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Chinese Astrology - Ancient Oriental Art of Divination and Character Reading

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This ancient perspective on our modern lives comes from the ancient Oriental art of divination and character reading. The first cycle of this Zodiac was introduced in 2637 BC by Emperor Huang Ti. This 'art form' developed as the Chinese writing system emerged and joined with philosophy. Some fascinating insights into a persons character, lifestyle, and emotional makeup are revealed. The roots of this interpretive art, are based deeply in the classical philosophy of Confucius, Lao-tse and the Yi Jing (I Ching). According to Chinese legend, the order of the twelve signs was determined by Buddha, upon celebration of the Chinese New Year (which falls on different dates, from mid-January to mid-February.)

According to Chinese legend, the Buddha invited all of the animals in the kingdom together for a meeting, but only 12 creatures attended.

Click on the Animal names below to learn more about the year of each animal.

Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake

Horse | Goat | Monkey | Rooster | Dog | Pig

The first animal to arrive was the talkative Rat (who was aggressive enough to jump off the back of the Ox in order to be the #1 arrival) next in place #2, came the serious, enduring and hard-working Ox with the honorable Tiger, and cautious Rabbit. The outspoken Dragon joined the others, along with the philosophical Snake. The physically active Horse arrived with the artistic Goat. The spirited Monkey and the showy Rooster came as well. The last to join the others was the watchful Dog and the meticulous, resigned Pig.

Buddha gave each animal a year of its own, bestowing the nature and characteristics of each to those born in that animals year. As the Chinese say, 'This is the animal that hides in your heart'

Year
Sign
Year
Sign
Year
Sign
Year
Sign
Year
Sign
1901
Metal Ox
1926
Fire Tiger
1951
Metal Rabbit
1976
Fire Dragon
2001
Metal Snake
1902
Water Tiger
1927
Fire Rabbit
1952
Water Dragon
1977
Fire Snake
2002
Water Horse
1903
Water Rabbit
1928
Earth Dragon
1953
Water Snake
1978
Earth Horse
2003
Water Goat
1904
Wood Dragon
1929
Earth Snake
1954
Wood Horse
1979
Earth Goat
2004
Wood Monkey
1905
Wood Snake
1930
Metal Horse
1955
Wood Goat
1980
Metal Monkey
2005
Wood Rooster
1906
Fire Horse
1931
Metal Goat
1956
Fire Monkey
1981
Metal Rooster
2006
Fire Dog
1907
Fire Goat
1932
Water Monkey
1957
Fire Rooster
1982
Water Dog
2007
Fire Pig
1908
Earth Monkey
1933
Water Rooster
1958
Earth Dog
1983
Water Pig
2008
Earth Rat
1909
Earth Rooster
1934
Wood Dog
1959
Earth Pig
1984
Wood Rat
2009
Earth Ox
1910
Metal Dog
1935
Wood Pig
1960
Metal Rat
1985
Wood Ox
2010
Metal Tiger
1911
Metal Pig
1936
Fire Rat
1961
Metal Ox
1986
Fire Tiger
2011
Metal Rabbit
1912
Water Rat
1937
Fire Ox
1962
Water Tiger
1987
Fire Rabbit
2012
Water Dragon
1913
Water Ox
1938
Earth Tiger
1963
Water Rabbit
1988
Earth Dragon
2013
Water Snake
1914
Wood Tiger
1939
Earth Rabbit
1964
Wood Dragon
1989
Earth Snake
2014
Wood Horse
1915
Wood Rabbit
1940
Metal Dragon
1965
Wood Snake
1990
Metal Horse
2015
Wood Goat
1916
Fire Dragon
1941
Metal Snake
1966
Fire Horse
1991
Metal Goat
2016
Fire Monkey
1917
Fire Snake
1942
Water Horse
1967
Fire Goat
1992
Water Monkey
2017
Fire Rooster
1918
Earth Horse
1943
Water Goat
1968
Earth Monkey
1993
Water Rooster
2018
Earth Dog
1919
Earth Goat
1944
Wood Monkey
1969
Earth Rooster
1994
Wood Dog
2019
Earth Pig
1920
Metal Monkey
1945
Wood Rooster
1970
Metal Dog
1995
Wood Pig
2020
Metal Rat
1921
Metal Rooster
1946
Fire Dog
1971
Metal Pig
1996
Fire Rat
2021
Metal Ox
1922
Water Dog
1947
Fire Pig
1972
Water Rat
1997
Fire Ox
2022
Water Tiger
1923
Water Pig
1948
Earth Rat
1973
Water Ox
1998
Earth Tiger
2023
Water Rabbit
1924
Wood Rat
1949
Earth Ox
1974
Wood Tiger
1999
Earth Rabbit
2024
Wood Dragon
1925
Wood Ox
1950
Metal Tiger
1975
Wood Rabbit
2000
Metal Dragon
2025
Wood Snake

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