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The Chinese horoscope has been used for thousands of years.
According to a legend as Buddha was about to leave Earth he invited all the animals
to visit him on New Year's day. The first twelve to arrive got their own zodiac sign, in order of arrival.
In Chinese astrology each sign lasts for one year. There is a 12-year cycle.
1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
This is the first sign in Chinese zodiac. People born under the sign of the rat
are amusing, intelligent,generous but they can also be critical.
Some Rats: Wolfgang Mozart, William Shakespeare, George Washington
1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
Ox people are cool, patient, reliable, good with their hands. They make excellent parents, loyal partners.
They can also be bull-headed and lack a sense of humour.
Some Oxen: Napoléon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh
1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
You are sensitive, courageous, impulsive, passionate.
You can be impatient, obstinate.
Some Tigers: Dwight Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Marco polo
1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
People born under this sign are peace-loving, kind, artistic. They prefer diplomacy to fighting.
They can be lazy and suspicious
Famous Rabbits: Marie Curie, Albert Einstein
1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
This sign plays a big role in Chinese mythology. People born under this sign are the luckiest of all.
Strong, ambitious, generous, loyal, they can be violent, impetuous.
Famous Dragons: Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud, John Lennon
1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
Snake people are intelligent, wise, subtle, good organizers, deep thinkers.
They are also proud, possessive, demanding and capable of lying.
Some Snakes: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln
1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
People love this animal for its friendly nature, its strength. People born under this sign are cheerful,
popular, open-minded, hard-working. They can be anxious and lack stability.
Some Horses: Frédéric Chopin, Rembrandt, Davy Crockett
1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015
People born under this sign are artistic and creative, peaceful. They seek security.
Their imagination leads them to be anxious. They can be pessimistic and complaining.
Famous people: Michelangelo, Mark Twain
1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
Monkey people are inventors, problem solvers, sociable, polite, intellectual.
They can be selfish, cunning, jealous.
Famous Monkeys: Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Harry Truman
1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
The Rooster is a hard worker . You are intelligent and generous to friends.
You can be over zealous and critical.
Some Roosters: Rudyard Kipling, Groucho Marx, Peter Ustinov
1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018
These people are honest and affectionate. They are sociable, open-minded, unpretentious.
They can be lazy, pessimistic.
Some Dogs: Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Socrates
1969 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019
You are a splendid companion, sincere, tolerant, honest.
But you are naive and should avoid going into business as you can be easily cheated.
Some pigs: Ernest Hemingway, Albert Schweitzer
The current year is the year 4705 by the Chinese calendar which is based on the cycles of the moon.
In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and
early February. The Chinese have used the Western Calendar since 1911, but the lunar
calendar is still used for some occasions such as the Chinese New Year .
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