Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015: The Year of the Sheep

Posted by: Marie Harte
Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

2015: The Year of the Dragon. Sounds very cool. But no, 2015 is actually the Year of the Sheep, according to Chinese culture. And it's not a fortuitous year to be born, since sheep are considered meek creatures raised for slaughter. It's considered unlucky to have a child born in a sheep year, as perhaps maybe one in ten will find true happiness.

Wait. What? So your success in life is based on what year you were born? Even more, what month, what day, what hour? According to some superstitious folks, yep. Now I really can't see how random people born in the same year, in different cultures, different environments, and from different DNA, can all fall under one lump sum of characteristics, but there you have it.

I find this kind of stuff interesting to read about, so I thought I'd share a little trivia. Personally, I don't hold with anything that paints a blanket of traits over someone. Period. We're all individuals. That said, it's still fun to see where you fit in. There's a lot more involved then what I'm going to mention, but I'm skimming the surface to get you the gist of it all.

There are 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac:
  1. Rat
  2. Ox
  3. Tiger
  4. Rabbit
  5. Dragon
  6. Snake
  7. Horse
  8. Goat 
  9. Monkey
  10. Rooster
  11. Dog 
  12. Pig 
Apparently, the animal signs assigned by year are only how others perceive you. But these same animals signs assigned by month (inner animals), by day (true animals) and by hour (secret animals) can paint a more realistic portrait. So just because you might be born a sheep, you could also be a dog deep inside, a rooster in truth, or a dragon, secretly.

But what do these signs mean? Per http://www.chinesezodiac.com/signs.php :

  • RAT   quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges.
  • OX  steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious and introverted but can feel lonely and insecure. Takes comfort in friends and family and is a reliable, protective and strong companion.
  • TIGER  authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and they’re ready to pounce at any time.
  • RABBIT enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home.
  • DRAGON A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top.
  • SNAKE   seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent.
  • HORSE energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter.
  • SHEEP/GOAT  creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance.
  • MONKEY  energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak.
  • ROOSTER  practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative.
  • DOG   loyal, faithful, honest, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates.
  • PIG/BOAR  extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. They’re perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions until someone close crosses them, then look out! They’re intelligent, always seeking more knowledge, and exclusive.
You know, I don't put a whole lot of stock in this, but it's fun to go through and see what fits with me and what doesn't. And here's a litttle more to stir your interest: a compatibility grid. Now go out and find your true love, be he a snake, pig, or dog. LOL

Sign Best Match Match No Match
Rat Ox, Dragon, Monkey Dog, Rat, Goat, Snake, Pig, Tiger Horse, Rabbit, Rooster
Ox Rat, Rooster, Pig, Snake Ox, Tiger, Monkey, Dragon, Rabbit Goat, Horse, Dog
Tiger Pig, Dog, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster Goat, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake Monkey
Rabbit Dog, Pig, Tiger, Goat Snake, Monkey, Ox, Dragon, Horse, Rabbit Rooster, Rat
Dragon Rooster, Monkey, Rat, Goat, Snake Tiger, Pig, Ox, Rabbit, Horse, Dragon Dog
Snake Monkey, Rooster, Ox, Dragon Rabbit, Horse, Tiger, Goat, Snake, Dog, Rat Pig
Horse Goat, Dog, Tiger Dragon, Monkey, Rooster, Pig, Rabbit, Snake, Horse Rat, Ox
Goat Horse, Rabbit, Pig, Dragon Monkey, Goat, Snake, Rooster, Rat, Dog, Tiger Ox
Monkey Snake, Rat, Dragon Horse, Goat, Ox, Pig, Rooster, Monkey, Rabbit, Dog Tiger
Rooster Dragon, Ox, Tiger, Pig, Snake Rooster, Dog, Goat, Monkey, Horse Rabbit, Rat
Dog Rabbit, Tiger, Horse, Pig Rat, Snake, Dog, Goat, Monkey, Rooster Dragon, Ox
Pig Tiger, Rabbit, Rooster, Goat, Ox, Dog Pig, Monkey, Dragon, Rat, Horse Snake

Happy New Year!

Marie
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1 comment:

  1. Dragon here! I totally believe it too, LOL. fun post, Marie!

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