Origin of Chinese Zodiac(Shēngxiào):
A systematic plan of future action, that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle.In Ancient China,People counted the years with 10 celestial stems and 12 terrestrial branches.Although this was scientific,most People were illiterate and could not memorize or calculate easily.Thus the animals that influenced people’s lives were chosen to symbolize the terrestrial branches the Rat,Ox, Tiger,Rabbit,Dragon,Snake,Horse,Sheep,Monkey,Rooster,Dog&Pig.
Tales behind the selection of Animal signs:
One day Jade Emperor order all the animals for a meeting & he had also decreed that the years on the calendar would be named for each animal in the order they arrived to the meeting.At that time,Cat and mouse were good friends and neighbors.When they heard of this news, the Cat said to mouse,’We should arrive early to signup,but I usually getup late’. The mouse then promised to awaken his friend and went directly to the gathering place.On the way the mouse encountered the tiger,Ox , horse and the other animals that ran much faster. In order not to fall behind them,he thought up a good idea. He made the straight forward OX carry him on the condition that he sang for the ox. The Ox and mouse arrived first the ox was happy thinking that he would be the first sign if the years but the mouse had already slid in front and became the first lucky animal of the Chinese zodiac.meanwhile his neighbor the cat was too late;/when it finally arrived the selections were over. That’s why other animals appear behind the little mouse and why the cat hates mice so much that every time they meet the cat will chase and kill the mouse.
It is also said that this order of the zodiac originated in the Han dynasty(206 BC-220) according to the 12 time periods of a day.
The 1st period is from 11 pm to 1 am,the time rats actively seek food.
The 2nd period is from 1 to 3 am, A time Ox regurgitates
From 3 to 5 am tigers Hunt prey and display their fiercest nature,
From5 to 7 am, based on tales the jade Rabbit on the Moon was busy pounding medicinal herb with a pestle
From 7 to 9am,Dragons were said to hover in the sky to give people rainfall
From9 to 11am,Snakes start to leave their burrows
From 11am to 1pm the day is flourishing as vigorous as an unconstrained Horse
From 1to 3pm,it was said that if Sheep ate grass at this time,they would grow stronger
From 3 pm to 5 pm Monkeys become lively to guard entrances
From 5 pm to 7 pm Rooster return to their roost as it is dark.
From 7 pm to 9 pm Dogs begin to carry out their duty to guard entrances
From 9 to 11 pm all are quiet and Pigs are sleeping soundly.
For a longtime on wards there has been a special relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals.
Characters of persons under Each sign
- Year of Rat – 鼠 (子)-1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008,2020 Best match: Dragon,Monkey,Ox. Avoid:Sheep,Horse,Horse,Rabbit,Rooster
- Year of Ox – 牛 (丑)-1949,1961,1973,1985,1997,2009,2021 Best match: Rat,Snake,Rooster Avoid:Dragon,Horse,Sheep,Dog,Rabbit
- Year of Tiger – 虎 (寅) 1950,1962,1974,1986,1998,2010,2022 Best match:Horse, Dog Avoid:Snake,Monkey
- Year of Rabbit – 兔 or 兎 (卯) 1951,1963,1975,1987,1999,2011,2023 Best match: Tiger, Goat, Dog, Pig Avoid: Rat, Rooster
- Year of Dragon – 龍 / 龙 (辰)-1952,1964,1976,1988,2000,2012,2024 Best match: Rat, Monkey, Snake Avoid: Dog
- Year of Snake – 蛇 (巳) 1953,1965,1977,1989,2001,2013,2025 Best match : Ox, Rooster, Dragon Avoid:Pig
- Year of Horse – 馬 / 马 (午) 1954,1966,1978,1990,2002,2014,2026 Best match : Tiger, Goat, Dog Avoid: Rat, Ox
- Year of Sheep– 羊 (未)1955,1967,1979,1991,2003,2015,2027 Best match : Rabbit, Horse, Pig Avoid: Rat, Ox
- Year of Monkey – 猴 (申)1956,1968,1980,1992,2004,2016,2028 Best match : Rat, Dragon, Rooster Avoid:Tiger
- Year of Rooster – 雞 / 鸡 (酉)1957,1969,1981,1993,2005,2017,2029 Best match : Ox, Snake, Monkey, Dragon Avoid: Rat,Rabbit
- Year of Dog – 狗 / 犬 (戌) 1958,1970,1982,1994,2006,2018,2030 Best match : Tiger, Horse, Pig Avoid: Ox, Dragon
- Year of Pig – 豬 / 猪 (亥) 1959,1971,1983,1995,2007,2019,2031 Best match : Goat, Rabbit, Dog Avoid: Snake
Year of Birth:
The distinctive zodiacal way of calculating years decides that every 12 years is a circulation.People will meet the year of their birth(benming nian) considered in relation to the 12 terrestrial branches which starts with the Chinese lunar new year.
It is said that in one’s year of birth, he will offend ‘Taisui’ a mysterious power or celestial body that could control people’s fortune. That is,he will meet either exultation or misery during that year. The best way to avoid miserable events is to wear clothes,writs bands or decorations such as red bracelet and necklace as a talisman that must be purchased by others.If the person himself buys them,the function is greatly lessened.
This may be from Chinese people’s special affection for the red since Han dynasty . In the Han people’s wedding ceremony, the bride was picked up by her bridegroom’s red sedan, the new couple wore red clothes,and their rooms were decorated with red candles,red carpet and red lanterns. When an army won a battle.victory would be reported with a red flag; and when a candidate passed the imperial examination,he would wear red flowered clothes.Thus redness has become the token of festivities,success bravery,righteousness and exorcism.
Currently there are new viewpoints about one’s birth year and offending ‘Taisui’ there are just more and greater changes in the birth year than other years, which are not always ominous. If he makes an effort. Holds his belief firmly and does not harm others,he will change his fate to predominance,so there is no need to be anxious…………..Comment back with your Chinese Zodiac sign