Legend has it that Buddha invited the animal kingdom to a party but only twelve creatures came. He rewarded them by naming a year after each one. The 12 animal signs of the Chinese calendar are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. And this Friday marks the Chinese New Year of the horse.
According to Chinese tradition, you’ll share certain traits associated with the animal that rules your year of birth. Take a look at the traits linked to each animal below.
The rat is: intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic and sociable
The ox is: loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady and determined
The tiger is: enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, confident, charismatic and a leader
The rabbit is: trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable and caring
The dragon is: lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual and charismatic
The snake is: philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive and decisive
The horse is: adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous and strong
The sheep is: tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive and calm
The monkey is: quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively and smart
The rooster is: honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse and confident
The dog is: loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable and smart
The pig is: honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere and sociable
With so many admirable qualities, it would be nice to think there’s a little bit of each animal in all of us. But what will the year of the horse mean for you?
If horse people are adaptable, ambitious and adventurous, hopefully these characteristics will rub off on all of us this year. That way we can successfully adapt to whatever the year may bring, have the ambition to go after our goals and be adventurous enough to make them happen.
Whatever you’re hoping for this year, why not take some time to think about it with our new quiz, This Is Me 2014. You’ll get your very own vision board representing your goals. Yours to keep for daily motivation – it makes a colourful (and useful!) fridge decoration or a smart desktop background. And you can share it with friends for a little moral support. Kung Hei Fat Choy!
What do you hope the year of the horse will bring for you?
Do you think you share characteristics with your animal sign?
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