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A central foundation of Chinese astrology is the concept of  Yin and Yang, which expresses the balanced wholeness of two opposing but complementary forces. To start with, yin and yang are usually reflected in the character traits of individuals, so these are revealed in the astrological readings of the different animal signs. What animal sign a person is born under, whether yin or yang, plays a big part in defining their personality. Yin and yang attributes also offer leads regarding compatibility with other animal signs. Thus not only do we look at birth elements, we also examine whether the element has a yin or a yang essence. This has a bearing on whom we get along with and who amongst the other animal signs will be most beneficial whether as a friend or romantic partner.

Yang animal signs generally reflect people who are impetuous, gregarious and decisive. Yin animal signs tend to be people who are thinkers and philosophers. Likeness gets along with likeness, so you will notice your horoscope allies (the three signs that make up your triangle of affinity) share the same yin or yang trait as you. On the flip side of the same coin, you will notice your astrological archenemy (the animal directly opposite you in the zodiac wheel) will also be yin if you are yin, and yang if you are yang. Horoscope secret friends however (people who are beneficial in your life without you realizing it) will be yin if you are yang. And yang if you are yin. So secret friends complete the wholeness of the Tao. Your secret friend will make you whole. It is thus useful to be familiar with the personality profiles of each of the 6 yang animal signs and the 6 yin animal signs.

 Yang Animal Sign People

Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog

These are the yang animals of the Chinese zodiac and they usually have high energy levels and much forwardness. They tend to be open, honest and not at all good at keeping secrets. They are usually chattier, more outgoing, mix more readily with strangers and newly-made friends. They are happiest when in company of people and they love being showered with plenty of attention.
  Yin Animal Sign People

Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Rooster, Boar

These are the yin animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. They are more guarded and secretive. They act less on impulse and more on well thought out strategy. They often come across more reserved at first meeting, but can be extroverted amongst close friends. They are drawn to spirituality and mystical sciences and knowledge. They often enjoy their own company as much as the company of others. Yin animals tend to get along better with other yin animals.


  • Dynamic & vivacious
  • Image Conscious
  • Can be moody
  • Craves security
  • Thrives on praise
  • Wants to be liked/accepted
  • Social standing is important

  • Compassionate & affectionate
  • Usually popular amongst friends
  • Good at PR
  • Romantic
  • Can be petty & competitive
  • Dislikes quarrels and confrontations
  • Non-aggressive

  • Impulsive
  • Thrill seeker
  • Passionate in love
  • Energetic & Gutsy
  • Can be reckless
  • Exudes confidence
  • Emotional with extreme attitudes

  • Tactful & diplomatic
  • The eternal optimist
  • Sensitive
  • Eager to please
  • Takes betrayal badly
  • Tend to be social climbers
  • Seldom outrageous

  • Energetic, sometimes restless
  • Enjoys travel
  • Independent
  • Creative
  • Highly principled
  • Can be bossy or pushy
  • A straightforward character

  • Dignified & well-mannered
  • Mysterious & reserved
  • Never short of admirers
  • Gets along well with opposite sex
  • Deeply intellectual
  • Can appear vague
  • Never confrontational

  • Witty & chatty
  • Holds strong opinions
  • Spirited & Fun Loving
  • Can be unconventional
  • Generous
  • A Risk taker
  • Enjoys being centre of attention

  • Resourceful & practical
  • Supremely confident
  • Devoted to friends & family
  • Fiercely loyal
  • Lack of patience
  • Can be temperamental
  • Honest & outspoken
  • Highly principled

  • Playful
  • Sporty & Energetic
  • Can be extreme
  • A good worker
  • Risk averse
  • Can be pessimistic
  • Makes a good friend
  • Fears rejection

  • A dreamy character
  • Can be indecisive
  • Subtle & patient
  • Sweet natured, but good at manipulating
  • Flirtatious
  • Ambitious without letting on
  • Craves a stable family life

  • Captivating and vibrant
  • Good head for business
  • Seldom understated
  • Enjoys attention
  • Can be egoistic
  • Said to bring good luck to family
  • Born winner

  • Quiet, conservative & strong
  • Makes a good leader
  • Firm convictions
  • Not easily swayed
  • Self disciplined
  • Big Picture people
  • Can be ruthless & unforgiving

The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (September/October 2005)". To subscribe, please click here.