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During class this week, we discussed the various zodiac signs in relation to the HOX genes. The HOX gene is a group of genes that are responsible for the formation of the arms, legs, nose, and more. They also help regulate how many of each body part forms and where each one forms during development. This gene is evolutionarily conserved as it is present in many species and performs similar functions if not the same function in many species.
I do not believe in zodiac signs. I am a sagittarius and everything I read about sagittariuses seems to contradict itself so when I was asked to look into my chinese zodiac sign I was skeptical. I always wonder how my birth month or birth year could possibly have any impact on my character. That is until I read about my chinese sign: The Snake.
Before I get into the meat of things, I would just like to make a few things clear. Admittedly, this weekend was pretty rough for me. I was vaccinated on Saturday and had a very bad reaction to the vaccine, and spent the latter half of Saturday and the most of Sunday recovering from a fever and chills. I was admittedly unprepared for that setback, as I usually never react badly to vaccines, but losing the weekend kind of hindered what foods I could prepare or eat without feeling sick. I tried to complete this assignment to the best of my ability without asking for an extension.
I was born at the end of June in 2000 - which would make my Chinese zodiac symbol the dragon. As the professor noted, dragons stand out amongst other mythological creatures, in that some form of dragon is present in a great variety of different culture's mythologies, albeit in different forms.
Good afternoon everyone,
As someone born on January 2nd, 2001, but before the start of the lunar cycle of the Snake which usually begins in February, my zodiac sign is usually characterized as a Dragon. I’ve also been told that my zodiac sign is more along the lines of a snake with the tail of a dragon, which I thought was interesting. To look into this, I researched both the Dragon and Snake zodiac signs via the Hox Zodiac page.
I never particularly liked being born in the year of the snake. Snakes are nowhere near as cool as dragons, they aren’t as fast as horses, as cute as bunnies, as popular as dogs, or as majestic as the tiger. As animals, people get creeped out or scared of snakes. In popular movies such as Harry Potter or The Jungle Book, snakes are seen as villains. If someone is a backstabber, we say that they are a “snake.” Since a young age, I’ve felt that the only benefit of being year of the snake is that snakes are easy to draw.
Once upon a time, there was a lion and a snake.
We learned about the history of the Hox Zodiac and its genetic diversity between animals and humans during the lecture. Hox genes are a group of genes that map specific regions of the body plan of an embryo. Hox genes are particular because the position of Hox genes ensures the correct structure and placement of the body. It was fascinating to learn about how homeobox genes (Hox) are critical for humans and animals, and all living beings share the same genes.
Prior to this lecture I knew next to nothing about the Zodiac signs. I vaguely remembered that my sign was the Rabbit, but I had no idea what that might mean. After learning more about my sign with the “Hox Zodiac” website, I learned that the Rabbit is the sign of luck, as well as spring, and it represents the color green.
Follow your heart to new places.
Growing up in a Chinese household, I've known my zodiac sign since birth. Rabbit, 1999. I remember reading the characteristics of rabbits, snakes, and oxen when I was little because I knew these to be my family's signs as well. In my culture, zodiac signs meant more than just personality traits and also signified compatibilities between individuals, especially evident from interpretations by fortune tellers. My most compatible signs are dog, pig, and goat while my least compatible signs were rooster, dragon, and rat.
As a last minute 1999 baby (November), I was born in the sign of the rabbit. For years, I fit the personality of a rabbit perfectly— “soft and tender personality traits. They keep a modest attitude and maintain a pleasant relationship to people around” (Travel China Guide). Yet, since I was the only one in my class having been born in 1999, I always envied the sign of the 2000 born students— the Dragon. I was always told that the rabbit would be “defeated” by the dragon, being frustrated as to why I was born just a month shy of 2000.