Personality Characteristics of Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 different animal signs, which cycle through 12 years. A person's Chinese zodiac sign is thought to predetermine his characteristics and personality and reveals clues to his successes and potential failures. The Chinese zodiac signs guide astrological readings for people, all based on what year they were born. The Chinese zodiac begins with the Year of the Rat.

The Rat: (Birthdays in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) The Rat is first of the Chinese zodiac signs because in ancient legends, he won a race among all the animals. At their best, Rats are intelligent, charming, social and forthright. Some of their negative traits are selfishness, ruthlessness and intolerance.

The Ox: (Birthdays in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) The Ox is sturdy, hardworking and dependable, with modest tendencies and logical approaches to problems. However, astrological readings reveal that the Ox can be stubborn and rigid at times.

The Tiger: (Birthdays in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) Tigers exude power and passion, and embrace impulsive decisions while stimulating others to action. Recklessness, foolishness and selfishness can also show up in Tigers.

The Rabbit: (Birthdays in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) Rabbits in the Chinese zodiac are considered friendly, artistic, compassionate and thorough. Watch out for laziness, self-indulgence and moodiness in Rabbits as well.

The Dragon: (Birthdays in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) Dragons are leaders, with decisive personalities and generous and loyal tendencies. However, Dragons can be violent, brash, demanding and arrogant in their worst moments, according to Chinese astrological readings.

The Snake: (Birthdays in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) Snakes are revered members of the Chinese zodiac signs and are associated with wisdom, caution, strength and purpose. However, self-doubts, eccentricities and loneliness are often characteristic of Snakes.

The Horse: (Birthdays in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) The Horse is a popular sign and is generally considered agile, witty, perceptive and cheerful. However, Horses should be aware that they could also be gullible, stubborn, anxious and even rude.

The Goat: (Birthdays in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) Goats reflect creative and artistic tendencies, paired with sincerity, sympathy and determination. However, worry, pessimism and indecisiveness can also be a part of a Goat's personality.

The Monkey: (Birthdays in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) Sociable, intellectual and self-assured-that's the Monkey's personality. However, Monkeys can also be deceptive, manipulative and jealous.

The Rooster: (Birthdays in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) Roosters are considered decisive, practical and organized. Watch for personality traits that also include egotism and abrasiveness.

The Dog: (Birthdays in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) While the Dog can be loyal, moralistic and affectionate, the negative aspects of the Dog's personality can be described as judgmental, cynical, quarrelsome and fretful.

The Pig: (Birthdays in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) The last animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac is the Pig. Its personality characteristics are patience, loyalty, sincerity, thoughtfulness and intelligence. Know that the Pig can also display traits such as gullibility, materialism and naiveté.

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The Chinese Zodiac assigns an animal to each year of a twelve-year cycle. Unlike the Zodiac commonly used in Western astrology, which has a different astrological sign for each month of a single year, the Chinese Zodiac signs have an animal and its related characteristics assigned for each year in a twelve-year cycle on the Chinese calendar.

The history of Chinese Zodiac signs is quite different from the occidental Zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac history is quite different from the occidental Zodiac. Records show that the Chinese calendar emerged around 2637 BCE in 60-year cycles, divided into five 12-year sub cycles. Certain animal symbols were assigned to each of the 12 years. How those animals were selected is a popular Chinese Zodiac legend.

The Chinese zodiac animals are representative of the people born in each Chinese year. The 12 animals have different personality traits, likes and dislikes, which all people born under the same year share. Each animal sign rules for a year, and they follow in a specific order, appearing every 12 years.

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