Your perfect match is The Rat! And you should be happy about that! A person born in the Year of The Rat is imaginative, charming and a devoted friend and family member who protectively watches over loved ones. The rat is a passionate lover with a deep empathy in love and making love.
You should avoid being in too much contact with The Pig and The Snake. Avoid having these animals as a partner in both love and money matters. There is disharmony and potential conflict when these animals cross your path.
You can with advantage take a moment to familiarize yourself with which animal signs you often cross on your way – friends, family, colleagues, etc. By paying attention to good matches, you can promote your mood, energy, wealth, love, etc.
The monkey is associated with the element Metal. The twelve animal signs are related to the five elements, which mutually influence each other by being supportive, draining or destructive.
This affects the interaction between two or more animal signs. The animal signs that have elements that support each other will support each other and look after each other. While animal signs with elements that destroy each other will be destructive to each other.
- Earth supports Metal: Ox, The Dragon, Goat, Dog
- Fire destroys Metal: Snake, Horse
Years between the animals
Since the 12 Animal Signs are placed one after the other in a repeating cycle, they all have a certain number of years between them. In Chinese astrology, some differences in years are believed to be more favorable than others.
- Zodiac signs 4 years apart are compatible: Rat, The Dragon
- Animal signs 6 years apart, cannot see each other at eye level, but their relationship can be fine if they accept their roles as e.g. oldest and youngest: Tiger
- Animal signs 3 years apart are not compatible: Pig, Snake
When you begin to understand the logic and benefits behind the Eastern way of thinking, you also begin to understand why it plays such a big role for an Easterner to know his Chinese animal sign. This is a natural benchmark in a world where you define yourself based on the relationships you enter into – more than you define yourself as a detached individual.
For an Easterner, astrology is an integral part of daily life where everything is subject to the goal of creating optimal harmony between yin and yang.
The state where there is balance and harmony between yin & yang is not the goal in itself, but rather the position, action that will potentially bring about the greatest progress, happiness, prosperity and luck, for both the individual, the group, the village, the community, the nation and the world as a whole.
Since this optimal state of harmony is assumed to be of a fleeting nature, it can hardly be predicted, let alone consciously and purposefully achieved and maintained. And thereby the mindset of constantly seeking towards the optimal state of harmony becomes a way of life, more than it becomes something to deal with separately.