Years born under a Zodiac sign are unfortunate. Because the Chinese zodiac repeats itself every 12 years, everyone will encounter his or her birth-sign year at the ages of 12, 24, 36, and so on. Unfortunate events often befall people born in such years.
1911, 1940, 1959, 1978: These are all bad years. China's economy suffered greatly during these times, which means that most people were not as prosperous as they might have been.
1907, 1937, 1946, 1965: Also bad years. The Chinese Civil War and World War II both began in these years.
1915, 1945, 1955, 1975: Good years. This marks the end of one zodiac cycle and the beginning of another.
1905, 1935, 1945, 1960: Also good years. Although there was some conflict between Japan and China at this time, it was not too serious.
1915, 1950, 1969, 1979: More bad years. Another Chinese Civil War breaks out in 1957, but it ends in 1958 when the leaders reach an agreement. Vietnam War begins in 1955 when America goes to war against France over control of its Asian colonies; it ends in 1975 when Vietnam is granted independence.
1930, 1949, 1969, 1989: More good years.
Your Chinese zodiac sign is the Dragon if you were born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, or 2024. Those born in January or February should pay close attention to when Chinese New Year falls in order to validate their birth sign. Each Dragon year is also related with one of five elements. Earth Dragons belong to the metal element; Air Dragons to the wood element; Fire Dragons to the fire element; Water Dragons to the water element; and Void Dragons to the void element.
The traditional Chinese calendar is based on the idea that people are governed by two forces: yin and yang. The animal signs that represent each zodiac wheel are associated with certain elements (yang for fire, wood, metal, water, and earth; yin for darkness, ice, space, wind, and void). By combining these two forces we get four seasons and seven days per week. Saturday is the day of Wood, while Sunday is the day of Fire. Monday is the day of Metal, and so on.
Dragons usually like to live in places where there are many opportunities to eat meat. Therefore, they do not like vegetarian diets and mostly eat animals such as snakes, lions, tigers, wolves, cattle, horses, pigs, birds, and fish. A few dragons may even eat humans if given the chance!
Dragons have powerful eyes that can see very far away. They also have sharp teeth and claws that they use for hunting.
History of the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animals that first appeared in the Zhan Guo period [5th century B.C.]. Although no one knows when the zodiac was essentially created, it was officially identified during the Han Dynasty [206 B.C.-9 A.D.], which occurred over 2000 years ago. It is believed by many that it originated even further back in time.
The story goes that once upon a time there were only rats and trees. The rats would sometimes escape from their traps and attack the trees, killing them. The trees' spirits were so angry about this that they demanded justice. So the gods created the dogs to protect the trees and the lions to protect the dogs. This is how each animal was given its role in guarding the kingdom. Rats were trapped and trees were protected from rats; dogs were created to protect trees from other dogs; and lions were created to protect dogs from other animals. This story has been passed down for many generations and appears in some forms of art dating back as early as 500 B.C.
In modern times, the Chinese zodiac has become very popular in the West. In 1917, author Henry David Thoreau published a book called "Walden," which included a chapter on the signs of the zodiac. In this chapter, he mentions the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, snake, horse, sheep, goat, monkey, and cocker spaniel.
If you were born before February 4, 2012, you need first verify your Chinese Zodiac sign before reading your Chinese Zodiac sign for 2012. The simplest approach to demonstrate that Chinese zodiac signs are not decided by Chinese New Year dates is to look at your Chinese Astrology Birth Chart using your birth date and time. If you were born after February 4, then simply refer to the calendar to determine your Chinese Zodiac sign.
The astrological signs are divided into two categories, metal and herb, and each year is associated with a metal or herb. There are 12 metals, which are also called elements, and they are tinfoil, silver, gold, iron, mercury, zinc, copper, nickel, oxygen, sulfur, and earth. Each metal has its own unique quality which determines how it will influence someone's life. For example, people who are born under the element of fire are said to be energetic and enthusiastic; those with a metal name ending in "ing" are considered intelligent; and those with a metal named after a planet are considered natural-born leaders.
Herbs are the other category of signs, there are 12 plants as well, and they are rose, bamboo, fir, almond, jujube, peach, plum, sugarcane, ginkgo, elm, willow, and pine. Metal signs are called positive herbs and they are thought to bring good luck; while herb signs are called negative metals and they are believed to bring misfortune.