I’ve always been quite fascinated with birth charts and the concept of nature versus nurture—whether the year in which people were born affected the way they carry themselves more than their circumstances. My horoscope (Sagittarius with a Leo rising and Pisces moon) as well as my dragon zodiac have always been referenced as a reliable narration of my life and personality (which retrospectively, may have been largely contributed to by self-fulfilling prophecy?).
My Chinese zodiac animal is the rabbit. The interesting thing about this is that I was born in the year 2000 which means I should be the year of the dragon. But, since I was born in January 2000, this falls into the year 1999 based on the lunar calendar, hence why I am technically the year of the rabbit! The rabbit is ranked fourth in the list of zodiac animals. The origin story of the zodiac animals is that the Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards.
Being born in the year 2000 became a personality trait for me. I was born at the start of the new millennium, when conspiracy theorists predicted that humankind would perish due to computer software issues. Who would have thought? I was also born a year after NATO aggressors have bombed my village and turned my parents’ country upside down. I was also born about a year before the catastrophic events of 9/11.
I was born in 2001, so my zodiac sign is the snake. I’ve known this, of course, for as long as I can remember, but I never really looked into what it means. I never knew my direction was south, my taste is bitter, and my organ is… the spleen. It seems that my zodiac sign is heavily tied to the idea of heat because my season is summer, my color is red, my disease indicates that I will be hot, my element is fire, and my heavenly creature is the vermillion bird. Heat, fire, and action all seem to be neatly tied together in the characteristics of the snake.
I was born in 2001, the year of the snake. I lived in Singapore for a while when I was a child, and I remember celebrating the new zodiac every year. It was always special to see how everyone respected the signs equally and how each zodiac would tell us what was in store for the coming year. I also always felt connected to the people born with the same zodiac sign.
This week, I was super excited to learn about my Chinese Zodiac sign and the Hox Zodiac project. Priorly, I knew that I was born in the year of the Dragon (2000), but I knew little to nothing about the stories behind that and what that actually meant.
Zodiac signs and astrology have never been something I really followed or believed in. Recently however, I have opened up more to the possibility that there may be some truth to it. I am a Pisces and I was born in the year of the rabbit. I never truly felt I aligned with the Pisces zodiac sign which was the origin of my skepticism in the whole thing. However, after reading about the rabbit Chinese sign I can see a lot of the rabbit attributes in myself.
I never looked at my Zodiac signs before, and so I was surprised to find out that I’m a dragon. I started by looking at the attributes of a dragon to see how much they compared with my own attributes.
This week I was able to learn more about my Chinese zodiac sign, which is the tiger. I was born in 1999, but because my birthday is January 13th and falls before Chinese new year, I am still in the year of the tiger. Through the Hox gene website, I was able to learn more about different symbols and character traits that are associated with the tiger.
This assignment came as a surprise to me; I wasn’t very interested or necessarily invested in these types of representations, but this cultural adventure was appealing. I, for one, am skeptical about zodiac signs, however. I don’t necessarily think that everyone who falls into the category has a parallel personality trait. Although there were aspects about the Rabbit that I couldn’t connect with, I did realize that some of them were quite symbolic and representative.
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.