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The texts on this page concerning Chinese Astrology were specially written for AnnabelBurton.com by Suzanne White or quoted largely from 'The New Chinese Astrology by Suzanne White.

Annabel Burton particularly recommends reading Suzannes book for an entertaining and good grounding in Chinese Astrology

'The New Chinese Astrology'
ISBN 0 330 30883 1

Chinese Astrology is simple, it is based on the Chinese calendar year of your birth.

If you were born in 1970 between the 6th of Feb 1970 and the 26th of January 1971, you are a Dog. Dogs are worriers. Dogs are critical. Dogs are frank. Dogs hate injustice. And Dogs are dogged. They persevere.

How can that be? How can everyone born in the same year be the same?

The answer? I have no idea. I only know that I am an astrologer and that Chinese Astrology works. I have even written lots of books about it. ItŐs an age old philosphical belief and it really lights up your lifestyle. So why fight it?

regards, Suzanne


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'The New Chinese Astrology'
ISBN 0 330 30883 1

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There are 12 Chinese Animal Signs. Rat, Ox, Tiger,Rabbit (or Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. One of these signs is yours. You can find out what it means to be a Rat or a Dragon or whatever by entering your birthdate in the gismo below and reading what the Chinese sages (and I) have to say about that particular creature.

YouŐll see. Chinese Astrology is delightfully amazing! ItŐs a bit new and strange at first. ThenÉ one day youŐll fall in love with the idea of being a Tiger or an Ox or a Rat and wellÉ see for yourself.

thanks Suzanne, you can download her book in electronic form here : www.suzannewhite.com


for better results
your colour is warm ochre
flower is a daisy
fragrance is sandalwood
tree is oak
flavour is piquant
birthstone is emerald
lucky number is 11

food is sweetbread
animal is goose
drink is bordeaux claret
spice is coriander
metal is bronze
herb is rosemary
musical instrument is violin

the Rat is YIN

the Rat motto is 'I rule'

the sunny side
Rats are charming, protective, compassionate, communicative, dynamic, familial, thrifty, skillful, sober, upright, attractive, idealistic, prosperous, experimental, talented, adaptable, open-minded, brilliant entrepreneurs.

your darker moments
Rats may wax verbose, become possessive, picky, defensive, excessive, addictive, fickle, stingy, bumptious, bossy, exploitive, anxious, argumentative, opinionated, overbearing and downright self-obsessed.

for better results
your colour is dark blue
flower is chrysanthemum
fragrance is shalimar
tree is pear
flavour is sweet
birthstone is lapis lazuli
lucky number is 1

food is beef stew
animal is bear
drink is strong tea
spice is coriander
metal is copper
herb is sage
musical instrument is tuba

the Ox is YIN

the Ox motto is 'I persevere'

outside all is self contained
On the self-contained exterior, Oxen are patient, contemplative, skillful, dexterous, eloquent, confident, familiar, authoritative, industrious, sure of foot and eloquent.

but inside ...
But... pierce the Ox's thick hide and you will find prejudice, chauvinism, blind faith, pride, tyranny, pettiness, criticism, eccentricity, bigotry, conservatism, grumpiness - and, on occasion, violence.

for better results
your colour is bright red
flower is carnation
fragrance is jasmin
tree is sycamore
flavour is sweet
birthstone is ruby
lucky number is 7

food is fruit pie
animal is tiger
drink is lemonade
spice is cinnamon
metal is gold
herb is thyme
musical instrument is trumpet

the Tiger is YANG

the Tiger motto is 'I win'

goody 4 shoes!
On their best behavior, Tigers are lovable, alluring, warm-hearted, altruistic, honorable, hard-working, pleasant, independent, engaging, dynamic, idealistic sweetie pies.

when you act up (which is quite often)
When they act up (which is often), Tigers are rash, hotheaded, reckless, infatuate, quarrelsome, caustic, moody, predatory, rebellious, disobedient, irreverent rascals.

* Rabbit or Cat
for better results
your colour is gray
flower is rose
fragrance is shalimar
tree is poplar
flavour is tangy
birthstone is sapphire
lucky number is 4

food is fish
animal is squirrel
drink is bordeaux
spice is pepper
metal is bronze
herb is tarragon
musical instrument is piano

the Cat is YIN

the Cat motto is 'I retreat'

oh pussycat !
In pussycat mode, the Cat/Rabbit person is sensitive, tactful, home-loving, refined, prudent, discreet, long-living, ambitious, cultured, well mannered, artistic, considerate, scholarly, suave, graciously hospitable, modest and unimpeachably virtuous.

but your fur rubbed the wrong way
But rub his fur the wrong way and he becomes snobbish, secretive, pedantic, complicated, haughtily indifferent, self-indulgent, hypochondriac, punctilious, judgmental, self-righteous, deceptive, self-centered and terminally condescending.

for better results
your colour is gold
flower is rose
fragrance is eau verte
tree is sequoia
flavour is pungent
birthstone is ruby
lucky number is 2

food is steak au poivre
animal is monkey
drink is bloody mary
spice is cardamom
metal is hammered silver
herb is dill
musical instrument is clarinet

the Dragon is YANG

the Dragon motto is 'I reign'

magnificent dragon
The awesome demeanor of Dragons leaves no doubt as to how vibrant, magnanimous, charismatic, principled, self-sufficient, discriminating, compelling, thrilling, accomplished, good-hearted, healthy and prodigiously shrewd this noble creature can be.

flame thrower!
But one tiny glimpse of the Dragon's scaly underbelly gives us a less enchanting image of our mythical hero. In their worst moments Dragons can become bombastic, dissatisfied, ruthless, demanding, opinionated, mawkishly sentimental, egocentric, defensive, power-mad, foolhardy, willful and pompous.

for better results
your colour is ice blue
flower is camellia
fragrance is musk
tree is palm
flavour is bittersweet
birthstone is opal
lucky number is 3

food is caviar
animal is turtle dove
drink is champagne
spice is curry
metal is platinum
herb is fennel
musical instrument is violin

the Snake is YANG

the Snake motto is 'I feel'

When a Snake is at his most appealing he can be amiable, compromising, fun-loving, altruistic, honorable, sympathetic, philosophical, charitable, a paragon of fashion, intuitive, discreet, diplomatic, amusing and sexy.

bad pills
But when a Snake decides to be a pill he becomes self-righteous, imperious, judgmental, conniving, mendacious, grabby, clinging, pessimistic, fickle, haughty, ostentatious and a very sore loser.

for better results
your colour is ebony
flower is narcissus
fragrance is wildflowers
tree is white birch
flavour is sweet and sour
birthstone is topaz
lucky number is 8

food is vegetables
animal is wildcat
drink is red wine
spice is cloves
metal is silver
herb is parsley
musical instrument is the human voice

the Horse is YANG

the Horse motto is 'I control'

nice horse
The handsome Horse is at his most attractive when he manages to be productive, enthusiastic, amusing, warm-hearted, talented, agreeable, industrious, generous, sociable, autonomous, strong-minded, sexy, curious, persuasive and logical.

horsing about
But... when he fails to maintain control of himself, even the most delectable of Horses can become defiant, condescending, unscrupulous, anxious, moody, ruthlessly pragmatic, opportunistic, hard-nosed, self-serving and so obtuse as to seem to have gone both blind and deaf at once.

for better results
your colour is light green
flower is narcissus
fragrance is apple blossom
tree is dogwood
flavour is bland
birthstone is sapphire
lucky number is 12

food is raw vegetables, yuk
animal is nightingale
drink is mineral water
spice is saffron
metal is aluminium
herb is mint
musical instrument is harp

the Goat is YANG

the Goat motto is 'I depend'

On good days, Goats are appealing, altruistic, creative, empathetic, intuitive, generous, artless, gentle, romantic, sensitive, compliant, candid, self-effacing darlings.

But when the going gets rough Goats can become self-pitying, pessimistic, fugitive, parasitic, vengeful, lazy, indecisive, contentious, violent, capricious, irresponsible, tardy, careless, bigoted, nasty little pieces of work.

for better results
your colour is yellow
flower is dandelion
fragrance is jasmine
tree is sycamore
flavour is sweet
birthstone is tigers eye
lucky number is 10

food is fruit pie
animal is tiger
drink is lemonade
spice is cinnamon
metal is gold
herb is thyme
musical instrument is guitar

the Monkey is YIN

the Monkey motto is 'I entertain'

happy go lucky
On the happy-go-lucky surface, Monkeys are reasonable, faithful, autonomous, candid, altruistic, successful, inventive, co-operative, loving, intelligent, individualistic and generous entertainers.

But behind closed doors, Monkeys can be hyperemotional, capricious, guileful, self-indulgent, immature, insecure, indifferent, careless, gullible, petty, grabby scene-stealers.

for better results
your colour is violet
flower is chrysanthemum
fragrance is myrrh
tree is oak
flavour is sweetish
birthstone is topaz
lucky number is 6

food is barbecued meats
animal is wild deer
drink is cider
spice is white pepper
metal is zinc
herb is savory
musical instrument is oboe

the Rooster is YANG

the Rooster motto is 'I know better'

when comfortable
In a comfortable barnyard setting where all the animals know who is boss, the cocky Rooster will usually be forthright, brave, enthusiastic, loyal, hardworking, tenacious, resilient, adventurous, meticulous, prompt, astute, well-dressed, proficient, down-to-earth, gregarious, communicative, sensible, generous, charming, ebullient and terminally witty.

bad days
But on bad days, when everyone ignores his presence, nobody cares a whit for his genius or seeks his favor, the Rooster grows cranky, fussy, vain, self-involved, blindly egotistical, over-zealous, pretentious, materialistic, grabby, high-handed, cynical, mercurial, self-absorbed and persnickety.

for better results
your colour is turquoise
flower is calendula
fragrance is balsam
tree is cherry
flavour is meaty
birthstone is ruby
lucky number is 9

food is meat pie
animal is dog or sheep
drink is strong coffee
spice is clove
metal is lead
herb is marjoram
musical instrument is guitar

the Dog is YIN

the Dog motto is 'I worry'

wagging tail
When all is well and the sheep are safely in the barn, Dogs are attentive, well meaning, helpful, warm-hearted, altruistic, modest, devoted, philosophical, dutiful, discreet, intelligent and enthusiastic.

But when panic strikes (at least once a day) Dogs can turn nasty, mean-spirited, disagreeable, bad-tempered, self-righteous, judgmental, quarrelsome, accusing, nervous, anxious and impossible to live with.

for better results
your colour is royal purple
flower is cala lily
fragrance is ambergris
tree is acacia
flavour is sweet and sour
birthstone is moonstone
lucky number is 5

food is delicacies
animal is cat
drink is bordeaux
spice is cloves
metal is purest silver
herb is oregano
musical instrument is harp

the Pig is YIN

the Pig motto is 'I preserve'

When wallowing contentedly along, Pigs are sensible, sensual and sensitive, sweetly naive, caring, self-sacrificing, erudite, talented, open-handed, candid, outgoing, amusing, charitable, obliging, graciously hospitable and virtuous.

But when their elastic generosity has been stretched beyond its limit, out pops Piggy's darker side. Then, he becomes hot-tempered, pessimistic, outrageously epicurean, earthy to a fault, sardonic, snobbish, snide, authoritarian, competitive, know-it-all, stingy, victimized and sometimes downright criminally mad at the world.


* Rabbit or Cat, Chinese or Vietnamese Astrology


Want to know more?

We recommend that you purchase 'The New Chinese Astrology'
ISBN 0 330 30883 1), a book by Suzanne White, which gives an excellent foundation in Chinese Astrology.

Or, you can download an electronic version of that book and find out more about yourself at Suzannes web site :






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