Chinese horoscope signs are designed around animals and this practice has been prevalent from ancient times. As per some myths, the horoscope signs were the work of the Jade King, who lived in the heavens. One fine day, when the king was bored, he got 12 animals to be brought from Earth and then he designed a 12-year astrological cycle with each animal representing one of the years in the cycle.
The 12 animals that form the 12-year astrological cycle in Chinese astrology are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is believed that the traits displayed by the animal for a particular astrological cycle is also evident in the person born in that year. For instance, people born in the years 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020 are believed to have the Chinese astrological sign of the rat. These people will constantly be busy mentally as well as physically just like the rat. Also, people born under this sign tend to have few close friends, but they do not reveal their real feelings.
Now if you take a person born in the year of the ox, such people are not only hardworking, they are also persevering and persistent. No matter what obstacles are placed in front of them, ox people continue to strive to achieve success. They are ambitious, though this trait may be masked due to their sluggishness.
Similarly, all the other Chinese horoscope signs have traits that can also be found in the animals representing each of the signs.
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