Chinese Animal Signs

9 August 2019 /

by Susanne White
You lucky Rat, you. In China, Rats are very highly prized (and not just for supper). You are power hungry and know how to ‘go for it’. Once you get those tiny Rat claws firmly around an honored position, you hold on for dear life.
Leadership becomes you. People respect you. You seem so cool. You are fun-loving and sociable. But your private self is often fidgety and nervous. You need to talk problems through. Getting anxiety off your chest is as good as putting it out of your mind. Some accuse you of being too communicative. Let’s just say you talk a lot. You are not a willing idler. You’re quick witted. You speed through work to have plenty of time left to meddle in what others are up to. When dealing in delicate matters, you instinctively know how to keep your whiskers clean. Yet, you aren’t a straight arrow. You would always rather zigzag your way to fame and fortune than trot the straight and narrow. You tend to be picky.

Relentless Rat

You are paradoxical. An odd mix of profligate and thrifty, saving everything from worn-out rubber bands to frayed shirt collars, just in case, then spending like a bandit on some extortionately costly-bauble that you deem essential to your will-being. You charm others into doing what you want. Winning friends and seducing lovers is child’s play for you sexy Rat folk. Still, I don’t see you as promiscuous: you are the marrying kind, you require a family. Run our and win yourself a flamboyant Dragon, a conscientious Ox or a trickier-than-thou Monkey mate. Steer clear of Cats and Horses. Youth is a jolly time for you, energetic Rat but midlife can bring your downfall due to errors of judgment in love or business matters. If you deign to seed counsel from friends, your golden years should prove comfortable and cloudless. My advice? Stop fretting. You’ll never starve. Crafty go-getters like you rarely do.

In the Twentieth Century all Rats were Born between the following dates:

31 January 1900 – 18 February 1901

18 February 1912 – 5 February 1913

5 February 1924 – 23 January 1925

24 January 1936 – 10 February 1937

10 February 1948 – 28 January 1949

28 January 1960 – 14 February 1961

15 February 1972 – 2 February 1973

2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985

19 February 1996 – 6 February 1997

Diligent Ox

A veritable Gibraltar. An indomitable fortress. This sign might have been called Bulldozer instead of Ox. You are an essentially temperate person who cares greatly for rigor, labor, strength of character and…results! You can stick at a task longer and go at it harder than anybody. You spare no elbow grease. You hate to be beaten, so you simply never give up. Some may call you slow; others complain that you are clumsy. In fact, you move at your own sweet pace and refuse to be pushed or prodded by a lot of hot-headed fly-by-nights. You believe in simplicity and achievement. Levity in business exasperates you.You are capable of profound, enduring love, yet romance leaves you cold. You prefer action to beds of roses and phials of exotic perfumes. You take life very seriously but life doesn’t always return the favor. You don’t normally talk much but you have a remarkable talent for story-telling. If it’s really results you’re after, use that special flair. Chat up the conservative Rooster you’ve been longing to invite to dinner. Share some pink bubbly with a garrulous Rat or send dozens of white roses to a luxury-loving Snake. They are all well equipped to handle your peculiar brand of seduction. The first two eras of your life will be characterized by hard work. During the second adult phase a misunderstanding between you and a neighbor or colleague may cause a deep, long-lasting rift. Don’t lose heart. Your old age will be both long and healthy with peace of mind taking over after fifty as priority number one. Advice? Yes. Lighten up. And stop judging others by your own high standards. You’ll only be disappointed. Nobody (except you, my dear Ox) is perfect.

In the Twentieth Century all Oxen were Born between the following dates:

19 February 1901 – 7 February 1902

6 February 1913 – 25 January 1914

24 January 1925 – 12 February 1926

11 February 1937 – 30 January 1938

28 January 1949 – 16 February 1950

15 February 1961 – 4 February 1962

3 February 1973 – 22 January 1974

20 February 1996 – 8 February 1986

Terrible Tiger

Noble and fearless, you are respected for your courage and dreaded for your ferocity and incessant intemperance. Like a raging torrent, you constantly overflow your banks. Where are you going in such a hurry? Can’t you take just one teensy peek before you pounce? Try to slow down, practice a little moderation. Stop going around being so heartbreakingly attractive. It’s exhausting. Of course, some people find you so dashing and plucky that they want to climb aboard and go along for the ride. But you, Tiger dear, are a swashbuckling loner. The top is the only place you want to be. You court danger. The fiercer the enemy, the more dramatic and calamitous the situation, the broader grows your Tigerish grin. Your changeability, disdain for rules, self-sufficiency and devil-may-care jauntiness could be your undoing. In matters of the heart you are too demanding. But you certainly aren’t boring. You get on best with devoted Dogs who espouse your causes. Independent Horses and complicities Dragons love you, too. Monkeys admire you, but remember, Monkeys can be tricky. Whatever you do, don’t take up wit a tempestuous Tiger like yourself. You are lucky, but not that lucky. You’ll breeze through your youth. But by the age of thirty-five, half a lifetime’s excesses may start to catch up with you. Call yourself to order by forty and by the time you reach fifty you’ll be young again, ready for a productive old age. A piece of advice? Go ahead and take the job as a five-star general, but choose your lieutenants wisely – you’ll be needing lots of loyal counsel.

In the Twentieth Century all Tigers were Born between the following dates:

8 February 1902 – 28 January 1903

26 January 1914 – 13 February 1915

13 February 1926 – 1 February 1927

31 January 1938 – 18 February 1939

12 February 1950 – 5 February 1951

5 February 1962 – 24 January 1963

23 January 1974 – 10 February 1975

9 February 1986 – 28 January 1987

Cat Out of the Bag

You seek harmony. You are careful and practice discretion in all things. When you sense a conflict lurching your way, you skitter off and hide. Distinguished, diplomatic and well-mannered, you are also as nervous as a cat. Culture and refinement comfort you. You don’t hate money either: you know instinctively how to earn and you’re your fortune without flash or flaunt. You favor traditional antique furnishings over chrome and glass contemporary. You’re a soft-stepping go-getter… ambitious but never aggressive, strong but never rough. Your brand of wisdom says that He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. You are hypersensitive – squeamish even. You are a bit of a hypochondriac: an innocent hangnail on your big toe alarms you. ‘Call an ambulance, Get me to the emergency room!’ Chronic illnesses – migraine, asthma, hayfever, lower back pain, warts, hives – you’ve tried them all. Buy yourself a big house in the country, then fill it with brilliant, well-behaved kids. Choose a partner from among gentle Goats, scrupulous Pigs or loyal Dogs. If you’re feeling lavish, remember that Snakes are delighted to languish on Cats’ velvet divans. Avoid Tigers. Roosters and Dragons. Their unrelenting panache threatens your tranquil existence. You plan your life to run smoothly. And usually it does. But should spontaneity enter the picture and events go awry – you freak out. Take my advice and lighten up. Not only on yourself but, more especially, on the rest of us.

In the Twentieth Century all Cats were Born between the following dates:

29 January 1903 – 15 February 1904

14 February 1915 – 2 February 1916

2 February 1927 – 22 January 1928

19 February 1939 – 7 February 1940

6 February 1951 – 26 January 1952

25 January 1963 – 12 February 1964

11 February 1975 – 30 January 1976

29 January 1987 – 16 February 1988

Dauntless Dragon

Sure of yourself, dynamic and noisy, you are a born master of ceremonies. Fireworks, parties, festivals, holidays, rallies, you get things started and deep them moving. You’re feisty and gifted with power and luck. People look up to you. You can be a braggart and you don’t trust easily. When you know, you are right you inflexible. In business you appear tough. But even you, dauntless Dragon, are not invincible. All those flames are mere camouflage. Underneath, you are a soft touch. A pushover. You faint at the sight of a weeping willow. Sentimentality stalks your every step: you cannot resist its maudlin tug. Faithful to friends and family, you are less so in matters of the heart. You are devastatingly attractive. And romantic too. You long to crawl into cave after cave with a series of passionate lovers who tickle and hurt and thrill all at once. You dream of a lifelong moment of ecstasy. Dally with a hard-driving Rat or a clever Monkey. But when you choose a mate, pick a solid citizen Rooster or a Tiger (your accomplice). Don’t bother with taciturn Oxen or outspoken Dogs. Not your style. A regulated, disciplined family and school life in childhood may frustrate your need for applause and undeserved attention but it may also set you on a more realistic path than one you would have chosen yourself. Your mid-life crisis will be a humdinger! But if you’re still alive at age fifty, your real work will begin to pay off. You know how to learn from your mistakes. Dare I give you advice? Don’t let your ego get the jump on your brain. Practice laughing at yourself in the mirror. Lower your profile.

In the Twentieth Century all Dragons were Born between the following dates:

16 February 1904 – 3 February 1905

3 February 1916 – 22 January 1917

23 January 1928 – 9 February 1929

8 February 1940 – 26 January 1941

27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953

13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965

31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977

17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989

5 February 2000 – 26 January 2001

Tantalizing Snake

How does it feel to be irresistible? It must be super to know that the whole world is intoxicated by you with your bewitching perfume, your silken scarves and your glamorous accessories. Everybody is in awe of your appearance. And you, in turn, are in awe of how adoring your admirers are. You do so love to please. Some think of you as the silent type. But you can be very talkative when there is something important to say. People cherish your sagacious advice. Those seeking peace of mind are drawn to consult you for counselling and wisdom. You can always tell what’s about to happen before it does. One wonders if you receive messages from other realms. If you do, don’t fight it. Listen to the spirits and learn. With money, you are both a miser and a spendthrift. Rather than pushing up the thermostat a few degrees, you’ll wrap yourself in sable and curl up with a good lover. You are famous for demanding exclusive rights on your mate while blithely maintaining your own busy private life on the side. Security is your all time favorite happiness-provider. Marry up with a resourceful Rooster or a stabilizing Ox. The first two parts of your life will be hectic and nerve-racking. But old age becomes you. Enjoy it. Some advice? Be generous with your glory. Try to decline the spotlight when someone who needs it more than you is around.

In the Twentieth Century all Snakes were Born between the following dates:

4 February 1905 – 24 January 1906

23 January 1917 – 10 February 1918

10 February 1929 – 29 January 1930

27 January 1941 – 14 February 1942

14 February 1953 – 2 February 1954

21 February 1965 – 20 January 1966

18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978

6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990

Headstrong Horse

High style is your style. Self-possessed and proud, you dream of cutting a swath through life, moving mountains and changing the shape of things. You are active and energetic. Yet, unless you feel like it, you may stubbornly refuse to do anything at all. Nobody can make you budge an inch. You’re not lazy. You simply do precisely as you please. None the less, Horse people are doers. You are a resolute achiever who cherishes his goals. You fear failure and will slave to save your career. Monkey is important to you. And you never let sentimentality get in your way. You are even willing to prance over a few cadavers to get what you want out of life. Passion is the only emotion that can turn your ruthlessness to mush – may even cause you to give up the keys to your innermost soul, turn your back on family, desert friends and eradicate your past for the sake of pursuing an idyllic future with the object of your affection. Beware! Such exclusive devotion can be the ruination of an otherwise hardy and practical Horse. Underneath a fa?ade of near dandyism, you are oddly conservative. Your regulation striped ties may boast a shocking oink background but they are still regulation striped ties. Your basic black dress may sport a sexy off-the-shoulder as a solid-citizen straight-arrow person. But verbally you are outrageous, outspoken and often out of line. To belong (and despite your rebellious streak, you long to belong) you will spend much of your life learning to control your outbursts. You’re snappish and arrogant when riled – and you are invariably riled.
Childhood is easy for you. Kids are expected to be feisty and turbulent. Young adulthood will be a stormy foot-dragging period. Although fitting in attracts you, responsibility dampens your high spirits. Maturity comes late to Horses. Once common sense is second nature, the Horse progresses smoothly. Here’s a piece of advice: don’t break rules, Crime is not your strong suit. Your happiness is in your work.

In the Twentieth Century all Horses were Born between the following dates:

24 January 1906 – 12 February 1907

11 February 1918 – 31 January 1919

30 January 1942 – 4 February 1943

3 February 1954 – 23 January 1955

23 January 1966 – 8 February 1967

7 February 1978 – 27 January 1979

27 January 1990 – 14 February 1991

Gentle Goat

Your sign is the most creative. You are truly gifted, have a flair for the aesthetic and enjoy being in tune with nature. You’re so artlessly intuitive that you could give ‘take it easy’ courses. But first, before you try to do anything, you must be provided with security. You need to feel loved, protected and be grazing safely in a fertile field. Without structure, you’re helpless. You are an eccentric, and something of a winner, too. You don’t mind struggling and straining in an effort to reach a noble or tangible goal, but you hate adhering to schedules or performing repetitive, routine chores. You need lots of ready cash, yet you scorn budgets. A formidable ambivalence divides your basic need for security and your longing for total freedom from stressful limits. Goats are generally very delicate. Your good manners, wiles and charm will go a long way towards finding that person, group or profession that offers you maximum protection and allows your talent to thrive. Try your hand at poetry, research or, better still, just lie back, relax and wax Bohemian. You would make a perfect hippie. Try courting an eloquent Horse. Horses know best how to work hard for others. Bat your eyelashes at a refined, home-loving Cat or – better still – grab yourself a scrupulous, competent (and often rich) Pig to lean on and love for life. Avoid Tigers and Oxen. They don’t approve of your capriciousness. You don’t mind the role of dependant so you’ll probably enjoy a peaceful childhood. As an amorous and fanciful young adult you may experience some devastating romantic disappointments. But luck shines in the third part of your life, bringing love and security to coddle your tender soul. A bit of practical advice: find your ‘fertile field’ at a young age and force yourself to graze patiently. Your fortune will most likely be found in somebody else’s bank account.

In the Twentieth Century all Goats were Born between the following dates:

13 February 1907 – 1 February 1908

1 February 1919 – 19 February 1920

17 February 1931 – 5 February 1932

5 February 1943 – 24 January 1944

24 January 1955 – 11 February 1956

9 February 1967 – 29 January 1968

28 January 1979 – 15 February 1980

15 February 1991 – 3 February 1992

Merry Monkey

You’re a delightful person who never misses a trick and who, despite an undeniable tendency to cunning and chicanery, rarely jumps a red light. Contradictory? Yes, indeed. And more. Monkeys are astute and like to be in on everything. You catch on long before the punch line, but you never laugh till you’re good and ready. You’re a plotter and a planner. When confronted with a seemingly impervious miasma of human complexity, you, nimble-spirited Monkey, will always find the means to restore order. You are an invaluable aide-de-camp, employee and helpmate. You’d make a super vice-president. Titles and position mean nothing to you as you instinctively recognize that, no matter how high up you are seated, you will still only be sitting on your derriere. Without fanfare you manage to run the show quite deftly from the wings. You refuse to grow old. If you have the funds you will be first to leap on to that old operating table for a face lift, nose job, hair transplant or all three! In choosing a partner, treat yourself to a magnificent Dragon, a go-getting Rat or even an impetuous Tiger, who keep your problem-solving talents busy. The first and phases of your life will pass smoothly. At around thirty-seven or thirty-eight you may experience a sudden loss of confidence from a major mid-life love crisis. This sinking spell will pass after the age of forty-five. My advice? It’s not enough to be cleverer than the rest. Knowing when to bet and when to pass is the secret of winning at those games you so enjoy. Refine your sense of timing through careful, patient observation. You will live longer and better on less if you learn to save your precious energy (and your money) for the big stakes.

In the Twentieth Century all Monkeys were Born between the following dates:

2 February 1908 – 22 January 1909

20 February 1920 – 8 February 1921

6 February 1932 – 26 January 1933

25 January 1944 – 13 February 1945

12 February 1956 – 31 January 1957

29 January 1968 – 16 February 1969

16 February 1980 – 4 February 1981

4 February 1992 – 22 January 1993

Resilient Rooster

Uncommonly resilient, you were born to bounce back. Even though your whole life is a roller-coaster ride, a crazy quilt of successes and setbacks, high times and low, trials, tribulations and other emotionally exhausting or gut-wrenching experiences, you remain an irrepressibly staunch and plucky spirit. No matter the degree of despair, you simply pick yourself up, brush your feathers smooth and strut all over again. You emit enthusiasm rays. Your joy in experiencing new kicks is contagious. People clamor to hang out with you, to go to your places, see your sights, share your thrilling way of life. You will frequently occupy positions of authority. You are naturally bossy and excel at setting a good example. You work very hard. Despite a sometimes cocky attitude and a tendency to be conceited, you cannot be accused of being either pushy or pedantic. You are a multi-talented, open-minded yet conservative person. In love, you flip for elegance and class. Try courting a glamorous Snake. Or take up with an encouraging Dog. Better still, for the sake of challenge, let yourself be seduced by a fiery Dragon. All of the above are able to ease the strain of your exhaustingly busy life. Listen to this and heed my advice: you are too frank for our own good. Take pains to be less candid. Your blatancy can do you in. Blow your own horn if you will but try not to blow the whistle on, yourself in the bargain. Remember, a Rooster in hot water is nothing note than chicken soup.

In the Twentieth Century all Roosters were Born between the following dates:

22 January 1909 – 9 February 1910

8 February 1921 – 27 February 1922

26 January 1933 – 13 February 1934

13 February 1945 – 1 February 1946

31 January 1957 – 17 February 1958

17 February 1969 – 5 February 1970

5 February 1981 – 24 January 1982

23 January 1993 – 9 February 1994

Disquiet Dog

Man’s best friend indeed: you are honest, faithful and sincere. You give real value in return for affection. You are an agreeable companion – when you’re in a good mood. To know to love you, except when you let go with a brutish comment or snap sarcastic zingers at us poor unsuspecting bystanders. You have a bark on you, Doggie, that makes even your most ferocious bite seem painless. But you selflessly redeem yourself. You believe in justice for all and willingly take up worthy causes and bear weighty crosses against unfair practices. You respect tradition and value honor. You take real pleasure in helping a senior citizen cross a busy street. In life’s big western movie, you definitely wear a white cowboy hat. A finely honed critical sense allows you to sniff out deceit and track down fraud. Trouble is, this flair for truth is so keen that it sometimes causes you to become pessimistic. Terminal disappointment and even depression may ensue. As a hedge against this tendency to hopelessness, try to surround yourself with amusing people whose optimism and joie de vivre help you maintain your own equilibrium. Marry up with a carefree Tiger, a fantasy-loving Horse or a cozy, reassuring Cat. At a tender age you will begin to notice that the world is a very unfair place. You’ll get involved in crusades and seed to right basic wrongs. My advice? Try not to be so painfully righteous. Accept compromise. Curl up here by the fire and dream of better days.

In the Twentieth Century all Dogs were Born between the following dates:

10 February 1910 – 29 January 1911

28 January 1922 – 15 February 1923

14 February 1934 – 3 February 1935

2 February 1946 – 21 January 1947

18 February 1958 – 7 February 1959

6 February 1970 – 26 January 1971

25 January 1982 – 12 February 1983

10 February 1994 – 20 January 1995

Pristine Pig

You are a model of sincerity, purity, tolerance and honor. You want to do everything right. You’ve got a fine feeling for aesthetics and a flair for authenticity. We seek your common sense advice and enjoy your convivial company. You delight in country living. Rustic sensuality and off-color jokes tickle you silly. Gourmet food is no stranger to your lops either. Face it, Piglet, you’re a bona fide bon vivant. However, you are far too accommodating. People take advantage of your yielding nature. Then, when you’ve exhausted yourself by giving too much, you fly into fits, tantrums, blind rages. We all run for cover when you’re angry, reappearing only when you are re-ensconced in your favorite velvet armchair, your attention riveted on an expensive art book, smacking your lips characteristically while downing a stunning box of imported chocolates. Phew! You Pig people often become rich. You can’t help it. You’re med about opulence. Silks, hand-crafted silvers and 18 carat gold candelabra befit your sumptuous tastes. In romantic matters, you get on very well with hot-blooded Dragons, creative Goats and classy, countrified Cats. What ever you do, don’t let an elegant Snake slither in to your heart. Hands off practical Roosters, too. Peace of mind sets in once you have learned to say no loud and clear. Then, usually post middle-age, your surges of rage will abate and life will become a real wallow. Try, in the interest of healthy self-defense, to exercise your fight to refuse to serve others. Just say no. And remember. . . practice makes perfect.

In the Twentieth Century all Pigs were Born between the following dates:

30 January 1911 – 17 February 1912

16 February 1923 – 4 February 1924

4 February 1935 – 23 January 1936

22 January 1947 – 9 February 1948

8 February 1959 – 27 January 1960

27 January 1971 – 14 February 1972

13 February 1983 – 1 February 1984

31 January 1995 – 18 February 1996

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