Chinese Zodiac Story There are several legends about how the animals were chosen for the Chinese zodiac. This is one of them. The Jade Emperor is the name of the Emperor of Heaven.Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way ofmeasuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to bea swimming race. The first twelve animals across the fast flowing riverwould be the winners and they would each have a year of the zodiacnamed after them.All the animals lined up along the river bank. The rat and the cat, whowere good friends, were worried because they were poor swimmers.Being clever they asked the strong ox if he would carry them across theriver.
Chinese Zodiac StoryOf course said the kind ox. Just climb on my back and I will takeyou across.The rat and the cat quickly jumped up and were very excited whenthe ox soon took the lead in the race. They had almost reached theother bank when the rat pushed the cat into the river leaving him tostruggle in the water. Then just before the ox was about to win therace the rat leapt on his head and on to the bank to finish first.Well done, said the Jade Emperor to the proud rat. The first year ofthe zodiac will be named after you.The poor ox had been tricked into second place and the second yearof the zodiac was named after him.
Chinese Zodiac StoryShortly after the exhausted tiger clawed his way to the river bank toclaim third place. Swimming across the river had been an enormousstruggle for him against the strong currents. The Emperor was sodelighted with his efforts that he named the third year after him.Next to arrive was the rabbit, who hadnt swum across at all. Hehopped across on some stepping stones and then found a floating logwhich carried him to the shore.I shall be very happy to call the fourth year after you, the surprisedJade Emperor explained.Just then a kind dragon swooped down to take fifth place.
Chinese Zodiac StoryWhy didn’t you win the race, as you can fly as well as swim?the Jade Emperor asked.I was held up because some people and animals neededwater to drink. I needed to make some rain, the dragonexplained. Then when I was nearly here I saw a poor littlerabbit on a log in the water and I blew a puff of wind so that thelog would float to the river bank.Well that was very kind of you and now you are here you willhave the fifth year of the zodiac named after you.’
Chinese Zodiac StoryThe next thing the Jade Emperor heard was the sound of the horse’shooves. Just as he was thinking the horse would be the next animalto arrive, a sneaky snake wriggled out from around one of the horse’shooves. The horse was so surprised that he jumped backwardsgiving the snake a chance to take the sixth place in the race. Thepoor horse had to be satisfied with seventh place.Not long afterwards a raft arrived carrying the goat, the monkey andthe rooster. They explained to the Emperor how they had shared theraft that the rooster had found. The goat and monkey had clearedweeds and pushed the raft to the shore. The Emperor was verypleased that the animals had worked together. He said the goatwould be the eighth zodiac animal, the monkey the ninth and therooster the tenth.
Chinese Zodiac StoryThe next animal to finish was the dog.Why are you so late when you are one of the best swimmers? askedthe Jade Emperor.The water in the river was so clean that I had to have a bath on theway, explained the dog. His reward was to have the eleventh yearnamed after him.Now there was one place left in the zodiac and the Emperorwondered when the last winner would come. He had nearly given upwhen he heard a grunt from the boar.You took a long time to cross the river, said the Emperor to the boar.I was hungry and stopped to eat, explained the boar. After the meal Ifelt so tired that I fell asleep.’
Chinese Zodiac StoryYou have still done well, said the Jade Emperor. The last yearof the zodiac will be named after you.‘As for the cat who had been pushed into the water by the rat,he finally crawled out of the water but was too late to have ayear named after him. He felt very cross with the rat and sincethen cats have never been friends with rats.From that day to this the Chinese Zodiac has followed thiscycle of years named after these twelve animals.
The Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 Rat people are notorious for being quick witted. They usually are slow to make true, lasting friendships but once they do, they guard them closely. Rats are normally very loyal, loving and charming. They can hide an aggressive streak as well as stubbornness hard to match. Female rats fall in love easily and have a tendency to over indulge their children. They can also be worriers over the smallest details becoming impatient with others who dont see the possible problems. Male rats may appear social but are actually very protective of their privacy. They are slow to open up to their mates and have an independent streak that may exclude them. It is part of their nature, not a sign of a lack of love. Male rats actually make exceptional fathers although in a no-nonsense fashion. He is ambitious and has high expectations for those around him but he is willing to help loved ones achieve their goals. Best matches are rat to dragon, monkey, rat or ox. Beware of rat to rabbit, goat, rooster or horse.
The Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985. 1997 Ox people often make the best of friends. They are known to be patient, loyal and very caring. They can often live up to the old fashioned saying of, "Stubborn as an ox." Normally quiet homebodies, they often make excellent spouses. The female ox loves to be with her family in the comfort of her home. Favorite activities often include reading quietly, cooking, gardening or crafts. Down to earth, the female ox is easy going, agreeable but with great organizational skills. Seldom is the ox a "clothes horse," instead preferring simple clothes with little jewelry. The male ox may take a long time to make up his mind but once he does, he is in for the long haul. Usually quiet of nature but confident, he is usually happiest puttering around the house. If your mate is an ox, he will almost assuredly be loyal and faithful. Best matches are ox to rat, snake, rooster or rabbit. Beware of rat to tiger, horse, dragon or goat.
The Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 Tigers are known to be born leaders, not followers. They can show great depths of love or jealousy. Charismatic, they are usually courageous, fearless fighters but also warm-hearted. The female tiger is a friendly, outgoing sort but with a streak of ambition that is hard to miss. She is a born leader, brave and strong. She enjoys expensive, fashionable clothing and takes pride in her appearance. The male tiger is also a born leader who thrives on competition. Often changing jobs as one becomes boring. Headstrong the male tiger shows his independence from an early age insisting on doing things HIS way. Best matches are tiger to horse, dog, pig or dragon. Beware of rat to monkey, ox, snake or goat.
The Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 Rabbit people usually hate confrontations or arguments. They are normally sweet natured people that are hard to provoke with many friends. Sociable, the rabbit enjoys parties. They are also born diplomats. The female rabbit is often emotional and sentimental, easily hurt by criticism. Style and personal appearance are important though and she will have a flair for decorating. The male rabbit seldom makes a quick decision. Dignified, appearance is as important to the male rabbit as it is to the female. He is prudent with money and while slow to settle down, once he does is happy his home and family. Best Matches are rabbit to rabbit, ox, pig, goat and tiger. Beware of rabbit to rat, monkey or rooster.
The Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 Dragons are often very self-assured, gifted and natural leaders. In fact they often can loose their tempers when their "orders" are not followed. Full of energy, vibrant and flamboyant are all descriptions often used when describing a dragon. The female dragon is highly attractive to the opposite sex. She is independent, loves to entertain, trendy and most definitely an extrovert. The male dragon likes to break the rules. They are creative and become restless in a "hum-drum" job as they are lovers of the adrenalin rush. The male dragon is also happy to be a bachelor playing the field. Best matches are dragon to rat, tiger or monkey. Beware of dragon to dragon, ox, goat dog or rabbit.
The Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 Snakes have magnetic personalities. Charming and sophisticated in a sexy way, they usually have a good sense of humor but can be jealous and overly possessive. The snake seldom lets anyone know what he or she are truly thinking and are known to be secretive. The female snake is bewitching and sophisticated. She dresses well with special attention to the tiny details. The male snake isnt strong in the communication department. With a Don Juan personality he often finds attractive women hard to resist, even when he already has a mate. In regards to that mate he can be very possessive though. Best matches are snake to snake, ox, goat or rooster. Beware of snake to tiger, pig, horse or monkey.
The Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 Horse people are said to love travel. They are energetic, intelligent and ambitious. They can also impatient, hotheaded and egotistical. They have a great sense of humor and fall in love easily. The female horse is often the life of the party although just as happy in their warm, comfortable home. Dignified yet loving of bright, colorful clothes the female horse enjoys working with her hands and creating crafts. The male horse can be impulsive and erratic. Freedom is a top priority so the male horse is often slow to settle down with one woman. Charming and hard to resist, older males make the better mate if you are looking for a long term, stable relationship. Best matches are horse to tiger, dog or goat. Beware of horse to rat, snake, ox, monkey or pig.
TheSheep/goat: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 The sheep is often the most creative and artistic of people. They are charming, well mannered but can at times be lazy. They are intelligent and hate to be rushed or pressured into anything. Often moody, they can also be loving and very sensitive. The female goat is often impractical, happiest at home working creatively with few distractions. Often volunteering the female has a gentle nature that is appreciated by others. Down to earth, the goat is a wonderful mother and loves having large families. The male goat can be of a fussy nature but he is almost always gentle and kind. Usually creative by nature, financial success or materialistic goods are seldom of great importance. The male is a loving father who enjoys spending time with his children, softhearted and compassionate. He also has a wide romantic streak. Best matches are goat to goat, rabbit, horse or pig. Beware of goat to rat, ox, dog, tiger or rooster.
The Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Monkeys are clever, creative and often the center of attention. They are curious sometimes to a fault but have a heightened sense of problem solving ability. The female monkey is bright and excels easily at anything she puts her mind to. Glib, quick of tongue the female monkey makes for an excellent salesperson. Often flirtatious of nature, the female mother does enjoy her family but dont expect her to give up her social life. The male monkey is never boring although he becomes bored easily. A social animal the male monkey isnt the type for quiet vacations at a mountain cabin. While he enjoys playing the field, once he decides on a mate, he is a passionate, intense mate. Best matches are monkey to monkey, rat or dragon. Beware of monkey to rabbit, rooster, tiger, horse or ox.
The Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Roosters are usually forthright people who have no desire to hide their likes or dislikes. They often like flashy clothes, cars and company. Roosters are often the types that are jack-of-all-trades but masters of none. They can be domineering and very difficult to live with but are almost always a devoted partner and good parent. The female rooster sets high standards for herself and others. Truthful by nature, she finds it hard to lie. Lovers of nice clothes, diamonds and jewelry. While social, the female rooster can be just as happy around her own, very organized home. The male rooster is proud, cheerful and confident in what he does. Courageous with a good sense of humor, the male rooster isnt the type to run away during bad times. Protective or his mate and children, the male rooster often sees things as right or wrong with no middle ground. Best matches are rooster to ox, snake or horse. Beware of rooster to rooster, rabbit, rat, dog or monkey.
The Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Dog people are intelligent, caring and loyal. They are usually honorable, faithful people but can be both a worrier and a nag. The female dog is by nature a very giving person and a great listener although quiet about her own problems. Happy and generous to a fault, the female dog makes for a wonderful nurse, counselor, doctor or teacher. Devoted mothers who will go to any lengths to protect their young. The male dog often thinks he knows best even when he doesnt have a clue as to what is going on. A hard worker, good provider and wise with his money. Happiest in quiet, peaceful surroundings, the male dog doesnt need the adrenalin rush to have a good time. Usually he makes a fine family man. Best matches are dog to dog, tiger, horse or monkey. Beware of dog to goat, rooster or dragon.
The Pig: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 The pig is often the trustworthiest, loving and caring of all the signs. While these are admirable traits, it often sets the pig up to be taken advantage of because of their sweet tempers and naiveté. The female pig is patient, cheerful and outgoing who thrives on peace and quiet. While they make excellent teachers, designers and such, a career seldom wins out over family. The female pig is domestic by nature and often spoils her children. The male pig is generous and sincere although he can be stubborn to a fault. While dependable he doesnt allow his mate to take him for granted. An engaging host who enjoys cooking, the male pig is also an excellent father. Best matches are pig to rabbit, goat or rat. Beware of pig to pig, snake, monkey or tiger.
Water Symbols The three water symbols are the rat, ox and pig. Rat people provide for their families and make loyal partners. They are curious, intelligent, practical, passionate, self-interested and sentimental. Rats are warm lovers and naturally faithful. The ox is a person who is patient and extremely hard-working. Oxen are reliable, purposeful, conscientious, determined and faithful. They tend to be down-to-earth and straight- forward in relationships. Pig people enjoy a quiet, peaceful and harmonious life. They are sensual, eager, pleasure-seeking, moral, virtuous and self- indulgent. Pigs will try and keep their partners happy in relationships, while still attending to their own needs for personal space.
WoodSymbols The Chinese zodiac associates the tiger, hare and dragon with the element of wood. The tiger relates to an impulsive person. Tigers are daring, passionate, heroic, tenacious, reckless and foolish. They are promiscuous and seek excitement in different partners. Individuals ruled by the hare can be intuitive, psychic, sensitive, creative, stylish and calm. Hares portray traditional, gentle and considerate lovers and can easily get hurt in love. A person associated with the dragon may have a strong enthusiasm for life. Dragon people exude success, confidence and energy. On the downside, they can quickly grow tired and bored of a relationship and wish to leave their partner.
FireSymbols The Chinese element of fire rules the snake, horse and goat. The snake person is wise and clever. Snakes are often mysterious, sophisticated, practical, indulgent and organized. In love, snakes can be aloof and cold, but they can also be intense and passionate. A horse person enjoys gossip and talking. People born in a year of the horse are hard-working, generous and boisterous. They are usually romantic, charming and impatient lovers. A person connected with the goat displays a happy-go- lucky, fiercely independent personality. Goats are adaptable, sexy, creative, friendly, independent and curious. While adventurous in love, they may find it hard to settle down in relationships.
MetalSymbols The three metal symbols in the Chinese zodiac are the monkey, rooster and dog. The monkey is a highly competitive, sharp-witted and social creature. Monkeys are known for being entertaining, inquisitive, energetic, manipulative and optimistic. They are drawn to relationships but can run at the first sight of any partner conflict. People ruled by the rooster have outgoing personalities. They are protective, honest, flamboyant, entertaining, sensitive and noisy. In relationships, they expect their partners to be faithful and fully committed. The dog is the kindest and friendliest animal out of all the Chinese zodiac symbols. Dog people are loyal, trustworthy, unselfish and fatalistic. In the area of romance, they tend to seek companionship but can be jealous and suspicious lovers.
WOOD OX HoroscopeJan 25, 1925 to Feb 12, 1926 Feb 20, 1985 to Feb 8, 1986 Oxen in China are put on a pedestal. So it goes with Oxen people. Oxen are bright, peace-loving, often easy-going and trusting.But, on the other hand, they can also be stubborn, methodical, and fiercely competitive, with, shudder, fierce tempers to boot. Oxen are natural born mentors and life is filled with examples of people who have gone on to great success because of them. Mentally and physically alert to the point of genius, many Oxen belong to Mensa. They can create the most imposing structures, magnificent sculpture, and homes. They respond like poets to the beauties of nature and of solitude. Oxen are unique, they are The Flower that bursts through the crack of cement.Birds Nest Soup and Bean Curd are among the keys to good health!!
Great fun these Wood Oxen, with their marvelous sense of humor that patches upjust about everything in their path, winning chuckling friends along the way. Liketypical oxen, they are open-minded, with a "laissez-faire" philosophy towardsothers. They conduct their own lives with a strong moral code and receive anddeserve admiration and trust for their integrity. Practical all the way, Wood Oxennever make rash decisions and are always considerate of the needs of others.Another story is money! Finances are not too stable because of that old devilCredit! Why, they would buy a dinosaur if they were just offered one with a dollardown and a dollar a week. Not only that, they lend money to friends, not a goodidea! Despite a volatile financial life, their careers are pretty successful. Since theyare generally such quick learners, all they have to do is control their impulsivespending and try saving for a change. When it comes to moonlight and roses,Wood Oxen have it made. Because they are such good communicators, theyknow that nothing chills a romance like a cold shoulder. They talk over differencesright away, never letting trifles build up into resentments. Wood Oxen are verydevoted to their family and family life is rich with treasure. Famous Ox People:Tung Chee-Hwa, Sukarno, Richard Burton, Napoleon, Charlie Chaplin, PeterSellers, Margaret Mead, Jawaharlal Nehru, Eisaku Sato, Princess Diana.