In Chinese astrology, the animal signs assigned by the year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself . It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs. It is also important to know that while a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the dragon, they might also be a Snake internally and an Ox secretively.
The Chinese zodiac, traditionally, begins with the sign of the Rat.
- RAT (Yang, Fixed Element: Water)
Positives:Forthright, hardworking, systematic, charismatic, industrious, charming, eloquent, disciplined, sociable, meticulous, shrewd.Negatives:Can be critical, manipulative, rigid, obstinate, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, selfish, scheming, dictatorial, cruel, sturdy.
- OX(Yin, Fixed Element: Water)
Positives:Dependable, steady, modest, logical, calm, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, resolute, methodical, tenacious.Negatives:Can be narrow-minded, materialistic, stubborn, rigid, demanding.
- TIGER (Yang, Fixed Element: Wood)
Positives:Colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous.Negatives:Can be unpredictable, rebellious, restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish.
- RABBIT (Yin, Fixed Element: Wood)
Gracious, astute, self-assured, sensitive, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, kind, compassionate, soft-spoken, flexible.
Can be moody, lazy, detached, self-indulgent, opportunistic, superficial.
- DRAGON (Yang, Fixed Element: Wood)
Positives:Magnanimous, fiery, decisive, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, vigorous, zealous, passionate, stately, pioneering, loyal,ambitious, generous.Negatives:Can be prejudiced, imperious, demanding, eccentric, brash, bombastic, arrogant, dogmatic, over-bearing, violent, tyrannical, grandiloquent, impetuous,.
- SNAKE (Yin, Fixed Element: Fire)
Positive:Cautious, deep thinker, soft-spoken, ambitious, wise, graceful, sensual, creative, shrewd, elegant, responsible, mystic, calm, strong, constant, purposeful, prudent.Negatives:Can be not great communicators, mendacious, loners, possessive, self-doubting, distrustful.
- HORSE (Yang, Fixed Element: Fire)
Positives:Popular, earthy, perceptive, talkative, astute,. cheerful, quick-witted, magnetic, changeable, intelligent, flexible, open-minded, agile mentally and physically.Negatives:Can be anxious, lack stability and perseverance, rude, fickle, stubborn, gullible.
- SHEEP (Yin, Fixed Element: Fire)
Positives:Understanding, sincere, mild-mannered, determined, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, righteous, sympathetic, peaceful, shy, seek security, generous.Negatives:Can be indecisive, moody, worrier, over-sensitive, pessimistic, complainers, over-passive.
- MONKEY (Yang, Fixed Element: Metal)
Positives:Inventor, intellectual, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, motivator, self-assured, sociable, polite, improviser,quick-witted, dignified, competitive, objective, factual.Negatives:Can be vain, suspicious, selfish, egotistical, cunning, jealous,.
- ROOSTER (Yin, Fixed Element: Metal)
Positives:Perfectionist, scientific, organized, acute, critical, neat, meticulous, self-assured, decisive, conservative, responsible, alert, zealous, practical.Negatives:Can be puritanical, over zealous and critical, abrasive, opinionated, egotistical.
- DOG (Yang, Fixed Element: Metal)
Positives:Honest, amiable, dogged, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate.Negatives:Can be cynical, lazy, cold, pessimistic, judgmental, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.
- PIG (Yin, Fixed Element: Water)
Positives:Honest, trusting, gallant, understanding, sociable, calm, scrupulous, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, sincere, sturdy, simple, thoughtful, passionate, intelligent.Negatives:Can be over-reliant, naive, gullible, self-indulgent, fatalistic, materialistic.