Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Chinese New Year and the Story of the Zodiac
In China, the beginning of every year falls between late January and early February, and is marked by an animal sign of the Chinese zodiac that is repeated every twelve years. Each year is given a different animal sign as a way of counting the years. The years are scheduled according to the lunar cycles of the moon as compared to the solar-based calendars of the West. Since 1911, the Chinese have adopted the solar calendar and use it alongside the lunar calendar for holidays. Many Chinese calendars have both solar and lunar dates printed on them.
Which Zodiac Animal Are You?
Find your year of birth in the chart above and see which zodiac animal it represents. Read below to discover the commonly believed character traits and jewelry/gemstone preferences of each Chinese zodiac animal. Each day I will post a new animal until I go through all of them.
Lets start with the Rat...
Rats are sentimental and sensitive, intelligent and charming and very ambitious. Their quick optimism and cheerful resourcefulness make it easy to see why they are so successful in business ventures. Rats are thought to love to dig for hidden potential in projects, people and circumstances and they adore putting their cleverly creative ideas into motion. While Rats enjoy finding a good secret or treasure, they are well known for not being able to keep it a secret for long.
Rats love gemstone beads that are as energized as they are, which is why they are drawn to jewelry designs that incorporate garnet, emerald, sunstone and lemon quartz gemstone beads.
Please visit my website to discover jewelry preferences for the rat.
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