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Chinese Zodiac:
Sign of the Dragon

The Chinese calendar is divided not by numerical years, as is in the Western concept of time, but in a 12-year cycle of animal signs, which continually repeat themselves. According to Chinese legend, these twelve signs are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram (Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar (Pig).

In Chinese folklore, traits and characteristics similar to the Zodiac horoscope have developed around each of these annual animal signs -- some of which are more desirable than others. Here is a look at the qualities of each of them.

Next Year of the Dragon: Jan 23, 2012

Sign of the Dragon

A creature of mythical strength, the Dragon is regarded in Chinese culture as a divine beast that delivers good fortune -- quite the opposite of the Western image of a malicious monster. People born in the Year of the Dragon are therefore widely honored and respected. Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac; they eschew conformity, rules and regulations. In order for the Dragon to live up to his or her potential, freedom from restriction is essential. Of course, this makes for challenging situations -- especially when dealing with people in positions of authority.

People born in the year of Dragon, like the beast itself, are confident, energetic, and dramatic. Anything they do is done on a grand scale. While generally considered a positive attribute, this flare can quickly become "over-the-top", exhausting both the Dragon and anyone who comes in contact with him or her.

Character Traits : Dragon

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

Years of the Dragon

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036

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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