The Chinese Zodiac

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Chinese legend says that the Buddha invited all of the animals in the kingdom
to gather for a meeting, but only 12 creatures attended. Talkative Rat was first
to arrive and even jumped off of Ox's back to ensure his position. The serious,
enduring, hard-working Ox was second, followed closely by the honorable Tiger and cautious Rabbit. The outspoken Dragon was fifth to join the others, and then came the philosophical Snake. The seventh creature on the scene was the physically active Horse, who arrived with the artistic Goat. Then came the spirited Monkey
and the showy Rooster. The last to join the others were 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 animal's year.
The Chinese say that "This is the animal that hides in your heart."

Learn more about the Five Elements

Note: The Animal for the YEAR of your birth is your Zodiacal Sign,
and the Animal for the TIME of Day you were born, is your Rising Sign.

The 'voices' of the Animals below ©Theodora Lau
RAT Metal   Water   Wood    Fire    Earth
1900     1912     1924    1936    1948
1960     1972     1984    1996    2008
2020     2032     2044    2056    2068
I am the Rat I am the self-proclaimed acquisitor. I am a link yet I function as a complete unit. I aim at encompassing heights and I strike my target sure and steady. Life is a joyous journey for me. Each search must end with a new quest. I am progress, exploration and insight. I am the womb of activity.

11pm-1am    North Water + Winter Dec. Sagittarius
OX Metal   Water   Wood    Fire    Earth
1901     1913     1925    1937    1949
1961     1973     1985    1997    2009
2021     2033     2045    2057    2069
I am the Ox Mine is the stabilizing force that perpetuates the cycle of life. I stand immobile against the test of adversity, resolute and unimpeachable. I seek integrity, to bear the burdens of righteousness. I abide by the laws of nature - patiently pushing the wheel of fate. Thus, I shall weave my destiny.

1-3 am    N-NE    Water -    Winter    January    Capricorn
TIGER Water   Wood    Fire    Earth  Metal
1902     1914    1926    1938   1950
1962     1974    1986    1998   2010
2022     2034    2046    2058   2070
I am the Tiger I am the delightful Paradox. All the world is my stage. I set new trails ablaze; I seek the unattainable, and try the untried. I dance to life's music in gay abandon. Come with me on my carousel rides. See the myriad colors, the flickering lights. All hail me the unparalleled performer.

3-5 am    E-NE    Wood +    Spring    February    Aquarius
RABBIT Water   Wood    Fire    Earth  Metal
1903     1915    1927    1939   1951
1963     1975    1987    1999   2011
2023     2035    2047    2059   2071
I am the Rabbit I am in tune with the pulse of the universe. In my quiet and solitude I hear the melodies of the soul. I float above commonplace dissent and decay. I subdue by my ability to conform. I color my words in delicate pastel hues. I epitomize harmony and inner peace.

5-7 am    East    Wood -    Spring    March    Pisces
DRAGON Wood    Fire    Earth   Metal  Water
1904    1916    1928    1940    1952
1964    1976    1988    2000    2012
2024    2036    2048    2060    2072
I am the Dragon I am an unquenchable fire, the center of all energy, the stout heroic heart. I am truth and light, I hold power and glory in my sway. My presence disperses dark clouds. I have been chosen to tame the Fates.

7-9 am    E-SE    Wood +    Spring    April    Aries
SNAKE Water  Wood    Fire   Earth   Metal
1893    1905    1917   1929    1941
1953    1965    1977   1989    2001
2013    2025    2037   2049    2061
I am the Snake Mine is the wisdom of the ages. I hold the key to the mysteries
of life. Casting my seeds on fertile ground I nurture them with constancy and purpose. My sights are fixed, my gaze unchanging. Unyielding, inexorable and deep I advance with steady, unslackened gait, the solid earth beneath me.

9-11 am    S-SE    Fire -    Spring    May    Taurus
HORSE Wood    Fire   Earth   Metal  Water
1894    1906   1918    1930   1942
1954    1966   1978    1990   2002
2014    2026   2038    2050   2062
I am the Horse I am the kaleidoscope of the mind. I impart light, color and perpetual motion. I think, I see, I am moved by electric fluidity. Constant only in my inconstancy I am unshackled by mundane holds, unchecked by sturdy, blinding goals. I run unimpeded through virgin paths. My spirit unconquered - my soul forever free.

11am-1 pm    South    Fire +    Summer    June    Gemini
SHEEP Wood    Fire   Earth  Metal  Water
1895    1907   1919   1931   1943
1955    1967   1979   1991   2003
2015    2027   2039   2051   2063
I am the Sheep I am nature's special child. I trust and am rewarded by trust. Fortune smiles upon my countenance. All things blossom in the gentleness of my love. I strive to find beauty in all I behold. I am fair of face and full of grace.

1-3 pm    S-SW    Fire -    Summer    July    Cancer
MONKEY Fire   Earth  Metal  Water  Wood
1896   1908   1920    1932    1944
1956   1968   1980    1992    2004
2016   2028   2040    2052    2064
I am the Monkey I am the seasoned traveler of the Labyrinth. The genius of alacrity, wizard of the impossible. My brilliance is yet unmatched in its originality. My heart is filled with potent magic that could cast a hundred spells. I am put together for mine own pleasure.

3-5 pm    W-SW    Metal +    Summer    August    Leo
ROOSTER Fire   Earth  Metal  Water  Wood
1897   1909   1921    1933    1945
1957   1969   1981    1993    2005
2017   2029   2041    2053    2065
I am the Rooster I am on hand to herald the day, and to announce its exit. I thrive by clockwork and precision. In my unending quest for perfection all things will be restored to their rightful place. I am the exacting taskmaster, the ever-watchful administrator. I seek perfect order in my world. I represent unfailing dedication.

5-7 pm    West    Metal -    Fall    September    Virgo
DOG Earth  Metal  Water  Wood   Fire
1898   1910    1922    1934   1946
1958   1970    1982    1994   2006
2018   2030    2042    2054   2066
I am the Dog The martial strains have summoned me to hear your sorrows,
still your pain. I am the protector of justice, equality - my sole friend. My vision is never blurred by cowardice, my soul never chained. Life without honor is life in vain.

7-9 pm    W-NW    Metal +    Fall    October    Libra
PIG Earth  Metal  Water  Wood   Fire
1899   1911    1923    1935   1947
1959   1971    1983    1995   2007
2019   2031    2043    2055   2067
I am the Pig Of all God's children I have the purest heart. With innocence and faith, I walk in Love's protective light. By giving of myself freely I am richer and twice blest. Bonded to all mankind by common fellowship, my goodwill is universal and knows no bounds.

9-11 pm    N-NW    Water -    Fall    November    Scorpio

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Alternate Animals:     Rat = Mouse, Ox = Cow or Bull, Rabbit = Cat,
Snake = Serpent, Sheep = Ram or Goat, Rooster = Chicken or Hen, Pig = Boar