The Meanings of

Chinese Astrology Signs

Chinese sign profile: Rat
If the bait's there, the Rat will certainly take it. Clever and quick-witted, Rats revel in wretched excess and are utterly disarming as well. They are possessed of excellent taste and flaunt it at every opportunity. To top it all, they get along with almost anyone and have a good number of loyal friends.
Behind that sweet smile, though, Rats are not always what they seem. They are highly skilled at promoting their own agenda, with greed often ruling their actions. This may be why they tend to appear persuasive and charming -- it's all part of the plan if money is at the root. Although they are hoarders, Rats can be very generous to those in their "pack," namely friends and family members who have proven their loyalty. Others, however, can perceive them as quick-tempered and sharp-tongued, but never boorish. Verbal jousting is a pleasure for the Rat, a creature that everyone around will quickly learn to either love or hate.
Rats enjoy being on the outside looking in, the better to learn a thing or two. New challenges are also welcomed by the curious Rat as a way to stay sharp. Without challenges, the Rat could become rather bored, which would make this mouse no fun. This quest for adventure has many positive angles, among them an ability to keep this keen strategist in fighting form. Anything less would be a waste of some very precious skills.
A valuable lesson for Rats would be to learn to consider others above themselves. If they can develop their sense of self and realise it leaves room for others in their life, Rats could find true happiness.
The most compatible match for a Rat is the Dragon or Monkey.

Chinese sign profile: Ox
Although steadfast and solid, the Ox is no mere pasture cow. This powerful creature is a born leader, dependable and with an innate ability to achieve great things. Even so, Oxen tend to be plodding and methodical -- they approach projects in a step-by-step manner and never lose sight of their goal. They are also tireless workers, sticklers for detail and they believe in either doing things right or not at all. The world may perceive Oxen as far too serious and incapable of relaxing. This is because they are less than social by nature and tend to become introverted in a group. To make things worse, they can't be bothered with what other people think; they prefer to do what makes them feel best. Behind that calm facade, though, lives an Ox who can feel hurt, lonely and unable to connect with others. Friends and family are a great source of comfort to this beast, even if they don't always understand what makes the Ox tick.
Stubborn and dogmatic, Oxen tend to be quite headstrong people who have no concept of when to back down. Suffice it to say that Oxen don't appreciate being pushed, especially since they think they're the good guys of the Chinese Zodiac. There is some truth to that theory, since the Ox is smart, trustworthy, caring and honourable. If you need honest, steady and unbiased advice, call the Ox.
A good lesson for the mighty Oxen would be to try to overcome a judgmental nature that keeps them from getting close to others. If they can learn to value their own positive qualities, they'll have more room in their hearts for others.
The most compatible match for an Ox is the Snake or Rooster.

Chinese sign profile: Tiger
Tigers may not be the king of the jungle, but these cats are certainly no wimps. Magnetic and self-possessed, Tigers are born leaders. They have an air of authority that prompts others to fall in line, which is exactly how they like it. Despite this, they often adopt the pose of a lone wolf, preferring to stalk their "prey" on their own. Time is of the essence to Tigers, the better to get ahead and stay there.
Courageous beyond compare, Tigers generally come out ahead in battle, whether at home or at work. Noble and warm-hearted, Tigers tend to have a raw appeal which is extremely attractive to the opposite sex. Tigers will fight for what's right until the bitter end if they believe the cause is worthy. Opponents are wise to fear a feline that can smell victory a mile away.
A bit of caution is a good thing around Tigers, since they can pounce without much warning. They experience mood swings and often feel things more intensely than others, that latter quality being both good and bad. They often react poorly under stress and are prone to emotional outbursts. It's the rough sensitivity that can cause friend and foe to run for cover.
A lesson that Tigers would be well-served to learn is "moderation in all things." Once these cats can find their centre and direct their considerable energies toward worthwhile endeavours (as opposed to racing through life), they will accomplish much.
The most compatible match for a Tiger is the Horse or Dog

Chinese sign profile: Rabbit
The Rabbits of the Chinese Zodiac tend to act more like bunnies, whether they like it or not. Timid and attractive, the Rabbit is the kind of fluffy ball you want to cuddle lovingly. As a result, they're extremely popular and have a wide circle of family and friends. Their compassionate nature also leads them to be very protective of those they love. Where romance is concerned, their sentimentality is the reason they idealise relationships, a quality that compels them to give more than they realistically should. When they do bite off more than they can chew, their core group of friends and their stable home life will help them back to centre.
Rabbits are very delicate creatures and need a solid base in order to survive and thrive. Without this they'll break down in tears at the first sign of conflict and are even known to veer toward illness. Rabbits dislike arguments and will try as hard as they can to avoid a fight. They can also lapse into pessimism and appear stuck in a rut -- often to mask their insecure natures. This isn't likely to compel them to change though, since Rabbits like to hop along at their own pace and think things through.
Happiness for Rabbits is the chance to entertain in their tastefully furnished homes. Appearances are important to them, one reason why they always look better than the rest, and they may have spent quite a lot getting there. What Rabbits need most, however, is a greater sense of self-worth and the security that comes with it. Their discerning natures, coupled with some hard-won assertiveness, will help these happy creatures go far.
The most compatible match for a Rabbit is the Sheep or Pig

Chinese sign profile: Dragon
The Dragon is one of the most powerful signs in the Chinese Zodiac. Lucky as well. Dragons are giving, intelligent, tenacious and know exactly what they want and are determined to get it. Further, they can easily influence their peers and often find themselves the centre of attention in social situations. As if all this wasn't enough, Lady Love is the Dragon's best friend. The rest of the Dragon's friends are always keen to hear what their Dragon pal has to say, and when it comes to dispensing advice, the Dragon is the best one to do it.
It's ego that can get the Dragon into trouble, but even so, this larger-than-life creature has an ability for initiating projects and keeping everyone motivated. According to Dragons, it's their natural born right to lead the way. As luck would have it, Dragons are likely to achieve considerable material wealth during their lifetime, although they aren't motivated by the pursuit of money. That said, Dragons are quite the opportunists, forever searching for ways in which to consolidate their considerable power. And power it must be, for a weakened Dragon is a sad sight, a creature that refuses to take defeat with even a modicum of grace. Question authority? That's what the Dragon does best!
The role of leader is the only one the Dragon wants, a better position to give orders and be king of the hill. They are good leaders, too, knowing instinctively what needs to be done to succeed. Crossing the Dragon is never a good idea -- the Dragon's flame can burn! A valuable life lesson for this clever creature would be to absorb the principles of flexibility, compassion and tolerance. Being high and mighty can serve to inspire others, but it also keeps Dragons from living their life to the fullest. If Dragons can learn to balance their quest for results with an appreciation for the little things, their life will be more than worthwhile.
The most compatible match for a Dragon is a Monkey or Rat

Chinese sign profile: Snake
The Snake, quite simply, leads a charmed life. diplomatic and popular, the serpentine ones are lucky with money and will generally have more than they need. Even if money isn't their greatest pursuit, they will always have more than enough to survive. The charming and generous qualities of these Snakes will allow them to attract many potential mates. The seductive snake has many fans, they're so irresistible -- slightly dangerous and disarmingly smart. They're also one of the more philosophical signs. That dreamlike quality means that logic doesn't always enter into their thought process, preferring as they do to use instinct when making decisions. Snakes give little credence to the opinions of others, relying instead on their own gut feelings and intuition.
Despite their natural physical ability and lively personalities, Snakes have a tendency to be insecure, something which can manifest itself as jealousy and possessiveness. This behaviour often ends up alienating the ones they love, when a bit of vulnerability would have yielded better results. Snakes can often be quite tight with money, yet they'll find a way to help any friends or family in need, if only to secure their love. The slippery Snake is also prone to exaggeration, yet these tales are told for the sake of comfort, especially in social situations. Snakes simply cannot stand to be the odd man out, and will fight to win back those who have abandoned them.
Snakes can be so unsure of themselves that perceived slights can escalate into full-blown war. They'll also do whatever it takes to be the centre of attention. Snakes detest those without the strength to see things through to the end or an inability to get things done. They know how to get on with things themselves and want the same from others.
An important lesson for Snakes is to learn humility, along with a sense of self. That tendency to exaggerate, along with a need to do it all, can get pretty old. Once Snakes realise that confidence comes from within, they'll finally be comfortable in their own skin.
The most compatible match for a Snake is the Rooster or Ox.

Chinese sign profile: Horse
Thank Heavens for open spaces, because the Horse needs plenty of room to roam. Energetic, good with money and fond of travel, Horses are the nomads of the Chinese Zodiac, roaming from one place or project to the next. Which is why it is a good thing they know how to budget. All of this searching on the part of the Horse may be to satisfy a deep-rooted desire to be accepted. Even so, these dual-natured souls often find themselves balancing this desire with a yearning for independence and freedom.
Horses also crave love and intimacy, a double-edged sword since it often leads to them feeling trapped and they really do need their room. That said, love connections come easily to Horses, since they exude the kind of raw sex appeal that is a magnet to the opposite sex. Check out any A-list party, and you're almost certain to find the Horse in attendance. Although they're not very cerebral, Horses more than make up for it with a sharp wit and a scintillating presence. Surprisingly, Horses tend to feel a bit inferior to their peers, a quality that causes them to drift from group to group out of an irrational fear of being exposed as a fraud.
An impatient streak can lead Horses to be less than sensitive to others' needs. These colts would rather take a situation firmly in hand themselves. The lone wolf in them can at times alienate others, but this also makes them stronger and is a key to their success. Horses are self-reliant to the very core and are willing to do the work necessary to get ahead.
Although they're not inclined to look at the big picture, Horses have a keen sense of what needs to be done. They are great motivators and get a lot accomplished. Once they find some peace within themselves, they may curb their wandering tendencies and learn to appreciate what's on their own doorstep.
The most compatible match for a Horse is the Dog or Tiger

Chinese sign profile: Sheep
Daydreaming all afternoon? Sounds heavenly to the Sheep. These creative creatures love the obscure and are most at home in their own imaginations. Unorthodox religions are also of real interest to them. Even so, Sheep are very capable and revel in the opportunity to think outside of the norm. Don't expect much organisation here, though; that's a quality that tends to prevent many business endeavours for this dreamy type. Think craftsperson or artisan when looking at the Sheep, and don't overlook their considerable charm, which often carries the day.
It may be their artistic temperament that causes these Sheep to feel insecure. These highly-strung creatures need to feel loved and admired lest they start worrying incessantly. This sensitive streak can also lead to bouts of anxiety over seemingly inconsequential things. It's this angst that can wreak havoc on the Sheep's love life. The mere thought of another failed romance can put the Sheep off for good, leaving this one-time lover a lonely heart. Why these woes? Sheep are determined to avoid conflict at all costs, even if the price is relationship bliss.
If the relationship is going well, however, Sheep won't hesitate to tell their partner what they need -- and they can be quite insistent about it too. That said, Sheep don't mind if their partner's in control every now and again, the better to indulge their lazy, hazy side. Appearances are also important to the Sheep, which may explain why these people can spend hours preening and posing.
Sheep would be well-served by learning to relax and let others take over from time to time. Once they realise that their friends and lovers won't go away if they choose to take it easy, life will be a whole lot more enjoyable. Graze away, little Sheep!
The most compatible match for a Sheep is the Pig or Rabbit.

Chinese sign profile: Monkey
The Monkey is most definitely a big party animal. Charming and energetic, Monkeys crave fun and activity. They can often be seen moving from one group of friends to another, attracting a motley crew in the process. Forever upbeat, they are considered minor celebrities in their circle, thanks to their effervescent wit and quick mind. They are also very good listeners and cope with complicated situations with ease. The natural curiosity which Monkeys possess leads them to become knowledgeable on a broad range of topics. The exhibitionist in them loves nothing more than to impress their friends with all they know.
The opposite side of all this is that rebellious Monkeys don't always have a firm grasp on right and wrong. Their own happiness is their main goal, whatever the consequence. This approach will work some of the time, thanks to the Monkey's glib manner and witty repartee. It's not likely that everyone will be won over by the Monkey -- but the Monkey does not really care. Be it the idle gossip or brazen infidelity, often common to them, the Monkey's world isn't for everyone. However, Monkeys aren't all bad. They may just be a bit too curious for their own good, feeling a deep need to try everything once. This can make for very thrilling relationships.
The sense of fun which is second-nature to Monkeys can get them in all kinds of trouble. The self-indulgent Monkey has limited self-control where food, alcohol and other pleasurable activities are concerned. It's always party time for the Monkey, yet when it leads to a major hangover or a broken heart (someone else's, not theirs), they might actually show a touch of remorse. They won't admit the error of their ways, but they won't try to make their situation any better either.
Monkeys would be well-served to occasionally think of others before themselves. If they realised that the world doesn't revolve around them, their lives would be more complete. Go for it, you big Monkey!
The most compatible match for a Monkey is the Rat or Dragon

Chinese sign profile: Rooster
The Rooster is the strutting peacock of the Chinese Zodiac. These quick thinkers are also practical and resourceful, preferring to stick to what is tried and tested. They are also keenly observant. It's unlikely anything will get past Roosters, since they seem to have eyes in the back of their head. This quality often leads others to think the Rooster is psychic. The Rooster would prefer to be known as straightforward, one who will reward honesty in kind.
Roosters aren't devious or cagey and have no interest in hiding behind a facade. They are quite open, telling the truth and keeping their word. In their world, if you show your hand, people will respect that. This kind of trusting behaviour can tempt tricksters to pull a fast one on the Rooster, which would not be a good move. Remember, this bird doesn't indulge in flights of fancy and keeps those eyes wide open at all times.
These determined birds tend to be perfectionists and like to be in control, especially over their appearance. Preening and posing for the Rooster can go on forever. Being noticed and admired is an aphrodisiac for Roosters, and they can go a long time on a few kind words. Roosters also adore going out on the town, especially if they're in the company of adoring friends. No quiet dinners at home for the Rooster -- the real fun is in dancing till dawn with a gaggle of friends. The Rooster will also be the best dressed in the group. Style counts with this bird, regardless of cost.
Looking good may have its price, but at the end of the day, Roosters love a good bargain, something which appeals to their basic conservatism. The opposite side of this is the Rooster's willingness to think big and daydream where affairs of the heart are concerned. Roosters are great at creating a fantasy, only to have reality come and ruin it all. In the right relationship, however, the Rooster is one of the most loyal and trustworthy mates around, going out of their way to please their partner.
Roosters need to learn to value their heart and soul as much as their good looks. Their excellent social skills and sharp minds are qualities which others will appreciate as much as a pretty face.
The most compatible match for a rooster is the ox or snake

Chinese sign profile: Dog
Is the Dog man's best friend? Well, maybe. Loyal, faithful and honest, the Dog has a firm code of ethics to live by and can be counted on in times of need. Ever trustworthy, this pup is also wonderfully discreet, listening closely while guarding a friend's problems without a ever thinking of being a gossip. Anything less would be unimaginable to Dogs, possessed as they are of a keen sense of right and wrong and duty-bound to the core. This is the Dog's mantra: Live right, look out for the underdog and fight injustice wherever possible.
Bear in mind, though, that if you get a Dog started on what's important to them, they could go on forever. Dogs aren't much for social small talk, preferring to get to the heart of the matter. They can also be temperamental and moody, which makes it hard to know if the Dog that shows up will lick your leg or bite it off. Dogs can even be downright nasty if they feel their livelihood is at risk, great worriers that they are. These sensitive pups need time to warm to others and gradually learn to trust them. Without that trust, they can be judgmental. Dogs have little patience for flighty, unpredictable behaviour, treating these "lost" souls in a critical, almost harsh manner.
The other side of the Dog's discerning nature is that they are excellent business people who can turn their pickiness into an asset. Where love is concerned, Dogs often have a tough time finding the right match. These Feckless Fidos can be so anxious and overwrought in romance that they'll test their partner to the extreme. Dogs need to work on these irrational fears and are also well-served to relax their high standards, which can alienate loved ones.
The most compatible match for a dog is the tiger or horse

Chinese sign profile: Pig
One thing is certain about Pigs -- they are always in the pink. Generous and honourable, they are nice to a fault and possessed of impeccable manners and taste. Some of them have so much of the perfectionist in them that others may be inclined to perceive them as snobs, which is not the case, Pigs believe in the best of mankind and certainly don't consider themselves superior. They also care a great deal about friends and family and work hard to keep everyone in their life happy. Helping others is a true pleasure for the Pig, a happy sort that feels best when everyone else is smiling.
A truly sad sight is a Pig with no one around to appreciate their giving nature. Pigs are so magnanimous they can appear almost saintly. This can lead some less than well intentioned people to stomp all over the Pig. The Pig refuses to see others as less than good, an endearing quality which makes them great companions. The happy Pig might actually scowl if someone tries to tell them that their approach is too wet. Suffice it to say Pigs aren't keen on unsolicited advice, preferring to fight their own battles when need be. If you can stay out of their way, Pigs can be the most loyal and devoted friends on Earth.
Beyond their sparkling reputations, Pigs are highly intelligent creatures. They are forever studying, playing and probing in their quest for greater knowledge. They also adore food and drink, easily making them the gluttons of the Chinese Zodiac. Nothing but champagne and caviar for the discerning Pig! These Pigs also make wonderful life partners, since they truly do have a heart of gold. Even so, they can be exceedingly exclusive, spending time with those who will appreciate them most while ignoring the rest of the populace.
Pigs need to realise that there's more to life than being needed. When they open up their world to a diverse group of people, they will truly bloom.
The most compatible match for a pig is the Rabbit or Sheep.

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