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January 24, 2013

Love Compatibility

vintage paper of 12 Chinese zodiac signs

Astrology is the interpretation of planetary influences at birth on your character, and it can help you find a suitable romantic match. Chinese astrology uses the Moon and has a twelve-year cycle, unlike the Western’s Sun-based twelve-month cycle. Each year is represented by a different animal whose characteristics influence people born in that particular year.

Chinese astrology includes elements as well – metal, water, wood, fire and earth – which are about the need for balance. Water is created from condensation on metal, wood grows from water, fire is burnt wood, earth is fire’s ashes, and metal comes from earth. On the opposite side, fire melts metal, earth stops water, metal chops wood, water puts out fire, and wood digs into earth. When looking for a partner, you want someone with an element that either builds you up or cuts you down – in other words, someone who brings out your positive qualities or harnesses your negative ones. Here’s a brief description of each element and its’ meaning:

Metal…….Unyielding power to climb towards goals, but can have restricting views.

Water……Influential gentleness to affect minds, but can be taken advantage of.

Wood……Innovative thinking to improve conditions, but can be abusive with talent.

Fire……….Bold actions to impact everyday life, but can lose control in chaos.

Earth……..Solid intuition to lay good foundation for growth, but can be cynical in behavior.

Below is a chart using 1/5th of the sixty years that is China’s full astrological cycle (although, the current set of sixty years we are in now began with 1984):

Born after February 7, 1978 Earth Horse…..………………………………best matches – Dog/Tiger 

Born after January 28, 1979 Earth Sheep………………………………….best matches – Pig/Rabbit

Born after February 16, 1980 Metal Monkey………………………….best matches – Dragon/Rat

Born after February 5, 1981 Metal Rooster…………………………..…..best matches – Ox/Snake

Born after January 25, 1982 Water Dog…………………………….…….best matches – Tiger/Horse

Born after February 13, 1983 Water Pig…………………………….……best matches – Rabbit/Sheep

Born after February 2, 1984 Wood Rat.…….……………………….best matches – Monkey/Dragon

Born after February 20, 1985 Wood Ox…………………………………best matches – Snake/Rooster

Born after February 9, 1986 Fire Tiger……..………………………………….best matches – Horse/Dog

Born after January 29, 1987 Fire Rabbit…………………………..…………..best matches – Sheep/Pig

Born after February 17, 1988 Earth Dragon……………………………….best matches – Rat/Monkey

Born after February 6, 1989 Earth Snake…………..…………………………best matches – Rooster/Ox

Calculate your Chinese horoscope by following the pattern indicated above and use it to increase your chances of making the right choices in love compatibility as well as to obtain a better understanding of the root causes for either friction or harmony within a relationship. Remember that there are some couples that break these rules and have managed to have a healthy relationship, so use them only for guidance, not as ultimatums. For further insight into this fascinating subject, check out The Complete Book Of Chinese Horoscopes by Lori Reed.





About the Author

Samantha Daniel
Samantha Daniel is a Colorado native, attending Metro State University majoring in technical communication, with emphases in writing and editing. Her passion for relationships, dating, and romance unfolds in her articles.




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