A stressful life requires balance. Regular exercise of any kind can help your moods and make challenges easier to manage. It is a great time to adopt disciplines like yoga or meditation. One small change in your habits can make a lasting and positive transformation in your quality of life.
Aquarius Today : Chinese = 68% | Happiness = 76% | Development = 75%
Aquarius Daily-Yesterday’s Chinese Horoscope
Enjoy a peaceful sense of harmony with the world today. It is also positive for legal concerns. Lay aside any fears communicated by others and stand up for yourself. Your sense of humor can diffuse an intense encounter. A secret love or just outrageous flirting could incite a jealous scene.
Aquarius Daily-Tomorrow’s Chinese Horoscope
You’re in charge of your life! Your inner strength, sympathy, and good advice make you a powerful and encouraging example for those who are struggling. Take time to let people share their worries. In your own life, the energy today encourages taking action to improve your financial situation.
Aquarius Weekly Chinese Horoscope
You’ll have the strength to do your best in any situation. There’s every reason to feel optimistic. Your loyalty to those you love is a powerful force this week. It could cause you to make some difficult but necessary choices. This is a powerful week for group projects that have dramatic impact. You can shine as an organizer for a good cause. Be smart and trust the counsel of respected advisers.
Aquarius Monthly Chinese Horoscope
Your important relationships blossom with closeness and vivid expressions of feelings this month. Stay in touch and reinforce connections. A new meeting could be something more serious than a flirtation. You attract romantic opportunity if you’re looking for love. It’s OK to be assertive, but be tactfully so in the 30 days following the New Moon. You will find that people are more anxious to cooperate than you thought. All they needed was motivation. On the other hand, it isn’t the time for rebellion and rule breaking. Do it silently if remaining outside the box for now.
The energy today will help you be confident and admired. Dress to impress. This is a happy time to go out and socialize. A cheerful and outgoing attitude is the way to approach the world. People respond to kindness and warmth. Reach out and people will respond in kind.
Cancer Today : Chinese = 72% | Creativity = 88% | Happiness = 90%
Cancer Daily-Yesterday’s Chinese Horoscope
Be very direct about what you want today. Your ability to use charm to persuade is strong. Refuse to let others distract you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help with any complex situation. Brothers, sisters, and neighbors can be full of interesting news. You can be counted on to be discreet.
Cancer Daily-Tomorrow’s Chinese Horoscope
Are your habits and attitude advancing and protecting your health? Do you push yourself into situations that put your well being at risk? Is what you are doing leading you toward or keeping you in circumstances that you don’t want? Do some research Online and make a plan for a better future.
Cancer Weekly Chinese Horoscope
You’re at the start of a powerful new cycle in your life. If you’re pushing for change in an area where you lack experience, be willing to ask for help. People you respect can be very helpful. At a time when the energy encourages action and courage, you may go too far. Impulsive actions or overreacting in a close relationship can backfire. This is a great time for sports and physical challenges. Call your friends.
Cancer Monthly Chinese Horoscope
I’d keep my promise if only I could just remember it. This month things happen that make one recall and - better late than never - deliver. Pay attention! It’s easy to pick up another’s secret thoughts. You have the power of the subconscious if looking for romance. Professionally, timing is everything, and you have the ability to take over a situation at the correct time. Use it wisely in the 30 days following the New Moon. This month there are always other options when one goal is not achieved. There are now incredibly interesting life choices ahead for you.
It’s better to finish what you have started today. Family responsibilities can make it hard to make a decision, especially if emotions are running high. You have great personal charm, and this is a good reason to feel self-confident. It will be easier take the lead in any area of interest.
Sagittarius Today : Chinese = 65% | Social Life = 91% | Emotional State = 85%
Sagittarius Daily-Yesterday’s Chinese Horoscope
Some people you love simply aren’t going to be the best for you. There’s no point in chasing what isn’t going to happen. Be as free and independent today as possible. You can stand on your own with confidence. Find excuses to celebrate with those you like best.
Sagittarius Daily-Tomorrow’s Chinese Horoscope
Do your best to be steady and reliable today. Not everyone is going to understand your point of view. Avoid taking this personally. You may have to tolerate some difficulties in the larger world, but do not sacrifice peace at home. Enjoy quiet times close to home this evening.
Sagittarius Weekly Chinese Horoscope
This could be a time when you dig in and refuse to compromise. Be sure to pick your battles carefully. Powerful forces are pushing for change and a fresh start. Align yourself with the way things are flowing. You can embrace fresh hopes and a feeling of increasing confidence. This can make you a powerful voice to defend or protect those most vulnerable or you care about most. You can be an eloquent speaker for the interests of others.
Sagittarius Monthly Chinese Horoscope
Think twice about retaining anger as if you didn’t want to give it up. Get it out and over with in a positive way, then get ready to feel and share the relief! The friend zone is not bad. It’s a vote for casual - not serious - dating this month. Professionally, you’re on a mission that is certainly not improbable and you make miracles in the 30 days following the New Moon. Take advantage of the potential dramatic release of energy on what can be power days if you use them right (and of course you will)!
This type of astrology works under the lunar calendar, as opposed to the solar calendar western astrology uses, so if you were born before the Chinese New Year, your dominant sign is the year before. Example: I was born in early February of 1996, the Chinese New Year of ‘96 was the 19th, so my dominant sign is not the Rat, it’s the Pig. The link above takes this into account.
Your dominant sign is lunar year you were born in, and your sign represents your “outer” layer, and is the sign most people only take into consideration (think western sun signs).
Rat: Intelligent, Compassionate, Resourceful.
Ox: Reliable, Conscientious, Kind.
Tiger: Charismatic, Bold, Lucky.
Hare: Diplomatic, Clever, Friendly.
Dragon: Dynamic, Powerful, Enthusiastic.
Snake: Wise, Sensual, Sophisticated.
Horse: Independent, Confident, Competitive.
Sheep: Creative, Gentle, Romantic.
Monkey: Entertaining, Sociable, Restless.
Rooster: Flamboyant, Proud, Frank.
Dog: Loyal, Idealistic, Tolerant.
Pig: Happy, Peaceful, Indulgent.
Your love sign is the month you were born in. It demonstrates a more detailed analysis of your personality in relationships. (Think the equivalent of your venus placement in western astrology).
Your ascendant sign is determined by the time of day or night you were born. This sign describes your “secret” self- who you are when you’re alone, how you see and relate to yourself.
Unlike western astrology, the Chinese Zodiac uses five elements instead of four- Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each sign has its own natural element, but depending on the year, each sign is correlated with a secondary sign. Example: All pigs are naturally water, but Pigs born in 95/96 are half water and half wood. Alongside these elements, each sign is also ascribed Yin or Yang.
Yang: Day, Summer, Sun, Sunrise, Life, Land.
Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, and Dog.
Yin: Night, Winter, Moon, Sunset, Death, Sea.
Ox, Hare, Snake, Sheep, Rooster, and Pig.
Wood: Benevolence. Tiger, Hare, Dragon.
-last number of your birth year is 4 or 5.
Fire: Passion. Snake, Horse, Goat.
-last number of your birth year is 6 or 7.
Metal: Righteousness. Monkey, Rooster, Dog.
-last number in your birth year is 0 or 1.
-last number in your birth year is 8 or 9.
Water: Wisdom. Rat, Ox, Pig.
-last number in your birth year is 2 or 3.
Hare x Sheep x Pig
Tiger x Horse x Dog
Rat x Dragon x Monkey
Snake x Rooster x Ox
Rat - Horse
Ox - Sheep
Tiger - Monkey
Hare - Rooster
Dragon - Dog
Snake - Pig
This is just a beginner’s guide to the Chinese Zodiac, but I hope you enjoy learning about yourself through a new angle!
(Has anyone else been curious about which Hogwarts Houses the Chinese signs would be sorted into? An analysis for each sign is included, and my opinion on why each sign belongs in the House I chose for them, and how it can benefit them.)
RAT: “It had better be.. SLYTHERIN!!”
(POSITIVES: Rats are very charming, expressive, and talkative. They are very socialable and enjoy talking to their friends, and revere the few close friends they do have. Rats are honest, you never have to worry about a Rat lying to you. Rats can be very successful when they learn to stop living in the moment. They are quick-witted, and can get more done in 24 hours than most can in a week (ambitious lot!). Rats are confident, and have good instincts that will carry them far in life. The Rat is organised and talented, sensual and protective. Rats are devoted to their family.
NEGATIVES: Rats can be aggressive, and have more acquintences than friends. They are self-contained, and keep their feelings to themselves which can cause a lot of pent up anger and resentment. The Rat rarely confides in everyone, despite their expressive nature. Rats can be mean, and narrow-minded with a suburban outlook on life. They can be stubborn, play only by their rules, and are perfectionists. Rats aren’t romantic, but they will try if they think you are worth the effort. Rats also have the bad habit of spending their earnings quickly, even in one go.
IN CONCLUSION: The Rat would be best placed in Slytherin. The Rat has traits that Slytherin values, such as; charisma, ambition, and perfectionism. Slytherin would help the Rat enhance their talents, and maybe provide insentive not to spend all their money in one go.)
OX: “It had better be.. GRYFFINDOR!!”
(POSITIVES: Ox people are hard-working, persistant, and can go at a task harder and longer than anyone else. They are confident in themselves, they have a quiet certainty about themselves and what they want to do, that it inspires others. Oxen have a mellow temper which is hard to provoke, and are very protective and supportive of the few people they are close to. They aren’t afraid to go against the grain, and don’t care much for what is considered ‘proper’ or 'normal’ unless it were to hurt someone they care about. Ox people have a good memory, and are very observant, although they don’t always speak up about what they see. They can be surprisingly creative, and will triumph in any category of education, entertainment or employment. Oxen are frighteningly intelligent, can can give the snake and Rooster a run for their money in the battle of brains. Once the ox person makes a commitment, whether to a decision or an opinion, they won’t turn back. They are very patient, and make an investment in people, they want people to grow and be the best they can be. Oxen are responsible and loyal, there’s no-one better to have your back during a time of conflict than an oxen.
NEGATIVES: Oxen tend to class people, activities, and things into either one or two categories; good or bad, their view tends to be rather black or white. They have high standards, and anyone who doesn’t match them is considered beneath them in their eyes. The Ox can be severely judgmental, if only because they don’t like to waste their time on anyone they might consider annoying, rude, boring, or all three. Oxen aren’t social butterflies, and prefer to sit back and observe other people than to get in the thick of it all. Although they appear tranquil, oxen can be very impulsive when angry. Ox people are stubbon, and can be very dogmatic. They often feel misunderstood, and a bit lonely.
IN CONCLUSION: I believe that the House that can work best for the Ox would be the less obvious Gryffindor. The Ox shows the Gryffindor tenacity, chivilarity, and bravery. Gryffindor can provide the Ox a change to grow accostomed to taking on a leadership role, as well as being a follower. Gryffindor can also provide a chance for the Ox to be a bit more social, and create a network to help improve their life and provide support.)
TIGER: “It better be.. GRYFFINDOR!!”
(POSITIVE: The Tiger is a natural leader, and the first person to say; “Let’s go!” They noble, fearless, and respected for their courage (even from those who work against them). Tigers are daring, and not afraid to stand up in the face of adversity to do what they think is right. They can be very generous, have have a magnetic aura that attracts people to them. Tigers are contradictary in that they can be tempestuous yet calm, warm-hearted yet fearsome, courageous in the face of danger yet yielding and soft in mysterious, unexpected places. Tigers love adventure, and new exciting things to explore and find. Tigers like to work, if you set them a task they’ll get it done ehtusiastically and efficiently. They are also very romantic and protective when in love.
NEGATIVE: Tigers can at times be very selfish, impulsive, very unpredictable and tense. They can be a bit arrogant, or over-confident. They can be very contradictary and hard to understand. They HATE being told what to do, or bossed around. Tigers are urgent people, and are always in a hurry to get something right. They can be too intense (especially in love), sensitive, and emotional. Tigers can be very possessive, so you better chose their side or shit will go down. The Tiger’s biggest weakness is that they find to keep anything in moderation, their opinions, feelings, food, drink; anything!
IN CONCLUSION: The best House for the proud (and impulsive) Tiger would be (the obvious choice) Gryffindor. The Tiger shows the fearless bravery, hard-working, and leadership qualities that Gyffindor values. Gryffindor would also give the Tiger the opportunity to build on their natural talents, and be surrounded by people blunt and forth-right enough to tell them when they’ve upset or hurt others, giving them an opportunity to work on their weaknesses.)
RABBIT: “It had better be.. HUFFLEPUFF!”
(POSITIVE: The Rabbit is popular, knows how to make the best of themselves, kind, and sweet. Rabbits are very artistic with a good sense of aesthetic, their homes always look beautiful. They are also very well dressed, and like beautiful clothing (even if it means spending a lot of money on it). Rabbit people are calm and hard to provoke, they dislike arguing and want to live a quiet, peaceful life. They are sentimental, empathetic, and compassionate. The Rabbit likes to weigh the pros and cons of a situation before making a decision.
NEGATIVE: The Rabbit is very delicate, conservative, and insecure. Rabbits don’t like change, or being unsure of what the future brings. Rabbits cry easily, and are easily manipulated with a sob story. They can also be very cautious and timid, and indecisive.
IN CONCLUSION: The best House for the Rabbit would be Hufflepuff. The Rabbit is a natural team player, and will work hard to help and support others which are traits that Hufflepuff values. In Hufflepuff, the Rabbit will find reiable and grounded people to make them feel secure, and to keep themselves grounded too.)
DRAGON: “It had better be.. GRYFFINDOR!!”
(POSITIVE: Dragons are natural leaders, and can accomplish everything they do, and if they can’t then they’ll keep at it until they get it right. Dragons have a natural power to them to get things started, and to make change, and they know it. The Dragon is an idealist and perfectionist, they want the best and they will damn well get it. Dragons are deterimined, and going after what (or who) they want is second nature to them. They are confident, and it takes a lot to shake that confidence. They give good advice, and their opinions are usually worth listening to. Dragons are dynamic and delightful company, you will never be bored with a Dragon around. A Dragon’s surity in themselves and what they believe is right, is often very impressive and makes people WANT to follow them, come hell or high water. The Dragon knows instinctively how to lead people, and when and how to express their authority. Despite their tyranical nature, Dragons can be very generous and intelligent.
NEGATIVE: The Dragon can be very arrogant, and inflexible. They can’t fathom that they might be wrong, or that things might be better doing something any way but THEIR way. Dragons can be very controlling, and can’t stand the idea of losing their youth, and having all the power and control of the little empire they’ve built for themselves being taken away. Dragons can be very irritable and stubborn, and it’s best to keep FAR AWAY when they’re in a bad mood. The Dragon has a big mouth, and is incapable of keeping secrets, or their opinions, to themselves. They can be very snobbish, and easily impressed by wealth and lavish gifts/items.
IN CONCLUSION: The obvious choice for the Dragon would make them the most happy, in my opinion. The Dragon shows the leadership qualities, courage, and ability to stand up for themselves and others that Gryffindor values. Gryffindor is where the Dragon would shine the most, where they can express and further develop their authority, bravery, and leadership with ease. Being around several other housemates of a similar nature will give the Dragon the opportunity to figure out how to interact and deal with people of a similar nature that they may otherwise clash with.)
SNAKE: “It had better be.. RAVENCLAW!!”
(POSITIVE: Snakes are charming and popular, they are spotlight magnets and will not, can not, be ignored. They are rarely noisy or beliberately out-spoken, they have god manners that they always put to use. Snakes are smart, and they make decisions quickly and effectively. When a Snake decides to do something, they go through with it until the bitter end. Snakes think often and deeply, and don’t like to waste time on things like gossip when there are so much more important things to do, consider, and discover. Snakes are intellectual, and philospephic. Snakes can be very funny, and they are very successful at anything they chose to do.
NEGATIVE: Snakes rely on first impressions and intuitions rather than facts and logic, and on the advice of others. They can also be a bit of a miser, and don’t like to lend any of their hard-earned money on others with the exception of very close friends and family. Snakes extaggerate a lot, and even out-right lie to get what they want. They can also become very possessive of anyone they consider “theirs” (whether it’s through platonic, sexual, or romantic affection). The snake is lazy and should avoid careers and relationships with a lot of risk to reduce their stress levels. The Snake don’t handle rejection well, even if they don’t love or feel particularly attached to the person (or people) that rejected them.
IN CONCLUSION: I believe that the snake would be happiest in Ravenclaw, where they can be admired and appreciated at their leisure. The Snake shows traits that Ravenclaw value; an open mind, wit, and intelligence. Ravenclaws mostly like to persue interests that interest them, rather than be the 'know-it-alls’ people stereotype them as which works very well for the lazy, but very successful snake. The snake’s charisma and way with people would also provide a connection for other members of the House who are less graceful in social situations, and would be able to keep the snake’s ego up and give them something to be proud of that’s well-earned and within their natural talents.)
HORSE: “It had better be.. SLYTHERIN!!”
(POSITIVE: The Horse is active and energetic, where there is a gathering of large people you’ll see the Horse investigating everyone and making the time to introduce themselves to new and interesting people, or to catch up with friends. Horses are witty, and can often pick up on what you going to say or do before you do, and beat you to the punch! The Horse works hard (unless they get bored by what they are doing), are surpisingly organised, and good with money. The Horse is proud, and very sweet natured once you get to know them as a friend or lover, rather than as an acquintence. They often crave intimacy despite their fiercly independant nature.
NEGATIVE: The Horse is more cunning than intelligant and they know it, it’s something they often become very insecure about. Horses lack confidence, although they are good at pretending to be confident and sure of themselves in company. The Horse resents being pressured to do anything, even if it benefit themselves or someone in need. Horses are natural rebels and have a hard time feeling like they belong, and they can be rather self-centered in order to feel valid and fill the gap of their loneliness. In love, the Horse is in contrast with their usual self and are very selfless, they will give up ANYTHING for the one they love, and it leaves them vulnerable to manipulation.
IN CONCLUSION: Slytherin would be where the Horse shines the most. The Horse shows a lot of qualities that Slytherin values, such as; cunning, ambition, and a strong sense of self. Slytherin would keep this complex character from getting bored, and engage and improve their cunning, and it will strengthen their independance. Slytherin will also open up the Horse’s eyes to their weaknesses, and teach them how to better protect themselves from people.)
GOAT: “It had better be.. RAVENCLAW!!”
(POSITIVE: Goats are elegant, gifted, charming, artistic, creative, and fond of nature. They are sensitive, with good manners and charm that never leaves them without friends or admirers. Goats are dreamers, and like to study into the unknown (such as interests in subjects like the paranormal, crystal healing etc) and learn more about it. In love, Goats are romantic, gentle, and endlessly caring.
NEGATIVE: Goats are insecure (often obsess over their appearance), need to be reassured regularly, and need to feel protected. They refuse to take an unpopular stand, they like to leave heavy decision making to other people, and don’t like confrontation. They are pessimistic, anxious, and worry about everything. They can be lazy, and would rather marry someone wealthy, and sit back and relax for the rest of their life.
IN CONCLUSION: The Goat would be happiest in Ravenclaw. The Goat shows several values that are wanted in Ravenclaw, such as; intelligence, an open mind, and a willingness to explore the unknown. Ravenclaw is where they can staisfy their interests and hobbies in peace, and get help and the support they need in other areas of life from other Ravenclaws. Ravenclaw can also help them to not let their sensitivity control their life, and see the more factual or logical side of things.)
MONKEY: “It had better be.. SLYTHERIN!!”
(POSITIVE: The Monkey is fun, energetic, generous, and clever. Give a monkey a boring book, and he’ll turn it into a successful play and invite everyone to see it for free! Monkeys are talented and creative, and when motivated, nothing can get in their way. Monkies are charming, and because of it are usually popular and the center of attention. They are good problem solvers, if you need help figuring out something that has you confused? The Monkey will figure it out for you, and have you laughing and giggling once it’s over. Monkies are curious and have a thirst for knowledge, they hate being bored and don’t react well to it.
NEGATIVE: The Monkey can be deceptive, especially about hiding how they truly feel about people, but despite that, they can’t hide how the truly feel. When a Monkey is unhappy, everyone knows about it. They can be indifferent and opportunisitic at your expense, and can be very self-centered. A Monkey can make anything seem like a good idea, and persuade you to do it.
IN CONCLUSION: The Monkey would be happiest in Slytherin. They show several traits that are valued in Slytherin; adaptability, ambitiousness, and charisma. They can be appreciated for their charm and ability to get other people to do what they want in the House of Snakes, their humour and ability to make their House look good, would make them a well-loved member of the Slytherin House.)
ROOSTER: “It had better be.. RAVENCLAW!”
(POSITIVE: The Rooster isn’t a particularly complex character, with a Rooster what you see is what you get. They are naturally very observant, and clever. They aren’t easy people to fool, and they aren’t afraid to tell things as they are. Lie to a Rooster at your own risk. Despite this, Roosters are actually very sociable and They are loyal, and will defend you right to the bitter end when you return their loyalty. Despite first impressions, Roosters are actually very practical, and organised.
NEGATIVE: Roosters can also be very vain, and are very concious on how their appearance can make a large impact on their life and the people around them. They love to recieve attention. They are inflexible, and don’t like to change their schedule for anything or anyone they would consider very important. Their bluntness and forth-right approach to life isn’t always appreciated and can cause a lot of conflict, often leaving the Rooster confused as to why people get to riled up by the 'facts’.
CONCLUSION: At first glance, they appear to be perfect Gryffindor material; forth-right, honest, and unafraid to call people out on their bull. However, the Rooster has several Ravenclaw traits that trumph the Gryffindor ones; using logic and reason to solve problems, a willingness to change their opinion/mind when given proof WHY they’re wrong, and intelligence. The Rooster, who hates being bored, and can’t stand disorganisation, will be happier in Ravenclaw than in emotional, cluttered Gryffindor. In Ravenclaw they would have people willing to debate with them, to point out flaws they can fix, and people who won’t take their constructive criticism the wrong way.)
DOG: “It had better be.. HUFFLEPUFF!”
(POSITIVE: The Dog is always the first to bring attention to injustice, they are righteous and value honour, and honesty. They enjoy helping people, and they are caring and a good listener. They are loyal and have a profound sense of duty, they are good at keeping your secrets, and are very reliable. When in love, the dog is loyal and gives unending support.
NEGATIVE: The dog doesn’t particularly stand out in the crowd, they are not the best at socialising and can be very awkward around people, including when amoung friends. They don’t like to gossip, and have a tendency to look down upon people who do. When stressed, or feeling panicked, the Dog can turn very nasty and inflict their normaly docile temper on you. If you rub them the wrong way, they are defensive and picky. They will complain about anything from street lamps to weather, and can be far too serious at times. They’re worriers; the Dog is an old soul, and becomes less serious as they get older.
IN CONCLUSION: At a first glance, they seem to be a Gryffindor; honourable, righteous, and duty-bound. Whilst they have Gryffindor traits, they would be much happier in Hufflepuff. The Dog has several Hufflepuff traits, such as; their righetousness, reliability, and loyalty. In Hufflepuff the Dog can take things more at their pace, and have their emotional sensitivity taken more into account and respected. Hufflepuff would also be good for easing their more serious nature, and they would never feel alone, unappreciated, or unwanted in the house of the loyal and hard-working.)
PIG/BOAR: “It had better be.. HUFFLEPUFF!!”
(POSITIVE: The Pig is the model of sincerity and tolerance. They are caring, chivilarous, and careful. They will take extreme care in the trust you place in them, they will do everything in your power to never let you down. Pigs will give everyone the benefit of the doubt and believe in the best of everyone around them, not matter how many times they are duped, disappointed, and/or hurt. They will sacrifice their own happiness for yours, at the risk of their own health. They are intellectuals, and like to expand their knowledge. They are also very stylish, and add manners and posture; they are the embodiment of aesthetic. In love, the Pig is very sweet, patient and far too caring for their own good.
NEGATIVE: Pigs can be push-overs, and lots of people will try to take advantage of them. They seem almost too good to be true a lot of the time, and they are easy to fool. They will put your needs before your own and neglect themselves, and they are incapable of asking for help. They will not take well to you forcing your opinions on them, they might actually loose that otherwise unflappable temper of theirs. A lot of pigs may come across as snobbish in their quest to find knowledge. They over-eat, despite doing so with good taste. When in love, Pigs can become very jealous and possessive.
IN CONCLUSION: The Pig would be happiest in Hufflepuff. They have several (obvious) Hufflepuff traits, such as; reliability, team-work, and caring nature. Hufflepuff is where they would be protected by their Housemates from being taken advantage of, and appreciated as much as they should be.)
Rooster people are said to be scrupulously honest, brilliant, eloquent, and fascinated with ideas. These qualities blend beautifully with your natural Aries leadership ability. People trust you because you don’t break promises. You need order and structure in your life and clear-cut goals to work toward, yet interestingly you can be disorganized and untidy in little ways. You see the big picture but not always the details. You have enormous resilience; never doubt how strong you are. Deep within you is a conservatism-an adherence to a code of ethics. In love, you’re dedicated and truthful. You give your whole heart, and a betrayal can be devastating.
In most astrological systems, the Earth element is associated with stability of temperament and practicality in motivations. The Chinese zodiac sign of Snake shares some of the traits with this element which leads to an amplification of these; at the same time though, Earth also imparts other qualities to this very complex personality.
In Chinese astrology, the Snake is believed to signify a cool, easy-going personality who is never in any rush but nonetheless finds the means and the opportunity to get things done. Under the influence of Earth, the Snake’s capacity for patience is even more accentuated so that he/she is quite willing to wait just as long as it takes for things to work out in exactly the manner as he/she would wish them to. This is a person who is least perturbed about the occasional hiccups that every task or initiative faces along the way and is not just bothered by the anxiety of time running out. Without apparently exerting a single muscle, the Earth Snake can cross innumerable hurdles and calmly deal with any number of problems so that in the end the goals seem to have been attained as though on their own.
However the flipside of this kind of laid-back personality could be a debilitating kind of passivity which could negate the considerable gifts of intuition and psychological insight that the Snake possesses. What good is an ability to plan perfectly and motivate convincingly when the individual seems to take forever to initiate any kind of action? Their lack of initiative could be a significant factor in things taking too long to materialize in the life of an Earth Snake.
However since Snakes are rarely seen in penury, it is quite possible that the Earth Snake depends on other abilities to make good in this world. And one of the most important qualities that allow this Snake to succeed is a practical bent of mind. The Earth Snake displays a slow and calculated behavior which takes account of every possible set-back that may come in the way and has already exigencies planned ahead. It this cool, logical reasoning that allows the Earth Snake to eventually achieve his/her goals even though they may be slow in their movements.
Also the Earth Snake despite his/her calm demeanor is an extremely persistent lot. Armed with quiet but steady determination, this breed of Snake people has been known to amass considerable wealth, even though they may take a while to do so. Better still, the Earth Snake, especially towards the end of his/her life, is likely to use their fortune for philanthropic projects since they are guided by a deep care and concern for the rest of humanity.
The Earth Snake is also very attached to the home and family. The Snake nature in general prefers familiar surroundings and when allied with the Earth element, the sign is even more grounded in intimate and domestic pleasures. And an important aspect of this trait is a love of indulgence in sensual pleasures like good food, fine wines and creature comforts. More importantly the Earth Snake makes a very caring and responsible partner, one who can be trusted to meet all the needs and comforts of their loved ones.
In the traditional myth of the zodiac, after the animals have finished their race to take their places in the cycle, the Emperor is packing up to go home when he discovers the final animal, the gyroscope animal, that hasn’t begun the race at all.
“Dear gyroscope,” the Emperor says, his thousand-graced heart touched by the absurdity of it, “do you mean to tell me that you are still attempting to precess your way off the starting line?”
“O great Emperor,” says the gyroscope, attempting a kowtow but succeeding only in spinning a little faster and hopping, momentarily, off the ground, “when I began this race as a naive youth, I struggled to push forward, but each push forward only took me back. I struggled to step sideways, but after each step, returned. The faster I raced towards the finish line, the slower I departed from where I’d begun! In this fashion, I came to know the four noble truths, released my attachment to moving forward, and achieved enlightenment.”
“Ah!” declares the Emperor, wisely. “It is better to win enlightenment while spinning helplessly in place than to win a thousand races—no, a thousand thousand!”
The Emperor and the gyroscope do some calculations.
“Eleven hundred thousand,” they eventually conclude, “and thirty six.”
That is why even to this day there is a separate year set aside for the gyroscope every eleven hundred thousand and thirty six Taichu years, during which all of Heaven spins around in a neat circle above the Earth in order to bring all things into alignment and the gyroscope, which was last, is made as first.