What is Chinese Astrology?
Chinese Astrology is a way to divine the future from the Chinese calendar, particularly the 12 cycle which corresponds to 12 animals and their traits.
The Meanings of the Animals
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle - each year being represented by an animal. Find the year you were born to determine your own sign.
You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportumist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist.
Some Rats: Shakespeare, Mozart, Churchill, Washington, Truman Capote.
A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative, methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Buffalo would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser.
Some buffalos: Napoleon, Van Gogh, Walt Disney, Clark Gable, Richard Nixon.
You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Your sign shows you would be excellent as a boss, explorer, race car driver, or matador.
Some Tigers: Marco Polo, Mary-Queen of Scots, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe.
You are the kind of person that people like to be around-affectionate, obliging, always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor.
Some Rabbits: Rudolph Nureyev, Confucius, Orson Welles, Einstein.
Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.
Some Dragons: Joan of Arc, Pearl Buck, Freud.
Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist, and fortune teller.
Some Snakes: Darwin, Edgar Allen Poe, Lincoln.
Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You are your own person-very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Your sign suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician.
Some Horses: Rembrandt, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Teddy Roosevelt.
Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Goat can be charming company. You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.
Some Goats: Michelangelo, Rudolph Valentino, Mark Twain, Orville Wright.
You are a very intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.
Some Monkeys: Julius Caesar, de Vinci, Harry S. Truman, Elizabeth Taylor.
The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making, often speaking his mind. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier, or world traveler.
Some Roosters: Rudyard Kipling, Caruso, Groucho Marx, Peter Ustinov.
The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however. You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher, or secret agent.
Some Dogs: Socrates, George Gershwin, Benjamin Franklin, Herbert Hoover, David Niven.
You are a splendid companion, an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. You are sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are incredibly naiv. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall. The Pig would be best in the arts as an entertainer, or possibly a lawyer.
Some Pigs: Albert Schweitzer, Ernest Hemingway.