I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day about astrology, and whether believing in it can really benefit you or not. Does ‘seeing’ the future like this actually prepare you? There are some quite incredulous things you hear – the position of the stars and planets are supposed to tell you when you’ll get married, for example. While all of us who study science know that it has to do with the rotation and revolution of the planets around the Sun.
Living in Malaysia for eight years now, I can tell you that Chinese zodiacs are considered quite an authoritative source on a person’s personality and future. Chinese New Year is celebrated around February (although this changes depending on the calendar), and each year of the Chinese calendar is associated with one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. These twelve animals are rotated, as shown (until 2010):
Year of the Rat –1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Year of the Ox - 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Year of the Tiger - 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Year of the Rabbit - 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Year of the Dragon - 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Year of the Snake - 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Year of Horse - 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Year of the Sheep - 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Year of the Monkey - 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Year of the Rooster - 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Year of the Dog - 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Year of the Pig - 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
The Chinese Zodiac gives information about your personality, your career, your health, and your relationships. It also tells you which other ‘animal’ you are compatible with. Being born in the Year of the Horse, I researched further, and this is what came up. I’m actually surprised at just how accurate it is, because I can relate to a LOT of these things:
Personality: The Horse symbolizes strength and an outgoing nature. Extremely animated, Horses thrive when they’re the center of attention. Horses are very appealing people. They are warm and friendly and dearly love social gatherings with plenty of people. They are perceptive and enjoy talking. Always in search of a good time, Horses keep the crowds happy with their humor and their wit. Horses are extremely intelligent so they’re able to grasp new subjects with ease. They’re also capable of multi-tasking; however they don’t always finish what they start because they’re forever chasing the next opportunity. Horses are honest, friendly and open-minded. They have a high spirited nature and are changeable. This makes them hot-tempered, rash, and headstrong. They’re perhaps a bit too centered on themselves and have been known to throw tantrums when situations don’t go their way.
Health: Horses are very healthy, most likely because they maintain a positive outlook on life and because they’re athletic. Lead Horses to wide, open spaces and watch them run free! Horses will usually only feel ill when they’re trapped inside. They are self-reliant and energetic. They love exercise, both mental and physical. Their movements are rapid, yet graceful; their speech is quick, yet elegant. Horses want things their way and they will become aggressive when all else fails.
Career: Horses enjoy positions in which they can interact with others. They aren’t fond of taking orders and they’ll run from jobs they consider routine. They’re able to grasp new subjects with ease making them capable of handling most any job. They’re effective communicators and they enjoy power. Horses find it difficult to unwind. They keep strange hours and suffer from insomnia. When they stop, it is usually from exhaustion. It is hard for them to follow a schedule for they have no respect for routine. They need to keep busy but do best when given a free hand. Horses are full of new ideas to solve tricky problems. When they have an idea, they want to get right to it. They work around the clock until they finish. Horses want you to come to the point quickly since they don't have time to spare. They will not care if you are blunt, just don't waste their time.
Relationships: Horses, being spontaneous, have a tendency to fall fast and hard for others. They are always falling in and out of love. They tend to give themselves fully in each new relationship a quality that ends up chipping away at their inner being. Fortunately, this exhausting trait mellows with age and relationships are stronger and more stable later in life.
Compatibility: Horses are compatible with a Dog or Tiger or Sheep, and should stay away from a Rat or Monkey or Rabbit.
More horoscopes for the other animals can be found in the following sites: