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There are many legends to explain the beginning of the zodiac (see Origins of the Chinese Zodiac). One of the most popular reads, in summarized form, as follows:
The rat was given the task of inviting the animals to report to the Jade Emperor for a banquet to be selected for the zodiac signs. The cat was a good friend of the rat, but the rat tricked him into believing that the banquet was the next day. The cat slept through the banquet, thinking that it was the next day. When he found out, the cat vowed to be the rat's natural enemy for ages to come.
Water Rooster - 1873, 1933, 1993
This is the intellectual type of Rooster who will enjoy cultural pursuits. He has tremendous energy and initiative his disposal and will seek to use his resources or enlist the help of others to speed up progress.
With Water as his element, he will be given to clear thinking and practicality. You can reason with him, as he will be compliant when faced with insurmountable odds. He is not as austere or self-sacrificing as other Roosters.
Proficient in the use of the written word and a commanding speaker, the Water Rooster can sway the masses and incite willing action from others. He will have strong scientific leanings and will be interested in health, medicine and technology. His mind functions with computer like efficiency and thus he could lose sight of the main issues when he over stresses details. Systems and procedures fascinate him and when he is obsessesed with perfection he could be bureaucratic and trivial.
Fire Horse - 1906, 1966, 2026
A flamboyant and itinerant Horse with a superb intellect and great personal magnetism. He tries to bring about the changes he desires through force and sheer willpower.
This is a double Fire sign (Fire also being the Horse's fixed element), and it will produce a native who is highly excitable and hot blooded.
The Fire Horse is easily distracted and is too inconsistent to stick to repetitious tasks. He has flair, wit and charm but his continuous stream of bright ideas makes him extremely volatile. His personality is many-faceted and he requires a great deal of spice and variety in his life. He is happiest leading a double or triple life or having several professions to his credit.
He will love to travel, anticipates action and change and works most efficiently when put in charge. He rarely accepts supervision from others, even his superiors.
The Fire Horse is a thrill-seeker. He can sort out and deal with all kinds of people and situations within a minute's notice. He is skillful at resolving sticky affairs but is not above being argumentative.
This type of Horse will have the gifts of ingenuity and resourcefulness but not perseverance.
Originally posted by TheDuckster
p.s....now what's yer western zodiac sign? lolol just kiddin, you don't have to answer.
This sociable, executive-type Dragon will have a compulsive drive to control his environment and the people who surround him. As a Dragon, he is bound to be autocratic and it would be a folly to expect less. However, he will be fair and appreciative of other people's opinions, even if he doesn't agree with them. EArth makes him realistic, stable and oftentimes, even a bit impersonal.
Although not as severe as the other Dragons, he will still have the basic urge to subjugate others. But he will approach problems with reason nd his leadership is less dictatorial. He works incessantly to develop his talents and exploit his resources.
The Earth Dragon's self-control does not mean that he is lacking in initiative. It's just that the Earth element influences him to be unhurried and his aspirations are more liable to be solid and uncluttered.
Straight as a rod, this aristocratic Dragon is quiet, strong and brave. Given to reflection and organization, his outbursts of temper will be few, nor will he demean himself by arguing with those beneath him when he is angered. However, he will retaliate quickly once his dignity is offended.