Today Monday 26th January is Chinese New Year and everything I have known to be true has come crashing down around me.
Before I begin Happy New Year!
Each Chinese year is associated with an animal 2009 is the year of Rat (or Earth Rat to be precise as their are associated with the 5 elements also) There are twelve animals.
1983 the year of my birth is the year of the Pig (or Boar depending on your Translation). For 25 years I have laboured under false pretences believing I was born in the year of the Pig. This morning during a spirited discussion regarding the Chinese New Year I visited Wikipedia (the fountain of knowledge both true and completely made up) and discovered as well as years they included dates.
Actually I was born in the Chinese year 1982 – I missed 1983 by 7 Days and am not a pig but a Dog – 1982 was the year of the water dog and ended on 12th February.
The Dog is described as
Like his animal namesake, he is Loyal. He is the one who people are most likely to turn to when they need help. The dog person will come through every time. That is because he/she is sensitive to others and empathizes with them, particularly if someone has suffered an injustice; he/she reacts quickly with the same feeling as though he/she had been personally offended. Friends know that they can rely upon their Dog friend to keep a promise or remain cool in a crisis. Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dogs are also considered to be extremely good looking, smart, graceful, likeable and nice.
Dog types are honest, intelligent and straightforward. They will take on any responsibility that is given to them and you can be sure that they will do their job well.
People born in this year tend to be difficult, upset and shocked more often than the other signs.
Dog types do not tolerate weakness. They will work to push the weakness or the whole person with weakness out of their lives (the pack) if the behavior continues.