I may have missed the change of the Chinese New Year, but that doesn’t mean I forgot about it. On the last day of January the Chinese celebrated the new year which happens to be the year of the Horse. Leaving behind the year of the Snake. Now you may not know much or anything about the Chinese zodiac as it is not as publicized as the Western zodiac. But it is just as much fun.
The basics are there are twelve signs all animals. They are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. These cycle every year. Though many people have some odd correlations with Rats, Snakes, and Pigs. Rats mostly because of the Black Plague and that rats where connected. As for in this context they are crafty and well liked.
Now I am not going to go into each of the twelve signs as it will take quite a bit of time. And though I know quite a bit about the subject I am by no means an expert. I do have a few books on Chinese Astrology, which will be listed below along with some helpful web pages. Though I only think that it is proper to state a little bit about the year of the Horse. Those born in this year can be formidable. But they are also known as good communicators. They love to be social and follow trends. The Chinese feared women born in this year, but this has changed a bit.
I personal was born in the year of the Rooster. We are hard workers with many talents. Can be skilled in literature, music and art. And we aren’t afraid to tell you what we are thinking. I am married to a Rat and our daughter is a Rabbit. And yes lots of her things have rabbits on it. I couldn’t help myself.
So look yours up and see what it says about you. But one better is to use this for your characters. In Japan there is a Manga and Anime called Fruits Basket. It is about a family cursed. When ever someone of the opposite sex hugs them they change to one of the twelve animals of the zodiac. It is quite funny. But just think about these possibilities. With the animal corresponding you could take so much more from this. Just how would you see yourself using this? I find that it is great to read the personality traits when I am thinking about my characters. Trying to see where they may fall under.
I hope that this will help you. Looking forward to what you all might think about this one.
Recommended books on Chinese Astrology:
Ming Shu The Art and Practice of Chinese Astrology by Derek Walters
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