The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle. Each year is calculated according the Chinese lunar calendar and starts in late January or early February (depending on the year).
For each year, there is an animal that rules – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. These animals have an influence on the personality of those born in that year.
It is said that your Chinese zodiac animal reveals character traits or aspects about your personality in a similar way to how western astrology works. It is said that “This animal hides in your heart.”
Rats are considered to be people with a charming personality. They are quite generous when it comes to relationships; especially the ones that are important to them. They can have a short temper too, but generally, they are at ease when they are in the company of people they love.
They are quite popular within their posse. They possess intellectual abilities that provide them unique ideas time after time. They are capable of seeing opportunities that others cannot which is why they are called opportunists. They can often get caught up in too many commitments because of this though. When it comes to both business and love, Rats are quite passionate.
People born in the year of the Ox have the personality just like on Ox. They are strong and they can face difficult circumstances and handle the situations with confidence. They are responsible, capable and methodical.
The Ox can occasionally be demanding and arrogant. They defend their interest with a fierce loyalty and determination. They are practical and because of this, their personal life may be more stable than passionate or exciting. This doesn’t mean that the Ox is not affectionate – they are. They are also faithful to their loved ones. The Ox is organized and extends a sense of duty that is commendable and to be honored.
Tigers are very sensitive buy yet tuned in to their emotions. They feel deeply and are extremely loving. Because of this, Tigers have to work on finding a balance between their need for love, their competitive spirit and their strong desire to dominate and be in control.When it comes to commitment to relationships, they are quite passionate, and they always expect the same in return. On the other hand, many Tigers engage in a sort of self-protection and keep themselves independent from that love too.
Tigers have the qualities of a tiger that helps them to face challenges courageously. They make great leaders, however they can be restless and impatient. Although Tigers are very confident, if they are criticized, it can rattle them because of their sensitive nature. Tigers are known for bouncing back after circumstances have brought them down.
Like Rabbits, the people born in the year of the hare are pleasant and well-liked. Hares are affectionate and sweet. They can come across as overly sentimental and might be seen as shallow by some. Hares do not like conflict and so they will avoid arguing or conflict. To the Hare, life is about pleasure and happiness.
Hares can be easily distracted, especially in the pursuit of fun. Because of this, they can be neglectful without realizing it even though they would never intentionally hurt someone. Even though Hares love a good time, they are also intellectual people who appreciate quiet as well. They can even have a reserved demeanor. Hares are loving and sensitive and always seek for security in their relationship.
Dragons have a charismatic personality and are energetic. They can even be boisterous and loud at times. Extremely talented and intelligent people, Dragons are the type of people who go after their dreams. The downside of the Dragon is there perfectionistic tendencies. They can be demanding on themselves as well as those around them. Dragons love a challenge where they can focus their energy and skills. They tend to achieve great success in their endeavors.
Dragons are not among the people who follow the rules. Instead, they like to forge their own course. Dragons have a desire to be free and permanent commitments can feel draining on them. Dragons don’t seek “committed relationships” so much as they seek kindred spirits to share the adventures of life with.
Snakes are wise. They are deep thinkers. Snakes also have a charming and romantic side but are often secretive and operate as loners. They like to keep things to themselves in secrecy. Becaues of this, they are often less socially popular. To the snake, this is preferable as they appreciate and even require solitude.
On their own, snakes work hard at what they are seeking to achieve while others hardly notice. Their immense efforts give rise to big success. In their relationships, Snakes look for elegance and grace, however, they are known to be jealous.
Horse people live up to the expression, “works like a horse.” They expend great effort and exertion in their endeavors and always strive for excellence. Horses are people who like to work by themselves and are often not regarded as team players even though they are extremely hard workers. Because of this they can come across as egotistic.
Horses have great verbal skills, strong intellects and in social situations, they are popular. They are great at committed to difficult endeavors and will see it through. Horses like a challenge and so they will decline work that they thing is beneath them. Horses can be short-tempered and explosive, but they have a soft side too. In love, they can be impulsive.
Everyone just loves Sheep. They are charming and likable people even though they are also quite reserved. Sheep are prone to physical discomfort and will express that through complaining. They have a natural tendency towards pessimism. Despite this, sheep are kind and sympathetic people, and they love to socialize.
Sheep people love culture, nature and art. They are creative and artistic. Sheep often lack confidence however and can be timid and lack self-confidence. Still, they are generally kind and sensitive. They seek relationships that provide them with security.
Monkeys have a personality that drives the attention of the crowd. They are energetic and intelligent. Monkeys might even be called magnetic. They are great at small talk and conversation. They are often viewed as eccentric and yet, quite charming and appealing to others.
The Monkey people are humorous and quick-witted. They have a knack for finding humor and laughter in situations. Some people might find the Monkey suspicious because they don’t fully trust this. The high energy of the Monkey causes them to often feel restless. This can cause some challenges for the Monkey in career choices. Because of this, Monkeys thrive in environments and relationships where there is a lot of change.
The Rooster is industrious and hard working. They express their views naturally and with ease and are good at communicating. They can have a hard time sharing the spotlight however and often view their own opinions as superior. Roosters like for others to see their opinions this way as well.
Roosters love attention and seek that out in various aspects of life including the way they dress and other behavior. Roosters have high standards for themselves and for others. This can be frustrating for others around them, however it can also manifest in great success professionally. Roosters are loyal and true to their relationships.
We all know Dogs as man’s best friend and the same applies to people born in the year of the Dog. They are faithful, honest and loyal. Dogs have a knack for focusing their interests and putting their entire heart and soul into it whether it is a hobby or career.
Dogs can be sharp with their tongues and quick to criticize – this can be a challenge for the Dog personality. Still, Dogs strive for justice and fairness and are they are keen on using their problem-solving skills to resolve a situation. You can count on a Dog to be loyal and trustworthy in friendship, however they may hold a grudge and have a hard time forgiving. Dogs have a need for healthy relationship and so when a dog finds their ideal mate, they are loyal for life.
Pigs make wonderful companions. They are kind, sincere and tolerant people. Pigs are great conversationalist as well as interesting and intriguing. Pigs also have a great sense of humor and are seen as witty. Pigs are also smart and set tough goals for themselves. Their sharp intellect helps them to carry out their goals.
Social harmony is important to the pig and so they often see the best in people and overlook their faults. To their detriment, Pigs often think everyone else does the same and this naiveté can cause them some heartache. Pigs like spending time with their loved ones and cherish their home life. They can easily get involved in materialism.