Chinese Zodiac

Have you ever been asked by your Chinese friends "What is your zodiac sign?" Don't think they are just chatting If you say "I am a monkey" they will know how old you are right away.

Asking a zodiac sign is a polite way of asking your age.

What exactly is the Chinese zodiac? Most Westerners have heard of the 12 Greco-Roman constellations These constellations divide the year into 12 months. Chinese zodiac signs are different. The Chinese zodiac is named after animals in a 12-year cycle that begins with the rat and ends with the pig. They have nothing to do with constellations. For example, if you were born in 1975, you are a rabbit. Can you see your zodiac sign? The ancient ancestors of China built a very complex theoretical framework based on yin and yang, the five elements and the 12 zodiac signs. For thousands of years, this popular culture has influenced most of people's decisions like naming names, matchmaking, production and even their attitudes toward each other. Some of the implications are surprising.

We believe that some zodiac signs are more fortunate such as the zodiac dragon. Unlike Western traditions, the Chinese dragon is a symbol of power, strength and wealth. Everyone wants to have a baby dragon. Ma Yun's parents are very proud. This phenomenon is very common. In 2012, the Year of the Dragon, birth rates in Hong Kong and Taiwan increased by 5%. One million more births than normal. Coupled with the obvious tendency to have boys, the male to female ratio that year was 120:100. As Dragon boys grow up, they will face more intense marriage and professional challenges.

Another unpopular zodiac sign is the tiger, perhaps related to its moodiness. In many parts of China, birth rates have dropped significantly in years when the zodiac is not popular. Maybe we should think backwards for the zodiac because the tiger baby and the sheep baby will face the least competition and maybe they will be the luckiest. I surveyed the top 300 zodiac signs on the world's Forbes wealth list, and it's interesting that the least popular sheep and tigers rank in the top two, even higher than the dragon. Maybe we should consider reducing the competitive pressure to be a better option.

The last interesting thing is that many Chinese invest based on the zodiac chart as an index. Despite the age-old beliefs and traditions of zodiac signs, the trend to use zodiac signs to make important decisions has only begun to emerge in recent decades. Our ancestors were busy fighting poverty, drought, famine, unrest, disease and even civil war. Finally the Chinese have the time, wealth and technology to live the life of their dreams. The collective decisions made by 1.3 billion people are enough to make huge waves in the economy and change the course of a lot of things, whether it's health care or education or property or consumer goods. As China plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and geopolitics, decisions based on the zodiac and other Chinese traditions will ultimately affect everyone in the world.