.  The first one to appear was the Rat and to thank it for this, Buddha named the first year with his name. The Ox came as the second, and that’s why the second year was named after him. The rest of the animals came in a following order: the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, so the next years were named after them. That is why each sign in the Chinese horoscope is assigned not a day, but a whole year. The Chinese astrology concentrates mostly on deep exploration of the human nature, and only then on describing it.

The Chinese horoscope is very interesting, as it is based not on foretelling the future, but on the reflection of our character. It shows accurately who we should stick to, in order to gain benefits of these relationships, and who we should avoid. Such a horoscope seems reliable, as it isn’t based on astrology, but on features of human’s character, and the Chinese fortune tellers are valued because of their wisdom, based on a long-term practice.
It is the main feature of descriptive astrology.

 

A short description of the Chinese signs of the zodiac

The Rat is undoubtedly a very sympathetic and charming person, however happens to be stingy. He/she loves to criticize others, just for pure pleasure.

The Ox is a calm, patient, shy person. He/she is very responsible and this is the main reason of his/her success. He/she happens to be isolated, however he/she is a wonderful, dedicated and loyal partner.

The Tiger is a rebel and a tyrant, who hates to have any authority over him/her. He/she seldom finds somebody who understands him/her, as he/she is able to act hectic for every idea.

The Rabbit is a home bird, a person well-liked, sociable, eloquent and gentle. He/she loves to change places often.

The Dragon is known of his/her strong internal power and huge vitality. He/she is stubborn, brave in action but not too sensible. He/she hates being criticized and often lose his/her temper.

The Snake is a romantic. Women are unusually attractive, while men – elegant and sophisticated. They sensibly invest their money.

The Horse success a lot in their professional lives, as they have the ability to organize themselves perfectly. He/she knows how to behave in company, which makes him/her well-liked.

The Goat is extremely romantic, sentimental and sensitive. The most important things in his/her life are family and love.

The Monkey is very intelligent, outstanding in many fields of life, well-read, he/she is constantly striving for something new.

The Rooster is very open to the others, however he/she tends to be very egoistic, a dreamer.

The Dog is an unusually loyal companion and lover. He/she hates injustice, always willing to help others.

The Pig is a good friend and loves cooking.

As can be seen, the Chinese horoscope allows us to learn more about ourselves, which gives us a lot trying to plan our future acts.

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