Monday, January 02, 2006

New Year

January 29, 2006 is the first day of the Chinese new year. If you were born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006 - you were born under the sign of the dog. Like the dog, you are faithful to those you love, although you also can be very stubborn at times!

Famous people born in the Year Of The Dog include Michael Jackson, Andy Roddick, Bill Clinton and Jennifer Lopez.

According to legend, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve animals came, and Buddha named a year after each one of them. He told that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality.

The Dog is the eleventh animal among the twelve; the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar rotate annually.

I was born under the sign of the horse. Here is what they say about "horse people":

Thank goodness for open spaces, because the Horse needs plenty of room to roam! Energetic, good with money and very fond of travel, Horses are the nomads of the Chinese Zodiac, roaming from one place or project to the next. All of this Sign's incessant activity and searching may be to satisfy a deep-rooted desire to fit in. Paradoxically, Horses feel a simultaneous yearning for independence and freedom.

Horses crave love and intimacy, which is a double-edged sword since it often leads them to feel trapped. Love connections tend to come easily to Horses, since they exude the kind of raw sex appeal that is a magnet to others. This Sign tends to come on very strong in the beginning of the relationship, having an almost innate sense of romance and seduction. Horses are seducers in general; check out any A-list party and you're bound to find the Horse in attendance. This Sign possesses a sharp wit and a scintillating presence; it really knows how to work a crowd. Surprisingly, Horses tend to feel a bit inferior to their peers, a misconception that causes them to drift from group to group out of an irrational fear of being exposed as a fraud.

An impatient streak can lead Horses to be less than sensitive to others' needs. These colts would rather take a situation firmly in hand as opposed to waiting for others to weigh in or come to terms with it. The lone wolf inside the Horse can at times push others away, but this also makes this Sign stronger and is a key to its success. Horses are self-reliant and, though they might lose interest fast in a tedious, nine-to-five day job, are willing to do the work necessary to get ahead.

Horses tend not to look much at the big picture; instead they just follow their whims, which can result in a trail of prematurely ended relationships, jobs, projects and so on. This Sign really knows how to motivate others, though, and get a lot accomplished. Once they find some peace within themselves, they can curb their wandering tendencies and learn to appreciate what's in their own backyard.

The most compatible match for a Horse is the Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) or the Tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998).

I tend to agree with most of what is written (love that "exuding raw sex appeal part"...*grin*).

Does the year in which we're born govern who we are? Perhaps the atrological zodiac affects us (Mantra of the 70-80's: "What's your sign?" I'm an Aquarius).

I'm thinking that when and where we're born has some cosmic effect but, more than anything, who we are is determined by what we've become.

As I look back on 2005, I can't say that it has been uneventful but I am ever grateful for this year. It has changed who I am. I battled cancer and won. I live to enjoy and appreciate each day. I'm not so concerned with how someone perceives me but how much I can take from life and give in return. I live each day and work to make my mark just a little bit darker. I'm not out for fame and fortune (though it wouldn't be bad); I'm out to do my share to make the world better and, in return, grow each day. Live, love, laugh--a cliche that isn't a bad mantra for 2006.


At 5:16 PM, Blogger Christine said...

Dr. Z,

"Live, Love, Laugh" is one of my favorite little quotes. I always try to keep it in mind.

I was shocked to see that you thought last year was uneventful. Didn't you get your doctorate last year? That's huge!! I feel like last summer you were always really important things.

Hopefully 2006 will be a good year for everyone!

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Laura Zieger said...


You're right. I suppose with me "eventful" is fleeting (the thing I'm working on is always important...*grin*).


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