Each of the twelve Chinese astrology animals in the zodiac possess traits and characteristics that reveal things about us all. According to some Asian legends the Jade King, whose realm was in the heavenly clouds, ordered a dozen animals to be brought from Earth.
After he inspected each of these animals he then devised a twelve year astrological cycle and every one of these animals was designated as the representative of one of these cycles.
The Chinese astrological cycles are based on traits and characteristics that each animal possesses.
If you were born between January 21 and February 19.
It's important to note that the Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice. It falls between January 21 and February 19 on the Gregorian calendar. If your birthday falls within these dates, you will need know when the New Year began to determine your correct birth animal. (So I've included this in brackets in the dates below).
Rats mark the first year of the Chinese astrological cycle. And rightfully so. Those born under the sign of Rat are pioneers, the first to the scene of action. These people stay busy, as they keep their lives full. If you know a Rat person, then you know that they are pretty active both mentally and physically.
Rat people tend to keep their true feelings to themselves. They go from being very chatty to being quiet. So while one side of them likes to go out and have a social life, the other part desires quiet times with friends.
Speaking of friends, the Rat has only a few. But to these few, they are considered family. Not that others don't like Rat people, they do! The Rat people ares well known for their charm and passion.
Rats are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.
Those born in the on the year of the Ox are known for being hard workers and persistent. If they have their eye set on something, look out! They will not be deterred and will not rest until they get what they want.
These people may seem calm and even sluggish, but don't let that fool you. They are very ambitious.
The Ox is the most dependable of the Chinese Astrology Animals. People look up to them and may frequently find themselves in leadership positions. Not known for being party animals, Ox people get their most satisfaction from being with friends and surrounded by family. They are known for their affectionate nature.
Oxen are most compatible with Snake, Rooster, and Rat people.
Adventurous and full of courage is what makes up those born the year of the Tiger. If you want to see a natural born leader, look no further than the Tiger. These people are independent and commanding. Anyone looking to compete against the Tiger has their work cut out for them.
But there is a softer side of the Tiger. He or she can be a playful as a kitten. There is something innocent about the Tiger, coupled with a fun sense of humor.
The Tiger is also very empathic and compassionate - devoted to helping those in need. If you are looking for the sexy Chinese Astrology Animals look no further. The Tiger is known for its sexiness and being a great lover.
Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs.
If you have conflict that needs to be solved, call upon the Rabbit. The Rabbit (sometimes called Cat) is the peacemaker of the Chinese Astrology Animals. In fact many people seek out the Rabbit when there is conflict. The Rabbit is the epitome of calm and kindness. Rabbits are sensitive people with a gentle heart.
That sensitivity can be shown in other areas of the Rabbit's life. They love the arts and elegance.
Their home is considered an oasis and they to love shop! The Rabbit is all about peace and comfort, by any means necessary. The Rabbit is a very sensual being.
Rabbits are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.
The most ostentatious of the Chinese Astrology Animals is Dragon! With the Dragon there is never a dull moment. The Dragon person is a visionary with wide-reaching goals. Never one to back down from a fight, the Dragon slays any challenges or obstacles that stand in its way; while people stand back in awe of the mastery of the Dragon.
The Dragon is a remarkable sight, because not only are they also a mysterious creature and at the same time they can be flamboyant. They attract attention everywhere they go.
Not all the dreams that a Dragon has will go to fruition, but that doesn't stop the Dragon from dreaming them. The Dragon person is stimulating.
Dragons are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters.
The Snake person is known for great wisdom and holding many interests. They are true seekers of knowledge. With that said, they are one of the most quiet of the Chinese Astrology Animals.
These people are highly complex. Good luck to you in trying to figure out the snake - they guard their privacy vigorously.
With that said, the Snake is a very likable person, who can dazzle and charm anyone. Though they simply don't see the need to impress. People are drawn to the Snake's mysterious aura. The Snake is selective and sensual.
Snakes are most compatible with the Ox and Rooster.
Nonconformists and freethinkers, forget about trying to control the Horse. These people will pop in and out of your life at a moment's notice. A true maverick.
In Chinese astrology, the Horse is the one sign associated with masculinity. The Horse is male.
This shows through the Horse's independent and adventurous nature. Horses love the great outdoors and sports.
Because the Horse is hard to capture, people are drawn to this energetic beast. The Horse is the most unpredictable of the Chinese Astrology Animals.
Horses are most compatible with Tigers, Dogs, and Sheep.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Sheep (sometimes called Ram or Goat) is associated with female. This makes the Horse and Sheep true soul mates.
Not known for aggression, the sheep has a gentle persona. They love children and animals. These people are considered the artists of the zodiac, as they are the most creative of all Chinese Astrology Animals.
Sheep seek peaceful and charming environments. Natural homemakers, they move through life better as a team versus a party of one. Love is most important, so marriage and family is number one on their list.
Sheep are compatible with Rabbits, Pigs, and Horses.
The Monkey person is fun, witty and unpredictable. They are the life of the party. But it's not all fun and games with the Monkey.
They have a curious nature which leads them on a quest of knowledge. They spend a lot of time thinking. They also very perceptive and pick up on cues that many others miss.
Confident and competitive, the Monkey easily moves up the ladder of success. The Monkey is the exciting one of the Chinese Astrology Animals.
Monkeys are most compatible with the Dragon and Rat.
For Chinese Astrology Animals of gallantry you want the Rooster.
Straight shooting and with no problems telling what's on his mind, honesty is one of the strong points of the Rooster.
The Rooster's clever mind will sometimes show itself with its dry sense of humor.
Efficient and highly organized compels others to keep up. Often the centre of attention, the Rooster loves the spotlight and the spotlight loves the Rooster. One word to categorize the Rooster is dashing.
Roosters are most compatible with Ox, Snake, and Dragon.
Faithful, dependable and sincere are the qualities that make up the Dog person. The Dog has a strong sense of justice and will fight for it. A natural spokesperson, the Dog stands up for those who can't stand up for themselves.
Everywhere these Dogs go, they are respected by friends, family and within the community.
There is none more loyal and protective than the Dog in Chinese Astrology Animals. Dog people are known as being very loving.
Dogs are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.
(Pig is sometimes called Boar) You know the saying, "Nice guys finish last?" Well here is the last in the list of Chinese Astrology Animals and those born the year of the Pig, are the nice guys in the Chinese zodiac.
The Pig’s kindness and helpful nature extends itself to friends and strangers alike. Social pigs are loved everywhere they go because not only are they cheerful, but they have good hearts.
With so many acts of kindness, the Pigs are very fortunate in life, as successes seem to fall right into their laps. Passionate is the best word to describe Miss Piggy.
Pigs are most compatible with Rabbits and Sheep.