chinese zodiac

I am the first to admit that really all I know of the Chinese zodiac comes from the paper placemats set on the table of my favorite childhood Chinese Restaurant. I don’t put much stock in the monthly zodiac system, nor do I believe in this one. The idea that people who share a common birth month or, even harder for me to believe, a birth year have similar characteristics…well, I just don’t know about that.┬áBut sometimes don’t you read a horoscope and it seems to fit?

I was born in the year of the dog, 1982. According to, this means I am:

  • Loyal (yup)
  • Faithful (yup)
  • Honest (very much so)
  • Distrustful (can be)
  • Often guilty of telling white lies (nope — see above: honest)
  • Temperamental (got me)
  • Prone to mood swings (gulp)
  • Dogmatic (i’m trying to unlearn my dogma)
  • Sensitive (oh yeah!)
  • Excel in business but have trouble finding mates (sure, but it all worked out “in the end”)
  • Compatible with the tiger or horse

Yay! Hubby is a horse born in 1978. He is:

  • Energetic (sure)
  • Self-reliant (most definitely)
  • Money-wise (for sure)
  • A lover of traveling (yup) love (double yup) and intimacy (sure)
  • Great at seducing (this makes me lol…I think he’d say yes, at least! love you, hubby! tee hee)
  • Sharp-witted (oh yeah!)
  • Impatient (can be, yes)
  • Sometimes seen as a drifter (Not sure about that)
  • Compatible with the dog ([beams happily]) and the tiger

If we have a child in 2011, he or she will be born in the year of the rabbit! According to the Chinese zodiac, he or she will:

  • Enjoy being surrounded by family and friends
  • Be popular, compassionate, and sincere
  • Like to avoid conflict
  • Sometimes be seen as a pushover
  • Enjoy home and entertaining at home
  • Be compatible with a goat or pig

So I think we all have a little of each of these traits in us. That might be why it’s easy to read a list like this and think, “yes, that’s me! That’s me to a T!” Eh, no matter what, I find things like this interesting and amusing. And what do I know, anyway? Wait, don’t answer that! ­čÖé


anything but a gemini baby?

I don’t really believe in astrology, but when I occasion to read about the classic qualities of a Virgo,┬áthe description always seems to fit me pretty well. Fits hubby (another Virgo) well too, I think. I’ve also met many other people who appear to fit the descriptions of their signs extremely well. In particular I think of my mother, who I love dearly and who (in the good and bad ways) might be seen as the quintessential Taurus, and an ex-boyfriend who encapsulated (when I knew him at least) the very worst qualities of a Gemini.

So although I always say I don’t believe in horoscopes, I recently announced to hubby that I will be happy having a baby under any zodiac sign other than Gemini or Taurus. (Hubby thinks that’s silly, but he’s much more level headed than I am…another Virgo trait! Whaddya know?) Even┬áI know that’s completely silly, deep down.┬áI was glad to be reminded of how silly it really is today while┬áreading a friend’s blog.

My friend’s latest post mentioned that she is a Gemini. Hmm, I didn’t know that. Well, this woman is friendly, creative, bright, loving, and cares very deeply about her family and friends. I would be happy to have a daughter like her someday. In fact, according to this astrology website, some of Gemini’s best traits are that they are adaptable and versatile, communicative and witty, intellectual and eloquent, and youthful and lively. The site says a Taurus’s best traits include being patient and reliable, warmhearted and loving, persistent and determined, and placid and security-loving. ┬áMy friend is all those things described of the Gemini, and my wonderful mother is all the things described of the Taurus.

So the truth is, hubby and I will be lucky and blessed to have a baby under any sign.

Besides, horoscope is all poppycock anyway. [wink]