The Chinese Zodiac Effect | Speaking of China

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  1. Chris Waugh
    Chris Waugh November 1, 2010 at 4:15 am | | Reply

    I think one of my favourite zodiac moments was my mother in law, on hearing I’m a dragon, asking, “Big dragon or little dragon?” Apparently some snakes get a bit of dragon envy, and so call themselves “little dragons”.

    And when students ask me how old I am, I do like to test their maths skills and tell them, “I’m a dragon”. Doesn’t work so well for my 4th year students, though, as most of them are dragons, too. Simply add 12.

    And then, of course, we had to be very careful to avoid having a tiger baby. Apparently a dragon father and a tiger daughter would always be fighting. So now we have a little rabbit on the way. I’m with you on the scientific rationality thing, and I keep telling my wife that as a Party member she’s supposed to believe science and not superstition, but she keeps insisting, “It’s not superstition, it’s true!”

  2. Mish
    Mish November 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm | | Reply

    I am a Rat (Wood) and so is my boyfriend. I wonder if astrologically that is a fair match or not 😀

  3. Beth
    Beth November 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm | | Reply

    I’m sure if they did a scientific study on whether wearing red or not made any difference whatsoever to what “bad luck” is common to all people then they will find no result. Haha. I don’t wear red all that often and I do alright. 😉
    I am really interested in the Chinese Zodiac and what people think about it in life here in China though, so thanks for this post.

  4. Louisa
    Louisa November 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm | | Reply

    Every time I tell my Chinese relatives my sign (dragon) they’re always like “OMG that means you’re vicious!” or something along those lines. I’m also part of the explosion of Chinese babies that were born in 1988, so I guess it’s like “vicious and lucky” or something. I think it’s hilarious that people assume things about me according to my sign.

    My parents read those thick Chinese horoscope books that are published every year, and adjust what they do accordingly. There’s also that idea that certain zodiac signs are paired with other signs every year (I don’t know if that made any sense). Like, when I was applying for college a few years ago my mom forced me to wear a necklace with a tiger on it because she read that dragons need to have a tiger for luck that year. Turns out all my Chinese friends had some kind of zodiac knickknack on them from their parents for luck.

    Have you heard that this year is supposedly a bad year to get married because it ends in zero? Though that’s more of a numbers thing than a zodiac thing.

  5. Ernie Woo
    Ernie Woo November 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been reading your entries and thoroughly enjoyed your outside/inside look at China. I visited Hanzhou last month and looked for “your bench” on the Su Ti but there were so many! Anyway, Chinese fortune telling is based on year, month, day and time of birth. A person’s character can be predicted based partly on the day and year. The temperament (hot vs. cold) is based on the season and partly time of the day. The five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, earth) can combine and morph (or not); a complex read. Experience tells me that there is something to it! I read one of those horoscope books (mentioned by Louisa) by a Hong Kong monk named Lee Khiu Ming because he predicts world events correctly most of the time.

  6. Taffy Jie Jie~~
    Taffy Jie Jie~~ November 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm | | Reply

    It’s amazing because the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs also correspond directly with the 12 Western/Greek Zodiac.

    For example, the Chinese Snake = Western Taurus, and these share many common traits in their descriptions.
    Also, there are 4 common compatibility trines – e.g. Rooster, Snake and Ox are the equivalent to the Earth trine of Virgo, Taurus, and Capricorn. Each set of 3 signs are supposedly the most compatible together.

    I find both Chinese and Ancient Greek astrology very interesting and I do believe in it to a certain extent…isn’t it a coincidence that both philosophies share so many features?!

  7. Heidi Hooper
    Heidi Hooper July 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm | | Reply

    OH NO! I am a rabbit, the luckiest of all signs, according to placemats in Chinese restaurants. I am currently having much financial difficulty and we are now in the year of the Rabbit. I better go change my outfit!!

  8. yuriko
    yuriko October 23, 2011 at 5:04 am | | Reply

    I just recently found your blog through some coincidence. I’m a fire rabbit (1987) and I have experiened alot of hardships just in the 10 months which have passed. No luck finding a job, and having problems with my studies.. Even thought I’m wearing my ”red ribbon” every day.

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