Fun with the Chinese Zodiac

Fun with the Chinese Zodiac

Fun with the Chinese Zodiac

So today I found out my year of birth in the Chinese Zodiac makes me a Goat, my month of birth makes me a Horse and the time of my birth makes me a Dragon (yay). So what does this Goat/Horse/Dragon hybrid-being actually mean for my personality?


Occupying the 8th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Goat (or Sheep) symbolises such character traits as creativity, intelligence, dependability, and calmness. Comfortable being alone to ponder the workings of their inner minds, Goats enjoy being part of a group, but prefer the sidelines rather than the centre. Their nurturing personality makes Goats excellent care-givers. They’re quiet and reserved because they spend much time absorbed in their thoughts.

Home and alone is where Goats feel most comfortable. There they can express themselves artistically, whether it’s by painting, cooking or participating in whatever artistic endeavours they enjoy. Goats prefer the couch because there they can relax and explore their minds. They don’t need elaborate furnishings; only items reflecting their desire for art.

When travelling or seeking entertainment, Goats prefer groups or venues that hold many people. Goats spend money on fashions that give them a first class appearance. Although Goats enjoy spending money on the finer things in life, they are not snobbish.

Wow this stuff isn’t bad! I’m not sure about the care-giver bit, I definitely need to work on that, nor the calmness although Tai Chi is helping with that, nor the bit about going to venues holding lots of people (the opposite is true, unless it’s the Arcadian Centre for Chinese New Year celebrations!), but the rest is pretty bang-on! So, what next?


Occupying the 7th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse symbolises such character traits as strength, energy, and an outgoing nature. Extremely animated, Horses thrive when they’re the centre of attention. Always in search of a good time, Horses keep the crowds happy with their humour and wit.

Horses are extremely intelligent so they’re able to grasp new subjects with ease. They’re also capable of multi-tasking however they don’t always finish what they start because they’re forever chasing the next opportunity. Horses are honest, friendly and open-minded. They’re perhaps a bit too centred on themselves and have been known to throw tantrums when situations don’t go their way.

Well, sorry guys, but the whole of the first paragraph is wrong for me. Some of the second paragraph is right, but if you ask my wife whether I can multi-task you will get a resounding NO! I like to think I do start what I finish, even if it does seem to take forever! It’s interesting that some of the Horse traits don’t seem compatible with the Goat traits. But hey it’s all good fun, and the Goat traits were pretty good!


Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolise such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

While dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colourful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!

I was looking forward to this one, it sounds very masculine and Alpha, “Excellent,” I thought, “I’m a Dragon – that sounds right to me!”. The old ego was kicking in! But when I read this description, I didn’t feel much at all really. I don’t like asking for help, I do like being alone, and I am ambitious. But other things like taking risks, I’d run a mile from! And dominance? Urgh, who wants to dominate people or situations, how arrogant! So a mixed bag this one really!

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If you’d like to do the same for your birth year, month and time, have a go here!