Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008


Another of the powerful Chinese Zodiac signs, the Ox is steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious and introverted but can feel lonely and insecure. Takes comfort in friends and family and is a reliable, protective and strong companion. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger are authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and they’re ready to pounce at any time. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011


A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They’re energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Goat enjoy being alone in their thoughts. They’re creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.

1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog are loyal, faithful, honest, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

1946,1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006


Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Pig are extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. They’re perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions until someone close crosses them, then look out! They’re intelligent, always seeking more knowledge, and exclusive. Compatible with Rabbit or Goat.

1947,1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

WARNING! If your birthday is before MARCH(so January or Febraury), you should check the previous year, Chinese New Year takes place a little later than ours(mostly February). It changes from year to year too, so you better google your birth year. I was born in 1996, but it still makes me a PIG, since my birthday is in January. CHECK YOURS!  

The signs planning a murder
  • Does the murdering: Scorpio, Taurus, Aries
  • Gets the body bag: Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius
  • Comes up with a good escape route: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn
  • Hides all possible evidence that proves they were there: Leo, Libra, Pisces
The Zodiac Meets Chinese Face Reading: Speculation

Chinese face reading is an ancient oriental art form based on physical features, used to reveal one’s character, health, and ethnic origin. It is also known as physiognomy.

As far as I’ve read up to this point, I know that the forehead represents intelligence and wisdom, the cheeks represent emotion, and the chin & jaw represent aggression and assertiveness. The eyes are supposedly associated with leadership qualities & expression of feelings, the nose is associated with wealth, the ears with luck, and the mouth with elegance & charm.

I imagine that the Ascendant, the Ascendant’s ruling planet, planets in the first house, and planets in aspect to the Ascendant go hand-in-hand with subjects like Chinese face reading, so here are a few of the connections I’ve made.

(Planets in the tenth house and the Venus sign may also play a lesser part.)

Fire signs commonly have prominent chins/jaws & eyes.
Earth signs commonly have prominent foreheads & noses.
Air signs commonly have prominent foreheads & ears.
Water signs commonly have prominent cheeks & mouths.
Cardinal signs commonly have prominent chins/jaws.
Fixed signs commonly have more “balanced” features.
Mutable signs commonly have prominent foreheads.

Masculine signs commonly have more prominent chins/jaws than Feminine, though Fire signs have more prominent cheeks than Air, and Air have more prominent foreheads than Fire. Likewise, Earth signs have more prominent foreheads than Water, and Water have more prominent cheeks than Earth.

Individuals with notable Aries/Mars influence tend to have very pronounced jaws, protruding or square chins, and sharp eyes (both in shape & expression).
Individuals with notable Taurus/Venus influence tend to have large & plump lips, round eyes, pronounced cheeks, and square but averagely defined jaws.
Individuals with notable Gemini/Mercury influence tend to have thinner lips, large & defined foreheads, small but prominent ears, and large eyes.
Individuals with notable Cancer/Moon influence tend to have round faces, large eyes, plump lips, very prominent cheeks, and smaller foreheads.
Individuals with notable Leo/Sun influence tend to have prominent jaws, large or otherwise remarkably pronounced eyes, and well-formed lips.
Individuals with notable Virgo/Mercury influence tend to have smaller eyes, thinner lips, very well-defined & prominent foreheads, and either very small & round or very large, defined, pronounced noses with thinner bridges.
Individuals with notable Libra/Venus influence tend to have well-defined foreheads, prominent & graceful lips, nice cheekbones (although the cheeks themselves are rarely very pronounced), larger ears, and thinner noses.
Individuals with notable Scorpio/Mars/Pluto influence tend to have very prominent chins/jaws/cheeks, and smaller but very sharp eyes.
Individuals with notable Sagittarius/Jupiter influence tend to have square jaws, larger foreheads, large & round eyes, possibly crooked noses, prominent ears with large earlobes, and less prominent cheeks but high cheekbones.
Individuals with notable Capricorn/Saturn influence tend to have remarkably large/defined/straight/high noses, square jaws, small but sharp eyes, possibly prominent ears, thin lips, possibly high cheekbones and/or prominent cheeks.
Individuals with notable Aquarius/Saturn/Uranus influence tend to have smaller eyes, large & prominent foreheads, higher noses, and thinner lips.
Individuals with notable Pisces/Jupiter/Neptune influence tend to have VERY large & prominent foreheads, large & round eyes, small but plump lips, pronounced cheeks with usually low cheekbones, and large/prominent ears.

Types of Chinese zodiacs
  • Rat: Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork
  • Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves
  • Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem
  • Gold Rat 1960, 2020 Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness
  • Water Rat 1912, 1972 Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise
  • Ox: Wood Ox 1925, 1985 Restless, decisive, straightforward, and always ready to defend the weak and helpless
  • Fire Ox 1937, 1997 Short-sighted, selfish, narrow-minded, impersonal, but practical
  • Earth Ox 1949, 2009 Honest and prudent, with a strong sense of responsibility
  • Gold Ox 1961, 2021 Hardworking, active and always busy, and popular among friends
  • Water Ox 1913, 1973 Hardworking, ambitious, tenacious, able to endure hardship, with a strong sense of justice and keen observational abilities
  • Tiger: Wood Tiger 1914, 2074 Compassionate, expansive, and open
  • Fire Tiger 1926, 1986 Optimistic and independent, with poor self-control
  • Earth Tiger 1938, 1998 Adventurous and realistic, with strong faith
  • Gold Tiger 1950, 2010 Females are very enthusiastic; males are indecisive, stubborn, and feminized
  • Water Tiger 1902, 1962 Has a strong sense of self-esteem and learning ability
  • Rabbit: Wood Rabbit 1915, 1975 Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
  • Fire Rabbit 1927, 1987 Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views
  • Earth Rabbit 1939, 1999 Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
  • Gold Rabbit 1951, 2011 Kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic
  • Water Rabbit 1963, 2023 Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles
  • Dragon: Wood Dragon 1904, 1964 Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking good relationships
  • Fire Dragon 1916, 1976 Smart, unreliable, and easy-going
  • Earth Dragon 1928, 1988 Smart, ambitious, and hardworking
  • Gold Dragon 1940, 2000 Natural and straightforward, unpredictable with continually changing emotions
  • Water Dragon 1952, 2012 Persevering, far-sighted, and vigorous.
  • Snake: Wood Snake 1905, 1965 Orderly, intelligent, with a gift for appreciating the arts and a refined taste
  • Fire Snake 1917, 1977 Smart, insightful, communicative, active, and fond of the limelight
  • Earth Snake 1929, 1989 Calm, with strong self-control, but not steadfast and diligent enough in work
  • Gold Snake 1941, 2001 Determined, courageous, confident, and able, a born leader
  • Water Snake 1953, 2013 Clever, creative, lively, and communicative, but sentimental.
  • Horse: Wood Horse 1954, 2014 Irritable and sentimental, with an abundant imagination and insightful analyses of issues
  • Fire Horse 1906, 1966 Smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, but stubborn
  • Earth Horse 1918, 1978 Optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable; with a strong sense of responsibility, and always ready to help others
  • Gold Horse 1930, 1990 kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends
  • Water Horse 1942, 2002 Sentimental, irritable, reliable, amicable, always ready to help others, and very charming for friends of the opposite sex.
  • Goat: Wood Goat 1955, 2015 Amicable, gentle, and compassionate.
  • Fire Goat 1907, 1967 Amicable, frank, and honest, always making everything clean and tidy.
  • Earth Goat 1919, 1979 Righteous, honest, straightforward, and will never harm their friends.
  • Gold Goat 1931, 1991 Ambitious and kind-hearted with a strong sense of responsibility in work; sometimes too stubborn.
  • Water Goat 1943, 2003 Always ready to help others, and they can sacrifice their own interests for others.
  • Monkey: Wood Monkey 1944, 2004 Always ready to help others. Compassionate, strong self-esteem but stubborn
  • Fire Monkey 1956, 2016 Ambitious and adventurous but irritable
  • Earth Monkey 1908, 1968 Frank, optimistic and fearless
  • Gold Monkey 1920, 1980 Smart, quick-witted and confident but also irritable and stubborn
  • Water Monkey 1932, 1992 Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight but haughty.
  • Rooster: Wood Rooster 1945, 2005 Energetic, over-confident, tender and unstable
  • Fire Rooster 1957, 2017 Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
  • Earth Rooster 1909, 1969 Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular in their friends.
  • Gold Rooster 1921, 1981 Determined, brave, perseverant, and hard working
  • Water Rooster 1933, 1993 Smart, quick-witted, tender-hearted, and compassionate.
  • Dog: Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient
  • Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Intelligent, hard-working, and sincere
  • Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Communicative, serious, and responsible in work
  • Gold Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others
  • Water Dog 1922, 1982 Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well-versed in dealing with financial issues.
  • Pig: Wood Pig 1935, 1995 Good-natured, lovely, easy-going, generous, brave but irritable
  • Fire Pig 1947, 2007 Ambitious, persevering, but impatient
  • Earth Pig 1959, 2019 Communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of timekeeping
  • Gold Pig 1911, 1971 Broad-minded, amicable, and willing to help others
  • Water Pig 1923, 1983 Gentle, modest, earnest, responsible, but subjective in life.
  • Rat: 1984, 1996, 2008
  • Intelligent and adaptable.
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  • Ox: 1985, 1997, 2009
  • Loyal and reliable.
  • Tiger: 1986, 1998, 2010
  • Ambitious and courageous.
  • Rabbit: 1987, 1999, 2011
  • Trust worthy and modest.
  • Dragon: 1988, 2000, 2012
  • Flexible and eccentric.
  • Snake: 1989, 2001, 2013
  • Philosophical and organized.
  • Horse: 1990, 2002, 2014
  • Adventurous and strong.
  • Goat: 1991, 2003, 2015
  • Sensitive and calm.
  • Monkey: 1992, 2004, 2016
  • Versatile and smart.
  • Rooster: 1993, 2005, 2017
  • Diverse and flamboyant.
  • Dog: 1994, 2006, 2018
  • Lively and smart.
  • Pig: 1995, 2007, 2019
  • Sincere and optimistic.
Zodiac Animal: Gyroscope

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.

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
  1. Rat – 鼠 (子) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): Forthright, tenacious, intense, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, intellectual, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, and shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, self-destructive, envious, mendacious, venal, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, and scheming.
  2. Ox – 牛 (丑) (Water buffalo in Vietnam) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water): Dependable, ambitious, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, dogmatic, hot-tempered, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.
  3. Tiger – 虎 (寅) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, moody.
  4. Rabbit – 兔 or 兎 (卯) (Cat in Vietnam) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.
  5. Dragon – 龍 / 龙 (辰) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.
  6. Snake – 蛇 (巳) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.
  7. Horse – 馬 / 马 (午) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.
  8. Sheep – 羊 (未) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, observant, artistic, intellectual, ingenious, innovative, creative, mothering, peaceful, generous. Can be indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, sensitive, shy, weak-willed.
  9. Monkey – 猴 (申) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual. Can be egotistical, vain, arrogant, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious, stubborn.
  10. Rooster – 雞 / 鸡 (酉) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, proud, opinionated, given to empty bravado.
  11. Dog – 狗 / 犬 (戌) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.
  12. Pig – 豬 / 猪 (亥) (Boar in Japan and Elephant in Northern Thailand) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water): Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naïve, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.
The Concept of CHI (or Qi)

Previously, we referred to bodies of Chi as “Stars” and covered the locations of the “good” stars and “bad” stars (numbered 1 to 9) in the Flying Star Chart of 2015. How each of us become affected personally by the star prevailing in each sector of our domain depends on our individual animal sign and “Life Star” number derived from our date of birth.

Before going deeper into the topic of “Life Star” numbers, it is essential to have a clear understanding of what “Chi” is all about. After all, the heart of classical Feng Shui is simply about finding ways to tap into Chi energy that is beneficial to oneself, while avoiding (or neutralising and fixing) Chi that is harmful.

Chi originally refers to the natural energies found in natural land formations like mountains, rivers and lakes, but large man-made structures and buildings are now also considered as being able to affect the Chi of a property, ie, being able to block or redirect good Chi, or even emit bad Chi if they “shoot poison arrows” in one’s direction.

Ideally, for Chi flow to be beneficial, it must be slow and meandering, and able to pool and collect in open spaces before circulating around the property. Hence, open spaces in front and behind the Main Door or within the Living area should be bright and uncluttered to encourage the pooling of Chi.

The rapid movement and concentration of Chi in narrow, confined spaces like hallways and corridors should be avoided as Chi becomes harmful or “Sha Chi”. Similarly, Chi flows downwards in an accelerated manner and becomes more active towards ground level. Hence, bedrooms requiring a more passive and calmer (or yin) environment should always be located on the upper floors, and active, yang areas like the living room, should be on the ground floor.

The goal is to achieve a harmonious balance of yin and yang energies in a property. To be able to tap into and harness the positive yin and yang energies, it is crucial to know one’s LOCATION and facing DIRECTION in any given sector of a property. Location is determined by finding out which of the nine sectors (North, South, East, West, etc) of the 9-Grid Flying Star Chart one is residing in or spending the most time in.

On the other hand, the direction one is facing all the time needs to be correlated with one’s LIFE STAR number in order to determine whether it’s personally a good or bad direction unique to our particular Life Star. This is where the study of Life Stars will help solve yet another piece of the Feng Shui puzzle.