The Chinese animal signs are a series of 12 years that has been used to mark the years. Rather than the Western linear concept of time, they reflect a cyclical concept of time.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the moon’s cycles and is built differently from the Western solar calendar.Start of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February in the Chinese calendar.
Since 1911, the Chinese also followed the Western calendar, but for special holidays such as the Chinese New Year, the lunar calendar is still used.The Twelve Animal Signs are a popular folk method that reflected this cyclical recording year method.
An animal name or “sign” is assigned each year by a repeated cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. So, every twelve years, the same animal title or “mark” will reappear.
We just entered the Earth Dog Year. Consult the definitions below to see what will happen to your animal symbol in 2018.Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 The Rat is clever, strong, imaginative, charming and inventive.Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Reliable, faithful and hard-working, like the Cat. We are also trustworthy, calm, eager and careful, perfectionist. It will serve you well in 2018 to maintain patience and to have faith in your abilities. Be flexible and try to see strengths differing from yours in others.
Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Tigers are charming, magnetic, powerful, dynamic, daring, unpredictable, independent and adventurous. Like the Horse, they also have a special affinity with the Dog, which makes this a good year.
This year’s focus is expressing grace and giving second chances, beginning with you. Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 The Rabbit is easy, loving, imaginative, pleasant and yet guarded.
Dragon: Dragons were aggressive, driven and energetic in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012. Dragon and Dog are opposites in Chinese astrology, which could turn this into a tricky year. Practicing patience, compassion, and self-care will help you emerge from any challenges this year that may arise.Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 The Snake is wise, vigilant and persistent.
Completing already started projects is a theme this year as it expresses love. “Slow and stable” wins over “all or nothing” in 2018 when it comes to working towards your goals. Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 Sheep-born people are stable, idealistic, forgiving, caring, sensitive and kind. In 2018, balance is key. Setting priorities and standing up for yourself will help you make the most of this year as it will concentrate on initiatives begun in 2017.
Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 Monkeys are smart, curious, fun and adaptable.
Sometimes easily distracted, by practicing patience and perseverance and paying close attention to details, Monkeys can help themselves make the most of this year. Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 The dog is considered loyal, fair, empathetic, protective, loving and resourceful. Have confidence in yourself. The biggest obstacle can be self-doubt. Move into movement on the road. Small actions can lead to significant gains. Eviting procrastination. It will help you make the most of this year by focusing on family, friends and self-care (getting enough rest, eating well).