YEAR OF THE
A SECOND CHANCE TO GET 2002 OFF TO A GOOD START
The Chinese New Year gives me a chance at renewing myself a second
time around. This is my year the "Year of the Horse",
and I intend to make it the best year ever. For those of you who
do not understand the Chinese signs, here is a little outline.
Long ago and still to this day, the Chinese use the Lunar cycle to follow
time. The first cycle was introduced in the year 2637 B.C. A complete
lunar cycle is 60 years and is made up of 12 cycles. Where the animal
signs come in, is when Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to his kingdom
so as to say goodbye to him before he departed from this earth. Only twelve
showed up and to show his appreciation he named a year after them in order
of its arrival. Every twelve years the sign repeats its self and
you start all over again. Look at the signs year dates baring in mind
that Chinese New Year is different every year, mid Jan-mid Feb and find
out which is your sign by going through 12 year increments from your birth
I have only touched the surface of the information on these signs, but
hopefully it will give you a little in site into you and your loved ones.
First came the Rat, (1997) with its charm and innovative personality the
rat uses its wit and intelligence and has been know to be crafty,
forthright and an exhalent business man/woman, who is always alert to
new opportunities. The rat is very underestimated, due the very fact that
it is a rat. They are very intuitive gregarious and smart people who will
use their charm and smarts to get them to the top. Never underestimate
them, they do not miss a thing and remember a lot. Whereas the tiger,
horse and others are on the forefront, the rat does not mind taking the
back stairs to get where they are going.
Then came the Ox, prosperous through fortitude and hard work, the Ox is
dependable, calm methodical and stubborn. Many Ox s hold positions
of power and their fairness holds them in good stead. They like order,
respect, tradition, and are predictable and honest. Alas in love the Ox
does not quite now how to respond to romance but when they like you they
will stand by you, loyally, but also may take a long time to commit, be
patience they are solid people and worth waiting for. Although they have
a lot of patience do not try it on to much, because when they loose it,
it will be a terrifying experience. The rooster seems to understand the
Ox best and the Goat and Tiger will not get along well at all. Give them
time to their stuff; it is worth waiting for the results.
Now comes the Tiger. (1998) Powerful, passionate, rebellious and unpredictable.
The Tiger is our fearless fighter, and people hold them in awe. They love
the limelight and their dynamic personality can open many doors. They
live life as if it is their center stage, and people around them are there
to enhance the play. With their charisma they get away with lots, and
can talk others into doing things for them just because they are tigers.
They have a very human side showing love and affection for babies and
animals. As a lover when they love they love 100% for that moment till
their attention is directed elsewhere, to sustain their attention you
must give them a lot of attention. They live purely on impulse and rebellion
on tradition. Logic is not their thing. The song by Carle Simon, "your
so vain you probably think this song is about you". May have been
written for the tiger. However the tiger who can be warm loving and great
with kids, can also be a child themselves if they do not get their way.
For all this the tiger is a formidable foe and one to definitely have
in your court.
The Rabbit (1999) is said to have a long life, the rabbit is gracious
kind sensitive, and has good manners. They look for tranquility but are
also inclined to be moody. They appear indifferent and generally hold
academic positions. Although they appear to be detached they hold much
criticism inside. Good at business and smooth negotiations will ensure
a good career. In love their self-assurance requires them to marry for
position and security, but will give all they have to give in love. Reserved
artistic and good at business, the rabbit with their smooth negotiations
will ensure any career they choose. Liking harmony, the rabbit does not
understand why people are so nasty to each other. Although do not mistake
this, the rabbit will get the contract signed, but by courtesy, consideration
and patience, you will not even be aware of it until you have signed on
the doted line. This does not mean that they are deceitful, but rather
that they are clever.
The fiery Dragon (2000) a very lucky sign and one in which many children
are born, (including one of my daughters). Magical and imaginative the
dragon is full of vitality and strength. They have very high ideals and
command high standards from others as well as themselves. Do not challenge
the dragon you will find them very opposing and do not hurt the ones they
love or anger them or you will sorely regret it. On the other hand they
do not like defeat and can be a sore looser. If they like you, you will
forever have a protector and a friend, and as a lover they take adulation
for granted, knowing that they are well liked so therefore well loved.
If they choose you for a mate, (and this sign is also quite happy to not
to marry and just have good friends,) they will protect, lecture and support
you forever. Dragons do not tolerate fools or deceitful people and their
wrath can be very imposing. They are good with money, easy come easy go,
and prefer to live in a relaxed environment. Somewhat leaders by nature,
they will only want the job if they are interested. Funny and liking a
good time, a dragon is good at a party and is very adventuress.
The forever-misunderstood Snake (2001) is a deep thinker, always looking
for the meaning of life. Generally mystical with a lot of natural wisdom,
the snake loves books, food, music and the fine things in life. Using
their own judgment rather than others, they like their own advice. Superstitious,
and a little intense they like to settle scores. The snakes wish to control
their own lives through power and authority. They can be victims of their
past and have a hard time moving on with life. Elegant, in speech, dress
and manners, but suspicious in nature, the snake distrusts anyone who
breaks a promise. In love their mystique and cool ambivalence draws lovers
to them with ease, and will only marry someone who shares their ambition.
Striving for the top the snake can talk themselves out of things, because
they are inclined to think it over and over again. They love detail and
wish for things to be in order before moving on with it. Although looked
upon with fear, the snake in vulnerable and is only dangerous when it
is fearful. Wishing to just be understood and respected the snake is harmless.
Enter the Horse (2002) the best year in my mind, as I am a horse myself.
Cheerful, popular, quick-witted and earthy. The horse falls in and out
of love easily. However they are perceptive, talkative and have an ability
to handle difficult situation well and with authority. They are magnetic
and commanding which can be presided as militant and aggressive at times
although this is not so. Impetuous, energetic, and a flashy dresser. The
horse although a non-conformist can be relied on to be accountable and
honest. The horse will always be there for the underdog, and has an ability
to see both sides and council each of them well. Demanding a great deal
from fellow workers they can and will just as eagerly work by your side
as long as you know that they are boss. Horses love freedom and pursue
happiness at every corner. Being a person that feels their way around
and who is constantly changing to the environment, they feel deeply and
can be preceived as being moody, they are just adjustable people. They
cannot keep regular hours and are best suited to flexible but demanding
jobs, it is all or nothing. Very friendly and a true lover, do not let
them down, they will forgive but never forget. They are protective about
their loved ones and love with all their hearts, they like the home homey
and love to run a little wild too. As friends the horses will be by your
side through anything, but if you betray them, you will be forgiven but
The graceful Sheep/ Goat (2003) is righteous, sincere and a sucker for
sad stories. They are fashionable, artistic and creative but can be depressed
and withdrawn. They are homebodies, liking children and needing to be
needed. Luck favors them and their peaceful nature draws people to them.
Unfortunately the sheep/goat instead of standing up for their rights,
is timid and is more inclined to sulk rather than demand. Straight to
the point is not their way and they wish you to find out what is bothering
them rather than they tell you. Martyrs, and worriers they are pessimistic
about life and are inclined to look to the worst rather than the best
of things. Romantic by nature, they wished to be pursued and fought for,
the sheep needs to be in a respectful loving marriage to survive, secure
in life love and mind. They have their favorites and if your not one of
them do not take offence, that is just they way it is. Forgiving nor forgetting
is something they do easily, so dont hurt them.
The mischievous Monkey (2004) is innovative, improviser, and a motivator.
The monkey is most like man himself. What ever they choose to do the monkey
will succeed, no challenge is to great a chore, and they have the ability
to use their intelligence when it is most needed. However they do not
respect others well as they have too much respect for them selves. Very
competitive, confident and cocky the monkey has been known to use his
cunning powers to get their way. They are very sociable and can hold positions
of high power. Very self-absorbed the monkey is not a giver for giving
sake, in love the monkey will be warm and spontaneous, but be prepared
to work hard and always strive for better, love in its self is not
enough, ambition is indeed the forever attraction. What ever you do, never
try to trick a monkey they will have the last word, and watch them carefully
they are masters of trickery. Fun can be had with a monkey if you like
a little mischief or mayhem.
Wake up to the Rooster. (2005) Has self-assurance and is old fashioned.
They are generally very attractive people, who are acute neat organized
decisive upright alert and direct. They can also be argumentative and
a little cruel to others, they love to lord over other with their imposing
knowledge. High perform ring roosters seek opportunities to excel at anything,
and if you try to challenge their knowledge you are in for a long haul,
roosters do their homework and know their stuff. Do not be around when
a rooster is negative, they are egotistical opinioned and very abrasive,
you will come out reeling from the experience. They are very good at handling
money, accountants banking and finances. Roosters will follow orders to
a T, and they are very good detailed people and, accountable with your
interest at heart. All roosters are perfectionist, with a sharp eye for
details, but if they think that they are right about something, they may
close their mind to any other input. They are excellent right hand men
but sway away from the front line, as they do not have the public personality
or patience that is needed to be up front. Roosters love praise and are
allergic to criticism; they make a good spouse and a good family person,
just as long as they are boss. For all that steadfastness, they are very
vulnerable but will fight showing it.
The likeable Dog (2006) (another of my children) is honest, intelligent
and direct. They are the most loyal and trustworthy of creatures and have
much passion for Justas and fair play. Dogs are friends to all people,
and are fair listeners meeting people half way. Dogs will look out for
everyone no matter what, but is inclined to neglect their own self and
leave themselves vulnerable. The dog has a great understanding of humans,
and instinctively knows the right from wrong, who to believe and who to
be weary off. When a dog loves, it is with all its heart and loyalty,
this is often taken advantage of and the dog often gets hurt. Forgiveness
is strong and even if they move on they will remember the once loved one
fondly. Do not push the dog into a corner, they will instinctively come
out fighting in any which way. In love, the dog likes to get to know their
suitor slowly as trust is an issue, but once trust is in place, they will
encourage growth in their loved ones and equilibrium in their lives. As
it is with children the dog will act like a playful puppy when young,
and will take time to learn the ways of the world, but what is nice is
that they will never loose their playfulness. All in all a dog is a very
good person to have in your life in any way.
The steadfast Pig (2007) is, of all the signs, one of honesty and of real
genuine personality. The pig is the ultimate diplomat, balancing both
sides and keeping the peace. The pig are those people that make everything
happen with ease so as you do not notice it even happening, but notice
if they are not there. They socialize very well, and like to be in the
company of up and coming people, though they prefer to watch from a distance.
Excellent in the line of fundraising and social work, the pig does not
mind being truly committed to the cause. The pig is a little too trusting
and allows themselves to be exploited by others without knowing it. In
love the pig is devoted and does everything for theyre loved ones
except perhaps discipline them well, as they do not like confrontation.
The pig is unselfish and caring and is very good to have as a friend if
their motives are not interfering or judgmental.
Having had experiences with all of the signs, I have to say there is a
lot in it. We take on the characters of the animals and unknowly become
them. I also believe that the "True Colours", Zodiac and numerology"
plays a big part in it too. The Chinese take this all very seriously.
This year, February 11 is Chinese New Years Eve, and it is welcomed with
feasting and socialization. There are parades, and the Dragons and the
Lions performing for money, reflecting the old times when they used to
give protection money to the gods for said protection. Not much has changed
there, except that it is done far more aggressively now.
I am married to a Chinese man and for the last 21 years we have celebrated
New Years with food, family and friends. The adults give the children
lucky money (in little red envelopes) and we wish each other a prosperous
year ahead. The celebrations last two weeks with many happenings in the
Chinese community. It has got so big now that many western organizations
have joined in the parades, and you can see lots of little children dressed
in Kung fu outfits or traditional clothing, so cute. My children have
been going to these parades and celebrations for 19 years now and enjoy
the food aspect of it all. Dim Sum, which is an assortment of individual
items of delicious food in small amounts, is brought around to your table
on trolleys so that you can look and choose. There is so much variety
and the items like "hargou" (shrimp dumpling) or sumi (pork
dumpling) and chasui bows (steamed buns filled with sweet barbeque pork)
are just some of the items to make your mouth water.
Eat drink and be merry. All cultures have this is someway or other, this
one is colorful edible and fun. If you are anywhere near a ChinaTown this
year, give it a try, it is an experience that many be enjoyed year after
"Gong Hey Fat Choi"
"Happy New Year.
May it be a positive year for you.
© Sara Towe. 12.02.02
Footnote. For those of you that read my August article on getting my
citizenship, an update, on February 13, I finally become a Canadian Citizen.
EDs note: She did it.
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