It is common in China for people to ask Ni shu shenme?
(What is your zodiac sign?) This is not only a polite
way to find out your age, but it's also supposed to
lend insight into the kind of person you are.
The Chinese zodiac is most commonly
known for its 12 animal symbols, which are not dissimilar
in meaning from their counterparts in the Western zodiac.
These 12 animals are used to count calendar years, the
hours of the day, and to a lesser extent, the days and
months as well.
Chinese astrology is a complicated
story and one we will save for a later day. However,
your Ayi has taken some time out to consult her almanac,
so that the next time you are asked what your Chinese
zodiac sign is, you will be able to respond with confidence.
YEAR OF THE MOUSE
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984,1996
You are curious, witty and creative. You are often a
fast talker and know how to live life with zest. At
night you are at your best. Often found partying the
night away, you only return home in the wee hours of
the morning. Intensely romantic, you need constant and
consistent companionship and love.
Famous Mice: Louis Armstrong, Claude Monet, William
YEAR OF THE OX
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
You are generally regarded as stable, charming, calm
and awkward. You are also very intelligent and stubborn.
Favoring the quiet life, you tend to be a homebody who
prefers to stay in one place for a long time, and would
rather sit in on a Friday night than dance on the tables
at vogue nightspots. You tend to look for stability
in relationships and make a very trustworthy partner.
Famous Oxen: Adolf Hitler, Walt Disney, Emperor Kangxi
YEAR OF THE TIGER
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
You have an enormous vigor for life and a certain energy
and magnetism that few people can ignore. You tend to
be proud and confident and a quick learner. In love,
you are romantically possessive and intense, but also
Famous Tigers: Ho Chi Minh, Marliyn Monroe, Sun Yat-sen
YEAR OF THE RABBIT
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Warm, friendly and confident, you win admiration and
acceptance wherever you go. You work hard and productively
although you do not like being the center of attention.
In love, you tend to be a tease rather than a dedicated
pursuer of passion.
Famous Rabbits: Agatha Christie, Albert Einstein, Queen
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
You are energetic, ambitious and charismatic. You tend
to enjoy starting new things and being in command of
them. You can be witty and generous although your temper
is hot. In love, you are often extremely possessive
although you have a tendency to be reserved and shy
away from commitment.
Famous Dragons: Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dali, Florence
YEAR OF THE SNAKE
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
You have a great ability to endure and manipulate, and
work patiently toward your goals. You are more in control
than you may appear at first. Snakes are often great
thinkers and intellectuals. In love, you tend to be
passionate and warm, although you often make passive
Famous Snakes: Martin Luther King Jr., Mao Zedong, Jacqueline
YEAR OF THE HORSE
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
You are aggressive and ambitious, capable of employing
any means to achieve your objectives. You seem self-centered
but can be extremely generous as well. You are constantly
busy. Love is rarely of primary importance to you since
you are more focused on noble quests and glorious feats.
You are generally a desirable lover although you are
difficult to tame.
Famous Horses: Genghis Khan, Josephine Baker, Rembrandt
YEAR OF THE RAM
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
You are gentle, patient, optimistic, intelligent, active
and fertile. You tend to be very orderly and calm. You
are creative and imaginative but tend to think things
over carefully before committing yourself to anything.
Rams are romantic lovers although rarely fall in love
at first sight.
Famous Rams: Nat King Cole, Michelangelo, Laurence Olivier
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992
You are clever and quick, restless, entertaining and
sexual. Your somewhat fidgety and nervous character,
together with your boundless energy, gives you a very
unique outlook on life. You can be a very passionate
lover although you do not like to tie yourself down
to one partner.
Famous Monkeys: Julius Caesar, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993
You are alert and sober, conservative, powerful, decisive,
and intelligent. You are always at ease with yourself
but you may not get on so well with others since your
confidence may turn into conceit. You are the type of
person who can hold down two relationships without feeling
Famous Roosters: Katherine Hepburn, Rudyard Kipling,
YEAR OF THE DOG
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994
Dogs make good friends. You are attractive, witty and
magnetic, and possess an uncanny sense of optimism.
You see life as full of opportunity. A sense of love
and belonging is critical to your well-being. You may
be attracted to many but will stick with one partner
until it becomes intolerable.
Famous Dogs: Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, Zhou Enlai
YEAR OF THE PIG
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995
You are peaceful but alert, optimistic but passive,
intelligent but shy and often extremely generous. You
tend to stay out of the limelight, preferring instead
to stay at home. Those born under the sign of Pig make
warm and romantic lovers, but rarely fall in love blindly.
Famous Pigs: Kublai Khan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Tennessee