If you were born in 1922, ’34, ’46, ’58, ’70, ’82, ’94 or 2006, this this is your year! Because Chinese tradition says, 2018 is the year of the Dog (狗—gǒu). Now, if you were born under the 11th animal in the zodiac cycle, you may think this year will be filled with good luck, however this couldn’t be further from the truth! But before you run off to a secluded island until The Year of the Pig, let’s take a journey into the world the zodiac and find out what it really means.

Origin Of Zodiac
十二生肖的起源 (Shí'èr shēngxiào shénhuà)

Each animal represents a significant position on the Chinese calendar, and meaning in Chinese Astrology.
The zodiac was used as a way to count years, but also months, days and hours. Most of us are familiar with the 12-year cycle, however each animal also represents a day in a 12-day cycle, and every 2 hours in a 24-hour day. In Chinese Astrology the 12 years, days and hours were known as the Earthly (or Terrestrial) Branches, Dì Zhī (地支). Each animal was then added as a mnemonic. The animals were categorized as yīn (阴) or yáng (阳), and given their own fixed element (water, wood, fire, earth, metal). Ten Celestial Stems (天干—tiān gān) are paired with the branches, to create a 60 year cycle. Collectively it is known as Stem-Branch or Gan-Zhi sexagenary cycle. Stem-branch relationships also exist for days and hours. Although we recognize the 12 animals, it is in fact, this entire sophisticated system that allowed Chinese astrologers to predict personality, compatibility and fortune, among other things.

Meet the Animals

The Zodiac Collection

 

  • 12 Piece Collectors Set
  • Exquisitely Crafted Zodiac Statues
  • Stored In A Custom Wooden Box
  • Each Piece Weighs 2.5oz
  • Entire Set Weighs 30 oz Solid .925 Silver

When you take your solid silver Zodiac Collection home, be sure to place them in the direction of your sign to bring wealth and good fortune to all areas of your life.

Zodiac Sign #1:
The Clever Rat - 鼠 (Shǔ)

Years: 1936, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96,2008, 2020

Although rats are seen in Western culture as pests, for the Chinese they were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. It is said when a couple wished for children, they would pray to the reproductively robust rat.

:: Rat Personality
determined, clever, adaptable, and capable.

:: Rat Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with the Dragon and Monkey
Lucky Colors: blue, gold and green
Lucky numbers 2, 3, 6, 8

Zodiac Sign #2:
The Reliable Ox - 牛 (Niu)

Years: 1937, 49, 61, 73, 85, 97, 2009, 2021

The Ox is seen as hardworking and honest, and of course seen by its use in agriculture. There is nothing more reliable than the Ox!

:: Ox Personality
Trustworthy, kind, logical, hardworking, low key

:: Ox Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with the Snake and Rooster
lucky colors: blue, red, purple
lucky numbers: 3, 8, 9

Zodiac Sign #3:
The Courageous Tiger -虎 (Hǔ)

Years: 1938, 50, 62, 74, 86, 98, 2010, 2022

The Tiger is seen as the guardian of children and protects against evil spirits.

:: Tiger Personality
Adventurous, compassionate, full of energy.

:: Tiger Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with Dog and Horse
Lucky colors: blue, gray and orange
Lucky numbers: 1, 4, 7, 8

Zodiac Sign #4:
The Earnest Rabbit -兔 (Tù)

Years: 1951, 63, 75, 87, 99, 2011, 2023

It is often said in Chinese culture the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit, and so it has become a symbol for the moon.

:: Rabbit Personality
Confident, diligent, quiet and strong

:: Rabbit Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with Pig and Goat
Lucky colors: black, blue, red
Lucky numbers: 3, 6, 9

Zodiac Sign #5:
The Independent Dragon -龙(Lóng)

Years: 1940, 52, 64, 76, 88, 2000, 2012, 2024

In Chinese culture the Dragon is the most admired of all the animals. Historically, Emperors were considered the reincarnation of Dragons.

:: Dragon Personality
Strong, confident, intelligent

:: Dragon Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with Monkey and Rat
Lucky colors: Gold, Silver, Gray
Lucky numbers: 1,6,7

Zodiac Sign #6:
The Profound Snake - 蛇 (Shé)

Years: 1941, 53, 65, 77, 89, 2001, 2013, 2025

In Chinese mythology Nǚ Wā (the creator of the humans) had a human head, but a snakes body. The snake is known as a symbol of witchcraft.

:: Snake Personality
Smart, observant, mysterious and loyal.

:: Snake Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Ox, Rooster
Lucky colors: Yellow, Red, Black
Lucky numbers: 2, 8

Zodiac Sign #7:
The Free Spirited Horse - 马 (Mǎ)

Years: 1942, 54, 66, 78, 90, 2002, 2014, 2026

In Chinese culture the horse represents speed and freedom, and is the head of the six domestic animals.

:: Horse Personality
Full of energy, driven, deft sense of humor

:: Horse Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Tiger and Dog
Lucky colors: Gold, Red, Blue
Lucky numbers: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9

Zodiac Sign #8:
The Selfless Goat - 羊 (Yang)

Years: 1943, 55, 67, 79, 91, 2003, 2015, 2027

In Chinese culture the Goat is a symbol of dutiful devotion, purity and kindness.

:: Goat Personality
Loving, gentle, strong, and resilient.

:: Goat Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Pig and Rabbit
Lucky colors: Green, Red, Purple
Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9

Zodiac Sign #9:
The Lighthearted Monkey - 猴 (Hóu)

Years: 1944, 56, 68, 80, 92, 2004, 2016, 2028

In Chinese culture Monkeys are associated with a long life. Why? Because they like eating peaches, and this fruit is associated with longevity.

:: Monkey Personality
Fun, intelligent, competitive

:: Monkey Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Dragon and Rat
Lucky colors: Gold, White, Blue
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 7, 9

Zodiac Sign #10:
The Complex Rooster - 鸡 (Jī)

Years: 1945, 57, 69, 81, 93, 2005, 2017, 2029

It is said that roosters can protect against evil and were often used in ceremony in ancient times.

:: Rooster Personality
Complex, strong, tender

:: Rooster Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Snake and Ox
Lucky colors: Gold, Brown, Yellow
Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8

Zodiac Sign #11:
The Loyal Dog - 狗 (Gǒu)

Years: 1934, 46, 58, 70, 82, 94, 2006, 2018

In Chinese tradition, it is said that Dog may bring a divine chance for growth and future prosperity.

:: Dog Personality
Loyal, reliable, peaceful

:: Dog Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Tiger and Horse
Lucky colors: Green, Red, Purple
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9

Zodiac Sign #12:
The Personable Pig - 猪 (Zhū)

Years: 1935, 47, 59, 71, 83, 95, 2007, 2019

In Chinese culture, pigs are a symbol of wealth and good fortune.

:: Pig Personality
Generous, great personality and natural zest for life.

:: Pig Compatibility And Lucky Charms
Compatible with: Rabbit and Goat
Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown
Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 6, 8

 

Zodiac Mythology
十二生肖神話 (Shí'èr shēngxiào shénhuà)

    The Chinese Zodiac 生肖 (Shēngxiào) has existed for more than 2000 years, since the Qin dynasty 221 – 206 BC. Yet some scholars say it was officially identified later, during the Han dynasty. However, Mythology suggests it was much earlier.

There are many stories about how the zodiac came to be, with one legend centered around the Jade Emperor (玉皇大帝—yù huáng dà dì). In the Chinese story of Creation, The Jade Emperor was known as the first of the Gods, head of the Pantheon, ruler of the Heavens, and was the assistant to Yuanshi Tianzun, the eternal creator of Heaven and Earth. The Emperor was one of the Three Pure Ones, pure manifestation of the Tao and origin of all sentient beings.

After passing 3200 trials, each lasting 3 million years to cultivate his Tao, Yù huáng dà dì ascended to the heavens to battle the most evil of all demons, a demon undefeated by the Gods. Without using might, but instead his deep, wise cultivation and benevolence, the Jade Emperor won the battle. And when you consider that our zodiac year is often the most challenging, you can’t help but feel strangely connected to The Jade Emperor’s journey.

 

Zodiac Mythology
十二生肖神話 (Shí'èr shēngxiào shénhuà)

    The Chinese Zodiac 生肖 (Shēngxiào) has existed for more than 2000 years, since the Qin dynasty 221 – 206 BC. Yet some scholars say it was officially identified later, during the Han dynasty. However, Mythology suggests it was much earlier.

There are many stories about how the zodiac came to be, with one legend centered around the Jade Emperor (玉皇大帝—yù huáng dà dì). In the Chinese story of Creation, The Jade Emperor was known as the first of the Gods, head of the Pantheon, ruler of the Heavens, and was the assistant to Yuanshi Tianzun, the eternal creator of Heaven and Earth. The Emperor was one of the Three Pure Ones, pure manifestation of the Tao and origin of all sentient beings.

After passing 3200 trials, each lasting 3 million years to cultivate his Tao, Yù huáng dà dì ascended to the heavens to battle the most evil of all demons, a demon undefeated by the Gods. Without using might, but instead his deep, wise cultivation and benevolence, the Jade Emperor won the battle. And when you consider that our zodiac year is often the most challenging, you can’t help but feel strangely connected to The Jade Emperor’s journey.

Zodiac Mythology
十二生肖神話 (Shí'èr shēngxiào shénhuà)

    The Chinese Zodiac 生肖 (Shēngxiào) has existed for more than 2000 years, since the Qin dynasty 221 – 206 BC. Yet some scholars say it was officially identified later, during the Han dynasty. However, Mythology suggests it was much earlier.

There are many stories about how the zodiac came to be, with one legend centered around the Jade Emperor (玉皇大帝—yù huáng dà dì). In the Chinese story of Creation, The Jade Emperor was known as the first of the Gods, head of the Pantheon, ruler of the Heavens, and was the assistant to Yuanshi Tianzun, the eternal creator of Heaven and Earth. The Emperor was one of the Three Pure Ones, pure manifestation of the Tao and origin of all sentient beings.

After passing 3200 trials, each lasting 3 million years to cultivate his Tao, Yù huáng dà dì ascended to the heavens to battle the most evil of all demons, a demon undefeated by the Gods. Without using might, but instead his deep, wise cultivation and benevolence, the Jade Emperor won the battle. And when you consider that our zodiac year is often the most challenging, you can’t help but feel strangely connected to The Jade Emperor’s journey.

 

Yù huáng dà dì And The 12 Animals Of The Zodiac.

There are a number of stories about how The Jade Emperor chose the dozen animals that would eventually represent the zodiac. One story says he needed 12 palace guards. During the process, each animal developed unique relationships with each other, which may explain the qualities and relationships they possess in the zodiac. For example, it is said during the sign up to become a guard, the Cat asked the Rat to help him, but the Rat forgot, and they became mortal enemies. And as you know there is no Cat in the Chinese Zodiac. At the palace, the placement in line determined what would eventually become the placement in the zodiac. After becoming angered by the Rabbit’s race with the Dragon, the Dog bit him in, and was sent to the

back of the line as punishment. The Pig turned up late, and was behind the Dog. And of course, we find them as number 11 and 12 in today’s Chinese Zodiac. But a different story exists about the Jade Emperor, too busy to visit Earth growing curious about what the creatures looked like. He asked them to travel to the Heavens to visit him. And again in this story, we see traits, relationships and positions being formed. It is said the handsome Cat asked his friend the Rat to wake him in time for the meeting. But the Rat who felt ugly in comparison, failed to do so, and the Cat missed the meeting. Thereafter, they became enemies. And because the Cat missed the meeting, he was replaced by the Pig. It is then said, the Jade Emperor divided the years amongst them. A third story details the

Emperor on his birthday, calling a race of all animals with a restriction on just 12 winners. The animals had to cross a rapid current. It is said the animosity between the Cat and the Rat started when the Rat pushed the Cat into the river, after the Ox gave them both a ride. Once arriving on shore, the Rat raced the Ox and won, and hence, we see them as position one, and two in the Zodiac. But this story is debated, with others saying it was the Buddha who called the race and not The Jade Emperor. So how did the Emperor choose those 12 animals, and was it really him who did so? We may never know with certainty, but without question, the mythologies surrounding the zodiac are all beautiful and mystical, not to mention relevant to the zodiac as we know it today.

There are a number of stories about how The Jade Emperor chose the dozen animals that would eventually represent the zodiac. One story says he needed 12 palace guards. During the process, each animal developed unique relationships with each other, which may explain the qualities and relationships they possess in the zodiac. For example, it is said during the sign up to become a guard, the Cat asked the Rat to help him, but the Rat forgot, and they became mortal enemies. And as you know there is no Cat in the Chinese Zodiac. At the palace, the placement in line determined what would eventually become the placement in the zodiac. After becoming angered by the Rabbit’s race with the Dragon, the Dog bit him in, and was sent to the

back of the line as punishment. The Pig turned up late, and was behind the Dog. And of course, we find them as number 11 and 12 in today’s Chinese Zodiac. But a different story exists about the Jade Emperor, too busy to visit Earth growing curious about what the creatures looked like. He asked them to travel to the Heavens to visit him. And again in this story, we see traits, relationships and positions being formed. It is said the handsome Cat asked his friend the Rat to wake him in time for the meeting. But the Rat who felt ugly in comparison, failed to do so, and the Cat missed the meeting. Thereafter, they became enemies. And because the Cat missed the meeting, he was replaced by the Pig. It is then said, the Jade Emperor divided the years amongst them. A third story details the

Emperor on his birthday, calling a race of all animals with a restriction on just 12 winners. The animals had to cross a rapid current. It is said the animosity between the Cat and the Rat started when the Rat pushed the Cat into the river, after the Ox gave them both a ride. Once arriving on shore, the Rat raced the Ox and won, and hence, we see them as position one, and two in the Zodiac. But this story is debated, with others saying it was the Buddha who called the race and not The Jade Emperor. So how did the Emperor choose those 12 animals, and was it really him who did so? We may never know with certainty, but without question, the mythologies surrounding the zodiac are all beautiful and mystical, not to mention relevant to the zodiac as we know it today.

 

Yù huáng dà dì And The 12 Animals Of The Zodiac.

There are a number of stories about how The Jade Emperor chose the dozen animals that would eventually represent the zodiac. One story says he needed 12 palace guards. During the process, each animal developed unique relationships with each other, which may explain the qualities and relationships they possess in the zodiac. For example, it is said during the sign up to become a guard, the Cat asked his neighbor the Rat to help him, but the Rat forgot, and they became mortal enemies. And as you know there is no Cat in the Chinese Zodiac.

At the palace, the placement in line determined what would eventually become the placement in the zodiac. After becoming angered by the Rabbit’s race with the Dragon, the Dog bit him in, and was sent to the back of the line as punishment. The Pig turned up late, and was behind the Dog. And of course, we find them as number 11 and 12 in today’s Chinese Zodiac. But a different story exists about the Jade Emperor, too busy to visit Earth growing curious about what the creatures looked like. He asked them to travel to the Heavens to visit him. And again in this story, we see traits, relationships and positions being formed. It is said the handsome Cat asked his friend the Rat to wake him in time for the meeting. But the Rat who felt ugly in comparison, failed to do so, and the Cat missed the meeting. Thereafter, they became enemies. And because the Cat missed the meeting, he was replaced by the Pig.

It is then said, the Jade Emperor divided the years amongst them. A third story details the Emperor on his birthday, calling a race of all animals with a restriction on just 12 winners. The animals had to cross a rapid current. It is said the animosity between the Cat and the Rat started when the Rat pushed the Cat into the river, after the Ox gave them both a ride. Once arriving on shore, the Rat raced the Ox and won, and hence, we see them as position one, and two in the Zodiac. But this story is debated, with others saying it was the Buddha who called the race and not The Jade Emperor.

So how did the Emperor choose those 12 animals, and was it really him who did so?

We may never know, but without question, the mythologies surrounding the zodiac are all beautiful and mystical, not to mention relevant to the zodiac as we know it today.

So, Who Are You, And What Does Your Future Hold?

    If you are born under year of the Dog, you’re most likely loyal, a valuable trait in the workplace. You’re unlikely to break rules, and desire a peaceful life with your loving family. Your sign is Yang, which can lend itself to being aggressive, or forceful if not balanced. If you were born in 1922 or 1982, your fixed element is water, giving you the attributes of being a calculative planner. You work hard to build strong foundations, but become pessimistic when faced with difficulty. Your ideal time of day is 7 to 9pm, a time where traditionally people would go out on patrol with their dog. Your gender will also determine your demeanour. Each sign writes your personality story through your unique combination of variables, and determines your lucky numbers, colors, geographical directions, and many other things. Each sign shares special relationships with others, and depending on their variables, you end up with a very unique picture of your life and and your interaction with the world and people around you. But it’s not just your sign that determines your future. The zodiac year we are in is major strong influence too. This year, as you know is The Year Of The Dog, but the fixed element for 2018 is earth, so more specifically we are now in The Year of The Earth Dog.

When you are in the year of your zodiac sign, this is known as 本命年 (ben ming nian). And while many believe it means good luck, it is fact the most unlucky year in your 12 year cycle and filled with trouble. But that doesn’t make it a bad year. Just like The Jade Emperor’s journey, it’s wise to use the time to cultivate our Tao and learn to overcome those obstacles with a wiser, deeper knowledge.d determines your lucky numbers, colors, geographical directions, and many other things. Each sign shares special relationships with others.

The Year Of The Dog (狗—gǒu)

And depending on their variables, you end up with a very unique picture of your life and and your interaction with the world and people around you. But it’s not just your sign that determines your future. The zodiac year we are in is major strong influence too. This year, as you know is The Year Of The Dog, but the fixed element for 2018 is earth, so more specifically we are now in The Year of The Earth Dog.

But why is it unlucky?

    According to Chinese astrology, those in their zodiac year offend the God of Age, Tai Sui, and so incurs his curse. Tai Sui is known as a star, and corresponds loosely to Jupiter, which takes approximately 12 years to orbit the sun. And what about those whose sign is not the Dog? Everyone is unique, and to find out what The Year of the Dog means for you, you’ll have to study your own sign – don’t forget to narrow it right down to your exact year of birth to get your element! As you can see, The Chinese Zodiac is not just mythology, it’s quite the science!

So, Who Are You, And What Does Your Future Hold?

    If you are born under year of the Dog, you’re most likely loyal, a valuable trait in the workplace. You’re unlikely to break rules, and desire a peaceful life with your loving family. Your sign is Yang, which can lend itself to being aggressive, or forceful if not balanced. If you were born in 1922 or 1982, your fixed element is water, giving you the attributes of being a calculative planner. You work hard to build strong foundations, but become pessimistic when faced with difficulty. Your ideal time of day is 7 to 9pm, a time where traditionally people would go out on patrol with their dog. Your gender will also determine your demeanour. Each sign writes your personality story through your unique combination of variables, and determines your lucky numbers, colors, geographical directions, and many other things. Each sign shares special relationships with others, and depending on their variables, you end up with a very unique picture of your life and and your interaction with the world and people around you. But it’s not just your sign that determines your future. The zodiac year we are in is major strong influence too. This year, as you know is The Year Of The Dog, but the fixed element for 2018 is earth, so more specifically we are now in The Year of The Earth Dog.

When you are in the year of your zodiac sign, this is known as 本命年 (ben ming nian). And while many believe it means good luck, it is fact the most unlucky year in your 12 year cycle and filled with trouble. But that doesn’t make it a bad year. Just like The Jade Emperor’s journey, it’s wise to use the time to cultivate our Tao and learn to overcome those obstacles with a wiser, deeper knowledge.d determines your lucky numbers, colors, geographical directions, and many other things. Each sign shares special relationships with others.

The Year Of The Dog
(狗—gǒu)

And depending on their variables, you end up with a very unique picture of your life and and your interaction with the world and people around you. But it’s not just your sign that determines your future. The zodiac year we are in is major strong influence too. This year, as you know is The Year Of The Dog, but the fixed element for 2018 is earth, so more specifically we are now in The Year of The Earth Dog.

But why is it unlucky for those in their sign?

    According to Chinese astrology, those in their zodiac year offend the God of Age, Tai Sui, and so incurs his curse. Tai Sui is known as a star, and corresponds loosely to Jupiter, which takes approximately 12 years to orbit the sun. And what about those whose sign is not the Dog? Everyone is unique, and to find out what The Year of the Dog means for you, you’ll have to study your own sign – don’t forget to narrow it right down to your exact year of birth to get your element! As you can see, The Chinese Zodiac is not just mythology, it’s quite the science!

Bringing Good Luck In 2018
For those living in the year of their sign, It’s important to face away from the God of Age, Tai Sui. For those born in The Year of the Dog, Tai Sui faces Northwest 300°, so people will position furniture Southeast to turn their backs on him. It also also suggested to protect yourself by wearing red and/or jade accessories And this year, we’re proud to bring you more good luck with this solid silver, limited edition collection of the 12 zodiac animals. Each one, expertly crafted to bring dignity and beauty to each sigh. Secure your zodiac sign and celebrate your journey through The Year of the Dog, and in honor of the rich history and science that is held within the Chinese Zodiac.

But of course, don’t forget to turn your statue away from Tai Sui when your zodiac year makes an appearance, we want your silver heirloom to bring you only good fortune.

Bringing
Good Luck
In 2018
For those living in the year of their sign, It’s important to face away from the God of Age, Tai Sui. For those born in The Year of the Dog, Tai Sui faces Northwest 300°, so people will position furniture Southeast to turn their backs on him. It also also suggested to protect yourself by wearing red and/or jade accessories And this year, we’re proud to bring you more good luck with this solid silver, limited edition collection of the 12 zodiac animals. Each one, expertly crafted to bring dignity and beauty to each sigh. Secure your zodiac sign and celebrate your journey through The Year of the Dog, and in honor of the rich history and science that is held within the Chinese Zodiac.
… But of course, don’t forget to turn your statue away from Tai Sui when your zodiac year makes an appearance, we want your silver heirloom to bring you only good fortune.