“You’re such a fox, you provoked everybody against me.”
“He’s a sheep, he’ll listen to everything you say.”
“Don’t be a monkey, hopping from one place to another all day.”
Such animal references are often heard in daily conversations. One might wonder how every human trait can so easily be analogized with that predominant in an animal. It is fascinating how our simple references take an important and magnanimous form in the Chinese Animal Zodiac.
The Chinese Animal Zodiac system is a cycle that repeats every 12 years, in which each year is represented by an animal and the dominant characteristics of that animal. As per tradition, these 12 animals were means of dating years. The Chinese Animal Zodiac comprises animals ranging in a variety of characteristics. From the rat to the tiger, from the goat to the monkey, each animal in the system is representative of a set of unique qualities.
According to Chinese tradition, it is believed that the animal representative of one’s year of birth has an immense influence on the multitude of areas of one’s life. These areas include one’s general luck in life, one’s love life, the future, professional life and personality. Here are the personality traits:
People born in the year of the Rat are generally creative and imaginative. They are known to be problem solvers and are hugely resourceful. They are highly intuitive and spend a lot when money is in plenty.
People born in the year of the Ox possess great physical strength. They are gentle and peace-loving. They are generally known to be unromantic but are possessed of a lot of affection for family and close friends.
As the name suggests, people born in the year of the Tiger are aggressive and courageous by nature. They have a strong and independent attitude towards life and are bound to secure success in careers that are out of the box.
A major trait of the people born in the year of the Rabbit is that they are extremely simple beings. They are talented individuals and are very ambitious. Their affectionate nature makes them attractive to the opposite sex.
People born in the year of the dragon are very gifted and are always brimming with vibrancy. These individuals have strong leadership qualities and are highly gifted.
The prominent characteristic of the people born in the year of the snake is their brilliant intellectual capabilities. They are known to be quick-witted and are extremely passionate.
People born in the month of the horse have a unique love for life. They are smart and charming and have a striking sex appeal. They are the hardworking lot and are extremely loyal.
People born in the month of the Goat are characterized by confidence in whatever they do and a strong will power to persevere. They are known for their talent in the arts.
People born in the month of the Monkey are intelligent and generally possess a good sense of humour. They look at life in a very practical manner and are original thinkers.
People born in the month of the Rooster are sensitive and attentive to their friends. These individuals are predominated with a unique fighting spirit in adverse times.
Most evidently, people born in the month of the Dog are loyal and trustworthy and are always ready to help. They always have a sympathetic attitude towards those in trouble and are very close to family and friends.
People born in the month of the pig possess a great inner strength. They are independent and brave and are generally identified as loners and do not have many friends.
2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey. The Monkey stands 9th among the order of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac system. These unique animal-element pairs occur in every 60 years. As 2016 is a Fire Monkey Year, people born in the current year are called ‘Monkeys’ in China.