From hallowed antiquity to the present day, the 12 zodiac animals still resonate among those who follow their fate in the stars. Astrology and cosmology have long fascinated people all over the world. The earliest representations of the 12 zodiac animals are said to date back to 500 BCE. Even in modern times the 12 animals of the zodiac have remained popular figures. Like most types of mythical figures the 12 zodiac animals provide the inspiration for countless artists.
Each of the 12 zodiac animals is said to represent each year of a 12 year cycle. Found in Greek and Asian culture, each the 12 animals of the zodiac reflect certain characteristics found in people born during one of the years in the 12 year cycle. The animals of the Chinese zodiac include the rat, ox, tiger, hare or rabbit, horse, dragon, snake, the dog, pig, the ram, the monkey and the rooster. Depending on the year of your birth it is said that will carry certain characteristics through life.
For example, if you were born in 1954, you were born in a year of the horse. People born in the year of the horse are said to be practical and grounded to the earth, intelligent and talkative. While affable and cheerful, people born in the year of the horse can be pragmatic to the point of stubbornness. Earthly elements are associated with each of the 12 zodiac animals and the horse is associated with metal.
If you were born a year later, in 1955, you were born a year of the ram. Characteristics and qualities of people born in 1955 may include a tendency to nurture those closest to them. Known for being compassionate, people born in the year of the ram can also be overly sensitive and in need of a secure environment.
Many qualities and characteristics of the 12 zodiac animals overlap though the differing combinations of these qualities come together to form a unique individual with no two exactly alike. Like the dog, people born in those years are thought to be loyal, social, intelligent and playful.