The twelve animal signs of the zodiac are, in order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. To explain its origin there are several legends, we summarize the two most popular. The first tells that the rat was entrusted with the task of inviting the animals to come to the feast of the Jade Emperor to select them as signs of the zodiac. Another legend tells that it was the Jade Emperor himself who organized a race and the order of arrival of the animals was what marked his position in the zodiac. Be ready to enter into the year of the doh 2018 , more info here .
The rat (鼠) is considered as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. It is the first of the animals that appears in the Chinese zodiac, is associated with wealth, intelligence, charisma and order. Unlike in the West, in the East, qualifying someone as a rat lacks negative connotations. We see the example in the Ninja Turtles that are guided with wisdom by Master Splinter that curiously is a rat. The equivalent of the Rat is the sign of Sagittarius.
The sign of the ox or buffalo (牛), represents the prosperity achieved by work, perseverance and strength. Equivalent also to the positive aspects of another mammal, the bull, as passivity and nobility. The equivalent of the buffalo is the sign of Capricorn.
Famous steers: Walt Disney, Emperor Hirohito, Richard Nixon, Vincent van Gogh, Margaret Thatcher, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Saddam Hussein, Emiliano Zapata, Napoleon, Lafayette, Richard the Lionheart, Dante, Juan Carlos I, Valéry Gi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Tony Curtis, Meryl Streep, Carl Lewis and Bruce Springsteen.
The sign of the tiger (虎) symbolizes power, rebellious and unpredictable. Being the third animal in the Chinese horoscope also represents the need for adventure and exploration, the carpediem and the unexpected. The equivalent of the Tiger is the sign of Aquarius.
The sign of the rabbit or hare (兔) or hare (as it is called in Chinese mythology), is the symbol of longevity. It represents good manners, grace and sensitivity. It is related to the cat in Ancient Egypt. The equivalent of the Rabbit is the sign of Pisces.
The dragon (龍) is the only mythological animal of the zodiac, it is associated with health, strength, harmony and good luck. Just like the snake is a representative of good luck and thousands of Chinese couples try to match the birth of their children with this sign. Like the mythical Smaug of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the dragon was considered a treasure-keeper, as well as a symbol of martial arts. The equivalent of the Dragon is the sign of Aries.
The serpent (蛇) is considered as a sacred animal, a giver of good luck and also related to wisdom. It is considered a protective entity, symbolism that we see reflected in the Great Wall of China. The equivalent of the Serpent is the sign of Taurus.
The horse (馬) represents victory and triumph, in addition, like the sign of the dog, it also represents fidelity and tenderness. The equivalent of the Horse is the sign of Gemini.
The goat (羊) represents sincerity and honesty, as well as shyness. Unlike in Western cultures, the goat does not represent the representation of the goat. The equivalent of the Goat is the sign of Cancer. This 2015 is the year of the goat and in every corner of the world it has been celebrated with parades and pyrotechnics.
The monkey (猴), ninth animal of the cycle of twelve, symbolizes the daring and the daring as well as the curious. The equivalent of the Monkey is the sign of Leo
The rooster (雞) is considered the hero, the most eccentric and least understood. It represents a beginning and a new dawn. The equivalent of the Rooster is the sign of Virgo.
The dog (狗) represents tenderness, fidelity and happiness. The equivalent of the Dog is the sign of Libra.
The pig or jabaí (亥) is the last of the twelve animals of the Chinese calendar, is associated with fertility and virility. Having children in the Year of the Pig is considered very fortunate, because they will be happy and honored. The equivalent of the Boar is the sign of Scorpio