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Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

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Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese have named years after animals for thousands of years.In fact, the Chinese Zodiac system is extremely complex, based on an ancient agricultural calendar.In addition to 12 animals, there are the Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal), hours (12 two hour periods), directions, stones, months, and seasons.
The 12 Animals
The origins of the 12 animals which are honored with a year each is rich in legends and myths. A commonlyheld belief is that the Buddha decided to invite all the animals of the earth to visit him on New Years Day.However, despite preparing for the biggest party since the disembarkation of Noah's Ark, only 12 animalsarrived. They were; the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Hare, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, theMonkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.The Buddha decided to honor his guests by awarding each a year of its own. The system is influenced by Yin(female) and Yang (male) cosmic force which is said to be an interpretation of universal harmony andbalance.
Rat
1900 - 1912 - 1924 - 1936 - 1948 - 1960 - 1972 - 1984 - 1996 - 2008
Ox
1901 - 1913 - 1925 - 1937 - 1949 - 1961 - 1973 - 1985 - 1997 - 2009
Tiger 
1902 - 1914 - 1926 - 1938 - 1950 - 1962 - 1974 - 1986 - 1998 - 2010
Hare
1903 - 1915 - 1927 - 1939 - 1951 - 1963 - 1975 - 1987 - 1999 - 2011
Dragon
1904 - 1916 - 1928 - 1940 - 1952 - 1964 - 1976 - 1988 - 2000 - 2012
Snake
1905 - 1917 - 1929 - 1941 - 1953 - 1965 - 1977 - 1989 - 2001 - 2013
Horse
1906 - 1918 - 1930 - 1942 - 1954 - 1966 - 1978 - 1990 - 2002 - 2014The Chinese have named years after animals for thousands of years.. In fact, the Chinese Zodiac system isextremely complex, based on an ancient agricultural calendar.In addition to 12 animals, there are the Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal), hours (12 two hour periods), directions, stones, months, and seasons.
 
The Rat
1900 - 1912 - 1924 - 1936 - 1948 - 1960 - 1972 - 1984 - 1996 - 2008
Lucky Numbers:
1, 3, 5, 9, 15, 19, 35Rats are charming creatures, contrary to their reputation in the animal kingdom. Amusing and intelligent, theylove socialising and attract a wide circle of friends. However, these relationships can be short-lived, sinceRats adore gossip.Although they can be quick to anger, Rat people are able to conceal their negative feelings beneath a calm,cool exterior.Rats are acquisitive, salting away their money in an effort to feel secure. They are ambitious and persistent,often being successful in business enterprises. However, in this context, Rat people need constantcommunication and support. They thrive on a frenzy of activity in a variety of fields, in both work andrecreational areas.
The Ox
1901 - 1913 - 1925 - 1937 - 1949 - 1961 - 1973 - 1985 - 1997 - 2009
Lucky numbers:
1, 3, 5, 12, 15, 33, 35, 51, 53Ox people are placid and stable, utterly reliable and tenacious. They are true survivors, doggedly ploddingthrough life's obstacles and pitfalls to achieve their chosen aims.Ox people are careful about who they take into their confidence, but once you have earned their trust, you willenjoy their sympathy, sound advice and willingness to give constructive help when the situation arises.Although tolerant and easy-going, it is dangerous to push the Ox person too far; he or she makes aformidable and long-lived enemy.No strangers to domesticity, Ox people make excellent parents, and caring loyal partners. You may find themlooking after the elderly.
The Tiger 
1902 - 1914 - 1926 - 1938 - 1950 - 1962 - 1974 - 1986 - 1998 - 2010
Lucky numbers:
4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 34, 44, 45, 54Tiger people are powerful and courageous in line with their animal counterparts. Together with their capacityfor original, creative thoughts, Tigers are natural leaders. However, while occupying their elevated positionsin society, Tiger people can be selfish and stubborn, exercising an unwillingness to take heed of, or trustothers beneath them. They have a rebellious streak and tend to resent their elders or anyone in a position of authority above them.Tigers can be wild creatures, lacking in stability and prone to restlessness. Quick to become bored, theythrive on variety and constant challenge. Tigers are not easily tamed; they value their freedom andindependence too much.
 
The Hare
1903 - 1915 - 1927 - 1939 - 1951 - 1963 - 1975 - 1987 - 1999 - 2011
Lucky numbers:
4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 34, 44, 45, 54Hares are sensitive and intuitive creatures that love the company of others, seeking the warmth and securityof a one-to-one relationship. They make responsive companions, tactful, respectful and sympathetic.Hares will do anything to keep the peace; they will back off at the first sign of trouble.Naturally reserved, Hares may withdraw into the safety of their own private world. They are highly cautiousand seek the tranquility and security of a real home above all things. Often lucky financially, Hares have anuncanny sense for picking a winner and make good gamblers, disciplined as they are by their innate caution.
The Dragon
1904 - 1916 - 1928 - 1940 - 1952 - 1964 - 1976 - 1988 - 2000 - 2012
Lucky numbers:
3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 21, 34, 35, 36, 45Dragons are larger than life, befitting their mythological status in Chinese astrology. They will attract attentionin any situation, even though it may not always be of a positive nature! Flamboyant, glamorous and strong-willed, the Dragon draws people to him or her like a magnet.Full of energy, drive and ambition, Dragons are highly visible in society as politicians, film stars, pop stars andentrepreneurs - always in the forefront of their chosen fields. However, prepare yourself for the Dragon's lackof consideration for others. He or she can be unfaithful or unreliable but you will doubtless be persuaded togive them a second or more chance, such is their attraction.
The Snake
1905 - 1917 - 1929 - 1941 - 1953 - 1965 - 1977 - 1989 - 2001 - 2013
Lucky numbers:
1, 2, 4, 6, 13, 24, 42, 46Snakes are often physically attractive but in addition they have a flair for creating just the right look for anyoccasion by judiciously applying a few individual and creative touches. They have a special gift for recognizing potential where few other people would, and helping to fulfill it to great effect. This trait helpsSnakes to succeed in business.Snakes have a subtle way of leading people into thinking that they are supremely knowledgeable in whatever field suits their purpose at the time. However, they would not stoop to telling downright lies.Often romantic, snakes are attentive to the changing moods and appearance of their nearest and dearest,although they will quickly become morose if this attention is not reciprocated.
The Horse
1906 - 1918 - 1930 - 1942 - 1954 - 1966 - 1978 - 1990 - 2002 - 2014
Lucky numbers:
1, 3, 4, 8, 13, 14, 41, 43Horses are popular, friendly creatures, but can have a fiery, rebellious latent tendency. They are physicallyenergetic, strong and enduring and will invariably work hard at any job. However, they may be over-enthusiastic and single-minded about a pet project and behave somewhat impetuously and pig-headed.Horses are gregarious people and enjoy entertainment on a large scale. They enjoy spending money, for instance, on expensive clothes but they also put their boundless energy into travel. Horse people are proneto falling hopelessly in love and become blind to the world outside.

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