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Ayi's Zany Chinese Zodiac

 

Hey Ayi,
I left Hollywood to get away from New Age ninnies, so why do people keep asking me what my sign is? Why are Chinese people so starstruck, and how does Chinese astrology work anyway?
Yours,
Larry Low-Wye

Dear Larry,
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 Shakespeare

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 quite picky.
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 Victoria

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 Nightingale

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 lovers.
Famous Snakes: Martin Luther King Jr., Mao Zedong, Jacqueline Onassis

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 Taylor

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 guilty.
Famous Roosters: Katherine Hepburn, Rudyard Kipling, Groucho Marx

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 Williams

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