One of my favorite things to do is check my Zodiac sign, read my horoscope, and see all the qualities associated with my sign. I don’t really think about my Chinese Zodiac sign very often but there are some rather cool attributes in the Chinese Zodiac. How much do you guys know about the Zodiac?
For starters, there’s 12 animals in the Zodiac and each animal is assigned a year. Each animal’s year occurs every twelve years (obviously) though it’s considered bad luck when your Zodiac year comes around. It is encouraged to wear something red that has been given to you by an older relative to combat this bad luck.
The animals of the Chinese Zodiac are in a fixed sequence due to the nature of their Yin and Yang. This is determined by how many claws, toes, hooves, etc. the animal has. The rat has four toes on its front legs and five on its back so it’s ranked first (and considered to be Yang) since this is a rarity among the other animals. After Rat comes Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The arrangement of the animals also alternates between Yin (Even) and Yang (Odd).
Each animal has a particular quality/attribute that is associated with them and a saying to further explain the trait. Here is each animal’s attribute and the corresponding saying:
Rat – Wisdom: “Wisdom without industriousness leads to triviality.”
Ox – Industriousness: “Industriousness without wisdom leads to futility.”
Tiger – Valor: “Valor without cautiousness leads to recklessness.”
Rabbit – Caution: “Caution without valor leads to cowardice.”
Dragon – Strength: “Strength without flexibility leads to fracture.”
Snake – Flexibility: “Flexibility without strength leads to compromise.”
Horse – Forging Ahead: “Forging ahead without unity leads to abandonment.”
Goat – Unity: “Unity without forging ahead leads to stagnation.”
Monkey – Changeability: “Changeability without being constant leads to foolishness.”
Rooster – Being Constant: “Being constant without changeability leads to woodenness.”
Dog – Fidelity: “Fidelity without amiability leads to rejection.”
Pig – Amiability: “Amiability without fidelity leads to immorality.”
So what does all this mean in the grand scheme of things? You can see how the Zodiac animals blend well with each other. Each of these animals teach us important qualities to live by but also the dangers of ignoring their opposites. For example, Goat lives by unity. It’s great to be united and to live a balanced life, but without abiding by Horse’s forging ahead you’ll just stagnate in the same place.
I always loved looking at Zodiacs and mythologies. They’re really fun and I could spend a long time taking compatibility quizzes and matching my signs with my friends’. However, what has always fascinated me the most is the message lying beneath the Zodiac. They teach important lessons as well as give you something to strive for.
I was born in the Year of the Ox so my attribute is Industriousness. I like to think I’m a rather creative person (though my friends sometimes may disagree lol) but creativity must be tempered with wisdom in order for things to truly thrive. What do you guys think? What’s your sign and do you agree with your attribute? Let us know in the comments!