Star Signs (See below for your animal sign
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Chinese Star signs : are
a mixture and connection of geomancy,
horoscopes, astronomy and astrology.
In short, the sun, moon and stars are thought to have an influence over
the moral conduct of people. This in turn helps to control climatic
changes by people's thoughts and actions. The Chinese lunar calendar
dates from 2637 B.C. and comprises five cycles of twelve years each, with
a complete cycle lasting sixty years. Each of the twelve years was
assigned an animal, because, as legend has it, only twelve animals came to
bid farewell to the Buddha before he departed from the earth.
As a reward to these twelve animals, the Buddha named a year after each
one in the order that they arrived. During the sixty year cycle each
animal is combined with five Chinese elements namely:
wood - ruled by Jupiter
Fire - ruled by Mars
earth - ruled by Saturn
metal - ruled by Venus
water - ruled by Mercury
These five Chinese elements are in turn divided into the positive and
negative magnetic poles of the Ying and
Yang. The Chinese lunar
calendar starts at 11pm and the twenty four hours of the day are divided
into twelve sections of two hours each. An animal sign rules each
one of these twelve sections and has an element, direction and a season.
A Chinese birth sign is calculated by the elements and their effects on
our lives as follows:
1). The element of the year of birth
2). The element of ones animal sign
3). The element of the hour of birth
4). The element of the month of birth
5). The element of the country of birth
As a point of interest, the animal that rules your year is the animal that
rules your heart. in order to find out which Chinese animal rules
you year of birth, please visit our birth
sign locator. Simply enter you birth year, birth month and birth
day, and both your Western and Chinese Star signs will be worked out for
Chinese star signs are linked to the TAO TE CHING:
"the most sacred book of the Chinese is the TAO TE CHING, the book of
the Tao or the Way. One inscription says that this is the ancestor
of all doctrines, the mystery beyond mysteries - it can not be put into
words, only intuitively understood. 'The Tao that can be put into words is
not the everlasting Tao'
Practical techniques from acupuncture to Chinese martial arts are derived
from Taoism. It accepts the changing nature of reality
reality, a refusal to look upon anything as being altogether alone from
humanity and is one of the most tolerant of the worlds religions.
Taoism is the only one of the great religious beliefs that refuses to
condemn magical and occult
practices but instead absorbs them into itself. The book of the Tao
is the book of self knowledge."
Personality Traits for the Twelve Chinese
To Find out your Western and Chinese birth signs -
The Rat (SHU) Ruler of the
hours 11pm to 1am
Direction - North
Season - Winter/December
Fixed element - Water positive
Yin/Yang - Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Rat tend to be forthright, generous
and easy going to all of those that they love and care for. They
generally have happy, lively personalities and are very outgoing, although
they can get very edgy when upset. On the whole they are successful
in what they choose to do and are full of imagination and possess very
good memories. During a crisis rats come into their own because they
are level headed and intuitive, but often their energies can be scattered
by their over ambitious tendencies. If their over ambitious
enthusiasm can be avoided there is no reason why Rats should not do
well. The Rat is a lover of money and a hater of waste and idleness.
The year of the Rat: is symbolic of opportunity and good prospects.
Business in general is forecast as being good although it is possible that
bleak years will follow. However anything that began in the year of
the Rat should in theory be successful.
The Fire Rat - aggressive, dynamic, competitive, competitively
motivated, self-determining and is full of ideals.
The Wood Rat - inquisitive, intuitive, apprehensive, adaptable, is motivated
by diligence and is not very conventional.
The Earth Rat - trusty, adult, is motivated by permanence, is realistic and sanctimonious.
The Metal Rat - sensitive, idealistic, envious, is motivated by
thought and is possessive.
The Water Rat - shrewd, perceptive, is motivated by education, is
traditional and understanding.
here to find what type of Rat is symbolic of your birth date.
The Ox (NIU) Ruler of the
hours 1am to 3am
Direction - North/Northeast
Season - Winter/January
Fixed element - Water negative
Yin/Yang - Yin
Personality Traits: People born under the sign of the Ox are generally calm,
dependable, patient and unflagging. The Ox is symbolic of prosperity that is achieved through hard
work. Although obstinate they do have
logical minds and will not be easily frightened. They appreciate that in
order to achieve success things must be done in a certain methodical and
correct way. Ox people are seldom deprived and tend to be both reliable
and conventional. They are patient, but once angry and incensed it will be difficult to reason with them, they also have a
propensity to hold grudges. Ruled more by their heads than hearts they are
full of pride and uncompromising and in order to be happier they should nurture
their sense of humor.
The year of the Ox: is one in which success will escape without a
sustained, mindful effort. The sort of problems that are
encountered in the year of the Ox tend to be home front problems that seem
to be never ending. The Ox year needs discipline and it is not the
time for unruly behaviour or taking short cuts. In this year
success is achieved solely through hard work.
The Fire Ox - powerful, money-oriented, motivated by combat, but is
The Wood Ox - traditional, accommodating, ethical, fair-minded and motivated
The Earth Ox - resolute, enduring, motivated by patience, is focused and
The Metal Ox - confrontational, conceited, bright, intense and motivated
The Water Ox - systematic, motivated by strength of mind, is patient,
practicable and levelheaded.
here to find what type of Ox is symbolic of your birth date.
The Tiger (HU) Ruler of the
hours 3am to 5am
Direction - East/Northeast
Season - Winter/February
Fixed element - Wood positive
Yin/Yang - Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Tiger tend to have very go-ahead personalities, they love to be the centre of attention and are often very
fortunate and full of drive. Although they are often skeptical by
nature they can make rash decisions, but above all they are loving, giving, and
genuine. They tend to immerse themselves in any of
their undertakings and while full of optimism they are not
materialistic. Intensity as opposed to logical best describes a
Tiger person. At their worst they are stubborn, self-centred and awkward
but on the plus side they can also be sensitive and
sympathetic. They will go to great lengths to reap their revenge and
detest being ignored. As a tiger, life will be filled with just
about every emotion and very volatile; and being great optimists life will
also be full of many challenges
The year of the Tiger: is a very likely to be a volatile year, everything is taken to its
limit in this big and bold year. It can also be a year of war,
disasters and all kinds of disputes, it is a year for massive change
but this can also bring out the best.
The Fire Tiger - dramatic, self-reliant, giving, motivated by
enthusiasm and is quirky.
The Wood Tiger - enchanting, pioneering, scheming, motivated by
co-operation and is tolerant.
The Earth Tiger - hard working, academic, motivated by worth, is
impartial and responsible.
The Metal Tiger - aggressive, attractive, diligent, motivated by self
interest and selfish.
The Water Tiger - perceptive, motivated by tranquility, is unbiased, open
minded and honest.
here to find what type of Tiger is symbolic of your birth date.
The Rabbit (TU) Ruler of the
hours 5am to 7am
Direction - East
Season - Spring/March
Fixed element - Wood negative Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Rabbit tend to be fortunately
blessed, strong willed, hate disagreements, careful, unobtrusive,
systematic and confident. The Rabbit is one of the most fortunate of all the Chinese
star signs. With their live and let live attitude toward life they
don't often get into trouble and seldom make enemies. Although they
can often put themselves first due to their fondness for comfort, they are
considerate, kind and thoughtful towards others. Rabbits are said to be
and kindly and the Rabbit is the symbol of long life. They are said to
draw their life energy from the moon. Although being graceful, kind and
sensitive and leading tranquil lives, they do have a tendency towards
being removed, indifferent and somewhat temperamental. In business they do
tend to be fortunate but this comes from being shrewd, crafty and hardnosed. On the whole the Rabbit likes an easy, good time and gives
sensible solid advice, although they do shy away from commitments.
The year of the Rabbit: is in sharp contrast to the explosive year of the
tiger. It is a year of placidity and respite where little will be set in
stone; a carefree happy year that will be both temperate and relaxed.
The Fire Rabbit - loving, unobtrusive, sensitive, perceptive and
motivated by appreciation.
The Wood Rabbit - thoughtful, kindly, motivated by generosity, is liberal and
The Earth Rabbit - fair, withdrawn, money-oriented, motivated by
appropriation and is solemn.
The Metal Rabbit - crafty, rational, temperamental, sensitive and motivated by
attention to detail.
The Water Rabbit - empathic, delicate, motivated by peace, is also biased and
here to find what type of Rabbit is symbolic of your birth
The Dragon (LONG) Ruler of the
hours 7am to 9am
Direction - East/Southeast
Season - Spring/April
Fixed element - Wood positive Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Dragon appear to have magical traits,
they are strong and full of energy and forever on the go.
Some of their more negative traits include: eccentricity, a tendency
towards being arrogant and very trying. However they do have
many fans and expect the same level of excellence from others that
they expect from themselves. They are also full of pride. Other traits
include: failing to practice what they preach, over confident, a tendency
to intimidate others, feel themselves to be above the law, and can be
illogical, domineering and obstinate. In many cases they fail to
identify their foes. Although energetic they are liable to become
obsessive. On the plus side they seldom hold grudges and are
generally quick to forgive. Dragons are said to be able to
accomplish great things and those born in this year are also said to
represent the horns of destiny. Needing a cause for which to fight,
Dragons will never merely stand back and accept their fate or what life
The year of the Dragon: is one that brings happiness and good
fortune. It is one of the most positive and strongest of all of the
twelve star signs. During the year of the Dragon their will be
violent acts of nature, with an electrifying ambience and things coming in
waves. For those considering marriage or starting a new venture or
business it is an favourable year.
The Fire Dragon - challenging, compassionate, fair, motivated by aspiration
and is virtuous.
The Wood Dragon - arrogant, giving, logical, motivated by inspiration and
The Earth Dragon - courageous, motivated by jurisdiction, is practical,
steady and leisurely.
The Metal Dragon - truthful, intense, motivated by contest, is
resolute and inflexible.
The Water Dragon - democratic, dedicated, unrestrained, motivated by
negotiation and is also dependable.
here to find what type of Dragon is symbolic of your birth
The Snake (SHE) Ruler of the
hours 9am to 11am
Direction - South/Southwest
Season - Spring/May
Fixed element - Fire negative Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Snake tend to exhibit the following
characteristics: they are intellectual, superstitious, sceptical, astute,
have elegance, innate wisdom, and
possibly some levels of supernatural capability. Snake people rarely seek
independent advice or advice from others, possibly because on the whole
they don't communicate well with others. They tend to be very
private people, but when they are riled they like to " settle old
scores". Generally they are very deliberate about whatever they say.
They like to think first and speak later and they also have a cautious
business sense. It is in their nature to be very unremitting and
suspicious and this results in a character that is both slow to forgive,
highly calculative, somewhat hateful in nature and can certainly bide
their time in order to reap their revenge. Other features include:
leading dangerous lives that are full of thrills and intrigue, yet they
keep a firmness of purpose and a clear presence of mind.
The year of the Snake: is a somewhat changeable year, filled with
preparation, contemplation and much reflection. Often breakthroughs are
made but achieved in silence. Generally the Snake year is not a calm year, possibly a year of
sharp dealings, turmoil and even war if
differences cannot be resolved. To sum up: the year of the snake is the
strongest most negative force of all of the signs.
The Fire Snake - self-assured, masterful, motivated by authority and
The Wood Snake - constant, discreet, serious, fascinating, motivated
by understanding and accord.
The Earth Snake - traditional, trusty, is motivated by
rationality, unrelenting and dependable.
The Metal Snake - scheming, vigorous, cautious and is motivated by commitment.
The Water Snake - inquiring, money oriented, a thinker, motivated
by " insight" and is "patient".
here to find what type of Snake is symbolic of your birth date.
The Horse (MA) Ruler of the
hours 11am to 1pm
Direction - South
Season - Summer/June
Fixed element - Fire positive Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Horse tend to fall very easily in and out of
love, as well as being both cheery and very well-liked they are willful and
irritable but often very nice-looking. Some of their
other personality traits include: a love of exercise, a tendency to make
rash choices and they have a unpredictable character. They are somewhat
lively, impulsive and independent, unbiased, adaptable and proficient and
think nothing of making a snap decision. They possess the ability to
manipulate" people and events. Often they rush those that are not as
themselves. They have a love of independence and free-will and give preferentiality to things done their
way, although they do tend to be forgetful and " jump to
conclusions". Their powers of persuasion are extraordinary and they are
neither envious or mistrustful by nature; instead they loathe wasting time,
can be variable, cannot stick to agendas and have great difficulty in
unwinding. Although having many friends, they like better, to rely
on themselves and prefer their way of achieving their aims.
The year of the Horse: is a time for progress, it is a very happy-go-lucky,
frantic and wild year that is both adventurous and satisfying.
There will be an upward turn to the year with a deal of good humour.
It is a year for going it alone, perhaps with some shocks in store but on
the whole a courageous and daring year.
The Fire Horse - highly strung, powerful, inconsistent, alluring and
motivated by strength of will.
The Wood Horse - helpful, motivated by advancement, dependable,
methodical and quirky.
The Earth Horse - reliable, rational, motivated by prudence, accurate and slow.
The Metal Horse - affectionate, egotistical, motivated by
"challenge", fruitful and obstinate.
The Water Horse - flexible, amusing, lacking consistency, motivated by
action" and self-absorbed.
here to find what type of Horse is symbolic of your birth date.
The Sheep (YANG) Ruler of the
hours 1pm to 3pm
Direction - South/Southwest
Season - Summer/July
Fixed element - Fire negative Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Goat/Sheep tend to take on the role of
the " good Samaritan". The Sheep is the most feminine sign of all of
the Chinese animals. Usually they are very good-natured, genuine,
and bashful, which can sometimes lead to them being taken 'for a ride' by
Some of their other traits include: being overwhelmed by their emotions, a
tendency to become somewhat negative, gloomy and introvert. They are
natural born worriers who will always predict and expect the worst.
They especially loathe criticism and regulation and sometimes find it
difficult to maintain an objective view on things. However they are kindhearted,
mild, understanding and very forgiving. They would
rather be in a huff than come to blows. On the whole people tend to
" care deeply" for
them and they will always have the things that they require in life.
They have an enduring personality that prefers not to disclose troubles
unless really forced to. Sheep people deny themselves nothing and
are "hopeless romantics".
The year of the Sheep: is one that will be a time for caring, bringing out creative talent, imagination and emotion, whilst remaining,
and slow. " Harmony with moderation" are the key words with a warning about the danger of
The Fire Sheep - aggressive, dramatic, lively, motivated by deed
and can be malicious.
The Wood Sheep - loyal, bighearted, motivated by "trust",
The Earth Sheep - traditional, autonomous, motivated by
diligence, anxious and hopeful.
The Metal Sheep - motivated by accord, jealous, defensive, "
vulnerable" and unbalanced.
The Water sheep - attractive, mild, suggestible, motivated by
others and is opportunistic.
here to find what type of Sheep is symbolic of your birth date.
The Monkey (HOU) Ruler of the
hours 3pm to 5pm
Direction - West/Southwest
Season - Summer/August
Fixed element - Metal positive Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Monkey tend to be generally good at
mastering anything" they put their hands to, they are also
successful. This is possibly due to a combination of personality
traits including: charm, cleverness, quit wittedness and their love of a
challenge. They are also crafty, competitive, envious
and have a flexible character. At times they are capable of great
they can be both self-centered and narcissistic and can often have a superiority
complex, believing themselves to be above others. They always manage to
give good reason for their deeds and with a total and unshakeable belief in
themselves, they feel that they always know best and are seldom
discouraged. Although they have a complete lack of impartiality they do have good
intellectual skill and good memories. The monkey has an avid
inquisitiveness but likes to find
the easy way out of any problems.
The year of the Monkey: is one where absolutely anything and everything is
possible, a year when things that appear impossible will succeed. With all of
success around no-one will know what they are doing. A haggling and
shamming it year full of luck and one where no-one will accept no for answer.
The Fire Monkey - bossy, lively, creative, motivated by rivalry and sexual.
The Wood Monkey - cautious, talkative, perceptive, motivated by
honesty and restless.
The Earth Monkey - motivated by curiosity, good-natured,
dependable, sullen, and methodical.
The Metal Monkey - motivated by constancy, affectionate, self-reliant,
stylish and sturdy.
The Water Monkey - collaborative, elusive, clever, motivated by amiability and sensitive.
here to find what type of Monkey is symbolic of your birth
The Rooster (JI) Ruler of the
hours 5pm to 7pm
Direction - West
Season - Autumn/September
Fixed element - Metal negative Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Rooster tend to hide their
conservative natures via a display of aggression and self-confidence,
however they are very "dignified". Roosters come in two types: those
that are very somber and those that are very communicative. They love to be
of attention, showing scant regard for the feelings of others and as a
result they are often susceptible to flattery and sycophancy. Other personality traits
include: vigilance, decisiveness, straightforwardness and accuracy. They
have a love of debate and dispute, but can also be very critical and
forthright. Roosters tend not to be very creative or adaptable, but
still like to be noticed and especially to be given awards. However they are
excellent with money and are great purists to the degree that they will
not allow for human weaknesses. Their minds work along
scientific lines and generally they are genuine and " well
The year of the Rooster: is one of a huge dissipation of energy, with only
a precarious balance, which can often lead to arguments. It is a
cautious year where no-one wants to listen to anyone else resulting in
many disagreements and " frayed nerves". However no-one will
undergo too much hardship.
The Fire Rooster - hard working, independent, motivated by principals,
The Wood Rooster - thoughtful, truthful, motivated by dependability, disciplined and
The Earth Rooster - well-organized, motivated by efficiency, scholarly,
methodical and modest.
The Metal Rooster - idealistic, hard working, motivated by inference,
opportunistic and practicable.
The Water Rooster - competent, lively, academic, motivated by ingenuity and practical.
here to find what type of Rooster is symbolic of your birth
The DOG (GOU) Ruler of the
hours 7pm to 9pm
Direction - West/Northwest
Season - Autumn/October
Fixed element - Metal positive Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Dog tend to be very well liked as it
is one of the most popular of all of the animals. Dog people are:
truthful, clever, with a strong sense of fairness and devotion.
They never shirk their duties, they always do their fair share of things
and will always " listen to reason". They would never ignore a distress
call, often putting the well-being of others before their own and they
never abandon people. Other traits include: open-mindedness, never
envious, non money-minded and very adept at seeing straight through
others. However should you try to snoop into their affairs they can
become secretive and also give a cold shoulder to those who they don't
really like. They are also: intrepid, practical and " have great insight into
human nature". They can be belligerent, gloomy, be anxious for
no apparent reason and they
absolutely detest pretence. Inevitabilities are never put on hold,
neither is giving a clear-cut answer to something. Above all they are
never sly, underhand or crafty.
The year of the Dog: is a year for reflection and to assess ones
values. There will be disturbances, revolts, but as the Dog is
always on the lookout, honesty will always rule the day. This year will
see great benevolent and idealistic deeds and various unusual changes; a
time when broadmindedness and fairness will be supported. Although
this year is one of great cynicism a sense of balance and tranquility will be
The Fire Dog - dramatic, ferocious, alluring, motivated by strength of mind and
The Wood Dog - adaptable, bighearted, motivated by logic and reason,
The Earth Dog - motivated by morals, practical, careful,
enigmatic and wary.
The Metal Dog - generous, judicious, rigid, motivated by devotion and gracious.
The Water Dog - laid-back, instinctive, motivated by self-indulgence
here to find what type of Dog is symbolic of your birth date.
The BOAR (ZHU) Ruler of the
hours 9pm to 11pm
Direction - North/Northwest
Season - Autumn/November
Fixed element - Water negative Yin/Yang
Personality Traits: People born under the year of the Boar tend to be: brave, giving, like commitment,
unpretentious, incredibly enduring, reliant, strong
and trusty. They are very patient, loyal and do not hold
grudges; they also make very good tutors. As a result of their
loyal and thoughtful natures Boars make very many permanent companions,
although they do expect others to put up with their shortcomings. They
detest quarrels, but they can be somewhat patronizing and
"naive"; this leads to
a certain amount of gullibility. Boars are selfless, hot
tempered, quick surmount their problems and always enjoy good
fortune. Even though others may be entirely wrong, Boars will still
listen to them. On the whole Boars are quite happy, they tend to
remain in the background of any situations and are very loyal and
considerate. Sometimes they are taken very much for granted.
The year of the Boar: is one of benevolence, one with a lot of 'feel good
factor', one of " abundance" and a good year for business. Life in this
year will be lived to the full and although there will be uncertainty it
will be minimal. It is a rich year with impetuous acts, but care
is recommended with any matters concerning money. The Boar is the
symbol for great courage and integrity.
The Fire Boar - deep, motivated by affection, stubborn, sensual and
The Wood Boar - deceitful, kind-hearted, scheming, motivated by
ambition and shrewd.
The Earth Boar - welcoming, motivated by common-sense, calm, industrious and
The Metal Boar - bossy, lively, extroverted, motivated by fortitude and
patience and is full of pride.
The Water Boar - motivated by belief, insightful, unrelenting and
here to find what type of Boar is symbolic of your birth date.
Information and any excerpts from: The Elfin Magical Diary 1995, Astrological
& Psychic Guide - An Elfin Production - PO Box 684,
Longridge, Preston. PR3 2LX