The Chinese Zodiac is traditionally 12 animals that represent the 12 year cycle. Each animal represents a different personality, and the different characteristics in people.
It is said that there was a Emperor who for some reason decided to have race involving all of the 12 animals to deside the order in which to number the animals that will represent the Zodiac.
The Chinese Zodiac is more accurate than the Western in predicting one's horoscope. The Chinese even predict one for the entire year.
Rat is generaly an out-there kind of person. They know what they want and are willing to step on people to get it.
Ox is generally a kind-hearted soul. They are level headed and don't usually over react.
Tiger is generally a hyper person. They tend to be over the top with everything they do. They are unpredictable.
Rabbit is generally has an artisc kind of soul. Ususally optimistic, and willing to help others.
Dragon is generally a self-assured person who doesn't waver in decisions. They are usually passionat people.
Snake is generally a wise person that can be at times almost mystical.
Horse is generally a up-beat kind of person. They tend to be a bit fickel.
Ram is generally a rightous person. Often times mother-like figure to others.
Monkey is generally an inventor.
Rooster is generally a self-assured, critical, oppinitave person. They are usually perfectionists in what ever they set their mind to do.
Dog is generally a honest person. Usually loyal, and quiet intelligent.
Pig is generally a simple, hard-working sincere person.
Interview with Catie-
"The Chinese horoscope works similarly compared to the western Zodiac ...certain signs are compatible like the horse and dog. Personality is also determined by sign.
"Certain years also unlucky for you depending on your sign. 2009 is the year of the OX, and is unlucky for dog and dragon.
It's a good year for personal happiness."
"If your zodiac counteracts with one of the deceased then you cannot face the one you are going to bury. You must turn around or else you'll be cursed.
"If it's a certain year of a certain Zodiac, then the animal representing the Zodiac is worshiped. Yea, by the people in China.
"Did I mention you can't marry a person two of four years older than you? Well, you shouldn't because it is generally unlucky and would counteract with the signs anyway."