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Story about the Chinese Zodiac


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Since the beginning of time, the Chinese have used the ancient lunar calendar to mark the passing of time. One of my favorite stories explains how the 12 animals were chosen for the calendar and just why the Cat and the Rat are sworn enemies. It has been passed through countless generations told repeatedly under starry skies, during bedtime, and over hot cocoa. Now you can share this traditional legend with your children and loved ones. Enjoy! Once upon a time, the Jade Emperor announced to the entire animal kingdom that there would be an amazing race. The first twelve animals to cross the finish line would each be awarded one year in the lunar calendar. The news spread quickly and excitement grew everywhere. Now Cat and the Rat were the best of best friends. They did everything together: eat, play, sleep. There wasn't a day that would go by where they didn't say "howdy" to each other. When Cat heard about the great news, he immediately told Rat whom excitedly jumped to his feet and agreed they should both enter the race. After many restless nights, all Rat could think of was winning the competition. But he said nothing to Cat who was happily dreaming about chasing butterflies. Finally, the day of the race arrived. All the animals gathered at the starting line and with a "BANG!" the race began

With fantastic speed, Rat and Cat grabbed the lead, scurrying through prickly bushes running over grassy meadows until they came upon a vast river. The current was so strong that they could not swim across. Just as they were thinking of what to do, the sturdy Ox came upon them. Being full of ideas, Rat suggested, "Ox, since your eyesight is very poor, let's help each other. Cat and I will get on your back and direct you across the river." That sounded like a great plan to everyone. Ox was very strong and had no trouble swimming across the river.

As the party neared the other side, Rat let out an excited shriek. "Look, look! The Jade Emperor's palace!" Sure enough, bright red festive lanterns were shining all around the magical kingdom. Now, even though Rat and Cat were the best friends, Rat wanted to be first more than ANYTHING in the whole world. So without even a whisper, Rat pushed Cat off Ox into the fast moving river. "Meowwwwww", yelped Cat. "What was that?" Ox asked. "Oh...oh nothing...must have been the wind. Quick! Quick! We're almost there!" shrieked Rat. As they reached the shore, Rat leapt off Ox's back to the finish line, dancin and cheering.

The Jade Emperor rewarded Rat with the first spot followed by a very tired Ox. Shortly after, the strong and powerful Tiger roared to the finish with the lucky Rabbit hopping right behind. From the sky, the noble Dragon descended to the ground; through bushes the Snake slithered to take its place. Next came the Horse and Goat in a tight race. From the trees, Monkey swung in vine to vine. Rooster scrambled in with a few feathers ruffled, trailed by Dog who was in a very good mood. Finally, last but not least Pig trotted in wanting to know when dinner would be served. As Jade Emperor congratulated all 12 animals on winning the race, Cat, who was soaked head to paw, scampered in to the palace. Jade Emperor thanked Cat for joining the race but that he was just too late. From this day onward, Cat swore he and Rat would be enemies forever. And that is the story of the Chinese horoscope and why Cats and Rats can never get along.


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The Chinese Zodiac is base on the Lunar Calendar, so generally

if the person was born  in January (or till mid. Feb.),

his or her sign possibly will be still with in the  last year. **



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Chinese Horoscope Black Water Dragon 2012 - 4709th Chinese Year

2012 Chinese Dragon New Year Jan. 23rd. 2012 to Feb. 9th. 2013.

According to Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2012 is the Year of Water Dragon.

The color of Water in Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2012 is a Black Dragon, Water Dragon or Black Water Dragon year.

Chinese Astrology is a Balance Theory of Five Elements. Each animal can be converted into Five Elements. Dragon contains Earth, Water and Wood. It's a source of Water and It is also called the Water Dam in Chinese astrology. Since Water of 2012 comes with Dragon. it implied Water from the sky makes a dam overflow. Therefore 2012 is a strong Water year.

Dragon is a legendary animal and it is symbol of emperor in China. Since the Dragon is coated with mysterious color, Chinese consider that the dragon is unpredictable, untouchable and people cannot see its head and tail at the same time. Therefore, we can might see something unexpected happening in 2012. Also a person with too many dragons in the Chinese astrology birth chart will become smarter, sly and unpredictable in the coming year.