However, the Chinese Zodiac is translated from the two characters Sheng Xiao, which mean Living Resemblance. These two words, Sheng Xiao, symbolize the twelve different animals which represent the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the year of the dragon, for instance, are believed to possess the characteristics of a dragon.
The twelve animals are rat , ox , tiger , rabbit , dragon , snake , horse ,ram , monkey , rooster , dog , and pig . These animal years invariably follow one another in this order. For example, the year of the ox is always preceded by the year of the rat and followed by the year of the tiger .
The dragon is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. People born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000 were all born in the year of the dragon. Dragon people are energetic, popular, fun-loving, honest and brave. They appear stubborn but are soft-hearted and sensitive. They are most compatible with people born in the year of the Rat , the Snake , the Monkey or the Rooster .
The dragon was said to have nine children. Each had a different temperament. A musical dragon would adorn a two-stringed Chinese violin; one which was quarrelsome would appear on the handle of a sword; one which was scholarly would be carved on a tombstone; one who liked to jump was placed on the corner of a roof; one which liked to eat would be on chopsticks; one which rode would be on a saddle; one which painted would be on a brush; one which like water would be on the stern of a boat; and one which like to run would decorate shoes.