There is a story that goes; when the Buddha was ready to leave this Earth he called all the animals in the Kingdom to come to say goodbye to him. The Rat asked the Ox if he could ride on his back because he was so small that he was afraid that he wouldn’t get there in time to say goodbye. The Ox agreed; but just as they were arriving the Rat jumped off the Ox’s back ~ ran ahead and was first in line. The Buddha named the years in the calendar after each animal in the order in which they arrived. Thus the Rat was first and I often wondered if that is where we got our idea of the “sneaky,dirty Rat”.
I’ve provided a quick way to determine your sign. However if you were born before February 4th then you belong to the animal sign of the previous year as it doesn’t change until around February 4th. If your birth date is close to February 4th you should have someone look up the exact date as they may change each year. Feel free to contact me.
Find your Chinese Astrological Animal Sign:
Find your sign by adding 12 to your birth year until you reach one of the dates listed below.
Animal Sign Year
Your astrological enemy is the animal 180 degrees from you or six signs away. Thus if you are an Ox your enemy is the Sheep.
Another great article Mary! I now know I am a Dog sign.