The Legend of Chinese zodiac signs

La légende des signes du zodiaque chinois

It was noticed in China 5000 years ago that the alignment of the stars at the time of our birth had an impact on our destiny and our personality.Chinese astrology is the oldest way to classify time. At present, the signs of the Chinese zodiac are still used to categorize each year. In this article, we will unveil the legendary story of the twelve animals and help you toknow your Chinese astrological sign and personality.

The origins of the Chinese zodiac signs

The first vestiges that can prove the existence of Chinese astrology are found in tombs dated to the third millennium BC. In a time slot during which we also saw the birth of Feng Shui and the writing of sinograms. The observation takes place most of the time at night, at the time when the stars are most visible. In this case, the calendar is therefore referred to as the lunar calendar, instead of being solar like the Gregorian version indicates it.

Decryption of the signs of the universe

To explain things as simply as possible, the Earth changes alignment with the celestial map every 12 years to make a complete turn again. Each cycle corresponds to 5 elements; including wood, fire, earth, water, metal; and each element corresponds to a year. An overall cycle of one element therefore corresponds to 60 years.

A jealously guarded practice

After about 2,400 years of observation, the governing bodies of the time realized that this discipline could cause them harm. Indeed, from the date of birth, one could know the strengths and weaknesses of a person. For fear that the enemy could not detect the most disadvantageous moments to attack the person, the practice of Chinese astrology was banned outside the imperial court. Contemplating the sky at night even made part of the violations of the law at that time.

The twelve zodiac signs and Chinese culture

In Chinese culture, the twelve astrological animals are represented in many fields, both artistic and spiritual. They are found for example in martial arts whose fighting styles are named after each legendary character. The signs of the Chinese zodiac also appear in soft disciplines like Feng Shui, and by extension, in the spiritual conception of Yin and Yang.

The stories of the Chinese zodiac signs

According to the main legend, the signs of the Chinese zodiac were defined during a organized race by the Jade Emperor or the Great Buddha. On the eve of the race, thirteen animals wished to participate in the event but only twelve of them arrived on time on the start line.

Indeed the cat had not managed to get up early, yet he was skilled and cut for speed. The rat, a clever and lucid strategist, knew that the cat was a difficult opponent to beat. The feline, believing in their friendship, entrusted the rodent to wake him up for the race; which the rat voluntarily failed to do. Not wishing to stop there, the milking continues his combinations in order to win the first place at the expense of the beef that helped him in the toughest test.

The dispute between the beasts

Of course, the result of the competition caused a divergence in the points of view. The winner was considered a cheater and his former friend, the cat, had resented him. The pig, aware that he did not have the makings of a champion, declared himself a referee. Distracted and slow, he struggled to keep up with the race and hurried to validate the initial ranking, presumably to avoid recommending the race and prevent the cat from reaching the start line that would cost him definitely his place.

Here is the classification of the animals according to their order of arrival : the Rat, The Ox or Asian Buffalo, The Tiger, The Rabbit or Hare, The Dragon, The Snake, The Horse, The Goat, The Monkey, The Rooster, The Dog and finally The Pig.

Chinese zodiac signs and the Western world

The signs of the Chinese zodiac also permeated other Asian cultures. From Vietnam to Japan, the same legend is told. The names of animals can sometimes change depending on the country. For example, in some countries, the dragon is replaced by the lizard, and the pig by the elephant or wild boar.

Towards the assimilation of culture by the Western world

At present, Chinese astrology is also initiated and assimilated in western culture. Almost all people in the West know their Chinese zodiac sign and the personality that corresponds to it. And you, do you know your Chinese sign ?

The 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac and their character traits

The rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)

The person born in the Year Of The Rat is an extremely dynamic individual and adapts to any situation.

The Rat woman : it is distinguished by its elegance and its ability to highlight itself without doing too much. She is sociable and does not hesitate to put herself forward.

The Rat Man : he is creative and ingenious but sometimes imperceptible or even fleeting. Unlike the Rat woman, he is much more discreet when it comes to revealing his feelings.

Beef (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)

When he makes a decision, no one can contravene it. The person born under the sign of beef is honest and very hardworking.

The woman beef : she is a committed and determined woman, a bit stubborn. She can be counted on in all situations, whether in friendship, at work or on a family level.

The beef man : is stable and faithful. His mantra ? Build and never destroy. He is a person of great values with a spirit of leadership.

The Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)

He loves competitions where one can admire his bravery. He is not cold in his eyes and can achieve things that are not expected.

The Tiger woman : adventurous at heart, she is free and passionate. The tiger woman flees boredom and loves to surround herself with whole people with strong character like her.

The Tiger Man : brave, he likes to challenge himself in which he can go beyond his limits to impress. The Tiger Man is a romantic man and very demonstrative in love.

The rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)

He is always on the lookout, reacts quickly but with skill. He is a very patient person and famous for his kindness and selflessness.

The rabbit woman : discreet and sensitive but loving and caring. Despite her discretion, she has no trouble socializing. His empathy and optimism are easily transmitted.

The rabbit man : it has huge potentials but remains modest. His diplomatic side gave him success in negotiating. In friendship, he is a faithful and easygoing person.

The dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)

Ambitious and persevering, the dragon does not easily drop his arms in everything he undertakes. His intelligence and self-confidence usually lead him to success.

The Dragon woman : she has a small star side and likes to stand out for her extravagance. Sometimes authoritative and determined, she does not hesitate to launch herself by her ideas without listening to others.

The Dragon Man : just like the animal, The Dragon man has charisma, energy and authority. He is an intelligent and very idealistic person.

The snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)

He is confident in himself, aware of his intelligence, courageous with unfailing discernment. His only flaw ? The snake has a well-hung tongue.

The snake woman : it is sometimes elusive, sophisticated and elegant. She is very mysterious but knows how to seduce discreetly. It is homelike in nature.

The Snake Man : he's a cunning person. He does not allow himself to be easily deceived and knows how to step back in delicate situations to act better afterwards.

The horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)

An energetic individual, he is always active. He is outspoken and speaks bluntly while remaining jovial.

The horse woman : she is known for her lively and dynamic character. She's a living maid ! Despite his lonely side, he is a generous person.

The horse man : optimistic and does not hesitate to take all the opportunities to please yourself. The horse man does not like boredom, he constantly seeks to make new converts.

The goat (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)

The person born under the sign of the GOAT is very friendly and sympathetic. His shyness actually hides a soul full of sweetness.

The Goat woman : she has a strong family spirit and stable. She is very selective in everything, whether in friendship or in everyday life. With a creative or even artistic spirit, it is homelike in nature.

The Goat Man : he is sweet and sincere. Unlike the goat woman, he does not like to feel locked up or coerced. He mostly seeks stability in the family.

The monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)

He has a taste for adventure to the point of sometimes setting difficult goals to achieve. He often copes in all situations thanks to his intelligence.

The monkey woman : she's never boring. Dynamic, imaginative with a great sense of humor. She sometimes lacks tact in her words and bears little authority.

The Monkey Man : he's smart and curious. There is not a time when it is not active. Boredom does not make her vocabulary or her way of life. The monkey man has the charisma of an entrepreneur.

The Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

His talent is matched only by his courage. Very observant, he plays his ingenuity in all the tasks he undertakes with rigour.

Wife cock : she's impressive. Perfectionist in nature, she likes to finish things efficiently and professionally. With a touch of sensitivity and vulnerability, she accepts criticism badly.

Man cock : he is very direct and cerebral. One of the assets of the Rooster man is that he does not run away from responsibility. Sometimes critical and authoritarian but undertakes his projects with passion. The only advice to give him is to let go.

The dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

He is wary of newcomers, but his loyalty to others is infallible. He is a friend who can be trusted, he always comes to the aid as soon as possible.

The woman Dog : she is very altruistic and protective. The dog woman has few friends because she favors quality over quantity. Generous, she does not hesitate to offer her help and her time to those around her.

Man Dog : he has a great ability to understand and likes to surround himself with friends and family in difficult times. He takes things simply and always with optimism.

The pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

It is easy going and generous. He likes to take care of others that sometimes we abuse his kindness.

The Pig woman : she's a golden friend. She is generous and putting others and her family before her. She is very attached to her small comfort without being materialistic.

The Pig Man : he is very patient and very family. The pig man has his heart on his hand and does not hesitate to help his loved ones when they are in need. His only flaw ? He is slightly naive.


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