The Chinese community believe and follow the myths from their ancestry about the zodiac elements that were passed down from generation after generation. Although these methods aren’t much related to astrology, the period from the past marks the beginning of these enchanted symbols and beliefs in the Chinese community.
The Chinese Zodiac animals represent the path of every animal’s passage through life. The myths and legends portraying each animal’s journey are slightly varied, but in general the path which prevails is as follows: rooster, rat, lion, ox, cat, tiger, dragon, sheep, monkey, dog and bear. The animal signs, which are associated with certain animals may also be associated with certain characters or objects.
The signs are divided into five basic divisions known as the years of the dragon, the rat, the pig, year of the dog and the bear. Each sign represents a specific year in Chinese calendar, but there are also some signs that may show two different years. This happens when the dragon and the rat appear in the same year.
The dragon represents the year of the rat. This year sees the return of the rat from the abyss of death. The rat is now ready to eat the dragon’s flesh for its nourishment and immortality. The rat is usually associated with spring or summer and its symbol is the swallow.
The dragon appears in the second year of the rat. This is a time of prosperity and abundance. This year sees the appearance of many beautiful flowers that symbolize good fortune and joyousness. The symbol of a swallow and the appearance of the dragon in the first year are also associated with this year.The dragon and the rat appear in the third year of the rat. This is a period of change. People start to take new actions and change their beliefs. The dragon and the rat appear in the fourth year of the rat. This is a period of turmoil and change and the dragon’s symbol is the peacock.The dog and the pig appear in the fifth year of the rat. This is a time when people have to change their lifestyle and their way of life.In the sixth year of the rat the dragon and the pig appear again. This is a time of stagnation and decline and people become reclusive. The dragon’s symbol is the snake and the pig’s symbol is the crane.The dragon and the rat appear in the seventh year of the dragon. This is a time of transition. The dragon becomes the ruler of the universe and it will rule all the other animals.
The dragon and the rat appear in the eighth year of the dragon. This is the year of abundance and prosperity. The dragon is associated with earth and its symbol is the peacock. In this year the dragon comes out and the people who were previously in the cave become proud and arrogant.The dragon appears in the ninth year of the dragon. This is the time of transformation and the dragon has taken over the earth. The dragon symbolizes chaos, confusion and destruction in this time.The monkey and the rat appear in the tenth year of the dragon. This is a time of change and they represent a change for the worse. People are unhappy, greedy and are not happy.
The dragon appears in the eleventh year of the dragon and the monkey and the rat appear in the twelfth year of the rat. This is a time when good fortune and wealth return and people have a strong will to live.In the thirteenth year, the dragon and the rat appear in the fourteenth year of the dragon and the monkey and the rat appear again in the sixteenth year of the dragon. This is a time of change and this is the year of change and transformation.
By knowing the various characteristics and traits of these Chinese elements, one can know when to spot their manifestations and how each transformation takes place. It is a marvelous world to dive into and explore the deepest parts of humanity and it’s cultures from all over the world.
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