The zodiac traditionally begins on April 13 with the sign of the rat (there are many stories about the reasons for this order; they are given below). Below are all the animals in order, with a brief description and reference to the earthly branch.
Rat / Mouse
(Yang, 1 Triangle, Water Element): Direct, tenacious, intense, meticulous, charismatic, sensual, intelligent, hardworking, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic and insightful. Can be manipulative, vindictive, self-destructive, envious, deceitful, corrupt, stubborn, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant intriguer.
– (water bull in Vietnam) (yin, 2nd triangle, the element of water): Reliable, ambitious, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, ordinary, stable, modest, logical, decisive, persistent. Can be stubborn, dogmatic, quick-tempered, narrow-minded, materialistic, tough, demanding.
– (yang, 3 triangle, element of wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, courageous, energetic, stimulating, sincere, gentle, humane, generous. Can be restless, reckless, stubborn, selfish, aggressive, self-reliant, dominant, and sullen.
(cat in Vietnam) (yin, 4 triangle, wood element): Gracious, good friend, kind, sensual, quiet, amiable, elegant, discreet, cautious, artistic, careful, gentle, self-confident, shy, perceptive, compassionate, lucky, flexible. Can be moody, selfish, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic and stubborn.
(snail in Kazakhstan) (yang, 1 triangle, wood element): Generous, stately, energetic, strong, self-confident, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, innovative, artistic , generous, loyal, wise, humble, domineering, far-sighted, demanding, intolerant, peaceful, impetuous, understanding and rude.
(yin, 2 triangle, element of fire): Deep thinker, wise, mystical, graceful, quiet, sensual, creative, calculating, smart, elegant, careful, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be a loner, bad conversationalist, attractive, hedonistic, dubious, distrustful, deceitful, stuffy and cold.
(yang, 3 triangle, element of fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, down-to-earth, receptive, talkative, agile, attractive, intelligent, perceptive, flexible, open. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, restless, rude, gullible and stubborn.
Sheep / goat
(yin, 4 triangle, fire element): Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, meek, shy, artistic, motherly caring, peaceful, generous, in need of security. Can be indecisive, overly passive, restless, pessimistic, overly sensitive, complainer, and weak-willed.
(yang, 1 triangle, element of metal): Inventor, motivator, improviser, resourceful, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem-solving, confident, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, fact-loving, intelligent. Can be selfish, needlessly arrogant, selfish, reckless, pretentious, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous and suspicious.
(yin, 2 triangle, element of metal): Sharp, neat, pedantic, organized, confident, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, cautionary, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be too zealous and critical, puritanical, selfish, rude, proud, self-confident, speaking empty bravado.
(yang, 3 triangle, element of metal): Honest, intelligent, simple, loyal, with a sense of justice and fair play, attractive, friendly, unpretentious, sociable, open, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, calm. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, restless, stubborn, absurd.
(boar in Japan and elephant in Northern Thailand) (yin, 4 triangle, element of water): Honest, gallant, strong, sociable, peaceful, patient, loyal, hardworking, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, smart. Can be naive, too dependent, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.