You may have gone to your favorite Chinese Restaurant and sat down at a table bedecked with paper placemats that explained the Chinese Zodiac. You may have studied this while waiting for your food, found your corresponding animal, and forgotten all about it until your next visit to eat there again.
What you may not know is that and the Chinese Zodiac is about more than just which animal is yours, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the amazing story of how the animals were chosen. Some would cite a mundane history, but others know that myths contain truth, and according to them, the Chinese Zodiac animals were chosen in a marvelous way.
The Jade Emperor
Long ago, a wise ruler was so just and good, he ascended to immortality, and became known as the Jade Emperor. Although he didn’t create the world, he was the one, who, one day decided to form human beings out of clay. Sometime after that, though he had ruled the heavens and earth successfully for many hundreds of thousands of years, he realized he had not had the time to visit earth and see the animals. He invited all the animals to come visit him. Each of the animals were so excited to meet the Emperor, they all wanted to be first to get there! The first twelve animals to arrive impressed him so much, he honored them by naming the Zodiac signs after them in the order in which they arrived.
How it Works
Unlike the Greco-Roman Zodiac, which is arranged by months, and based on the stars, the Chinese Zodiac is arranged in a twelve year cycle, based on the moon, and as the Jade Emperor decreed, each year is represented by one of the animals who first arrived to see him. For example, the years 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999 are called Year of the Rabbit, and the whole year falls under the influence of the Rabbit’s energy. Each sign will fare differently in these years. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, and Rats will have a year that is more in their control after much change last year. On the other hand, the Monkey will have a lot of challenges! For the Ox, The Year of the Ox being its year, it means good things from finances to love, and their steadfast determination will propel them forward to achievement of goals. A very good year!
Using this system, the year you are born and the animal attributed to it will influence your life, career path, and your good and bad fortune. Naming, marriage, what career path to pursue, and many other important decisions will be based on what is considered best based on Zodiac sign. Some individuals will even carefully select which year to have a baby, because they want to select certain characteristics for their children. This assures success for the child and their family in general. An uptick in birthrates during the Year of the Dragon can be seen, because Dragons embody success and power, for example. It is said that People who follow the Chinese Zodiac are not only the Chinese, but people from other parts of Asia including Japan, Korea, Cambodia, and Vietnam also use a variation of this system.
Listed below in the order they arrived to see the Jade Emperor, are the animals, including some of the years they rule, some personality traits you will embody if you are born under this animal’s influence, and which signs each is most and least compatible with.
1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
The wise rat is resourceful, friendly, practical, creative, and critical. They rarely have financial issues and are excellent problem solvers. They do well in careers in finance and make good Counselors, and Actors. Rats are most compatible with the Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. They are least compatible with the Horse and Rooster.
1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
The trait of stubbornness balances into dependability in Oxen, and they are both hardworking and patient. They prefer dependable employment where they can feel secure and get the promotions and benefits they desire. They make outstanding Teachers and thrive in uniformed services like Police and Military. Oxen are most compatible with the Rat, Snake, and Rooster. They are least compatible with the Sheep, Dragon, and Horse.
1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Dashing and brave, Tigers are natural born leaders. They are confident, ambitious, and magnetic. The high energy Tigers thrive in challenging situations, and make excellent Salespersons and Advertising Executives. They also do well as Firefighters, and in Corporate Travel. Tigers are most compatible with the Horse and Pig. They are least compatible with the Snake and Monkey.
1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Rabbits can be downright timid with new people, but very sociable within their own groups. They are articulate, artistic, and kindhearted. These traits lend themselves well to Writing and Publishing careers, as well as jobs in Social Work, Therapy, and Public Speaking. Rabbits are most compatible with other Rabbits, and also Sheep, the Pig, and the Dog. They are least compatible with the Rooster and Snake.
1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Powerful Dragons are considered very lucky and successful in life. Passionate and proud, their drive and determination makes them accomplish more than many others. This dynamic energy makes them terrific Entrepreneurs, Engineers, and Lawyers. Dragons are most compatible with the Rat, Rooster, and Monkey. They are least compatible with the Ox, Dog, and Sheep.
1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Considered the most intuitive of all the signs, the Snake is wise and a great thinker. Easily bored, they need a lot of variety, and love the challenge of meeting deadlines. They work well on their own, and need plenty of me time. They make good Analysts and Investigators, Sociologists, and excel in the Metaphysical and Psychic fields. Snakes are most compatible with the Ox, Rooster, and Monkey. They are least compatible with the Tiger and Pig.
1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
It’s tough to keep up with energetic Horses, the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. They are athletic and seek lifelong happiness by achieving their dreams. Symbolizing freedom, they prefer to call the shots than to be told what to do. They are very social and they make wonderful Language Instructors, Athletes, Bartenders, and Fitness Trainers. Horses are most compatible with the Tiger and Sheep. They are least compatible with the Rat, Ox, and other Horses.
1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Calm, sensitive Sheep are diplomatic, and need their “flock” to be happy. The selfless sheep is always thinking of others before themselves and has an iron will that helps them persevere through what would shut some other signs down. Sheep make good Philosophers, Teachers, and dedicated Medical workers. Sheep are most compatible with the Rabbit, Horse, and Pig. They are least compatible with the Ox and Dragons.
1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Entertaining Monkeys may be known for how they love to play pranks at others expense, but their natural curiosity and cleverness makes them fast learners who are highly adaptable. The upbeat Monkey is a risk taker and needs to be in a high energy environment where hard work pays off. They excel as Stockbrokers, Freelancers, Journalists, and Filmmakers. Monkeys are most compatible with the Rat, Dragon, and Snake. They are least compatible with the Tiger and Pig.
1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Complex, multi-talented Roosters are considered quite attractive, but they need the attention and support of others to thrive. Outspoken, and at home in the spotlight, they tend, more than other signs, to make their career the center of their world. They excel as Politicians, Restaurateurs, Broadcasters, and Surgeons. Roosters are most compatible with the Ox and Snake. They are least compatible with the Rat and Dog.
1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
The best friend in the Chinese zodiac, the dog is loyal, and the very most faithful of signs. They are sincere, and talented at giving advice. Always quick to help out, they can be timid and anxious also. They make exemplary Judges, Professors, compassionate Clergy persons, and good Hospitality managers. They are most compatible with the Tiger and Rabbit. Dogs are least compatible with the Dragon and Rooster.
1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
The kindly pig is so generous they may find that generosity taken advantage of. They can rarely detect when people’s intentions are not good. Despite that, they are renowned for their attention to detail and are perfectionists. They are materialistic and enjoy the comforts of home. These qualities make pigs shine in trades involving Technical work, Design, and work from home positions. They are most compatible with the Sheep and Tiger, and least compatible with the Snake and Monkey.
Knowing your Chinese Zodiac sign can help you with career choices, with knowing who best to have relationships with, and can help you understand yourself better.
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