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While just about everyone knows their traditional Zodiac sign, fewer have taken the time to uncover their inner animal. Studying the traditional Zodiac may be a great way to uncover your true personality, but studying the Chinese Zodiac is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of your place in the world and the nature of your personality.

Like the traditional Zodiac, the Chinese Zodiac has a dozen symbols, but unlike the traditional Zodiac all of the signs are represented by animals. Chinese tradition holds that each of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac were created by the gods, and they appear in the order in which they were created. The animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac are as follows:

Ø The Rat – The rat is a symbol of male nature, known in the world of Chinese astrology as the Yang, and it is also the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac. Those born under the sign of the rat are often leaders, with a very dominant nature and a strong mind. On the negative side of the ledger, those born under this symbol can also be very controlling and self-centered.

Ø The Ox – While the rat is a masculine symbol, the ox is a symbol of the Yin, or female nature. The ox is a representation of prosperity and wealth, and those born under this symbol tend to be very hard workers. Those born under the sign of the ox are also known for their stubbornness and their ability to stick tenaciously to the decisions they make.

Ø The Tiger – The tiger has a strong part in Chinese culture, and the masculine tiger symbol is one of the most fascinating in the Chinese Zodiac. Those born under the sign of the tiger are known for their persuasive personalities and their attractive natures.

Ø The Rabbit – The rabbit is another symbol of the Yin, or female nature, and as one would expect those born under the rabbit symbol are known for their good luck. Those born under the sign of the rabbit seem to have a natural ability to attract good fortune. They also can be excellent problem solvers, with a logical nature and a natural ability to solve complex problems.

Ø Dragon – Like the tiger, the dragon has a long history in Chinese culture, and this masculine symbol is one of the most fascinating in the Chinese Zodiac. The dragon has long symbolized a harmonious nature as well as strength and an intellectual nature. Those born under the symbol of the dragon also tend to be very social and charismatic, with an outgoing and friendly nature.

Ø The Snake – The snake is another symbol of the Yin, or feminine nature, and those born under its influence tend to be very complex, enigmatic and wise. Those born under the sign of the snake are suited to life as philosophers, theologians and other deep thinkers. Those born under this unique symbol also enjoy a lifelong love of learning, and they can often be found sitting with a favorite book, simply soaking in knowledge and imparting it to others.

Ø The Horse – The sign of the horse represents many admirable qualities, including a sense of freedom and a reputation for confidence and self-determination. This male symbol also represents a goal oriented nature and a focus on honesty.

Ø The Sheep – Those born under the sign of the sheep are known for their artistic and caring natures and their careful attitudes. Those born under the influence of this feminine sign tend to think things out carefully before taking action, and they are known for their sensitivity as well.

Ø The Monkey – This male symbol of the Chinese Zodiac is known for its flexible nature, and those born under its influence are well suited to become scientists, inventors are artists. Those born under the influence of the monkey tend to be quite creative and funny.

Ø The Rooster – The rooster is another symbol of the Yin, or female nature, and its place as the tenth symbol of the Chinese Zodiac gives it a special significance. The number 10 is considered quite lucky within the Chinese culture, and those born under the sign of the rooster are thought to be blessed with good fortune. Those born under this sign are also known for their sociability, their love of new experiences, their independence and their bravery.

Ø The Dog – The dog is a symbol of the male nature, and those born under this sign are known for their loyalty and their honesty. Those born under the sign of the dog also tend to care about their appearance, and they can be quite stylish and fashion conscious. They also tend to be quite patient, and they are known for their intelligence and understanding as well as their loyalty.

Ø The Pig – Finally we come to the last sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The final symbol is that of the pig, and this feminine sign is a symbol of fertility as well as good fortune. The beliefs of Chinese astrology say that those born under the sign of the pig tend to be not only happy and fortunate but honest as well. In fact those born under this special symbol find great happiness in their honest, trusting and patient natures.

Whether you take the tenets of Chinese astrology very seriously or just consider it a fun distraction, an understanding of this unique Zodiac can be quite rewarding. Understanding the signs of the Chinese Zodiac and how they see the world can give you a unique insight into your own special place in the world of nature, and an interesting window into one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cultures. So find your power animal and use the power of Chinese astrology to understand your personality, your power and your unique place in the world.

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