The twelve animals are used to designate years, months, days, and
hours. Each animal is associated with an element, which represents
its life force. The Tiger and the Hare are Wood. The Horse and the
Snake are Fire. The Monkey and the Bird are Metal. The Pig and the
Rate are Water. The Cow, the Dragon, the Sheep, and the Dog are
connected with the element Earth. The inherent polarity of an animal
corresponds to its symbolism and also bears upon the composition
of its psychological character. The Rate is a nocturnal animal and
a symbol of prosperity, it is therefore female, as is the Hare,
which is associated with the Moon. The Dragon, by contrast, the
symbol of thunder, is male; and so on.
The animal associated with a year gives
it its specific character and influences the life and the personality
of those born under its aegis. Each year of the cycle is designated
by one of the symbolic animals. From the astronomical point of view,
the twelve-year cycle is known as the Jupiter Cycle. The planet
Jupiter takes approximately twelve years to complete one revolution
through the zodiac. It traverses on average one sign each year,
and this has suggested to some writers a relationship between the
animals and the signs of the zodic. The cycle of twelve animals
conbined with the five elements gives the cycle of sixty years,
or great cycle of Jupiter. Each elements is associated with two
successive animals, the first male and the second female. The element
alternate in their order of generation: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal,
Water. The connection between animals can be favorable or unfavourable.
An understanding of their affinities is important when human relationships
are under consideration-partnerships, mariages, friendships etc.
Male animals: Mouse, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog.
Female animals: Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Bird, Pig. Male
is method - stability, not so sensitive, works steadily.Female is
wisdom - sensitive, creative, adapting quickly.
Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Pig arePowerful
animals, strong, ambitious, temperamental. Rate, Rabbit, Horse,
Bird are Middle category, intellectual, bright, brilliant. Ox, Dragon,
Sheep, Dog are Cardinal animals, sensitive, artistic, perceptive,
does not hurry.