Mind & Spirit

Your Chinese horoscope

By: Melissa Lim

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Mind & Spirit

Your Chinese horoscope

By: Melissa Lim
Chinese horoscopes
The Chinese calendar is believed to be one of the oldest calendar systems in the world, dating back centuries before the creation of the calendar we presently use. It measures time based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the sun, moon and stars. Each year of the calendar's lunar cycle is represented by one of 12 animals. Each year the animal is different, and every 12 years the animal will return to signify the Chinese lunar year.

Like the zodiac, the Chinese horoscope follows the movement of the sun and stars and takes into account the precise month and time of birth. Find out how the stars have you pegged. Simply match up your birth year to the corresponding animal.

Monkey – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
You are clever, skillful, and flexible. You are also full of activity, energetic, loyal and loads of fun. Remarkably inventive and original, you can solve the most difficult problems with ease. Things tend to work out so well for you that you sometimes look down on others. You are most compatible with the Dragon and Rat.

Rooster – 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
You're a deep thinker, capable, talented and deeply devoted. Your emotions swing from high to low, as does your personality. You put on a brave and adventurous front, but you're actually a shy person at heart. However, you can sometimes be too outspoken. You are most compatible with the Ox, Snake, and Dragon.

Dog – 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
You are trustworthy and a good friend. You have a deep sense of loyalty and are honest. Sometimes you can be stubborn and emotionally distant, but people forgive you because you're such a good leader and person. You are most compatible with the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.

Pig – 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
You are strong and reliable. You are extremely loyal and knowledgeable. You try to avoid confrontation as much as possible, which can sometimes make you a pushover. Don't let people take advantage of your generosity. You are most compatible with Rabbits and Sheep.

Rat – 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
You are a charming and sociable person. You're hardworking and can sometimes be too much of a perfectionist. While some may consider you to be too thrifty with money, you think of it as being careful. You have big ambitions and are usually successful. You are most compatible with the Dragon, Monkey and Ox.

Ox – 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
You are a deep thinking introvert. Your quiet demeanor and patience inspires confidence in people, attracting them to you. You can be stubborn at times, and you hate to be opposed. You are most compatible with the Snake, Rooster and Rat.

Tiger – 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
You are sensitive and well-respected. You are also courageous and powerful, but often find yourself in conflict with authority figures. You're quick to anger and have a hard time making decisions, so beware of acting hastily. Your optimism draws others to you. You are most compatible with the Horse, Dragon and Dog.

Rabbit – 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
You are reserved, tranquil and virtuous. You are admired and trusted by others, and are often lucky in life. You may be overly cautious at times but things often work out for the best. You are most compatible with the Sheep, Pig and Dog.

Dragon – 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
You are energetic and assertive. You are exciting and believed to be among the most eccentric people of the zodiac. You can be stubborn and short-tempered at times, but you are also soft-hearted and sensitive. You are most compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys and Roosters.

Snake – 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Always calm and collected, you never make a move without considering the consequences. You are self reliant and very intense. You can be vain and selfish at times, but it's probably because your great physical beauty allows it. You are most compatible with an Ox and Rooster.

Horse – 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
You are a free spirit, always cheerful and popular with others. You like to be the centre of attention, but can also be impatient and hot blooded. You are very independent and like doing things for yourself. You are most compatible with Tigers, Dogs and Sheep.

Sheep – 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
You are a passionate and elegant person. You have a maturity beyond your years that sometimes causes you to mother others. You hate confrontation, but can stand your ground when you need to. You are wise and understanding, even if you can be a little timid and pessimistic. You are most compatible with Rabbits, Pigs and Horses.

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Your Chinese horoscope