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Chinese Horoscopes

In Chinese folklore, horoscopes have developed around the annual animal signs, much as they have for the different Zodiac months in the West. Each year is named for one of 12 animal signs, which repeats itself every 12 years: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram (Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar (Pig)

Each sign -- or year -- is associated with certain characteristics that are reflected in the essential nature of that animal. Everyone one of these characteristics can be seen from two angles -- positive or negative, just like the yin and yang.


Positive: Tenacious, hardworking, industrious, shrewd
Negative: Manipulative, selfish, overly ambitious, ruthless

Ox (also referred to as Water Buffalo)

Positive: Calm, hardworking, steady, logical
Negative: Stubborn, narrow-minded, rigid, demanding


Positive: Powerful, passionate, generous, vigorous
Negative: Reckless, impatient, obstinate, unpredictable


Positive: Lucky, kind, likable, cautious, artistic, astute
Negative: Moody, superficial, opportunistic, self-indulgent


Positive: Self-assured, noble, intellectual, passionate, ambitious
Negative: Arrogant, tyrannical, dogmatic, violent


Positive: Wise, creative, shrewd, responsible, purposeful
Negative: Loner, distrustful, suffocating, cold


Positive: Popular, perceptive, talkative, intelligent, open-minded
Negative: Fickle, rude, stubborn, arrogant

Ram (also known as goat)

Positive: Righteous, sincere, artistic, creative, generous
Negative: Moody, pessimistic, weak-willed, over-sensitive


Positive: Motivating, inquisitive, innovative, sociable, dignified, intellectual
Negative: Egotistical, vain, reckless, cunning, jealous


Positive: Neat, organized, practical, scientific
Negative: Overly zealous, puritanical, egotistical, opinionated


Positive: Honest, loyal, likeable, social, idealistic, affectionate, easy-going
Negative: Cynical, lazy, pessimistic, stubborn

Boar (also known as pig)

Positive: Honest, hard-working, loyal, sincere, calm, passionate, intelligent
Negative: Gullible, materialistic, lazy, self-indulgent

The Chinese Zodiac : 12 Animal Signs

Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake | Horse
Ram, Sheep, Goat | Monkey | Rooster | Dog | Pig, Boar

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