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Surely, we’ve all heard of astrology whether we are passionate followers of the stars or we have heard it being discussed on the internet, in films, or around other people. Now there is also Chinese astrology. It is quite different from the usual Western astrology many are used to. Twelve animals represent the Chinese zodiac signs but like with Western astrology, these animals are only one piece of the puzzle to understanding the pseudoscience.

What is the Chinese zodiac?

Also known as shengxiao (/shnng-sshyao/’born resembling’), the Chinese zodiac is a cycle of 12 years repeated. Each year is represented by an animal and its reputed characteristics. In order, the 12 animals representing the zodiacs are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Chinese astrology can be dated back thousands of years. For the first 2000 years of recorded Chinese history, a line can’t be seen drawn between science and Chinese astrology. In the past, “astrology was only used in the divination of collective fortunes—those of the community, the state, or the agricultural year”, says the author of The Guide to Chinese Horoscopes Shuen-Lian Hsaio. Only during the arrival of Buddhism in China, ca. 150 CE, did personal horoscopes become an idea. Personal Chinese horoscopes have become increasingly popular within the South-East Asian community, being raved about by famous actors and actresses.

The order of the zodiac

There is mythological reasoning behind why the zodiacs are placed in the order that they are.

  1. Rat
  2. Ox
  3. Tiger
  4. Rabbit
  5. Dragon
  6. Snake
  7. Horse
  8. Goat/ Sheep
  9. Monkey
  10. Rooster
  11. Dog
  12. Pig

There are many stories behind this certain list but these stories agree on a couple of aspects. A prominent Emperor announced a great race, the order of the 12 animals was determined by their finishing time. The rat is famous for its role in the story because it cheated the race, hence why it is also known as a clever and cunning zodiac. The rat cheated by jumping onto the Ox’s shoulders and hopping off just before the finish line to come first. Then the rest of the animals followed accordingly. The pig was last because it decided to stop for a snack and nap during the race.

The personality and traits of the Chinese zodiacs

This article is specifically looking into which of the zodiac signs is the most lovable. Lovable both in a platonic friendship way and romantic partnerships. To sum up, the most lovable zodiac is most likely the rabbit. People tend to be drawn to people born in the year of the rabbit. They are charismatic and kind, they have refined manners and have a nack of getting on people’s good side. Keep reading to find out more about the characteristics and lovable attributes of some other zodiacs.

Year of the Rat: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Personality traits of people born in this year tend to be ambitious, charming, talkative, resourceful, private, frugal, critical.

You’re most likely a laid-back and sensitive person if you were born in the year of the rat. Grace, nobility, and consideration are all possible lovable attributes. Relationships are serious business for you, making you prone to be a spell caster for love and relationships. As a zodiac that despises games, Instead of imposing something that isn’t authentic, you always act the way you feel. This is a great characteristic to possess as you are good at making meaningful connections. You are an excellent option for a long-term spouse because you will always be trying to show your best side. Although the compatibility with people born in the Rooster and Horse’s year is limited. Being born in the year of the Rat makes you most compatible with the Dragon, Rabbit, and Ox.

Year of the Ox: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Personality traits of people born in this year tend to be diligent, gentle, hardworking, reliable, patient, materialistic, stubborn.

If you were born in the year of the ox, you most likely have a serious, marriage-oriented disposition. Because you regard romance as a means to that end, you’re often frank and overly pushy in your honesty. Once you’ve gotten to know someone, you’ll want to show them your friendlier side. Since you’re shy, you don’t normally go all out in your pursuit of another. You are compatible with the years of the Rooster, Rat, or Snake. Less compatibility is shared between those born in the years of the Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Sheep, and Tiger.

Year of the Tiger: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Personality traits of people born in this year tend to be confident, brave, magnetic, idealistic, thrill-seeking, arrogant, selfish.

You enjoy being in love, and this frequently leads to some clumsy flirtation. Once you’re moving, however, you’re quite charming. Because of your sensitivity and excitement, you may have a propensity to scare potential partners away, but this should not dissuade you.

You are compatible with those born in the years of the Pig, Horse, and Dragon but share little compatibility with people born in the years of the Monkey, Ox, Snake, and Tiger.

Year of the Dragon: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Personality traits of people born in this year tend to be outspoken, energetic, generous, intelligent, perfectionistic, egocentric, impatient.

You are most easily defined as passive, you prefer to be pursued rather than chase people. With your honesty and kindness, you can easily win the hearts of others. You like relationships that develop slowly and gradually rather than fast engagements. You may be idealistic, but that trait will come in handy in the future. You are most compatible with the Snake, Tiger, and Rat but have little compatibility with the Sheep, Dog, and Ox.

Year of the Goat: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Personality traits of people born in this year tend to be easygoing, empathetic, creative, cheerful, disorganized, impulsive lazy.

You are attractive, sweet, and respectful, and as a result, you will attract a number of romantic suitors, but you may be hesitant to meet them. Your timidity makes it difficult for you to enjoy spending time with others. You don’t know how to say no to someone for who you don’t have feelings for but you’ll go to any length to keep long-term relationships alive. You are compatible with people born in the years of the Pig, Horse, and Rabbit. People born in the years of the Dog, Sheep, Ox, and Dragon provide less amusement to you.

Year of the Rabbit: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Personality traits of people born in this year tend to be kind, sensitive, artistic, romantic, judgmental, timid, refined.

The zodiac sign who is the most lovable whether in platonic friendships or romantic relationships. Your romantic life is dominated by sensitivity and mystery, and you choose to be in settings that are romantic. Your rational thought is powerful, but your longing for romance can sometimes override it. You may be wary of folks who appear to be pushy, but a gentle prod in the correct direction will win you over. You are kind and sensitive to other people’s situations which makes you a great friend to the people in your life. People who are younger may find you very empowering and look up to you as a role model. The Rabbit has strong romantic compatibility with the Pig, Dog, Monkey, Sheep, and Rat. You are less romantically compatible with the Rooster and Snake however great friendships may still arise.