Chinese culture has permeated the western region in recent years and has become increasingly popular. In the art arena, it is obvious that many Westerners decorate Asian art and culture. One example is the tattoo industry, which has shown an escalation of tattoo enthusiasts applying Chinese astrology and zodiac tattoo designs to their body parts.
In Chinese astrology, the zodiac of twelve animals represents twelve different types of features. The Chinese zodiac begins with the rat as the leader of the twelve heavenly animals and the cycle repeats itself every twelve years.
There are myths and stories about how these animals are selected to represent the zodiac cycle. A popular saying among citizens is that the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven, has instructed twelve animals to pay him respects, and the first animal to appear is the rat. The celestial animals in the Chinese zodiac begin with rats, followed by ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In the lunar year 2008 the cycle repeats itself with the year of the rat.
Rat (year - 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
2008 is your year when you are born in the year of the rat. You will not be short of friends. Her charming, charismatic and eloquent personality makes you a social person who is very popular with friends and colleagues. You are meticulous, hardworking and disciplined when it comes to work and responsibility.
However, you can become manipulative, dictatorial, selfish and scheming.
Ox (year - 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997)
In the east, Ox assumes a positive connotation of hard work because it helps plow land for farmers. Born in the year of the ox, you are someone you can rely on. You are calm, patient, calm and humble. However, there can be times of obstinacy, narrow-mindedness, and rigidness in personality.
Tiger (year - 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998)
Tiger is considered a wild animal that dominates almost all regions in which they live. Their presence is a threat and scares other animals nearby. People born in the year of the tiger are powerful, passionate, daring and generous. On the darker side, you can be reckless, tempered quickly, and impatient
Rabbit (year - 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)
Rabbit is almost a harmless animal that exudes lovable and gentle nature. As a "rabbit" you exude grace, elegance and compassion in your mannerism and behavior. When it comes to taking risks, you're fairly risky because you can be careful and reluctant. Exercise self-discipline as you can fall victim to leniency and indulgence.
Dragon (year - 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)
Dragon is a mystical creature of domination in the east and west. As someone born in the year of the dragon, you are a strong, proud, passionate and loyal person. They can be crucial in making important decisions. When you get to work, you tend to be ambitious, eager, and fiery. If you are not careful and controlled, you may be seen as tyrannical, demanding and presumptuous.
Snake (year - 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)
People born in the Year of the Snake are likely to be deep-thinking, smart, prudent, careful and responsible. You will always have a purpose to do something. You can also be a creative and sensual person. Since you tend to be a loner, you may be poor in communication, suspicious, and self-doubtful.
Horse (year - 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
If you are born in the year of the horse, you tend to be a happy, popular and quick-witted character among your friends. You are adaptable, flexible and open-minded. They can sometimes be talkative, rude, stubborn, and moody.
Sheep (year - 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)
Sheep are a meek and shy animal with little security. As a "sheep" you are considered a just and sincere friend. Your shy and artistic nature makes you an extremely creative person. You are a gentle and compassionate being because you are always looking for peace and security. Be careful when you are dominated by emotions. They tend to be more worrying and pessimistic.
Monkey (year - 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)
The animal that takes after humans and is believed to be developed from apes. They were born in the year of the monkey and are both inventive and innovative. You are curious, flexible, objective and intellectual. Others look up to you as a motivator and problem solver. However, they can be selfish, selfish, and cunning.
Hahn (year - 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)
People born in the year of the rooster can take on some of the rooster's characteristics of alertness, neatness, and care. They tend to be organized, practical, eager, and responsible. You will always strive for perfection in everything you do. However, they can be over zealous, critical, and stubborn.
Dog (year - 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
Hund has been the loyal and understanding partner of man for centuries. You were born in the year of the dog and can be an honest, intelligent, loyal and uncomplicated person. Because of your sociable, unpretentious, amiable and loving personality, you are very popular with friends. However, be careful if you are too cynical, judgmental, and contentious.
Pig (year - 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
The last animal in the Chinese zodiac is the pig. Your honesty, simplicity, patience and peace-loving nature make you a sincere, calm and understanding person. You are also an upright, intelligent and conscientious person. Excessive trust, materialism and forbearance are the darker side of your personality that you should be careful of.