Friday, July 11, 2008

Year of the Rat

I was reminded at work today that in Chinese zodiac it's the year of the Rat, it's my year! I looked up the Rat to find out what it says about me as a person. The description was surprisingly accurate I thought, especially the negative side:

Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat's natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.

Behind the smiles and charm, rats can be terribly obstinate and controlling, insisting on having things their way no matter what the cost. These people tend to have immense control of their emotions, which they may use as a tool to manipulate and exploit others, both emotionally and mentally. Rats are masters of mind games and can be very dangerous, calculative and downright cruel if the need arises. Quick-tempered and aggressive, they will not think twice about exacting revenge on those that hurt them in any way. Rats need to learn to relax sometimes, as they can be quite obsessed with detail, intolerant and strict, demanding order, obedience, and perfection.

A valuable lesson for Rats is to learn to consider others before themselves, at least sometimes, and to avoid forcing their ideas onto others. Rats are fair in their dealings and expect the same from others in return, and can be deeply affronted if they feel they have been deceived or that their trust has been abused. Sometimes they set their targets too high, whether in relation to their friends or in their career. But as the years pass, they will become more idealistic and tolerant. If they can develop their sense of self and realize it leaves room for others in their life as well, Rats can find true happiness.

I thought a few of you might be interested in your own Chinese zodiacs, so here you go, let me know if you think they are accurate:

If you were born Feb. 3, 1983 - Feb. 1, 1984 you are a Pig

If you were born Feb. 4, 1985 - Feb. 8, 1986 you are an Ox

1 comment:

D.I. Zzo said...

I appreciate that Wiki identifies that official usage in western countries is "The Year of the Boar."

That said, as much as I like the idea of me being a wild, tusked beast that cannot be tamed, I think only about half of the descriptions of a "boar/pig" are accurate for me.